Submitted by Descendants: Daisy Webb, Jason Webb, and Madeline Mae KENNEDY
John Francis Webb, son of John Webb and Elizabeth Lawson was born in 1804 in Liberty County, Georgia. By the time he was thirteen, John was an orphan and became a ward of the Reverend Charles O. Screven, a Baptist minister and moderator of the Liberty County Baptist Association. John lived with Reverend Screven until the age of 18.
In 1837 John enlisted at Pine Grove, Florida for six months service in the Indian War. He mustered in on 16 June 1837 and mustered out at Fort Gilleland on 18 December 1837. Although only a 2nd Lieutenant, he was called “Colonel” in his later years.
John F. Webb was a delegate from Columbia County to the first Constitutional Convention held in St. Joseph in 1838 and 1839.
He was married twice, but little is known of his first wife. About 1838 John married Caroline E. Livingston, daughter of William Livingston and Susannah Hayes. Caroline was born in Georgia in 1816 and moved to Florida in 1830 with her parents, both of whom are Florida Pioneers.
The first of their six children was born in Madison, and the next two in Columbia County, Florida. John and Caroline are buried beside each other in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison, Florida.
John Francis Webb died in Madison, Florida in 1870. Caroline followed him in death in 1872. John and Caroline are buried beside each other in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison, Florida.
John Francis Webb was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 1983