Our Founding Father: Isaac B. Webb

Webb Chapel Cemetery Association
Farmers Branch, Texas

Our Founding Father:
Isaac B. Webb


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Isaac B. Webb, the son of Solomon and Nancy Webb, was born 4 June 1802 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. The family moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1805, to Maury County, Tennessee, in 1812 and settled in Bigby in the spring of 1825.

Isaac and Mary Hughes (daughter of William and Ailsey (Carr) Hughes, born 10 February 1816) were married 8 April 1835 by Rev. Charles B. Harris. Isaac and Mary moved to Marshall County, Tennessee in 1838, to Bedford County, Tennessee, in 1839, to Green County, Missouri, in 1841, and to Barry County, Missouri in 1842. Isaac made a trip by horseback to Nacogdoches County, Texas to Mustang Branch (now Farmers Branch) where he stayed with the Thomas Keenan family, the first family settling at Farmers Branch. When he returned to Missouri, he told "wonderful stories" of Texas.

Isaac and Mary returned to Texas in the fall of 1843. They stopped at Beal's Ferry for Mary to have her baby (Mary Jane). On arriving at the William Cochran farm 27 January 1844, they stayed with the Cochrans (sister and brother-in-law of Mary) unti1 19 Apri1 1844. At that time, they moved to their new cabin in Farmers Branch, Texas.

In 1845, Isaac and Mary organized a Methodist Society. Church and Sunday School were held in their home until the church (Webb's Chapel) was built.

Isaac B. Webb held various political positions in Dallas County: Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector (1862-1864), Dallas County Commissioner (1864-1866, 1866-1868, 1868-1870). He was the first Dallas County Postmaster. The Pioneers of Dallas County was organized 13 July 1875 and Isaac B. Webb was elected one of the first vice presidents.

Their children were: William Douglas, Joshua Whitfield, Sarah Almira, Mary Jane, Isaac Newton, Nancy Ann Mariah, Margaret Sophronia Frances, and Samuel H. Webb. All of the Webbs are buried in the Webb Chapel Cemetery. Isaac died 3 January 1880, Mary died 20 September 1887, both at Farmers Branch.

Isaac B. Webb's diary, two ledgers, and documents that give excellent insight into life and activities of the Webb family and neighbors are in the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University. Webb Chapel road is still a much used road in north Dallas.

Submitted by: Sarah Valkus Coursey

Originally published in 1993 by the Dallas County Pioneer Association in Proud Heritage II: Pioneer Families of Dallas County, pages 262-263.

Used by permission of Sarah Valkus Coursey
Great-great granddaughter of Isaac Webb and Mary Hughes
Trustee, Webb Chapel Cemetery Association

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