Darias Webb
of Windham County, Connecticut

Full name : Darias Webb
Alternate spellings, aliases : Darius Weeb; Diarias; Web
Titles, honorifics : Mister; Sergeant

Parents :
Father : Ebenezer Webb
Mother : Ruth Crane
note :

Vital statistics :
Date of Birth : 28 July 1742 (Windham Records Vol 1, p?)
Place of Birth : Windham Centre, Windham County, Connecticut (Province, Colony)
Date of Death : 23 October 1828
Place of Death : Homer, Cortland County, New York
Burial Information : He is interred in Lot 14, Section 10, in Glenwood Cemetery, Town of Homer, Cortland County, New York; his wife Deborah is buried next to him.


Name : Deborah Palmer
Date of Marriage : 8 October 1767
Place of Marriage : Windham, Windham County, Connecticut
Died : 20 July 1823, ‘aged 87 years’, at Homer, Cortland County, New York
Notes : she was born 12 January 1745/46, so the age does not match correctly, she should be 78 years old.  Her family connections (viz, Lawrence/Palmer/Kirkland alliance) were utilized.

Military Service : He was just old enough to have served in the Seven Years War against the French & Indians, but he probably did not render any service.  He was however, a Patriot of the Revolutionary War for Independence from Great Britain, from 1775-1783.


During the Revolutionary War he served as a Town Officer for Norwich Village, Huntington Township, Hampshire County, Massachusetts in the capacity of a Selectman & Assessor, as a member of the Committee of Safety, as Road Surveyor, Pound Keeper, Warden, & on the school districting committee.  He also rendered military service as a Private Soldier and Non-commissioned Officer (First Sergeant) in three tours of duty in companies raised from the Town.


Darius was engaged on 8 May 1777, as the First Sergeant of Captain Christopher Banister’s Company, Colonel David Well’s Regiment of Massachusetts Infantry (5th Hampshire County Reg’t).  He served a total of two months and seven days on the expedition to defend Ticonderoga, and credited as having traveled 144 miles home, at time of discharge 8 July 1777.  According to a transcript of records found on the DAR application of Ellen Wheeler Hall (natl # 290221 – Col. David Wells), a general return from Ticonderoga, dated 24 May 1777, signed by Horatio Gates shows Col. Wells as commander of one of the regiments stationed there.  Darius must have had some prior militia experience.  Without it he would not have been named as First Sergeant, a position requiring one to have great organizational skills, steady nerves, to be calm, confident and authoritative enough to command the soldiers on the march or under fire, and educated enough to record and keep the company orderly book, pay book and muster rolls for the soldiers.


State Pay Roll of Christopher Bannister’s Company of the Massachusetts (illegible) Militia… of who David Wells is Colonel on a late expedition to Ticonderoga.

First Sergeant Darias Webb

State pay per month : 1.0.0

Time of engagement : 8 May 1777

Time of discharge : 8 July 1777

Distance from home : 140 ?

Mileage allowance at 2p per mile : 1.3.4

Time of service : 2 mos 7 days
Whole amount of wages in Massachusetts money : 3.8.0  Wages Line 2.4.8


Captain Christopher Bannister married Abial Manning in Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut; which was Darius’ home town.  He later served as Major of Colonel Ezra May’s Regiment.  Colonel David Well’s was reported to have been a member of the Continental Congress.

Darius reenlisted on 20 September 1777, as Private, in Captain Ebenezer Webber’s Company (9th Company), Colonel Ezra May’s (2nd Hampshire County) Regiment of Massachusetts Militia, Brigadier General John Fellow’s Brigade.  The regiment marched on the expedition to Stillwater (one of the Battles of Saratoga), and Darius served 19 days.  He was credited for traveling ninety miles home, when discharged on 4 October 1777.  During this tour he may have actually engaged in some combat against the British, but more than likely he just marched, garrisoned, camped, marched and marched some more.  This battalion, now in Brigadier General John Nixon’s Brigade, at Bemis Heights, arrived on October 4, "remained in camp" on October 7, and "went home" October 14.


Command of this regiment was originally under Colonel Seth Pomeroy.  On 6 October 1777, Major Ezra May was elected to the position Colonel of the 2nd Reg’t by the legislature after the death of Pomeroy.  Other officers and men included : Sergeant Major Nehemiah Cleveland.


