52. Richard WEBB Sr (Alexander , Alexander , Henry Alexander , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 15 May 1580 in Bearly, Warwickshire, England. He died on 1 Jan 1676 in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Richard was one of four brothers who came to America in 1629 with their father, Alexander Webb Jr. He emigrated from England to Stamford, Connecticut in 1629 and settled at Norwalk, Connecticut in 1646. From him is descended through Richard: Jonathon, Richard, Silvanus, Silas and Dr George F Webb. When Richard died he bequeathed the entire Webb property to Elizabeth Gregory Webb (his third wife). No children have been identified by this third marriage.
They had the following children:
+ 61 M i Richard WEBB II + 62 M ii John WEBB I
53. William Micajah WEBB (Alexander , Alexander , Henry Alexander , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 9 Jan 1582 in Stratford, Warwick, England. He died in Jul 1656 in Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia.
William Micajah WEBB came to America in 1629 and was a merchant in Norfolk, Virginia. He originally settled at the Isle of Pines and then died at Norfolk, Virginia. From him, styled "The Merchant of Virginia", came the great southern branch of the Webb family. One of his sons, James moved to Richmond, Virginia and Lucy Webb was of this branch. His place of residence for a while was Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Virginia. He was a renowned shipbuilder and designer.
He had the following children:
+ 63 M i Giles WEBB Sr 64 M ii James WEBB was born in 1621 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. He died before 1675.
James moved to Richmond VA and Lucy Webb was of this branch. His place of residence for a while was Smithfield, Isle of Wight, VA. He was a renowned shipbuilder and designer.
65 F iii Jane WEBB was born in 1625. Jane married Elias WEBB. 66 M iv Isaac WEBB was born in 1626. 67 M v John WEBB was born in 1627. + 68 M vi Richard WEBB 69 M vii Alexander WEBB was born in 1633. 70 M viii William WEBB was born in 1636. 71 M ix Berry WEBB was born in 1637.
54. Elizabeth WEBB (Alexander , Alexander , Henry Alexander , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 3 Sep 1585 in Stratford, Warwick, England. She died on 14 Jul 1635 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
They had the following children:
+ 72 M i John SANFORD Jr 73 M ii Samuel SANFORD was born on 14 Jul 1635 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He died on 18 Mar 1713 in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. Samuel married (1) Sarah WOODELL on 23 Apr 1686. Samuel also married (2) Susannah SPACHUST.
56. Christopher WEBB Sr (Alexander , Alexander , Henry Alexander , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 15 Apr 1599 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. He died in Jun 1671 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
Christopher came to America from England with his brothers Richard and Henry and Richard's son Richard Webb Jr. They sailed for America, arriving in Massachusetts in 1629. Some records give the year as 1626. He settled at Braintree Massachusetts. His son, Christopher Jr was born in 1630 in England and married Hannah Scott.
WILL: his will was proved 2 November 1671 and inventory valued at £109.16.10, by Saml Thompson & Joseph Adams (Suff. Prob. 8:15; Suff. VII 158-9) Linzee noted that in his will, his wife is listed as Humility Web, also son Christopher, daughter Mary Sheffield, daughter Sarah Buckmaster; inventoried on 30 October 1671. Immigration : He must have arrived in the Massachusetts Bay colony between 1634 and 1645, when he was made a Freeman, and definitely before 1653 when he is assessed for tax in Dedham, Massachusetts. Several references make a claim that Henry Webb may have been a brother to Christopher Webb or a relative. Whether this is true or not, it is clearly noted that Henry Webb arrived in Boston circa April 1637, on board a ship captained by Master John Drive “…bound from Weymouth to New England.” His entry in the passenger log states, “Henry Webb ind for himself, his wife, Mother, Child, five men and a maide (?oneoabit?) in goods ad value } 42s 7d.” In the same entry book he is also listed as transporting some goods, but the shorthand used by the author is difficult to decipher and the exact details are unclear; it appears he paid £1.7s.6d. --- Of interest is the discovery of a parish record from the East Tytherly, Hampshire, England showing that a “Christopher Webb,” son of Sylvester Webb, was baptized on 15 August 1601 in East Tytherly. In his will, Henry Webb, of Boston clearly states that his deceased brother John Webb lived in Tytherly, Hampshire, England. Does this clue indicate some connection between the two men? A comparison of names, places and dates associated with either Christopher Webb or Henry Webb fails to eliminate the theory that they are siblings or relatives, but only adds fuel to the fire of confusion. Neither man mentions the other in any documentation yet examined, nor do they share in business, trade property or intermarry their familes. The only real clue is the apparent coincidental appearance of each man in the same place and in the same time period. Added to this mystery is the association of both men and their families with property in Braintree, namely the lands where the failed Iron Works once stood. --- Occupation : He is listed as a Freeman of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England in May 1645. A freeman is defined as : freeman – one who is personally free, one who is not a slave or serf, subject to due process of law, etc. Only someone who was a Freeman could handle town affairs, vote, be a selectman, serve on a council, or as a member of a jury. Specifically, in reference to the Massachusetts Colony or Company, originally a freeman was a member of the Company (or who signed the Mayflower Compact), who held the right of suffrage and afterwards those that might be admitted by a majority vote of said freeman. At the start, all freeman practiced true democracy, each person having one vote on all subjects before the law, in all trials, etc. Later they acted as voters to elect representatives to the various councils and courts, which were devised to handle