Martin Luther Webb I

Full name : Martin Luther Webb
Alternate spellings, aliases : M. L.;  Luther Webb, 'Lute'

Parents :
Father : Oliver Webb
Mother : Louisa Ellis

Date of Birth : 1 March 1845
Place of Birth : Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio

Eyes : Blue
Hair : Light 
Complexion : Light  (also listed as Fair)
 Height : 5' 10" (1861), 6' (1865)
Medical notes : Martin suffered greatly from illness during the war and received a ‘severe’ gunshot wound to the left arm.  A rebel minie ball was stuck in his arm his entire life, the army surgeons having been unable, or unwilling, to remove it during the war.
Notes : He grew two inches between 1861 and 1865 and was clean shaven as a youth, but later wore a mustache.
[click here to see images of Martin in 1865 and circa 1906]

Spouse :
Name : Isabel Scott Pennie
Date of Marriage : 3 September 1868
Place of Marriage : Glenwood, Pope County, Minnesota
Died : 13 April 1947, Roseburg, Oregon, aged 104 years, 4 months.
Notes : Marriage service by Reverend A. Lathrop, a Methodist Clergyman.
[Click here to see an image of Martin, Isabel and son Harvey]

Date of Death : 28 July 1923
Place of Death, and or Burial : Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon
Burial Information : interred at Masonic Cemetery
Notes : Rosemary Sansom generously looked up this notice from The Roseburg News-Review, issue of Monday, 30 July 1923 -  “WEBB FUNERAL TO BE HELD TUESDAY - The funeral services of the late M. L. Webb, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30, at the undertaking chapel.  Rev. C. H. Hilton pastor of the Christian church, will officiate.  The Masonic lodge will participate and will attend in a body, and will take charge of the services at the grave, where the Masonic burial ritual will be given.  Interment will take place in the Masonic cemetery.”
[click here to see an image of his grave-stone]

Military Service : Civil War, Union
Unit1 : Company D, 4th Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and detached service to Company E, 11th Independent Battery Ohio Light Artillery 
Rank : Private (volunteer & veteran)
Term of Service : 10 October 1861 - 11 October 1864
Unit2 : Company A, 9th Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteers (Infantry); to be designated First Army Corps
Rank : Private (veteran)
Term of Service : 10 March 1865 - 9 March 1866
Pension data : Applied for an Invalid's Pension, filed in Minnesota 27 April 1889 (Appl # 701802, Cert # 488848).  His widow applied for a Widows Pension, filed in Oregon 11 August 1923 (Appl # 1209.374, Cert # 946521).  A request for his Pension File, submitted in person to the NARA, was answered by the NARA stating that they cannot find the requested record.  They admit that it probably exists, but that it can’t be located.  That has frustrated my efforts in further documenting ML Webb’s service in the Civil War, especially my efforts to find out more about his wound at Allatoona Pass.  Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the file is NOT in the Nat’l Archives but in some unknown regional Veterans Administration office.  There was found evidence in microfilm, of pension payments from 1909 – 1923, totaling at least $4689.00 over that period paid through the San Francisco office of the Pension Bureau.
Service Notes : Martin was underage for the service (age 16 years, 7 months, 3 days) so, his parents signed a consent waiver giving him permission to join a week before being mustered in.  He was sick several times, at Fort Abercrombie, at Fort Snelling and at Keokuk, and wounded at the battle of Allatoona Pass, Georgia.  Martin joined Company A, 9th Regiment of the 1st United States Veteran Volunteers after being mustered out of the 4th Minnesota.  Careful scrutiny of his service record indicates that he lied about his age in 1861, by stating that he was 17 years old, but by 1865 he was telling the truth and gave his age as 20 years and nil months old on 10 March 1865 to his recruiting officer, Lieutenant J. Marty.  The popular, but untrue, story about fibbing to the recruiting officers about his age is recounted in a letter written by his widow in 1928.  Martin attended the 4th Regiment’s reunion in 1889.
[Compiled Service Record in its entirety including chronological abstracts.]

More detail concerning the Webb brother’s service in the Civil War is available here.

Occupation(s), Civil Affairs : farmer; soldier; grocer; Post Master of Roscoe Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota; Mayor of Sauk Centre, Stearns County, Minnesota; machine agent.  He was a member of the Masonic order.

