When did Theodosia die?

Theodosia (aka Theodocia) is believed to be the name of Clayton Webb’s mother. Her being named as one of the administrators of John Webb’s estate seems to give credence to this theory.

At a special court of the Common Pleas, June 8, 1805 —  John WEBB deceased. Administrators Theodosia WEBB & William WELLS.

Theodosia and John Webb are believed to be the parents of Clayton, John, jr., and William Webb, and possibly others. (Her last name is given as Clevenger, because it is said to be Clayton’s middle name, I have no evidence of any such thing; doesn’t mean it isn’t true, I just have no evidence of it.)

Using the ages of their children, we can assume they were born in about the mid-1700s. We know when John, sr. died because of his probate record from 1805. The only death date I could ever find for Theodosia was after 1811, because in a will for their son William, who died in 1811, Theodosia was again named an administrator.

So, over all the years that people have been researching the Webb family, the only death date they could come up with for Theodosia was ‘after Oct something 1811.’

While I was researching Clayton Webb’s land records in Hamilton County, Ohio something in one of the documents caught my eye.

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Clayton Webb land deed, vW1p294, Hamilton County, Ohio. FHL Digital Film #8142621 online digital image 165 of 705.

The above deed was dated 1821, and it clearly shows ‘Theodocia Webb‘ as one of the witnesses to this deed. In fact I saw her signature as a witness on three of Clayton’s deeds in this time period.

The main take-away from this document is that, obviously, Theodosia Webb was alive in 1821 when she witnessed these documents. Which means she died 1821 or later. Once again land records show their worth.

I am curious why am I the first to make note of this information, in all the years folks have been researching the Webb family? Because if they have, I have seen no evidence of it in online family trees.

I have always wondered if I was wasting my time researching what appeared to be already thoroughly researched surnames. But this just proves that even though others have researched, and even written books about a particular ancestor and their descendants, there can be something new to learn.

 

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Author: jenbumann

Genealogists, sci-fi nut, voracious reader, animal lover.

3 thoughts on “When did Theodosia die?”

  1. After several years of almost daily research on the rest of my ancestors and ignoring Statia Webb – have come back to this frustrating brick wall. I know many people have diligently searched for his parents and most believe that Theodocia Webb was his mother — but I have no proof. I have just found your website with this mention of Theodocia. Of course, I want to read the entire document for mention of Statia. But, I am having trouble accessing the land deed you referred to, vW1 p294. Is this not available through the Hamilton County Genealogy site online? Do I need to contact the local LDS center?
    Thank you so much. Yours is the first new information I have found in quite a while….good job!

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