Webb Family Genealogy Notes


Ruth Douglas m. James Buford Webb

Ruth was born 7 Nov 1910 in Dunedin, Pinellas FL. youngest daughter (of 8 children) of William Young Douglas (nephew of the co-founder of Dunedin) and Sarah Lovett of Dunedin; graduated from Clearwater High School in 1927; enjoyed competitive rifle target shooting with her husband, music, and the arts. She and Buford taught Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church, where she has been a life-long member; and raised their three sons; current address: 2200 Montclair Rd., Clearwater, FL 33763.

James was born 11 Nov 1905 in Bellevue VA and died 10 Mar 1994 in Clearwater, Pinellas FL. He moved with his family to Florida in 1922; graduated from Clearwater High School with an Academic diploma in 1923; graduated from Davidson College, NC in 1927 with an BA degree and a major in Modern Languages and thereafter was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. Took over operation of the family citrus grove in 1928 through 1940.

He married on 7-30-1931 (or 29 Jul 1932?), in Dunedin, FL at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin where he served as teacher and elder for many years. Among his interests were track (in school), woodworking, metalworking, and rifle shooting in competition along with his wife Ruth. Together they competed in the National Matches in the '30s. He served honorably in the Army during World War II in the occupation forces in Japan, retiring to the Reserves as a Colonel in 1954, and full retirement in 1965. He served many years in the Army Reserve Officers Rifle Team and as an administrative officer for the Civil Conservation Corps Camps.

Following the icy winter freeze in 1962, he converted most of the grove to a plant nursery, Webb's Nursery, Inc., and expanded it later to include its subsidiary retail branch, Beckett Lake Nursery, Inc.. He was later also a co-owner and -founder of Webb's Machine Design, a partnership with his son(s). All are still in operation in Clearwater, FL today (2003). He was a director of the Clearwater Growers Association. He assisted several others in attending college, especially his alma mater, Davidson College. BUFORD traveled broadly and studied several languages over his lifetime, including Russian, Spanish, French, and Japanese, and was active in environmental, ecological, and conservation causes. He died at home in Clearwater and is buried at Dunedin Cemetery, Dunedin, FL. They have three living children.

Leonidas Webb m. Maude Ellen Buford

Leonidas was born 14 Apr 1865 in Oxford MS. Died 30 Jun 1945 in Dunedin, Pinellas FL.Leonidas was in business with his brother, Samuel, as a citrus grower..

LEON married on 11-11-1891 in Franklin, TN (Rev. Robert Alexander Webb, DD, -- his brother -- officiating; see pages 60 and 61 in Robert Dickens Webb, MDs book The Webb Family , 1894, Yazoo City, MS, for 7 other siblings).

Married in Franklin TN, set up housekeeping on a local farm, Elizabeth was born there. Went to Elko VA with Uncle Sam and tried farming there...Leon was born there (VA). The whole group moved too another VA farm near Bewlvue and James B was born there. About two years later, they sold the VA farm and Uncle Sam returned to Franklin TN while Leon and family went to Birmingham AL with two of Maud's brothers (Uncle Howard and Uncle Punch", real name Farrell) to try wholesale grocery there. Aboout 1912, they decided to return to Franklin TN. The new farm was the Stephens Place on the Wilson Pike, between Nashville and Franklin, near Brentwood. About 1914, after Leon died and Elizabeth got married, Leon sold the farm and moved to Nashville to keep cousin Leila Howe company after her husband died. "She was not a lovely character." "an unpleasant package". James B stayed first with Aunt Evelyn and then with Aunt Sis and Logan and his brother Gus on their farm to continue at Franklin schools. Rode a streetcar to get to and from school.

"they farmed me out to Aunt Evelyn, widow of Mother's older brother Reedy Buford (1 Jan 1875-17 Feb 1917)." --Reedy went to Union Seminary at Richmond VA, gave his possesions to the poor. Aunt Evelyn and Reedy slept on the floor when they gave their bed to a sick lady. Reedy was wel known in Atlanta, one day he was walking and heard a scream, ran in and was shot by a husband during a domestic disupte. There was an Extra edition of the Atlanta Journal. Reedy was taken back to Franklin for burial. Aunt Evelyn moved back to Frankjlin with no money and four kids--James was put there as a paying boarder to helkp out with money. Reedy was awarded a Carnegie medal posthumously.

James had too much fun there, flunked classes and parents put him in Battle Ground Academy, which was a tight ship run by Old Daddy Peoples (who had himself been educated at Webb's School in Bellbuckle TN, a well-regarded prep school founded by Old Sawney Webb and Son John, cousins of this family. When James switched to BGA, he also stayed with Aunt Sis. Cousin Leila sold the big house and so Leon and Maude moved in with Aunt Sis and Logan.

Uncle Sam and Leon made an exploratory trip toFlorida, liked it, so packed a tent and stuff into the Model T and Mother, Dad, Uncle Sam and me "off we went"...bought the Webb place, went home and packed and moved in Sept 1921. Leon died 1945, Maude 1941.

LEON farmed near Franklin for some years before moving to Florida with his wife and family in 1922 to purchase and operate a citrus grove on a lake in Hillsborough County (now Beckett Lake in Clearwater, Pinellas County) from Mr. Samuel Beckett (step-grandfather of his future daughter-in-law, Ruth); buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Franklin, TN

Maude was born 1 Dec 1869 in College Hill MS, and died 22 Dec 1941 in Clearwater. She was the daughter of James Leslie Buford (31 Mar 1845-5 Jul 1891) and Mary S Gillespie (8 May 1848-29 Mar 1908); buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Franklin, TN. James Buford and Mary Gillespie were married 9 Jan 1867 in WIlliamson Co TN.