the growing affairs of the colony. In 1658 it was recorded, in law, that freeman must take an ‘oath of fidelity’, must not be a ‘Quaker’ or a ‘ranter’; and by 1671, a freeman was defined in the statutes, “…freemen must be twenty-one years of age, of sober and peaceable conversation, orthodox to the fundamentals of religion, and possessed of twenty pounds ratable estate in the Colony.” So upon becoming a Freeman in 1645, Christopher had to be at least twenty-one years old (closer to 45 years old), obviously he attended church regularly & followed its edicts, and he owned at least a small amount of real estate. ---Pattee made note of an entry in the Mass. Hist. Coll, (2nd Series, Vol6, p414), “1645 - That year twenty families petitioned the court for liberty to begin a plantation where Groton and his company had erected two or more houses at Shanamet, some point of Punhom’s land, but challenged by Mr. Brown of Plymouth as belonging to their jurisdiction.” Christopher Webb’s name was subscribed to the petition as a member of the Church of Braintree; it was also the same year that Christopher became a freeman. --- LAND September 1653 the Selectmen of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts assembled to assess the taxes, “the Countrey Rate…”, and Christopher Webb is enumerated and rated : “29 of 6 mo: 1653 Assemb Joh Kingsberrie. Joh. Dwight, Lieft Fisher, Fra Chickering, Pet. Woodward, Srgt Fisher, & Ela: Lusher the Countrey Rate made (last on the list) Christo: Webb 0 5 0” --- --Henry Webb was a Merchant Adventurer, an overseas trader, a shipper, & an investor and commissioner of the failed Iron Works at Braintree. As it is clear that as Christopher was a member of the Church of Braintree in 1645, he must have been a resident of Braintree prior to becoming a Freeman, so it appears that there is some connection albeit merely circumstantial or coincidental without further evidence to prove one way or another. Additionally, Christopher’s son Christopher owned the land upon which the Iron Works was located, in the 1680’s, about thirty years after its failure. The Webb’s association with Braintree and the Iron Works is unusual.
Christopher married Humility WHEATON on 22 Apr 1629 in Crediton, Devon, England. Humility was born in 1599 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. She died in Nov 1687 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
The LDS has copies of the Crediton Parish Register. Crediton is in
Volume 5, Marriages 1558 - 1785
Nomina Matrimonia Copulatorum
1629 April 22 Christopher Webb and Humilitie Wheaton
1630 March 28 Christopher sonne of Christopher Webb
1632 June 3 Thomas sonne of Christopher Webb
1634 June 22 Sarah daughter of Christopher Webb and of Humilitie
This one piece of secondary evidence seems to be genuine. It pertains
to the marriage of Christopher and Humilitie. The baptisms insure
that this is the correct Christopher Webb and Humilitie. These are
the children that we have listed.
Christopher and Humility had the following children:
+ 74 M i Christopher WEBB Jr + 75 M ii Thomas WEBB 76 F iii Sarah WEBB was born on 22 Jun 1634 in Crediton, Devon, England. She died on 27 Jun 1704 in Roxbury, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Sarah married Zechariah BUCKMASTER on 7 Jan 1654 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Zechariah died after 1691 in Sherborn, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. 77 F iv Mary WEBB was born in 1636 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. She died on 30 Mar 1662 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Mary married William Edmund SHEFFIELD before 1659. William was born after 1619. He died on 6 Dec 1700. 78 F v Hannah WEBB Hannah married BUCKMASTER.
57. Henry WEBB (Alexander , Alexander , Henry Alexander , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 12 Oct 1601 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. He died on 7 Sep 1660 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
Henry came to America in 1635 and settled at Boston. He was called the "Merchant of Boston".
Probate : from Boston Town records, “Mr. Henry Webb deceased the 7th of September (1660). md. Dowsabell in England d. 28 February 1648. ** ---Occupation: merchant, investor in the Iron Works at Braintree, involved in transatlantic trade. He was made a Freeman 13 March 1638/9. May have at one time been Constable of Boston. He had a contract with the town (a virtual monopoly with three others) to trade with the Indians, he did consign several shipments of beaver pelts and skins on a ship laden with cargo bound for England. ***several years later, a man named Richard Webb and several others in the shoe business obtained a similar contract to regulate the trade of shoes, the manufacture of which requires a great deal of leather. All the leather required had to be obtained from either domestic cattle or trapped game animals. **
--- Henry Webb was a Merchant Adventurer, an overseas trader, a shipper, & an investor and commissioner of the failed Iron Works at Braintree. --- LAND 29 January 1638, Mr. Henry Webb (merchant of Boston) was granted for 10 heads, 40 acres of land in Braintree. This corresponds directly to the number of individuals he transported with himself to Boston in 1637. On 28 September 1644, eight months before Christopher was proclaimed a Freeman, Henry Webb received an additional grant of 200 acres in Braintree. --- Henry Webb’s ’10 heads’ are accounted for - as himself, wife, mother, daughter and six servants. They may have purchased land from, or otherwise resided, on Henry Webb’s additional grant, but records fail to indicate where they lived as early as the 1640’s. It does seem that Henry Webb lived in Boston, or had a home there. He was given permission in 1638 to purchase the home in which he was presently residing, by the selectmen of the Town of Boston; and also his choice of a garden, or a farm plot. He must have chosen the property in Braintree as his farm plot
They had the following children:
+ 79 F i Margaret WEBB
58. Susanna SHAKESPEARE (William SHAKESPEARE , Mary ARDEN , Mary WEBB , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born before 26 May 1583 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. She died in 1649.
They had the following children: