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
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.
NORMAN 3 WEBB, born 8 March 1879; died 20 September 1952.
MARTHA ROSAMOND WEBB, born 1884;
HILDA MAY WEBB, born 1888.
Thomas died in 1920 aged 69 years.
Martha died in August 1938 in Mt Eden, Auckland.
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
of THOMAS WEBB and ETHEL McKENZIE was:
McKENZIE WEBB, born 1908; died 1934 aged 26 years.
Thomas died on 2 April 1959 in Mt Eden, Auckland and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery.
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.
Children of HENRY WEBB and MARTHA BRIDGENS were:
ROSINA 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,
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
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
> Refer to the BRIDGENS family for more information about the family of
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 Trinity
Cemetery in Otahuhu.
> Refer to the HASLIP family
for more information about the family of
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
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