1920 census: Davidson Co, TN Dist 7, ED 115, p : Leon age 54, parents born NC/TN; Maude age 50 parents born TN/TN.


James Buford Webb 11 Nov 1905 Belevue VA

Leon Webb killed as a boy when kicked by horse in 1913

Elizabeth Leslie (Aunt Sis) married Logan Davis, lawyer, in Brentwood TN on 29 Apr 1914. . His brother was Gus. Elizabeth's children--Betsy (Mrs Elliot Beatty), L.D. Davis Jr.


Robert Clark Webb m. Elizabeth Eaton Dortch

Robert was born 20 Aug 1824 in Granville Co NC and died 24 Jul 1901 in Franklin CO TN. Susan died 913.

Born in NC. Moved to Collge Hill MS in 1840. Built a home called "Walnut Cottage" near Oxford MS." Planter there until 1871. Then moved to Nashville, went into wholesale Grocery business with William HEnry Webb, brother. Member of Presbyterian church.

Elizabeth was born 5 Dec1826 in Fayette TN and died 1 Feb 1873 in Nashville, Shelby Co TN. Ellizabeth was the grandau of William Eaton, "famous in early state and granvile history." (Leonidas says: William Eaton and Ann P Dortch--"the orphan child of William E Dortch and Ann P Cobb"!! Had four brothers--William Baskerville Dortch a distinguished lawyer who died at Somerville TN leaving one son Joe Higginson Dortch. Robert, died at our house in College Hill MS, leaving three sons--Alex M., William E and Johnathon B, of whom the first two are now dead; Cornelius Noah and Charles Eaton who died in infancy. )

Married 1 May 1851 in LaGrange TN by Rev Robert Taylor.

Remarried to Susan Edmonson Green, a cousin and widow (of Dr W. R. Green, captain in the confederate army), before 1880 census...Moved from Oxford MS to Nashville TN with his wife and young children...went into grocery business with two partners, Webb, Cheek and Neal. business prospered and he bought a house in Franklin TN, 20 miles south of Nashville.

1880 census: Davidson TN Dist 18, dist 77, p 281 B. Robert C. Webb age 55 wholesale grocer, b NC. Susan E age 46 b NC. Samuel 18 b MS clerk in store, Leonidas age 15 b MS, Jesse age 12, b MS, Mary B age 9 b MS. Sue age 2 b TN and William Green stepson age 19 clerk in store. born MS, father born VA/mother born NC.

1900 census: Williamson Co TN Dist 9 Franklin p 117: Robert age 75, b 1824, NC NC NC, (?) wife age 66, Samuel age 38 b 1862 b MS, Mary B age 29 b 1871 MS.

Note: The name Webb, Leonidas Theodore appears on a Tennesse Confederate Application Applicant Name: Webb, Mary N. County of residence at time of application: Davidson, TN Application type: Widow Application numbers associated with this individual: W10187 Soldiers Name: Leonidas Theodore Webb State Served: TN

Married: 1 MAY 1851 in Tennessee

Marriage 2 Susan E. GREEN 15 JAN 1875 in Franklin Co.,Tennessee. She had two sons--Johnothon Webb Green lawyer in Knoxville and William Nelson Green in business in Chicago.


Ann Dortch WEBB b: 19 MAR 1852, d 1918. Called Nannie. Married her cousin Samuel Graham Webb, the son of Uncle Willliam Henry Webb. Three children--two boys (Graham and Howell) died in infancy while the girl Leila, married Bertram L Howe of Nashville. No children, Bertram died.

Waightstill WEBB b: 25 DEC 1853, died Aug 1914. Called Waight, Planter in Mississippi. He married Carrie Webb, dau of James L Webb, son of Jonathon Pomphret Webb. Three kids, all died in infancy.

Rev. Robert Alexander WEBB b: 21 SEP 1856, wrote a small manuscript of family history; died 21 May 1919. Presbyterian minister, professor of theology at Theological Seminary in Louisville KY. Did he write these: Christian Salvation, Its Doctrine & Experience, 1921; Presbyterian committee of Publication; Richmond, VA. 2. Theology of Infant Salvation, Publisher: Hess Pubns ,Author: Robert Alexander Webb His son was: Dr Robert A Webb, "our almost British cousin".

James william WEBB b: 18 OCT 1859, died 7 Apr 1869 age 11, at the house of Uncle WIlliam in Liberty Missouri and was buried there.

Samuel b 2 Mar 1862 "Uncle Sam" married Graham German (sp??) had one son Sands (Samuel G. Webb of Bartow, FL)) citrus grove owner near Clearwater with brother Leonidas.

Leonidas b 14 Apr 1865 see above

Jesse Eaton b 28 Jan 1868 married Fanie McAllister Sawrie (sp???) is in business in Nashville. Two children: marian and Francis Robert.

Mary Blanche 11 Feb 1871 unmarried, lived in Chicago, 1404 E 56th St. In 1909 she had a visit from Le and Maude in Chicago. "Ma, Blanche and Robert" were all there. She died 1938. 1920 census Chicago ED 346, p 4B. Age 47. Buried at Mt Olivet Cemetary in Nashville.

Sue (with second wife Susan Green)b 5 Mar 1878 died 1883.


James Alexander Webb m. Ann Hunt Smith

James was born on 21 Nov 1779 in Essex CO VA and died 3 Aug 1827 in Person CO NC. "His home was in Person Co nC, near Trinity Church. He was a large planter on his 1300 acre farm. Had six sons and one daughter." (Our Webb Kin of Dxie)

Marriued Ann 17 Feb 1803. Ann was born 5 Sep 1784 in Granville Co NC, died 18 Aug 1840 in Person Co NC.

