WEBB Family originally from Dorsetshire on the southern coast of Wales in England. |
Sir John Alexander Webb, of Oldstock, "who was an officer under Kings Henry VII and VIII", the present generally accepted emblem, or coat of arms, was granted, June 17, 1577. This heraldic ensignia of rank in the New Nobility, that of the thegus , owe their origin in personal service to the prince then reigning. The New Nobility was accordingly one of office due to meritorious service. The device of hereditery coat of armour, a growth of the twelveth century, did much to define and mark out the noble class throughout Europe. When once acquired by grant of the Sovereign, it went on from generation to generation. They who possessed the right of coat of armour formed the class of nobility or gentry. He was granted the WEBB coat of arms in 1577.
According to its history, the Webb Coat of Arms was granted to Sir Henry Webb by Henry VIII on June 17, 1577 while at Hampton Court, during the time when Elizabeth I was Queen of England.
The WEBB Coat of Arms was granted to Sir Henry Webb while at Hampton Court (Elizabeth I was Queen of England). In a letter from Hiram Webb of New Bedford Mass., to Dr. Robert Dickins Webb of Yazoo City, Miss., year 1884, the following was written;
" The family coat of arms is a cross gule between four eagle falcons and border scroll, red with gilt letters, brown shadows on all, or crest out of a ducal coronet, and a device eagle displayed. A Crown has 2 red and 3 blue shots all gold, with red hollows, scarlet shield, and edges light yellow. The cross shows that our ancestor was a crusader. The hawks denote swiftness and courage. The coronet that he was fighting under one of the confederate ducal sovereigns of France, and that he was an officer."
The WEBB motto is " Principles not Men". " IN ALTA TENDO "
Another description, copied from the back of the Webb Family Coat of Arms states that “the cross in the arms shows that the ancestor was with King Richard Cour de Leon in the 3rd Crusade or Holy War. The falcons are the birds of Palestine and denote swiftness and courage, and they show that the ancestor was at one time employed in Palestine. The ducal crown in the crest was given to those who had been in the service of one of the sovereign dukes of The French Confederation, and the eagle shows that the ancestor had won a battle at sea while in command of the vessel in which it was fought.” **
Titles and Forms of Address
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 Alexander Jr with his four sons came to America. 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 Ministers) asking them to grant her beloved friend, Sir Henry Alexander 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. In later years they became of value to the children who came to America.
Sir Henry Alexander Webb was usher in the Privy Council of Catherine Parr, Queen Regent of Britian in the 16th century. Catherine Parr, 6th Queen of Henry VIII of England, tactful, kindly woman to whose influence her stepchildren, the future sovereigns Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I owed much. Among the few existing documents connected with the regency of Catherine Parr was one while Henry VIII was conducting the siege of Boulogne in 1544 AD. There is in the Crotonain Collections a letter to her council headed: **
Katherine, Queen Regent, K.P. in favor of her trusty and well beloved servant, Henry Alexander Webb, gentleman, usher of her Privy Chamber." The letter is in regard to some grants and privileges to Henry Alexander Webb, but which have not been fulfilled. It concludes "we most heartily desire and pray you to be favorable to him at this our earnest request. Given under my Hand and Signet, at my Lord, the King's Majesty's Honor of Hampton Court, the 23d of July and the 36th of his Highness most noble Reign."
Webb is a quite common name throughout southwestern part of that nation. The Webb families are primarily concentrated in the English Counties of Somerset, Wiltshire, Hants, Suffolk, Norhampton and Worchestershire. The name Webb literally means "one who weaves" or "weaver". A great many Webbs migrated to America when the colonies offered good wages to men with craft skills and to those who would build a new life. In 1790, when president George Washington authorized the first Census, there were 395 Webb families listed with an average of 5.7 members per family. There were also 1864 adult and single Webbs not member of these households. These were primarily young men seeking their fortunes on the frontier. A later count, taken in 1960, revealed that the Webb name is the 121st most common name in America. At that time there were approximately 148,000 adult Webbs in the United States. (Source , the Webb Family, published by the American Genealogical Research Institute, 1973)
NOTE:It is said that Sir. Henry Webb established the family for all future times, since to him the coat of arms, was granted. This heraldic ensigna of rank in the New Nobility, that of the Thegus, owe their orgin in personal service to the prince then reigning. The new Nobility was accordingly one of office due to meritiorous service.
The device of hereditary coat of armour, a growth of the twelfth century, did much to define and mark out the noble class throughout Europe. When once acquired by grant of the Sovereign, it went on from generation to generation. They who possessed the right of coat of armour formed the class of nobility or gentry.
