Webb’s in the Military

Encompassing the following recognized conflicts, among others : Wayne’s War, 1790-1794; French War, 1799; War of 1812, 18 June 1812 – 17 February 1815; Seminole War, 1817-1818; Black Hawk War, 1832; Creek War, 1836-1837; Florida War, 1835-1842; Canada Frontier Disturbances, 1838-1839; Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion; Cherokee Removal, 1838; Mexican War, 1846-1848; Civil War, 1861-1865. Including Officers and Enlisted soldiers of the Militia, Volunteer and Regular Army, Officers & Sailors of the Navy, and Marines in the Marine Corps.


Compiled by Jonathan Webb Deiss, ©2003. www.webbdeiss.org





Private Banks Webb : He served from Maryland. (Revolutionary War)


Private Barnabus Webb, Jr. : Captain Elmer’s Company, Massachusetts Militia. He may be the same man, under the name Barabus, who applied for and received a bounty land warrant on 3 May 1848 for 160 acres in Section 26, Range 36 North 12 East, in Cook County, Illinois. (War of 1812)


Private Barruck Webb : He was paid a pension through the Ohio Agency, on the pension Act of 1818. Commencing 25 May 1818, he was paid $8 per month; $48 in March and $48 in September each year.


Sergeant Barzilla (Barrila, Barzillia) Webb : ...as Private, Adam’s Regiment New York Volunteers; also Davis’ Regiment New York Militia (War of 1812)


Private Benjamin Webb : (Revolutionary War)


Private Benjamin Webb : (Revolutionary War)


Corporal Benjamin Webb : (Revolutionary War)


Sergeant Benjamin Webb : 1st Regiment (Cutter’s) Massachusetts Militia (War of 1812)


Private Benjamin Webb : 1st Regiment (Hobb’s) Massachusetts Militia (War of 1812)


Private Benjamin Webb : He was enrolled in Captain Levi Bailey’s Company, 3rd Buncombe County North Carolina Militia during the War of 1812.


Private Benjamin Webb : Webb, aged 40 years, born in Pennsylvania, was described as standing 5’ 7” tall, with black eyes, dark hair, a dark complexion, was by occupation a Miller, when he enlisted 25 June 1814 to Ensign Hopewell at Staunton, Virginia for a term of five years. He was assigned to Captain Thomas Sangster’s Company, 12th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars). He is listed on a detachment roll dated 8 August 1814 at Staunton, as in Sangster’s Company 3 December 1814, and on returns dated February 1815. He is reported as having deserted 18 August 1814 at Staunton, Virginia and a detachment roll of Lieutenant R. Houston’s Company dated 16 February 1815 reports him as absent, and again 27 March 1815. (War of 1812)


Private Benjamin F. Webb : Company K, 4th Regiment Kentucky Infantry; Colonel John S. William’s Regiment, Captain Patrick H. Gardner’s Company; joined and enrolled 28 September 1847, mustered in 1 October 1847 at Louisville, Kentucky to serve during the War with Mexico; mustered out 25 July 1848 at Louisville, Kentucky.


He may have applied for and received a bounty land warrant on 27 September 1854 for 160 acres in Scott County, Illinois.


Sergeant Bennett Webb : Bennett Webb was born circa 1796 in Fredericksburg, Orange County, Virginia, the son of....


Bennett Webb, aged 18 years, born in Orange County, Virginia was described as standing 5’ 6” tall (and later 5’ 6¼”), had blue eyes, black hair, a fair complexion, and was by occupation a farmer when he enlisted 21 August 1814 at York Chester Station to Ensign W. W. Loftin for a term of five years. The promise of a bounty of $124.00, a land warrant for 160 acres, which doubled to 320 at the end of the war, and a salary of $10.00 per month as a Private, had its desired effect. He was assigned to Captain Bradford’s Company of the (1st) United States Regiment of Rifles (or Riflemen).


