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Webberville in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church

Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
1. Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church Marker

This church traces its origin to the plight of Anglo American John F. Webber, who along with his African American wife and children, settled in this sparsely populated area of Texas in 1839 to escape the racism they had experienced in towns and cities. A community known as Webber Prairie consisting of plantation owners and their slaves developed here. Racial prejudice caused Webber to sell his land to Colonel John Banks in 1851 and move his family to Mexico.

In 1868 Matthew Duty donated one acre of land here for the purpose of building a church for the area’s recently emancipated African Americans. That year the Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church was organized as a mission of the St. John Regular Missionary Baptist Association. Charter members included Thomas Reads, Suns Johnson, Lowens Berry, and Mary Green. The Rev. Wesley Barrow served as Ebenezer’s first pastor.

In 1956 several members of the congregation left Ebenezer Baptist to form a church in Austin which became known as the New Light Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ebenezer Baptist remains active despite the relocation of many of Webberville’s families to nearby urban
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By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
2. Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church and Marker
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centers. Former members continue to gather here on special occasions and holidays.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14537.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 30° 13.517′ N, 97° 30.835′ W. Marker is in Webberville, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Weber Street south of Route 969, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manor TX 78653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Webberville (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph J. Manor Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); David Crawford Edmiston (approx. 1½ miles away); James Euwin Edmiston (approx. 1½ miles away); George Self (approx. 1½ miles away); Site of the Home of Col. Robert M. Coleman (approx. 2.9 miles away); Union Lee Baptist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Haynie Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Webberville.
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By Richard Denney, April 21, 2015
3. Nearby Cemetery
In this cemetery located next to the church are buried a number of the early pioneers of Webberville. One is Matthew Duty. His marker says, Born 1793 Sumner Co. Tennessee. Died 1837 Webberville, Bastrop Co., Republic of Texas. An Austin Colony Pioneer 1829-1837. Son of Solomon Duty, an early Texas Pioneer. Matthew Duty was killed and scalped by Indians in the Spring of 1837.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3. submitted on April 22, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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