Monday, March 4, 2019

Powder Horn of Captain Ebenezer Webster

In 1909 The Boston Globe and several other newspapers across the country featured Colonel Edward Knight Webster (1848-1927) son of Dr. Eliphalet Knight Webster and Emily Webster. The colonel was gifted on Christmas day an old family relic--the powder horn used in the American Revolution by his great grandfather, Ebenezer Webster of Kingston, NH. The horn was given to Col Webster's mother by her uncle, Daniel Webster. This powder horn is at the New Historical Society and was a gift of Edward K. Webster. Also a portrait of Captain Ebenezer Webster is at the society 

In 1909 several articles were published on a powder horn that was in the possession of Edward Knight Webster (1848-1927) son of Dr. Eliphalet Knight Webster and Emily Webster. The powder horn belonged to Captain Ebenezer Webster (1739-1806) son of Ebenezer Webster and Susannah Bachelder. He born in  Kingston, New Hampshire. His second wife, Abigail "Nabby" Eastman (1739-1816) daughter of Roger Eastman and Jerusha Fitts was the mother of Daniel Webster (1782-1852).

Edward's father Dr. Eliphalet Knight Webster son of Josiah Webster (1772-1837) and Emily Knight (1771-1849). He married married his cousin Emily Webster (1809-1882) daughter of Colonel Ebenezer Webster (1787-1861) and Sarah Webster (1784-1811) and she was the niece of Daniel Webster (1782-1852). He was a Dartmouth College graduate (1829) and held a thriving practice for many years. He was also post master and superintendent of schools.

Rev Josiah Webster (1772-1837) son of Nathan Webster (1747-1813) and Elizabeth Clifford (1748-1821). He married Emily Knight (1771-1849) daughter of Eliphaet Knight and Martha Webster. William B. Lapham, Compiler. The New Historical Society has a drawing of Josiah Websters memorial entitled "Mourning." Genealogy of Some of the Descendants of John Webster of Ipswich, Mass, in 1635. Read more at photo attachment Lane Hampton Library

The 1909 articles notes that Captain Ebenezer Webster enlisted as a private in General Jeffrey Amherst regiment known as the "Rogers Rangers" and earned a promotion to captain. The strong, sturdy pioneer Yankee Webster was considered one among the famous brave rangers to have no equals that fought the in the dangerous, "hard and perilous experience." 

In 1763 Ebenezer Webster was listed among the first settlers of Salisbury, New Hampshire (known then as Stevenstown). During the on set of the American Revolution Captain Webster formed a company of 200 men of this area and set out to fight for freedom reporting with his men in Boston. His company would prove a major importance in many battles.
In Dorchester General George Washington consulted with him in regards to the New Hampshire soldiers.
Captain Webster was one of the first to scale the breatwork at Bennington. It was said, "he came out with his swarthy skin so blackened with dust and gun powder that his men hardly knew him."
He stood guard at General Washington's tent at Westpoint the night after Benedict Arnold treason drama. It was recorded that the general spoke these words, "Captain Webster, I believe I can trust you."
The powder horn was carried by Captain Webster during both wars. The horn remained in the guardianship of his son Daniel for over fifty years before given to to Colonel Edward's mother. 
According to Robert Vincent Remini, author of "Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time," Ebenezer Webster was thought to be as tough and rugged as the New Hampshire wilderness he lived in. He was tall, full chested, very hairy with piercing black eyes and a "Roman" nose.  
The Daughters of the American Revolution in Franklin, New Hampshire organized April 16, 1909 the Abigail Webster Chapter and in 1913 they honored Captain Ebenezer and Abigail Webster with a memorial stone.  Also see Women Patriots of the American Revolution: A Biographical Dictionary
In 1913 the Abigail Webster Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Photo of Grave Marker Erin Bohannon Find A Grave

Photo from "Pembroke" Lianne E. H. Keary
Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter NSDAR was chartered on June 21, 2001

The story of the Old Elm Tree planted by Ebenezer Webster on the site of Daniel Webster's birthplace photos fron NH National State Park and article published in The Leader Newspaper NH on February 26 1897
Powder Horn Relic Kansas City World Saturday April 3 1909 Page 7


This article was from 1977 Post-Star Newspaper

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