February 21, 2015

WEBSTER of Hampton and Kingston, New Hampshire

The American progenitor of my Webster line was Thomas Webster II, who was born before 1634 in Ormsby, Norfolk, England, to Thomas I and Margaret Webster.

Thomas I died in England in 1634, and his widow Margaret remarried William Godfrey. Thomas II went to New Hampshire with his mother, stepfather, and little half-brother John Godfrey (from whom I also descend). They settled first in Watertown, Massachusetts, and then by 1648 were in Hampton.

Thomas II married Sarah Brewer in Hampton on 2 November 1659, and he died at Hampton on 5 January 1715.

Thomas Webster III was born in Hampton on 20 January 1664, and about 1690, he married Sarah Godfrey, daughter of John Godfrey (his half-uncle) and Mary Cox. Thomas III and his family removed to Kingston before 1701, and he died there on 7 March 1732.

Benjamin Webster was born in Kingston on 24 August 1701. He married Mary Stanyan, daughter of Jacob Stanyan and Dorothy Foote, on 1 December 1737. Benjamin died in Kingston in 1781.

Captain Jacob Webster was born in Kingston on 5 February 1745, and on 3 February 1767 he married Elizabeth George, whose parentage is currently unknown (note: she was not the daughter of Micah George and Mary Favor, as is commonly found in many family trees online-- that Elizabeth George married a John Jones and died in Hopkinton). Jacob was a soldier who fought in the Continental Army during the American War for Independence, and was at Ticonderoga. He was later a town representative of Kingston, dying there on 21 April 1836.

Letter addressed to Jacob Webster from the New Hampshire Continental Congress, asking him to enlist a company. It is dated November 1775, and signed by Nathaniel Folsom.
Headstone of Captain Jacob Webster, via Find-A-Grave, photo by Richard Cole

Mary ("Polly") Webster was born in Kingston on 11 December 1772. She married John Winslow, son of John Winslow and Elizabeth French, on 14 April 1796. She died in Kingston on 10 February 1861.

Daniel Webster, the New Hampshire statesman, was a 3rd cousin several times removed.

Ancestral line:

Thomas WEBSTER I (d. 1634) m. Margaret UNKNOWN
Thomas WEBSTER II (d. 1715) m. Sarah BREWER
Thomas WEBSTER III (1664-1732) m. Sarah GODFREY
Benjamin WEBSTER (1701-1781) m. Mary STANYAN
Jacob WEBSTER (1745-1836) m.. Elizabeth GEORGE
Mary "Polly" WEBSTER (1772-1861) m. John WINSLOW
William WINSLOW (1800-1860) m. Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father

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