William. R. Webb

Wm. R. WEBB, died at the home of his son, Thomas M. WEBB, in Belleville 
at 9 o'clock last night, after an illness of several months. Deceased was born
in Webb's Prairie, Franklin county, February 23rd, 1840, consequently was in the 
59th year of his age at the time of death. 

In November 1860 he was married to Miss Rebecca MOONEYHAM, daughter of Major Wm.
MOONEYHAM, of Benton. Of this union a large family of children were born, ten of 
whom are still living. In point of seniority they are as follows: Daniel R., of 
East St. Louis; Thomas M., of Belleville; Mrs. Willis PHILLIPS, and Mrs. Jas. 
M. HILL, of Mt. Vernon; Charles, Miss Sallie and Elmer, of Belleville; Dick, Barnie 
and Miss BECK, of this city. 

Mr. Webb was an exceptionally strong and robust type of manhood and knew but little 
of illness until seven or eight months ago, when his health began to decline. When 
the wane of his physical energies began he went to St. Louis where he was treated 
for some time at the Baptist Sanitarium but without any noticable improvement. He 
returned to this city and later visited successively his sons at Belleville and East
St. Louis, but in spite of everything he was able to do he was unable to arrest the
progress of the disease which had fastened itself upon him.He was sufficiently strong 
on Thursday to drive about the streets of Belleville without assistance and dined with
his son Charles, night before last, apparently enjoying his supper. About 1 o'clock 
yesterday afternoon his condition became alarming and it became evident that he could 
not live more than a few hours at most. The out-of-town members of the family were 
notified by telegraph of his condition and with the exception of Mrs.Phillips, 
all were present at the time of death. Mr. WEBB was one of the best known men in Mt. 
Vernon through his management of the Jeffersson House on East Broadway, of which he 
had been proprietor for many years. 

The remains were brought here on the L & N train at noon today and taken to the 
Seffer House, where they will remain till the departure of the C & EI this evening 
when they will be taken to Ewing, where a halt will be made till tomorrow when they 
will be taken to Webb's Prairie church, where the funeral services will be held and 
where the interment will take place. Mr. WEBB was a member of the Baptist church having 
been connected with that denomination for fifteen or twenty years. All of the family 
came over from Belleville this morning and will pay the last solemn rites of respect 
to the memory of their dead parent at Webb's Prairie church tomorrow. 

July 8, 1899 Mt. Vernon Register News 
Submitted by: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Nov 5, 1997  

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