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The Family of Charles Webber of Vassalboro - Two generations

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WHAT THIS IS - and ISN'T

On this page you will find some brief narratives provided by a few family members regarding Charles Webber's children, and some of his grandchildren. This information, as you will see, was collected in support of several family members' collective wish to make application to the DAR.

All 1st person pronouns, implied or explicit, are to be assumed relative to the writer of that narrative. Not me.

For many years, the abbreviation for MAINE was written "Me." That's not a 1st person pronoun. Read "Maine" when you run across it.

I am aware that the children are not necessarily presented in order of birth, and that some of their dates are a little off. I'm just presenting what was handed to me. See their profiles to see if I made corrections that are more consistent with what you know.

Reference to "the Webb Family" is reference to the fact that E. A. Webber, or Elizabeth Ann Webber, aka Betsey Ann, married Chamberlain WEBB. Therefore, her children, nine of the grandchildren of Charles WEBBER, are named WEBB -- this is not a typo.  :-)

Pay particular attention to the disclaimer of O.J. Marston: "(The following is a copy of a paper I found in the possession of Mr. Dale Wallace of Hoopeston, Ill. It is not plain in places, but I have given an exact copy. O.J. Marston)"

As have I, with the addition of some sub-headings to try to offer some sense of organization.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Office of the Secretary

REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICES

Charles Webber: appears among a list of officers, chosen by the several companies of the 2nd Lincoln Co. regiment, as returned by Joseph North, field officer of said regiment. Said Webber chosen 2nd Lieutenant, Capt. Dennis Getchel's (5th) Co. Ordered in council Aug. 23, 1776 that officers be commissioned. Reported commissioned July 23 () 1776. Vols. 43 & 28, pages 180 & 119.

Also: Charles Webber appears among a list of officers appointed to command various companies raised in the year 1776, in accordance with an act passed to raise 1/4 of the men in Lincoln Co. as returned to Maj. Gen. James Warren by Samuel Harmden. Rank, 2nd. Lieutenant, Capt. Daniel Scott's (3rd ) Co., Col. Joseph North's regiment. Vol. 43, p. 182

Charles Webber was born in Old York, Mass Died Vasselborough, Me. (on grandmother's side)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Office of the Secretary
Boston, Oct. 2, 1905

I certify the foregoing to be true abstracts from the Record Index to the Military Archives deposited in the office.,

  • Witness the Great Seal of the Commonwealth.
    • Herbert F. Boynton, Deputy and Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth

The foregoing is a copy of the correspondence that Mr. Dale Wallace of Hoopeston, Ill., who married Lucy Webb, a daughter of Chamber and E.A. Webb, and a sister of the narrators of the following testimony concerning the Webb family, had with the public authorities of Mass., in securing proof that his wife and daughters could belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Charles Webber

(The following is a copy of a paper I found in the possession of Mr. Dale Wallace of Hoopeston, Ill. It is not plain in places, but I have given an exact copy. O.J. Marston)

Plymouth, Richland County, Ohio, Dec. 5th, 1873 A copy of the record of Charles Webber and his family as obtained by James S. Webber a Grand Son of the said Charles Webber, to wit:

Charles Webber, a native of Old York, Mass. Born A.D. 1741. Died in Vasselborough, Kennebec Co., Me., Nov 20, 1819 in the 79th year of his age.

This I took from the monument of his grave May 30, 1871. His first wife was Hannah Call of Dresden. His second wife was Sarah Smiley. I found no monuments at either grave of his two wives. His first wife was buried on the farm he first settled on. The second wife, dying after him, was buried by his side, on the second farm he lived on and some two miles down the Kennebec River. I have no record of either of his two wives. I am told that he moved his wife and one child by hand sled on the ice of the Kennebec River and settled some ten miles above Augusta Me. This must have been in the winter of 1764 or 1765 for his second child was born in the next spring.

