Sunday, October 15, 2023

Cheaper By the Dozen


The last family in my family tree I have been researching for months has been that of the Solomons. Three Solomon brothers, Bennett, Goodwin and William, migrated from Franklin County, NC to what is now Stanly County, NC over 200 years ago. Bennett and William conquered, Goodwin became the brickwall. He had children. Who were they? And how about the 'loose' Solomons, who lived in the area and are not tied to one of the older generation - yet? While looking into three younger Solomons who were all born in Stanly County, and all married children of one John Dancy of Iredell County, I ran smack into my Lambert family, the family of one of my 4th Great Uncles, George W. Lambert, son of my 5th Great Grandfather, Rev. John Lambert.

Then it hit me. The Lamberts and the Solomons both originated in the Franklin and Johnston County area of the state and arrived in Stanly (Montgomery) County about the same time. Could there have been another or different connection between these two families? Could the Lambert family somehow explain the link to the Dancy family, how John Dancy, living in Iredell County, some distance from Stanly, ended up becoming the guardian of at least Jarrett Thomas Solomon, the youngest of the three Solomons who became his children-in-laws? 

A few years past, I concentrated on the family of Rev. John Lambert, Sr. and his wife Piety/Phida. John was a Primitive Baptist minister and my oldest known Lambert ancestor. He was born around 1772, first shows up in Franklin and Johnston Counties in eastern North Carolina, where his chidlren were most likely born, and arrived in what is now Stanly County on the western side and Cabarrus County border sometime in the 1820's, seeminly after some of his sons had already settled here. He passed away between 1850 and 1860, and it appears that 1858 may have been the year of his death, and a tombstone suggests he may have made it to 1860. This John was my 5th Great Grandfather and DNA testing suggests that he was not a Lambert at all, not down his paternal line at any rate, but instead a Pace, and a descendant of Richard Pace and wife Isabella Smythe Pace of  Jamestown, Virginia. 

In this post, my focus is the children  John Lambert Jr. There is more information on John Jr., whose life covered most of the 19th century. John Jr. was my 4th Great Grandfather. I descend from him through his son, William "Buck" Lambert. My focus in this post is who were, or were not, the children of John Lambert, Jr. There are three sources I have focused on to make those determinations. First, census records, second, land records and lastly, his Will, although by age 79, he had outlived several of his own children.

Census records

John first appears in a census record in 1830. At that time, Stanly was a part of Montgomery County and Montgomery County does not have an 1820 census, as it was destroyed, so it is unknown if any Lamberts show up in Montgomery County in 1820. Church records from Bear Creek and Meadow Creek Churches, as well as Court records in neighboring Cabarrus County show that there were sons of Rev. John Lambert and even John Lambert, himself, present in the area by 1822. Both Frederick and George W. Lambert turn up in the court records of Cabarrus County during the 1820's. They were sons of Rev. John Lambert.

NameJohn Lambert
Home in 1830 (City, County, State)Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 91 William
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 141 Nathan
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 191 John
Free White Persons - Females - Under 51 Piety Caroline
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 92 Elizabeth and Delitha
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 291 Mary
Free White Persons - Under 206
Free White Persons - 20 thru 491
Total Free White Persons7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored)7

In 1830, we see John as a young man between 15 and 19 years old, with a wife between 20 and 29. He was probably 18 or 19, and his wife 20 or 21 at most. There is a young man between 10 and 14 and another between 5 and 9. These would be too old to be the sons of a teenaged father, so I believe the 15 to 19 is an error and John was at least a decade older. There are also 3 little girls in the home, one between 5 and 9 and two under 5. Pleasant Almond is listed next to him in the census, who married John's oldest sister, Rebecca Lambert.

Did John Lambert, Jr. have two known sons and 3 daughters who were born between 1820 and 1830? He certainly did!

