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John Webster (abt. 1605 - abt. 1646)

John Webster
Born about in Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1624 (to 1646) in Oulton, Suffolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Aug 2010 | Last significant change: 15 Jan 2022
04:13: Jim Stevens edited the Biography for John Webster (abt.1605-abt.1646). (small correction) [Thank Jim for this]
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John Webster migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

James Savage said. TRADITION says John Webster came from Ipswich England [Most likely sailed from the port]. No church record in Ipswich for Webster. Up the inlet is located Oulton where church records show John Webster bpt 27 Jan 1605 to Mathew Webster and ...ette' Houck.[citation needed]. More research needed.

John Webster's origins are unknown according to Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration Project.[1] Theories that his father was Thomas or Matthew have not been substantiated.

Also removed: Mathew Webster and Lotte Hauck. Nally-4 12:47, 13 June 2016 (EDT)


Some information moved from the Biography of John Webster, Governor of Connecticut. These two individuals with the same name have been confused.



He migrated to Massachusetts by 1634 (there is no record of passage) and was admitted a freeman in Boston 4 Mar. 1634/5.[1] By 1639, he had received land in Ipswich, where his wife's brothers were living. He was admitted as a commoner by that town on 23 Feb. 1644/5 and his occupation was given as baker.[2] He had previously been admitted an inhabitant of Salem in 1637 and had a grant of land. He was a witness in the Essex court in 1639 and applied for land at the Creek in 1642.


"Inventory of John Webster's lands and goods sworn to 29: 7: 1646, by his widow, Mary Webster, who is appointed administratrix

Petition of Mary, widow of John Webster, that her eldest son, John, should have the land called the farm, of about 32 acres, which lyeth between Mr Rogers oxe pasture and Thom. Bishop's famr, when he is twenty-one yeares, he to pay Nathan, the youngest child, 5 li. at fourteen years, or if he refuse, then the 1-4 part of that land in kind or worth; that Mary, Stephen and Hannah may have the island bought of the widow Androws, in equal portions, when they shall be twenty-one; the Elisabeth, Abigail and Israell have 20 nobles each, when twenty-one; the dwelling house and 6 acres of land tied to make it good. The Court Nov. 4, 1646 granted that the estate be ordered as the widow desired and appointed her administratrix, to give bond for security in such sum as the next Ipswich court shall approve and receive of her the inventory amounting to 147 li. 5s.

John Emery of Newbury married Mary, widow of John Webster, late of Ipswich and she had power from the Court to administer and dispose of his goods to his children. Some of the children now grown, almost ready to receive their portions, John Emery petitions for liberty to sell the Island which is devided to three of the children, and also the house and 6 acres of land which was bound to make good the 20 li. to the other three, and upon grant of this, binds himself to pay the children the full price he shall sell it at, and to the other three children, who are to have 20 nobles, to make good to them the 8 li apiece and to pay the daughters their portions at eighteen and the sons at twenty-one years.

The above petition was granted Oct. 14, 1651"[3]

"Israell and Nathan Webster, sons of Jon. Webster, deceased, presenting their desires in writing, together with their mother's consent, with Jon. Cheny, Sr., Robt. Long and Wm Elsly as witnesses, and said Israell Webster being present in court and manifesting his desire also, that his father-in-law Jon. Emory and brother-in-law Jon. Emory, jr., might be appointed guardians, the court 25 : 9 : 1662 appointed them guardians, and also ordered that the bond given into Ipswich court for security for the children's portions remain in full force.
Petition of Israel Webster, aged eighteen yeares, and Nathan Webster, aged sixteen yeares, for appointment of John emery sr and John Emery jr as their guardians, signed also by Mary X Emery. Witness: John Chney, sr., Robert Long and William Elsly".[4]


In 1663 their daughter Elizabeth was in court:

"Elizabeth Webster for taking a faulse oath. The sentence of the court is that she shall stand at the meeting house dore at Newbury the next lecture day from the ringing the first bell, until the minister be ready to begin prayer with a paper on her head, written in capitall letters, (FOR TAKING A FALSE OATH IN COURT) the constable to see it done, or else to paye a fine of five pounds to the treasurer, and to be disabled from taking an oath, and to pay cost and fees. She made choice to stand at the doore."[5]

All the Webster children were remembered in John Emery's will and referred to as "his dear children".

Marriage and Children

His wife Mary was a sister of John Shatswell, who mentioned her in his will. He died before Nov 4, 1646, when the Court gave admin to the widow Mary. [6] leaving four sons and four daughters. The family subsequently moved to Newbury when their mother married John Emery.

... 8 minor children ... eldest son John, youngest son Nathan; Mary, Stephen and Hannah ... Elizabeth, Abigail and Israel ...

  1. Mary
  2. John married 13 June 1653 to Anne, dau. of Nicholas Batt
  3. Hannah married 1 April 1657 to Michael Emerson (and had dau. Hannah who married Thomas Duston, and was the heroine of the Indian captivity)
  4. Abigail married Abraham Merrill
  5. Stephen married 1st Hannah Ayer and 2nd Judith Broad
  6. Elizabeth married Samuel Simmons
  7. Israel married 1st Elizabeth Browne 2nd Elizabeth Lunt
  8. Nathan married Mary Haseltine.