The Children of Charles Webber

William

William Webber, his oldest child, may have been born in Dec. in 1763. He died at Brockport, Monroe Co. N.Y., May 8th, 1838, being 75 years old. (His death and age was given me by Aunt Jerusha L. Webber, who was well acquainted with him from childhood. He married Dorothy Tooker on Long Island N.Y. and then settled in Kennebec Co., Me. in 1804 . He moved his family by a two horse wagon to Milton, (now Lansing,) Cayuga Co. N.Y. in 1806. He returned to Me. to settle up his business and when he returned home he took me with him; I remaining with him until I was twenty years old. He had no children, his wife died when they first settled in N.Y. on Thursday, April 9, 1818. When I left the family I neglected to take his family record I think his birthday came in March and I have often heard him say he was the oldest child and his sister Sally was the next and that his brother George was born while his father was in the army and on returning named his boy George Washington Webber;)

Sally

Sally Webber, born in the spring of 1765, (So says Oliver A. Webber) and was the first white child born in Vassalborough, Me. She married Judah Chadwick. He died Aug. 9, 1816, aged 51 She died Feb. 25, 1854, aged 88. This I took from their gravestone, and I think she must have been in the 89th year of her age.

Mary

Mary Webber married John Gaslin. He was born July 19, 1766. he died Apr. 25, 1857 aged 90 years 9 mos. and 12 days. She died April 21, 1837 and in her 68th year. So says their son Benjamin Gaslin.

James

James Webber, my father, born Oct 20, 1771. Married Suzannah Woodman. She was born Oct. 26, 1778 and died at New Gloster, Me., April 28, 1806. They had 5 children. He died Tuesday morning Aug. 5, 1823 at Venice, Ohio. He married for his second wife, Sally Rayner, May, 1807. They had 3 children. The only living now is Solomon R. Webber, who resides at Haverhill, Mass. She died in Hallwell Me., Jan. 20, 1839, Aged 88 years.

John

John Webber married Lucy Ballard. He died 1847, aged 74 years. She died Oct. 30, 1861, aged 86 years, 8 days. They had 12 children, and both died in Plymouth Ohio, having settled there in July.1818, so says D. B. Webber, their son.

Samuel

Samuel Webber married Jerusha L. Capen. He was b. Feb. 26 1789(?) D. in Cuba, State of N.Y. Nov. 23, over 92 years old. She b. Oct. 14, 1786 D. Caneadea, Allegany Co. N.Y. Sept. 18, 1864 Aged 78 years.

Joseph

Joseph Webber ran away from home at 16 years, shipped aboard a vessel at Boston and was absent 3 years. Then returned home, his father then sent him to school to study navigation. Became a sea-faring man. He m. and settled in Newburyport where I suppose he died. He left a wife and 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Soon after his death they all went to Vassalborough to live. James went to South America and was never heard from; the other son, William, and his mother died in Vassalborough and the daughter m. a Mr. Freeman. Both dead. She d. at Freedom Me. leaving a son Eugene and a daughter Julia but I could get no news of them or any records of any of Joseph's descendants.

Charles

Charles Webber m. Mary Sturges I have learned by a letter from Mrs. Perlina Plummer that he died Nov. 30, 1837, aged 75 years. But Jerusha L. Webber says in a letter to me dated Apr. 16, 1862, that he was 67 at the time of death, and I think that is correct, as it would make him older than his brother William. Mary his wife died aged 71 years.

George

George W. Webber married Sybel Webber his cousin and a daughter to Joseph Webber my grand uncle, Corydon Chadwick says in a letter to me Sept. 13, 1872 that Geo. W. Webber died Dec. 16, 1833, aged 57 years and his wife Sybel died July 16, 1828, aged 48 years.

Hannah

Hannah Webber born March 6, 1781. She married Amos Childs for his second wife Oct. 30, 1801. She died Feb. 14, 1860 aged 80 years. He was born July 5th, 1764 and died Feb. 19th, 1847, aged 83 years. He was a revolutionary soldier

Benjamin

Benjamin Webber, born 1782 died 1830. He married Lydia Bailey 1805. She was born 1788 and d. 1832, so says their son Benjamin F. Webber, his mother died at the time of his birth, he has one sister older than himself. Her name is Permelia. She m. Levi Jackson and had a large family of children, said Benjamin F. was a cripple in his feet and had a tolerable chance for an education,

Jeremiah

Jeremiah Webber the only child of my grandfather Charles Webber by his second wife. He m. Besora Horn, d. Apr. 20, 1820 aged 26 years. She d. Sep. 2, 186x aged 79.
Above taken from gravestones in Vassalborough, Me., on May 30, 1871. He had better opportunity of securing an education than any of his brothers.

This is all the family records that I could obtain of my Grandfather and his family, and although I have been to great trouble and expense to secure the same it is by no means perfect. I regret that I found no record of my uncles and aunts, A neglect for which there can be no excuse.

Respectfully James F. Webber of East Saginaw, Michigan. D.B. Webber of Plymouth, Ohio.





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