Charles F. Webster
Charles F. Webster, was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, December 9, 1837; son of George and Martha (Gath) Webster. The parents of Mr. Webster were also born in the same
English State. Father born in 1809, and died
in 1874; mother born in 1810, and died in 1862. The Webster family came to America in 1843, and and settled
in Shelby County, Ind., and here the parents of our subject died at the time as stated above. The subject
is the fifth of seven children. Received a common school education. At the age of nineteen he began
teaching school and continued in the occupation for six terms, and during this time studied surveying, which in
after years became so beneficial to him. Later, he held the position of Deputy county Surveyor of this county.
In 1874, he was elected Surveyor of Shelby County; re-elected in 1878, and elected again in 1880--serving
three full terms. For quite a number of years he held the office of City Engineer of Shelbyville. It
is stating the fact without exaggeration to say, that Mr. Webster was one of the most efficient Surveyors the county
has ever had. During 1870, Mr. Webster made and had copyrighted a Surveyor's Record. During the winter of 1885, he made and had copyrighted a General Index of Roads. Mr. Webster continued surveying and engineering until April, 1886, when he engaged in the grocery business, which he now continues. He was married in 1861
to Miss Minerva Shaffer, a native of Pennsylvania. To this union seven children
were born: Cora M., Fannie M., George
W., Gracie, Daisy, Gertrude H., and Bessie. He is a Democrat and an honorable man.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville
Sketches," Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 544.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming