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In memory of Gov. John Webster, my Maternal 11th Great-Grandfather on the HARVEY branch.


  • Johnson, Stedman, and allied families; a genealogical study with biographical notes, by Mabel Johnson, 1920. [Read]
  • History and Genealogy of the Governor John Webster Family, by W.H. and M.R. Webster, p. 6-31.
  • The Colonial History of Hartford, by W.D. Lowe, p. 32, 75, 135.
  • Middletown Upper Houses, by C.C. Adams, p. 703.
  • The Memorial History of Hartford, Connecticut, by J.H. Trumbull.
  • History and genealogy of the Gov. John Webster family of Connecticut, by William H. Webster [Link]
  • List of colonial governors of Connecticut. (2017, December 22). Retrieved from
  • John Webster (governor). (2017, December 22). Retrieved from
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Gov. John Webster

A Founder and Governor of Connecticut

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1590 Aug 9

Cossington, Leicestershire, England


1609 Nov 7

Cossington, Leicester, England



1661 Apr 5 (or 1655)

Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Old Hadley Cemetery

Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts


John Webster was born on August 16, 1590, in Cossington, Leicestershire, England. (He may have been born August 9 and baptized August 16). He married Agnes Smith on November 7, 1609 in Cossington and they came to America in the early 1630s with their five children and they had two more upon arrival.

They settled first at either Watertown or Newtown (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, but left there in 1636 with Thomas Hooker's company and started a new settlement at Hartford, Connecticut. There, Webster was among the original proprietors and largest landholders. He is named among the founders of the State of Connecticut and he served as Governor from 1656 to 1657. (From 1639 to 1659 all the governors' terms were a year or less). He was the 5th man to hold the position and he held the office in the 18th term. He was also a leading member of the Congregational Church of Hartford.

He died of fever on April 5, 1661 (or 1665?). His wife died in Hartford in 1667. He rests in Old Hadley Cemetery in Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.


Gov. John Webster & Agnes Smith were the parents of my ancestor,

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