Nathan was born about 1820. He also had a brother named Nathan. William, called Buck, was born about 1824. He also had a brother named William. Oldest daughter, Elizabeth was born about 1822. Delilah, called 'Dillie', was born in 1826 and Piety Caroline was born in 1829. Again, he also had a sister named Piety Caroline and I believe that his mother was also named Piety, which was incorrectly transcribed in the 1850 census as 'Phida', not a known name. I'm not the only one who believes this was the case.

NameJno Lambert
Home in 1840 (City, County, State)West Pee Dee River, Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 51 Unknown
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 141 Buck
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 391 John
Free White Persons - Females - Under 51 Mary Adeline?
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 92 Piety and Jincy
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 141 Delitha
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 191 Elizabeth
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 391 Mary
Persons Employed in Agriculture3
Free White Persons - Under 207
Free White Persons - 20 thru 492
Total Free White Persons9
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves9

In 1840, the family of John Lambert, Jr., had increased to 9. I must add, the Lamberts were a family of yeoman farmers. They never owned slaves, and with Rev. John being a man of the cloth, most likely did not believe in the practice. The part of the county they lived in was not known for it in particular either. There were a few, but the biggest practitioners were located in the southern part of the county and the eastern, along the rivers and the river plantations.

NameNathan Lambers
Home in 1840 (City, County, State)West Pee Dee River, Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 291
Free White Persons - Females - Under 51
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 291
Persons Employed in Agriculture1
Free White Persons - Under 201
Free White Persons - 20 thru 492
Total Free White Persons3
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves3

Oldest son, Nathan, had married by 1840, about 1838, to Miss Mary 'Polly' Tucker, daughter of Joseph Tucker and Mary Peck Tucker. There were a limited number of families surrounding them and multiple marriages between certain neighboring families. They had already given birth to their first child, a girl named Elizabeth, perhaps for her maiden aunt. Polly would also have been expecting a second child at this time, a boy called Willie.

Still, the children of John Lambert Jr in the 1840 census do not quiet add up. There was an unknown younger son under 5 years old. There would not be another known son until Levi in 1841. Of course, it's quite possible this one died young. That doesn't explain the abundance of daughters not accounted for, Emaline G and Leah, who were both born prior to 1840, supposedly. It could have been that one of them was incorrectly counted for a boy, especially if she was a tiny infant, or a bald toddler. Both male and female toddlers were dressed similar in those days. Add it could have been that the youngest was not born yet, and came along in 1840. Ages were fluid in those days. It was not unheard of to see someone listed as 10 in one census, 22 in the next and 28 in the one after that. 


1850 is the year that we see the names and ages of everyone in the household.

In 1850, we see John and Mary Lambert, with all of their younger and unmarried children present in the home. Listed next is seond oldest son, William and his young family and beyond him, John's sister, Rebecca Almond, with some of her children. Remember that John was listed next door to her estranged husband, Pleasant Almond, in 1830? 

Living in the home is John 48, and Mary, 50. She is consistently shown as a few years older than John. Oldest daughter, Elizabeth, who never married, is now 28, Caroline, 21, if Piety Caroline, Jincy 17, Adeline 16, Emaline G. is 14, Leah is 12 and three sons have been added to the family in the last decade, John 10, Levi 8, and little Robert F. 6.  Mary Almond Lambert would have been 44 upon the birth of her last child and 20 upon the birth of her first. This was typical of the era. 

Marriages during the past decade would have been William "Buck" Lambert to Telitha Herrin, daughter of Hezekiah Herrin and Amelia Hatley Herrin. These two became my third Great Grandparents and Hezekiah and Milly another set of  my fourth Great Grandparents. They married around 1843 or 1844 most likely, there is not license to be found.

Daughter Delitha had married Josiah P. Tucker during the mid-1840's as well. He was the son of a Leonard Tucker of Cabarrus County.


There were to be no more additions to the Lambert family between 1850 and 1860, except for the addition of in-laws and grandchildren, but there were sadly some subtractions.

