John Webb (the Brasier)

Full name : John Webb
Alternate spellings, aliases :  Jno. Web
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Occupation : He was a manufacturer and artificer of brass.  He sold brass nails to be used on the Shipp Goodfellow in the summer of 1654, for which he was paid 2.13.02, The merchant vessel Goodfellow was partly owned by Mr. Henry Webb, and on the voyage that brought it to Boston in 1654 it transported slaves (described as ‘servants’ sold for 360).  He (or John Evered alias Webb) was chosen as a Constable of the Town of Boston by a public vote on “The 12th: 1 mo.: (16)54/55”

Property : It appears, from court records that he sued Ralph Keeler in 1648 for slander in the Connecticut Court at Hartford.  He sued for 10 for slander supposed committed by Ralph Keeler, but the jury found for the defendant.  Keeler was still forced to pay 4 shillings in damages.  From Public Records of Connecticut, “The Perticular Court in Hartford this first of March, 1648 (extract)  John Webb plaintiff contra Ralph Keeler defendant, in an action of slander damages 10.  In the action of slaunder betweene John Webb plt and Ralph Keeler defendt, the Jury finds for the defendt.  In the action of the case betweene John Webb plt and Ralph Keeler defendt the Jury finds for the plt, 4s. damage, and costs of the Courte.  Ralph Keeler freed John Webb in Courte from his Recogniscance to keepe the peace.”

He was formally admitted to Boston in 1651 (from Boston Town records), “The 24th, 9th mo., 1651.  John Web, Brasier, was Admitted to Inhabitt in the Towne six Months, and if he behave himselfe well, for Lounger Tyme.”

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Bates, Samuel A. (Editor; Town Clerk of Braintree). Records of the Town of Braintree Massachusetts, 1640 to 1873.  Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 17 June 1886.  Facsimile Reprint by Heritage Books. Bowie, Maryland, 1991. ISBN1556133979


Crane, Ellery Bicknell.  Genealogy of the Crane Family Volume II. Descendants of Benjamin Crane, of Wethersfield, Conn., and John Crane, of Coventry, Conn., also of Jasper Crane, of New Haven, Conn., and Newark, N. J. and Stephen Crane, of Elizabethtown, N. J. with families of the name in New Hampshire, Maryland and Virginia.  Press of Charles Hamilton.  Worcester, Massachusetts, 1900.


Lincoln, Waldo.  Genealogy of the Waldo Family.  A record of the descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Massachusetts from 1647 to 1900.  Volume 1.  Press of Charles Hamilton.  Worchester, Massachusetts, 1902.


Parmenter, Elmer E.  Genealogical Records of the Parmenter – Richardson – Mullins – Alden – Bass – Webb – Fall and Wentworth Families with some of their inter-marital relationships.  Portland, Maine, 1937.


Pattee, William S. MD.  A History of Old Braintree and Quincy, with a sketch of Randolph and Holbrook.  Quincy : Green & Prescott.  1878.


Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692 on the basis of Farmer’s Register. Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company,  originally published Boston, 1860-1862.  Reprinted with "Genealogical Notes and Errata," excerpted from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, April, 1873, pp. 135-139; and a Genealogical Cross Index of the Four Volumes of the Genealogical Dictionary of James Savage, by O. P. Dexter, 1884. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1965,1969,1977,1981,1986, 1990. Electronic version has been adapted under the direction of Robert Kraft (assisted by Benjamin Dunning) from materials supplied by Automated Archives, 1160 South State, Suite 250, Orem UT 84058 (


Vinton, John Adams.  The Giles Memorial – Genealogical Memoirs of the Families Bearing the Names Giles, Gould, Holmes, Jennison, Leonard, Lindall, Curwen, Marshall, Robinson, Sampson, and Webb; also Genealogical Sketches of the Pool, Very, Carr and other Families with a history of Pemaquid, ancient and modern; some account of early settlements in Maine; and some details of Indian warfare.  Printed for the author, by Henry W. Dutton & Son, Washington Street, Boston. 1864. pp 496 – 532.


Suffolk 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 Churchil;l, 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.


Early Settlers of Rowley : Scott.  Historical Collections of the Essex Institute.  Volume XXIII.  July, August, September 1886.  No. 7, 8, 9. pp. 237-240.


Written communication with Vinton Phillips and David L. Hester, Huron County, Ohio, January 2001- ongoing.



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