There were eventually four of these ‘elite’ units of Riflemen in the army composed of lightly armed infantry. Each was supposed to be comprised of select veterans and promising recruits, theoretically to form a unit in the tradition of Washington’s light infantry of the revolution. Intended to fight ‘guerilla’ style like native Americans, they were trained to snipe at the enemy from behind obstacles, as well as fight in open formation to harass and demoralize the enemy’s regulars in column with highly accurate long-range fire directed at officers and battery positions. To this aim they carried the excellent Model 1803 Harper’s Ferry flintlock rifled musket and later units received the Model 1814 flintlock rifled musket; the flint & ammunition was held in a belly box, shot pouch and powder horn. For close quarters they had no bayonets, but Sergeants wore brass mounted swords while most all the soldiers carried a scalping knife, which served double-duty as a hunting knife, and some even carried tomahawks. The uniform consisted of a coat, colored green with black facings, yellow lace collar, and yellow metal buttons (horizontal piping radiated out from buttons); non-coms wore epaulettes. They wore green wool overalls in the winter and tight white linen pants in the summer. Some units wore green linen hunting smocks with fringe. Headgear was the 1813 leather shako which had in the front a round brass plate stamped ‘Rifles’, and a tall green plume.


On a return dated 31 August 1814 to October 31 1814 he was marked as present; on a return from Captain W. C. Parker’s Company dated 31 January 1815 as present; as ‘present sick’ on a return dated 30 April 1815. He was present in Captain Wm. Bradford’s Company on a return dated 1 December 1815, promoted to Corporal on 3 December 1815 and to Sergeant 11 February 1816. Bennett is marked as present on returns dated 20 February thru 30 April 1816, 30 June thru 31 August & 31 October 1816. He transferred from Captain Bradford’s Company to Captain Jos. Selpen’s Company on or about 30 April 1817 although listed on returns from Bradford’s Company and marked as present 31 December 1817, 28 February 1818, 30 April, 30 June, 31 August, 31 October & 31 December 1818. In February 1819 he was listed as a Private. Bennett was absent since 5 March 1819 on recruiting duty.


He was at Fort Smith, Arkansas, ‘learning music’ when he was discharged 14 July 1819, where he served in the same unit with a man named John Webb (also a Private). He reenlisted as a veteran.


He was listed as 23 years old, born in Virginia and described as standing 5’ 8” tall (two inches taller than when measured at his first enlistment), with blue eyes, black hair and a fair complexion when he reenlisted 14 July 1819 at Fort Smith, Arkansas to his company commander, Captain J. W. Bradford for a term of five years. He was again assigned to Company A, Regiment of United States Rifles. On a roll dated 31 August 1819, listed as present; 13 October 1819, listed as ‘on command detached Captain Bullard’s Company’; 1 March 1820, S. A. M. R.(?); 30 June 1820 to 31 August 1820, S. A. M. R.(?); 31 December to 30 June 1821, listed as present. He transferred to the 7th Regiment United States Infantry in 1822, after the reorganization pursuant to an act of Congress 2 March 1821, when the Rifles Regiment was eliminated and replaced with standard infantry.


At his third enlistment in 1825 he was 28 years old. He gave his birthplace as Fredericksburg, (Orange County), Virginia; was described as standing 5’ 11” tall (3” taller than in 1819), with blue eyes, dark hair, a light complexion and was by occupation a laborer when he was enrolled by Lieutenant Johnson at Fort Smith, Arkansas for a term of five years. He was assigned to Company H, 7th Regiment United States Infantry (regulars), under command of Colonel Matthew Arbuckle. In June 1829 he was detailed as an express to carry letters from Colonel Arbuckle at Fort Smith to Samuel C. Roane, District Attorney, at Cotton Wood, Arkansas Territory. He was discharged 10 January 1830 at Cantonment Gibson, Oklahoma Territory by reason of expiration of term of service. Cantonment Gibson, renamed Fort Gibson in 1832, was a wooden stockade fort, built in 1824 by order of Colonel Arbuckle and located on the Grand River, three miles upstream from the convergence of the Arkansas, Grand and Verdigris Rivers. A cantonment is a temporary billet for soldiers.