Private Darias Webb

State pay per month : 2.10.0

Time of engagement : 20 September 1777

Time of discharge : 4 October 1777

Miles : 90 miles

Time out : 19 days

Pay : (blank)


Darius (listed as Weeb) was engaged on 21 July 1779 as Second Sergeant in Captain Benjamin Bonney’s Company, Colonel Elisha Porter’s Regiment of Hampshire County Massachusetts Militia (Infantry) to serve 42 days.  His regiment performed service at New London, Connecticut, and was discharged 27 August 1779.  The officers were First Lieutenant Timothy Meech, Second Lieutenant William Mitchell, and First Sergeant Ebenezer Dorsey.  Captain Benjamin Bonney was a resident of Chesterfield, Norwich County; Colonel Elisha Porter was High Sheriff of Hampshire County before his death in 1796; had been at Saratoga and escorted Burgoyne to Boston, via Hadley, Massachusetts.


Pay Roll of Benj’m Bonney’s Company of Colo Elisha Porter’s Regiment of Militia from the County of Hampshire and State of Massachusetts (illegible) for Continental pay for forces at New London in the State of Connecticut

‘State Roll’

Second Sergeant Darias Weeb   

State Pay per month : 2.8.0

Time of engagement : 21 July 1779

Time of discharge : 27 August 1779

Distance from home : 107 miles

Days allowed to return home at 20 miles per day : 5

Miles traveled out and home : 177 miles

Form of mileage at 1p per mile : 0.14.9

Whole time of service : 42 days

Amount of wages : 3.7.0

Subsistence money : 0.0.0 (before 8 August)

Subsistence money : 3.0.0 (after 8 August)

Whole amount of subsistence : 1.10.0

Whole amount of wages and miles and subsistence : 5.11.9


Pay Roll of Benj’m Bonney’s Company of Colo Elisha Porter’s Regiment of Militia from the County of Hampshire and State of Massachusetts for pay allow’d by said State in (illegible) the Continental pay for service at New London, Connecticut.

‘Continental Pay Role’

Second Sergeant Darias Weeb   

Establishment Pay per month : 23.0.0

Time of engagement : 21 July 1779

Time of discharge : 27 August 1779

Distance from home : 107 miles

Days allowed to return home at 20 miles per day : 5

Miles traveled out and home at 2p per mile: 187
… (542) of mileage : 17.4.0

Whole time of service : 42 days

Amount of wages : 32.4.0

Whole amount of wages and mileage : 49.18.0


In March 1780 Darius was appointed by the inhabitants of Norwich, Hampshire County, to be a Member of the Committee of Safety for the Town and Surveyor of Highways.  In 1782 he was Moderator and on the School Districting Committee.


“March 1780 – At a legal meeting of the inhabitants of Norwich held at (illegible) voters on said day Jonathan Ware Moderator

Voted William Tover Town Clerk

Voted Samuel Knight Lieut Daniel Kirtland Lieut David Scott Selectmen

Voted Mr Caleb Tobes Town Treasurer

Mr Jonathan Ware C(illegible) French Constables

Voted the Selectman be assessors for the year insuing

Esq John Kirkland Mr James Cowas Ebenezer Meecham Capt Ebenezer Geer Mr Darius Webb Committee of Safety –

Mr Thomas Hutchins James Clark Hane

(illegible) Capt Ebenezer Geer Lieut David Scott Mr Darius Webb Isaac Williams Surveyor of Highways ways –“


“Norwich, Hampshire… (extracts)

July 30th, 1782 at a legal town meeting

1st Made choise of Mr. Darius Webb. Moderator.

2nd Directed to give Capt. Daniel Kirkland and Mr. Joseph Park sixty pounds for their engaging to do three years service in the continental Army for this town.

3rd Voted Samuel Knight, Isaac Williams Jr., Lt. Samuel Warner, Lt. David Scott, Daniel Leonard, Darius Webb chosen committee to divide this town into proper squadrons or districts for schooling said business to be done by the 20th of …?… and make return to the Selectmen by said day.   Darius Webb, Moderator.”


On the 19th and 25th of March 1782 Darius was chosen as ‘Pound Keeper’ for the town.  In September 1782 he is lited as a residentr of ‘District 2’ in Norwich.

On 14 January 1783, the town “made choice of Mr Darius Webb Wardine”, and he was again chosen on 3 March 1783 as the town’s Warden (probably a ‘Fire warden’) and also as the town’s  ‘Pound Keeper’.  The town had a pound constructed as a temporary jail for stray & wild animals, excepting pigs & hogs, which were allowed to roam free and scavenge, provided they had nose rings and could be yoked.  Darius’ brother Ebenezer Jr. was, for a time, the town’s Hogreaver, entrusted with monitoring the swine situation.


