Webb, Loren

Webb, Loren a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Ridgefield, Huron Co., O., Aug. 9, 1837. He removed with his parents to La Porte, Ind., when thirteen years of age; there received a common-school education experienced conversion in 1855; removed to Roscoe, Minn., in 1857; spent two winters in a printing-office; received license to preach in 1858; studied two years at McKendree College; was one of the first to respond to president Lincoln's call for volunteers to put down the Rebellion, and served the first three months as first lieutenant, and the next three years as captain of Company F, Ninth Illinois Infantry; then, being disabled for the infantry, returned home. Soon after he joined in the effort to suppress the Sioux Indian outbreak; afterwards labored zealously as a recruiting-officer; and finally, re-entering the university at Red Wing, resumed his studies. In 1867 he entered the New York East Conference, and was stationed at Collinsville, Conn. His subsequent charges were: Essex, in 1868-69; and in 1870 Forestville, where his close application and over-exertions undermined his constitution, and hemorrhage of the lungs set in. He removed South, and employed himself at various manual occupations until his demise at Nashville; Tenn., Feb. 20, 1880. The last six years of his life were full of poverty, bereavement, and deep sorrow. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1880, p. 50.

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