Father : |
Notes : some references state that he came to America with his father who was
of Salisbury, England; this is unsubstantiated. The record clearly states that he left Weymouth, England
with his mother.
Vital stats :
Date of Birth : perhaps circa 1600
Place of Birth : England
Date of Death : 7 September 1660
Place of Death : Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Burial Information :
Probate : from Boston Town records, “Mr. Henry Webb deceased the 7th of
Name : Dowsabell
Date of Marriage :
Place of Marriage : England
Died : 28 February 1648
Notes : from Boston Town records, “Dowsabell wife of Henry Webb died 28 Feb.
Military Service :
Occupation(s) : merchant, investor in
the Iron Works at Braintree, involved in transatlantic trade. He was made a Freeman (took the oath of
freedom) on 13 March 1638/9.
(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.) 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, but for
and with what isn’t exactly known for certain, however he did consign several
shipments of beaver pelts and skins on a ship laden with cargo bound for
England. Of note is the fact that
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
Civil and business : 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 good, but the shorthand used by the author is
difficult to decipher and the exact details are unclear; it appears he paid £1
His land in the Town of Boston bordered that of Robert Scott, so was true in
Braintree, alias Mount Wollaston, where each had adjacent plots of 200 acres
along the Monocott river.
…from Boston Town Records, Suffolk County Court documents, etc (misspellings as
in text) :
“The 25th of the 7th moneth, September, 1637
(extract). Also leave is granted
to Henry Webbe to buy the house wherein he now dwelleth, and to have a garding
plot where might be most convenient for him.”
”The 29th of the 11 moneth, called January, 1637. (extract) Also Mr. Henry Webb is granted a great
Lott there (Mount Wollaston) for tenn heads.”
”The 28th of the 7th moneth, 1640. (extract) Mr. Henry Webb graunted 200 acrs at mount willaston, beyond
montocott river, adioying Mr. Edward Ting and Mr. Edward Hutchinson’s farmes. At the same meeting our Brother Robert
Scott hath the like 200 acrs graunted him there, namely, adioying to oyr
brother Webb’s, without allowance for rockieness or swampe.”
”The 28th of the 10th moneth, 1640. (extract) The rate made by the townsemen, amounting to £179, the 13th
of the 10th moneth, 1640, for the discharge of the contrey leavy, was delivered
to Mr. Henry Webb, Constable of Boston.”
The 26th of the 2d moneth, 1641. (extract) There is graunted to our brother Henry Webb to purchase 3
acres of marsh at muddy river, yf it be there to be had.”
”The 28th of the 4th moneth, called June, 1641. (extract) It is ordered that our brother Henry
Webbe, bro. James Penne and Bro. Stodder shall take up the accounts of Mr. John
”The 10th day of the 11th moneth, 1641.
(extract) Captain Gibones,
valentine Hill, Henry Webbe, and Anthony Stodder are chosen to Trade with the
Indians, according to the Order of the generall Court.”
”The 31st day of the 11th moneth, 1641. (extract) The Lande of Henry Webbe formerly granted, conteyning two
hundredth acres, belongeth unto him, as it is now layed out at Braintry, be it
more or lesse, being bounded with Lands as yet in Common toward the North and
East; with the land of Robt. Skot toward the South; with the Monocot river
toward the west.
The Land of Robt. Skot formerly granted, conteyning in quantity two hundredth
acres, belonging to him as it is now layd out at Braintry, alias Mount
Wallaston, being bounded with the lands of Henry Webbe toward the North; with
Lands as yet in common towards the East and South; with the Monocott river
toward the west.”
”This 29th of 3d mo., 1643.
(extract) At a generall
Towne meeting upon lawful warning.
Henry Webbe and Richard Fayrebankes are chosen Surveyghours of the highways in
this necke for this next yeare also, and in like manner James Penn and
Wentworth Day, Gent., are chosen surveyhours of the highways at Rumney marish.”
“This 29th, 1st mo. 1647. (extract) Mr.
Henry Webb shall enioye the wharfe that he did purchase of Mr. Edward Tinge for
his sold right without disturbance.”
”5 : 9 : 60. (extract) Att a Townes-meeting upon publick
notice from house to house.
Itt is ordered that the select men shall ratify and confirme Mr. Henry Webbs
land upon Fort hill to his Executors to their proper use for ever.
Whereas Mr. Henry Webb bequeathed £100 to the Towne to bee improved for the use
of the poor, according to his will, and to bee reserved to that end from time
Itt is ordered that the said £100 bee improved by the select men for the end
aforesaid in some building fitt for the end, and that in case of fire hapning
which may consume itt
Property, land, holdings : He
owned land in the Town of Boston and in Braintree that was bordered by…
”The possessions of Mr. Thomas Leverit within the
limits of Boston – One house and garden, bounded with Mr. John Winthropp’s on
the east: the streete and Robert Scott on the north: the marsh of Mr. Winthropp
on the south: and the ould meetinge house, Robert Scott, Mr. Henry Webb, and
Thomas Parsons on the west.”
It is also interesting to note that 29 January
1638, Mr. Henry Webb was granted for 10 heads, 40 acres of land in
Braintree. On 28 September 1644,
Married : Jane nee ?
Died : prior to 1660
Notes : ‘…of Titherly,
Sister : Elizabeth
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business partner with Henry, and one of the Selectman of Boston; he died 22
March 1658/9. They had two daughters
- Elizabeth born 1 October 1644, married Robert Gibbs; and Mehitable born 28
May 1658, married Sampson Sheafe in 1679.
Margaret was admitted as a member of the First Church of Boston, 15
April 1647.& eft:9.0pt'>
Comments, sources, various additional :
Bates, Samuel A. (Editor; Town Clerk of Braintree). Records of
the Town of Braintree Massachusetts, 1640 to 1873. Braintree, Massachusetts 17 June
1886. Facsimile Reprint by
Heritage Books. Bowie, Maryland, 1991. ISBN1556133979
Pattee, William S. MD.
A History of Old Braintree and Quincy, with a sketch .0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-fareast-font-family:"MS Mincho"'>
County Wills. Abstracts of the
earliest wills upon record in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts.
From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. With an index by Judith McGhan. Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore, 1984.
City Document No. 46. Boston Town Records. Second Report of the Record
Commissioners of the City of Boston. 1877. Rockwell and Churchill, City Printers. Boston, 1877.
A Volume of Records Relation to the Early History of Boston containing
miscellaneous papers. Volume 29. Municipal Printing Office. Boston, 1900.
Brewster, Charles W. Rambles
about Portsmouth. Second series.
Sketches of Persons, Localities and Incidents of two Centuries:
principally from tradition and unpublished documents. Lewis W. Brewster, Portsmouth Journal
Office. Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
Copyright Jonathan Webb Deiss