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John Webster

Male Abt 1535 - Bef 1594  (~ 59 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Webster was born Abt 1535 (son of John Webster); died Bef 11 Oct 1594; was buried 11 Oct 1594, Cossington, Leicestershire, England.

    Notes:

    From Skillington et al., citation details below:

    John Webster III, whose domestic life was punctuated by a pathetic succession of lyings in and layings out, appears to have married shortly after his grandmother's death. His bride, Isabel, died in childbed within a year and he married again very soon, for another babe was laid in the churchyard before sixteen months were out. In those days, when no man could run a farm or a business without a helpmeet, he would not be accused of inconstancy.

    He prospered in business; the accounts show that he ranked extra land and that he was taxed quite highly for parish purposes. He became, after the squire and the parson, a leading man in the village; in fact, his name appears next after theirs in the articles of agreement made in 1585. It is interesting to note that these rules, that were "to conynew for ever," were drawn up at a time when England was in greater peril than she was ever to be again until 1940.

    John married (Unknown second wife of John Webster) Aft Aug 1560. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Matthew Webster was born Abt 1564; died Bef 13 Sep 1592; was buried 13 Sep 1592, Cossington, Leicestershire, England.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Webster was born Abt 1510 (son of John Webster and Emett Welle); died Bef 24 Jun 1575; was buried 24 Jun 1575, Cossington, Leicestershire, England.

    Notes:

    "The churchwardens' accounts show John Webster II paying his mother's legacy, collecting a levy and doing business for the village at Stamford. Stamford, whose fair was one of the most notable in the Midlands -- its fame penetrated even to Justice Shallow in remote Gloucestershire -- is about thirty miles from Cossington, and that, with a laden waggon on Tudor roads would be three days' journey. His spouse, the 'goodwyfe Webster,' was responsible for the church's washing." [Skillington et al., citation details below.]

    Children:
    1. 1. John Webster was born Abt 1535; died Bef 11 Oct 1594; was buried 11 Oct 1594, Cossington, Leicestershire, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Webster was born Abt 1485 (son of William Webster); died Bef 1558.

    Notes:

    From Skillington et al., citation details below:

    [William Webster's] eldest son, John, took up his freedom in 1509/10, when he would probably be in his early twenties. He paid the Lay Subsidy in Syston in 1524 and his name appears on the Musters there in 1540.

    John Webster I became tenant, under the priory of Ulverscroft, co. Leicester, of a farm in Cossington about 1535, and in 1544 he went to law about it. His opponents, Thomas Chamberlain and William Chamberlain, were probably his friends, who joined him in a collusive suit to secure his title. It is significant that Thomas Chamberlain and William Chamberlain were witnesses to the will of Emett Webster, John's widow. In 1554 John bought this house and farm, where he had lived for some years. His name appears twice in the churchwardens' accounts: in 1545 he paid rent for a piece of land (a butte) and in 1549 he held the office of churchwarden.

    John married Emett Welle. Emett died Bef 20 Mar 1558; was buried 20 Mar 1558, Cossington, Leicestershire, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Emett Welle died Bef 20 Mar 1558; was buried 20 Mar 1558, Cossington, Leicestershire, England.

    Notes:

    From Skillington et al., citation details below:

    Emett, whose brother, William Welle, was in holy orders, belonged to the old school of churchmanship; she not only left the customary fourpence to Lincoln Cathedral and to her local church, but she endowed a mass and left other money to Cossington church. It is not difficult to picture the day of her funeral: family and friends were early at church for the dirge and mass that preceded the burial and then went home for breakfast.

    After the meal a little party of relatives and neighbours went through the three rooms of the house valuing its austere equipment, and out onto the land to price the stock and implements. Then they would return to the house, gather round the table again, the one among them who could write occupying the only chair, and so make out the inventory.

    Children:
    1. 2. John Webster was born Abt 1510; died Bef 24 Jun 1575; was buried 24 Jun 1575, Cossington, Leicestershire, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William Webster was born Abt 1460, of Syston, Leicestershire, England.

    Notes:

    "William Webster of Syston, butcher, became a freeman of Leicester in 1502/3; this enabled him to sell his meat in Leicester without paying a heavy toll. It also laid upon him responsibilities, notably those of fair trading and of contributing a reasonable amount to the borough expenses." [Skillington et al., citation details below.]

    Children:
    1. 4. John Webster was born Abt 1485; died Bef 1558.