Henry Webb

Henry Webb

    This is one of two portraits of Henry Livingston Webb in the museum collection. He was born April 5, 1795, ninth of ten surviving children of Joseph Webb Jr. and Abigail Chester, both of whose portraits are hanging in the museum.  The Webb family was established in Hartford, CT, and George Washington stayed in the home of Henry Webb's parents in May of 1781 to plan the Yorktown Campaign with Gen. Rochambeau.  Henry was in the import-export business of china porcelain and crockery in Albany, NY.  He met Frances Henrietta Delord while she was on a trip to Albany to visit friends.  They were married on August 13, 1832 and went on a honeymoon trip to Europe.  Upon their return, she was pregnant with child and delivered her daughter, Frances Delord Webb in 1834 in Albany.  The mother, Frances Henrietta, died three weeks later of childbed fever.  Henry Webb's young daughter was taken to Plattsburgh by her maternal grandmother Betsey Delord, for her first four years.  Henry then moved Frances (Fanny) to the home of his maiden sisters in Hartford, where they saw to her education and finishing as a young woman.  Henry's health deteriorated and he sold his Albany store in 1844, ten years after the death of his wife, Frances Henrietta.  He died in Hartford on October 12, 1846.

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