Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Methodist Missionary in Mannargudi, Ebenezer Webster

As a young man of 25, Ebenezer Webster left Ireland, sailing to India in 1887. He served the Methodist ministry in the Negapatam District for 24 years, rising to the position of Chairman. A contemporary of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Ebenezer Webster (1861-1954) "...was a scholarly man, and found much pleasure in reading good books.  He had great understanding, sound judgement, and a capacity for friendship that enriched all his work.*”

In 2006, I had the good fortune to meet Sarah Pickstone of Vancover, Canada who shared with us a family treasure, her grandmother’s album, the source for the above video. Sarah is my husband’s third cousin, and Sarah's great grandfather, Ebenezer Webster, was the tenth and youngest child of Henry Webster and Agnes Low .

*This quote if is from an article about Ebenezer circulated amongst family members without a source citation.

© 2010, Cathy H Paris


  1. i seen ur vedios...its very nice and i admired much...becos my native place is mannargudi...i am now living in sharjah. if u have any old photos reg. .send mail

    Thanking you,
    Sharjah - UAE

  2. I thank Lord for sending his man to Mannargudi...We are so much blessed by his ministry!!! God Bless Webster Family!!!