|John W. Webb
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 487-488, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
John W. Webb representative engineer of the Quincy Railroad,
living at Beardstown, was born in Estill county, Kentucky, January 22,
1858. He was reared there until twelve years of age, when his parents
moved to Daviess county, Missouri, and settled on a farm. Here he grew
up on the farm with only ordinary school advantages. His father is
Elijah Webb, son of Richard Webb, of North Carolina. The family came of
old Maryland stock, and Richard was brought to Kentucky when eight
years old by his parents, who settled on a farm. Here they died after
improving the land to a considerable extent. Here Richard grew up and
married Miss Clemy Tipton, born in Kentucky, in 1804. After their three
children were grown up they removed to Daviess county, Missouri, and
joined their son Elijah. They both died in this place, the wife in
1872, her husband ten years later. They both were Baptists. Their son
Elijah, born in 1827, was a farmer in Kentucky and followed that
profession all his life. He married Sallie A. Brinegar, born in 1841 in
Kentucky. They now live in Harrison county, Missouri. Mrs. Webb is a
member of the Christian Church, but Mr. Webb is a member of another
John Webb is one of twelve children, of whom nine are yet
living. He began his career in the railroad service in 1876 as a
brakeman on the Iowa division of the Quincy road. He was then living in
Iowa. When he was located at Eldon, Iowa, he was brakeman and extra
conductor. Later he was a farmer in DeKalb, Missouri, for two years,
and from there returned to the Quincy road, and has been employed by
them ever since. He has gained the confidence of the road by his
faithful service and good habits. He has been associated with the St.
Louis division since June 10, 1886. He was a conductor of local and
through freight trains and extra passenger conductor, and only had one
wreck. That occurred in the winter of 1884, when engine 194 and eleven
cars left the track at Vermont, Illinois. He is a practical man and has
made money at his business.
He was married in Wapello county, Iowa, to Miss Hattie Smock,
who was born in the same county and was there reared and educated. She
is the daughter of Archibald and Hannah (More) Smock, natives of Ohio.
They were married near Indianapolis, where Miss More and her parents
had settled when she was a small child. Mr. Smock followed his vocation
of farming, first in Indiana and then moved to Iowa, and, settling on a
farm in Wapello county, remained there the rest of his life with his
wife. They were both faithful members of the Baptist Church and were
esteemed by all who knew them.
Mr. and Mrs. Webb have had four children, two of whom are dead.
Those living are: Maude and Ernest E., two bright little children. Mr.
and Mrs. Webb are attendants on the services of the Christian Church,
of which Mrs. Webb is a member. Mr. Webb is a K. of P., being a member
of the Beardstown Lodge, and he is a Democrat in politics. He and his
wife are worthy citizens and are greatly liked for their many good
qualities. Mr. Webb is a genial, warm-hearted man, with hosts of
friends, and his good natured wife is equally esteemed.
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