Ann Hunt Smith was the daughter of Capt James Smith (Revolutionary War soldier, b 18 Feb 1758) and Ann (Amy?) Pomfret (b 1759).

James was the son of John Smith (b 1727 Middlesex Co VA to Essex CO VA) and Mary LNU.

John was the son of Samuel Smith (b ~1694) Middlesex Co VA) and Anne Amis (b ~1705 Goochland Co VA)

Anne Amis was the dau of Louis Amis (b~1670 Goochland Co VA) and UNK.

Louis was the son of THomas Amis (France to VA) and UNK.

Samuel Smith was the son of John Alexander Smith (b ~1660 Middlesex Co VA) and Jane Cock.

John Alexander SMith was the son of Alexander Smith (b 1631, England to VA) and Mary Anne Cocke.

Jane Cock was the dau of Nicholas Cock (England to VA) and Jane Curtis.

Ann Pomfret was the dau of John Pomfret (b 2 Feb 1720 King Wm Co VA) and Ann Hunt (1723).

Ann Hunt was the dau of James Hunt (King Wm Co VA to Granvile Co NC) and Sarah LNU.

John Pomfret was the son of John William Femor Pomfret (England to VA)


Alexander Smith WEBB b: 21 FEB 1804 died 1849. Married Cornelia Adeline Stanford in 1828 (dau of Hon Richard Stanford, g-dau of Gen Stephen Moore). "He lived for about 20 years in Person Co near Mt Tizrah. Then he moved to Alamance Co NC near the old site of the Bingham School" . THe only child of James and Ann to remain in nC. kids---

1. James Hazel WEBB b: 1829

2 Henrietta "Etta" WEBB b: 1830,

3. Susan Ann "Sunny" WEBB b: 1831

4. Mary Caroline "Line" WEBB b: 1833,

5. Sidney Smith WEBB b: 1836,

6.Richard Stanford WEBB b: 1837,

7. Amy Pomfret WEBB b: 1838,

8. Alexander Smith (Tip) WEBB b: 1840,

9. William Robert "Old Sawney" WEBB b: 1842--started the Webb School of Bel Buckle TN. First started the school in Culleoka TN in 1870, then moved to Bell Buckle in 1886. Tell them to lead a large life," he told his students. Senator, BA, MA, Doctor of Law. ,

10. Arianna Adelina WEBB b: 1845,

11. John Maurice WEBB b: 1847, ("modest, gifted and scholarly"--co-priniccipal of the school) d1916.

12. Samuel Henry WEBB b: 1849, Grandson of Alexander is W. J. Webb of Oxford NC (Our Webb Kin of Dixie author)

John Pomfret WEBB b: 17 JAN 1807 died 1846. Fell out of a boat and drowned in the OH river near Louisville. Buried in New Albany IN.. Marriage-- Melissa L. DANIEL b: 20 NOV 1812 in Granville County, North Carolina, Children marriage #2: Amy Booker Patillo

1. Martha A. WEBB b: 18 JUL 1834 married William Presly Webb

2. James Lewis Adrien 1836 married Augusta Leslie Buford

Young John Pomfret 1838

Maurice Godman Leigh 1840-1866 married Laura Daniel

William Henry Graham 1842 died in Civil War

James LEWIS WEBB b: 20 JUN 1811, died 1860. Shot and killed by his bookkeeper in Memphis TN. Lawyer. Father of Major F.S. (TS?) Webb of Knoxville TN. Marriage 1 Arianna SHAPARD* Married: 8 APR 1834 in Person County, North Carolina 2 Children 1. John Lewis WEBB b: 2 DEC 1838 in Haywood, Tennessee

William Henry WEBB b: 23 FEB 1814 died 1890.went into business with Robert Clark. Father of sister Nannie's husband, Sam G Webb.

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Webb PATTILLO b: 1813 Seven other children of William and Elizabeth died in July and August 1853 during an epidemic. Children1. Leonidas Theodore WEBB b: 27 DEC 1841, 2. James Alexander WEBB b: 15 MAR 1849, 3. Samuel Graham WEBB b: 26 AUG 1852, 4. Louise Catherine WEBB, 5. Anna Smith WEBB, 6. Virginia Caroline WEBB, 7. Mary Frances WEBB, 8. John P. WEBB, 9. Benjamin Franklin WEBB 10. Ellen Tennessee WEBB 11. William L. WEBB

Marriage 2 Mary Elizabeth SMITH. Kids--1. William Henry WEBB b: 1855, 2. Mary Smith WEBB b: 1857, 3. Robert Scott WEBB b: 1859, 4. Hugh Brown WEBB b: 1861

Marriage 3 Margaret KERR. Children--Thomas Dwight WEBB b: 1867, 2. William Kerr WEBB b: 1868 3. Louis K. WEBB b: 1875

Mary Anne AMY WEBB b: 13 MAY 1817 married Mr John Pomfret Blackwell. Died in NC-1885. Marriage 1 John Pomphrette BLACKWELL Children

John Pomphrette (Pomfret) BLACKWELL b: 20 APR 1846, -1906 married Sallie Green Wortham in Vance Co NC.

P.P. Blackwell 1871-1872

Mary Blanche 1873-?

Benjamin Thomas 1876-?

Minnie Alice 1878-?

Sallie Gertrude 1879-?

John Pomfret Webb 1881-1882

William Marshall 1882-1899

Annie Britt 1886-? married 1906 James Meritte Sharp (1877-?) in Reidsville, NC.

