John S. Webb was born in Shelby County, Ind., November 11, 1833, son of Zachariah and Nancy (Hough) Webb, and is of English descent. His father was born near Lexington, Ky., April 9, 1808. The mother of our subject was born near Xenia, Ohio, in April, 1812, and died January 14, 1887. The Hough family came to Shelby County in 1820. His paternal grandfather, Joseph Hough, was a native of Pennsylvania, and died in Shelby County, Ind., about 1844. He was a fifer in the War of 1812. The Webb family came to Indiana about 1818, and settled in Clark County, and in the spring of 1821 removed to Shelby County, Ind. The immediate subject of this biography grew to manhood on his father’s farm in Shelby County, and for a brief period attended the country schools. In 1859, he came to Johnson County and settled in what is now Needham Township, and, in 1875, removed to his present farm, which contains 193 acres of excellent land. The marriage of Mr. Webb was solemnized March 13, 1859, to Miss Nancy E. Welliver, born in Butler County, Ohio, May 20, 1842, daughter of Isaac and Nancy (Sample) Welliver, natives of Kentucky, the former born in 1804, and died in 1849, and the latter born in 1809, and died in 1886. They have these ten children: Nina, born in 1862; Allena A., 1864; Lula E., 1867; Emily F., 1869; Daniel C., 1871; Jesse C., 1874; Samuel J., 1877; Homer J., 1879; Marquis D., 1881 and Mary E., 1885. In politics, he is a staunch democrat, and since 1846 has been a member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Webb became a member of the same denomination in 1855.

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Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 672.