Sir Henry Webb married Grace Arden, sister of Robert Arden. Mary Webb (Shakespeare's grandmother) married Robert Arden, brother of Grace.
--- Alexander Jr. came to america, and so did four of his sons. This was the beginning of the great WEBB family in the United States.
William WEBB came to America, with his 3 sons in 1629 and was a merchant in Norfolk VA. He originally settled at the Isle of Pines , then to Smithfield, Isles of Wrightt, then to Norfolk VA where he died. From him, styled "The Merchant of Virginia", came the great southern branch of the Webb family.
--- Richard came with his father to america in 1629.**
Transcript of the Will of William Warren Webb-
- In the Name of God, Amen, I, William Webb of Orange County being by divine favour of sound mind and Disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament recommending my Soul to the mercy of God through the merits of my dear redeemer
And my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian Manner,
-I give unto my daughter Ann Gatewood, one negro Woman named Easther and her increase to her heirs and asigns forever. Likewise a Legace of Ten pounds forever.
-I give to my son, John Cr. Webb, Twenty pounds Current money to be discounted out of his debt due my estate Settling with my Executors hereafter mentioned. I give unto my son William Cr Webb five pounds current money forever.
-I give to my daughter Martha Watkins five pounds forever.
-I Give to my Grand daughter Susannah Randolph five pounds forever and one silver seal.
-I give to my Grandson John Groom Ten pounds forever.
-I give to my son, Richard Cr Webb one negro man named Minor to his his heirs and asigns forever.
-All the residue of my estate both real and personal I give and devise to be equally divided amongst my Three Children or their survivors. James Cr Webb Richard Cr Webb and Sarah Groom to them their heirs and assigns forever. Never the less it is my will that my son Richard Cr Webb shall if he thinks proper Keep and enjoy my Slaves paying to my said son James and Sarah or Their heirs the proportion of the praise value.
-I appoint my friend Thomas Barbour and son, Richard Cr Webb Executors of this my last will and Testament In witness whereunto I have set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of January one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Three.
-Signed and Sealed in presence of ---Rowland Thomas Robert Stubblefield ---Rowland Thomas, jr. William Thomas
Will : In the Name of God Amen. I James Webb of the Parish of Southfarnham in the County of Essex being of disposing mind and memory, thanks be to almight God for the same do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following to wit:
First: I recommend my soul to Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in such decent and Christian Like manner as my executors shall think fit, And as touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof in manner following Imprimis my will is that if my executors shall hereafter think it necessary either for the payment of my debts, the education of my children, or to raise money for any other purpose for the benefit of my estate, that they make sale of my moiety (?) of the schooner Brothers together with her riging &c and such part of my personal estate as they shall think proper.
ITEM I lend unto my beloved wife Mary Webb during the minority of my children or their marrying my whole estate both real and personal, she continuing sole and main taining and educating the children according to the profits of the estate subject to the childrens receiving the parts which I shall hereinafter give them upon their arriving to lawful age or marrying but if shel shall marry or chose at any time to have any certain part of my estte to herself then my will is that she shall have one third part of the land and plantation whereon I now live and interest in Piscataway Mills and an equal part of the slaves and personal estate with the children (excepting those negroes which I shall hereafter give to my son Francis Webb) during her natural life allotted to her by gentlemen.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son Francis Webb the land and plantation whereon I now live and my moiety (?) of Piscataway Mills (reserving to his mother as aforesaid) and my moiety (?) of three negroes to wit: Baker Robin, Scipio and Emanuel also an equal part with my other children of my personal estate (negroes excepted) to him and their heirs forever he paying unto his brothers William and George Webb two hundred pounds current money each when they shall respectively arrive to lawfull age and it is my will that he shall live in the house with his mother and work any negroes that he may have in common with hers, provided there be ground sufficient for them both and not oitherwise and receive and enjoy two parts in three of Piscataway Mills and receive his part of the personal estate upon arriving to lawful age. But in case my said son Francis shall refuse to pay his brothers William and George the sum of two hundred pounds each as aforesaid then I give the said mills to my said sons William and George Webb in the same manner as devised to my son Francis Webb.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son James Webb my land and plantation called Faulkners and Water grist mill thereto adjoining to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM I give unto my daughter Lucy Webb my negro girl Winney daughter of Lott to her and her heirs forever.