“Norwich, Hampshire… (extracts)

March 8, 1783 at a legal town meeting…

…made choice of Samuel Knight Town Clark, Samuel Knight, Darius Webb and Lt. William Fobes Selectmen & Assessors.

…Ebenezer Webb Fine Server and hogreaver.

Darius Webb Pound Keeper.”


He served his town, county, state and nation during the Revolutionary War and never, ever sought remuneration, credit, or honors for it.

[click here to see images of his CSR from the Massachusetts Archives (1) (2), his muster rolls (1) (2) (3) and extracts from the Town Record of Norwich (1)]

Education, Occupation(s) :  Darius was literate at the very least, and was obviously educated and respected well enough to be a town Selectman, and member of a Committee of Safety during the Revolution.  It is likely that he received a formal education, either in Windham County’s common schools, or from tutors.  From his family he learned the art of farming and from their example gained a heavy sense of his own filial and civil responsibility.

In his youth, Windham was a community where the political and civil divisions were clearly set and inviolate.  His family had lived in the town for 35 years when he was born and had contributed greatly to the growth of the county in both size and reputation.  His immediate family had a reputation as religious freethinkers, or even civil troublemakers, and despite the apparent respect they received from the town’s folk in Windham, it may have been an uncomfortable place for Darius and his family, with personal growth hindered by generations of entrenchment.

Darius was the son of a Religions Separatist.  His father, Ebenezer Webb Sr., was a very religious-minded yeoman farmer and Darius and his siblings doubtless had a firm foundation to rest on as staunch Christians, farmers and cultivators.  They had broken away from the Parish Society that they were obliged to support with taxes, by virtue of theor residence in the parish.  But they had long followed the religious teachings of the radical evangelical Rev. John Palmer, a relative of Darius’ wife.  Ebenezer Webb and other church members petitioned the colonial legislature for a reprieve of the ecclesiastical tax for the old parish, and it was granted in 1774.  That was the same year when Darius and Deborah Webb had their last child born in Windham.

Between 1774 and 1778 they left Windham and headed northwest into the wilder ness of Massachusetts.  Darius’ wife, Deborah Palmer was related to the most prominent individuals in Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts and that was probably the reason that they family relocated there.  Her aunt, Anna Palmer, was married to John Kirtland Esq., the son of the pastor of the Third Ecclesiastical Society in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, which they all attended before removing north.  Kirtland moved to Murrayfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts as early as 1769. 

Kirtland was an ardent supporter of breaking away from Murrayfield in 1773 and starting a new township, adjacent to the original, where he had more influence.  Kirtland was the most prominent man in Norwich, after the reorganization of the township from Murrayfield, and obviously this situation helped Darius.  Starting in 1777, Darius shows up on the town record as a committee member and in the militia rolls as a non-commissioned officer, all positions unattainable without the proper connections.  Darius was not a member of the ‘ruling class’ of colonial aristocracy, like Kirtland wished to be, but he was directly below them in influence and reputation.  He used his connections to the upper tier to achieve a bit more than he could have as just a common worker of the land, a clerk or tradesman.

Deborah Palmer’s father, David Palmer had married Hannah Lawrence, daughter of a Deacon from the same church in Norwich, Connecticut.  John Kirtland’s brother was Rev. Samuel Kirtland, a missionary to the Oneida nation (later Oneida County, New York).  The families viewed each other as cousins.

Darius was a Freeman, a yeoman class landowner, and by his mid-thirties had earned the title of Mister.  As evidenced by his placement on town committees in Norwich, he must have been rated as owning an estate in excess of 20, the minimum rating needed to qualify as a voter.  His family connections allowed him to achieve some stability in the small town of 700 residents, more or less.  His sense of responsibility is evident, and he was entrusted with almost every one of the town offices at one time or another.

During the Revolution he was on the town council a few times, was the Pound Keeper on several occasions, was the Fire Warden, and on the very important Committee of Safety, a great responsibility.  Additionally he served several terms in the militia, which indicates at the least, that he was proficient with firearms.  The Town Meetings were held in a rudely constructed one-story building located on Norwich Hill, not far from the dwelling of John Kirtland.  Norwich Hill served as the town’s business center.

Soon after the war, on 8 March 1784 the town voted to appoint Darius Webb as a ‘Selectman & Assessor’, a ‘Surveyor of Highways’ and again as ‘Pound Keeper’.  On 5 April 1784 the town “…voted to allow Mr. Darius Webb 1 Pound for service the year past for the town.”  He was named the town’s Pound Keeper so often that he must have had some sort of affinity with animals, or perhaps owned the only cage, corral, or enclusure to hold them.

