ship Johann Georg II WEBBER was born on 18 Oct 1741 in Germany. He died prob. btwn 1811-1820 in Nova Scotia. Johann Georg Weber (known as George Webber in North America, sometimes recorded as Weaver) was, per family tradition, born 18 Oct 1741 in Germany, but on the January 1765 passenger lists to South Carolina, he is given as age 25 years, making his date of birth 1739. He was the eldest son of Johann George Weber (born around 1712) and Catarina ?? (born around 1718), who also emigrated to South Carolina with George's surviving siblings (Frederick @20 years old, Susanna @19 years old, Barbara @16 years old and Heinrich @11 years old).

He married (1) Barbara ?? in Germany, and she came to South Carolina with him, being age 23 years in December 1764. He married (2) Elizabeth ??. On Capt. William Shaw's 2 June 1784 muster list of Loyalist settlers at Ship Harbour, the wife of John George Webber is given as Elizabeth. She lived until after 1800 and her name appears on a land deed dated 1 Aug 1800.

In 1763, Johann Heinrich Christian von Stumpell, a Hanoverian officer in the Prussian army, began negotiating with the British government for a grant of land in Nova Scotia on which to settle Protestant, primarily German, immigrants. In the summer of 1764, he began to recruit families in the Rheinland to settle on this land, yet to be obtained from the British Crown. Some 400 German families, including the Johann George Weber family, arrived in London expecting to move on to Nova Scotia.

Von Stumpell, having taken from these families their passage money and valuables "for protection," then absconded, leaving the Germans penniless on the docks of London. The British Crown, on hearing of their plight, suggested, reflecting a shift on colonial policy, that they be given land in South Carolina instead of Nova Scotia, and a bounty was paid for their passage there.

The Webber family arrived in Charleston, South Carolina on 16 December 1764, probably on the Union, and they took the oath of allegiance on 26 February 1765 at Charleston.

On 23 Aug 1765 George Webber Jr. was granted 200 acres of land (the allotment for a man with wife and one child over age 2 years) on Cuffytown Creek, near his father's 350-acre grant in District 96, the rugged South Carolina backlands.

The younger Webber couple are said to have had twelve children, of whom only six survived to accompany the family to Nova Scotia.

During the Revolutionary War, the younger George Webber and his elder sons served in Capt. Thomas Pearson's Regiment of the Little River Militia, 96 Brigade, in the same company as Lawrence Marks, later to be another Ship Harbour Loyalist settler.

The Webber family withdrew from District 96 to Charleston with the British forces in the summer of 1781 and evacuated with the British from Charleston to Halifax in late 1782, arriving at Halifax on the Royal Navy troopship Argo on 21 Nov 1782.

The Webber family spent the winter of 1782-83 at Halifax in tents, and moved out with other Loyalist and military settlers to Ship Harbour in May 1783. As a part of the ad hoc Associated Loyalists of South Carolina, he was given former permission in June 1783 by the governor of Nova Scotia to settle at Ship Harbour. He was on a 21 Aug 1783 list of settlers at Ship Harbour who were to be victualled over the winter from government stocks. Charles Morris surveyed lots at Ship Harbour for this group on 13 March 1784, in which George Webber was assigned Lot #8, some 200 acres on the western side of Ship Harbour, and he received title to this land as a part of a grant made to Capt. Thomas Green. The Webber family was included on Capt. William Shaw's 2 June 1784 muster list of Loyalist refugees then at Ship Harbour.

In July 1786, he filed a claim to the Loyalist Claims Commission for 471 in compensation for property left behind in South Carolina. Of this sum, 130 was allowed by the commission, but he was actually paid only 52 in compensation.

The schooner Friendship of Ship Harbour, sailing under "Capt. Weaver", was reported cleared to leave Halifax on 24 Nov 1789, an indication of some of George Webber's economic activity at Ship Harbour.

On 5 Oct 1790, he purchased 200 acres of land on the east side of Ship Harbour, which he sold to Thomas Merryweather on 1 Aug 1800. He purchased on 30 Aug 1811 from Thomas Stoddard the 2,000-acre grant at Clam Bay that had been made on 13 July 1765 to Duncan, Robert Jr. and Robert Campbell, and which had been share-cropped by John Frederick Rupert until its sale on 8 Aug 1799 to Thomas Stoddard. The Campbell title to this land eventually proved to be defective, however, and so George Webber had to ask the Crown to grant him 500 acres of the same land he thought he had purchased. This grant was given him, and this marked the permanent establishment of the Webber family at Clam Bay on the farmstead known as "Birch Hill".

George Webber's death was not recorded in comtemporary records, and most likely occurred at Clam Bay in the second decade of the 19th century. He was not included on Daniel Sutherland's Jan 1820 list of inhabitants of Clam Harbour, nor enumerated in the 1827 census.

(Many thanks to Robert Kim Stevens for the above biography.) Parents: Johann Georg WEBBER and Catarina.

He was married to Mary Elizabeth DOULL? in Germany. Children were: Johann Georg III WEBBER, George Henry WEBBER, Peter John WEBBER, Philip James WEBBER, Catherine Elizabeth WEBBER , Samuel Frederick WEBBER, 6 other children WEBBER.

He was married to Barbara? .


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