ITEM, all the rest and remainder of my estate not already disposed of I give to be equally divided among my sons James William and George and daughters Lucy, Mary and Jane Meriwether Webb and if my wife should be with child, the child she now goes with to them and their heirs forever.
It is my will that as my children arrive to lawful age or marry they shall receive their parts of my estate according to the value of it as it then stands to be allotted to them by gentlemen and that the expenses of schooling (and board when it is necessay to pay for boarding them) shall be borne by the whole estate that is those children who are grown up and received their parts shall pay a proportionable part with the others out of their own Estates towards it for the education of the younger children. And it is my will also that if the profits of the estate shall not be sufficient for educating my children that the principal may be gone upon for that purpose, having regard to that which can be most conveniently spared.
Lastly I do appoint my beloved wife Mary Webb Executrix my brother Thomas Webb and Mr. William Smith executors of this my last will and testament also guardians to my children. In testimony whereof I hav hereunto set my hand and seal this 20" day of august in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three. James Webb (Seal)
(1) Mary Martin Feb 12 1712 St Peters Parish b abt 1693 [1 ch]
(2) Hannah Carter abt 1715 b. abt 1696 in Henrico Co, Va d <1736 d/o Theodorick Carter (1669-1737) Henrico Co., VA. and Elizabeth Webb Randolph
---Will made 27 Apr 1736 Henrico Co., VA, proved July 1736, divides land between John and James, ** wit. James Cole, Theodorick Carter, Thomas Carter, John Carter ** ** **
(1) Hannah Jones b. June 13, 1783.1 d/o Thomas Jones and Joanna Hill. ** ** ** applied for a marriage license October 3, 1805.1 married Hannah Jones in Franklin Co, Virginia. **
(2) Mary "Mollie" Sally Austin possibly d/o John Austin of New Kent, St. Peter's Parish whose daughter Mary was born 4 Nov 1723. Their children: ** 1 Henry 2 James 3 Susannah 4 Mary H. 5 Austin 6 John 7 Cuthbert 8 William 9 Robert
--- 1782 Montgomery Co, Va Survey Bk A, p 61, Henry Webb surveyed 80 acres on Burks Fork.
--- 1788 Montgomery Co tax list, 29 Aug, Henry Webb, no WM 16-21, no slaves, 1 horse.
--- 1789 Montgomery Co tax list, Burks Fork and Greasy Creek, Indian Ridge, 20 Aug, Henry Webb, no WM 16-21, no slaves, 1 horse.
--- 1792/93 Montgomery Co tax list N, Henry Webb.
--- 1793 Wythe Co, Va tax list A, Henry Webb.
--- 1795 Grayson Co, Va tax list, Henry Webb.
--- 1798 Grayson Co Deed Bk 1, p 190: Henry Webb purchased 120 acres on Snake Creek from Randolph Collier.
--- 1810, 2 Apr: Grayson Co tax list, Henry Webb, 2-0-0.
--- 1815 Grayson Co tax list, Henry Webb, 2 WM>16, 3 horses, 13 cattle, $1.02.
--- 1820 Grayson Co census, p 53A, Henry Webb, 02021-00101.
--- 1830 Grayson Co census (Image 83), p 286, Henry Webb, 1100100001-000010001.
--- 1840 Grayson Co census, Eastern Dist, p 281, Henry Webb, 00000000001-0000000001.
--- They are buried in Thomas Quesenberry Cemetery , Carroll Co., VA , located on Rt. 670, just south of Rt 674 intersection
--- They were married by Eld. Thomas Whitcock at "Wards Gap", Va. Patrick Co,, Virginia.
--- She was from Bedford Co., Virginia, and a third cousin to George WASHINGTON.= [John GOAD d. 1770, had a daughter, Mary Elizabeth GOAD. She married John COCKE, Sr. Their son was Andrew COCKE, and his wife was Penelope WARD. Andrew was first cousin to George WASHINGTON. Their daughter was Hannah COCKE.]
--- Hannah was English from her father's side, and German from her mother's side.
--- They were an influentual family in the early history of Carroll Co,. They had two maids to help with the work and did lots of entertaining.