NameJohn Lambert
Birth Yearabt 1803
Birth PlaceNorth Carolina
Home in 1860Stanly, North Carolina
Post OfficeAlbemarle
Dwelling Number5
Family Number5
Real Estate Value100
Personal Estate Value400
Inferred SpouseMary Lambert
Household members
John Lambert57
Mary Lambert59
Elizabeth Lambert38
Jency E Lambert23
Leah Lambert21
John Q Lambert19
Levi Lambert16

John and Mary are shown with oldest daughter, Elizabeth, 38, Jency E. 23, and youngest daughter, Leah, 21. John Q is now 19 and Levi 16. There is no sign of youngest son, Robert F. Lambert, who must have died as a child between 1850 and 1860. Also missing is Emaline G. Lambert. She would have been about 24, certainly old enough to have been married, however, no marriage certificate has been identified. For now, it seems more like Emaline also passed away during this decade, at a young age. The two sisters who did get married during this decade were Piety Caroline and Mary Adeline.

Piety Caroline Lambert was married to Nelson Ervin (also seen as Irwin or Irvin) Almond on April 3, 1853.

Nelson Ervin Almond was the son of Pleasant Almond and Barbara 'Barbary' Pliler Misenheimer. Pleasant Almond was the husband of Rebecca Lambert Almond, John Lambert Jr.'s sister and therefore Piety's aunt. This, however, did not make Piety Caroline and Nelson Ervin cousins, as they were not blood relations. Pleasant and Rebecca separated, but did not divorce, although he carried on a relationship with Barbara for a very long time. 

More on Nelson's story can be found here: The Children of Rev. John Lambert:The Firstborn:Rebecca

and here: A Closer Look at John Almond .

Mary Adeline Lambert married Julius Hezekiah Herrin on January 27, 1854, a son of Hezekiah and Amelia Hatley Herrin and a brother of Telitha Herrien who married Adeline's brother, William 'Buck' Lambert.

Between 1860 and 1870

This was the decade of change and heartache. It began resonably enough for the Lambert family.

In August of 1862, youngest survinvg son, Levi lambert, married Mary Ann Furr, daughter of Paul and Sallie Harwood Furr. Soon, a son would be born named James M. Lambert. The came War.

John Q. Lambert would be assigned to Co. H 42nd Infantry of the Confederate Army. He enlisted in March of 1862. At this time he was unmarried. He sustained an injury to his eye on March 19, 1865 at Bentonville, North Carolina, after obtaining the rank of Corporal. He was paroled in May of that year in Charlotte, and had survived the War.

There were several William Lamberts who served in the Civil War from Stanly County. Whether one was Buck requires a closer look. Several records that have been attached to him were absolutely not him, too young. He would have been almost 40. His oldest son, Caleb Wiley Lambert, definitely did. 

Oldest son, Nathan did not. Youngest son, Levi, did.

NameLevi Lambert
Enlistment Age19
Birth Dateabt 1843
Enlistment Date25 Mar 1862
Enlistment PlaceStanly County, North Carolina
Enlistment RankPrivate
Muster Date10 May 1862
Muster PlaceNorth Carolina
Muster CompanyH
Muster Regiment42nd Infantry
Muster Regiment TypeInfantry
Muster InformationEnlisted
Rank Change Date30 Jul 1862
Rank Change RankSergt
Rank Change InformationEstimated day
Muster Out Date22 May 1864
Muster Out InformationKilled
Side of WarConfederacy
Survived War?No
Residence PlaceStanly County, North Carolina
TitleNorth Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster

Levi, at 19, was married with a child. His father, John, had deeded him land. He enlisted in the Civil War on March 25, 1862, with J. M. Hartsell, along with his brother, John Q. Lambert and several cousins, and possibly older brother, Buck and nephew, Willie, son of oldest brother, Nathan.

Levi enlisted as a Private, yet, despite his young age, he must have shown promise, because on July 30, 1862, just two months after he enlisted, he was promoted to Sergeant. Levi did not survive the War. He died on May 22, 1864, two years and two months after he enlisted. It is not known where he was buried.

