A Sketch of the Life and Character of Robert B. Webb
Robert B. Webb was born the 25th day of February, A.D. 1822, in Anderson District, South Carolina, about 4 miles west of Anderson Court House, and died at his home in Kosciusko, Miss., Feb. 10, 1900.
His father, Micagah Webb, moved to Anderson Court House about 1827, and was one of the first settlers of that place, engaging in the mercantile and hotel business.In the latter part of 1833, his father moved to Benton County, Alabama.
In the latter part of 1837, Robert came to Winston County, Miss., and made a crop in 1838, returning the latter part of that year to Benton County, Alabama.
In the latter part of 1842, he moved with his father to Cave Springs, Floyd County, Georgia, on account of the school facilities there, remaining there until the latter part of 1843, when he moved to Attala County, Miss., landing here January A.D. 1844, and settled on Scoopachitta Creek, about a half mile below Mitchell’s mill.
In 1844 Robert B. Webb taught school in Holmes County, Miss., after which he returned to assist his father in building and farming until the latter part of 1849.
The first of January, 1850, Robert came to Kosciusko, Miss., and engaged in business with James McAdory as clerk in the store and soon became the book-keeper.
On the 11th day of March, 1852, he was married to Miss Matilda Boyd, then a student of the Kosciusko Masonic Female College.He remained in the store with James McAdory until January, 1855, at which time he engaged in the mercantile business with B.A. Clark under the firm name of Clark & Webb.They remained in business until 1860, at which time they sold out to James McAdory, Robert remaining as book-keeper for McAdory.
In 1863 Robert B. Webb was elected Treasurer of Attala County, and held said office until the close of the war 1865.After the war he was appointed Clerk of the Circuit Court of said county by Gov. J. L. Alcorn and he was then elected by the people for two terms and served as Circuit Clerk during the years from 1866 to 1878.
From 1876 until 1875 he was engaged most of the time as book-keeper for the firm of Simon & Glazier, and deputy Chancery Clerk.
In 1885 he was elected sheriff of Attala County and served one term of two years, and then was appointed by the Governor as Notary Public of the town of Kosciusko for the term of two years after which he retired to private life for the remainder of his life.
Robert B. Webb served in many public trusts, such as City Alderman, Trustee of the Masonic Female College, public schools, et. al., and filled every office very efficiently leaving a clear record behind him, accounting for every dollar.He was an upright, honest, business man, and had the entire confidence of all that knew him.
He was a Mason for fifty years, having connected himself with that order in 1850; was a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Council and held many prominent offices in the same.
He professed religion at the age of 15 years and connected himself with the Missionary Baptist Church, of which his father was a minister.He was a consistent and leading member of the church from his boyhood and also an active worker in the Sabbath school, having acted as Secretary of the Kosciusko Baptist Sunday School from its organization until his health failed him in 1899.
As a citizen, he was peaceable and law abiding, never interfering with other people’s business.He was a man of strong convictions of what he thought was right and maintained the same to the letter.
The writer has known him from childhood and never knew him guilty of a dishonest or ungentlemanly act.
Kosciusko, Feb. 16, 1900