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Biography of Norman L. Webber (1818 to 1896)
Daniel H. Weiskotten
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From: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1894, The Leading Citizens of Madison County. Biographical Review Publishing Company. Boston, MA

Norman L. Webber
Pages 57 to 59


NORMAN L. WEBBER.  Few among the farmers and agriculturists of Madison County are more widely known or better esteemed than he whose name appears above. He has resided upon his fine one-hundred-and-forty-five-acre farm in District No. 6, town of Cazenovia, since 1866, and during that time has occupied a leading place among the representative men of his calling in the county.
      He was born in this town, one mile south of Woodstock, May 22, 1818, and is a son of <:58> Deacon Elisha Webber, a native of the old Bay State [MA], born there about 1777 , and died at the birthplace of his son, our subject, in 1848.  The maiden name of his wife was Polly Parker, the date of her nativity being September 23, 1779.  They were married in Massachusetts, August 11, 1802, and soon after, getting together their worldly goods, set out with an ox-team for New York State.  On their arrival here Mr. Webber purchased fifty acres, principally timber land, from the Frizells, paying for this about ten dollars per acre.  He was a powder-maker by trade, but followed farming in Cazenovia, and, after making his original purchase, bought thirty acres more on the De Ruyter line.  He and is wife became the parents of eleven children, six sons and five daughters, of whom our subject was the youngest son and ninth child, and is the last survivor.  The mother of these children, after a life of usefulness and faithful toil in behalf of her family, passed away December 27, 1861.  She and her husband lie at rest in Woodstock Cemetery, where most of their children are also sleeping.  These children were: Elmina, wife of Nathan Judson, died in Illinois, November 6, 1876, when seventy-three years of age; Arthuse, wife of William Moffatt, died near Woodstock, September 27, 1842, at the age of thirty-five; Clement, died at the old home in 1848, when forty-three; Chandler, died at the home of our subject in 1886, in his seventy-eighth year; Keziah, wife of Parmenus Ainsworth, passed away October 16, 1847 , when but thirty-six years old; Clinton and Jonathan, both died in early life; Abel A., died near Woodstock in 1878, at the age of fifty-two; Norman L., our subject; Delocia, wife of Aaron Van Antwerp, passed away from earthly scenes in Onondaga County, and found a resting-place at Vesper, about 1856, when in her thirty-seventh year; Derinda, wife of William Hall, died in Allegany County in 1858, at the age of thirty-seven.  The members of this family who arrived at maturity all left families of from one to seven children.
        The original of this sketch attended school in early youth, and learned to read, write, and cipher.  He lived at home on the farm, where he was married June 6, 1844, to Prenellipa Scott, of Nelson.  She died in the prime of life, October 2, 1853.  Of this union there were two children: Lydia Augusta, who died at the early age of three years; and Norman Elisha, who is unmarried, and is now forty years old.  Mr. Webber was again married May 25, 1854, to Jane Ackley, of Chenango County, daughter of Chauncey and Lucinda W. (Irish) Ackley, the former of whom was a farmer in the town of Lincklaen, Chenango County.  Both died many years ago, the former at Lincklaen in 1875, and the latter at Woodstock in 1859.  Mrs. Webber has one brother, Amial J. Ackley, now residing at Union City, Mich.  He was a soldier in the Civil War, serving three years, and was wounded in the hip, besides suffering a severe sunstroke.  She has also a sister, Mary Ann, wife of Mr. Nettleton, of Waseca County, Minnesota.  Mr. and Mrs. Webber have lost <:59> one daughter, Mary A., who died in Cazenovia when six years old.  She was a sweet little girl; and it was of such the Master said, "Suffer little children to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."  A son, Lucian A., died in Elmira, November 15, 1886, at the age of twenty-six.  He was a young man of noble character; and his death was a severe bereavement to his parents, and was deeply deplored by his many friends.  Another son, James C., married Cora J. Hunt, of New Woodstock.  They reside on the home farm, and have two children: Nina Maud, a bright, intelligent girl of ten; and Norman Luther, a fun-loving boy of eight years, and namesake of his two grandfathers.
      Mr. Webber is a Republican in politics, and has served as Highway Commissioner.  In 1843 he became interested in religious matters, and surrendered his heart into the keeping of his divine Master.  With his wife, he has been for many years a member of the Second Baptist Church of the village of Cazenovia, and for forty years has served as deacon.  He has always tried so to live that at the last great day he may hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant!  Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."  He is now retired from active business having committed his farming interests into the hands of his two sons, but still helps to some extent on the farm.  He has lived a useful and active life, and is still quite strong and fairly active, as may also be said of his faithful wife.  They are living cosily at their new dwelling on the farm, near the old house occupied by their married son, and are regarded by their many friends throughout the county as people of sterling worth and integrity, occupying a warm place in the hearts of all who know them.