Today we remember Asbury's youngest brother, Fred Lincoln Webster.
Fred was born on October 28, 1863 in Pecatonica, Winnebago, Illinois. He was the youngest of eight children born to Moses Augustine Webster and Amanda Melvina Carlisle. His oldest sibling, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster (my 2nd Great-Grandfather) was 25 years older than him and had already served in the Civil War by the time Fred was born.
Another older brother, Watson Emery Webster (not to be confused with my Great-Grandfather, Watson Emory [Frederick] Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist") had also served in the Civil War before Fred was born. Both Ebenezer and Watson were discharged from the service in Feb and Jan 1863 respectively due to disability.
I've only found Fred in one federal census. Here's Fred living with his parents, Moses and Amanda in the 1870 Blairstown, Benton, Iowa U.S. Census.1 His brother Watson and his family are living in the household as well. Sadly, one year after this census was taken, Fred's mother, Amanda died. She was only 51 years old at the time of her death.
|1870 U.S. Federal Census, Blairstown, Benton, Iowa|
Ancestry.com (see footnote)
As you can see, Fred was six years old at the time of this census. A short seven years after this census was taken, Fred passed away.
According to the History And Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut, Volume 2, page 1185:2
"Fred Lincoln Webster, b. Oct. 28, 1863, was killed by accident, Aug. 21, 1877."Fred was just two months shy of his fourteenth birthday when he died. I don't know anything about the accident that caused his death. I've tried to find newspaper accounts regarding Fred's death, but haven't been able to find anything yet.
I'm not even sure where Fred died. He could have died in Iowa or even Kansas. Why Kansas? Because in the 1880 U.S. Census, Fred's father, Moses, was living in Marshall County, Kansas with his son Ebenezer. It is possible that sometime following the death of Fred's mother, Amanda, in 1871, Moses and little Fred moved from Iowa to Ebenezer's home in Kansas.
As I related in my post about Fred's brother, Asbury, four of the eight children born to Moses and Amanda Webster died at young ages. I'd like to remember the other two children in future posts.
Thanks for reading!
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1 Year: 1870; Census Place: Blairstown, Benton, Iowa; Roll: M593_376; Page: 198B; Image: 400; Family History Library Film: 545875.Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. ↩
2 William Holcomb Webster and Rev. Melville Reuben Webster, D. D., History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut (Rochester, New York: E. R. Andrews Printing Company, 1915), Vol. 2, pg. 1185↩