Elisha WEBB, who resides on a farm of one hundred and eighty acres on
section 20, in Tunnel Hill Township, was born in Morgan County, Tenn.
He is a son of Mitchell WEBB, who was
born in North Carolina in 1793,
to Culbreith WEBB, of North Carolina, who moved to Tennessee about
1809, where he was a farmer and reared a family of three sons and one
He and his wife both died in Tennessee at an advanced age.
Mitchell WEBB married for his first wife Rhoda CARDWELL, of Tennessee,
who bore him four sons and two daughters, and
died in the prime of
life. His second wife was Sarah ELMORE, of Tennessee, who bore him five
sons and two daughters, of whom Elisha is the second child and first
son in order of birth.
Four of these children are now living, two sons
and two daughters. They are: Rhoda, wife of Leander H. KELLY, a farmer
of Tunnel Hill Township; Elisha; Daniel, a farmer of the same
and Elizabeth, wife of M. R. KELLY, a farmer near by. The parents came
to southern Illinois in the spring of 1840, settling in Jefferson
County, where the mother died in 1842,
aged about forty years. Mr. WEBB then married again, and died in 1869
at the age of seventy-six years, leaving but a small estate.
Elisha WEBB had but little education in his youth, not more than three
months in all, which he received in Illinois, for he never saw a
school-house in Tennessee. He has recently made a trip
to that State,
and finds it but little better there now. He worked on the home farm
until he was twenty-two years old when he was married, in July, 1840,
to Nancy C. KELLY, daughter of Christopher C. KELLY, of Tennessee. The
mother of Mrs. WEBB was Miss K. J. BUTLER. Her parents came to Illinois
in 1833, when she was an infant, and died in this county on
he in 1843, and she in 1854, leaving five children, two sons and three
daughters. Mrs. WEBB was their second child and first daughter, and all
are still living. Mr. and Mrs.
WEBB were married July 5,1849, and the
next September they began housekeeping in their log cabin on the farm
where they have lived ever since, never moving except from their
log cabin to their present abode, a double hewed-log house, one
and a-half stories high, with a fireplace and large stone chimney.
This house was built in 1868, and the large barn for hay
60x56 feet in size, with 22-foot posts, was erected in 1887. They have
one hundred and eighty acres in this farm, most of which is tillable,
and they have on section 16 forty-five
acres. Five children, two sons
and three daughters, are dead, three of whom died when quite young, and
one, Sarah Jane, passed away at the age of seventeen, dying August 2,
E., wife of William C. CHOAT, died March 19, 1888, aged
twenty- five. The living children are Rhoda A., wife of William SUTTON,
who has three sons and five daughters; Martha C.,
wife of George W.
CHISM, who has three sons and two daughters; L. C., a farmer on an
adjoining farm, who has a wife and three daughters; M. M., wife of D.
CASEY, who has two
sons and two daughters; Arra K., wife of F. L.
PARKS, who has one son and one daughter; J. C., a farmer on an
adjoining farm, who has a wife and one daughter; Tabitha S., wife of
John BONER, who has one son and one daughter; William M., a young man
of twenty-one, at home on the farm; and Isaac T., a youth of thirteen years. All of these children have had
good common-school educations, and Columbus has taught two terms.
Mr. WEBB has been Constable and Justice of the Peace fourteen years,
and twice a member of the County Board, and has always been a Democrat.
He and his wife are members of a
church of Latter Day Saints, which
consists of about eighty members. Mr. WEBB carries on mixed farming,
raising all kinds of grain, hay and vegetables, especially sweet
which he has a new and improved house in which to store
them during the winter. He keeps a good flock of sheep of the Southdown
and Cotswold breeds, and raises a few colts, cattle
and hogs, besides
keeping from twelve to fifteen horses.
transcribed by Nan Starjak
The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin
Biographical Publishing Co., 1893
pp. 278 - 279
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