On 4 April 1785 the town voted, “…Darias Webb 3 shillings per day…” employed as the town’s assessor.

On 5 March 1787 he was chosen as a town Selectman & Assessor, & again as one of the Surveyors of Highways.  On 1 April 1787 it was voted, “…to allow Darias Webb 15 shillings for services to the town…”  A month later, on 7 May, he was chosen as a one of the ‘Select Committee Men’ to raise 30 for the school fund, to be delivered by “…January next.”.  Again in November he was named by the town to be Surveyor of Highways. 

In March of 1788 he was chosen as the Moderator of the Town Meeting :

”Norwich, Hampshire, 11 March 1788
At a meeting of the inhabitants of Norwich legally assembled.
1st made choice of Mr. Darius Webb Moderator…”

In April 1788 at a town meeting it was recorded, “Voted to allow Darius Webb 15 shillings for services to the town the year past.”

On 16 March 1789 he was named the town’s Pound Keeper and his brother, Ebenezer was named as Surveyor of Highways and Hogreaver.  On 20 November 1789, at a town meeting it was… “voted that the stuff to build the meeting house to be collected at or near Mr. Darias Webb’s dwelling house.” 

Finally, he is mentioned on last time in the notes of a town meeting in 1790, but the text is illegible and the reason why he is listed is not known. 

In addition to all of his civic duties he was a farmer who needed to provide a home for his family and supply them with sustenance.  At the time Darius lived there, Hampshire County was sparsely settled and covered with a dense forest of beech trees, birches, chestnuts, oaks, and several varieties of pine.  Maple trees were tapped to provide syrup in the absence of cane sugar or molasses, which was difficult to procure.  These sweeteners were in short supply since the enacting of the Stamp Acts in the 1760’s and throughout the Revolution.  The terrain was rugged, rocky and inundated with boulders and numerous small streams; a large pond of several hundred acres was situated north of Norwich Hill.  Although not wholly suited to agriculture, the early pioneers subsisted on what they could grow, namely corn, rye and potatoes, and with their stock produced their own beef, pork & mutton.  Some industrious men tried to cultivate fruit in orchards, with some limited success.  From the forests, game animals, deer and woodland creatures, that could still be found in abundance and hunted or trapped with relative ease, occasionally provided a supplement to the daily meals.

Darius was probably not living in Norwich when the 1790 census was enumerated, but his brother Ebenezer Webb Jr. was.  He was probably already in New York, or on his way.

Once Darius arrived in Oneida County, the job of clearing the frontier forest to make way for farmland, organizing the township, and initiating the necessary social endeavors to improve the community was something he was very experienced with already.  However, it appears that Darius left these tasks to younger, more able men – namely his five sons.  He probably just farmed.

Religion : Congregationalist; possibly Free-will Baptist after moving to Homer.  He was probably baptized under the auspices of the Congregational Church in Windham because his mother was admitted as a Communicant to the First Church of Windham on 23 May 1742, two months before he was born.  Once in Massachusetts, circa 1790, it seems that he may have left Norwich Village because of the lack of religious institutions suited to his disposition, or to avoid being on the Town’s Tax rolls, where he is conspicuously absent.  The only established church in Norwich at the time he lived there (circa 1777-1791) was Christ’s Congregational Church, established in July 1778.  It met in the schoolhouse under direction of Rev. Stephen Tracy and in the barn of Mr. Ebenezer Webber.

It seems clear that despite the lack of evidence showing where Darius attended church, he utilized the advantages presented by his wife’s connection to the ecclesiastical and civic leaders of Norwich.

Once he moved to Whitestown, Oneida County, New York, he associated loosely with the Whitestown Congregational Church, and although his name is not listed among the penitents or parishioners, five of his children were married by its pastors.  He may have been a follower of Rev. Samuel Kirkland, a missionary to the Oneida Indians.  Darius’ son Lorin donated 8 shillings and several hours of labor towards the building of Kirkland’s Academy in Kirkland Town, Oneida County in 1793.  Rev. Samuel Kirkland was the brother of John Kirkland Esq., who served alongside Darius as a Selectman of the Town of Norwich during the Revolution.  The Kirkland’s were originally from Norwich, Connecticut.  John Kirkland Esq., who had married Anna Palmer, a cousin to Deborah Palmer was one of the first settlers of Norwich, Massachusetts.