Susie Marshall 7 Jul 1907-1 Mar 1996 female attorney: "I find in this family the only lady attorney at law, Miss SusieWebb Sharp of Reidsville NC." Died in Raleigh NC. Born in Rocky Mount, Nash County, N.C., Superior court judge in North Carolina, 1949-62; associate justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1962-74; chief justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1974-79.

James Meritte 1910-1916

Sally Blackwell 1911-? married LA Taylor

Annie Hill 1914-? Dr Fred Klenner

Thomas Adolsphus 1915-?

Louise Wortham (1917-?)

Florence (1919-?)

James Blackwell (1921-1923)

John Pomfret (1921-1923)

James Vance (1924-?)


Susie Webb BLAkcwell 1886-

Elizabeth 1888-1888

Baby Boy 1893-1893

James W. 1838-?

Nannie A.E. 1840-? married John Wortham, Granville NC

Maurice A. 1843-1903 married Mary Wortham in Yazoo City MS.

Robert M. 1848-? married Sallie Strum in Nash Co NC.

Henrietta Addie 1852-1882


Samuel MauriceWEBB b: 11 OCT 1819 daring confederate soldier died in MEmphis. 1873. Married Elizabeth S Webb, daughter of William Smith Webb and Mildred Ann Turner.

ROBERT CLARK WEBB b: 20 AUG 1824 see above

Thomas Hunt WEBB b: 5 MAR 1828 died in infancy


Lt Col John Webb m. Amy (or Mary) Booker

John was born on 18 (8?) Jan 1747 in Essex Co VA. Married 1772. Died 29 Aug 1826 in Oak Hill, Granville Co VA. Leonidas Webb says: "A plain, blunt man of a great deal of rugged force of character.": Our Webb Kin of Dixie says of John: "John Webb was an elder in the Grassy Creek Pres Church ntil 1822, when he with other members of that church organized Spring Grove church (later Oak Hill) nearer his home. There is a memorial tribute to him in the old session book of Spring Grove. His wife Amy was a Methodist, member of the Ebenezer church at Oak Hill. At a memorial service held for Amy Webb at Ebenezer 24 May 1835, Rev Jesse Rankin, a Pres and Rev HT Weatherly a Methodist each delivered a funeral sermon. A printed copy can be seen at the Univ Lib at Chapel Hill NC."

Amy was born on 27 Aug 1752 in S Farnham Parish Essex CO VA. Died 25 Mar 1835 in OPak Hill Granville Co NC. She was the daughter of James Booker (b 1723) Gloucester Co VA) and Elizabeth Hubbard. James Boker was the son of another James Booker and Amy LNU. At Amy's death in 1835 at age 82, she had 13 children, and 9 surviving grandchildren and greatgrand children.

John Webb was Captain of the 4th Company of the 7th Virginia Regiment, raised March 5, 1776. Muster rolls exist from Dec. 1776 to Nov. 1779 (National Archives) which chart his career. His company was originally commanded by Col. Alexander McClenahan, under Gen. William Woodford, in George Washington's army. The 7th Regiment joined Washington at Morristown in January, 1777, where they suffered due to a lack of tents. They were nearly destroyed at Brandywine in September, 1777. John Webb was promoted to Major on Jan 26, 1778. He was at Valley Forge until March, 1778 when all the officers of the 7th went on furlough to Virginia. There are pay warrants from the Board of War to Capt. Webb of the 7th Regiment, dated March 27 and 28, 1778, for recruiting services and mileage. It is presumed the officers of the 7th were recruiting in Virginia. He had returned by July when the musters were taken at White Plains. At the Arrangement at White Plains, Sept. 14, 1778, the 7th Virginia Regiment was renamed the 5th, and John Webb was thus transferred to the 5th Regiment. Muster rolls "of the Field Officers of the 5th Virginia Regiment", written by Maj. John Webb, exist for Nov 1778 through Nov 1779. A "Return of the 5th and 11th Virginia Regiments, commanded by Col., as reviewed by the Inspector General May 25, 1779", written by Baron Von Steuben, states, "All the Field Officers Except Major Webb are in Virginia....This regiment is in great disorder, and if more Officers are not put to it, will be entirely ruined."

Following muster rolls place him at Smith's Clove, Ramapough, Haverstraw and Morristown. July 4, 1779 he was made Lt. Colonel. After Nov 1779, the 5th Regiment was combined with the 1st Regiment and sent south. Many of its officers were captured at Charlestown, South Carolina, in May 1780. Feb 12, 1781, the 5th VA became a "paper regiment" as a result of the Chesterfield Court House arrangement and remained so until it was dissolved in Jan 1783. Thus, John Webb was "retired" as of Feb 12, 1781. When on Jan 27, 1783 certificate for his final pay was given, it was received by a family friend, Capt. Henry Young.

* Note: By this time, John had moved his family to Granville Co., North Carolina. On Jan. 1, 1782, John Webb purchased 316 acres in Granville Co. from his brother-in-law, Philip Vass. His home was two miles north of Oak Hill (a photo of this house can be seen in Our Webb Kin of Dixie). When he left Virginia, he broke with the Anglican Church and became an elder in the Grassy Creek Presbyterian Congregation. In 1822 he was one of the founders of a new congregation nearer his home, Spring Grove Church. John died Aug 29, 1826. At his widow's memorial service, Rev. Rankin said of John Webb, "The venerable child of God (John) was wont to go up with the people of God here to the house of worship. Then this neighborhood felt the healthful influence of his candid, honest intercourse, of his firm uncompromising adherence to fixed principles of action." A granddaughter of John and Amy Webb, Frances M. Bumpas, remembered, "He was a man of the strictest integrity; plain in his manners; he thought and acted candidly, was remarkable for his firmness of character. His actions were governed by fixed principles. Though his heart was sympathetic, he never permitted feeling to interfere with duty." (Our Webb Kin, p.43)

Marriage 1 AMY BOOKER b: 27 AUG 1752 in S. Farnham Par.,Essex Co.,Virginia Married: 20 FEB 1772 in Essex Co.,Virginia She died 25 Mar1835,

Robert Webb's manuscript says: "Married Amy Booker of Dinwiddie Co VA." They removed from Va to Person Co NC and settled on Grassy Creek. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, Buried at Oak Hill NC.


