6 September 2010

Freedom certificate, James Webster (Treasure Chest Thursday)

One of my family treasures is the original Certificate of Freedom issued to my great-great-great-grandfather, James WEBSTER, on 1 July 1823. James had been apprenticed to John PORTER, a stationer of Pall Mall, London, whom we believe was his uncle. (Thanks to Michael FLYNN for his help with the PORTER research.)

This certificate was entrusted to me by Rodney CARR. It was handed down through his branch of the family (descendants of James WEBSTER's eldest daughter, Sarah HAZLEWOOD nee WEBSTER). The authenticity of this large document, only a portion of which is shown above, was confirmed by the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

James's parents, William WEBSTER and Elizabeth Harley PORTER, are the starting point of the Webster Descendants' Chart on my Web site.

('Treasure Chest Thursday' is a theme used by 'Geneabloggers'.)

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