Location of Residences, record of movement, migration, etc. : The Giles memorial was written in 1864 by J. A. Vinton.  In it is a brief and incomplete sketch of Darius Webb and his family.  In it Vinton states what he was able to glean from his research, which was accurate, albeit scant :

“He resided in Windham, Connecticut… After that he removed ‘West’, as it was then called.  He lived in several places in the State of New York, and died, as is believed, in Homer, Cortland County, New York.” 

This statement is basically sound.  He moved to Norwich Village, Huntington Township, Hampshire County, Massachusetts between 1774 and 1777 from Windham, Connecticut to be near to his father-in-law David Palmer and two of the brothers of his wife, Deborah.  Darius’ brother Ebenezer Webb Jr. followed him there in February 1782; Norwich Village is now in the township called Huntington.  He may have gone to the vicinity of Murrayfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts just before the transfer of a portion of the township’s land to Hampshire County, which subsequently was named Norwich.

Sometime around 1790, Darius moved away from Norwich, which in that year had 126 homes, 129 families (187 male adults, 199 male children, 352 females, 4 others, & no slaves – 742 individuals).  Although he is not listed in the 1790 Federal Census of Norwich, or in the 1793, 94, 95, 96, or 1797 Tax schedules for Norwich, he seems to have been a resident of Hampshire County for at least part of the year 1790.  Ebenezer Webb Jr,, his youngest brother, was living in Norwich in 1790. 

Darius & Deborah’s family moved to upstate New York and they lived the remainder of their days there.  They resided for a time in Whitestown and Westmoreland, Oneida County and then in Homer, Cortland County.  He may have followed his two eldest sons, Nathan and Lorin, to New York circa 1790-1793 – but this is conjecture.  Nathan purchased some land on the Holland Patent (near Cazenovia, New York) in 1793 and Lorin donated 8 shillings to build Samuel Kirkland’s Hamilton Oneida Academy in 1793.  Darius never lived more than two or three counties away from one or another of his siblings, or any number of his children & grandchildren.

Family : It seems that Deborah Palmer had several siblings.

Some family data comes from an incomplete entry in the Boston Transcript, 29 September 1936, in which H.A.R.T. wrote on 17 July 1936 :


“At the same time I find another Darius Webb in New York state.  I have part of a query, signed K.G.S., from an old Boston Transcript.  All that is left is the following, ‘…York State and lived in Whitestown, Oneida County; possibly Westmoreland, and finally Homer, Cortland County, where they lived several years with their daughter, Mary (Webb) Stone, and after her death in 1820, they lived with another daughter, Ruby (Webb) Bishop.  Deborah (Palmer) Webb died July 20, 1823, aged seventy-eight, and Darius Webb died Oct. 23, 1828, aged eighty-six years, and both were buried in Homer Cemetery.’  From this we learn that Darius Webb was born 1742 and his wife Deborah Palmer, in 1743.”


The foregoing entry is doubtless a description of the Darius Webb of Windham, the same as mentioned by Vinton.  There was another Darius Webb that lived New Haven, Connecticut (died 27 October 1869, aged 76, buried in Whitneyville Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut), but they are unrelated.

Three of Darius’ daughters married three of the sons of Richard Bishop, a Revolutionary Patriot who resided in Homer, Cortland County from circa 1795.  H. C. Goodwin stated in Pioneer History of Cortland County (1859), on page 152 :


“During the year 1795, several companies came in by way of Manlius and Truxton.  Thomas L. and Jacob Bishop came in from Brimfield, and located on lands now owned and occupied by Noah Hitchcock. In an early day it was known by the name of the Vanderlyn farm. Lot 25.” and on page 159, “John and Richard Bishop were from Brimfield.  The former settled south if the Vanderlyn farm, while the latter located immediately opposite Mr. Hammel Thompson.”


Richard Bishop’s family played an important role in the formation of the town of Homer.  The Bishops & Webbs were allied families, braving the wilds of Oneida Count together.  The following quote serves to reinforce the idea that they worked together and is taken from the DAR application of Anna Claypool Faris (natl # 65026) :


“Some of the Mass. Familes moved ‘west’ among them the Webbs, Lees and Bishops.  Darius and Deborah (Palmer) Webb lived in Windham, Conn. Until after the birth of 4th child Ruby Webb.  They then moved to New York – living several places – Whitesboro & Westmoreland, Oneida Co. & finally Homer, Courtland Co.  Thomas Lee Bishop married Ruby Webb and lived in Westmoreland until after the birth of 1st child – Asenath (afterwards a missionary). They then moved to Homer where all other children were born.”