John and Mary Lambert would lose another child during this decade. Piety Caroline, who had married Nelson Irvin Almond, passed away sometime before 1870. Her husband had also served in the Civil War, and although he made it back alive, suffered greatly and was never the same. He had enlisted in Company D, 28th Regiment, and was a Prisoner of War at Ft Delaware. 

Nelson Irvin and Piety Lambert Almond had 4 children: Phillip Levi, Mary, John Leonard and Catherine.


John Lambert, Jr. is now 68 and Mary is 71, and they are still farming and holding the shattered remains of their family together.

Unmarried daughters, Elizabeth, 45,  and Jincy, 27, and 'Laura', who was aka Leah, 22, are still in the home. John and Mary have taken in two of their grandchildren, Levi and Catherine Almond, children of Piety, their deceased daughter. There is also a young girl named Sarah Page living with them. I believe her to be a realtive, but intend to explore her separately. She may be a niece or great-niece. 

Next up is John Q. Lambert, who returned from the war and married Eunice Ellen 'Nicey' Whitlely in 1867. They now have a 2 year old son, Adam, and have taken in Piety's oldest daughter, Mary Almond, 14.

After John is listed the household of Mary Furr Lambert, widow of Levi, who had passed away inthe Civil War, and her little boy, James, aged 8. She has an older lady, Sarah Hinson, living with her.

The youngest son of  Piety Lambert Almond, John Leonard, is found living in the home of his Uncle Nathan, John and Mary's oldest son. John Leonard and Catherine Almond will remain in Stanly County, with John marrying Louisa Lambert, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Partin Lambert. They were second cousins, as Thomas was the son of William Lambert, John Jr.'s oldest brother, who did not migrated west with the rest of the family, making Thomas and Piety 1st cousins and John Leonard Almond and Louisa second.

Caroline married Eli Eudy, while Philllip Levi married a Harriett Harbin in Lafayette, Missisippi, where he is found living next to some of his more distant Almond cousins  and Mary followed her brother and married a Roman.


John Lambert Jr. died on May 24, 1880 He was 79 years old. His wife, Mary (also seen as Mary Margaret Almond Lambert) predeceased him. He died just before the census was taken. He is said to have been buried in Lambert Cememter No. 1, in the Lambert Community. This was supposedly where his property was located. Single daughters Elizabeth and Jincy also predeceased him and were buried in the same cemetery. The tommbstones were still standing in the 1930's and legible. Now, of those three, only Jincy's remains and barely. She passed away in 1877.

Tombstone of  Jane E. 'Jincy' Lambert (1833-1877)

Youngest daughter, Leah, is living in 1880 in what would have been the John Lambert household.

Household of Leah Lambert, nephew James M. Lambert, niece Catherine Almond and Sarah Page.

Leah is given as the head of household, at 42. Also still living with her is Sarah Page and Catherine Almond, her niece and Piety's daughter. Her nephew, James M. Lambert, 18, is now living with them, Levi's son, as both of his parents have passed. His mother, Mary Furr Lambert, remarried on March 9, 1876, to George Franklin Tucker. She  died on February 21, 1877, supposedly of complications of childbirth, at the age of 34 years, 1 month and 13 days. She was buried in the Dan Furr Cemetery.

Leah Lambert, now heir to a bit of property, married Daniel F. Herrin on November 4 of this same year. She was 42. Daniel was only 21, and the son of Darling Herrin and Lucinda Starnes Herrin. The marraige was performed by James E. Hartsell at Locust Level and the license had been applied for by John C. Starnes. Despite being only 21, young Daniel was a widower. He had married a relative, Nancy Starnes, on September 15, 1875, at the age of 16. She was 17. They had a daughter, Elizabeth 'Bettie' Herrin on April 15, 1878. Her mother was deceased by 1880, of unknown reasons, as Daniel was living in the home of his widowed mother, Lucinda, in the 1880 census, with his younger brother, Darlin Jr. and his 2 year old daughter, Bettie. One wonders what the reason behind of the marriage of Dan and Leah was, as she was twice his age and could have been his mother. Was he positioning himself to take over the John Lambert farm? Did he need a Nanny to take care of Bettie and modesty prevented him from living with an unmarried woman? Or was it a real, April-August love story?

