Webb Cemetery

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Webb Cemetery

Location
Devils Nest
Crofton, Knox County, Nebraska, USA
Memorials 5 added (80% photographed)

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Deep in the Devils Nest, nearly hidden in the bluestem grass native to the area, stands two tombstones. The graves are located high on a hilltop. Standing at the gravesite you can look to the north and enjoy a panoramic view of the Missouri River. It is the final resting place for five members of the Webb family.

The Webb family located in the Devils Nest, Knox County by 1885, coming here from New York after the Civil War. They homesteaded 160 acres in Herrick township and settled into a life of farming. The grass was lush and the water plenty, but typical of many early pioneers, they experienced hardships and misfortunes. In 1889, both father and son laid their wives to rest, only a month apart.

Buried in this family plot are Asahel and Caroline Webb, their son and daughter-in-law Lucius and Martha Webb, and an unmarked grave of an infant. The child is the son of Romaine and Antha (Webb) Barber. Antha is the daughter of Asahel and Caroline.

Cemeteries were often started on ground owned by the family of the deceased. Far from any public cemetery, the pioneers would choose a hill or secluded place close to the home site. A place they could easily visit when the need arose. Some later became public burial grounds but others like the Webb Cemetery hold only the family. Often the families have moved away and no descendants are left. Some of the living descendants of the Webb family that are still in Knox County are: Stewart, Hilfiker and Kuhl.

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GPS Coordinates: 42.8145300, -97.6924300

  • Added: 13 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2414114