Data from the Federal Census provides more evidence of Darius’ sojourn in upstate New York :


1800 Federal Census.  Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York.

Head, Free Males <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Free Females <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Others, Slaves

Darias Webb, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0


1820 Federal Census.  Homer, Cortland County, New York.

Page#, Head, Free Males <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Free Females <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Foreign, Agriculture, Free, Slaves

xx, Thomas Stone, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 2, 0, (12 total inhabitants)



Son : Nathan Webb
Date of Birth : 13 June 1768 (Windham Records Vol 2, p203)

Place of Birth : Windham County, Connecticut

Married : Polly Pratt, 14 March 1797, First Congregational Church, Whitestown, Oneida County, New York

Died : 26 September 1807, Middlesex, Ontario County, New York (maybe in Rushville, New York)

Notes : Much of this information is courtesy of Mark Lozer and DAR application, nat’l #369927.  Polly Pratt was born on 23 May 1773 in Pawlett, Vermont(?), and died 17 January 1858 at Ypsilanti, Michigan; she may be a cousin of Judith Pratt (wife of Lorin Webb) and Abigail Pratt (married Lucius Webb).  Theier children included : Ruby Webb, born 18 December 1801 in Cazenovia, New York, she married Henry O. Hurlburt 9 November 1826 at Benson, Vermont and died 10 March 1868 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  Nathan and Polly also had John Fletcher Webb born 14 December 1793, Harriet Webb born 18 September 1795, Joseph Webb born 8 May 1797, Dorcas Webb born 22 July 1799, Ruby Webb born 18 December 1801 (as above stated), Aurelia Webb born 29 December 1803, Mary Webb born 27 February 1806, Nathan Webb Jr. born 25 January 1808, and Warren Webb born ?.  Nathan’s name is associated with the purchase of land in the area of Cazenovia, New York (Lot 29, Road Township) on 1 June 1793; paid in full in 1805.  However, he is not recorded as a resident of any of the locales.


From History of Yates County, New York, published 1892, by L.C. Aldrich, Early Settlers for the Town of Potter, page 456–464, “Nathan WEBB, from Connecticut, settled in 1798 on lot 11, rage six, and died there in 1807.  His wife was Polly PRATT, who died at the home of her son, Dr. Nathan WEBB in 1858.  John F., Dorcas, Ruby, Amelia, Mary and Nathan WEBB Jr., were children of Nathan and Polly WEBB.”


Son : Lorin Webb (Loring, Larin)
Date of Birth : 13 August 1770 (Windham Records Vol 2, p203)

Place of Birth : Windham County, Connecticut

Married : Judith Pratt, 8 January 1797, First Congregational Church, Whitestown, Oneida County, New York

Died : 3 March 1844, Mexico, New York

Notes : He was a carpenter & builder; he provided funds and labor to construct Rev. Samuel Kirkland’s Hamilton Oneida Academy, in the Town of Kirkland, Oneida County, New York in 1793; he donated 8 shillings and ‘6 days work’.  Kirkland was a Congregationalist missionary to the Oneida tribe.  Lorin lived in Whitestown, Oneida County, New York in 1800 and in 1820.  The following information is from DAR application, nat’l #468478:  Judith Pratt was born 4 November 1779 and died 7 February 1860 at Mexico, New York; she is the daughter of Revolutionary Patriot, Nehemiah Pratt and sister of Abigail Pratt (married Lucius Webb); may be a cousin to Polly Pratt (married Nathan Webb).  They had Edward Dexter Webb, born 11 May 1818 in Whitestown, New York, married Emily Loder 17 October 1849; E. D. Webb died 6 January 1906 at Cortland, New York.  Loren is mentioned in an undated entry in the Account Book of Mr. John Smith (an early settler of Murrayfield, he probably made this entry circa 1788) :


“tuesday ye 5 of May Loren Weeb come at noon to board with me on Dr. Harwood’s acompt and stayed till Monday ye 18th which makes two weeks wanting one Day, and throw out two Sabath days and there remains one week and four Days to be paid for which I think comes to a bought seven and sixpence…7-6.”


Son : Thomas Webb
Date of Birth : 29 June 1772 (Windham Records Vol 2, p203)

Place of Birth : Windham County, Connecticut

Married : Sally Ellis ??

Died :

Notes : He may have lived in Homer, Cortland County, New York in 1810 but that hasn’t been verified and it really seems like he just disappeared off the records after his birth.  I am really taking a big chance on this one - but it is possible that Thomas married a woman named Sally Ellis, daughter of Asa Ellis, a Revolutionary Soldier who died in Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York in 1840.  Other than this rather intangible lead, nothing has come to light about Thomas’ life after birth.


Daughter : Ruby Webb
Date of Birth : 25 or 26 May 1774 (Windham Records Vol 2, p203)

Place of Birth : Windham County, Connecticut

Married : Thomas Lee Bishop, 4 April 1793, Oneida County, New York

Died : September 1834

Notes : Her father lived in her household in Homer, Cortland County, New York at the time of his death.  This data from DAR application, natl # 182798; Thomas Lee Bishop, born 8 December 1764, died 19 August 1837.  Thomas Lee Bishop was the son of Revolutionary Patriot, Richard Bishop.  They had about nine children, including : Hannah Bishop; Cynthia Bishop; Julia Bishop; Sophronia Bishop; Lucy Bishop; Cyrus Bishop; Annie Bishop; Ruby Bishop born 8 April 1796, died 15 April 1880; and Asenath Bishop.  The following is taken from the DAR applications of Anna Claypool Faris (natl # 65026) and of Hannah Lee Chapin Pettijohn (natl # 69851), “Thomas Lee Bishop and Ruby Webb Bishop his wife both died in Terre Haute, Ind. – Mr. Bishop August 19, 1837 and Ruby W. Bishop Sept 8, 1834.”

Son : David Webb, Sr.
Date of Birth : 24 July 1778 (Massachusetts Vital Records, Huntington, Fiche 3 – Births & Deaths)
Place of Birth : Norwich Village, Huntington Township, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Married : Lydia Parmele, 3 January 1798, First Congregational Church, Whitestown, Oneida County, New York
Died : 4 November 1865, near Huron County, Ohio
Notes : (as per Timman - possibly buried under a stone without visible markings in Martin Ruggles’ Plot, Shaw Mill’s Cemetery, Huron County, Ohio).  The Webb Settlement in Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio was first settled by David and his eldest son Harvey in 1821; it was named to honor the first family to clear and fence the property – the Webbs.


Daughter : Lucy Webb
Date of Birth : 27 October 1780 (Massachusetts Vital Records, Huntington, Fiche 3 – Births & Deaths)

Place of Birth : Norwich Village, Huntington Township, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Married : Jacob Bishop, 19 February 1799, First Congregational Church, Whitestown, Oneida County, New York

Died :

Notes : (notes of Timman states husband’s name as Stone).  This data from DAR application, natl # 182798; Jacob Bishop, born 6 April 1773, son of Revolutionary Patriot Richard Bishop and brother of Thomas Lee Bishop (husband of Ruby Webb) and Rufus Bishop (husband Susannah Webb).  Lucy lived in

Daughter : Mary Webb
Date of Birth : 11 November 1782 (Massachusetts Vital Records, Huntington, Fiche 3 – Births & Deaths)

Place of Birth : Norwich Village, Huntington Township, Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Married : Thomas Stone (born 22 September 1778, Brimfield, Massachusetts, died in Homer, 19 March 1842)

Died : 8 December 1820, Homer, Cortland County, New York

Notes : Their children included Jacob Thompson Stone born 8 December 1803 & died 23 January 1884 in Homer, Cortland County, New York, buried Glenwood Cemetery; George W. Stone born 1805, died 16 November 1838, age 33, buried in Glenwood Cemetery.  Darius & Deborah Webb lived in their home until the Mary Stone’s death in 1820.


Daughter : Susannah Webb  (Susan)
Date of Birth : 7 February 1785 (Massachusetts Vital Records, Huntington, Fiche 3 – Births & Deaths)

Place of Birth : Norwich Village, Huntington Township, Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Married : Rufus Bishop, 30 May 1810, Oneida or Onondaga County, New York
Died : 1863, Scipio, Seneca County, Ohio

Notes : This data is from Henry Timman’s notes and DAR application, natl # 182798 : Rufus Bishop, born 14 June 1787 and died 19 September 1851, son of Revolutionary Patriot Richard Bishop and brother of Thomas Lee Bishop (husband of Ruby Webb) and Jacob Bishop (husband Lucy Webb).  They moved to Seneca County, Ohio and their children included : Samuel A. Bishop (moved to Webb Settlement, married Harriet Rowe on 12 April 1835 in Huron County, thence to Seneca County, Ohio); Mary Bishop; Lewis Porter Bishop; Elizabeth S. Bishop; Henry K. Bishop; Charles G. Bishop.  They lived in Scipio Township, Seneca County, Ohio in 1850.