 The marriage of Leah Lambert and Daniel Herrin did not last long. It is unknown when Leah Lambert Herrin died, however he husband remairred on April 2, 1882 to Glania Delaney "Laney" Honeycutt, daughter of James and Sarah E. Page Honeycutt. They would have 4 children together, the first, one month later.

And that was the spanse of the life of John Lambert, Jr.

Land Records

It appears that many of the land records pertaining to the Lambert family in Stanly County were lost to time. Those prior to the existence of Stanly County before 1841 may have been lost in one of the several Courthouse fires of Montgomery County. We know they existed because of the taxes placed upon them and from the mention in other deeds and court records of lands adjoining the property of this Lambert or the other.

  • Book 3 Page 350 - One of the oldest Lambert deeds to be found in the Stanly County records,  (as other older deeds prior to 1841 would be found in Montgomery County), wa one dated November 13, 1839 between Frederick Lambert and his brother, Nathan concertning 108 acres on Big Running Creek that bordered the property of Martin Widenhouse and John Lambert Sr.'s line. John Lambert Jr. was a witness to the deed. Frederick would move west, ending up in Mississippi, after this. Martin Widenhouse would be shown as someone with neighboring property in several Lambert deeds. this also helps place the location of the property of Rev. John Lambert Jr. in 1839, although it was not recorded in a surviving deed, and despite the fact that he did not appear in the 1840 census. He may have been missed, or, being a Primitive Baptist minister, he may have been traveling, or at a conference in another town. It also shows that Rev. John and his sons, despite his not leaving a Will, lived on adjoining properties.
  • Book 3 Page 90 - A deed from Jonathan Lambert to William  (Buck) Lambert of 104 acres on Stony Run Creek adjoining 'Tucker' for only $5.00. John was a witness. Jonathan Lambert is a mysterious piece of the Lambert puzzle. Many add him as a son of John Jr., because he is around the same age as John's son Nathan. However, his children are not listed in John Jr.'s Will, although John listed the other grandchildren of his children who had passed before him. In 1850, his only census, he and his family are listed right next to Rev. John Lambert, "Baptist Minister" and his profession is given as a laborer, as if he was working on the property of Rev. John. After them is Pleasant Almond, Rebecca's estranged husband, and Pleasant's assorted family and associates. As Rev. John is 78 and Piety (Phida) is 76, and Johnathan is 30, he appears more a grandson than a son. Of course, he could have been a 'menopause baby'. Until further evidence comes to light, I log him under Rev. John. He was either a son or grandson, confirmed by DNA. He died young, leaving a sizeable family. He may have been the offspirng of a deceased child we know nothing about, and raised by Rev. John and wife, but I don't believe he was John Jr.'s despite this odd deed between him and Buck.
  • Book 3 Page 353 A deed from Martin Widenhouse of Cabarrus County to John Lambert of Stanly County was  also transacted in 1850.The property was located along Pole Running Creek and bordered land already owned by John Lambert. It was sold for $90 and contained 120 acres except for one half acre containing  gold and silver mines Widenhouse wanted to keep. This shows how close they lived to the Cabarrus line.
  • Book 3 Page 373 Involves a transaction dated March of 1852 wherein Nathan Lambert sells to John Lambert for $13 a 19 1/2 acres tract on Running Creek and the north side of the Salisbury Road. William Lambert and J. H. Herrin (Julius Hezekiah Herrin, husband of John's daughter, Mary Adeline) were witnesses. I can't be sure if this was John's brother Nathan (1815-1870), or his son Nathan, (1820-1887), but my bets would be on the son, especially with a son and son-in-law being witnesses. This one intrigues me because of the mention of it bordering the Salisbury Road. 
  • Book 16 Page 24 is a Deed between John and William Lambert, father and son. For $70 he sold 70 acres to Buck on the northwest side of Running Creek and the Northeast side of the Fayetteville Road. Witnessess were William Stancill and Nathan Lambert. I've got to look at an old map to reconcile this one. From the image I have in my mind on where both of these old roads ran through the County, one would think these two tracts would be a considerable distance from each other,however, there's the factor of the creek. Running Creek has not moved in 150 years, not that much, at any rate. I can't help but believe an error was made in one of these.
  • Book 3 Page 372 Contains a deed between William Lambert to John Lambert. Dated July of 1854, this one is from son to father. For $50 Buck sold to his Dad 154 acres on Big Running Creek that crossed Little Running Creek. William Stancil and Nathan Lambert were witnesses. This one narrows the area down somewhat.

