HISTORY OF THE WEBB NAME:
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
Later 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.
The first 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 “Rufus”, 1087-1100.
Our Webb Family including
SIMPSON, BRIDGENS and HASLIP
Small numbers by a name refer to
personal number in listing eg THOMAS ELIJAH 2 WEBB
– see 2
1. ~ ~ ~ THOMAS ELIJAH WEBB
was born around 1851 in Jersey, Channel Islands. His occupation was a painter. 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
THOMAS ELIJAH 2 WEBB born in 1877.
HENRY NORMAN 3
WEBB, born 8 March 1879; died 20 September 1952.
MARTHA ROSAMOND WEBB, born 1884; died 1956.
HILDA MAY WEBB, born 1888.
Thomas died in 1920 aged 69
years. Martha died in August 1938 in Mt
The Channel Islanders ~
seems to have had a special appeal for residents of distant off-shore islands. Many
Shetlanders came, and in the 1870s and 1880s there was a remarkable migration
of people from the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.
During those years probably about 3,500 people (or over 4% of the total
population) left these small, rocky islands for New Zealand. Located off the
north-west coast of France,
and 145 km south of England,
the Channel Islands, like the Isle of Man, were Crown dependencies and many of
their residents would have spoken a French patois before coming to New Zealand.
~ ~ ~ THOMAS ELIJAH WEBB (THOMAS) was born
in 1877 and was the eldest son of THOMAS WEBB and MARTHA SIMPSON. Thomas married ETHEL
MAY McKENZIE in 1907 in Auckland,
NZ. Thomas was a painter by trade. He died on 2 April 1959 in Mt Eden, Auckland and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery.
of THOMAS WEBB and ETHEL McKENZIE was:
FREDERICK McKENZIE WEBB,
born 1908; died 1934 aged 26 years.
3. ~ ~ ~ HENRY NORMAN WEBB (THOMAS)
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 Auckland and was the
daughter of EDWARD BRIDGENS and MARTHA WEBB. Martha died on 19 June 1930. Henry died on 20 September 1952 in Auckland.
Children of HENRY WEBB and MARTHA
ELLEN MAY WEBB, born 24 October 1907 in Mt Roskill, Auckland. Rosina married ROBERT FORSTER SMITH and they
had four children. Robert was born in 1903 at Alnwick, Northumberland, England.
Rosina died on 15 September 1981 in Mt Roskill, Auckland.
NORMAN EDWARD WEBB, born 1910 in Auckland.
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 3
WEBB, born 17 March 1919 in Auckland.
Henry died on 20 September 1952 in
Martha died on 19 June 1930 also in Auckland and
was buried at Waikumete
to the BRIDGENS family for more information about Martha's family.
3. ~ ~ ~ DORIS DOREEN MARJORIE WEBB (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
17 July 1943 at Holy
in Otahuhu. Stan was born on 15 July 1922 and was the son of WILLIAM HENRY
HASLIP and NINA ELIZA MITCHELL. Doris and Stan settled in Otahuhu and
raised a family of four children (all living).
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
to the HASLIP family
for more information about Stan's family.
Please note that in
keeping with genealogy protocol I have not included information about later generations
which may include living persons. If you have a family connection please
contact me for further information.
~ ~ ~ > Bridgens
~ ~ ~ > Haslip
“ gather ye the fragments that remain that nothing be lost ”