Joseph Lambert Genealogy
52. JOSEPH LAMBERT, if his age is correctly stated on his
gravestone as 59, was born about 1731. He was a mariner and sea-captain. A list
of vessels insured by Timothy Orne contains, under date of Apr. 30, 1758, the
"Brigg Maria Theresa, JoS Lambert, Jr., owner, Jno Gardner, For Eustacia was
Taken & Re-Taken." Also Nov. 3, 1758, "Brigg Mary & Sarah, Jo" Lambert, Jr.,
Owner Rd Darby, For Medara & Gibralter." In the Salem Notarial Records, under
date of Sept. 1, 1759, appears the following protest: Joseph Lambert, master of
the brigantine " Mary & Sarah" of Salem, 7 0 tons, made declaration that on
August 6, he sailed from Monte Cristo, with 6 hands bound up the straits of
Gibralter, but said Vessel proving very leaky and her sayles Bad and being unfit
to proceed sd Voyage they put away for Salem and on the 26th of August they got
on Shore upon the back of the Vineyard and laid there about four hours, that
they arrived at Salem last night."
In 1777, 1778 and 1779, he was agent for a number of privateers, and sold a
quantity of stores and cargo as well as shipping.
He owned a part of the schooner "Sea Flower" in 1778, in partnership with Miles
Greenwood and Henry White, the former a brother-in-law of his second wife, the
latter her brother.
Aug. 29, 1780, he bought the sloop " Providence ", 75 tons, for £ 14,000, of the
agents of the ship " Jack ".
The " Otter ", brigantine, Edward Smith, jr., master, Salem to Guadeloupe,
cargo: fish and lumber, owned by Joseph Lambert of Salem, about 120 tons, no
guns, nine men, was libelled by the private ship of war " Lord Cornwallis ",
Nov. 28, 1781, having been captured in Boston Bay.
He owned the schooner " Polly & Betsey ", of which his son Joseph was master, at
the time of his death.
Miles Greenwood, his partner, was assessor in Salem in 1785, and the names of
Joseph Lambert and Joseph, jr., as well as that of Mary, the mother of Joseph,
sr., appear in the tax lists.
The Salem Marine Society, founded in 1766, has on its membership three Lamberts,
one of these, Joseph Lambert, a founder and charter member. The East India
Marine Society, founded in 1799, had a Lambert for the first signer of its
rolls, Jonathan (No. 59), Joseph, jr. (No. 68), and Jonathan, who was one of the
three members of its governing board for its first six years.
June 10, 1760, Joseph Lambert bought of Samuel Fisk of Salem, clerk, and Anna
his wife, for £48:6:10, land in the East Parish in Salem, on Becket's Lane. He
gave a mortgage on this property June 19, 1760. Dec. 12 of the same year he took
of Fisk, as collateral on a sum of money, some more land in the same locality,
and Nov. 18, 1761, Fisk sold it to him for £53:14. Mar. 15, 1771, he sold, for
56s. 2 far., to Nathaniel Sparhawk of Salem, gentleman, a small tract on
Sparhawk's rope walk. In 1779 he bought more land adjoining his own of Benjamin
Browne of Salem, joiner, and Mar. 10, 1779, he sold, for £400, to Edmund Kimball
of Salem, mariner, some of this land, and Apr. 14, 1784, for £30, he sold to
Jonathan Twiss of Salem, husbandman, land on the road leading to the Neck, which
his father had conveyed to him Aug. 5, 1763.
Joseph Lambert married, first, Jan. 9, 1755, as her second husband, Mary,
baptized Aug. 24, 1729, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Foot, who died Oct. 10,
1773, in the same epidemic of small-pox in which Joseph's uncle Jonathan (No.
29) died. He married, second, pub. June 4, 1774, Mary, born about 1734, daughter
of John and Mary White, and widow of John Scollay of Boston, who died Nov. 5,
1802, at Wenham.
