William Webb (of Roxbury)
Full name : William Webb
Alternate spellings, aliases : William Web; Wm. Webb, Willia Web
Date of Birth : 1580 - 1600
Place of Birth : England
Name : Rebecka
Date of Marriage :
Place of Marriage : England
Died : 1654
Notes : from Roxbury Church records, “--- Webb: the wife of William Webb. She followed baking & through her
coventous mind she made light waight after many admonitions, & after sundry
rebuks of o Court, & officers in the market, & after her special pise
to the contrary yet was ag(…) scandalously discovered in open market; as also
for an habit of lying & shifting, after much admonition, & also for a
grosse ly in publick. flatly denying yt after she had weighed her dough, she
never nimed off bitts from each loaf, wh yet was 4 wittnesses testified &
after apped to be a common if not a constant practices. for all wh grosse wins
she was excommunicated. the 23 day of the 8t month ano. 1642. her ways having
bene long a grief of heart to her Godly neighbors. But afterwards she was reconciled to ye church & lived
Christianly & dyed comfortably.”
From Rev. John Eliot’s records of the First Church of Roxbury, “1643 mo
8. Goodwife Webb reconciled to the Chh.”
Her will is recorded 10 December 1654, wherein she leaves her estate to
her granddaughter Rebecca Armitage, daughter of Godfrey Armitage, then under 16
years of age.
Date of Death : circa 10 December 1644
Place of Death : Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Burial Information :
Notes : From Boston Town records, “William Webb buried 10th month (1644).”
Religion : from Roxbury Church records (members) of 1634 - 1635, “Willia
Military Service :
Occupation : He was made a Freeman of the Massachusetts Bay province
(colony) on 25 May 1636. He was a
Baker or bread maker; once he was fined 10 shillings for not fixing the matter
of his bread (see above). Goodwin
notes, “William Webb was early a ship builder in Weymouth.” But it seems that William lived in
Roxbury and was but a baker so Goodwin may have been referring to a different
man. In February 1631 a letter
from Bradford in the Plymouth Colony to those in Massachusetts Bay states,
“Richard Church was one of Mr. Webb’s men with freedom to go to England – or
wither he would.” This indicates
that the Webb described was a Master and had common laborers and men not yet
made free as his servants, employees or bound apprentices.
”John Chandler of Boston shoomaker placeth John
Chandler his sonne Apprentice unto Willm Webb of Roxberry baker his executors admrs
and assignes for seven yeares from the 29th of September last for to be
instructed in the trade of the Baker and to have meate drink & clothes
washing & wringing and in the end of the terme double apparel & 20s in
money, before myself. [1-6]”
Property : He owned land in Roxbury and
on 21 April 1653, his widow Rebecka sold 2 acres to John Daine for a ‘valuable
sum’ (not specified). From Roxbury
Land Records… from 1640 or 1641 : “A note of the estates and persons of the
Inhabitants of Rocksbury. (extract) …accres 15, William Webb, 4 persons, estate
Date of Birth :
Place of Birth :
Married : Godfrey Armitage (?),
a tailor of Boston
Died : prior to 1654
Notes : In a will dated 10 December 1654
Rebecca Webb (widow if William Webb) grants to her unmarried, minor
granddaughter Rebecca Armitage, daughter of Godfrey Armitage all of her ‘good,
debts & estate’ (she states that she is under 16 years of age).
Son : Joseph
Date of Birth : 19 August 1640
Place of Birth : Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Notes : there is a suggestion, and a high probability, that this is the son of
Richard Webb, who is thought to have been in Weymouth prior to living in
Boston, however the Weymouth Town records state he is the son of William. He is however, not mentioned in
Rebecka’s will, so he may have died, or may indeed be the son of Richard Webb.
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