--- John Webb **was a farmer. He was the first officer in Carroll Co., Virginia, and a teacher. ** **
---1860 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > HILLSVILLE P O Series: M653 Roll: 1339 Page: 817
---1870 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL FORK TWP Series: M593 Roll: 1639 Page: 425
---1880 Census Carroll Co VA LAUREL CREEK DIST Series: T9 Roll: 1360 Page: 24 --Hannah age 80 is living with son James and wife Caroline and family
Isaac Webb: ** According to the Isaac Webb bible, Isaac Webb born at 2 P.M. According to the Webb Reunion minutes, p.19 Isaac Webb "joined the Primitive Baptist 1857. He was in the ministry about 50 years, had the care of eleven churches, taught twenty five schools, County Treasurer 12 years, military officer 15 years. Served two terms in the legislature at Richmond and Judge of Carroll County two terms." "First, he served New River church the mother church of New River, Smiths River and Indian Creek Associations. This church being at that time about ninety-four years old, having been constituted in 1774 and being of small membership. Elder Webb was authorized to assign the members to membership with Pilgrims Rest church, in Pulaski county, Virginia, of which church he was also pastor. From Pilgrims Rest church Bethel church, in the same county, was constituted, which church he also served as pastor. And Reed Island church was constituted from Bethel church. He was also pastor of Harmony church from which Mt. Zion and Little Vine churches were constituted. He also served, as pastor, the churches at concord, New Hope, Fellowship and Laurel Fork, in the New River Association: Stuarts Creek of Fishers River Association, Martin, of Zion Association and he labored much among other churches.... Upon the resignation of Elder Thomas Dickens in 1886, Elder Webb was chosed Moderator of the New River Association in which capacity he served faithfully till his death.... His watch words were: Unity, Peace and Fellowship, to which he lived and for which he earnestly labored.... Seven days before his death he said to his son Elder D.S. Webb, 'put up my sword; I cannot go forth.' ( P.G. Lester, .u Minutes of the New River Primitive Baptist Association, for 1913) .r "Early in the civil conflict between the states he entered the army and served in the prime of his young manhood as a private and as First Lieutenant of his company until his command-- General Johnson, gave up his sword at Bentonville, N.C. whereupon he returned to his home, his companions and little ones, resumed his former citizenship and domestic relations of life, and at once began to build up and replenish a devastated and smitten country, and to provide for himself and his household. (unidentified obituary) According to John Perry Alderman, Isaac Webb left for the army on May 15, 1862 and mustered into Company G 63rd Virginia as a 3rd Ltd. at Wytheville. He was transferred to Company I when the regiment was reorganized Jan. 17, 1863 as a lst Ltd., to Tenn. for the summer and the fall in Georgia. He took part in the battles of Chattanooga and the Atlanta campaign. In the fall of 1863 Captain Martin was captured at which time Isaac became company commander a job he held for the balance of his service. He surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 12, 1862 (sic) as lst Ltd and commanding officer of Company A, 54th Va. Battalion. According to Weaver in the .u 63rd Virginia Infantry, .r Isaac Webb was among those who surrendered 26 April 1865 under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston at Greensboro. Many among this group were paroled at Greensboro on May 1 or 2, 1865. I have been unable to find personal records of Isaac Webb on this matter at the Archives. Isaac Webb applied for and received a Civil War pension. He claimed total disability which was aggravated by a broken leg in 1885. He stated he served under Bragg and Joseph E. Johnson, having left the army at Johnson's surrender. From a letter to his parents, John Webb and Hannah from Camp Vance, Southampton, Va. January 24, 1863: "We are near Black (Water) River 60 miles east of Petersburg. This is the best country to get timber for such business that I ever saw, the pines are about large enough in common to make cabins and are so tall that one tree makes 2 to 4 logs and are so thickly grown that by the time a place is cleared out large enough for a house and street the timbers on the place will be about sufficient for the buildings and we hunt large pines for boards, but of all sorry firewood green pines is the most, if it was not for dead pines and lightwood we could not make green pine burn. This is a low level country and the water stands in ponds over a great portion of the land in the winter and makes very marshy traveling. It is hard to tell which way Black River runs. It is so near level. The water is nearly the colour of rye coffee and tastes like pine roots. We have a damp cloudy and rainy spell of weather now. Our company is divided. Giles S. Martin is Captain, myself lst Lieutenant.... The rations are 1 pound of bread and 3/4 pound of pork or salt meat per day. It is small rations but I think that our Regiment has faired (sic) very well so far. They have a good deal of marching to do but they murmer (sic) more than what is necessary."
From a letter to Estil Webb dated Dec. 20, 1910, "My land begins at Johnny Horton's and is Joined by Prices', Dave's, George Worrell's; and William Goad's to the Bailey place, near five miles."