This portion of a map of  western Stanly County shows the area of the Mission Community and represents a time several decades, around 50 years, after the dates of these deeds. Pole Bridge Creek can be seen on the East and Running Creek on the West. Notice that the 1854 deed from William and John was recorded a page before the 1852 deed from Nathan to John. Debts to their father being paid?
  • Book 17 Page 136 concerns another transaction dated July of 1854. John Lambert sold to Nelson Almond 37 acres for $30 that bordered the 'old line' and the Lambert-McLure tract. Nelson Almond married John's daughter , Piety Caroline Lambert. He was also the son of John's brother-in-law, Pleasant Almond, by another woman, Barbara.

In this portion of the same map, one can see a clustering of Lamberts and a group of buildings that represented the village of Mission. Another couple of major roads can be seen, and in the pink, with the pink and yellow representing the change from the Furr to Almond Townships, there is the location of the McClure School, as well as some McLure families. The Lambert - McLure link happened when Lavina Almond, daughter of  Rebecca Lambert and Pleasant Almond married James Boley McLure. They had two children, James Henry and Elizabeth. James Henry seems to be the partriarch of the McLures is this area. The old cemetery where Rev. John Lambert rests contains only two marked stones, that of Rev. John and his granddaughter, Lavia Mclure. There are 19 inllegible stones and 33 other unmarked graves.

  • Book 15 Page 545 concerns a transaction between Daniel Freeman and John Lambert. Dated November of 1856, it involes 81 acres that bordered Martin Widenhouse. Witnesses were W. H. Randle and a Herrin. Daniel Freeman was a merchant in Albemarle. Before the establishment of Stanly County, Freeman had a store in Lawrenceville in Montgomery County on the other side of the Pee Eee River. He also ended up a major land owner dure to debts owed him. I can only guess this transaction was either a mortgage or payment of  a debt owed to Freeman by John Lambert

  • Book 6 Page 537 contained a deed from John to his youngest son Levi. Dated April 28, 1862, just months before the teenager  married and enlisted for service in the Confederate Army, which led to his death. The 87 acre tract sold by father to son for $75 met the corner of Martin Widenhouse's property. Levi's brothers William and John Q. Lambert were witnesses.
  • Book 16 Page142 John Lambert sold to John Q. Lambert on April 14, 1868, 150 acres for $150 located on John's corner along Poplar Branch and Big Running Creek. William and C. W. Lambert being the witnessess. C. W. meaning Caleb Wiley Lambert, oldest son of William, would have been 21 or 22.
    *Note: People have the tendancy to add "Quincy" to John Jr's name, however, there is not one single instance that I have seen as John being called anything but John or John Jr. Now, his son John Q. Lambert is most definitely called John Q. Lambert to differentiate him from his father. There was a spate of young men during this era that were named John Quincy in honor of the 6th US President, John Quincy Adams, so the son very well may have been John Quicy Lambert, but the father was not. John Q. is seen in records as "John Q. Lambert".

