UK, Staffordshire: Seeking ancestors of Joseph Webb, b. c1812 in West Bromwich

From Scott Webb (member no 795)
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My grandfather (James ROY Webb) died as a result of an industrial accident in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA steel mill when my own father (John (Jack) Webb) was only 6 weeks old - that being in 1931.  A few years ago I joined a Webb Family DNA project and began to research my family genealogy using the available, on-line resources.

I can trace my direct Webb lineage to West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England but have "hit the brick wall".  By good fortune, my 3-G grandfather Joseph Webb married Benjamin Skidmore's widow Zillah (Morris) Skidmore.  The Skidmore family history is well documented and their marriage is on the Skidmore Family History site ( pg. 30 249 iii). Joseph Webb and Zillah (Morris) Skidmore were married on 6 September 1834 at St Thomas, Dudley both of this parish, he a bachelor, she a widow.  The trail ends there.

Other bits of data:

By the time of the 1851 Census, Joseph Webb (husband of Zilla) is deceased but we have not been able to find a death record;

Circumstantial evidence suggests a link to Meshallam Webb (b.1772):

A birth record of a Joseph Webb to Meshallam Webb (b. 1772 d.1841) and Mary Gregory (b. 1773 d.1858);

Given name usage by Joseph and Zilla is similar to the Meshallam Webb family; and

A marriage relationship between Meshallam Webb family and the Skidmore family;

There are 2 Joseph Webbs in the vicinity, born within a year or two of each other - other Joseph Webb ancestry unknown;

A Y-DNA match on the FamilyTreeDNA shows an earliest known ancestor (by DNA link) to a James Webb (b. c1774 - d. 1835).

Any help in busting through the brick wall will be greatly appreciated!

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