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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


SAMUEL WEBSTER, a successful farmer and stock-dealer, Rutan, Penn., was born in Jefferson Township, this county, November 23, 1833.  He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Cowell) Webster.  The former was a native of New Jersey, and the latter of Greene County, Penn., where they were married and remained until about the year 1868, at which time they moved to Iowa, where Mr. Webster departed this life, November 9, 1871.  His widow then returned to Greene County, and died May 11, 1874.  They were the parents of twelve children, eleven of whom are living.  In September, 1856, Samuel Webster married Lucinda Goodwin, a native of Center Township, and daughter of John Goodwin, now deceased.  By this married Mr. Webster is the father of two children, one living, Mary E., wife of Andrew Johnson, and John, deceased.  Mrs. Webster departed this life in 1860.  Mr. Webster was afterwards married, September 29, 1863, to Nancy Higinbotham, who was born in West Virginia, October 7, 1834.  Her parents were Thomas and Lucretia Higinbotham, who departed this life in West Virginia.  Mr. and Mrs. Webster are the parents of eight children—Lucinda J., wife of Daniel W. Jacobs; William W., Anna M., Samuel H., Bertha B., Maggie A., John I. and Adolphus S.  Having been reared on a farm, Mr. Webster has devoted his whole attention to farming and stock-dealing, and owns about 425 acres of land in Greene County, besides hotel property at Ryerson’s Station, Penn.  He is one of the enterprising and industrious business men of Center Township.  Mr. and Mrs. Webster are leading members in the Baptist Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007

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