Webster, Bela C.

b. 1806, in New York; d. October 14, 1880, in New York, New York. Webster was one of the early merchants of Springfield, Illinois. On January 27, 1839, Webster signed a petition addressed to the Grand Lodge of Missouri asking a dispensation to open and hold a Masonic lodge at Springfield, Illinois. The Grand Lodge of Missouri granted the petition, and Webster and others organized the Number 4 Lodge of Springfield. In 1850, he was a merchant and owned real estate worth $14,500. Webster left Springfield in 1851.
History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Company, 1881), 621; Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 19 October 1880, 4:3; Sangamon County, Illinois, Seventh Census of the United States, 1850.