HISTORY OF THE WEBB NAME (Source
famous surname recorded as Webb, Webbe, Webber and Webster, is Olde English pre
7th Century. It derives from the word "web",
meaning to weave. Originally a male occupational name, the term
"webbe" referred specifically to a male weaver and later
"webster" to a female weaver; although this distinction was not
always made in medieval English. In the pipe rolls of the county
of Suffolk, we find Osbert Webbe so
recorded in 1221 and Alice la Webbe, in the
rolls of the borough of Colchester, in 1327.
The following quotation from the famous medieval book of social history
"Piers Plowman" reads: "My wife was a webbe and woollen cloth made".
church recordings of the post medieval period include: Mary Webb, the daughter
of George Webb, who was christened on March 5th 1550 at the church of St. Mary Woolnoth,
in the city of London, and Mary Webbe who was
christened on February 17th 1566, at the church
of St. Benet Fink, also city of London. One of the
earliest famine emigrants who fled Ireland
in the tragic year of 1846 was Richard Webb, aged 20 yrs, who sailed on the
"coffin" ship "Cornelia of Liverpool" bound for New York on January 26th
1846. Rather more happily Captain Webb was the first person to swim the twenty
two miles of the English Channel in 1872.
recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alger Se Webba
which was dated circa 1100, in the Olde
English Byname Register, during the reign of King William II, known as
Our Webb Family including Bridgens & Haslip
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number
in listing eg THOMAS ELIJAH 2
WEBB see 2
~ ~ ~ ELIJAH WEBB was
born in March 1822 in North Nibley, Gloucestershire,
England and was
the son of THOMAS WEBB and ANN HILL (to be confirmed). Elijah
married ROSAMOND CAROLINE BAVAGE on 11 August 1850 in Jersey, Channel Islands. Rosamond was born in 1824.
Elijah arrived in New Zealand on the ship Joseph Fletcher on 17 October 1855 and lived
in Onehunga until the early 1860s. He set up a painting business in Cook Street, Auckland
around 1865 and in 1872 won the tender to paint St Matthews Church in Auckland. His acceptance
of the tender was dated December 1872.
Children of ELIJAH WEBB and ROSAMOND BAVAGE
THOMAS ELIJAH 2 WEBB, born 1851 in Jersey, Channel Islands.
WILLIAM WEBB, born 2
November 1853 in Islington, London,
ALFRED WEBB, born 13
December 1855 in Onehunga, Auckland,
LAVINIA (CISSY) WEBB, born
19 December 1957 in Auckland,
HENRY WEBB, born about 1862 in
Auckland; accidentally drowned at The Wharfs, Auckland (inquest held 9
ROSAMOND WEBB, born 1
January 1864 in Auckland, New Zealand; died 1934.
MATLIDA MARY (TILLY) WEBB,
born 8 January 1867 in Auckland,
Elijah died on his residence in Mt Eden Road, Auckland
on 16 August 1892 and was buried at Purewa
Cemetery, Auckland. Rosamond died in 1904.
~ ~ ~ THOMAS ELIJAH WEBB (ELIJAH) was born 1851 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel
Islands and was the eldest son of ELIJAH WEBB and ROSAMOND
CAROLINE BAVAGE. He arrived in New
Zealand with his parents on 17 October 1855
on the ship Joseph Fletcher. Thomas married
MARTHA ROSAMOND SIMPSON at Glenburn, Auckland
on 29 June 1876. Martha was born around 1849 in Westminster,
London and was
the eldest daughter of James and Martha SIMPSON. She had arrived in New Zealand
with her parents and two younger sisters Charlotte and Sarah on the Gypsy in October 1854.
Children of THOMAS WEBB and MARTHA SIMPSON were:
THOMAS ELIJAH 3 WEBB born in 1877.
HENRY NORMAN 4 WEBB, born 8 March 1879; died 20 September 1952.
MARTHA ROSAMOND WEBB, born 1884; died 1956.
HILDA MAY WEBB, born 1888.
By 1895 Thomas had set up a business in Upper Symonds Street
in Auckland as
a Painter, Paperhanger and Signwriter. By 1919 he had moved his business to the
top of Symonds Street
and was trading as a Picture Framer, Paperhanger and Glazier selling wall paper,
picture moldings, paints and artists materials.
Thomas died on 11 October 1920 aged 69 years and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery
in Auckland. Martha
died in August 1938 in Mt Eden, Auckland.
3. ~ ~ ~ THOMAS
ELIJAH WEBB (THOMAS > ELIJAH) was born in 1877 in Auckland, New
Zealand and was the eldest son of THOMAS
WEBB and MARTHA SIMPSON. Thomas married ETHEL MAY McKENZIE in 1907 in
Thomas was a painter by trade.
THOMAS WEBB and ETHEL McKENZIE was:
FREDERICK McKENZIE WEBB, born
1908; died 1934 aged 26 years.
Thomas died on 2 April 1959 in Mt Eden, Auckland
and was buried at Waikumete
3. ~ ~ ~ HENRY NORMAN WEBB (ELIJAH
> THOMAS) was born 8 March 1879 in Auckland
and was the second son of THOMAS WEBB and MARTHA SIMPSON. Henry was a painter
by trade. He married MARTHA LOUISA BRIDGENS on 23 March 1904 in Auckland. Martha was born on 9 August 1879 in
Eden Terrace, Auckland
and was the second /daughter of EDWARD BRIDGENS and MARTHA WEBB.
Children of HENRY WEBB and MARTHA BRIDGENS were:
MARTHA DOROTHY MAUD WEBB, born January 1905 in Auckland. Martha died in
July 1908 at the residence of her Grandfather in Great North Road.
ROSINA ELLEN MAY WEBB, born 24 October 1907 in Mt
Rosina married ROBERT FORSTER SMITH and they had four children. Robert was born
in 1903 at Alnwick, Northumberland,
died on 15 September 1981 in Mt Roskill, Auckland.
NORMAN EDWARD WEBB, born 1910 in Auckland. Norman
married CARITA ESMEE MERLE KNIGHT on 10 December 1932 in Auckland and they had one son. Norman died suddenly in Auckland on 17 August 1945.
DORIS DOREEN MARJORIE 5 WEBB, born 17 March 1919 in Auckland.
Henry died on 20 September 1952 in Mt Albert, Auckland. Martha died on
19 June 1930 also in Auckland and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery.
> Refer to the BRIDGENS family for more
information about the family of Martha.
3. ~ ~ ~ DORIS DOREEN MARJORIE WEBB (ELIJAH > THOMAS > HENRY) was born on 17 March 1919 in Auckland and was the second daughter of HENRY
WEBB and MARTHA BRIDGENS. Doris married STANLEY HASLIP on 15 July 1943 at Holy Trinity
Church in Otahuhu. Stan
was born on 15 July 1922 and was the son of WILLIAM HENRY HASLIP and NINA ELIZA
Doris and Stan settled in Otahuhu and raised a family of four children
(all living). They later lived at Clarks
Beach in the Franklin district.
Doris died suddenly on 2 August 1977 and was buried at the Holy Trinity
Cemetery in Otahuhu. Stan
died on 2 October 1995 and was also buried at Holy Trinity
Cemetery in Otahuhu.
> Refer to the HASLIP family for more information about the family of Stan.
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