Monday, July 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #28 ~ George Washington Webster, Uncle of "The Traveling Dentist"

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

In last week's 52 Ancestors post, I introduced you to my 3rd great-grandfather, Moses Augustine Webster.

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of Moses' sons, George Washington Webster.

George was born on 8 September 1845 in Racine, Meigs, Ohio to his parents, Moses Augustine Webster and Amanda Melvina Carlisle. George's oldest brother was my 2nd great-grandfather,
Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster. As such, he was an uncle to Ebenezer's son, and my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

For some reason, my great-grandfather, Frederick, spent some time living with three of his father's brothers during his youth. George was one of those uncles that Frederick lived with. I don't know why Frederick lived at the homes of his three uncles, but it was very nice of them to let him live with them.1

George Washington Webster married two times. First he married Josephine Hannah Bliss on 7 February 1868 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa. George and Josephine were the parents of one child, a daughter named Josephine Augusta Webster, who was born on 21 November 1868 in Benton County, Iowa. Sadly, George's wife, Josephine Hannah passed away on 8 December 1868, just seventeen days after she gave birth to their daughter Josephine Augusta.

George married a second time. He married the younger sister of his first wife. Her name was Georgiana Bliss. George and Georgiana were married on 23 February 1870 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa.

George and Georgiana were the parents of seven children, five of whom were living at the time the 1900 U.S. census was taken. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of one of the children who passed away.

George and Georgiana's children:

  1. Georgiana Maie Webster (1872-1950)
  2. Nettie Ann Webster (1882-1892)
  3. Mary Grace Webster (1884-?)
  4. Myrtle Amanda Webster (1886-1892)
  5. Reverend Joyce Basil Webster (1891-1974)
  6. Blaine Bliss Webster (1893-1969)
  7. Unknown Child (died before 1900)

Through census records, I've learned that during his lifetime George lived in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and finally Oklahoma. George was listed as a farmer in the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses. In the 1920 census, George didn't have an occupation listed. He was seventy-four years old at the time the 1920 census was taken.

George passed away on 11 March 1927 in Luther, Oklahoma at eighty-one years of age. He was buried at Pond Creek Cemetery in Pond Creek, Oklahoma.

Thanks for reading!


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1 Hand-written history of places Frederick lived during his life. It was written in Portuguese and most likely written by Debs Warren Webster, Frederick's son.


  1. Handsome portrait of George. I wonder too about people in my family who seem to have been shuttled among relatives. Were their parents unable to care for them? Were they simply working for the relatives or helping to care for a sick family member? Was it closer to school? Lots of scenarios were possible.

    1. Hi Wendy,

      I need to take a closer look at the hand-written note by my Grandpa Debs about where Frederick lived during his life. Unfortunately, it's in Portuguese, and I don't speak or read Portuguese. But, my mom does. So, I'll need her to help me with it. Maybe there are some hints as to when Frederick lived with his uncles. Thanks for stopping by!




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