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Webb, James William

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Webb, James William
March 13, 2007 11:45AM
History of Kentucky, five volumes, edited by Judge Charles Kerr,
American Historical Society, New York & Chicago, 1922, Vol. V, p. 223
Grant County

JAMES WILLIAM WEBB, cashier and active manager of the Bank of
Williamstown, has been identified with that institution for twenty years
and prior to that was a merchant and otherwise active in the business
affairs of Williamstown.
The Bank of Williamstown was established with a state charter
in 1884, and has a capital of $50,000, surplus and profits of $50,000,
and deposits aggregating $500,000. The bank home is a modern brick
structure on Main Street. Its officers are A. B. De Jarnette,
president; J. T. Scott, vice president; and J. W. Webb, cashier.
James William Webb was born in Grant County February 24, 1859. He
is of Welsh ancestry, though the Webbs have been in America since
Colonial times. They first settled in North Carolina where Mr. Webb's
grandfather, William Webb, was born in Stokes County in 1790. He
followed farming and planting in his native state, and in 1844 settled
in Grant County, Kentucky, and was living at Cordova when he died in
1863. He was a stanch democrat in politics. His wife was Elizabeth
Gray, who was born in Stokes County, North Carolina, in 1793, and died
in Grant County, Kentucky in 1864. Of their eight children two are
still living: Joseph, a farmer at Corinth in Grant County; and James P.,
a retired farmer at Williamstown.
William Floyd Webb, father of James W. Webb, was born in Stokes
County, North Carolina, in 1829, and was about fifteen years of age when
the family came to Grant County, Kentucky. Here his active career was
spent in agricultural pursuits, and he was one of the leading farmers
and highly esteemed citizens of the county. He died at Williamstown in
1907. He was a democrat and an active member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South. In Harrison County, Kentucky, he married Elizabeth B.
Redd, who was born there and died at Williamstown in 1903. Their family
consisted of nine children: John A., who for many years was a miner,
died in New York City at the age of sixty; Miss Elizabeth, who died at
Williamstown at the age of fifty-eight; James William; Mary, wife of
H.C. Conrad, a farmer at Hamilton, Missouri; Joseph f., a farmer who
died at Houston, Texas at the age of fifty-seven; G. W. Webb, a stock
dealer and tobacconist at Williamstown; S. R. Webb who is a well known
and leading dry goods merchant of Williamstown; Charles T. who for many
years has been a Pullman conductor and lives at Houston, Texas; and
Holly, a farmer at Williamstown.
James William Webb attended the public schools of Williamstown,
graduating from high school in 1877, and since then, for a period of
forty-five years, has been giving his vigor and energies to business
affairs at Williamstown. He entered the dry goods business and built up
a flourishing trade and was active in its management until 1901, when he
became identified with the Bank of Williamstown as cashier and is also a
During the World war, Mr. Webb had the satisfaction of seeing
several of his sons enrolled in the Government's service. At home he
was chairman of the Liberty Loan drives for the county and accepted
every opportunity to be useful in some capacity to the cause. Mr. Webb
is a democrat in politics. He owns a modern home on North Main Street.
In 1888, at Williamstown, he married Miss Minnie Barbour, daughter
of John Q. and Maggie (Ricketts) Barbour, the latter a resident of
Covington. Her father was a photographer by profession and died at
Williamstown. Mrs. Webb is a graduate of the Williamstown High School.
They are the parents of five children: Edward D., the oldest, trained as
a soldier at Camp Lewis, Washington, and is now a merchant at Snohomish,
Washington; Viola, living at home, is the wife of Otto Halla, now
engaged in mining in California. Floyd G., also a merchant at
Snohomish, Washington, was in the arsenal branch of the army service
during the World war and was stationed at a number of camps, being
mustered out as a top sergeant at Indianapolis. John Hal, now in
business as a merchant at Lexington, was commissioned a second
lieutenant in the Officer's Training camp at Louisville, and was
mustered out at Louisville. Marguerite, the youngest of the children,
is the wife of F. A. Harrison, a Williamstown attorney.

Barbour Conrad Harrison Redd Ricketts Webb

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