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Mary Caroline Webb

(1833-1904)

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At a Glance

Mary Caroline Webb attended the Burwell School with her two older sisters, Henrietta Webb  and Susan A. Webb .

Story

Mary Caroline Webb, or Caroline as she was always called, was born June 15, 1833, at Stony Point in Oaks, NC, in southwestern Orange County, NC, the third daughter of Alexander Smith Webb and Cornelia Adeline Stanford.

Caroline's nine living brothers and sisters were:Henrietta Webb , Susan A. Webb , Adeline Webb, James Stanford Webb, Tip Webb, Rev. Richard Stanford Webb, Samuel H. Webb, Sen. William Robert Webb, and John Maurice Webb.

Caroline is listed in the Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51 [1], as are her sisters Henrietta Webb  and Susan A. Webb , and it may be that Caroline enrolled slightly after Susan's departure since home circumstances at Stony Point in Oaks, NC could hardly have permitted all the sisters to have absented themselves at the same time.

When she was twenty-six years old, Caroline Webb married long time neighbor, Calvin Newton Morrow, son of John Morrow and Rachel Thompson. Calvin Newton Morrow was a former Bingham School student and a University of North Carolina graduate.

Calvin Newton Morrow received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees from theUniversity of North Carolina in the Spring of 1859. In the Fall of 1859, Calvin entered Union Theological Seminary at Hampden-Sydney College. He was licensed by Orange Presbytery on October 22, 1860, and ordained on April 12, 1862. During the Civil War, Calvin was a an evangelist for Orange Presbytery in Randolph County, NC. In 1865, he returned to Orange County, NC and acted as Stated Supply for the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Oaks, NC and as a teacher in the Bingham School until he accepted the call to the Hawfields and Cross Roads Churches in 1873.

In 1873, the Morrow family moved to Mebane, NC and bought a large two-story house with a spacious yard and garden lot.

The Morrow's had long been subject to bronchitis, and failing health finally necessitated the family's removal to Hawthorne, FL in 1883. The Morrows sold their home, stored what provisions they could in their carriage, and slowly made the long trip.

On arrival in Hawthorne, FL, they purchased a four-acre orange grove, and temporarily lived in a log cabin on their new property, and finally acquired a suitable house. In 1893, the Rev. Calvin Newton Morrow's health was sufficiently improved so that he could undertake occasional supply work. Caroline, however, died at the age of seventy-one on September 15, 1904. Her body was returned to Orange County, NC by train and she was buried beside other members of the Webb family in the cemetery at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Oaks, NC near the shade of tree box and magnolias.

Caroline and Calvin Newton Morrow had no children. After Caroline's death, the Rev. Calvin Newton Morrow sold the orange grove and returned to Orange County, NC to live with his sister. He died a decade later on March 14, 1914 and is buried at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Oaks, NC [2] [3].

Biographical Data

Mary was called Caroline.

Important Dates

Mary Caroline Webb was born on June 15, 1833, in Stony Point in Oaks, NC. She died on September 15, 1904, and was buried in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Oaks, NC.

Places of Residence

  • Stony Point in Oaks, NC, from June 15, 1833 [3].
  • Mebane, NC, between 1873 and 1883. In 1873, the Morrow family moved to Mebane, NC and bought a large two-story house with a spacious yard and garden lot [2].
  • Hawthorne, FL, between 1883 and September 15, 1904. The Morrow's had long been subject to bronchitis, and failing health finally necessitated the family's removal to Hawthorne, FL in 1883. The Morrows sold their home, stored what provisions they could in their carriage, and slowly made the long trip. Upon arrival, they purchased a four-acre orange grove [3].

Schools Attended

  • Burwell School, from 1850s. Caroline is listed in the Burwell School Catalogue 1848-51 [1], as are her sisters Henrietta Webb and Susan A. Webb, and it may be that Caroline enrolled slightly after Susan's departure since home circumstances at Stony Point in Oaks, NC could hardly have permitted all the sisters to have absented themselves at the same time [3].

Relatives

References

  1. Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51.
  2. Church in the Old Fields.
  3. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).