Richard Barker Webster


parents:  Richard Barker Webster and Sally Hall (or Sarah Heath)*

Please note: Other than listing the children of Richard and Surilda (plus their basic information), 
I am not actively pursuing lineage of their descendants at this time. If a descendant steps forward 
with data, documentation and photos, I will gladly add it, but I am not currently researching this line.
This basic data was added becasue of the connection of Richard's son (James Webster) to Elizabeth Nancy Bowman (my primary line of research).


Birth:  07 Aug 1819  Martin Co, IN
Death:  18 Feb 1896  Martin Co, IN
Burial:  Burns City Cemetery, Martin, IN

Marriage #1

Surilda Hester Snodgrass

05 Mar 1840  Martin Co, IN


Jacob Webster 26 Jun 1843
John Webster 26 Mar 1846
Isabelle Webster c. 09 Mar 1848
Eliza Webster c. 1850
James Webster 11 Mar 1851
Sartha Webster 1853
Mary J Webster c. 1854
Seth Webster 1856
Jonathan Daniel Webster 20 Jan 1858
Tobitha Webster c. Mar 1860
Elizabeth Ann Webster 31 Mar 1864
Paris Webster 31 Mar 1864

notes regarding the children of Richard Barker Webster and Surilda Hester (Snodgrass) Webster


1850 Federal census Mitcheltree Twp, Martin, IN - 19 Sep 1850 - age 29
1860 Federal census McCameron Twp, Martin, IN - 13 Jul 1860 - age 42
1870 Federal census McCameron Twp, Martin, IN - 24 Aug 1870 - age 52
1880 Federal census  McCameron Twp, Martin, IN - age 60
Martin Co, IN Courthouse, Shoals, IN Marriage records (personally viewed and copied or transcribed)
Family records Bible records and photos belonging to Julie Chosich
Family records Records belonging to Steve Webster
Family records Records belonging to Nona Webster Rodden
Family research Research belonging to Valerie Boman and Debra Branigan

(click here to view census information)

Miscellaneous Information

1) Richard is mentioned in the will of James Snodgrass (Richard's father-in-law). 

2) Richard's cause of death: senile disability.

3) Webster Bible records.

* Note per Webster researcher Steve Webster:

"In doing my research, I've come across a curious item. Many, many people list Richard Barker Webster Sr's wife as Sarah Heath. I am curious where this information comes from, and if it has a source. I can't find one. The Pelham, NH Congregational Church records state Richard Webster married a Sally Hall in 1805, and various accounts of the Heath family state that Sarah Heath, born in Plymouth, NH in Sept. 1783 and the daughter of Samuel Heath and Sarah Webster, died unmarried on her father's farm in Bristol, NH. This seems to be the Sarah Heath most people claim as Richard's wife. I know sources can be wrong, but it does seem from this that it is more likely that Sally Hall was Richard's wife, not Sarah Heath".

* Note per Webster researcher Catherine Van Ginkle::

"I realize that the information I am about to share was not your primary focus but figured I'd pass along what my mother (Harriet Whitesel, daughter to Pauline Webster) had always told me re: Sarah Heath. My mom said she was thankful to Sarah Heath because Richard Webster's first wife couldn't have kids (who I am assuming was Sally, I've never heard this name). It is my understanding that Sarah Heath was the woman who gave birth to all of Richard's children. My mother always said she would not be alive had it not been for Sarah Heath.  
If I find definitive information regarding Sarah Heath, I will provide it to you. All I am certain of is that James Webster is the son of Richard Webster and Sarah, not Sally".



Photos and/or signatures

Richard Barker Webster

unknown date

thanks to Julie Chosich for this photo



Richard Barker Webster

Burns City Cemetery
Burns City, Martin, Indiana

photos taken by Valerie Boman