See the mother's will under Emery. [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Webster, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), 7:261-68.
  2. "Some of the Descendants of John Webster of Ipswich, Massachusetts"- John C. Webster, M.D., Chicago, 1912- p. 5
  3. "The Probate Records of Essex County"- Vol. I, pp. 52-3; also Ipswich Quarterly Court Records- Vol. II, fol. 5; Mass. Bay Colony Records- Vol. II, p. 184; III, 254; Mass. Archives- Vol. 15B, p. 147
  4. The Probate Records of Essex County- Vol. I, p. 402; Vol. III, p. 15
  5. "A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury"- Joshua Coffin, Samuel G. Drake, Boston, 1845- p. 66
  6. The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope, publ 1900, Boston, MA pg 483 link
  7. The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope, publ 1900, Boston, MA pg 156 link

See also:

  • Massachusetts, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890, Massachusetts Early Census Index. John Webster: Freeman 1634.
  • Caldwell, Augustine. Historical and Genealogical Shatswells of Ipswich., No 1., p 1.
  • Lapham, Wm. B. Some of the Descendants of John Webster of Ipswich, Mass., in 1635, (1884), p 1.
  • Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts (Providence, Rhode Island, 1897)| Person 14, Page 342-3
  • Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial (Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1913), p 1179.
  • Author?, "Article," in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 150 April 1996, p 185.
  • Gale Research, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s - Filby, P. William, ed. (Farmington Hills, MI, USA, 2006)
    Ipswich, Massachusetts; Year: 1634; Arrival date: 1634 Arrival place: Ipswich, Massachusetts
  • England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975: Name: John Webster; Gender: Male; Spouse: Mary; Child: John Webster; Household Members: Name: John Webster; Mary; John Webster. MORE DETAILS NEEDED.
  • Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current: Name: John Webster; Birth Date: 27 Jan 1605; Birth Place: Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England; Death Date: 4 Nov 1646; Death Place: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States of America. Find A Grave: Memorial #79699053 No Burial information
  • Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91: Name: John Webster; Date: 04 March 1634-5; Original Source: C. R., Vol. I. p. 113.
  • Massachusetts, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890: Name: John Webster; State: MA; County: Massachusetts Colony; Township: Freeman 4 Sep; Year: 1634; Database: MA Early Census Index
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700: Name: John Webster; Gender: Male Marriage; Date: About 1627; Marriage Place: New England, USA; Death Year: 1646; Spouse: Mary Webster; Household Members: Name: John Webster; Mary Webster
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970: Name: John Webster; Death Date: 1646; Death Place: Prob Ipswich, Massachusetts; SAR Membership: 91797; Role: Ancestor; Application Date: 14 Nov 1964; Spouse: Mary Shatswell; Children: Hannah Webster; Household Members: Name: Arthur Tenney Emerson; Nellie Augusta Newman; Theodore Holbrook Emerson; Julia Ann Tenney; Hon Aaron Parker Emerson; Mehitable Parker; Captain Phineas Emerson; Marcy Cole; Timothy Emerson; Abigail Messer; Josiah Emerson; Mary Clark; Joshua Emerson; Hannah Webster; Michael Emerson; Mary Shatswell; John Webster

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Surely Hannah (Emmerson) Glasier should be removed from these parents. Probably the same for Thomas Webster. There is no evidence presented for either, and there is contrary evidence for Hannah.
posted by David Bailey
Hannah has been removed and Thomas (now John) is set to merge away
posted by Anne B
Helen B E, you just changed the birth data. It looks like you're relying on Find a Grave but a) I don't see a link to Find a Grave and b) we don't use that as a source for vitals data. I do also see that date mentioned, without source, in the narrative, but associated with different parents than attached here.

Which leads to my next question. Back in November, parents were attached without discussion by someone else. What's the source for these parents? Lacking any solid source, the birth specifics and the parents need detaching. Thanks.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Found the FaG link. There is no source there for the birth.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Webster-203 and Webster-10282 appear to represent the same person because: Names and places are the same and his wife is the same
posted by Steven Losey
This bio states that John Webster (webster-203) arrived in Massachusetts in 1634. His daughter mary and son john, jr are reportedly born in 1631 and 1632 respectively, in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Some clarification is needed here, I think.
posted by Sandi Strong
Oulton register started in 1659.
posted by C. Mackinnon
John Webster's origins are unknown according to Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration Project. Therefore these parents should be removed. See John Webster, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), 7:261-68.
posted by [Living Baker]
Webster-3864 and Webster-203 are not ready to be merged because: birth dates do not match
posted by Merry Kennedy
Rick, Thank you for your comment about John Webster (Webster-203). The rejected match seemed to be an error. I merged the two profiles, which matched except for one did not have a mother listed.
posted by Becky (Nally) Syphers
Why are Webster-3365 and Webster-203 set as Rejected Matches?
posted by Rick Pierpont
Check "brother John" for birth place, year and mother. from extracted church Registry Oulton, Suffolk, England

posted by Ed Poor
Parents and sibling entriesThe church record is from Oulton not Ipswich See the marriage extract below Not a submitter entry but from church register.

Oulton and Ipswich are 40 miles apart. Ipswich is an immigration port Oulton is not.

posted by Ed Poor
The marriage date should be 1624 in England. The listed date is the date they immigrated.
posted by David McAvity

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