An American Family History

John Webb

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

John Webb, Jr. was born about 1695 in England.

He married Mary Boone on September 13, 1720 at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting in Montgomery (was Philadelphia) County, Pennsylvania.

Mary was the daughter of George Boone and Mary Maugridge.

John Webb (1720/21, he married Rachel Willits),
George Webb (1723),
Mary Webb (1726/27, married Mordecai Lincoln),
Sarah Webb (1729),
Benjamin Webb (1732),
Joseph Webb (1735),
James Webb (1737/38, married Mary Matthews, daughter of Robert Matthews), and
Samuel Webb (1740 married Rebecca Paine),
Moses Webb (1742).

The Webbs and Boones were among the original founders of the Exeter Friends Church, but seven of their children were disassociated with the church for various reasons between 1747 and 1780. 

John died on October 18, 1774 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.


Witnesses to Wedding
of John Webb and Mary Boone
Gwynedd Meeting
Boone, Benjamin brother of bride  
Boone, George father of bride  
Boone, George, Jr. brother of bride  
Boone, Squire brother of bride  
Coulston, William    
Davis, Sara    
Evan, Cad    
Evan, Ja    
Evan, Robert    
Evan, Thomas    
Evans, Cadwalader    
Evans, Evan    
Evans, Jno    
Foulke, Edward    
Foulke, Ellin    
Hughs, Rowland    
Jones, Gainor    
Jones, Jane    
Jones, Jno    
Jones, Margaret    
Jones, Robt    
Meredith, David    
Morgan, Edward    
Morgan, Eliz    
Roberts, Ann    
Shiers, Jno    
William, Cath    
Berks County, Pennsylvania was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County. Northwestern parts of the county became Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811.

from The Boone Family by Jesse Procter Crump

Mary Boone  (daughter of George), born 23 Sept. (O. S.), or 4 Oct. (N. S.), 1699, in Devonshire, England; died 16 Jan., 1774, in her 75th year.

Married 13 Sept. (or 24 Sept., N. S.), 1720, in Philadelphia County (now Berks), Pa., John Webb (d. 18 Oct., 1774, in 80th year).

The abstract of their marriage record reads:—

7-13, (1720) John Webb of Phila. Co. and Mary Boone daughter of George of the same Co., at a Public Meeting. Witnesses George, Squire and Benjamin Boone; Thomas Evan; Edward Foulke; Edward Morgan; Daniel Meredith and 18 others.

In some way their courtship did not comply with the regulations of the Society of Friends, for on 26 July, 1720, in Gwynedd Meeting, her father, George Boone, openly acknowledged his fault in allowing John Webb to "keep company with his daughter in order to marry, contrary to ye established order."

After their marriage John and Mary Webb probably settled in Exeter township, as their affairs continue to be recorded in Gwynedd and Exeter Meetings. It is said that they resided on the farm occupied in 1860 by Isaac Herbine, then also included in the paternal estates.

In 1730, John and Mary Webb must have again offended the Meeting, for we find:

7-29-1730, John Webb and wife Mary produced acknowledgment of misconduct which was accepted.

For ten years they kept within the straight and narrow path laid down by the Friends, but in 1740 John Webb was again called to account:

9th Mo. 27th 1740. A. 21. At this Meeting John Webb brought a Paper of Condemnation for his outgoing which was received and ordered to be Read at Oley first Day's Meeting;

the further Publishing thereof is referred to Friends of Philadelphia. It is as follows, viz. (His acknowledgment).

This is to give notice to All Persons whom it may concern that I John Webb being at the Election at Philadelphia in the year 1740, in a very Public Place and after a very Public manner, being taken and apprehended with a grindstone in my Hands as though I had a mind to take it away and when the man spoke to me saying, "Where art thou going with that Stone?' I made answer unwittingly and after a suspicious manner to my own shame

I do confess, which was after this manner. "What if I have bought it?' These words being spoken by me, and have proceeded from the same Wicked Spirit which leads People into such Vile Words and Actions to the great Scandal of our Holy Profesion; all which Words and Actions of Mine as aforesaid with all the other unsavory Conduct of mine at that time I condemn the whole, and the Spirit that led me thereunto, with desire in my Heart, that for the future I may be more careful so as not to Transgress the Law of God written in the Heart.
John Webb

Children:—(Births recorded in Exeter Record.)

John Webb, b. 14 Mar., 1720. (O. S.)
George Webb, b. 3 Sept., 1723 (O. S.); was complained against for "marrying out" 30 June. 1743. (c)
Mary Webb, b. 26 Jan., 1726-7. (O. S.)
Sarah Webb, b. 17 Oct., 1729 (O. S.); probably married Mitchell, for we find "6-26, 1760, Sarah Webb, alias Mitchell, testified against." 
Benjamin Webb, b. 28 Dec, 1732. (O. S.)
Joseph Webb, b. 6 May 1735. (O. S.) On 29 June, 1758, Joseph Webb was testified against for "marrying out and by a justice." There is record of the administration of the estate of one Joseph Webb, Brunswick, Berks Co., to Rachel and Martha Webb, daughters, Mary the widow renouncing, 21 Mar., 1781.
James Webb, b. 4 Mar., 1737-8. (O. S.) +38 Samuel Webb, b. 23 May, 1740. (O. S.) Moses Webb, b. 2 Oct., 1743. (O. S.)

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