He applied for a bounty land warrant under the ScripWarrant Act of 1812 for 160 acres which he located in Jackson County, Arkansas on 14 March 1828; this land was unfit for farming, was relinquished back to the government and he reapplied for a new patent. The new warrant under the same Act of 1812 was applied for patent on 17 September 1831, for 160 acres and was located in Township 6 North Range 3 East of St. Francis County, Arkansas. He purchased land in Crawford County (Section 28), on 10 November 1830; 108.17 acres by cash-entry sale. Throughout the 1830’s he purchased land in Crawford & Sebastian Counties, Arkansas.


1840 Federal Census. Upper Township, Crawford County, Arkansas

Bennett Webb, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 (no free or enslaved colored), 5 total, 2 in agriculture


Bennet Webb : Bennet Webb’s widow, Elizabeth Webb, applied for pension on 10 March 1887 from North Carolina, (widow2274). (Mexican War)


1850 Federal Census. The North side of ..., Wayne County, North Carolina

371/371, Bennet Webb, 54, Male, White, Carpenter, na, North Carolina

371/371, Lucy Webb, 39, Female, White, na, na, North Carolina, cannot write

371/371, Susan Webb, 20, Female, White, na, na, North Carolina

371/371, William Webb, 13, Male, White, na, na, North Carolina

371/371, Caroline Webb, 10, Female, White, na, na, North Carolina, in school

371/371, Martha Webb, 7, Female, White, na, na, North Carolina


Private Benson Webb : 76th Regiment (Tucker’s) New York Militia (War of 1812)


Private Berry Tully Webb : Joined and enrolled 27 June 1846 to Captain James Freeman’s Company (B), 3rd Regiment of the Brigade of Illinois Volunteer Militia. Discharged 3 March 1847 at Matamoras, Mexico, company discharged 23 May 1847 at New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained a bounty land warrant for 160 acres, which he located in Shelby County; and a pension 8 June 1887 (s14063), his widow, Mariah A. Webb applied 5 August 1903 (widow17219).


He was the son of Reverend John Webb, a preacher of the Separate Baptist persuasion, and Elizabeth Young, both natives of Tennessee, the father was born in 1792. Berry was born 8 April 1825 in Tennessee, and moved to Shelby County, Illinois in 1840, locating in Richland Township. On 15 October 1848 he married Maria Ann Curry, and the couple had three children, John W., Louisa E., & Martha E.. Berry was a Democrat and served as School Director and Road Commissioner for Richland Township. He died 15 June 1903 and was buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, same county.


Bounty land warrant – Section 24, Township 11 North, Range 5 East, Shelby County, warrant for 80 acres, 28 August 1848, ill vol154 p01; Bounty land warrant – Section 13, Township 11 North, Ramge 5 East, Shelby County, warrant for 80 acres, 28 August 1848, ill vol154 p01;


Private Bolden Webb : Webb, aged 22 years, born in Halifax, North Carolina, was described as standing 5’ 9” tall, with hazel eyes, black hair, a dark complexion, and by occupation a laborer, enlisted 26 August 1846 at (illegible)ddisboro by Lieutenant Andrews for a term of five years. He served in Companies D, I, & K, 3rd Regiment United States Artillery. He was discharged 25 August 1851 by reason of expiration of term of service at Fort Sullivan, on Seavey's Island, in Eastport, Washington County, Maine; remarks, ‘P. O. Oct 7/51’


1850 Federal Census. Eastport, Washington County, Maine

Garrison, 489/649, Martin Burke, 50, Male, White, Brevet Colonel, na, Maryland

Garrison, 489/649, L. Larson, 30, Male, White, 1st Lieutenant, na, Pennsylvania


Garrison, 489/649, Bolden Webb, 21, Male, White, Private, na, North Carolina


Private Burnett Webb : Company A, Colonel R. T. Paine’s (1st) Regiment North Carolina Volunteers (Mexican War)


Colonel B. R. Webb : He was at one time secretary of state of Mississippi, and for some time years before in the state senate from Pontitoc County; he died at Jackson, Mississippi 16 January 1860, aged about 48 years. His rank may be honorary.




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