From ‘History of Goodhue County’ by Wood, Allen & Co., 1878 : Webb, Martin L., merchant and P.M., residence Roscoe.  Born in Ohio in 1845.  Came to this county in 1858 and settled in this tp., and in Oct., 1861, enlisted in Co. D, 4th Minn. V.  Served one year and transferred to the 11th O. battery, and served two years, when he was again transferred to the old 4th.  Participated in siege of Corinth, Iuca; two days battle at Corinth, Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Miss., Champlin Hills, siege of Vicksburgh, Chatarsa, and Altoona Mountains, where he was wounded, and in Oct., 1864, was mustered out.  Re-enlisted in March, 1865, in Hancock’s First Army Corps Veteran Volunteers, and served until the close of the war.  Mustered out and discharged at Indianapolis.  Returned home and went to Pope County, where he married Isabel S. Pennie in 1868.  She was born in Scotland in 1844.  Returned to this tp., and settled on a farm in sec. 18 where he lived until 1877, when he moved in his present estate and opened a store.  Was appointed P.M. same year; was town treasurer one year.  Mary L., Angeline J., Mabel, Harvey, Jr., and Blanche, are their children.  Mr. W.’s father, Oliver, settled in this tp. In 1857, and still lives near this village.

Property : (prior to 1870; see tax and property data for Oliver Webb).  In 1923 the family lived at 246 South Rose Street, Roseburg, Oregon.  They had moved to Roseburg in January 1909.


Daughter : Mary Louisa
Date of Birth: 2 June 1869
Place of Birth : Roscoe, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Married : George Conkey, 10 November 1891
Children : George Edward born 11 March 1893, Louisa May born 18 January 1899, Isabel Marion born 15 December 1905
Died : 27 February 1961
Notes : George Conkey born 5 October 1860, died 16 February 1945

Daughter : Angeline Janette
Date of Birth : 13 December 1870
Place of Birth : Roscoe, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Married : Clarence Carlton Fenton
Children : Clara Isabel (Claribel) born 24 August 1891, Alfred Webb born 8 September 1895, Clarence Clifford born 10 August 1899, Ethel Blanche born 22 February 1905
Notes : Clarence Carlton Fenton born 23 June 1859, died 22 March 1945

Daughter : Mabel
Date of Birth: 17 December 1872
Place of Birth : Roscoe, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Died : 18 August 1880, Roscoe

Son : Harvey Hayes
Date of Birth : 15 August 1876
Place of Birth : Roscoe, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Married : Mabel Ellis (image) 24 December 1902
Children : see ref : Harvey Hayes Webb
Died : 23 October 1957, Springfield, Missouri
Notes :  Another image of Martin, Isabel and son Harvey in 1909.

Daughter : Blanche Lovira
Date of Birth: 17 June 1878
Place of Birth : Roscoe, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Married : Simon Einer Krohn 4 March 1899
Children : Stella Lois born 6 February 1900, Hellyn Blanche born 10 August 1901, Howard Webb born 8 September 1903, Teddy Leroy born (?), Katherine Lorenza born 24 February 1912
Died : 26 October 1946
Notes : Simon Einer Krohn, born 8 July 1868, died 16 April 1922

Daughter : Ethel Lydia
Date of Birth: 22 September 1880
Place of Birth : Roscoe, Goodhue County, Minnesota
Married :
Died : 1981!,  Roseburg, Oregon
Notes : Ethel lived to be over 100 years old, just like her mother.

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. 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, New London, Huron County, Ohio, January 2001

Service Record of Private Martin L. Webb, Company D, 4th Reg't Minnesota Infantry, National Archives & Records Administration, Washington, DC. Compiled 1894, reviewed 2001. *includes regimental returns for 11th Independent Battery Ohio Light Artillery.

Service Record of Private Martin L. Webb, Company A, 9th Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteers (Infantry). National Archives & Records Administration, Washington, DC. Compiled 1894, reviewed 2001.

Photograph of Martin Luther Webb circa 1906. Courtesy of Vinton Philips.

Photographs of Martin Luther Webb and family circa 1909. Courtesy of Hazel Skelly Webb.

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