Minerva Webb

Bellbrook, Greene, Ohio, United States

The Life of Minerva

When Minerva Webb was born in 1839, in Bellbrook, Greene, Ohio, United States, her father, Henry Webb, was 26 and her mother, Rebecca Ann Martin, was 21. She married Isaac Shell about 1858. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Pipe Creek Township, Madison, Indiana, United States for about 20 years.

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Minerva Webb
Isaac Shell
Marriage: about 1858
Joseph Shell
William Shell

Spouse & Children

  • Female1839–Female

  • Isaac Shell


about 1858
Of, Madison, Indiana, or, Greene, Ohio, United States


  • Joseph Shell


  • William Shell


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+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 2

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 31

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a weaver, early Middle English webbe, from Old English webba (a primary derivative of wefan ‘to weave’; compare Weaver 1). This word survived into Middle English long enough to give rise to the surname, but was already obsolescent as an agent noun; hence the secondary forms with the agent suffixes -er and -ster.2 Americanized form of various Ashkenazic Jewish cognates, including Weber and Weberman.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Manerva Schell in household of Isaac Schell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Manerva Webb in household of Henry Webb, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Minerva Schell in household of Isaac Schell, "United States Census, 1860"

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