1850 Federal Census.  Scipio Township, Seneca County, Ohio

9/9, Rufus Biship, 63, Male, White, Farmer, 1500, Massachusetts

9/9, Susannah Bishop, 66, Female, White, na, na, Massachusetts

9/9, Charles G. Bishop, 29, Male, White, Farmer, 1000, New York

9/9, Elizabeth Bishop, 27, Female, White, na, na, New York

9/9, Henry Bishop, 22, Male, White, Carpenter, 270, New York

9/9, Mary Hall, 16, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

9/9, Lydia Bishop, 27, Female, White, na, na, New York


Son : Lucius Webb
Date of Birth : 13 April 1786 (Massachusetts Vital Records, Huntington, Fiche 3 – Births & Deaths)

Place of Birth : Norwich Village, Huntington Township,  Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Married1 : Ann Wright, 1 January 1805, First Congregational Church, Whitestown, Oneida County, New York
Married2 : Abigail Pratt

Died :

Notes : He lived in Oneida County, New York.  The following information is from DAR application, nat’l #468478 : Abigail Pratt is the daughter of Revolutionary Patriot, Nehemiah Pratt and sister of Judith Pratt (married Lorin Webb); may be a cousin to Polly Pratt (married Nathan Webb).


Other daughter : Judith - as hinted to in notes of Rev. Loren Webb (grandson of David, noted above) in his copy of Giles Memorial.


Comments, sources, various additional :


Copeland, Alfred M.  History of the Town of Murrayfield, earlier known as Township No. 9, etc., etc.  1760-1773.  Clark Bryand & Co., Springfield, Massachusetts.  1892.  pp. 9, 12, 39, 53, 54, 63, 68, 72, 73

Douglass, Nina C. (Editor).  Records of the First Congregational Church of Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York.  The Bookworm Project. Claremore, Oklahoma, 1991.

Gay, W. B.  Gazetteer of Hampshire County, Mass., 1654-1887.  W. B. Gay & Co., Syracuse, New York.  Republished by Heritage Books, Bowie, Maryland, 1993.  pp. 315-323.

Goodwin, H. C.  Pioneer History of Cortland County and the Border Wars of New York from the earliest period to the present time.  A. B. Burdick, New York, New York.  1859.

Gridley, Rev. A. D.  History of the Town of Kirkland New York.  Hurd and Houghton, New York.  1874.  pp. 227-228.


Vinton, John Adams.  The Giles Memorial – Genealogical Memoirs of the Families Bearing the Names Giles, Gould, Holmes, Jennison, Leonard, Lindall, Curwen, Marshall, Robinson, Sampson, and Webb; also Genealogical Sketches of the Pool, Very, Carr and other Families with a history of Pemaquid, ancient and modern; some account of early settlements in Maine; and some details of Indian warfare.  Printed for the author, by Henry W. Dutton & Son, Washington Street, Boston. 1864. pp 496 – 532, 556.

Written communication with Vinton Phillips and David L. Hester, Huron County, Ohio, January 2001- ongoing. 

M32.  1800 Federal Census for Oneida County, New York.  Roll23.  National Archives and Records Administration.  Washington, DC.  Viewed 2001.

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War.  Boston : Wright & Potter, State Printers, 18 Post-office Square. 1907.  (Volume XVI), pp 742, 784.

Holbrook, J. M.  Massachusetts Vital Records : Huntington; Vital Records : 1764-1805, Town Records 1790-1795.  Fiche 1-3 – Town Meetings; Fiche 3 – Births & Deaths.  Holbrook Institute, Oxford, Massachusetts, 2002. (microfiche in Seimes Center, NSDAR, Washington, DC)  

Merrick, Elna (transcriber).  Glenwood Cemetery Homer, New York.  List of Burials to 1958.  Compiled by Howard Fox. 1958.

Images of Darius Webb’s Carded Service Record from the Massachusetts State Archives, 200 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts 02125
Abstracting Various Service : Volume 1, Pages 54 & 54; Volume 17, Page 143; Volume 24, Page 23.

Vital Records of Windham (Windham County, Connecticut), abstracted & indexed, Volume 2 Page 203 (courtesy of… Claire Reed, Windham, CT)

Hall, Ruth Gardner.  Descendants of Gov. William Bradford (thru the first seven generations).   Bradford Family Compact, 1951.

Palmer, Frank.  Facts Gathered From the Town Records of Norwich, Ct. in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register published by the New England Historical Genealogical Society for the Year 1886.  Volume XL.  18 Somerset Street, Boston.  David Clapp & Son.  1886.  pp208-209

Sergeant Major Nehemiah Cleveland (from DAR appl Henrietta Cleveland Benedict, #39000).  DAR Application of Ellen Wheeler Hall (natl # 290221 – Col. David Wells).

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