William E. Webster (1845-1915) was born in Tennessee and died in Clay County on Nov. 21, 1915. In the Civil War he was with the 12th Missouri Calvary from 1864-65. He applied for a pension in August, 1912, under File #15649 and his pension was increased in 1914. He went to Dr. J. P. Hiller with kidney disease, poor eyesight and being unable to work. Henry Holcomb vouched for his service record. On Feb. 1, 1865, he married Marion Louise Renfro (1844-1908) and they had 10 children: John Milton, Violet E., Francis Marion (Frank), Elmira, Sarah Isabelle, William Henry, Annie, Martha Ella, Brenda Maude, and Lulu L. Webster. William E. and his wife are buried in CumminÕs Chapel Cemetery. William E. Webster was one of the founders of the Cummins Chapel Methodist Church.
William E. Webster received Homestead papers from the Little Rock Land Office on June 26, 1896, Document #8104.
The children will be taken up individually.
John Milton Webster (1867-1935) was born in Clay County and was first married to M. P. Tucker in Nov. 1894. His second marriage was to Maggie Clementine Gallimore in 1897, and they had these children: (1) Earnest J. Webster who married Ruth Ann Parmley and had Bill n. Webster, Doris Ratliff, Glenda Ballard, Patricia Gazley, and Elaine Latimer. Earnest and his wife worked in Michigan until they retired in 1962 and moved back to Piggott. They are buried in the Piggott Cemetery. (2) Myrtle M. Webster (1902-1968) married Peter J. Medus and had a daughter, Mrs. Bill Howell of Cape Girardeau. They are buried in Piggott. (3) Daniel Webster (1904-1905). (4) Grace Z. Webster (1905-1974) married Marion Grimes and died in University Hospital, Little Rock. They had one child, Lilian, who died at age seven. Grace is buried in Magness chapel Cemetery near Ward, Ark. (5) Nova Webster (1910-1997) married Hershell Tate and David Alex Madison. (6) J. Howard Webster (1912-1981) married Doisie Brown and they are buried in Holcomb Cemetery, East of Pollard. (7) Pansy Webster married a Hogard and a Godsey. (8) Louie W. Webster (1916- ) is buried in Cummins Chapel Cemetery.
Violet E. Webster (1869- ) married J. M. Farley Aug. 15, 1893 with both from Pollard and their ages were 48 and 24.
Francis (Frank) Marion Webster (1872-1959) married Nancy Sabra Haywood in 1893 and had 12 children: (1) Julia Ella Webster married Jerry Hendricks who was a rural mail carrier for over 30 years out of Greenway. He served in the Spanish American War in 1898 for three years. They had three children. After he retired from the postal service, they moved to Piggott. (2) Flora M. Webster married Boyd Potter in 1923. They taught school in Clay Co., worked in Detroit a few years, farmed in the Call's Chapel community, and retired in Piggott. They had one daughter, Ellouise Matheney. (3) Melissa (Lessie) Emma Webster married Zelmar Forrest and they are buried at New Hope. (4) Madge Eugene Webster married J. L. Johnson and had one son, James Webster Johnson. (5) Paul Amos Webster married Ruth Marie Pollard and they had Robert, Paula, Suzanna, and Richard. (6) Silas Webster married Helen Simpson and had twin sons who were born and died Aug., 1934, and Francis Jan Lou Binkley. (7) Elma Marie Webster married Dallas Layton Pollard in 1927 and had six children: Donald, Dallas, Charles, Carl, Eugenia Williams, and an infant son who died in 1943. Elma worked after the children were in school at Canadas's Creamery, D. A. Hill's store, and at Roeder's Variety store for about 30 years. (8) Ruby Webster married a Meatte and lived in Detroit. (9) Dorothy M. Webster married Orville Monroe Gurley and had Carroll and Ronnie Gurley and Barbara Gurley Renard. (10), (11), (12) three sons died in infancy, dates unknown.
Elmira Webster was on the 1870 Clay Co. Census as Viley E., age 1, and on the 1880 census at age 7 as Elmiry. She does not show up again She either died young or was lost with a married name.
Sarah Isabelle Webster married Wm. J. (Grant) Farley in Dec. 1895 with both from Pollard and ages were 32 and 22. They had a daughter who died in infancy. Sarah's second marriage was to Thomas Ezell in 1913, and he had Bessie Ezell Ward, T. L. Ezell, and Eva Ella Ezell Carter by a first marriage.
William Henry Webster married Annie O'Neal in 1909 and had Harold, May Belle Melton, and James Ivan. They had an adopted son, Amuel Hoselton. They are buried in Cummin's Chapel Cementery.
Annie Webster (1879- ) was on the 1880 census and nothing else was found.
Martha Ella Webster (1881- ) was on the 1900 census.
Brenda Maude Webster (1883-1962) married Everet B. Kirk in Oct. 1899 and had William M. Belle Kirk Barkemeyer, Jim, Roy, Lloyd, and Rupert Kirk.
Lulu L. Webster (1884-1943) married James R. Vancil and had Mrs. Bill James, J. L. Vancil, and Lester Vancil. They are buried in Piggott.