Elizabeth WEBB b: 4 MAR 1773 in Essex Co.,North Carolina married Thomas Owen Jr. Moved to Ky.

thomas WEBB b: 26 DEC 1776 in Essex Co.,Virginia. Married Mary Jane Thomas. Merchant, planter and state legislature rep in NC.

James ALEXANDER WEBB b: 21 NOV 1779 in Essex Co.,Virginia died 1827. Married Ann Hunt Smith.

Mary WEBB b: 22 JUN 1782 in Granville Co.,North Carolina

Ann WEBB b: 24 JUN 1784 in Granville Co.,North Carolina married John Franklin Patillo.

John WEBB b: 1 APR 1786 in Granville Co.,North Carolina. Married Elizabeth Moorman, moved to KY.

william WEBB b: 17 OCT 1778 in Granville Co.,North Carolina--father of Susan Edmonson Webb, who was Robert Clark Webb's second wife. Married Eliz Pulliam. Had 2000 acre plantation in nc, then moved to Layfette Co MS.

LEWIS WEBB b: 15 JUL 1789 in Granville Co.,North Carolina died 1877Married Ann Nutall, wealthy merchant in Richmond.

ISAAC WEBB b: 29 DEC 1790 in Granville Co.,North Carolina Married Harriet Dickins.

AMY WEBB b: 3 JUL 1792 in Granville Co.,North Carolina

AMY WEBB b: 31 AUG 1794 in Granville Co.,North Carolina second wife of cousin Col Maurice Smith.

Susanna WEBB b: 4 OCT 1796 in Granville Co.,North Carolina


James Webb m. Mary Edmondson

James was born 5 Dec 1705 in Essex Co VA and died 11 Apr 1771 in Essex Co VA. Married 20 Feb 1731. Justice, Landowner.

Mary was born 1712 in Tappahanock Essex Co VA, died 5 May 1794 in Essex CO VA. DAR Recognized Patriot. She was the daughter of Benjamin Edmundson and Margaret Underwood. Benjamin Edmonson was the son of Thomas Edmondson, b ~1645. Will of Mary Edmondson Webb. In the name of God Amen. I Mary Webb being of perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God for it, do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say my will and devise is that the money due me from the Estate of my son James Webb, deceased, and all other money due on any amount whatever (except the money due me from my four surviving children Vis: William Webb, John Webb, Mary Smith and Elizabeth Vass) should be equally divided amongst my above said surviving children, Vis: William Webb, John Webb, Mary Smith and Elizabeth Vass, and further it is my devise is that all money due me from each of the aforesaid children, they should keep, retain, and enjoy for their own use and benefit forever. I also appoint, constitute and ordain my beloved sons William Webb and John Webb executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the seventh day of October Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

Robert Webb's manuscript says: " The more immediate ancestor of the southern wing of the family was James Webb of Essex County VA. Born 1705, married Mary Edmonson in 1734, and died in 1774. He was a vestryman in South Farnam Parish, Essex Co VA. His family ranked among the 'old and leaading families of Eastern VA in Colonial times,'

Will of James Webb.....In the name of God, Amen. I, James Webb, of the Parish of Southfarnham in the county of Essex being of perfect sence and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same do make and ordain this my last will and testamemt in manner following to wit: Imprimis I give my soul to Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in such decent and Christianlike manner as my executor hereafter named shall think proper. ITEM I lend unto my beloved wife Mary Webb during her natural life the land and plantation whereon I now live she not debaring my sons William, John and Thomas Webb from settling on and making use of the parts which I shall hereafter give them and the following negroes vis: James, Will, Jack, Frank and Hannah and I also give unto my said beloved wife my chair and harness and silver teaspoons and tongs forever. I give and bequeath unto my son James Webb the land on Piscataway Creek and that known by name of Faulkners and my right to place where he has erected a mill known by the name of Bushs old mill also the Water Mill adjoining the land where he now lives, and a negro man named Gloster, all which are in his possession. And also after the death of my wife the negro man Will to him and his heirs forever, but he must pay unto my said wife during her natural life the sum of fifteen pounds pr. annum as consideration for the said lower mill in lieu of any claim which she can set up to the same. ITEM I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Smith the negroes and their increase in possession of her husband Samuel Smith which I have already delivered him, also after my wifes death the negro Hannah to her and her heirs forever. ITEM I give and bequeath to my son William Webb that part of the land whereon I now live which I bought of John Dunn, beginning at the road on Richard Browns line and running along said Browns line down to the swamp near the said Brown's house and thence up the said swamp to a fork called Dickinson's spring branch and so along the said spring branch til it comes to Dickinson's line and the land I obtained a patent for. Together with the negroes that I have delivered him vis: Ben, Milley, and Davy to him and his heirs forever. ITEM I give and bequeath to my son John Webb the land and plantation I purchased of Threesivelus Minor and the negroes now in his possession to wit Harvy, Megg and Billy son of Megg and Dick to him and his heirs forever. ITEM I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Webb the land which I purchased of Thomas Newble and remaining part of that I bought of John Dunn that is not already bequeathed to my son William Webb and four negroes to wit: Cyras, Cruse, Glass and Patt and my bay horse colt to him and his heirs forever. ITEM I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Webb the negroes following to wit: Peter, Sarah, Daniel and Winney and her side saddle and bridle to her and her heirs forever but in case my said daughter shall die before she reaches the age of twenty one years or marries then it is my desire the before mentioned negroes given her be equally divided among all my children. ITEM those negroes lent unto my beloved wife during her natural life not already divised my will is after her death, that they and their increase be equally divided among my sons William, John, Thomas and daughter Elizabeth to them and their heirs forever, my desire is that the corn and wheat which I have at present in the house and the hogs which are up for pork shall not be inventoried but be for the use of my beloved wife and family, as for my personal estate not disposed of, I will that my executor make sale of the same and after discharging my just debts the balance to be equally divided among my beloved wife and children to wit: William, John, Thomas and daughter Elizabeth. Lastly I constitute and appoint my son James Webb my whole and sole executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 26th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy.