From the Autobiography of Elder Isaac Webb: "I was born in Grayson, County, Virginia, November 26, 1833, and was the sixth child of six sons and three daughters of John and Hannah Webb. Mother was a Primitive Baptist. She taught me to read songs and the scriptures from my seventh year.... When about eight years of age, I dreamed a large bird came from the east, its flight thrilled my heart as it lighted near me. It plumed its wings and adjusted itself, and it was the Saviour, traveling west. I asked to go with Him. He said, 'You are not cleansed'. I ran to the creek near by, and washed to all the virtue there was in effort and water, and pronounced myself clean. But He said, 'This is not the cleansing meant'.... I married Miss Melissa (sic) J. Martin. Soon after, as I walked out to my work about 9 one morning, it seemed spoken to me, 'Son, give Me thy heart.' I thought my sins forgiven, and I was free from sin both soul and body. I dreamed that I must take up the hymn book and the Bible.... I joined Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, first Saturday in December, 1857. I conferred with flesh and blood as to the ministry, til I was 31. But lying on my army blanket one day near the Ga., and Ala., line, much troubled over my rebellion against the call, I vowed if I lived 'til the war ended, and impressions remained, I should obey.... I returned from war May 5, 1865, and in August while mowing the lines came to mind: 'The harvest fields are waiting, the laborers are few; and Zion, She doth languish; O shepherds where are you?' I answered: 'Here am I, Send Me.' In March 1868, I was ordained. I have been pastor of eleven churches, am pastor of four now, 1907. Am moderator of New River Association. I was squire eight years, have taught 25 schools, served two sessions in the legislature, and Judge under part of two appointments, and over twelve years as County Treasurer.... Farewell." Carroll County was formed from Grayson County. Booker Goad said of his grandfather, he never saw anything he didn't get amusement from. On 14 Apr 1906 Isaac wrote his granddaughter, Macy Goad who was eight years old. "I do not know whether you and Booker can read your letters or not... I have been walking with my cane and it tires my hand, and it makes my hand nervous when I write... Grand Ma is churning while I write... She is all the company I have. We are both going on 73 years old." According to the Octavia Webb bible, Isaac Webb "was one of the greatest builders known, was pleasant company, a good and cheerful Father always teaching good lessons to his family. He became feeble with dropsy and sat on his chair night and day to sleep for 2 years But borne his afflictions patiently.... Elder Isaac Webb's funeral was preached Aug. 1913 by Elders J.D. Vass, F.P. Branscome, Mat Blancett, and C.C. Phibbs." (Aug. 12, 1913)
Obituary for Elder Isaac Webb written by William Lafayette Utt dated September 8, 1913. On the beautiful Sabbath morning of September 7th 1913, at an early hour, carriages, wagons and conveyances of nearly every kind, on horse back and on foot, hundreds of people gathered at Fellowship Church to be present and do their part in the last public tribute of respect to the best citizen Carroll County has ever produced. The crowd gathered till there were many from far and near of other counties, making the number present up into the hundreds and hundreds."
In a letter to Elder F.P. Branscome, Malesia said of her husband Isaac, "How often I have wished and looked for him and oft have heard or seen him come and many times through rain hail or snow or in the darkness of the night. He ever seeming cheerful and has found us all alive that were living when he left. He says that wealth could not give him such comforts as he enjoys on returning in the darkness of the night when in sight of the home he can see my light in the window and find us all well." In an interview with Malesia Webb Akers, 26 June 1989, she stated that Isaac "came back without his body being touched - four years.... His mother (Hannah Coche Webb) told him that she wouldn't have any confidence in him being called a preacher if he got a scratch on his body, and he never got a scratch on his body."
--- 1860 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > HILLSVILLE P O Series: M653 Roll: 1339 Page: 817
--- 1870 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL FORK TWP Series: M593 Roll: 1639 Page: 425
---1880 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL CREEK DIST Series: T9 Roll: 1360 Page: 34
---1910 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL FORK Series: T624 Roll: 1624 Page:
---1920 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL FORK Series: T625 Roll: 1883 Page: 81 ..Malesia Jane is living with daughter Octavia Jane and husband John A Goad and family
---1900 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL FORK Series: T623 Roll: 1704 Page: 37
---1910 > VIRGINIA > CARROLL > LAUREL FORK Series: T624 Roll: 1624 Page: 44
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NOTE: This website is a gift to my new found cousin(Gardner) and my new friend, "Helen Webb", from me. As she has said to me many times, this is helping family and ancestors come to life. This is for her and our family. If you have any photos or stories, please send them to and I will be glad to include them. ~ ~ Vickie