From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 542-543, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Allen Webb was born in Madison county, Kentucky, July 25, 1820.
He was the son of Joshua and Letta (Haward) Webb. The former was born
in Virginia and came with his parents at an early day to Kentucky,
where he lived and died at the age of eighty years. He was in the war
of 1812 and drew a pension, having been a brave soldier. He was the son
of John and Millie Webb, who were both natives of Virginia and died in
Kentucky, the former at eighty-five the latter at 103. All the family
were farmers. Mrs. Letta Webb was born in Virginia and died in the same
State as her husband when she was fifty-five. She was a daughter of
John and Nancy Haward. A brother of Joshua Webb was in the
Revolutionary war and was at the Cornwallis surrender.
Allen Webb was one of five children and remained at home until
nineteen years of age, working on the farm. He then hired himself out
to a man as blacksmith's apprentice and stayed with him two years, and
then started a business for himself in Clark county, Kentucky. He
continued working at his trade until 1851, and then started by wagon
for Illinois. He first located at Mt. Sterling. His original farm was
160 acres, worth but little at that time and he lived in a log house
for some time. He then sold that farm for 100 per cent profit and
bought another farm of 225 acres. He built a good farm house and soon
had one of the best farms in the county. This farm he sold also, and
moved to another place for a year. He then settled on the old Dennis
farm and lived there for three years, when he again sold out and moved
back to Mt. Sterling and retired from active business, having been an
extensive stock-grower. He now has a fine town house and the old
General Signetetan farm of twenty acres. He was an old Whig and voted
first for Henry Clay and in 1856 for John Freemont. He has voted the
Republican ticket ever since. Mr. Webb had only six month's schooling
in his entire life, but he has educated himself and is a well-read man.
Mr. Webb now enjoys life in an easy way looking after his property and
real estate interests.
He was married for the first time to Emily Oliver, of Madison
county. She died in Lee township aged forty-eight years. She bore her
husband ten children, four now living, namely: Jennie, John A., Emeline
Mr. Webb was married for the second time to Miss Martha Harper
of Ohio, daughter of Stephen and Martha Harper, who came here at an
early day. Mrs. Webb died in this county, aged forty-eight years. She
bore him one child, that died at the age of four years. Mr. Webb was
married for the third time, to Miss Sarah Dennis of Bourbon county,
Kentucky, near Georgetown. She was the daughter of Clark and Elizabeth
Dennis. They were also natives of Kentucky and came to this State at an
early date, and Mr. Dennis was made the first Sheriff of the county.
Mrs. Webb was one of nine children, five yet living. Her whole family
were members of the Christian Church of which her father was an Elder.
Mr. and Mrs. Webb have educated the four living children of Mr.
Webb very finely, and the oldest son was in the late war, being one of
the first 100 day men. Mr. and Mrs. Webb are influential people who are
greatly respected by their large circle of friends.
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