Sunday, February 27, 2011

Backward Glance - Olive Orrel Webster

Olive Orrel Webster was the youngest of the twelve children born to James and Jane (Shreve) Webster. They were married in Pennsylvania in 1827. Olive was born on February 24, 1855, in Clay Township, St. Clair Township, Michigan, where the family had lived for about 17 years. By the time Olive was born, four of her older siblings were already married and having children of their own.

When Olive was just six years old, her mother died. In 1863, her father remarried to a widow named Betsy Blauvelt. Olive continued to live with her father until about 1872, when she moved to Pennsylvania. Her father died in 1877, presumably in Pennsylvania.

On January 2, 1878, Olive married William Silas Bemiss in East Green, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Their first two children, Freddie and Henry, were born in Pennsylvania. In 1883, William and Olive moved their family to Gove County, Kansas. Their other children, Nellie, Chester, Charles and an infant daughter, were born in Grinnell.

Her husband, William, died on June 26, 1905, after an accident with a runaway team of horses.

Olive was still living in Grinnell, Kansas, when the 1920 Federal census was taken. However, she died in Quinter, Gove County, Kansas, on October 17, 1921. She was 66 years old. Olive is my 2nd great-grandmother.

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