Jemima Thorpe

Full name : Jemima Thorpe
Alternate spellings, aliases : Jemimah; Tharp

Parents :
Father : Benjamin Thorpe
Mother : Sydney Thorpe
Notes : Benjamin born 1805/6 in Virginia; Sydney born 1805/6 in Ohio

Date of Birth : 1832
Place of Birth : Ohio

Vital statistics :
Gender : Female
Medical condition : Jemima suffered from either tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis or emphysema
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Spouse : 
Name : Reverend Harvey Webb
Date of Marriage : 14 April 1853
Place of Marriage : County of LaPorte, Indiana
Died : 23 March 1902 
Notes : service performed by Elder John Edwards; her brothers Thomas M. Thorpe and Daniel O. Thorpe witnessed the marriage. 
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Date of Death : (?) 7 July 1906 Los Angeles, California
Place of Death, and or Burial : Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death :
Notes :

Military Service : none, veteran’s widow
Pension data : Harvey applied for an Invalid's Pension 26 August 1890 and filed in Texas (Appl # 928733, Cert # 653592).  Jemima, filed for a Widow's Pension 3 April 1902 from California (Appl # 760218, Cert # 539060).
Notes :

Occupation(s) :  wife, mother, Minister’s Wife
Harvey was a Methodist Minister for the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is most well known as the first regular Methodist preacher to touch the north shore of Lake Superior, delivering the first sermon on Sunday, 7 November 1869 in Duluth, Minnesota.  He founded at least one congregation in Duluth, Minnesota, probably two. (source).  Apparently, a copy of Harvey’s journal from that period survived, this extracted quote was found in a history of the church : “I started for Duluth from St. Anthony on October 15, 1869 with my wife, little daughter and 1700lbs of freight.  The roads were so bad it was thought best to go via Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marquette, Michigan, where we took the steamer Kemeren, for Superior City, at which place we arrived Sunday, October 31, 1869, and remained 7until Tuesday, November 2.  The weather was cold and the bay frozen.  We were taken by the tug, Keyes (or Keges), to Rice’s Point, making the remaining three mile son foot over rough and rugged road, arriving at Duluth at noon, November 2, 1869, making 17 days from St. Anthony at a cost of $135.96.  After spending some time trying to find board and lodging until arrangements for living could be made, we found no place to rest our weary limbs.  No Door was open to take us in, no Christian hand was extended to welcome us.  Late in the day, we succeeded in leasing a comfortable little house on Third Street near West First Avenue, for which we were to pay $15.00 per month.  Just as the plasterers left it, we found it; floors covered with lime mortar and shavings.  Just as the sun was setting we took possession of the little domicile, cleared out the mortar and dirt, put up a cook stove, opened boxes containing beds and dishes, spread our beds o the floor, and ate our first meal on the cover of a box, our supper consisted of bread, coffee, and crackers.  We ate heartily and thanked god for all blessings and comforts, the plastering was yet green and damp.  At first we had some fears about sleeping in the house, but we felt that we were here to do God’s work and that He would protect us.”
– extracted from First Methodist Church of Duluth, Minnesota 75th Anniversary Celebration 1869-1944 publication.

Harvey traveled the typical circuit of the Methodist itinerant pastor with his family, later relocating to Ft. Worth, Texas.  According to his brother, Martin Luther Webb :  "In all these charges his work was successful.  The health of Mrs. Webb compelled a change of climate so he was given a superannuate relation and moved to Los Angeles in February 1900,. He worshipped for a time with Haven Church and then with Newmann Church where he became a stronghold to the pastor and church.  His preaching ability was excellent. Only a few weeks before his death he preached to the delight of those who heard him.  As a class leader he was warm and wise.  As counselor to the pastor and official Board he was helpful without being officious."

Residences :

1880 Federal Census.  City of Austin, Ward Four, Travis County, Texas
Page, Dwelling/Family, Name, Color, Sex, Age, Relation, Marital Stat, Occupation, School, Born, Father born, Mother born
Colorado St., 13/15, Harvey Webb, White, Male, 48, Head, Married, Clergyman, Ohio, New York, Canada
Colorado St., 13/15, Jemima Webb, White, Female, 47, Wife, Married, Keeping House, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
Colorado St., 13/15, Nellie Webb, White, Female, 16, Daughter, Single, none, in school, Minnesota, Ohio, Ohio

1900 Federal Census.  Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles County, California
Location, Name, Relation, Color, Sex, DOB, Age, Family Status, Nativity, Father, Mother, Occupation, Education, Home owned
847 E. 21 St., 139/141, Harvey Webb, Head, White, Male, Oct 1831, 68, Married 47 years, Ohio, New York, Canada, Clergyman, Own mortgaged house
847 E. 21 St., 139/141, Jemima Webb, Wife, White, Female, Mar 1833, 67, Married 47 years mother of 2, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio

Family : 

Son : Benjamin Oliver
Date of Birth : 18 January 1854
Place of Birth : Michigan ?
Married : Frankie, last name unknown
Died : 1913 or 1914 Los Angeles, California
Notes : Family story states that he ‘ran away’ from home, put himself through medical school at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.  From obituary (clipping undated…) : Dr. B. O. Webb, sixty years old ears old, a well known practicing physician, passed away at his home, 837 East Twenty-first Street, after an illness of four months.  He had resided in Los Angeles nineteen years, and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frankie Webb.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the chapel of Evergreen cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.

1880 Federal Census.  Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado
Page, Dwelling/Family, Name, Color, Sex, Age, Relation, Marital Stat, Occupation, School, Born, Father born, Mother born
Mitler Rd, x/317, Benjamin O. Webb, White, Male, 26, Boarder, Single, Physician, Indiana, Ohio, Ohio

Daughter : Nellie Ann
Date of Birth : c. 1865
Place of Birth : Michigan
Married : E. W. Morton, Jr., Texas
Died : 
Notes : Nellie lived in Dallas, Texas in 1902. 
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Sources, bibliography : 

Harvey Hayes Webb family bible transcript, typed transcript, drafted in the 1950's; courtesy Hazel Skelly Webb.

War of the Rebellion, a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1880. Courtesy of Cornell University Digital Library Project, located online

Dyer, Frederick H. Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, compiled and arranged from official records of the Federal and Confederate armies, by Frederick H. Dyer, Dyer Publishing Company, Des Moines, Iowa 1905. Courtesy of the U.S. Military History Institute, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, located online

Webb, Loren. Diary of Captain Loren Webb, 1861 - 1863, Firelands Historical Society, 1995. Transcribed by Matthew L. Burr. 

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

Service record of 1st Sergeant Harvey Webb, Company D, 11th Reg't Minnesota Infantry, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, compiled 1891, viewed December 2000.

Pension record of 1st Sergeant Harvey Webb, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. Compiled 1890 - 1902, viewed January 2001

75th Anniversary Celebration, 1869-1944 Pamphlet, First Methodist Church of Duluth, Minnesota, 1944

First United Methodist Church Duluth, Minnesota 1871/1971 Pamphlet, by Wayne C. Olsen and Richard W. Anthony, Duluth, Minnesota, 1971.

Correspondence with Thelma Boeder, Minnesota Annual Conference, United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000.

RG98S-CWP 158.9, Wartime bust view of 1st Sgt. Harvey Webb, Co. D, 11th Regt., Minn. Vol. Inf, U.S. Army Military History Institute Image Collection, Firelands Historical Society Collection, USMHI, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania



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