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Chalkley Webster

"Historical Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania", Vol. 1, edited by Gil- bert Cope and Henry Graham Ashmead, Lewis Publishing Company, New York, 1904, pp. 444-5.

"CHALKLEY WEBSTER, who has been conspicuously identified with the agricultural interests of Upper Oxford township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, for a quarter of a century, was born in Laycock township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, July 26, 1830, the son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Lukens) Webster, and grandson of George and Mary Webster, the latter named being the parents of the following named children:

  1. George, who married Anna Walton, and their children were: Martha, Mary, Alfred, Asa, Ezra, Charles and George Webster. 
  2. William, who married Sarah Lukens, and they were the parents of four children: Patience, Samuel, Mary, and Elwood Webster. 
  3. Naylor, who married Jemima Vickers, and they have reared a family of several children. 
  4. Jesse, father of Chalkley Webster. 
  5. Hannah, who became the wife of Elwood Brown, and several children have been the issue of this union. 
  6. Patience, who became the wife of Allen Smith, and they have reared a family of children.


"Jesse Webster, father of Chalkley Webster, was born 2 mo., 18, 1797, and died 4 mo., 4, 1873.  By his marriage to Elizabeth Lukens, ten children were born, all of whom attained years of manhood and womanhood.  Their children were:

  1. Mary, born 4 mo., 5, 1825, died 4 mo., 16, 1873. 
  2. Sarah, born 3 mo., 17, 1827, died 2 mo., 6, 1873. 
  3. Edith, born 11 mo., 5, 1828, died 10 mo., 2, 1885. 
  4. Chalkley, born 6 mo., 26, 1830. 
  5. Daniel, born 8 mo., 24, 1832, died 10 mo., 28, 1899; he married Beulah Moore and they were the parents of the following named children: Daniel, Channing, Harold, Florence, Howard, Lorena, and Norman, deceased. 
  6. Lukens, born 12 mo., 8, 1833, married Elizabeth Hallowell, and their children are: Edward B., Edith, Howard, Clarkson, and Percy Webster. 
  7. George, born 4 mo., 15, 1836, died 10 mo., 31, 1883; he was united in marriage to Phebe Michner, daughter of Dr. Michner, of New Garden township, Chester county, Pennsylvania. 
  8. William, born 10 mo., 18, 1838, married Elizabeth Haines, and the issue of this union was six children, namely, Sarah, Joseph, Jessie Anna, Helen, Horace, and Warren Webster. 
  9. Elizabeth, born 5 mo., 1, 1840. 
  10. Jesse, born 4 mo., 1, 1842, married Ellen Conard, and they are the parents of the following named children: Rachel, Margaretta, Samuel, Mary, and Jesse Webster.

"Chalkley Webster, eldest son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Lukens) Webster, was reared in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and he received a practical education in the schools of Unionville and London Grove.  After laying aside his school books, he secured employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, but after a short period of time he discontinued his services with that corporation and secured a position as helper on a farm.  After serving in that capacity for a number of years, during which time he acquired a thorough knowledge of the routine work of a farm, he purchased a ninety-seven-acre tract of land which he cultivated for six years.  He then purchased another farm, consisting of one hundred and eighty acres of rich and arable land, whereon he continued to reside for fifteen years, and in 1878 he became the owner of a one hundred and eighty acre farm at Homeville, Upper Oxford township, where he conducted extensive operations for twenty-one years, after which he disposed of it to his son, Linford Webster.  In politics he is a strong Prohibitionist, and he is also very much opposed to the tobacco habit, having often spoken in public on the subject.  He has served his township in the capacity of school director, performing his duties in an efficient and creditable manner.  He is a birthright member of the Society of Friends, and is a regular attendant at their meetings, where he performs the duties of minister.

"Mr. Webster was united in marriage to Margaret Coates, daughter of Ellis and Abigail (Coates) Coates, and her birth occurred 7 mo., 7, 1832, in Upper Oxford township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, where she was reared; the educational advantages she enjoyed were obtained at the Unionville Academy.  The children born of this union are as follows:

  1. Eveline, born 6 mo., 15, 1856; she is the wife of Joseph Cloud, and their children are: George, Myrtle, Philena, Clarence, William, Jesse, Mildred, Leona, Frank, Idela, and Pauline Cloud. 
  2. Joseph, born 12 mo., 15, 1857, married Sophia Fell, and their children were: Hibbard, deceased; Phebe Ann; Mary; and Clarence Webster. 
  3. Jesse W., born 11 mo., 17, 1859, married Anna Brosius, and they are the parents of two children, Idela and Lillian Webster. 
  4. Medora, born 1 mo., 7, 1862, wife of Howard Newcomer, and their children are: Rowena, Esther, Wendall, Sarah, and Mary Newcomer. 
  5. William, born 9 mo., 17, 1863, married Anna Sharpless, and their children are: Sharpless and Raymond Webster. 
  6. George, born 12 mo., 15, 1864, married Mary Chambers, and they are the parents of one child, Lillian Webster. 
  7. Linford, born 12 mo., 26, 1866, married Edella Eastburn, and their children are: Marion and Donald Webster. 
  8. Lillian, born 1 mo., 27, 1873, died 3 mo., 5, 1873. 
  9. Viola, born 10 mo., 15, 1876. 

Mr. Webster and his family are widely and favorably known in the community, and are always found on the side of all questions which tend toward the betterment of mankind."


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