Harford history

September 17, 2006

Capt. John Adams Webster was born Sept. 19, 1789, the son of Samuel and Margaret Adams Webster. After leaving the Creswell area at age 14 to become a merchant sailor, he joined the Navy at the beginning of the War of 1812. By the time of the attack on Fort McHenry by the British on Sept. 13, 1814, Webster was in command of a six-gun battery defending the entrance to the port of Baltimore. He received recognition for remaining at his post despite being wounded twice. His reputation for tenacity and efficiency continued after the war with an appointment by President James Monroe to the Revenue Marine. The captain and his wife, Rachel Biays Webster, had 11 children. He died in 1877 at his family home, Mt. Adams. [Source: Our Harford Heritage by C. Milton Wright.]

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