farmer, Jefferson Township, was born on the same section of land upon which he now resides September
25, 1838. His father, Robert S., was born in Jefferson Township February 27, 1810; his mother,
Lovina G. (Gilliland) Cotton, in Warren County, Ohio, August 19, 1811. They raised six children.
During the father's life he was a farmer, merchant and flat-boatman,
and owned at one time 298 acres of land and a house and lot in Vevay.
The parents belonged
to the Free Will Baptist Church, and were members of the Sons of
Temperance. The father
died in June, 1851; the mother March 22, 1885. Webster has been a
farmer all his life. He was married, January 25, 1865, to Miss Isabelle
Dyer, born September 17, 1843. Their six children are Jesse, born
November 6, 1865; Clay, April 24, 1870; Kate, October 14, 1873; Harry R., March 29, 1875; Lovina G.,
February 4, 1879; Clara B., June 18, 1881. Mr. Cotton enlisted September 23, 1861, in Company
E., Fiftieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served three years and three months. He had seven
brothers and sisters; John G., born September 9, 1832; Clinton, August 11, 1834; Meriah July 3,
1836; Mary, January 17, 1842; Sarah, June 25, 1844; Lovina, September 8, 1846; Eliza,
August 19, 1849.