Their children were:

william WEBB b: 10 FEB 1732 in Essex Co.,Virginia died 24 Mar 1733.

James WEBB b: 2 JUL 1734-1772 in Essex Co.,Virginia married Mary Smith. He was a justice of the peace for Essex County, a signer of the Northern Neck Association against the Stamp Act in 1766, as well as a planter with interests in several grist mills on Piscataway Creek near Tappahannock. He died in December 1773. James began construction of a home called "Mount Prospect" on a hill overlooking Piscataway Creek. This place was about "100 yards from the road leading from Tappahannock to Urbanna in Middlesex County, five miles from the former place, about one fourth of a mile from Piscataway Creek, and three miles from Rappahannock River, with a beautiful view of the winding of the Creek to where it entered the river with a view of the river for five miles. Yet with all its beauty it was considerd very sickly. Several of the family members are buried in the family cemetery which is on the place".

James Webb and Mary Smith had four sons and three daughters:

1) Francis Webb was born in 1759. He married Frances Walker in 1786. They had eight children, including James Webb (1792-1856), a federal judge, secretary of state of Texas, and minister to Mexico. Following his wife's death in 1809, Francis Webb removed to Georgia, and died in Hancock County in 1811.

2) James Webb was born in 1762. He married Dorothy Throckmorton on 22 July 1790. They resided first at "Harewood" in Essex County, and later at "Smithfield" in King and Queen County. He was an attorney. They had no children. He died in 1832.

3) William Webb was born in 1768. He studied medicine in Philadelphia. He married three times. He settled in Winchester, Clarke County, Kentucky, and died in 1845.

4) George Webb married Patsy Lane in 1798. He settled in Illinois.

5) Mary Webb married Albion Throckmorton. They moved to Berkeley County, Virginia. Following her husband's death, she resided in Wichester, Clarke County, Kentucky. She died there.

6) Lucy Webb was born in 1761. She married James Gray in 1778. They resided in Kentucky.

7) Jane Meriwether Webb married William J. Tunstall. They lived in Henry and Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia, and later moved to Kentucky. She died in 1828.

Mary WEBB b: 4 Oct 1736 in Essex Co.,Virginia died 6 Sep 1739.

John Maurice WEBB was born on 7 Apr 1739 in Essex County, Virginia. He died on 20 Sep 1739 in Essex County, Virginia.

Mary Webb b 21 OCT 1740,-27 Nov 1827 married Samuel Smith. They resided in Granville County. Mary WEBB was born on 18 Oct 1740 in Essex County, Virginia. She died on 20 Nov 1827 in Granville County, North Carolina. Mary married Samuel SMITH in May 1761 in Essex County, Virginia. Samuel was born on 3 Dec 1729 in North Carolina. He died on 6 Oct 1800 in Granville County, North Carolina.

John 12 Apr 1743, d 7 Aug 1745

william WEBB b: 11 MAY 1745 in Essex Co.,Virginia died 11 Apr 1809 married Frances Young. They resided at "Tallyho" in Granville County, North Carolina. William was born May 1, 1745 and married Frances Young in Essex County, Virginia on May 1, 1771 and moved to North Carolina and settled at Tallyho, Granville County in 1776, where he died April 11, 1809. His old homestead has always remained in possession of the family and is now owned and occupied by his grandson John H Webb. Here he engaged in tobacco planting but in the later part of his life he gave up the planting interest to his sons and devoted himself to benevolent work. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church and gave most of his time to the relief of the poor in two neighboring churches, relieving their wants, giving medical aid and medicines to the sick, and administering spiritual comfort to the doubting. He served in Capt. Edwin Hull's company, Fifteenth Virginia regiment.

John WEBB b: 18 JAN 1747 in Essex Co.,Virginia Aug 29 1826 He died in Grassy Creek, Person County, North Carolina. John married Amy BOOKER on 20 Feb 1772 in Essex County, Virginia. Amy was born on 27 Aug 1752 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. She died on 25 Mar 1835 in Grassy Creek, Person County, North Carolina.

thomas WEBB b: 27 FEB 1751 in Essex Co.,Virginia In 1776, Thomas went to the West Indies and engaged in merchandising and amassed a large fortune. He died a bachelor in St Thomas, Oct 1783 and was buried in Dover, England.

Elizabeth WEBB b: 30 JUN 1754-1830 She married 1) Philip Vass, Sheriff of Person Co and 2) Thomas Shepherd. They lived in Granville and Person Counties, North Carolina, and later Halifax County, Virginia. She died in 1830.


James Webb m. Sarah LNU.

James was born 9 Aug 1673 in N Farnham Parish RIchmond CO VA, died Jan 1716 in Essex Co VA.

