Mrs. Mary Ann Webb ,111 years old,
Posey county's and Mt.Vernon's oldest resident died at Tuesday at her home at 1311 North Canal Street.
She was born in slavery in the vicinity of Winchester, Ky and grew up there, coming to Mt.Vernon 74 years ago. Her third husband,
Milton, Webb, a soldier in the Union Army in the Civil War died here in 1908.
Mrs. Webb's health had failed in recent years but she had been
acutely ill for only two weeks. For more than 50 years she had resided at
Canal street address.
The funeral is at the Short-Niehaus
Funeral Home, but funeral arrangements were incomplete at today.(Buried in the Mount VernonI.O.O.F.Cemetery.)
The deceased had been a member of BethelA.M.E.Church in Mt.Vernon for many years. She also was a
member of Zelda chapter. No. 17, Eastern Star, Evansville.
Five of her seven children are deceased. surviving children
are a daughter, Mrs. Henry Moorman, Mt. Vernon, a son, Fred Walker, Omaha,
Neb., Also surviving are granddaughter, Mrs. William H. Payne, Newcastle, Pa; a
great granddaughter, Mrs. L. H. Washington, Evansville; a half-brother, Ben
Rice, Waverly, Ky., two half-sisters, Mrs. Rafe
Mitchell, Waverly, Ky., and Mrs. Lena Kersey, Morganfield, Ky;
a niece, Mrs. Nellie Harris, Evansville; two nephews Roy Knoe
and Carl Knoe, Bloomington, Ill., and a grandnephew,
Herbert Dows., Evansville.
Mrs. Webb was able to recall many experiences of her childhood
when she belonged to John Boren. "We had good white folks." she
always said. "Miz Boren put me in a corner
and learned me how to know." She recalled
"switching flies" from the Boren dinner table and "going down to
the big house to thread the jinny for Miss Mary
She remained in Kentucky for several years after being freed and
came to Mt.Vernon about 1880 and worked for Charles and
Oliver Terry in their grocery store. Her first husband was Dan Finney and
her second, Ed Walker, the father of the two surviving children.
Mt.Vernon has always known Mrs. Webb as a king,
Christian and interesting personage. .