Websters come to western NY

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Websters in England

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The Webster family grows and eventually migrates to western NY.


(2nd generation in America)

Robert Webster, son of Governor John Webster, was born 17 November 1619 in England and came to America with his parents. He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, and in 1652 married Susannah Treat (b. 8 October 1629), daughter of Richard and Alice (Gaylord) Treat. A brother of Susannah (Treat) Webster was the Honorable Robert Treat who was the eighth Governor of Connecticut.

Robert was given a commission in the militia and was sent out to wage war on the Indians. As a military title was not taken lightly in those days, and anyone holding one was looked upon with much respect, he was known as Lieutenant Robert Webster for the rest of his life. He also served in the General Court of Connecticut, as did his father. Robert was very active in government and in the church, owned several hundred acres of land, some of it in what is now the heart of the city of Hartford, and was considered a very wealthy man.

Lieutenant Robert Webster died 31 May 1676; Susannah died in 1705.

Children of Lt. Robert and Susannah (Treat) Webster;

  • John; 10 Nov 1653 - 06 Dec 1695

  • Sarah; June 30 1655 - Feb 1744

  • Jonathan; 09 Jan 1657

  • Susannah; 26 Oct 1658 - 1688

  • Samuel; about 1660 - 1 Feb 1743/44

  • Robert; about 1662 - Feb 1744

  • Joseph; about 1665 - May 1750

  • Benjamin; April 1670

  • William; June 1671 - Jun 1722

  • Mary; about 1672 - 27 Sep 1706

  • Elizabeth; Feb 1673/74 - 15 May 1754

(3rd generation in America)

Deacon Jonathan Webster, son of Lieutenant Robert and Susannah (Treat) Webster, was born 9 January 1657 at Middletowm, Connecticut. He married in 1681, Dorcas Hopkins (1660 - 1695), a daughter of Stephen and Dorcas (Bronson) Hopkins, Both Jonathan and his wife were very active in the church, as his title implies. On 2 January 1696, Deacon Jonathon married his second wife, Mary Judd, and they had one child, Benjamin, born 9 August 1698.

Deacon Jonathan Webster was a merchant in Hartford where he died in 1735, aged seventy eight years. Mary lived beyond that date but the date of her death is not known.

Children of Deacon Jonathan and Dorcas (Hopkins) Webster;

  • Jonathan; 18 Mar 1682

  • Samuel; 17 Feb 1683/84

  • Susannah; 25 Apr 1686 - 27 Nov 1757;
    m. Thomas Steele Captain 10 May 1709

  • Mary; 29 Sep 1688

  • Mehitabel; 8 Mar 1691 - after 1751

  • Stephen; 1 Jan 1692/93 - 1724

(4th generation in America)

Jonathan Webster, son of Deacon Jonathan and Dorcas (Hopkins) Webster, was born 18 March 1682. He married in 1704 Esther Judd (b. 1685), daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Lewis) Judd.

Jonathan Webster moved from Hartford to Glastonbury about 1713 and in 1730 was a resident of Wright's Island. He was very active in the buying and selling of real estate and the early records show many transactions connected with him.

Jonathan died 18 September 1758 at the age of 76 years and 6 months. Esther died 22 December 1782 at the age of 97.

Children of Jonathan and Esther (Judd) Webster;

  • Jonathan; 5 Oct 1705 - 14 Nov 1781

  • Esther; 25 Feb 1708 - 9 Mar 1793

  • Jemima; 25 Dec 1709 - 1774

  • Ezekiel; 7 Jun 1712 - 3 Jul 1756;
    m. Rebecca Gaines 21 Jan 173

  • Mehitabel; 20 Oct 1714

  • Dorcas; 13 Feb 1716;
    m. Eliphalet Ensign 12 Feb 1740

  • Sarah; 13 Jan 1718/19

  • David; 29 Jan 1720/21

  • Mary; 8 Nov 1723

  • Susannah; 28 May 1726

  • Stephen; 11 Jun 1728

(5th generation in America)

Jonathan Webster, son of Jonathan and Esther (Judd) Webster was born 5 October, 1705 at Hartford, Connecticut. He married Mabel Risley (b. 1710), daughter of John and Mary (Arnold) Risley of Hartford on 18 February 1730,

He was a miller, owning a grist mill with dam and other buildings on the east side of the Connecticut River between Hartford and Glastonbury, Connecticut (Exact location unknown). He also owned considerable other property as records of land transactions show.