THE WILL OF JAMES WEBB....In the name of God Amen. The thirtyeth day of November Seventeen hundred & sixteen. I James Webb of Southfarnham Parish in the County of Essex being sick and weak in body but of sound & perfect memory and understanding praise be given to God for the same & knowing the uncertainy of this life on earth and being desirous to settle things in order do make this my last will & testament in manner & form follow that is to say. First & principally I commend my soul to Almighty God my Creator assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon & free remission of my sins and be saved by the precious death and merits of my blessed Saviour & Redeemer Christ Jesus & my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such decent & Christian manner as to my Executors hereafter named shall be thought meet & convenient, and as touching such worldly estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent me my will & meaning is the same be enjoyed & bestowed as hereafter by this my will is expressed. And first I do revoke renounce frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made and declare and appoint this to be my last will & testament. ITEM I lend unto my loving wife Sarah during her natural life my negro man called Jack my negro woman Bess and my negro girl Sukey and after her decease to be equally divided amongst my surviving children & their heirs forever. ITEM I give & bequeath unto my son John the plantation whereon I now live and all the land belonging to me that lies on the lower side of the main road, to him & the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten forever and for want of such issue to my son James and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son John my horse called Fire with my saddle holsters sword & pistols. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son James the remaining part of my lands lying above the road to him & the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten forever and for want of such issue then to my son John & the heirs of his body forever. ITEM I give and bequeath to my son John three negroes called Poll, Dick and Ealise to him and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten & for want of such issue to be equally divided between the rest of my surviving children and their heirs forever. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son James three negroes called Minto, Sam & Sarah to him and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten & for want of such issue to be equally divided between the rest of my children & their heirs forever, and also one iron grey horse three years old next spring commonly called Dragon. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine three negroes called Charles, Billie & Winnieand the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten & for want of such issuethe the said three negroes to be equally divided between the rest of my surviving children & their heirs forever. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mercy three negroes called Peter, Harvey & Jemmy & ye heirs on her body lawfully to be begotten & for want of such issue the said three negroes to be equally divided between the rest of my children & their heirs forever. And farther it is my will & desire that if it shall so happen that any of the aforesaid negroes shall die before my son James shall arrive to the age of eighteen years that then the increase of the aforesaid negroes by me before given & bequeathed shall within the compass of the aforesaid time make good that loss to the party so losing and also it is my will & desire that the increase of my negroes shall be equally divided between my four children the losses by dying till my son James shall arrive at the age of eighteen years as aforesaid first being made good to the party so loseing any of their aforesaid negroes within that time. And for the remaining part of my estate not yet given & disposed of I do give and bequeath the same (goods, chattels, & all moveables) to be equally divided between my loving wife Sarah and my four children and their heirs forever which division amongst my children my will & desire is shall not be made until my son John shall arrive to the age of eighteen & for want of such issue as aforesaid then to the survivors of my children and their heirs forever. And I do make and ordain my sons of lawful age when they respectfully arrive to their several ages of eighteen to possess & enjoy all & whatsoever I have in this will given them and their heirs as aforesaid. But not to barter, bargain or sell until they arrive to the age of one & twenty. And lastly I do publish, nominate and constitute declare & appoint my beloved brother Isaac Webb with my sons John & James joint executors of this my last will & testament hereby empowering my brother to act & do whatsoever he shall judge meet or convenient towards fulfilling this my last will and to act & do what farther he shall judge necessary towards the education & maintenance of my said children during their minorities. Signed JAMES WEBB


CATHERINE WEBB b: 1694-1702 in Essex Co.,Virginia

James William WEBB Jr. b: 5 DEC 1705 in Essex Co.,Virginia

Mercy WEBB b: 1696-1706 in Essex Co.,Virginia

John Webb


John Webb m. Mary Sanford/Samford

John was born 1644 in Essex Co VA,, married 14 Jul 1673 in Richmond, Richmond CO VA. He died 1694. There is a 30 Nov 1716 will for John, son of Giles??

Mary was the dau of James and Mary (LNU) Sanford.

* Children

James WEBB b: 9 AUG 1673 in N.Farnham Parish,Richmond Co.,Virginia

Giles WEBB b: 15 APR 1677 in N.Farnham Parish,Richmond Co.,Virginia

ISAAC WEBB b: 18 DEC 1681 in N.Farnham Parish,Richmond Co.,Virginia


Giles Webb SR m. 1) Margaret LNU, 2) Judith Bland Randolph

Giles was born 1620 in Gloucestershire England, and died 1692 in Richmond Co VA. * The Webbs of Gloucestershire, England, were in the business of making cloth.

* Note: There are many Giles Webbs in the records; it seems to be a popular family name. A Giles Webb, son of Giles at Bisley, was christened in 1608; another Giles Webb, son of John at Gloucester, was christened in 1610. Either one of these could be our first American ancestor.

*Tyler's Quarterly, Vol 7, Pg 194/195 Notes of Jay S. Webb:"Giles was likely born in Gloucestershire, England in the early 1600's. He came to this country in 1629 on board the ship "Thomas Babe" which landed in upper Norfolk County. Giles established his residence at Chuckatuck, Virginia, on the boundary of Isle of Wight and Nansemond Counties. Giles was a Burgess of Nansemond County 1658-1660. The Family History of the descendants of this Giles webb is taken Chiefly from the book "Linkage", authored by Jo Smith Webb, wife of Julian Webb, of Donalsonville, Georgia, first published in 1984. (For a more complete history of the family, please refer to the book "Linkage")."