The Estate File

Estate File of John Lambert Jr. From Family Search

John Lambert outlived his wife and all but five of his children. Mary, alive in the summer of 1880 when the cenus was taken, must have passed away between then and 1882 when the estate was settled.

William 'Buck' Lambert was named as the Administrator of his father's estate. Heirs were named as Nathan Lambert, William Lambert, John Q. Lambert, Dillie Tucker, Adeline Herrin, wife of Julius Herrin, James Lambert and the children of 'Irvin' Almond. Delitha, aka Dillie, was named without her husband because she was a widow. Mary Adeline was not. James Lambert was a grandson, the only child of Levi, who inherited his father's share, and the children of Nelson Ervin/Irvin Almond were also the children of Piety Caroline Lambert Almond, who predeased her father. Leah survived her father, but briefly, but passed prior to the settlement of the estate. There may have been an epidemic at the time because that's four family members who passed between July of 1880 and March of 1882, John and wife Mary, oldest daughter Elizabeth and youngest daughter, Leah. 

The estate record lists the obvious names making purchases of the items that were sold, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, like Elizabeth McClure and Anderson Lambert, and neighbors like Levi Tucker, William Allen, Blackwelders, She's, Almonds and Herrins.

John Lambert, Jr. is buried in the Lambert Cemetery Number One, according to tradition, which is close to the intersection of Coley Store Road and Running Creek Rd.  His sons Nathan and John Q. Lambert are also buried here, along with daughter Piety and her husband Nelson Ervin Almond. 

Down Running Creek Rd just about an eighth of a mile, if that, is the second Lambert Cemetery,  in a clump of trees west of the old Homeplace. Almost directly across the street in a clump of trees near someone's home is the old McLure Cemetery, otherwise known as Lambert Cemetery No. 3, yet the oldest of the three, and where the remains of patriarch Rev. John Lambert rests. My Dad, with help, had staked these out and cleaned them up a few decades ago, but I've noticed that they are all overgrown again. 

They're all very close to each other and there is no doubt that this was one connected and close family.

The Lambert Cemeteries are in the Mission Community. The Community of Lambert was located near the intersection of Substation Rd and Ridgecrest Rd, was established by later Lamberts, a propensity of them, and is about three miles from where the original Lamberts settled. 

The original Lambert farms were right there on Running Creek and near Mission Church and Running Creek Primitive Baptist Church. 

Another Lambert, besides Jonathan, that I find incorrectly attributed to John Lambert Jr, was Thomas. Thomas was the son of oldest brother, William and after migrating around, settled in with his Stanly County relatives. More on him later.

The Children of John Lambert Jr and wife Mary Margaret Almond Lambert were:

1) Nathan Lambert (II), the first being his uncle. Born about 1820. Married about 1837 to Mary 'Polly' Tucker, daughter of Joseph A. Tucker and Mary Peck Tucker.

Land Grant on Big Running Creek dated 1847.

Children: Elizabeth Lambert Blackwelder (1839 - 1923), William H. Lambert (1840-1889), John Leonard Lambert (1842-1921), Ruthy Jane Lambert (1844-1928), Mary Caroline Polly Lambert (1845-1880), Nathaniel Riley Lambert (1848-1916), Sarah Delitha "Sallie" Lambert (1851-1889). 

Nathan died August 23, 1887. His estate was settled in 1889 by son John Leonard Lambert with 4 serving children, Elizabeth, Ruthie, John L. and Nathaniel Riley Lambert.