He and Joseph, jr. are in a list of house-holders in 1787. His estate was on the
northerly side of Essex street, nearly opposite English street. His house was on
the lower corner of Essex and Beckford streets, the garden formerly extending
far down the latter street. Bentley says under date of Mar. 18, 1789:" A
Building, the property of the family of Lambert, having one room upon a floor,
and the entrance in a range with the chimney at the eastern end, the whole
building facing the western end of English's Lane nearly, taken down." He also
gives this family in a '1 List of such Persons, who have been so frequently
visited that their families can be recollected." Aug. 18, 1790, he says:-,, Last
evening Capt. Joseph Lambert departed this life very suddenly. He drank Tea in
the family & went to bed as usual, tho' under infirmities of long continuance.
He was heard to rise from bed, but upon his friends entering the chamber he laid
down & expired at 1/2 past nine o'clock. He was a man of great virtues & great
vices. He was the best of sons, the most kind of fathers, the most tender
relation, & charitable to all who applied in their distress. He has left an aged
Mother about 80 aet. A widow, his second wife. One son & five daughters, all
married but one. He has many Grandchildren. He has left five sisters behind him.
He will be sincerely regretted by a numerous train of dependent relations."
There are two deeds on record, one made in 1765 and one after the death of
Joseph Lambert, in 1796, which are too long to quote here, but they make clear
many relationships in this family and may be briefly stated to cover land bought
in 1694 by Samuel, the grandfather of Joseph, of John Warner's widoty. His son
Jonathan (No. 29), who died in 1773, lived in the house, having with his brother
Joseph (No. 28) inherited it as residuary legatees of their father. Joseph died
intestate, in 1764, and his share was inherited by his widow Mary and her
children, who, in 1765, sell their interest to their uncle Jonathan, mariner. In
1796 some of the children again sell another part of the property which their
mother had inherited, the daughter Sarah having, since the former deed, married
her second husband, George or John Un4erwood, who had also died, and the
daughter Elizabeth having likewise married and lost her husband, Henry Phillips.
Administration of the estate of Captain Joseph Lambert was granted to his son
Joseph, Mar. 18, 1791. The inventory, which included the mansion valued at £395,
a pew and a half in the Eastern Meeting House, and onehalf of the schooner "
Betsy & Polly," amounted to £1,461:6:3, with about £633 in United States loans,
and was taken Apr. 8, 1791. In an account, among the items, are " articles of
mourning supplied to Mrs. Lambert mother of the deceased by desire of the widow
& heirs. Ditto for Mrs. White sister of the deceased."
The estate was divided Nov. 14, 1794, but the d:,ision was disapproved and
finally settled by giving Joseph the house and land on Essex street; Lydia
Townsend, the land on Cromwell street and a pew in the meeting house; Hannah
Rice, land on Cromwell street; Mary Crowninshield, land on Cromwell street; and
Priscilla Lambert, two Common Rights in the Great Pasture. Joseph was to pay
various sums and also a payment to the legal representatives of Elizabeth
His widow Mary, by will dated Jan. 27, 1776 (apparently an error for 1796, as
she was not a widow in 1776,) and probated January 10, 1803, bequeathed unto my
sister Elizabeth Greenwood (Elisabeth, daughter of John and Mary White married
Jan. 12, 1772, as the widow of Thomas Elkins, Miles Greenwood), all my estate,
real or personal, my friend Mr. Thomas Saunders, son-in-law to my kister
Greenwood, to be executor. The widow is called " Late of Wenham formerly of
Since the dates of birth of the children cannot be found, they cannot be
definitely assigned to the two wives, but as Priscilla, the youngest, was
married almost 19 years after the death of the first wife, it is probable that
all were the result of the first marriage.
Children, born in Salem:
68. JOSEPH, b. abt. 1759; d. Jan. 16, 1830.
69. MARY, who was born in Nov., 1760, and died June 19,1850, in Charlestown,
Mass., married Nov. 9, 1780, Benjamin, born Feb. 16, 1758, died Nov. 22, 1836,
in Charlestown, son of Jacob and Hannah (Carlton) Crowninshield of Salem. He
was a ship-master and collector of customs for Marblehead, and lived on Essex
street in Salem, opposite the head of Union street. He and his son Benjamin,
as captain and passenger respectively, went on the famous voyage of the yacht
" Cleopatra's Barge," to Europe. He commanded many celebrated ships, and his
portrait hangs in the Peabody Museum in Salem. Children, born in Salem:
abt. 1782; d. Dec., 1864, s. p. He was known as "Philosopher Ben".
A SON, b.
