History and Genealogy of the

Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut

By William Holcomb Webster &
Rev. Melville Reuben Webster

Rochester, New York
E. R. Andrews Printing Company

Elijah5 Webster (John4, Captain John3, Thomas2, John1), b. at Lebanon, Ct., Feb. 19, 173031, m. there, March 26, 1755, Abia Metcalfe, b. Mar. 3, 1736, dau. of Ebenezer, Jr., and Thankful Metcalfe. He was admitted to the church at Goshen, Sep. 24, 1758.

The descendants of Elijah Webster claim descent from the Mayflower. Mrs. Emma A. Whitney, of Burlington, Vt., gives the following line:

Wm. Mullens and wife, and their dau. Priscilla. Also John Alden of the Mayflower. John Alden m. Priscilla Mullens, and had four sons and four daughters. The eldest dau. Elizabeth mar. Wm. Peabody; the next dau. Ruth m. John Bass, from whom descended John and John Quincy Adams.

A dau. of Wm. and Elizabeth Peabody m. Ichabod Wiswall, pastor of church in Duxbury, Mass., and had a dau. who m. Rev. John Robinson, whose dau. Faith m. Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut, whose son Jonathan was also governor of Connecticut. Mercy Peabody m. John Simons and their dau. Martha m. Ehenezer Delano, whose grandfather came from Walloon France.

John and Mercy Simons had Thankful, Abia and Joshua. Thankful m. Ebenezer Metcalf and had Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Abia, and Abia m. Elijah Webster.

Dec. 1, 1763, Elijah Webster, Jr., buys land in Lebanon of John Bascom of Union. Nov. 6, 1764, John Webster, of Lebanon sells to "my son," Elijah Webster of Lebanon.

Dec. 31, 1777, court issued letters of administration on the estate of Elijah Webster late of Lebanon, deceased, to Reuben Porter, Jan. 8, 1778, inventory made of said estate. Oct. 3, 1778, Daniel Abel and Oliver Bill, appraisers made report on the above estate which included land "on the southeast side of the highway leading from Lebanon to Colchester."

April 23, 1785, court ordered thirds set off to the widow, Abiah Webster.

Aug. 4, 1817, Levi Webster, executor of the last Will of Abiah Webster, late of Lebanon, deceased, exhibited the will in court, Aug. 19, 1817, date of inventory. Witnesses to Will, Peleg Thomas, Chester Lamb, and Jabez Metcalf. Oct. 7, 1812, date of Will of Abiah Webster of Lebanon, gave to daughter Anna, one-half of real estate; to son Levi, to daughter Molly, gold ear rings; to daughter Hannah, gold necklace; to daughter Thankful, linen; to daughter Abia, linen; to sons Charles, Frederick and Elijah Hubbard, to the two last named she gave only $2 each, to her son Levi, she gave all of her real estate, one half of which was under an encumbrance to her daughter Anna during her natural life. She constituted her son Levi her sole executor.

Both died in Lebanon, Ct., he of smallpox, March 23, 1777, and she, July 15, 1817.

CHILDREN: (Births at Lebanon, baptisms at Goshen Church.)

  1. Anne, born July 19, 1757, bap. Sept. 17, 1758;

  2. Eli, bap. Sept. 24, 1758;

  3. Thankful Augusta, born March 26 or 28, 1760;

  4. Molly, born Dec. 17, 1762, bap. April 24, 1763;

  5. Abia, born Jany. 9, 1765;

  6. Hannah, born May 25, 1767, bap. Oct. 25, same year;

  7. Simeon Metcalf, born July 1, 1769;

  8. Charles Frederick, born July 2, 1771;

  9. Elijah Hubbard, born Dec. 23, 1773 or 1774;

  10. Levi Abel, born March 12, 1776.

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