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Agnes Smith Webster

  • Birth Aug 1585 Cossington, Charnwood Borough, Leicestershire, England
  • Death Jul 1667 Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 48988372

Agnes was the daughter of Richard Smith and his wife, Agnes Wraske Hulcock Smith. She was baptized on Aug. 29, 1585 in Cossington.

She married John Webster on Nov. 7, 1609 in Cossington.

The couple had nine children, all baptized in Cossington: Matthew, bap. Feb. 11, 1609/10; Margaret, bap. Feb. 21, 1611/12; William, bap. Sep. 26, 1614; Thomas, bap. Nov. 24, 1616; Robert, bap. Nov. 17, 1619; Anne, bap. Jul. 29, 1621; Mary, bap. Mar. 30, 1623, buried Apr. 15, 1623; Elizabeth, bap. May 10, 1624; and Faith, bap. Apr. 8, 1627, buried Apr. 16, 1627.

They first settled in Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. John then moved his family to Hartford, Connecticut in 1636, as one of the original landowners in Hartford.

John became Governor of the Colony of Connecticut in 1656.

The couple attended the First Congregational Church of Hartford. After a religious dispute, in 1659 John took a group of dissenters to Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. The family finally settled in Hadley.

Agnes had two grandchildren, Jonathan and Mary, by her daughter Margaret, who married Thomas Hunt. Following the deaths of their parents, Jonathan and Mary were sent to Massachusetts to live with their maternal grandparents, John Webster and Agnes Smith Webster. Their memorials can be found here:

Jonathan Hunt
Mary Hunt

One source states that Agnes died on July 15, 1655 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut; however, she was listed as a beneficiary in her husband's will, which was signed in 1659. A more reliable source lists her death year and place as above.

It is assumed, but not confirmed, that she is buried next to her husband.

Thanks to Gar Watson for the information on the children's baptism and grandchildren, as per Skillington, S.H., "The Ancestry of Governor John Webster," The American Genealogist 24:4 (Oct. 1948), p. 201.

More information can be found at the Connecticut State Library website.


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  • Created by: Mary Jo C. Martin
  • Added: 1 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48988372
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Agnes Smith Webster (Aug 1585–Jul 1667), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48988372, citing Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Mary Jo C. Martin (contributor 46931071) .