When Harriet Minerva Webster was born on 19 September 1854, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, her father, Horatio Webster, was 32 and her mother, Sarah Riley, was 28. She lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1860 and Sparta, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1870. She died on 23 June 1875, in Pierson, Pierson Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States, at the age of 20.
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.