Edward Milo Webb, Sr. (1815 - 1852)

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Birthplace: Hanover, Chautauqua, New York, USA
Death: Died in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Cause of death: Cholera
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About Edward Milo Webb, Sr.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Benjamin Gardner Company (1852) Age 36


Departure: 2-10 June 1852 Arrival: 24, 27 September 1852

Company Information: 241 individuals and 45 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs).

Pioneer Information: Edward died en route.

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Birth: Aug. 16, 1815 Hanover Center Chautauqua County New York, USA

Death: Jul. 10, 1852 Nebraska, USA

Excerpts from his history.. written by Elaine Johnson:

EDWARD MILO WEBB -- 17 August 1815 - 31 July 1852

Milo was the fifth son of James and Hannah Griswold Webb. He was born in Hanover, Chautauqua, New York. His parents had carved a farm out of the heavy forest. Milo was fifteen when Mormons began moving into the small town of Kirtland, Ohio, fifty miles west. Missionaries came to the family in 1834. Milo was baptized 26 August 1834, just after his nineteenth birthday. He moved with his parents to Kirtland.

The Webbs moved to Missouri in 1838 and settled in Adam-ondi-Ahman. When mob violence became extreme those living at Adam-ondi-Ahman and other small communities were forced to evacuate to Far West. From there they were driven into Illinois. Milo and his brother Lorenzo saw a beautiful girl dancing on a tree stump at a gathering and thought she was a lovely dancer. Both courted her but she chose Milo. He married Caroline Amelia Owens in December 1839 in a ceremony conducted by Joseph Smith... They lived first in Payson, then moved to Nauvoo where they were members of the Nauvoo First Ward. Others in the ward were Sidney Rigdon, King Follet, Orson Pratt and Eliza R. Snow. Their first three children were born in Nauvoo. Milo served as a missionary in Michigan during these years. Milo was ordained a Seventy 26 October 1845.

Milo and his brothers operated the Webb Blacksmith Shop where they built wagons for those preparing to leave Nauvoo. Milo was also a carpenter and builder, though it must have been rare for all five to be working at one time. They were as busy in the mission field as in the shop.

They left Nauvoo that spring and helped establish Winter Quarters, Nebraska. It was abandoned in 1848. Milo had a chance to work in Missouri. He needed the work to finance the trek across the plains so he took his family to Linden in Clay county. Two of his children were born there. By 1852 Milo was ready to take his family to Utah. They set out with the last company to leave Council Bluffs. The 16th company under Captain Uriah Curtis was assaulted with a cholera epidemic. A 'young lady' who had the disease sent for Milo asking him to administer to her. The girl recovered but Milo became ill and died the same night, just a couple of weeks short of his thirty-seventh birthday. Milo's wife wrote, "He died in full faith of the gospel." He was buried in a coffin fashioned from a wooden box strapped to the back of their wagon.

The following afternoon the Curtis company was passed by the Henry Miller company. Isaac Carling, of the Miller company, recorded the circumstances in his daily diary of the journey. I have cross referenced this diary, William Clayton's "Emigrant's Guide", and a modern atlas to determine the location of Milo's grave. It is fewer than a dozen miles west of the current town of North Platt, in Lincoln county Nebraska, along the north side of the north fork of the Platte river, on or near Buffalo Bill's Wild West Ranch and Rodeo Arena. Milo's last son was born in the Salt Lake Valley seven and a half months later.


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Parents:
  • James Webb (1777 - 1845)
  • Hannah Griswold Webb (1790 - 1845)
Spouse:
  • Caroline Amelia Owens McRae Webb (1821 - 1895)
Children:
  • Cordelia Amanda Webb Warner (1841 - 1908)*
  • Marcellus Horace Webb (1843 - 1919)*
  • Edward Milo Webb (1847 - 1921)*
  • Caroline Amelia Webb Reed (1849 - 1922)*
  • Francis A Webb (1853 - 1938)*


Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: On the plains, Near Platte River, Nebraska

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Edward Webb, Sr.'s Timeline

1815
August 17, 1815
Hanover, Chautauqua, New York, USA
1834
August 26, 1834
Age 19
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, USA
1839
December, 1839
Age 24
1841
October 2, 1841
Age 26
Quincy, Adams, Illinois, USA
1843
May 5, 1843
Age 27
Quincy, Adams, Illinois, USA
1847
March 8, 1847
Age 31
Clay, Missouri, USA
1849
July 4, 1849
Age 33
Linden Heights, Clay, Missouri, USA
1852
July 31, 1852
Age 36
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
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North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA