around 1808, possibly in Tennessee. He is said to have lived in
Lincoln County, but we also have records for him from Limestone and
Madison Counties in Alabama (all three of these counties border each
other). I am not sure where Joseph is located in the 1810 or 1820
census, but in the 1820 one, Hiram Webb is located in Lincoln County
(the southern part of it). The borders at this time could be very
confusing. In 1817, the map to the left (though fairly crude)
gives an indication of these problems, showing Huntsville as being in
Tennessee. If we have problems with this family moving around
apparently at this time or maybe even being left off of a census, it's
somewhat understandable. We might be better placing them in
specific spots by towns or other things mentioned. Hiram Webb and
David H. Blaylock were living on the Barren Fork of the Flint River in
1820, supposedly in southern Lincoln County, Tennessee. Though
it's no longer called the Barren Fork, that waterway is now known as
the Flint River itself (from Bloucher Fork maps used to say the Flint
split into the Barren Fork to the NW and the Mountain Fork to the NE;
the Mountain Fork still splits there, but the Flint continues up the
old Barren Fork). In Tennessee, the Flint crosses over and drains
Fowler Creek, Walker Creek, Slate Rock Branch, Williams Creek, and
numerous other creeks. Certainly we can say that Joseph lived
most of his life around this area, known as the Pea Ridge.
Joseph's daughter Sarah Frances was
married in Lincoln County in 1858 and was buried in the Blanche
Cemetery, in Lincoln County in 1924. Blanche is located about
three miles north of the state line.
Joseph married by the
time he was about 27. We don't know exactly when the marriage
took place, but it was to Mariah Barbara Martin, a year his junior and
from Kentucky. Her father was James Martin and her mother Sarah
Wingfield. They had their first child we know of, John W. Webb, in
On September 10,
1838, Joseph claimed land in Madison County, Alabama with the Land
Grant Office at Huntsville. He bought half a quarter section of
land, land which sits a little south of the town of Toney, in Madison
County (about five or six miles northwest of Huntsville). In all
his land covered eighty one and a half acres. Today, this land is
just across the road, to the southwest of the Sparkman Middle
School. On the other side (northeast) of the school interestingly
enough, is Webb Pond. Joseph's land is drained by a little brook
called "Dry Creek". This land is *not* drained by the Barren Fork
of the Flint River, so this cannot be the same land (just across the
state line) that Hiram lived on in Lincoln County.
Joseph was thirty years old, with a wife a year younger than him, and a three year old son.
Two years later, in 1840,
the census recorded the family as living in Limestone County. By
this time we know of another son born to the family, Joseph F. Webb in
1839, but we do not know who the other two males listed in the census
Joseph and Mariah are
said to have sold land in 1845 in Madison County, and this may be the
same land he bought in 1838. The land is referenced in Madison
County Book V, page 373, but I haven't found its exact location yet.
In 1843, Joseph bought
land (at a ridiculously low bid) in section 4 of the same range and
township. This land is in center of the modern community of Toney:
Madison County, Alabama Deed Book U, page 309
(abstracted) James C. Watkins, agent of the Branch of the Bank of the State of Alabama at Decatur by a writ of fieri facia, issued out of the circuit court of Morgan County. 19th of May, 1843, to R.W. Anderson. Goods seized and sell to Joseph Webb for $3.95, being the highest bid. Land is the West half of the SW 1/4 of Section 4, Township 2, Range 2 West. This takes place on September 4, 1843.
But it appears as though
he sold this land in August of 1845, so he didn't hold it very
long. It is unknown whether he lived on it or whether he stayed
on his other property. We do know that Joseph bought a large tract of land (almost 500 acres) at Blanche, in Lincoln County, Tennessee, in late 1847, for $1205.
In December of 1847,
Joseph was said to have died in Madison County, approximately twenty miles from Blanche. He was only about
39 years old, and left a wife with three children ages 12, 8, and 3.
Mariah was still fairly young, 38, and married again pretty soon. On May 15, 1849, she married William Philpot in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The new family was recorded this way in 1850, back in Lincoln County:
1850 Lincoln County, Tennessee Census
Page 300, Household #814
Philpot, William 45 M SC
Philpot, Mariah 30 F KY
Philpot, James 21 M Tenn
Philpot, Joseph 19 M Tenn
Philpot, Margaret 17 F Tenn
Philpot, Elizabeth 16 F Tenn
Philpot, Harriet 9/12 F Tenn
Webb, John 15 M Tenn
Webb, Joseph 12 M Tenn
Webb, Sarah 7 F Tenn
This is one of the best
single documents for tying this family together since we can easily see
that the Webb children kept their last names and together with the
marriage record from the year before, we know Mariah was a Webb widow
who remarried to Mr. Philpot.
Lincoln County court records provide clear account of the names of the minor children of John and Mariah:
Early Lincoln County Unpublished Court Records
Drury M. Perkins, adm. of Joseph Webb, paid Samuel Parks, guardian for John W., Joseph, and Sarah F. Webb, minors. Paid Wm. Filpot (Philpot) who intermarried with the widow of Joseph Webb. June 21, 1851.
This document lists all minors, but I am curious as to the possibility that the older male not known from the 1840 census, might be an older son that either died or that we are unaware of (a son whose name might not have been listed in the 1851 documents if he was no long a minor).
Growing up now in the same house,
John married his stepsister Margaret in June of 1853 (they had lived
together as teenage step-siblings for four years). Sarah Frances
married a few years later, on December 8, 1858, in Lincoln County, to
James Jasper McCann. And Joseph Jr. married on November 17, 1859,
in Lincoln County, to Mary Smith McCann.
In 1855, some of the land that Joseph had bought in 1847, was sold off by the children.
In 1860, the census recorded Mariah's family this way:
1860 Lincoln County, Tennessee Census
Post Office: Pleasant Plains; Page 245; Household #239
Philpot, Wm 55 Farmer $8000 Real Estate, $6000 Personal Estate
Philpot, Marriah 48 KY
Philpot, Harriett 11 TN
Philpot, Ellen 7 T
Webb, Margaret 26 TN
Webb, Sarah 6 TN
Webb, William 5 TN
Jackson, William 8 GA (possibly just a boarder given his birthplace)
By 1880, Mariah is living
with her younger daughter Tabitha Ellen who has married William P.
Forbes and is living in Blanche. The family is listed this way:
1880 Lincoln County, Tennessee Census
Blanche, Page 229d
Forbes, William P. Head Md. M W 29 TN Blacksmith AL NC
Forbes, Tabitha E. Wife Md. F W 27 TN Keeping House SC AL
Forbes, Mariah E. Dau. Sing. F W 8 TN TN TN
Forbes, Wm. E. Son Sing. M W 7 TN TN TN
Forbes, Eula Dau. Sing. F W 5 TN TN TN
Philfot, Barbary Mother-in-law Widowed F W 67 AL -- --
(Updated, June 5, 2004)
John W. Webb (md. Margaret A. Philpot)
Webb (md. Mary Smith McCann)
Joseph and Mary lived a while in Lincoln County, but eventually moved to Hunt County, Texas.
Sarah Frances Webb (md. James Jasper McCann)
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