Monday, August 25, 2014

52 Ancestors: #34 ~ Lillian Dell Webster – Daughter of a Civil War Veteran

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

Lura Elizabeth Webster and Lillian Dell Webster

This is a picture of Lillian Dell Webster and her sister Lura Elizabeth Webster. Lura is sitting and Lillian is standing. The picture was taken at Lura's home in Alhambra, Los Angeles, California. I wrote about Lura in a previous 52 Ancestors post. If you'd like to read that post, click HERE.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Lillian Dell Webster. She was my maternal great-grandaunt. Lillian was the fifth of six children born to Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster and Cynthia Maria Waterman. Ebenezer was a Civil War veteran.

Lillian was a younger sibling of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

On 16 September 1885 Lillian married James Perry Burket in Oketo, Kansas. They were the parents of five children.

  1. Frank Charles Burket (1886-1950)
  2. Lura Edith Burket (1888-1975)
  3. Mary Alice Burket (1889-1958)
  4. Maud Inez Burket (1891-?)
  5. Carol Anderson Burket (1895-1978)

It appears that Lillian named some of her children after family members, which is awesome. She must have named her oldest daughter after her sister Lura.

And Lillian had a brother named Frank Summers Webster. Lura's husband had a brother named Benjamin Franklin Burket. Perhaps Lura and James' oldest son, Frank Charles, was named after both of their brothers.

Also, Lura had an older sister named Mary Alice Webster, who died when she was only two and a half years old. Perhaps Lura named her third child after her sister, Mary Alice.

Lillian Dell Webster Burket passed away on 28 August 1914 at 46 years of age. She was buried at the Marysville Cemetery in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Very nice post, love the picture :) Thank you for sharing!

  2. I always found the same name used over many generations to be a huge difficulty in research.

    1. Yes. I suppose that can make research more difficult. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Seeing family names repeated is a good thing for those of us doing family research. However, that tradition of naming a child after a deceased sibling is one I just can't grasp. It just feels like a replacement.

    1. Yes Wendy. Naming another child after one who has died is an "interesting" tradition. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Our daughter married a Richard, her father is a Richard, her father-n-law is Richard, her brother is Richard and she has a son Richard.....I often think generations from now, someone is going to look at the Richard mess and not believe it.




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