Welcome to the Webb Surname DNA Project website. We are a large group of genealogists who have chosen to incorporate the science of DNA into our research to help break through our “brick walls,” find relatives and strengthen paper trails.
Project Overview - 2013
The WEBB Surname DNA Project began in February of 2002 with two participants who were hopeful of a match. Other participants quickly followed as Webb researchers learned about the potential of this valuable genealogical tool. In its earliest stages, the project mainly focused on Webb families of the Southeast. Over the years it has expanded to include hundreds of members from all regions of the United States, as well as participants from England, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. We now enjoy a membership of over 340 participants.
Included in the list of the many successes of the project are the establishment in 2004 of the Christopher Webb line of Baintree, Massachusetts, and the Jonathan Webb line of Stamford, Connecticut. In 2005 our first trans-Atlantic match occurred when a Wiltshire, England participant matched a Southern Webb family. We continue to make new trans-Atlantic matches. In 2012 a descendant of Humphrey Webb b. c1600 of Oxfordshire, England made a DNA match to several Virginia members, and descendants of John Webb b. 1694 m. Mary Boone of Pennsylvania made a DNA match to a descendant of John Webb b. 1795 of Co. Armagh, Ireland.
All WEBBs are welcome to participate in the project. Our goal is to continue to grow to include all lines of the WEBB surname, from the early families of Colonial America to lines around the world.
1. English and Scottish: occupational name for a weaver, early Middle English webbe, from Old English webba (a primary derivative of wefan ‘to weave’; compare Weaver 1). This word survived into Middle English long enough to give rise to the surname, but was already obsolescent as an agent noun; hence the secondary forms with the agent suffixes -er and -ster.
[Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press]
Surnames were originally adopted out of necessity as civilization became more complex. When governments were formed, and religion became organized, it was necessary to adopt names that would define one person from another with the same given name. There is some indication that when taxes became a part of society, surnames quickly followed.
English surnames in particular arose from several different origins. Some were formed from the given name of the father, with prefixes or suffixes added and used to mean “son of” as seen in names like Williamson and Thomason. Or the use of "Mac" as in McDonald, meaning "son of" Donald in Gaelic. Other prefixes of this kind are O’ as in O’ Neil and Fitz, as in Fitzpatrick.
A second type of surname was taken from the personal characteristics of a person. Examples of this are the surnames Good, Short, White and Wise. A third came from a person’s locality or the place in which they lived. This is thought to be the largest class of surnames and was adopted by royalty and nobility. This type was introduced to England by the Normans.
The final type of surname was derived from occupations. This came into use before the Norman Conquest. Some names of this type were official names such as Chamberlain, Alderman and Deacon. But trade and craft names were also adopted. One of these occupational surnames is WEBB or WEBBE, which originally was the name for a male “weaver of cloth.”
One of the first written examples of the surname was the name Osbert Webbe in the county of Suffolk, listed in the pipe rolls. But, according to surnamedb.com, the oldest known record to include this family name is the “Olde English Byname Register.” Recorded in this register is the name "Alger se Webba" and it dates to about the year 1100 during the reign of King William the Second [1087-1100].
Because occupations didn’t necessarily conform to any rules of geography or place, it was natural that many families over a broad geographical area adopted the surname WEBB and this could account for so many families sharing the name WEBB without sharing the same ancestry.
Project Administrator: Eileen Sturner
New Participants Only!
If you are already a member of the Webb Surname DNA Project and would like to upgrade or do additional testing, you must order the tests through your existing FTDNA webpage and kit #. Please contact the Administrator if you have any questions or need assistance.
5/2013 - FTDNA Announces New Test Prices
Family Tree DNA has decided to offer some of their tests at a reduced price on an ongoing basis. As long as they are able to handle the volume of tests coming into their lab, they will offer a price rollback on several of their tests. The price cut will be open-ended, but considered temporary.
Y-DNA12 - $49 [permanent price]
Full mtDNASequence - $199
Family Finder - $199
Y-DNA37 + Full Sequence - $368
These prices are subject to change [except for the Y-DNA12 test] and are considered temporary.
