||Joseph, the eldest of the five brothers, married
Ann Payne Hunt at St Phillips, Birmingham, in 1824 and they probably
had four children, though only one baptism has been found to
date. Edward Daniel Webb, son of Joseph Webb, a bridle
cutter, and his wife Ann, was christened at St Philip's Birmingham
on May 10th 1828. The family address is given as "Ellise
Street" but this is more likely to be a mis-spelling
of Ellis Street.
Edward Daniel is important in this account of the Webb family, not only because of his fascinating experiences as a missionary, but because he thought to write down what he knew of the family history. Without his document much of the earlier history of the Webbs could not have been researched.For full details of the life of Edward Daniel Webb see Chapter 5.
In 1832 Joseph and his sister-in law (or possibly mother-in-law) Caroline Hunt were the witnesses to the second marriage of his brother William, again at St Phillips.
Joseph's wife Ann died in August 1840, and in February of the next year, Joseph remarried. His new wife was Catharine Hillman, and they were
also married at St Phillips, with brother James as a witness. Catherine, a cook, was from nearby Cheapside, but had been born in Wooten Wawen. Joseph's eldest son Alfred (born 1827) is found with his wife and family on the census of 1871 as a stationer employing 4 men, 2 boys and 11 females - was this a reflection of the family tradition of papermaking? He was then living in Summer Street, Edgebaston, a well-to-do suburb.
||Harvey was 10 years younger than Joseph and had married Lydia Pratt at Tardebigge in 1836 (younger brother Charles was a witness to the marriage). Lydia was a dressmaker, and originally from Claverdon,|
||Lydia died at the home of her son James, a saddler (High Street, Bordesley, Birmingham) in 1885. She was living with them at the time of the 1871 census, but at 276 Bell Barn Road, where James' occupation is given as "grocer's provision dealer". There may be a connection between the Jones family and that of Susannah Gardner (of Solihull, or Solihull Lodge, second wife of brother William) but this has yet to be established.|
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Charles was yet another brother who was married more than
once. His first wife was Mary Kingerlee, and yes, they
were married in Birmingham, but this time at St Martin's (the
oldest church in the city). At the ceremony in 1835 brother Harvey
and his wife-to-be Lydia Pratt were witnesses.
His second bride was Emily Lee, whose address was given as nearby Bradford Street where her father was a surgeon. In later censuses she claimed to have been born in Redditch, but was this really the case? The witnesses were once again Harvey and Lydia, now husband and wife. The marriage entry states that Charles was from Evesham, but we suspect this was a misunderstanding, as he had been living with William and Susannah in Evesham Street, Redditch, only the year before.
Charles and Emily had a large
family, and moved from Studley, to Breedon (Ipsley Street,
Redditch) , then to Church Green West and finally to Beoley Road.
They generally had their children christened at the Wesleyan
chapel and their daughter Harriet is mentioned especially by
her cousin Edward Daniel (the Wesleyan missionary) in his account
of the family history. After the death of Emily in 1869, Charles
married for a third time.