John Evered alias Webbe (or, Webb alias Evered)

Full name : John Evered alias Webbe
Alternate spellings, aliases :  John Everett alias Webb; John Web; John Everard; John Euered alias Webb; John Web alias Evered.  He signed his name as John Evered alias Webbe.
Notes : Was the name (Webb alias Evered, or Evered alias Webb) equivalent to the hyphenated names of modern times, or does it represent something else?  Under the rules of primogeniture, a male could inherit only thru the paternal line, those lands and holdings associated with a name, lineage or grant of arms (usually granted to the eldest son); however a male heir to his mother could take her name for the purpose of assuming the line becoming eligible to inherit her lands, estate, titles, etc. as well as those thru the paternal line.  Many estates in England were united in this manner.  Could John Evered alias Webb be doing just such a thing?

Parents :
Father : Robert Webb or Thomas Webb ?
Mother : …Evered
note : His parents may be Webbs or Evereds; somehow related to the Ayers family.  Some preliminary research done by R. F. Bailey indicates that the Evered branch was from County Wilts in England, but this is not yet confirmed.

Date of Birth :
Place of Birth : probably in Wiltshire, England
Notes :

Spouse :
Name : Mary Faireweather (widow Faireweather, or Fayreweather)
Date of Marriage : 1639
Place of Marriage : Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Died :
Notes : She was previously married to Thomas Fayreweather, by whom she had son John in September 1634.  She signed her name as ‘M’ for ‘Mary E Webb’ in a deed dated 1661 in Boston.  She states her intention to marry him in a deed of gift to her son John from 1639, “…to the use of such child and children that shall be lawfully begotten betweene me and John Everet als. Webb whome I intend by the grace of God to take to my husband…”

Date of Death : 17 October 1668
Place of Death : in the ocean near Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Burial Information :
Notes : from Roxbury Church records, “17th 8m 68.  John Web, alias, Everit, pursuing a Whale, was caught in ye rope, twisted about his middle, & being drawn into ye sea, was drowned.”

Emigration : He is supposedly listed as a passenger, perhaps with a brother names Stephen, on the ship James, arriving in Boston on 3 June 1635, viz :

- Evered, John (alias Webb), of Marlborough, Wiltshire
- Evered, Stephen (alias Webb), of Marlborough, Wiltshire
(listed as laborers or husbandmen)

Military Service : In 1643 he was made a member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, with the rank of Ensign and later Captain.  On 1 June 1660 he was Captain of the military company in Boston that accompanied Mary Dyer when she was led to the gallows for the crime of being a Quaker.  He is quoted as telling her that she had, previously been found guilty of the same charge (being a Quaker – a heretic) and been banished, that she now had one last chance to repent and be banished again, to which she replied that she would not.  He then told her she was condemned to death for violating the law and then she was hanged.

Occupation : Planter, merchant, soldier; a Yeoman (in this case, yeoman probably signifies that he is a man holding a small landed estate, a freeholder under the rank of gentleman, a commoner or countryman of respectable standing).  He was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay province on 7 December 1636.  He obtained a commission to conduct fishing operations at the Isle of Sables in 1641, “A Commission to John Webb als ___ of Boston and his company to trade & doe their business at the Isle of Sables & to passť in the barke Endeavor of Salem wherof is Master Joseph Grafton.  4.21.41 (3-4)”

There was another John Webb (a brassier) who lived in Boston as early as 1650; these two men are distinct individuals.  He (or John Webb the Brasier) was chosen as a Constable of the Town of Boston by a public vote on “The 12th: 1 mo.: (16)54/55”

From Boston Town records, “26: 2: (16)58.  Att a meeting of Mr. Wm. Paddy, Mr. Tho. Lake, Mr. Jacob Sheafe, ens. Jos. Scotto, ens. Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis. (extract)  Capt. James Olliver, Ens. John Webb, Nat. Williams, Jacob Eliot, Tho. Gardiner, and Jno. Kendrick are appointed for the perambulation between Roxbury and Cambridg.”  This was likely an inspection, survey, or a measurement of the roadway, or perhaps they were responsible for the foot trails or roads in the vicinity.

Property : in 1639 he seems to have traded properties with Christopher Stanley :  “John Everet of Boston in N. E. planter, and Mary, his wife, sells to the sayd Christopher Stanley one house & garden thereto belonging, lying in Boston betweene the houses of Richard Bellingham Esqr. on the east parte & the house of Thomas Buttolph on the west, for 50L in hand.  And the first house to be made over to the said John Everet.” 

Later that year he conveyed lands to John Hansett : “

He owned land in Braintree, which he sold in 1648, “John Webb of Boston Yeoman granted unto Samuel Allen of Braintree sawyer his house in Braintree & ninety acres of land to the same appertaining with all fences & appurtenances being bounded on the south with Monotaquid river, on the north with the commons of Braintree & Lieftent Tho: Savage on the west.  And this was by an absolute deed of sale date 19 (2) 1648.” (SLR I: 90)

On 25 April or May 1661 he and his wife sold to Henry Shrimpton a parcel of land in Boston, a portion of which had been previously purchased of Jacob Sheafe (SLR III:479-480).

Byron T. Stone ( wrote in 1997, “John Evered, alias Webb, was the first settler upon the north side of the river, and the man in whose honor the town of Dracut was named. Webb, or Evered, obtained his land by a grant from the General Court to military officers, June 7, 1659 [State Archives, Plans and Maps, Book 1, p. 7.] Webb sold a portion of his Boston estate in 1661, probably about the time of his removal to Chelmsford.  The town of Chelmsford granted several parcels of land to "Mr. John Webb, under date of November 9, 1661. [For details see "History of Chelmsford, Massachusetts" by the Rev. Wilson Waters, 1917].”  On 30 June 1664, William Alford of Boston, merchant, purchased from John and Mary Evered alias Webb of Boston, merchant, the wharf, warehouses and rights owned by Evered alias Webb (SLR 4:322-23).

Family : There is some connection, however intangible at the moment considering the lack of documentary evidence, between John Webb alias Evered of Boston and Henry Webb and, or Henry’s daughter Margaret, wife of Jacob Sheafe.  They both sold land to Henry Shrimpton on the same day (25 April or May 1661), and John Evered alias Webb witnessed the document wherein Margaret Sheafe sells her land to Shrimpton, indicating that both deeds were contracted at the same time and place.  This may indicate some connection, albeit maybe only a social one, between these people.

From Boston Town records, “29th of 4th, (16)57. Att a meeting of Thomas Marshall, Wm. Pady, Sam. Cole, Josh. Scottow, John Hull. (extract)  It is ordered that Ensigne Jno. Webb shall supply Richard Sanfurd with such necessary support as the little infant Mary Langham or the nurse thereof either have or shall expend, until the Town take further order.”

There is a persistant rumor that he had a brother named Stephen and in the Boston Town records is found the following for the year 1659, “Stephen Webb servant to Lieut. William Philps died 18th September.”

Stepson : John Faireweather
Date of Birth : circa September 1634
Place of Birth :
Married :
Died :
Notes : His father died in 1638.

Daughter : Hannah Webb Evered

Date of Birth : circa 1640
Place of Birth :
Married : John Ayer…?
Died :
Notes : this is conjecture


Comments, sources, various additional :


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