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 Pearl Webb

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Pearl Webb

Birth
Death 21 Nov 1904 (aged 8)
Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 104097522 View Source
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Pearl Webb was the daughter of Nehemiah Mark and Ellen (Williams) Webb. She was accidentally killed on a horse at the age of eight.

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The following article was published in the December 1, 1904, issue of the Big Stone Gap Post (page 4):

One of the most touching incidents that was ever chronicled in Letcher county, took place here Monday evening when little Pearl, the 10-year-old daughter of N. M. and Ellen Webb, was dragged to its death by the family horse which she was riding. The horse became frightened and the little girl's foot became fastened in the stirrup. The saddle turned under the horse and he ran about one fourth of a mile. She was considerably bruised up, but there was not a bone broken. Wednesday morning the remains of little Pearl were interred in the family lot near Hiram William's, above Whitesburg, to await the final resurrection morn.

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The following article was published in the November 25, 1904, issue of the Louisville Courier-journal (Page 3):

Killed By Horse.

Whitesburg, Ky., Nov. 24. - A sad accident is reported from about five miles up the river. A nine-year-old daughter of N. M. Webb, civil engineer of Letcher county, was riding on a horse, the saddle turned with her. Her foot hung in the stirrup and the horse ran for half a mile. She lived five minutes after she was rescued.

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The following is an excerpt from an interview with Pearl's mother, Ellen Williams Webb, by Ellen's grandson, Donald W. Webb, at Whitesburg, KY, in 1960:

DON: Ethel and Rose and others of your children, how old were they when they died?
ELLEN: Well, the first one you know was Pearl. She was nine years old. She was killed the 22nd of November and would have been nine the 20th of January.
DON: Pearl was killed on a horse?
ELLEN: Yes, Pearl was killed by a horse.
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DON: You were with her, weren't you?
ELLEN: Yes. I was getting ready to take corn to a water mill to have it ground for meal. I had the horse hitched and Pearl got on it. She put her foot in the stirrup and she had her wide shoes on. She had to turn her foot to put her shoe in the stirrup and the horse started off with her and the saddle turned and she fell but her foot caught in the stirrup. The horse drug her up the creek until it killed her. I guess, two or three hundred yards.
DON: Where was the mill?
ELLEN: Oh, I hadn't gone. I had gone to the crib to get my corn.
DON: Where did you all live then?
ELLEN: We lived at Sergent. There were some men working in the field and I ran after them and somebody gave the alarm and I met men folks coming and they took Pearl out of my arms. You know, we never did stay at that home any longer, not at that home.
DON: Oh, really?
ELLEN: We moved to Whitesburg then. That was before we started the Letcher County News. We never did keep that horse any longer, never did use it any more. You know, I went to town one day after that. They had a hitching post down on Taxi Street, between the courthouse and where Phil's Pool Room is now. And when I started to the store, and was going up the street, that horse was hitched there and he pulled the halter around and watched me just as far as I could see him. I looked back and he was still looking at me.


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