Biography of Thomas B. Webster


Webster, Thomas B., East Hamburg, p. o. Webster's Corners.-Erastus D. Webster was born in the town of Aurora, Erie county, N. Y., April 16, 1827. He was well educated and in 1832 the family came to the homestead at Webster's Corners. He was a printer by trade, having learned that art in the Express office in Buffalo, He afterwards owned and conducted a newspaper at Springville. N. Y. He became private secretary for Secretary Seward during the first Lincoln administration, was appointed by Secretary Seward commissioner to turn over to the British government Mason and Slidell, who were made special commissioners by the Southern Confederacy to England, who were captured illegally by our navy; and was afterwards made internal revenue collector and held many other offices. July 7, 1849, he married Helen Bettensworth of Springville, N. Y., and they had six children: Frances, Thomas B. (as above), Jennie, Mary E., Anna S. and Erastus D. Frances married Martin I. Cooley of New York city and they have two children, Grace W. and Gifford W.; Jennie married John T. Honeycutt, and they have two children, Mary W. and Francis W.; Mary E. married Major James L. Lusk of the U. S. A., and they have one daughter. Eleanor W.; Anna S. died at the age of fifteen. Thomas B. Webster has been a ranchman in the far West twenty years. and has a fine collection of arms and other curiosities. The family are related to Roger Williams of Rhode Island.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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