I came across this info. while researching my Williams family and their allied lines in Texas. I hope this link is helpful for researchers.
Texas Historical Commission Plaque
Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church
"...This community named for John F. Weber 1793-1882 who received a land grant in 1827 & settled in this area with his African American wife & children. A post office
was established in 1846 for Webber's Prairie and by 1853 the name changed to Weberville..."
Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Bastrop County, TX
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John Ferdinand Webber - Texas - Vermont
Posted by: MaryEllen Briseno
Date: July 04, 2001
Any info on the following -"WEBBER, JOHN FERDINAND (1786?-1882). John Ferdinand Webber was born in Vermont around 1786. In the War of 1812 he served as a private in Capt. S. Dickinson's company, Thirty-first United States Infantry, from May 23, 1813, to May 31, 1814, during which time he fought in the battle of Shadage Woods. He was in Austin's colony as early as 1826 and received a headright on June 22, 1832. Sometime earlier he was married (before Michael Muldoon,(priest)according to an affidavit of his widow) to a slave, Silvia Hector. On June 11, 1834, John Cryer (owner of Silvia) emancipated Silvia and her three children. The Webbers had at least eight additional children. Webber did not participate in the Texas Revolution.qv He was the first settler on Webber's Prairie in Travis County. Beginning in the 1840s newcomers from the Deep South resented Webber's racially mixed marriage, and ultimately he moved his household. In 1853 he bought several leagues of land on the Rio Grande downstream from Hidalgo. There he established Webber's Ranch, where his family farmed in poverty. A Unionist, he fled to Mexico during the Confederate occupation of the Rio Grande valley. He returned in May 1865 and received a pension from the United States in 1872. Webber died at his home on July 19, 1882, and was buried in the family cemetery on the levee road, a short distance above the Donna, Texas, pump. His widow, "Aunt Puss," died about 1891. The hamlet of Webberville in Travis County bears his name." MaryEllen Briseno MEBris@aol.com
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