Tradition without documentation has attached Elizabeth SONGHURST/SANGHURST as the spouse of Godwin WALTERS, the couple married in 1696 at the Concord Meeting House in Delaware DE. An article below by noted genealogist George McCracken debunks that theory. I have transcribed only part of McCracken’s article about the BARBER/SONGHURST family, but have the highest regard for McCracken’s work and thank him for his painstaking efforts. Any transcription errors are my own.I added surnames and months in parentheses, as well as capitalized surnames for clarity. Comments welcome. Bonnie Bowman Henson Here's McCracken's work.
On 20 7th mo. (September) 1682, John BARBER of Shipley, Sussex, executed his will aboard the “Welcome,” though it is not quite certain that he also died on board; if he did land, then he died soon, and we have therefore marked him…as one of the casualties. The will, as we shall see, mentions his wife Elizabeth (nee SONGHURST) and identifies her as eldest daughter of John SONGHURST, also known to have been a “Welcome” passenger, as was also Zachariah WHITPAINE who later married the other daughter, Sarah SONGHURST. Since it is highly probable that John SONGHURST’s wife Mary (UNKNOWN) and his son John (SONGHURST, JR.) were also aboard, the SONGHURST-BARBER party thus numbered six, or, if we count WHITPAINE in anticipation, seven.
The marriage of John BARBER to Elizabeth SONGHURST took place in England, first intentions 8 12th mo (February) 1682/2, second intentions 12 2nd mo. (April) 1682, at Horsham Monthly Meeting. His mother, the widow Mary BARBER, consented “that they should marry when they come beyond the seas; the Friends Meeting, however, think it would be more convenient that their marriage should be finished here before they goe.” With him John BARBER had two men servants and one woman servant, names unknown.
On this BARBER family in England, see Norman PENNEY, “My Ancestors” (London 1920), pp. 57 f., from which we draw most of what is said about John BARBER’s ancestors.
John BARBER the elder, who was of Henfield, Susse…in 1651, suffered much persecution as a Friend and died in Horsham jail on 11 1st mo. (March) 1671/2, later buried in his own ground. By his wife Mary (UNKNOWN), who died 28 3rd mo. (May) 1712 and was buried in the same ground, he had six children as follows:1. Mary( BARBER), b. 13 9th mo. (November) 1675/6 m. William GEARING of Wickham near Steyning, she mentioned in her brother John’s will, 1682; 2. Sarah( BARBER), b 18 5th mo. (July) 1653, m. 24 7th mo. (August ) 1678, at Thomas PARSONS’ house in Covold, to Benjamin COGGIN of Crewkerne, Somerset, she is also mentioned in brother John’s will in 1682; 3. John (BARBER Jr.), b. 1 2nd mo. (April) 1654, the “Welcome” passenger; 4. Hannah (BARBER), b. 25 10th mo. (December) 1655, m. Jeremiah PRIN (?) of Gorington in Shipley, she is also mentioned in her brother John’s will in 1682; 5. Elizabeth (BARBER), died unmarried, not in brother’s will so died before 1682; and 6. Edward, b 28 5th mo. (July) 1661, d 2 1st mo. (March) 1707, m. 27 December 1697 to Elizabeth BEAARD of Rottingdean near Brighton.
John BARBER’s line has been extinct since 1682, as no evidence has been seen that the unborn child mentioned in his will survived. By her second husband, Robert WEBB, Elizabeth (SONGHURST BARBER) had a daughter who died unmarried; whether she had other WEBB children is uncertain, but she had none by her third husband, Samuel RICHARDSON. It is therefore also almost certain that the line from Elizabeth SONGHURST also became extinct at her death in Philadelphia, 8 11th mo. (January) 1726.
…William PENN referred to Elizabeth (SONGHURST BARBER) as “Betty,” and that she returned to England where on 15 10th mo. (December) 1684 she attended a quarterly meeting at Steyning.
While in England she married, secondly, at an unknown time and place, Robert WEBB, who was buried in Philadelphia, 17 1st mo. (March) 1700/1, recorded in William HUDSON’s list of non-Quaker burials. Robert WEBB has been found clearly recorded as of London, of Talbot County, Maryland, and of Philadelphia, at different times, and (one researcher)… appears to have seen evidence that WEBB was also at some time of Amsterdam. In 1686 he (WEBB) wrote a pamphlet on Pennsylvania which was translated into Dutch. This would seem to indicate that he had already been in Pennsylvania before that year but if he had married the Widow BARBER, she might have supplied him with the ncessary data. In 1698 he was Marshal of the Court of Admiralty in Pennsylvania.
Robert and Elizabeth WEBB had a daughter Mary (WEBB) who died in Philadelphia, 26 4th mo. (June) 1714. Whether there was other issue of the second marriage, we cannot say, but at Burlington Monthly Meeting an Elizabeth WEBB married on 7 3rd mo. (May) 1711 Daniel LIGHT, and a Robert WEBB married on 1 3rd mo. (May) 1713 Mary GAUNT. No Burlington records show births of children of either couple and nothing shows them in New Jersey wills or other sources consulted. A Robert WEBB, the same or another, was dismissed by Burlington Meeting for disunity on 1 2nd mo. (April) 1751. These Burlington WEBBS married at just such a time as one would expect children of Robert and Elizabeth (SONGHURST) WEBB to be able to take that step…(NOTE: McCracken offers additional information about further searches of the records.)
…a power of attorney was granted 31 December 1689 to Patrick ROBINSON of Philadelphia by Robert WEBB of London gen’t and Elizabeth WEBB his wife, to collect sums due the WEBBS from the estate of her former husband John BARBER and from others including [her brother] John LONGHURST [so printed] and [her brother-in-law and sister] Zachariah and Sarah WHITPAINE; witnesses: Richard MORRIS, John DAY, William PENN. (NOTE: McCracken offers considerable additionaldata regarding land transactions.)
At Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 28 5th mo. (July) 1704, Elizabeth WEBB had leave to marry Samuel RICHARDSON, undoubtedly the man of that name who, with wife and family, brought a certificate from Spanish Town Monthly Meeting, Jamaica, dated 10 3rd mo. (May) 1687, the date of arrival not given. His first wife Eleanor (UNKNOWN) died 19 April 1703, and Samuel RICHARDSON died 10 June 1719. (NOTE: Many of his own family is mentioned in RICHARDSON’s will, in addition to William HUDSON of the City of Philadelphia, tanner and widower of Elizabeth SONGHURST BARBER WEBB RICHARDSON’s daughter Mary (BARBER HUDSON), now deceased. William HUDSON was the SON of the Mayor of Philadelphia of the same name and Elizabeth’s son-in-law.)
Source:George E. McCracken, “The ’Welcome’ Claimants Proved, Disproved and Doubtful” (Philadelphia,PA:The Welcome Society of Pensylvania, 1985), p. 39-48. (NOTE: Interested researchers should consult McCracken’s original article for considerably more information not transcribed here.)
(My NOTE: Clearly, no BARBER descendants are extant in the New World from this line.)