Joseph William Webb was born August 29, 1852 in the Township of Stephen, Huron County, Province of Ontario, Canada; to George and Frances Webb. George and Frances were from Ireland and came to Canada on a sailing ship; they had 13 children, Joseph being one of the older children. Joseph married Margaret Helen Beird on February 18, 1874 in Stephen Township, Ontario; witnesses were David Beird and Heziah Webb. Margaret was born on January 19, 1854 to David and Margaret Owen Beird.
Joseph and Margaret had the following children:
Francis Webb was born April 29, 1875. Francis married Euphema “Adelle” Ferris.
Albert Webb. Albert was born on November 8, 1876 in Columbia, Van Buren County, Michigan. Albert married Angela M. Palmer on June 15, 1904.
Joseph and Margaret came to the United States in 1875. They lived in Bangor, Van Buren County, Michigan for awhile, moving to Mancelona, Antrim County, Michigan for a short time, then coming to Lakefield Township. By 1896, Joseph and Margaret owned and operated a forty acre farm in Section 24 on the SE corner of Lakefield and Chapin Roads. Their neighbors were: Robert Beird, John Beird, Thomas Beird, James LaLonde, Frank Levi, H.P. Smith and William House.
Joseph served on the following Lakefield Township offices:
Lakefield Township Board of Review in 1892
Overseer of Highways Road District #5 in 1892 and 1894.
School Inspector in 1893 and 1895
Justice of the Peace in 1897
Appointed as Inspector and Clerk of Board of Elections on April 4, 1898.
Joseph died on September 8, 1930 and Margaret on November 14, 1931. They are both buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.
SOURCES: relative, Jean Lednicky; Albert Webb's birth and marriage record; Lakefield Township Records; Francis Webb's WWI draft registration and 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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