BENJAMIN H. WEBB, who owns and occupies a comfortable farm estate on section 15, Dry Grove Township, is a native of McLean County, and was born March 3, 1832. His parents, Stephen D. and Penina (Hinshaw) Webb, were natives respectively of South Carolina and Tennessee. They were married in the latter State, and came to Illinois in 1826, locating in McLean County. Stephen Webb was born May 8, 1795, and died in this county April 11, 1886. His wife, the mother of our subject, the date of whose birth is not known, died in 1870. at the home of her husband in Dry Grove Township. They were married on the 10th of December, 1824, and became the parents of six sons and one daughter. The record is as follows: John married Miss E. Ruth of Virginia; Kelly married Miss Amelia Jane Platt, and lives in Greene County, Iowa; William married Miss Matilda Barker, who died in about 1863; he then married Miss H. Thomas, who died a few years after marriage, and his third wife was formerly Mrs. Malinda Christ, Mary Jane became the wife of B. F. Martin, of Dry Grove, and is now deceased; Benjamin of our sketch was the fifth child; Thomas married Miss Johnson, and lives in Missouri; Milton S. married Miss Mary A. Smith, and is engaged in farming in Dry Grove.

Benjamin H. Webb was married to Miss Mary A. Dickens on the 3d of March, 1857. Mrs. W. was born in McLean County, Oct. 9, 1837, and is the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Cleveland) Dickens. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Webb there have been born seven children, who are recorded as follows: Warren married Miss Mary E. Johnson, and they have one child, Willie, who was born in February, 1885; Jenetta, now Mrs. John D. Lamb, has four children—Oliver, Park, Etta and Warren; Hattie is now Mrs. Charles Hatfield; Charlotte, Elizabeth, Edith and Florence are at home with their parents.

Mr. Webb is the possessor of 240 acres of fine farming land, and has given much attention to the raising of fine stock. He has been a prominent man in the township and has served the people with credit in the various offices with which they have intrusted him. He was elected Supervisor in 1874, and politically is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party. He has made the most of his opportunities in life, and his well-informed mind has been greatly benefited by traveling over various portions of the United States and keeping his eyes open to what is going on around him in the world at large. He is not identified with any church organization but aims to make the Golden Rule the basis of his daily life, lives at peace with his fellow-men and as becomes a law-abiding and worthy citizen.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 565. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards




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