Apr., 1786; d. Apr. 23, 1786.
abt. 1787; bapt. June 28, 1789; d. Sept. 15, 1870; m. Apr. 4, 1814, John
June 28, 1789; d. May 4, 1834; m. Mar. 29, 1819, Lieut. James Armstrong,
bapt. Nov. 16, 1794.
abt. 1796; bapt. Mar. 10, 1799; d. June 15, 1849, at sea, near Panama; m. June
9, 1825, Harriet Wallack.
BOARDMAN, bapt. Nov. 18, 1804; d. Mar. 17, 1870; m. Nov., 1836, Commodore
James Armstrong, widower of her sister.
70. ELIZABETH, was born about 1764, and married Sept. 16, 1782, Thomas,
baptized Jan. 25, 1758, son of Stephen and Sarah (Beadle) Welcome of Salem. He
had previously married, Sept. 26, 1776, Priscilla Webb, born about 1758, died
Jan. 11, 1781. Children, born in Salem:
abt. 1778; d. Mar. 28, 1859; m. Aug. 12, 1799, Capt. George Southard.
b. Dec. 12,1780; d. Aug. 19, 1864; m. Feb. 3, 1805, Robert Deland; d. Aug. 20,
Mar. 2,1783; d. Feb. 4, 1805, at Guadeloupe. Bentley says:-" Thomas Welcome
was the only son of T. W. by a Lambert. He was an amiable, industrious & well
informed young man &the public hopes were indulgent to him."
Feb. 29, 1788; d. 1871, at North Andover; m. Dec. 13, 1812, George Hodges.
Bentley records the death of their son George, Sept. 25, 1818, ae. 8 mo.; they
then had one child left.
A daughter Betsey was baptized Oct. 30, 1785, who doubtless died young. The
birth of the second daughter of that name was taken from the Hodges Genealogy,
but according to a member of the family she celebrated March 4th as her
birthday and not February 29th.
71. LYDIA, was born June 27, 1767, and married Apr. 7, 1785, Moses Townsend,
born May 17, 1760, died Feb. 14, 1843. Moses Townsend's father was present at
the siege of Boston and at the capitulation of Fort Washington. They were both
captured by the British, and Moses, sr., died of disease while a
prisoner-of-war in Mill prison, near Plymouth, England, in 1777. Moses, jr.,
probably was buried at Wallingford, Conn. Bentley notes the death of their
daughter Mary and says they lived on Derby street, below Turner; he also
records the death of the son Joseph Lambert, whose father was then at sea. He
likewise states, "Capt. Townsend preparing to remove his house in Derby street
upon his Lambert lot in Becket street, to build upon his present lot." Lydia
died Sept. 7, 1833. Children, born in Salem:
Dec. 16, 1787; m. Nov. 18, 1810, William Rice.
Nov. 1, 1790.
Apr. 14,1793; d. Oct. 19, 1801.
Dec. 11, 1798.
LAMBERT, bapt. May 3, 1801; d. Sept. 19, 1802.
Mar. 22, 1806.
May 3, 1809.
July 20, 1812.
72. HANNAH, whose birth does not appear, married June 3, 1784 (Dec. 28, 1783,
church records), Matthias Rice. Bentley visited Saco, where they lived, .June
6, 1787, and on Sept. 19, 1802, records the death of their daughter, Priscilla
Lambert, in which note he says that Matthias Rice was a physician of Saco, who
removed to Blackpoint, Maine, and that he died several years before, leaving
three sons, the children born at Scarborough, and the widow having returned to
Saco the previous year. Rea's Journal, under date of June 4, 1807, notes "News
of death of Hy Rice drowned at sea, 22 years, father Matthias Rice, physician,
Saco, she dau. of Capt. Joseph Lambert." Children:
abt. 1785; d. June 4, 1807, at sea.
Aug. 18, 1793.
Aug. 18, 1793.
bapt. May 22, 1797.
Nov. 3, 1801.
AUGUSTA, bapt. Nov. 3, 1801.
LAMBERT, bapt. Nov. 3, 1801; d. Sept. 19, 1802.
73. PRISCILLA, b. July 13, 1770; d. Dec. 10, 1852; m. Aug. 30, 1792, Samuel
Lambert (No. 75).