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John Webster (bef August 16, 1590 – April 5, 1661) was an early colonial settler of New England, serving one term as governor of the Colony of Connecticut in 1656.
- John Webster (governor), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
[Note: Wikipedia has an unsourced birth date for Gov John Webster. His exact birth date isnt known, all that is is that he was baptized on 16 Aug 1590]
- Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 4:448-449.
JOHN WEBSTER, Hartford 1636, but from what place in Mass. he went is uncert. By fam. tradit. he was from Co. Warwick [actually, from Leicestershire] He was rep. 1 May 1637, a magistr. from 1639 to 1655, when he was made dept.-gov. and next yr. gov. In the gr. contest a c. ch. governm. He took sides with Rev. Mr. Russell of Wethersfield, and that caused his rem. up the riv. to found Hadley in 1659, by our Gen. Ct. was adm. freem. of Mass., and in May 1660 made a magistr. there, d. 5 Apr. 1661. Robert, William, and Thomas, his s. are said to have foll. their f. but tho. the respectab. ref. in Farmer's MS. for this tradit. is made to letter of the late Noah Webster, the grammarian, I doubt his studies had been too long turned in ano. direction to justify unlimt. confidence in all parts of his relat. and that Robert did not foll. but accomp. his f. to Mass. His brot. from Eng. w. Agnes, ch. Matthew, Robert, Ann, Eliz. and Mary; perhaps also, Thomas and William, tho. one or both of the latter may have been b. on our side of the ocean; and fam. tradit. makes William b. 1617. No dates of b. of any of the seven are giv. by the most valua. work of Goodwin, pub. since the d. of the compiler. From the will of 25 June 1659, little is learn. but the names of four s. two ds. Ann Marsh, w. of John, and d. Markham, besides two gr. ch. Jonathan and Mary Hunt. The name of mo. was not ment. and prob. she was oldest d. if not even oldest ch. When or where she m. Hunt, or what even was his bapt. name is unkn. Tradit. in the fam. makes his name John, and hers, Mary; and it may be conject. that both were d.
- Meckler. Biographies of American and Colonial Governors.
Names of parents and dates and place of birth unknown, although he was apparently a native of Warwickshire, England. A Congregationalist. Married while in England to a woman named Agnes; father of Matthew, William, Thomas, Robert, Anne, Elizabeth and Mary.
Immigrated to New England, probably in the early 1630's; moved from Newtowne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts in 1636, and took up residence in what is now Hartford, Connecticut. Became a member of the Connecticut General Court in 1637, and in 1638 was also chosen as a Deputy Commissioner. Served as an Assistant of the colony from 1639 until 1655, when he was named Deputy Governor; elected governor of Connecticut in the spring of 1656. In the 1650's Connecticut's Hartford and Wethersfield churches were affected by disputes over questions of church order, including a dispute over the eligibility requirements for infant baptism. Although a council met in Hartford to seek a solution to these differences in June 1656, the Hartford minister and his church refused to abide by the council's recommendations, and religious dissension persisted in the troubled colony. Despite the fact that he had been named Connecticut's First Assistant following his year as governor, Webster in 1659 joined with those members of the Hartford church who had decided to unite with other dissidents and establish a new congregation in Hadley, Massachusetts. After he settled in Hadley, Webster was in May 1660 "commissioned with magistratticall power for the year ensuing" by the Massachusetts General Court, but he died on April 5, 1661, before his term had expired.
Bibliography: George E. Foster, "Pedigree of Jesse W. Foster, in Lines of Foster, Coggin, Farley, Phelps, Burritt, Curtiss, Lord, Smith, Webster, and Allied Families (Ithaca, NY, 1897) From History & Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut, 1915
- ↑ John Webster, in Find A Grave.
- ↑ Gov John Webster, in Connecticut State Library.
History & Genealogy, Genealogy links, CT Biographical Information, Governors of CT, Rost of CT Governors, 1656 ~ John Webster (died from fever)
- ↑ Extracts from the Parish Register, Cossington, in Skillington, S.H. The Ancestry of Governor John Webster. The American Genealogist. (American Genealogist, Oct 1948), 24:208.
1590..John Webster, s. of Matthew Webster, chr. 16th August
- ↑ John Webster, in Judd, Sylvester, and Lucius M. Boltwood. History of Hadley (Massachusetts): including the early history of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, Massachusetts. (Springfield, MA: H.R. Huntting & Co., 1905), 2:150.
He was buried in Hadley, April 5, 1661