Saturday, March 18, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ WEBB of Salem

Salem, 1700


Jonathan Webb (1690 – 1765), my 7th great grandfather, is another brickwall ancestor.  There are many possible WEBB families in the area from whom he might descend.  Several online trees have him as the son of John Webb and Susannah Cunliffe of Northampton, Massachusetts, which is very far from Salem, Massachusetts where Jonathan lived and died.  There were several possible Webbs right in Salem including a John Webb who bought land in 1669.  But now his ancestry is a mystery.

Jonathan Webb was a “coaster”, which meant he sailed fishing small boats up and down the coast of Massachusetts and New England.  He owned a house at the corner of Derby and Hardy Streets in Salem.  I find this amazing because the family continued to live in this neighborhood until my great grandfather was born!  He was also a deacon at the East Society church, where Rev. William Bentley would have his famous diary a few generations later.  The East Society church stood on Essex Street. 

His daughter, Mary (1724 – 1790), is my 6th great grandmother.  She married Joseph Cloutman and they lived on Webb Street, named after her father’s land.  Webb Street is still in existence in Salem,  at the end of Essex Street, near Collins Cove.   There are several streets in this area named after my ancestors- Webb, Boardman, Becket,  Lemon, and Beadle Lane which is now called Pleasant Street in Salem.

My sources for this information on Jonathan Webb come from The Essex Antiquarian, Volume 23, page 71 (property information), The Essex County Registry of Deeds, book 115, leaf 76, and the book The Driver Family: A genealogical memoir of the descendants of Robert and Phebe Driver of Lynn, Mass. , by Harriet Ruth (Waters) Cooke, 1889 (which is also available online at and at Google Book search).

My WEBB genealogy:

Generation 1:   Jonathan Webb, born about 1690, died before 1765; married on 23 March 1714 in Salem, Massachusetts to Priscilla Bray, daughter of Robert Bray and Christian Collins.  She was born 11 March 1690 in Salem and died after 4 Feb 1767.  Nine children.

Generation 2:  Mary Webb, born 17 December 1724 in Salem, died 21 March 1790 in Salem; married on 16 June 1747 in Salem to Joseph Cloutman, son of Joseph Cloutman and Mary Peters. He was born about 1720.  Four children.

Generation 3:  Joseph Cloutman m. Hannah Becket
Generation 4:  Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 5:  Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 6:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 7:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 8:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ WEBB of Salem", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 8, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. habitzg@hotmail.comMarch 18, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    My mother was a Pierce from Northumberland Percy's. I have "Pierce Family Tree" n Ancestry. I have Webb's: Josiah 1848 1924 Indiana m Caroline Clifton 1835- ch Maurice 1872, Anna 1876, Edgar 1874. Caroline Clifton's brother Chas Wesley Clifton 1835. Eliz Slade Webb 1603 1670 m Deacon John Upham; Elizabeth Webb 1633 1667 m Wm Pierce son James; Capt. Amos Comstock 1794 1877 m Hannah Maria Upton 1793 1865 son David Barkley Comstock 1827 1874. My mother's mother was Cora Ethel Tracy 1884 1933, Cora's mother was Sarah Elizabeth Clifton 1859 1939. Sarah's father was Wm Gray Clifton 1833 1906 and Emily G Adams 1819 (Indiana) 1919. Lots of Clifton's and Comstocks and Webb's.........none of the above is in any order.

  2. Jonathan is a brick wall as I have found a Jacob Webb b 1743, Billerica, Essex, Mass and alledged father of our Jacob, who died 1795 in Sussex Co., DE. Very discouraging to find so many trees that list his father and grandfather as Johnathan. There is a Jonathan and Marcy (Mercy) who bore a son, Jonathan. The Jonathan lines trace back to Warwickshire, Eng. No tree can stand alone without documentation/citation.