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Ohio Valley Folklore

My Collection
Original Copies and Artwork
Two Future Folklorists???
The Apathetic Foxes, By: Erasmus Foster Darby
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My grandfather, David K. Webb Sr, dedicated his life to the preservation of Southern Ohio's rich history through his extensive research and publication of Ohio Valley folklore.   He was a member of the Ross County Historical Society serving on the Board of Trustees, as well as, the Director of the Ohio Valley Folk Research Project.  He was a member of the Ohio Folklore Society, Ohio Historical Society, and The Canal Society of Ohio.  Mr Webb also served as the City Auditor of Chillicothe from 1947 to 1957. He prepared some 200 Appalachian folklore publications and recieved a citation in 1959 from the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association for his work in the field of folklore.   To this date he is the only folklorist to recieve this distinguished award.

I would like to dedicate this website to my late grandfathers work.  I hope that you, the visitor, will enjoy the information and I hope it will spark an interest in folklore for you as well.


Comments and suggestions are always welcome and encouraged.

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David Knowlton Webb was born in West Mansfield Ohio in 1905.  He spent a good part of his adult life writing, researching, and publishing Appalachian folklore for the Ross County Historical Society.  He published many of his original stories under the pen names, Erasmus Foster Darby and Alonzo Findley Kircheval.  Many of his original manuscripts were assembled at home by his children, bound in wallpaper, a few contained drawings by his children as well. In addition to his interst in folklore, David Webb kept a journal account of German V-Bomb attacks on Great Britian which caught the attention of the British High Command ,who subsequently became his first subscriber.  His publications have been sought by hundreds of universities and libraries throughout the United States.
What is folklore?  A basic definition of folklore is: A collection of informal customs, ghost stories, legends,and music that help to define a certain family or region or group.   These legends and ghost stories comprise a big portion of the folklore published by my grandfather.
The following link will take you to a very nice website published by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: 

Wallpaper Bound Folklore Story


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