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WEBB CEMETERY is located at the intersection of G24 Highway and 73rd , two miles north and one mile west of Spring Hill, Iowa. The legal description defines it as being located in the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter, NE ¼ NW ¼, of Section 31, Greenfield Township (77), Range 24.
Around 1846-1849, Daniel R Perkins homesteaded 280 acres that included the NW ¼ of 31-77-24 (reference Deed Record Book M, p. 38). The oldest marked grave at Webb Cemetery is that of Susan Shelton, dated Dec 5, 1850, a niece of Daniel Perkins. Daniel's first wife, Evelena was buried at Webb Cemetery in 1851, and his brother, Elisha Perkins, in 1853. September 4, 1851: Greenbush was platted out by the John Jones Perkins , the north half being located in Polk County and the south half in Warren County (Book B, p. 19). A history of the transfer of the northern tier of townships to Warren County in 1853, a.k.a, "The Strip," is described on pp. 333 and 352 of the History of Warren County .) Greenbush was one of the larger communities in the early settlement of Warren County. It served as a military encampment for a time. The post office was renamed Ft. Plain in 1854. August 1856: Daniel and his third wife, Frances (Webb), conveyed 170 acres to A.B.C. Davis. The area would have included the cemetery; however, there is no mention of any land being set aside for a cemetery, (Book Q, p. 569). March 28, 1860: A.B.C. Davis and his wife, Mary A Davis, conveyed 120 acres, except one (1) acre, to Asa A Webb, (Book L, p. 369). The acre, the site of the cemetery, is defined as beginning twenty (20) rods east of the NW ¼ corner of the NE ¼. The dimensions were eighteen (18) rods by eight (8) rods, twenty (22) and 2/9 links. (The 1 acre would be the area lying south and east of the north gates.) The cemetery is named after Asa & Mary Webb. Ironically, they are not buried at Webb Cemetery. They are buried at Linn Grove Cemetery. March 14, 1860: A meeting was held at Greenbush to establish a corporation to be called the GREENBUSH PUBLIC BURYING GROUNDS, (Book L, p. 438). The officers of the Greenbush Cemetery Association were Wm H Anderson, President (buried in row 13); Leftwich Bedwell, Vice-President (buried in row 9); B.O. Perkins, Secretary. Benjamin is not buried at Webb Cemetery. He operated the general store and coal business in Greenbush. 1872 – Spring Hill was laid out by Dr Bevington and William Ashworth. People moved to the new town of Spring Hill and abandoned Greenbush. The obituary of Mrs. Mary Webb (b1839 - d1923) gives us a glimpse into the migration of people from Greenbush to Spring Hill, "she moved with her parents to Iowa in 1856. When a young woman she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Greenbush. When the railroad come through and the town and church began to feel the pull toward Spring Hill, she became one of the charter members of the new Methodist church in that place." October 20, 1881: A charter was granted to Spring Hill Independent Order of Odd Fellow (I.O.O.F.), Lodge #435. Charter members were T.J. Wakefield, I.W. Stark, A.D. Stark, A.L. Anderson, John H Thomas and E.C. Williamson. December 20, 1910: Greenfield Township trustees, Oren Alexander, Thomas Sheriff, and Grant McCoy (the successor of Russell A Barcroft) secured 2.26 acres from Mary Webb, widow, and her daughter, Ursula, commencing at the corner of the NE ¼ NW 1/4 of said forty, thence east 5.15 chains, south 4.45 chains, west 4.99 chains, north 4.45 chains to place of beginning. The deed was filed July 25, 1911, (Book 74, p.38). December 9, 1914: A warranty deed was filed conveying the 2.26 acres to I.O.O.F. Lodge #435. As described in (Book 76, pp. 106 and 107), "the citizens living at Spring Hill and in the vicinity thereof desiring an extension of the old cemetery grounds, having been practically filled up, a subscription was taken to purchase additional grounds. Therefore, with the understanding and intention that it should be paid to the Spring Hill Lodge #435 ….… ." March 10, 1923: The Spring Hill I.O.O.F. #435 charter was surrendered. October, 1943: The Grand Lodge of Iowa quit claimed the 2.26 acres back to Greenfield Township, (Book 112, p. 245). July 1, 1946: A meeting was held at the cemetery to organize the WEBB CEMETERY ASSOCIATION. Discussion relative to general maintenance and improvements was led by Sheriff Lewis Johnson prior to election of officers. Twenty-two (22) persons were present. Officers chosen were Mrs Chas (Merlie Hoover) Glascock, President and Russell Dillard, Secretary-Treasurer. A board of three members was appointed. They were Ed Woods, 1 yr ; Donald Smith, two years and Hillis Andrews, three years. Don Smith served continuously on the board for 61 years until his death, February 14, 2007.
Webb Cemetery is also referred to as the LOCKRIDGE CEMETERY. Samuel and Mary Phillips (Meek) Lockridge owned land along Gear Street from Spring Hill to Linn Grove. They had eleven children. Their children married and continued to live in close proximity to the cemetery. Most of the family is buried at Webb cemetery, hence the reference, LOCKRIDGE CEMETERY.
Records of the burials in the east one acre were stored in a shed on premises. The shed and the records were destroyed by vandalism (fire) in the early 1950's.
(Text provided by Rosemary Hoover, Trustee, Webb Cemetery)
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