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Webster, Alonzo


Age: 44, credited to Weston, VT
Unit(s): 6th VT INF, 16th VT INF
Service: comn Chaplain, 16th VT INF, 10/16/62 (10/22/62), m/o 8/10/63; comn Chaplain, 6th VT INF, 10/3/63 (10/3/63), m/o 10/28/64; Methodist

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Birth: 1818, Weston, VT
Death: 08/01/1887

Burial: Morningside Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 6
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 12462251


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Sallie O.P., 2/15/1895, NM
Portrait?: Davis Collection
College?: Newbury Seminary date?
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Morningside Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT

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Rev. Dr. Alonzo Webster

Rev. Alonzo Webster, D. D., a distinguished and well known divine of the M. E. church, died in this place at the residence of his son, Dr. D. P. Webster, on Monday, Aug. 1st, the funeral services taking place on Wednesday last from the residence of Dr. Webster, Rev. A. L. Cooper, assisted by Rev. Messrs. Morgan and Smithers, officiating.

Rev. Dr. Webster was a native of the state, having been born at Weston, Jan. 27th, 1818. He began to preach at an early age, and in 1837 was admitted into the traveling connection of the M. E. Church, and without interruption he has remained in the active work of the ministry for over 50 years, 29 years of which were spent in this state, where he commanded the best appointments in this conference, and for one term was presiding elder of the Springfield district. For four years he traveled in this state as the agent of the American Bible Society. He has been chaplain of the Vermont Senate, and for two years just previous to the war was chaplain of the state prison at Windsor. He was chaplain of the 16th and 6th Vt. Regiments and just before the close of the war received a commission in the regular army and was stationed at the post hospital at Montpelier. For ten years he owned and edited the Vermont Christian Messenger, which under his management became the recognized organ of Methodism in this state.

In 1865 he was sent by Bishop Baker to South Carolina to organize the M. E. Church among the freedmen of the south, where he has resided ever since and has accomplished a great and good work in the religious and educational elevation of the colored people. He was the founder and first president of Claflin University at Orangeburg, S. C., and while serving as chaplain of the South Carolina Senate was chiefly instrumental in securing the location of the state agricultural college in connection with this institution. He was at the time of his death presiding elder of the Charlotte district, 21 years of his ministry having been spent in the office of presiding elder. He has been a member of six general conferences, having served in 1856 and 1860 as a delegate from the Vermont conference and was well known in Methodist circles through out the country.

Since his removal to South Carolina he has been editor and proprietor of the Charleston Advocate, the South Eastern Advocate and the Methodist Messenger, which last paper he was publishing at Orangeburg at the time of his death, and which is the official organ of the South Carolina conference. He was a ready and accomplished writer, a forceable and eloquent public speaker, and a man of great executive ability. He received the degree of A. M.; from Middlebury college and in this state, and that of D. D. From Allegheny college in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Webster leaves two sons, Dr. D. F. Webster of this place and E. A. Webster, Esq., a leading lawyer and businessman of Orangeburg, S. C. His first wife Miss Mary Jane Weed of Saxtons River, lived only about a year after her marriage. He afterward married Miss Laura A. Peaslee of Washington, Orange county, who was the mother of his children and who was his companion for over 40 years. She died in this town June 10, 1885 and his remains now lie beside her. His third wife, Miss S. O. Purdom of South Carolina whom he married last May survives him.

Dr. Webster has been in ill health for the past four months and only about three weeks ago left his home in the south to seek rest and health among the green hills of his native state. Arriving at Highgate Springs his condition in a few days became so alarming that he was brought here to receive the affectionate care of his kindred while life remained. His disease was a malignant affection of the bowels. It is recalled as a singular though fitting circumstance that Brattleboro, his last resting place, should have been also the place where he filled his first appointment as a preacher 50 years ago.

Source: Vermont Phoenix, August 5, 1887
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.