Jonathan served in the French and Indian War in Major Nathan Payson's company, 1st regiment, in 1757. He was also a distant cousin of Noah Webster, the author of our American Dictionary. (Noah was a great, great grandson of Lieutenant Robert Webster of Hartford).

Both Jonathan and his wife died in Glastonbury, Connecticut; she on 2 January l781 and he on 14 November 1781 age 76 years and one month.

Children of Jonathan and Mabel (Risley) Webster;

  • Susannah; 1 Jul 1730 - 1 Nov 1736

  • Ashbel; 2 Mar 1733 - 1 Aug 1801;
    m. Rachel Price 1753

  • Mabel; 29 Jul 1735

  • Susannah; 21 Sep 1737 - 27 Sep 1755

  • Jonathan; 24 Jan 1739 - 1770

  • Asiel; 28 Oct 1740 - 1799

  • Elizur; 30 Sep 1743 - 26 Mar 1791;
    m. Ruth Densmore

  • Mary; 8 May 1745 - 7 Dec 1784

  • John; 12 May 1747 - 1 Oct 1781

  • Joshua; 16 Apr 1750;
    m. Elleanor Squires 20 Feb 1812; m. Prudence Smith 14 Jul 1790; m. Beriah Risley 19 Nov 1772

(6th generation in America)

Jonathan Webster, son of Jonathan and Mabel (Risley) Webster was born at Glastonbury, Connecticut in January, 1733. He married Agnes Densmore (b. 1735). Like his father, Jonathan Jr., he served in the French and Indian War in the same regiment as his father in 1757. He was then a lad of eighteen years. He died in 1770 at the age of 31.

Children of Jonathan and Agnes (Densmore) Webster;

  • Abigail; 1759

  • Anna; 1761 - 29 Jul 1849;
    m. Gurdon Woodruff 18 Sep 1778

  • Mabel; 3 Jun 1763 - 1 Jan 1844;
    m. Samuel Fox

  • Mary; 27 Jan 1765

  • Jonathan; 1767 - 1795

  • Dorinda; 1769 - 25 Jul 1853;
    m. Benjamin Brown

(7th generation in America)

Jonathan Webster, the only son of Jonathan and Agnes (Densmore) Webster, was born 1767 at East Hartford, Connecticut. He married Thankful Keeney (b. February 1770) daughter of Simon and Margaret (Keeney) Keeney.

Jonathan Webster was one of a party of five men who came into the wilderness of Onondaga County, New York, in 1795. They helped found the village of Fabius. He died in the fall of 1795 at the age of 29.

Children of Jonathan and Thankful (Keeney) Webster;

  • Jared; 24 Aug 1788 - 18 Jun 1866

  • Jemima; 16 Jan 1790 - 01 Mar 1854;
    m. Ephriam Bennett (b. 1 Oct 1785)
On 1 May 1806, Thankful married Nathaniel Bacon (1774 - 1836) and they had five children; Candis (1807), Albert G. (1809), Ann (1810), Julia (1812) and, Polly (1815). Thankful died 11 August 1835, at the age of 65 years 6 months. Interestingly her tombstone reads "Thankful Keeney...w/o Nathaniel".


(8th generation in America)

Jared Webster, son of Jonathan and Thankful (Keeney) Webster was born 24 Aug 1788. He married his second cousin, Lydia Webster (b. 29 Dec 1791), daughter of Abijah and Sarah (Warren) Webster. Jared Webster served in the War of 1812 and was called into service from Manlius, New York, into Captain Asel St. Johns' Company, New York Militia.

He was in the New York State Militia and held the rank of sergeant in 1814, but was at Oswego at the time of the "Embargo" in 1809. In 1852 he was a resident of Hornsby, Steuben County, New York. Some time later he moved back to Fabius, where he died 18 Jun 1866. There is no record of Lydia's death.

As an early resident of Fabius, all of his children are believed to have been born there.

Children of Jared and Lydia (Webster) Webster;

  • Jonathan; 9 Apr 1811;
    m. Betsy Ann Searles (b. about 1815)

  • Clorinda; 7 Nov 1812;
    m. Leonard Nichols

  • Jared; 18 Feb 1815

  • Sophronia; 23 Oct 1819;
    m. Halsey Mack

  • Mary Ann; 16 June 1825;
    m. Henry Fero 04 Jul 1843

  • Ammon Abijah; 15 Nov 1829;
    m. Amanda Hendrick 08 Apr 1856

  • Leonard; 28 Feb 1831;
    m. Otelia Lydia Dodge 28 Aug 1870
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