Biography of Frederick M. Webb
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Webb, Frederick M., was born in Caroline, February 15, 1822. Peter Webb, his father, was born in Virginia, being brought to this county in 1805 by John James Speed at the age of fifteen as a slave. He was placed on a farm between Caroline and Slaterville, and remained with Mr. Speed until be became of age, then he bought his time, paying $384. He was married in 1819 to a slave belonging to Charles Patella, who was brought here when she was eight years old with twenty other slaves, who procured their freedom through the neglect of their master to register them. They had eleven children, of whom our subject was the second. His mother was living as a slave when he was born. His property comprised part of the farm known as the old Speed place, where his mother worked as a slave. In 1852 he married Lucina Barton, of Union, Broome county, by whom he had two children: Simon Peter and Mabel L., having lost six children. The son follows farming, while the daughter is a successful teacher of music, having attended the conservatory at Ithaca. They are members of the Baptist church at Brookton. Mr. Webb was a Republican. He died December 16, 1898, aged seventy one years, ten months and one day.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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