Monday, April 11, 2016

Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster ~ Inventor of The Webster Dehorning Chute

Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster

This past weekend has been very exciting for me. I've found some fascinating and previously unknown information about my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster.

While researching Ebenezer on the MyHeritage website, I decided to click on the Books and Publications collection. Results that I'd never seen before were listed.

In two of these results, Ebenezer was mentioned in the book The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890. The first mention showed Ebenezer in a list of prominent citizens in Marshall County, Kansas.1



The second mention was this paragraph on Page 42.2


The paragraph transcription is as follows:
E. P. C. Webster is patentee of the Webster dehorning chute. There are a large number of these chutes in use all over the west, and are an invaluable acquisition to a stock farm. It is a machine that all ranches should possess. Mr. Webster is a thorough business man and an energetic, honorable citizen.
Wow! I love this paragraph. It's so cool to learn that Ebenezer was well-thought of in the community. And that first sentence was a real eye-opener. Ebenezer had a patent? I did a Google search, and yes, Ebenezer was granted a patent. There it is listed at the top of my search results in the screenshot below.


Clicking on that link gave me the following page.


This page included information about Ebenezer's patent. The patent was filed on May 22, 1888 and granted on April 15, 1890. Up in the top right side of the page are two buttons, one to view the patent as a PDF file and one to download it as a PDF file.

Images of Ebenezer's patent are also included. 



It's so cool to see Ebenezer's signature under Inventor on each of these pages. Ebenezer wasn't the only inventor in the family. His son, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, (my great-grandfather, aka "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog), was also an inventor. I shared that discovery in my blog post Talented Tuesday - My Great-Grandpa Was An Inventor? 

I've learned so much more about Ebenezer and his invention, The Webster Dehorning Chute, this past weekend. I'll share those discoveries in future posts.

By the way, did you know that Google has a patent search? Yep. Perhaps your ancestor was granted a patent too. To search the patents on Google, click HERE.



Thanks for reading!


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1 Runneals, Clark. "The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage." The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage. Ebenezer P. C. Webster, Page 21. Web. (Accessed 9 Apr. 2016)


2 Runneals, Clark. "The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage." The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage. Ebenezer P. C. Webster, Page 42. Web. (Accessed 9 Apr. 2016)

2 comments:

  1. What a great discovery! I can imagine how excited you were to find the patent with the drawings. Thanks for sharing. ~ Cathy

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    1. Oh yes! It was so exciting to find this patent Cathy. Thanks for stopping by!

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