Edwin Hermandis Webster

Photo added by Jody Glynn Patrick

Edwin Hermandis Webster

  • Birth 26 Sep 1845
  • Death 1 Jul 1895
  • Burial Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 14782743

Edwin Hermandis Webster was the son of Isaac Shuarte Webster and Cynthia Williams Webster, born in Macon County, Illinois. He would move with the family many times in his boyhood, farming across Illinois, into Iowa, and back to Illinois.

By the age of 18, Edwin had landed in Newburg, Illinois, from where he enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War. He joined the Illinois Infantry, Company D, Unit 7 on February 17, 1865, on behalf of the Union. His rank at induction and separation was "private."

Edwin met Ohio native Sarah Ann Thomas. Regardless how the families came together (whether in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, or Illinois), the couple married January 28, 1869, in Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois.

By 1870, Edwin, 23, was established as a Pike County farmer (likely given land to farm on his father's farm) with a personal estate valued at about $100. In November of that year, the couple had son Alva.

Blandinsville is a small town in McDonough county. Sarah gave birth to Adah there in February, 1872. In May of 1874, Arland was born. By September, 1875, the family had returned to Newburgh, Pike County, and son Herman was born. Daughter Icedora was born two years later in August, 1877. Sadly, Icedora died just before the age of two, in July, 1979 — shortly after the birth of her baby brother, Ernest, in May.

In 1880, Edwin, 29, was farming. Son Clyde Daniel Webster was born in August, just after the census.

Edwin and Sarah had another child in September of 1882 – Arrie Sibyl (also called Arabilla). Edmond was born in December, 1887. The family next moved to Augusta, Hancock County, IL, where daughter Ethel was born in November, 1889. Jennie followed in August, 1892, and Carrie was born in December, 1893.

Edwin died July 1, 1895 and Sarah filed for a window's pension from the Civil War on September 19, 1895.

In 1900, son Herman, 24, helped Sarah with the farm. Also living at home was Ernest, 21, who was employed as a grocer's laborer. Ethel, 10, was in school, though daughter Jennie, 7, was not. Sarah reported that she had given birth to a dozen children, and of those, nine were still alive. Widowed son Arland lived alone in a rented home in 1900 and his employment was recorded as "farm manager." Very likely, he managed his mother Sarah's farm.

Sarah died on September 26, 1916 and buried by her husband.

Biography is written by their great-great-granddaughter, JGP.

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"Let those memories be as guiding starts to heaven"; PVT, Co D7, RECT ILL Inf, CIVIL WAR

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  • Created by: Jody Glynn Patrick
  • Added: 30 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14782743
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Hermandis Webster (26 Sep 1845–1 Jul 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14782743, citing Augusta Cemetery, Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Jody Glynn Patrick (contributor 46793474) .