* Note: Giles Webb immigrated from England to Upper Norfolk County, Virginia on Oct.6, 1646 as a headright of Thomas Babe. He was a Burgess of Nansemond County (formerly Upper Norfolk) 1658-60. He patented 681 acres on the Rappahannock River March 16, 1667. This land was handed down to his grandson, James Webb, of Isle of Wight County. He sold the land in two parcels, November 5, 1706, and November 27, 1715. The second deed described the patentee as the "grandfather of James Webb."

* Judy Bland (b 1623) married a Giles Webb after her first husband Col Randolf had died This Giles Webb died without issue, His will devides his estate between his wife and his brother Thomas in London. Therefore it is unlikely she is an ancester of this Webb family. However the entery in Cavliers and Pioneers Vol.2 Aurthur Hooper received a grant of fourhundred and fifty acres, in Nasemound County for transporting nine people to the colony, including Giles Webb and his wife twice.


James WEBB b: ABT 1645 in Gloucestershire,England

John WEBB b: ABT 1645 in Nansemond Co.,Virginia m Mary Sanford?

ISAAC WEBB b: ABT 1650 in Chuckatuck,Nansemond Co.,Virginia m Mary bidwell?

Giles WEBB b: ABT 1655 in Chuckatuck,Nansemond Co.,Virginia m Margaret?


Richard Webb m. ?

Richard was born 1603 in Gloucestershire England. Died in Richmond VA .

Giles WEBB b: Abt. 1623 in Glouchestershire Eng,

James WEBB b: Abt. 1624

Jane WEBB b: Abt. 1625

Richard WEBB b: Abt. 1629 in Essex, Essex Co., VA

Alexander WEBB b: Abt. 1633

Berry WEBB b: Abt. 1637

John WEBB b: Abt. 1631 in Virginia


WIlliam Micahjan Webb m. ?

William was born 9 Jan 1582 in Stratford, Warwick, ENgland. Died Jul 1656 Norfolk, Norfolk Co VA. William was the Merchant of Virginia. He first settled at Isle of Pines, and then came to Norfolk and was a merchant there. *

Robert Webb's little manuscript says: "Between the years 1640 and 1650, two brothers emigrated from Wales to America. One of them settled at Braintree, MA. His name was Christopher, and he was the ancesstor of the northern branch of the family. The other of these two brothers settled at Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co VA. He was a merchant, the progenitor of the southern branch of the family. His name was William, though one tradition designates him Micajah."

Richard WEBB b: Abt. 1603 in GloucesterShire England


James WEBB b: 1605 in Stratford,Warw., ENG.


Sir Alexander Webb Jr m. Mary Wilson

Alexander Jr was born 20 Aug 1559 in Stratford Warwickshire, England. Married abt 1579 in Stratford. Died aft 1629 in Boston, SuffolkCO MA.


Sir Alexander Webb Sr m. Margaret Arden

Alexander Sr was born 24 Dec 1534 in Stratford England, and died 1573 in Stratford. (THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THIS LINEAGE--ALEXANDER WAS BORN 10 YRS BEFORE HIS FATHER> NEEDS CORRECTION!!)

Margaret was born 1538 in Wilnecote, Warwickshire, England. Died 1608 in Stratford England. Married 1555 in Stratford. Margsaret was the dau of Robert Arden (Grandfather to Shakespeare) and Mary Webb (Grandmother to Shakespeare).


Sir Henry Alexander Webb m. Grace Arden

Henry was born 11 May 1544 in Stratford, died 1544 in Stratford. Was Granted the Coat of Arms.

Leonidas Webb wrote: Born 1510? Has two sisters, mary and Abigail, had two chums--Robert Arden and Richard Shakespeare. Henry married Robert Arden's siter Mary Arden. Robert Arden married Mary Webbe, Henry's sister. Richard Shakespeare married Abigail Webbe. Richard and Abigail Shakespeare had a son Johnathon. Robert and Mary Arden had a daughter Mary. Johnathon and Mary had a son--William Shakespeare. So both maternal grandmothers to Shakespeare were Webbs.

Rev Robert Alexander's manuscript says: "Of Dorset, Wales" Knighted by Katherine Parr: (last spouse of Henry VIII: "Katherine, Queen Regent, K.P. in favour of her trusty and well beloved servant, Henry Webbe, gentleman, usher of her privy chamber." written in 1554, in Crotonian collection.

The WEBB family was originally from Dorset, one of the shires in England. For nearly two hundred years, the WEBBs had resided in this place before Sir. Alexander Webb, Jr and his family went to the Americas. The brothers had become quite wealthy. They sold their estate in England for a large sum of money, prior to their departure. This English property was inherited through their ancestor, Sir Henry Alexander Webb. A copy of the letter which Catherine Parr sent her council (Cabinet Members) asking them to grant her beloved friend, Sir Henry Webb, the lands and estates that had been mentioned for him, is still in existence. These lands had been confiscated by the King at the suppression of the monasteries and were located in Dorsetshire, England.

Grace was brother to Robert Arden (Margaret's father). Born about 1512 in Wilnecote, Warwickshire, England.


Sir John Alexander Webb Jr m ?

Born 16 Jan 1483 in Stratford. Officer in the army of King Henry VIII.


John Alexander Webb Sr m. ?

John Sr was born 9 Jul 1450 in Stratford England.


William Webb m. Joen Stone

Born 16 Mar 1424 in Stratford, died 13 Jul 1523 in Oldstock, Wiltshire, ENg.

Joen was born 1425.


John Webb m. Johan LNU

5 Jun 1405 in Stratford Warwickshire ENg. Married bef 1424.


Geofrey Webb m. Julian LNU

born 12 Apr 1372 in Stratford Warwickshire. Married bef 1404.


Sir Henry Webb

15 May 1350 or 1357 in Warwickshire England.