Builders of our Township and our County
Webber Township, Jefferson
Welcome! Good to see you. Come on in, relax,
poke around and get acquainted - you can't hurt anything and nothing
can hurt you. There's lots of new people here, too numerous to list, so give them some time, some attention, get acquainted, enjoy!
In these pages you find many of our earliest settlers that first opened
Webber Township and Jefferson County, Illinois. The land in Webber was
mostly heavily forested and just as Nature made it, so 'opening' it was
not a trivial task. A settler's land claim, often their prize for a
long and hard journey, was also their only resource for shelter and
food - there were no convenience stores!
Roads too had to be cleared and built - all the roads we see today were
initially just a line of survey stakes off through the wilderness.
Many settlers did come, did survive and did thrive of course. And they
did multiply, forming what is uniquely Webber Township and Jefferson
County - Our People. This is the story of Our People, their progeny and
their connections down through the years.
Roots and origins were the starting place for everybody here and
naturally are our starting point as well. We've used the tools of
genealogy to help tell the story of Our People because they can
organize hundreds of people in minute detail, and every person is
instantly accessible by name or birthright. But most important of all,
these tools never mask or lump the individual - the true history maker.
Our focus remains Webber but connections and progeny occasionally lead
us to other townships, counties and even states - this was a very
mobile society for a world without trains and cars and it only became
more so through time.
Go get your popcorn and a favorite drink and plan to sit a spell - you
should eventually find yourself or your family line. (If you're not
listed here, send us your data, you could be in the next cycle.)
Hint: On the Pedigree Chart, the little boxes across the top lead you
backwards in time, and the Family Links box on your right brings you
forward in time. Practice traveling up, across and down the various
family lines until you find one you like, perhaps your own. Try it, we
think you'll like it.
Oh, you'll get lost all right, but the Back button helps. Really lost?
Just go to the bottom of any page and hit Table of Contents - you'll be
instantly brought back to today - start again. And the Surname List and
Index of Names are always here as safety nets, even if they seem too
easy like cheating at Solitaire or something.
Meanwhile, many hours of work by many serious people have been put into
the research and documentation of these Pioneers. We hope you will
benefit from the information. Enjoy, come back often.
work like this needn't have a beginning nor end and could well have a
broad middle. If you have a family history or study that touches on
Webber Township and Jefferson County, Illinois, and you would like to
see it become part of this coordinated story, we'd like to see it too,
all of us would. Send it in!
If you have some old correspondence or first-person accounts that bear
upon life and living in early Jefferson County, we'd like that too.
Errors and typos? We know they're here, the rascals! they hide so well.
But please send in those you see - your eyes and minds are needed here.
Credits and Thanks: Our thanks to these family researchers who so
generously contributed to the results you see here: Georgia Jines
Borah, Lucille Nichols, Clyde and Gale Howell, Glena Piper,
Sandy Bauer, Patricia Staley, Steve Terrell, John Bennett, LaDonna
Green Bates, Joe Bob Green, Clara Donoho, Janet Donoho Johnson, Beverly
White Murphy, John Furby, Ronald Schulz, Karen Marlow, Mae Etta
Chapman, Jeanette O'Boyle, Stefanie Richardson, Peggy Green, Mary Zinzileta, Jim
Thompson, Dale Jackson, Ann Hecathorn, Linda Mick Short, Charlie Tower, Karen Back Simmons, Candice A. Poole, Earline Pepple Clemins. Those we've forgotton or never known are
appreciated if unacknowledged. Thanks to you all - Sharon White
Hiltibidal and Jack White
Table of Contents
Pedigree Chart for All of Us, Starting
With Eva Lena Shelton Wilson
Index of Names
William Jasper Shelton Family
George Wyatt Shelton Descendants
William I Shelton Descendants
Richard 'Searce' Sursa Descent
Joseph Henry Family
The Mark Chambliss Family
Azariah Bruce Descendants
Jonathan Catron Descendants
Henry Green Family
(Reece's father) Davis Descendants
Samuel S Moore
Thomas Green (Bluford's)
* Examples - email us for specific requests, we enjoy some flexibility
Please send corrections, comments and additions
to Jack White
or Sharon White