Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Websters in:
 • Burial Hill
 • Plymouth
 • Plymouth County
 • Massachusetts
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Dr Ervin Webster
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Jan. 25, 1828
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 1856
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Ervin was the son of
Jonathan Webster & Lucy (Sterling).
He married on Sept. 2, 1851, Harriet
W. Learned in Boston, Suffolk, MA.

Old Colony Memorial
Plymouth, Mass.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 1856:
It is our melancholy duty to make a
record of the sad accident which occurred
yesterday on Billington Sea. Dr. Erving
Webster, of this town, in company with
his father, brother, and son, a boy of
four years of age, had gone to the pond
for the purpose of enjoying a sail. It
was a windy day, and the place is
notorious for the treacherous squalls
which sweep across it. In coming round
the island, when opposite Hathaway's
point, a sudden flaw upset the small
boat they were in, and left them cling-
ing to its bottom, which they had all
succeeded in reaching. They were slowly
drifting with the wind towards the shore,
when the little boy lost his hold. Dr.
Webster succeeded in reaching his child,
and then attempted to swim with it towards
the land. In this attempt he failed, and
both father and child were drowned. Dr.
W.'s father and brother worked the boat
towards the shore, and were finally rescued
by some of our citizens, who were on the
spot as soon after the alarm was given as
possible. The body of the child was found
floating near the shore; that of the father
was recovered an hour or two after by
dragging on the bottom, near the spot where
he was seen to go down. Every effort was made
which skill could devise to bring back the
fleeting life, but it had gone to that bourne
whence no traveller returns.
Dr. Webster was a yound man and had not been
many years a resident of our town. He came
among us an entire stranger, with no friends
to aid and bring him forward, nothing but
himself to rely upon for success. His unobtrusive
deportment was not calculated to win for him
immediate favor, but favor when once won the
more lasting. His retreating manner , his kind
heart, his gentlemanly intercourse with all
who approached him, had gradually but surely
attracted around him a large circle of friends,
who now bemourn his loss. We never heard him
say a word in detraction of any one's character,
and we never heard from any one a word in de-
traction of his own. He was a kind Father,
a faithful friend, a good citizen and an up-
right man. We share deeply in the sympathy,
which our citizens everywhere feel with the be-
reaved widow. May the consciousness that he
was appreciated and beloved prove as the oil
of joy in her mourning, and the belief that
he was fully prepared for his departure give
her the garment of praise for the spirit of

Date of birth:
Plymouth Memories of an Octogenarian
by William T. Davis
Copyrighted 1906 [p. 310]

Find A Grave contributor Allison Ferris Pierce (47066078) has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for Ervin Webster.
Their suggestion:

Mother: Lucy (Sterling) Webster
(Jun 8, 1776, Woodstock, VT-Aug 26, 1859)
(source: "Genealogies of the Early Settlers of Weston, Vermont, Second Edition", orig. compiled by Raymond A. Taylor, p. 414) 
Family links: 
  Harriet W Learned Paige (1826 - 1895)*
  Harriet Learned Webster (1827 - 1895)*
  Olin E Webster (____ - 1856)*
  Manly M Webster (1855 - 1855)*
*Calculated relationship

Aug. 28, 1856;
28 years, 2 months &
28 days.

Epitaphs from Burial Hill
by Bradford Kingman
Published 1892
Epitaph #1792
Burial Hill
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: P 18
Created by: Sandra Lennox
Record added: Jun 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92501130
Dr Ervin Webster
Added by: Sandra Lennox
Dr Ervin Webster
Added by: Sandra Lennox
Dr Ervin Webster
Added by: Sandra Lennox
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Sandy
 Added: Jun. 26, 2016

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service UPDATED