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Moses E. Webb, South Dedham/Norwood Businessman

Moses E. Webb (1816-1882)

Edward G. Webb (1834-1835)

Harriet A. Webb (1836-1856)

Edward G. Webb and Harriet A. Webb were the children of Moses E. Webb and his wife, Rebecca G. Morse Webb. Moses was born in Maine in 1816; Rebecca in Walpole, Massachusetts, c. 1815. They were married on January 1, 1834 in Walpole.

Edward G. Webb was the couple’s first child. He survived only a year. Harriet A. Webb was their second child. She lived to be 19 years old before her death on February 25, 1856 from typhoid fever. Both were interred in Old Parish Cemetery in lot 51.

Their other two children, sons Albert, born in 1843, and Charles Eastman, born in 1852, lived to adulthood. During the Civil War, Albert enlisted as a nine-month’s man (along with Charles Guild and William Gay, today buried in Old Parish), serving from September 12, 1862 through July 30, 1863.

According to the 1850 and 1855 Census, Moses E. Webb began work as a cabinet maker or furniture maker. Sometime around 1855, along with Curtis Morse, he began to make tables in a factory near the Smith tannery on Railroad Avenue. An 1856 advertisement stated that Morse & Webb were “manufacturers of extension and common dining tables, teapoys, whatnots, washstands, etc. in walnut, cherry and mahogany.” (A teapoy was a small three-legged table or stand that held a tea caddy.

1876 Norwood Directory

Shortly after its founding, Webb left the business, which became Haley, Morse & Boyden, and by 1860, Webb was a furniture dealer. In 1865, his occupation was trader, and in 1870, a retail grocer. The Norwood Advertiser and Reviewrecalled that Webb was a man, like Joseph Day, Elisha Winslow, and Ebenezer Talbot, who had been identified with the town for years. His home stood on Washington Street near today’s Hoyle Street.

Washington & Hoyle Sts. former site of Moses E. Webb and family home

Moses E. Webb died on September 17, 1882 and may have been interred in Old Parish briefly. Sometime after Highland Cemetery was founded in 1880, the remains of the family were removed to a prominent location in lot 146 in the new cemetery. A large granite stone was placed on the lot.

By 1890, Albert Webb was a nickel plater, and Charles Eastman, was a book-keeper. They and their mother continued to live on Washington Street. Shortly thereafter the family moved from South Dedham. Rebecca Morse Webb died in 1901 in Norfolk.

Webb Gravestone in Highland Cemetery, Norwood, MA

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