8/2011 - FTDNA announces "Third Party" upload & transfer program.
This program will allow for the upload of 33 and 46-marker Y-DNA test results from Ancestry, GeneTree, Sorensen's SMGF and DNA Heritage into FTDNA's results database. The DNA Heritage transfer is free of charge, and transfers from the other third party testing companies is just $19. This $19 will provide new members with a Family Tree DNA personal page which will allow them to join Family Tree DNA projects and include their results in the Webb Surname DNA Project. For an additional $39, members who transfer their third party results will also have additional markers tested so that they can receive matches to FTDNA's 25 or 37 marker level and be given access to those matches. If you are a Webb who has tested with any of the above "third party" testing companies and would like to participate in this exciting new program, use the following link to join:
4/2011 - FTDNA Introduces New Y111 Test!
Mystery Webb Photo #1
Can you identify this Webb? Here is a mystery person for the Webb genealogist who likes a challenge. According to the writing on the back, her name was Minnie Laudig Webb. The photo was taken in Richmond, Wayne Co., Indiana which borders Ohio. Who was she?
Minnie Laudig m. Frank S. Webb of Wayne Co. Indiana:
It appears that Minnie Laudig Webb was married to Frank S. Webb of Wayne Co., Indiana. Frank and Minnie's age in the 1920 census shows their births to be in 1871 or 1872. Who were Frank S. Webb's parents and who were Minnie Laudig's parents?
1920 Wayne Co. Indiana Census
Frank S. Webb 48 born Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born in Ohio
Minnie E. Webb 48 born Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born in Indiana
In 1910, Frank S. and Minnie E. Webb have two children, Howard L. Webb, age 12 and Queen E. Webb, age 5. In 1910 Frank S. Webb claimed that both of his parents were born in Ohio. This contradicts both the 1920 census and 1900 census where he claimed his father was born in Indiana. Frank S. Webb is a machinist in 1910.
1910 Wayne Co. Indiana Census
Frank S. Webb 38 born Indiana; father born in Ohio; mother born in Ohio
Minnie E. Webb 38 born in Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born Indiana
Howard L. Webb 12 born in Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born Indiana
Queen E. Webb 5 born in Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born Indiana
In 1900, Minnie and Frank S. Webb were living with Frank's 64 year old mother, Sarah J. Webb b. May 1836 in Ohio. Also in the household was Minnie and Frank S. Webb's son, Howard L. Webb, age 3. Frank L. Webb stated to the census taker that his profession was a tractor engine builder.
1900 Wayne Co. Indiana Census
Sarah J. Webb 64 born Ohio; father born in PA; mother born in Kentucky
Frank S. Webb 28 born Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born in Ohio
Minnie E. Webb 28 born Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born in Indiana
Howard L. Webb 3 born Indiana; father born in Indiana; mother born in Indiana
There were other Webbs in the 1900 Wayne Co. census, but none appear to be other children of Sarah J. Webb b. 1836 based upon the fact that none of them claimed their father as born in Indiana and their mother born in Ohio.
Minnie Laudig was found in 1880 in Richmond, Wayne Co. IN in the household of her father Theodore J. Ludwig [Laudig], age 37 with wife Jennie. She was age 7 and had sisters: Lillie, Elizabeth, Bessie and Bertha. Theodore was a carriage painter. It appears that Minnie E. Laudig Webb did not know that her father, Theodore Laudig was born in PA [per census]. She told the census taker that he was born in IN. There was another Laudig in Wayne Co. IN in 1870. His name was William Ludwig, age 40, b. Wertenburg. He also had a daughter named Lillie.
An IGI record at LDS states that Theodore Laudig was the son of Solomon Ludwig b. 1813 PA, m. Elizabeth Barltemay on Dec 6, 1835 in Germantown, Wayne Co. IN. Both Solomon and Elizabeth Bartlemay Laudig are reportedly buried in Wayne Co. IN. An ancestral file at LDS states that Theodore John Laudig married Jennie Rebecca A. Baumer.
This website has been created for the advancement of genealogical research of the Webb surname and its sole purpose is to be informational and educational to those researching their Webb ancestry.
Put-In-Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio, cropped. The War of 1812.
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