Israel Webster

MaleJuly 1753–9 September 1835

Brief Life History of Israel

When Israel Webster was born in July 1753, in Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America, his father, John Webster, was 44 and his mother, Ruth Clough, was 41. He married Elisabeth Rolfe on 25 October 1772. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 9 September 1835, in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine, United States, at the age of 82.

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Israel Webster
Elisabeth Rolfe
Marriage: 25 October 1772
Ruth Webster
Israel Webster
John Webster
Sarah Webster
Sarah 'Sally' Webster
Humphrey Pittengill Webster Jr
Samuel Webster
Charlotte Webster
Betsey Webster
Mary Webster
George Washington

Sources (24)

  • Israel Webster, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
  • Israel Webster, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"
  • Israel Webster, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 October 1772
  • Children (12)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (7)


    Age 21

    Historical Boundaries: 1774: Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America 1776: Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States 1799, Kennebec, Massachusetts, United States 1820, Kennebec, Maine, United States


    Age 23

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1776 · The Declaration to the King

    Age 23

    """At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name for a weaver, from Middle English webbester ‘weaver’ (Old English webbestre ‘female weaver’). By the time of surname formation, the gender distinction of the -stre suffix had almost completely disappeared. Compare Webb , Webber , and Weaver .

    History: The name Webster was brought to North America from England independently by several different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. One John Webster settled in Ipswich, MA, in 1635; another John Webster (died 1661), ancestor of the lexicographer Noah Webster, emigrated to Cambridge, MA, c. 1631 and later became one of the founders of the colony of CT, of which he was appointed governor in 1656. Daniel Webster (1782–1852), politician and orator, was born in Salisbury, NH, a descendant of Thomas Webster, a prominent 17th-century citizen of Ipswich, MA, whose family had settled there around 1635, while he was still a child.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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