Biographical Sketch of Christopher Columbus Webb


(From: Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas; Hempstead County, Arkansas; "Christopher Columbus Webb", p. 445, published in 1890)

"Christopher Columbus Webb is an active agriculturist and stockman, and by those who know him he is considered a careful and energetic farmer, and of advance and progressive views on all matters of public interest. He was born in Roane County, East Tenn., August 18, 1834. His parents, Allen and Rebecca Webb, being born in Wilkes County, NC and Morgan County Tenn. (It is supposed) respectively. They were married in the latter county, and lived in different portions of the state until 1857, then came to Hempstead County, where Mr. Webb died in 1864, aged 66 years, his widow still surviving him, aged 84 years. The father was of English decent and a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather, Cut Webb, also of English birth, died in Roane County Tenn.

The Subject of this sketch is the fifth of six sons and five daughters, three sons and two daughters now living: J.E. (of Stone County), Elizabeth (widow of Asbury Maroon), Minerva, John, and Christopher C. Francis M. died in the hospital at Little Rock, Ark. during the war. Christopher was an attendant of the common schools during his youth, and spent his early days on a farm in his native state, in Hempstead County. His marriage to Miss Harriet Malinda Taylor, took place in 1859, her birth occurring in Mississippi. She died in 1885, having born eight children, three sons and four daughters living. Her parents, William and Nancy Taylor, were born in Tenn. and Miss. respectively, their marriage taking place in the latter state. In 1856 they came to Hempstead County, Ark. and here the mother passed from life two years later. The father survives, aged 86 years, and makes his home with Mr. Webb. He is as was his wife a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and he served in the Confederate army during the Rebellion.

Mr. Webb was married in 1885, to the daughter of Rev. John and Lucinda Cornish, who were born and married in North Carolina, moved from there to Missouri, afterward to Texas, and are now residing in Hope, Ark. Mr. Cornish was a machinist, and an able minister of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Webb, whose Christian name was Mattie, was born in North Carolina, and has borne Mr. Webb a son. Mr. Webb served three years in the Confederate army, Etter's battery, Fagan's brigade, and in the engagements at Little Rock and Helena. After the war he settled on his present farm of 860 acres, four miles northwest of Ozan, which was at that time in the woods, and by his own efforts now has 300 acres under cultivation. For some years he operated a steam cotton gin and grist-mill, also merchandising, but as above stated now devotes his attention to farming.

He is a Democrat; a member of the A.F. & A.M. and his wife has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years. 

Mr. Webb's eldest daughter, Mary Tine aged 30, married J.C. Harris ten years ago. His second child J.C. married a Miss Tennsa Stone, in 1884. His third child, Rebecca, married Anderson Bailey in 1888. His other children are W.A. (aged 21), James H. (aged 16), Cynthia (aged 13), Willie Bell (aged 11) and C.C. (aged 2 years)."

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