John Webster’s origins are unknown. He was a freeman in Boston, Massachusetts on 4 March 1635. He was in Salem in 1637 and settled in Ipswich by 1639. In the records he was described as a baker “John Webster the Baker was admonished for brewing and tipleinge” . He was married to Mary Shatswell, whose brothers Theophilus and John Shatswell also immigrated to Ipswich.
John Webster had died by about 29 September 1646, when his estate was administered in court. It is the long untangling of his estate in court records that give us the best glimpses into his life and property. Mary’s will, as his widow, also continued the court records with many pages of descriptive information on the children and property. In the Great Migration sketch for John Webster, Robert Charles Anderson includes many pages of untangling based on these court records, including indentifying the married names of the daughters.
After John Webster’s death, Mary remarried on 29 October 1650 in Newbury to Sergeant John Emery, who was also my 9th great grand uncle. I descend from his brother, Anthony Emery (1601 – 1680) who settled in Boston, Massachusetts; Dover, New Hampshire; and Kittery, Maine.
John Webster and Mary Shatswell had eight children, including a daughter Hannah who was the mother of Hannah Duston (See this link for the story of Hannah Duston’s kidnapping and escape). I descend from the son Stephen Webster (1636 – 1694) and his wife Hannah Ayer.
Some WEBSTER resources:
The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume VII, pages 261 – 268.
Pillsbury Family manuscript, by Mary Lovering Holman, in the collections of the New England Historic Genealogical Society MSS 779.
Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, by Mary Lovering Holman, 1938, Volume 1,
A Genealogical History of the Clark and Worth Families, by Carol Clark Johnson, 1970
Genealogical Records of Descendants of John and Anthony Emery ,by Rev. Rufus Emery, 1890
Historical and Genealogical Shatswells of Ipswich., No 1., Augustine Caldwell, [A typed manuscript available to read online at Ancestry.com]
Some of the Descendants of John Webster of Ipswich, Massachusetts, compiled by John C. Webster, MD, 1912. [Available online at Google book search] – a revision of an earlier work by Dr. John Ordway Webster in 1884.
My WEBSTER lineage:
Generation 1: John Webster, born about 1606 in England, died before 29 September 1646 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married about 1630 in England to Mary Shatswell, daughter of John Shatswell and Judith Dillingham. She was born about 1610 in England and died 28 April 1604 in Newbury, Massachusetts. Mary married second to John Emery, my 9th great grand uncle. He is the son of John Emery and Alice Banet, my 10th great grandparents through John’s brother, Anthony Emery (1601 – 1680). Eight children.
Generation 2: Stephen Webster, born about 1636 in Ipswich, died 10 August 1694 in Haverhill, Massachusetts; married on 24 March 1662/3 in Haverhill to Hannah Ayer, daughter of John Ayer and Hannah Webb. She was born 21 December 1644. Six children. Stephen married second to Judith Unknown, widow of William Broad.
Generation 3: Abigail Webster, born about 27 May 1676 in Haverhill, died 19 June 1750; married Samuel Berry, son of James Berry and Eleanor Wallis. Four children. Abigail was first married to James Marden on 23 October 1693.
Generation 4: Jotham Berry m. Mary Bates
Generation 5: Rachel Berry m. Ithamar Mace
Generation 6: Abigail Mace m. Simon Locke
Generation 7: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 8: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ WEBSTER of Ipswich, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 28, 2015, (
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/11/surname-saturday-webster-of-ipswich.html: accessed [access date]).