Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE E. WEBB was born in Pulaski
county, Virginia, on January 31, 1876. His parents, James H. and
Alice M. Webb, were natives of Virginia and there remained until their
death. Nine children were born to them, named as follows, Wm.
R., George E., Samuel W., Mary S., James E., John D., Ruth N., Tiler O.,
and Nellie J. Our subject was educated in what was known as Horseshoe
school in Pulaski county, Virginia, and received a thorough English training.
He remained with his parents until twenty-two years of age, then learned
the blacksmith trade. He wrought at that trade for sometime and in
1900, came to Adams county, purchasing a section of land about eight miles
southeast from Lind, where he resides at the present time. The entire
estate is well fenced and highly improved, being supplied with orchard
and all other improvements necessary. In addition to general farming,
Mr. Webb raises horses. Although he has not been here so long as
some of the pioneers, still he has shown himself thoroughly appreciative
of the resources and advantages of the country and has won an excellent
On February 15, 1898, Mr. Webb married Miss
E. Susie (Chumbley). February 15 is remembered by all as the date
upon which the illfated battle ship Maine was destroyed in Havana harbor,
but Mr. Webb remarks that it was rather an expensive charivari for his
wedding. Mrs. Webb is the daughter of W. A. and Mary C. (Hickman)
Chumbley, natives of Virginia where they now reside. She is one of
ten children, named as follows, William H., Edgar E., Susie, Fred, Bessie
H., Mary C. and Maggie R., twins, James H., Clemence, and Myrtle.
Her mother's father, William P. Hickman, was chaplain during the Rebellion
in the confederate army and was killed while in the service. Mrs.
Webb's father served four years in the confederate army and lost his eye
by a gun shot wound. Her mother's uncle, Moses D. Hogue, was a Presbyterian
minister and James Hogue Tyler, ex-governor of Virginia, was a cousin of
Mrs. Webb's mother. To Mr. and Mrs. Webb, three children have been
born, Evrett M., Mary I., and Nellie M.
In political matters, our subject is hampered
by the ties of no party, being liberal in his views and an independent
thinker. He is a member of the Christian Baptist church, while Mrs.
Webb belongs to the Presbyterian denomination.
Mrs. Betsy Albert, the great grandmother of
our subject, and now a resident of Virginia, is in her one hundred and
third year. She is great-great-grandmother to six children, the three
of our subject and three of John Albert of West Virginia.