Allen Webb

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 and Isaac.
  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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