Jacob “Jake” Webb

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Jacob “Jake” Webb

Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Death 24 Oct 1908 (aged 69)
Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Ramage, Boone County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 134730461 · View Source
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Information derived from Charles R. Webb's research based on "Early Webbs of Virginia" by Ronald Turner:

"Jacob Webb, son of James Webb and Sarah Gallimore, born 3 April 1839 in what is now Raleigh County, West Viginia. He married 1) about 1858 Mary Emaline Ellison, daughter of Felix Ellison; and married 2) Clarinda Jane Bailey, daughter of Leftridge and Parena Bailey.[on 2 Apr 1864, Wyoming County, West Virginia]

During the Civil War, Jacob "Jake" Webb enlisted in the Union Army 10 October 1861 in the new regiment which was being organized by John Hunt Oley, William S. Dunbar and others. This outfit then known as the 8th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, was mustered into Federal service at Wheeling, October 29, 1861, with John Hunt Oley as Major, and William S. Dunbar, Captain of Company "H". The regiment later became the 7th West Virginia Cavalry.

Jacob Webb was a private in Company H until 30 November 1862, at which time he was promoted to 1st Sergeant. A month later he was promoted to 1st Lt. He held that rank until he was honorably discharged on 23 Feburary 1865.

Perhaps his most trying assignment was the one given him to "seek and destroy" Andrew Gunnoe, the leader of a ruthless gang of Confederate Home Guards who were terrorizing Raleigh and Wyoming Counties. There were many reports of atrocities committed against Union sympathizers by Capt. Andrew Gunnoe's gang which reached the Union headquarters. The army sent Lt. Webb to the area to deal with the problem. Tradition is that he was given orders to hang Andrew Gunnoe when he caught him.

After arriving in Raleigh County, Lt. Webb enlisted the help of the Union Home Guard, with Pemberton Cook and his son Perry, a man named Milam and two other men he crossed the mountain into Craney Creek near where Andrew Gunnoe lived. He stationed part of his men on each side of the road. They were perhaps concealed in the bushes and waited for Andrew to appear. When he did they asked him to surrender, but instead, he tried to draw his service revolver and was shot from each side of the road. The Reverend James Peters, who saw the body, later reported that the bullets made a single whole large enough to drop a pebble through. Incidentally, Andrew Gunnoe had shot one of James Peters' nephews. Relatives and friends of Andrew Gunnoe called the incident an ambush. Decendents of Jacob Webb called it duty. Perhaps both were right to some extent.

Lt. Jacob Webb participated in battles in the Shenandoah Valley and was on the Salem Raid. At Droop Mountain, West Virginia, he fought against his brother, John R. Webb."

Children of Jacob and Mary Emaline Ellison:

James William Riley Webb (12 Sept 1858)
Twins (15 Dec 1859)
George M.A. Webb (12 Mar 1861)

Children of Jacob and Clarinda Jane Bailey:

Pauline Emaline Webb Cook(27 Oct 1868)
Rosebell Webb Bone(15 Jul 1873)
Ulysses Stark Webb (23 Jun 1875)
Lou Emma Webb Green(2 July 1879)

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 134730461
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob “Jake” Webb (3 Apr 1839–24 Oct 1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 134730461, citing Webb Cemetery, Ramage, Boone County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Jenine Kimbler (contributor 48237876) .