Monday, April 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 ~ Rollin Waterman Webster – Such a Dapper Young Fellow

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Rollin Waterman Webster - Age 25 circa 1895

I love this picture of my maternal great-granduncle, Rollin Waterman Webster. Wasn't he dapper? I love his high starched collar and bowler hat. This photo was taken when Rollin was 25 years old, which would have been around 1895.

Rollin was a brother of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster. My regular readers may already know that I affectionately refer to my great-grandfather, Watson, as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

Rollin and Frederick had another brother named Frank. This photo shows the three of them together. It was taken around 1884. On the back of the photo, my grandfather, Debs Webster, son of Watson (Frederick) and nephew of Rollin and Frank, wrote the following:

Webster Brothers

From Left To Right

Rollin  13 years                   Frank  18 years                   Emory (Fred)  20 years

Webster Brothers - Rollin, Frank, Watson (Fred) Webster circa 1884

Rollin was born on 21 October 1870 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa to his parents Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster and Cynthia Maria Waterman. He was the youngest of six children born to Ebenezer and Cynthia.

Unlike his brothers, Frederick and Frank, Rollin did not become a dentist. Instead, he spent years working for the railroad. But, that is a topic for a future post.

Rollin married twice. His first wife was named Cecelia A. Jennings. She was from Ireland. They were married on 1 June 1901 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They were the parents of four children. Sadly, she passed away on 7 May 1915.

Cecelia had a younger sister named Ellen who also emigrated from Ireland. And this is who Rollin married after Cecelia passed away. Rollin and Ellen were married on 26 June 1916 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They didn't have any children.

Rollin spent most of his life living in Chicago. He passed away on 9 October 1962 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He was just shy of his 92nd birthday. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

I will share more about Rollin's life in future posts.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I love all of your family photos. What a treasure. And dapper, indeed!

    1. Thank you Sally! I'm so blessed to have these photos and to have connected with my 3rd cousin who has even more wonderful ancestor photos. They really are treasures.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Fun! He does look dapper in his hat, and it looks like he had a pretty snazzy tie as well - I can't even figure out what type of pattern it has!

    1. Hi Melanie,

      Yep! His tie was very snazzy. The pattern is interesting. Wouldn't it be fun to see this photo in color to see all of the details and colors?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I wonder what color that tie was. It almost looks like velvet, which is highly unlikely, probably silk. At 13 he looked very mature. At 25 he was quite a catch!

    1. Hi Wendy,

      I just read online that ties at that time were often silk, so I think it's safe to say that Rollin's tie was probably made of silk. It would be so interesting to see this photo in color to see the colors of the tie and the rest of his outfit.

      Thanks for stopping by!




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