Descendants of Sir Henry WEBB

Seventh Generation


11. Sir Henry Alexander WEBB (John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 11 May 1510 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. He died about 1544 in England.

It was said that Sir Henry Alexander Webb (1510-1544) established the family for all future time, since to him the coat of arms, was granted. This heraldic ensigna of rank in the New Nobility, that of the thegus, owe their origin in personal service to the prince then reigning. The New Nobility was accordingly one of office due to meritorious service. The device of hereditary coat of armour, a growth of the twelfth century, did much to define and mark out the noble class throughout Europe. When once acquired by grant of the Sovereign, it went on from generation to generation. They who possessed the right of coat of armour formed the class of nobility or gentry. Sir Henry Alexander Webb married Grace Arden, sister of Robert Arden. Mary Webb (Shakespeare's grandmother) married Robert Arden, brother of Grace.

Henry married Grace ARDEN, daughter of Thomas ARDEN, about 1533 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. Grace was born about 1512 in Wilnecote, Warwickshire, England. She died on 3 Dec 1539 in Windsor, Hertsfordshire, England.

They had the following children:

+ 14 M i Sir Alexander WEBB Sr
+ 15 F ii Agnes WEBB
  16 M iii Henry WEBB was born on 15 May 1537 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.

12. Mary WEBB (John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 5 Feb 1512 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. She died before 1550 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.

Mary Webb married Robert Arden and Abigail married Richard Shakespeare. Of the first marriage Mary Arden was born and of the second marriage John Shakespeare was the issue. These cousins, Mary Arden and John Shakespeare married and were the parents of William Shakespeare, the poet.

Mary married Robert ARDEN, son of Thomas ARDEN, about 1530 in Warwickshire, England. Robert was born about 1497 in Wilnecote, Warwickshire, England. He died on 16 Dec 1556 in Warwickshire, England.

Facts on the Shakespeare, Arden and Webb families were taken from "William Shakespeare: A Biography" by A. L. Rowse 1963. This biography confirms that the Arden family was a well known and large family in Wilmcote and that John Shakespeare was a "ner-do-well" who was oftened fined for not showing up for doing his duty as baliff or alderman, or mayor, and who vouched for other people's debts as well as accumulating his own and so lost all his money and standing in the community. Even when William began to make money, debt plagued his father for the rest of his life. John Shakespeare could not read or write, but had aspirations to be a nobleman and applied to the Herald's College for a grant of a Coat of Arms. This grant was not accepted & put through until after John's death, when William pursued the matter. The Coat and crest were granted on October 20, 1596

Robert and Mary had the following children:

  17 F i Joyce ARDEN was born about 1534 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. She died in 1557.
  18 F ii Agnes ARDEN was born in 1536 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.
+ 19 F iii Mary ARDEN
+ 20 F iv Margaret ARDEN
  21 M v Thomas ARDEN was born about 1540 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.
  22 F vi Joan ARDEN was born about 1542 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.
  23 F vii Alice ARDEN was born about 1544 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. She died in 1580 in England.
  24 F viii Katherine ARDEN was born in 1545 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.

13. Abigail WEBB (John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 6 Jun 1515 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. She died in 1595.

Mary Webb married Robert Arden and Abigail married Richard Shakespeare. Of the first marriage Mary Arden was born and of the second marriage John Shakespeare was the issue. These cousins, Mary Arden and John Shakespeare married and were the parents of William Shakespeare, the poet.

Abigail married Richard SHAKESPEARE about 1532. Richard was born in 1512 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. He died in 1561 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England.

Richard Shakespeare married Abigail Webb and they had a son, John Shakespeare who married Mary Arden, the youngest child of Robert and Mary Webb Arden. John and Mary Shakespeare had seven children. The first two died in infancy and the third was William Shakespeare, the greatest of the English poets. Both grandmothers of William Shakespeare were WEBB girls, Abigail and Mary, daughters of Sir Alexander Webb and sisters of Sir Henry of Hampton Court.

Richard and Abigail had the following children:

+ 25 M i John SHAKESPEARE
  26 M ii Henry SHAKESPEARE was born about 1538 in Warwickshire, England. He died in Dec 1596 in Warwickshire, England.
  27 M iii Thomas SHAKESPEARE was born about 1539 in Warwickshire, England. He died in 1583 in Warwickshire, England.

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