Biography of Moses Webber
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

MOSES WEBBER. The death of Moses Webber, May 15, 1875, removed from Boardman township a citizen of sterling worth and a man of prominence in his section. He was born on his father's farm, in Boardman township, Mahoning County, Ohio, March 9, and was a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Deitzel) Webber.

Christian Webber, the grandfather of Moses, was the founder of the family in America. He was born in Germany and crossed the Atlantic to the United States when a young man. Here he was soon after married to Christina Rhine, also a native of Germany. They har eleven children, one of whom subsequently settled in Virginia and one in Indiana, all the rest remaining in Pennsylvania, with the exception of Peter, who came to Ohio and settled in Boardman township In 1811. He was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and learned the trade of shoemaker, but never worked at it after leaving his native state. He married Elizabeth Deitzel (now spelled Titzel), who was of German parentage, but who was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. With his wife and four children, Peter Webber came to Mahoning County in a large covered wagon, and until, with the help of kind neighbors, a log cabin could be built, the little family had to make the wagon their home. They settled on what is now the James Brownlee farm.

After residing on that farm for forty years, Peter Webber bought a farm of Jonathan Dustman, on which Samuel Moyer now lives, in Boardman township, and other tracts of land, one being the farm now owned by his granddaughters. His wife died at the age of 44 years, but he survived to be 88 years of ago. He served in the War of 1812, and there is a family story told of how his wife and her small child fenced a wheat field during his enforced absence, which exemplifies the resourceful character of the pioneer wives and mothers. All of their seven children have lived out their lives and have passed into peaceful rest. They were: George, Catherine (who married David G. Wailer), Mary, John, Betsey (who married James Spiers), David and Moses.

Until his marriage, Moses Webber remained on the home farm assisting his father, receiving his education in the primitive schools of the neighborhood. On October 15, 1846, he was married to Salome Simon, who was a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Stemple) Simon, and a sister of Jesse Simon, a sketch of whom appears in this work. They settled on a part of the Peter Webber farm, but in another house, and Moses continued to assist his father until the latter's death, afterwards operating the farm until his own decease. In politics he was a stanch Democrat. He was a man of intelligence and sound judgment, frequently called upon for advice by his neighbors and was elected to responsible township offices, serving also for many years as a justice of the peace in Boardman township. He was a member of the Mahoning County Agricultural Society.

He and his wife had two daughters - Laura, who was born. August 24, 1847, and Elizabeth, who was born December 6, 1848. They are members of the pioneer Reformed Church in Boardman township, which was built in 1816, and rebuilt in 1845. Miss Laura Webber was educated in the Poland Union Seminary and for a number of years taught school in the same section where both her mother and grandmother had taught before her, the latter sometimes carrying her sleeping babe with her.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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