2) Elizabeth Lambert (1822- 1880)

3) William "Buck" Lambert (1824-1897) Married Talitha Matilda Herrin, daughter of Hezekiah Herrin and Amelia Hatley Herrin about 1845. Children: Caleb Wiley Lambert (1846-1914), Rufus Alexander Lambert (1847-1921), Julia Leah Lambert Eudy (1853-1908), John William Lambert (1855-1916), Mary Catherine Lambert Smith (1857-1935), Martha Elizabeth Lambert Moyle (1859-1902), Sarah Adeline Lambert McLure (1862-1926), Josephine Telitha 'Josie' Lambert Hatley (1865-1941), Matilda Amelia 'Millie' Lambert Dunn (1868-1900), Jonah M. Lambert (1870-1917). Adopted Martin Luther (Lambert) son of Julia Eudy by Goodwin (Goodwin) Hatley, (1873- 1892).

3) Delitha "Dillie' Lambert (1826-1886). Married Josiah P. Tucker, son of Leonard and Sarah Tucker, about 1845. Children: George Franklin Tucker (1840 - ?), Mary E. Tucker (1848-1922), Nathaniel Levi Tucker (1853-1934), John William Tucker (1851-1928), Susannah 'Susan' Tucker Hinson (1856-1886), Leah C. Margaret 'Lucy' Tucker (1858- bef 1886), Jacob Tucker (1861-1933), Jincy Jeanetta Tucker Ledbetter (1864- bef 1891), Sarah C Tucker (1867 - abt 1898),  Daniel Ephraim Tucker (1860-1932).

4) Piety Caroline Lambert (1829 - bef 1870) Could be considered Piety Jr. or even Piety III, due to her aunt, Piety Caroline Lambert Page (1816-1885) and probably even her Grandmother. Married Nelson Ervin Almond in 1853, a half-brother of her first cousins. Children: Phillip Levi Almond (1854 - 1920), Mary Almond Romans (1856-1910), John Leonard Almond (1859-1938), Catherine Almond Eudy (1860-1935). Piety may have passed away soon after the birth of Catherine. Her parents stepped in and raised.

5) Jincy E Lambert (1833-1877).

6) Mary Adeline Lambert (1835+1883). Married Julius Hezekiah Herrin, son of neighbors Hezekiah and Amelia Hatley Herrin, a sibling of Buck's wife, Talitha. Children: Sarah Jane Herrin Tucker (1853-1911), Miley Elizabeth Herrin Tucker  (1854 - 1918), Eli N. "little Eli " Herrin (1857- 1927), Ephraim Lee Herrin (1859-1924), Wiley Franklin Herrin ( 1861- 1915), Mary Ann Herrin Eudy (1866 -1908), John Wilson Herrin (1868- 1922), Frances Adeline Herrin Eudy Lowders (1871- 1929), Matthew Hezekiah Herrin (1873-1955), William Ransom Herrin (1875- 1930).

7) Emmaline G Lambert (1836-bef 1870).

8) Leah Laura Lambert ( 1838-1882). Married Daniel F. Herrin, son of Darling and Lucinda Starned Herrin.

9) John Q. Lambert (1841-1906). Married Eunice Ellen 'Nicey' Whitley, daughter of Benjamin Lindsey Whitley and Peggy Eudy Whitley. Children: Ephraim L. Lambert (1867 -?), Adam Elias Lambert (1867-1938), Mary Julina Lambert Tucker (1871- 1941), James M. "Mack" Lambert (1872- 1931), William Anderson Lambert (1876-1949), Rettie Avaline Lambert Lambert (1979-1953), Travis Crawford Lambert ( 1851-1953), John Duke Lambert (1884-1948), Ralph Deberry Lambert (1886-1953). Raised grandson J. Frederick Lambert (1895) as their own.

10) Levi Lambert (1842 -1864), Married Mary Ann Further, daughter of Paul and Sallie Harwood Further. One son, James M Lambert (1862-1938).

11) Robert F. Lambert (1844 - bef 1860).

So who made it a dozen? Why James M. Lambert, who was Levi's son, but raised by his grandparents after both parents passed away.

John and Mary Lambert raised nearly a dozen children and had over four dozen grandchildren. Today their descendants number in the thousands.

Bridge over Running Creek near Lambert Cemeteries in the Mission Community of Stanly County.

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