When Margaret R. Harper was born on 3 February 1896, in Thedford, Thomas, Nebraska, United States, her father, William Riggs Harper, was 40 and her mother, Lillie Belle Dunn, was 26. She married Edward Leroy Farrell on 24 December 1916, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Ventura, Ventura, California, United States in 1920 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1950. She died on 29 December 1979, in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.
English (Staffordshire), Scottish, Irish (Antrim and Down), and Dutch: occupational name for a player on the harp, from Middle English harper(e) ‘harper’ (Old English hearpere) and Middle Dutch harper, herper. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.