Sarah Comber was born on 11 October 1839 and baptised on 9 February
1840 in Slaugham. She married William Webster on 3 November
1858 at the Congregational Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire.
Sarah then gave her age as 22 years and stated that her father was
deceased. She was unable to sign her name. The witnesses to
the marriage were John Hurst and Amelia Hurst.
William Webster was born on 23 May 1833 and baptised on 9 June 1833
at the parish church of St. Clements in Norwich, Norfolk and was the son
of Susannah Webster. When he married he was a Private in the
2nd Battalion of the 13th Light Infantry and named his father as John
Webster a deceased painter. Prior to joining the army on 31 May
1858 he was a carver and gilder. He died before the recording of the
William and Sarah had 3 known children:
Joseph J. H. Webster was born in about 1865/6 in
the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. He was a 5 year old scholar
in 1871. In the 1881 census he was recorded as 15 year old
Henry Webster, a labourer.
Arthur Webster was born in about 1867/8 in the Cape of Good Hope,
South Africa. He was 3 years old when the 1871 census was
recorded. He was a 13 year old errand boy in 1881.
William Edwin Webster was born on 1 March 1870 in Winchester.
His birth certificate records that his father was gilder. In
1881 he was an 11 year old scholar. By 1891 he was a 21 year old
When the 1871 census was recorded Sarah was living at 8 Eagle Terrace in
Aldershot, Hampshire, along with her 3 sons, widowed sister Cecelia, and
2 year old Annie Comber and 11 year old Sarah Anthony
who were both said to be nieces daughters. Sarah aged 30 and Cecelia
aged 33 were both needlewomen in 1871 and gave their place of birth as
At the time the 1881 census was recorded the family were still living in
Aldershot and Sarah was a 40 year old laundress and gave her place of
birth as Brighton, Sussex. She was then said to be the wife of
Samuel Webster a 40 year old groom who was born in Farnborough,
Sarah was a widow by 1891 and living in the parish of St. Nicholas in
Guildford, Surrey, along with her son William. She was then a 51
year old laundress and again said she was born in Brighton.