Dr. James Webb (1795 – 1883)

Dr. James Webb was the father of Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, wife and first lady of President Rutherford B. Hayes.  She was his only daughter and passed from her life when she was but two years old.

He was Kentucky born, March 17, 1795, son of Isaac Webb, a Revolutionary soldier from Virgina, and Lucy Catherine Ware, who came to Kentucky about 1790.

When he was very young, he served in The War of 1812; a soldier of the Kentucky mounted riflemen, “participating  in the campaign of General Harrison of Fort Meigs and Fort Stephenson.” (1)

“Dr. James Webb located at Chillicothe, Ohio in 1825 and at one time was in partnership with Dr. Joseph Scott.  He was a successful practitioner and was a victim of the cholera epidemic of 1832.” (2)  He had gone back to his Kentucky home at Lexington to arrange for manumitting the salves he inherited.  He stayed to take care of the sick and dying slaves and caught the dread disease himself.  He died July 1, 1833.  His parents, Isaac and Lucy, had succumbed to the epidemic.

April 18, 1826, he married Maria Cook at Willow Branch, Ohio and the following children were born of that union: Joseph Thompson, 1827; James Dewees, 1828; Lucy Ware, 1831.

Sources:  (1) The Life of Rutherford Birchard Hayes in Two Volumes, Vol. 1, Charles R. Williams and William H. Smith, Ohio Historical Society, Houghton Miffin Co., Boston and New york, 1914, page 77

(2) A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio, Vol. 1, Lyles S. Evans, The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York, 1917, page 205

And Historical collections of Ohio


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