Richard Webb

Full name : Richard Webb
Alternate spellings, aliases :  Rich. Webb, Web, Webbe, Weeb

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Date of Birth : prior to 1599
Place of Birth : England
Notes : this is based on unsubstantiated information.  There may be some connection between Richard Webb of Weymouth & Boston and Christopher Webb of Braintree.

Name : Mary
Date of Marriage :
Place of Marriage : England or Weymouth
Died :
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Date of Death : 2 July 1659
Place of Death : Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Burial Information :
Probate : From Boston Town records, “Richard Webb died 2nd July (1659).”  He authored his will on 1 July 1659; he left to his eldest son Joseph his dwelling house in Boston adjacent to Mr. Glover, half the rooms, cellars and yard to be shared with his youngest son Nehemiah.  Nehemiah also received a feather bed, pots, silver spoons, pewter platters, a kettle along with a musket, a sword and a number of books including a Bible, & works by Elton, Boulton and Whentley.  They were to pay from the estate 5 a year to Esther Pearce (Richard’s daughter).  Both son’s being underage at the time of their father’s death, and Joseph being administrator, he chose his uncle Deacon Upham of Mauldin to be his guardian.  The estate was again divided in 1672, when it was valued at 228.

Military Service : unknown

Occupation(s) : A man by the name of ‘Rich: Webb’ is listed as a Freeman of the Massachusetts Colony, on 6 November 1632; (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.)  He was, by occupation a shoemaker; John L. Bishop wrote, “In 1648… the shoemakers of Boston… sought and obtained certain corporate privileges from the legislature.  The General Court in Boston on 18th October, granted to ‘Richard Webb, James Everell, Robert Turner, Edmund Jackson, and the rest of the shewmakers’ and Act of Incorporation with power to regulate the trade for three years.”  This was called a patent of monopoly; he enjoyed one for the footwear trade, and Mr. Henry Webb of Boston enjoyed one for the trade with the Indians.

Boston Town Records, “The 12th 1 : mo 1649 (extract) For Sealers of leather, Rich. Weeb, Robt. Turner.”  ‘Sealer’ was a position appointed by the town’s Selectmen to regulate the trade of leather goods; he was no longer ‘Sealer’ in 1651 (also see below).  This is a perfect example of government being in the pocket of business.

Land : He owned a home in Boston; from Boston Town Records, “25 : 6 : 56. (extract) Whereas Richard Webb, Shoemaker, hath lately erected a frame of a house coming three foote or thereabouts upon the townes land, wee hereby declare that the said Rich. Webb hath so erected the said frame without the consent of the select men.”  Again, less than a year later his home is mentioned, “29th of 4th, 57 (extract) Mr. Richard Web is heerby Enjoyned to clear the highway before his house within this twelve dayes, upon the penalty of twenty shillings.”



Son : Joseph

Date of Birth : 19 August 1640
Place of Birth : Weymouth, Massachusetts Colony
Married : Grace Dipple, 16 April 1666, Boston, Massachusetts

Died : 9 October 1698
Notes : Baptized in Boston (at First Church of Boston) 12 January 1644, “Joseph of Richard Webb aged about 4 years - 12 day 11 mo.”  He was made a Freeman on 12 May 1675 at Boston, was later clerk of the court of Boston; took the Oath of Allegiance in Boston 11 November 1678, where he is listed as ‘Marshll. Jo: Webb”.  On 18 June 1691 his name is ascribed as a witness, with Christopher Webb (then Town Clerk of Braintree) for the administration of the estate of Joseph Ford, who died intestate.  Coincidently, or perhaps not, Ford’s widow was Deborah Waldo, daughter of Cornelius Waldo (she was born 14 January 1691, married 6 December 1683 Joseph Ford).  Cornelius Waldo had two sons, siblings to Deborah, namely John Waldo, who married Rebecca Adams, and Daniel Waldo, who married Susanna Adams; Rebecca Adams and Susanna Adams were daughters of Captain Samuel Adams, and their sister Mary Adams married in Braintree to Samuel Webb, the son of Christopher Webb, the witness for the will of widow Deborah (Waldo) Ford.  Joseph and Grace Webb had Joseph born 10 March 1666, Mary born 27 August 1671, Sarah born 14 October 1673, and Elisha born 13 February 1675.


Son : Nehemiah

Date of Birth : 19 October 1641

Place of Birth : Weymouth, Massachusetts Colony

Married :

Died :

Notes : Baptized in Boston (at First Church of Boston) 12 January 1644, “Nehemiah of Richard Webb aged about 3 years - 12 day 11 mo.”


Daughter : Esther Webb

Date of Birth :
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Died :
Notes : he names ‘daughter-in-law’ Esther Pearce and her children Moses & Ester in his will.


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 of Randolph and Holbrook.  Quincy : Green & Prescott.  1878.


Vinton, John Adams.  The Giles Memorial – Genealogical Memoirs of the Families Bearing the Names Giles, Gould, Holmes, Jennison, Leonard, Lindall, Curwen, Marshall, Ribinson, 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.


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 (

Bishop, John Leander  A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 ... comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts.  Edward Young & Co.  Philadelphia, 1866.   p. 434


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 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.

WEBB, Richard, "of Milton, near Sitting-bourne, co. Kent, cordwainer, bachelor, about 21, and Joan Ashfold, of Brenzet, maiden, about 18, daughter of Thomas Ashfold, late of the same parish, Jurat, deceased, now in the government of her mother Joan Ashfold, as is testified by her son Thomas Ashfield," had license from the bishop of Canterbury to marry, Nov. 13, 1627; to be at St. Mary Bre-din's, Canterbury. Richard Webb and Mary Rowlett, of St. Martin's, Cant. had license to marry Dec. 28, 1633.  …from the Pioneers of Massachusetts.

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