Joseph Lambert Genealogy
68. JOSEPH LAMBERT was born about 1759, and like most of his
relatives, was a sea captain. Either he or his father owned the brigantine " Sea
Otter " in 1781, and in 1790 he was master of his father's schooner "Polly &
Betsy ". He was master of the schooner " Maria" in 1795, of the Helen " in 1800;
was owner, in company with Benjamin Crowninshield and Moses Townsend, of the
schooner "Union" in 1802; master of the brigantine " Good Hope " in 1802, of the
brig " Edwin " in 1804, and was a member of the Marine Society. His name does
not appear in the list of the East India Marine society.
He was at sea when his daughter Sarah died in July, 1785, and did not return
home until Sept. 4 following.
Bentley records various events in his family. Jan. 8, 1791. " Day before
yesterday a Capt. Lambert's family moved into the Eastern end of Crowninshield's
house "next door." Jan. 14, 1791. "News of Capt. Lambert, who has long been
missing. The news by a Southern Gazette. Several valuable families interested in
his fate." Apr. 10, 1792. " Lambert Jr missing yet." Mar. 13, 1791. " Prayers
were asked for Joseph Lambert returned from sea, death of his Father in his
absence." It would seem that, from the date in 1792, he returned in 1791 and was
again missing the next year.
He is in the list of church members in 1792, and it .seems probable that it was
he who was in a Volunteer Company in the Rhode Island Expedition in August,
1778, and in Captain Samuel Flagg's Company, of which Miles Greenwood was First
Lieutenant in 1779.
Bentley further records: Nov. 10, 1796. "News of the death of Jos. of Jos.
Lambert. Fever, abroad, aet. 14. One son & 3 daus. left. Died from vessell of
his father who was with him at Aux Cayes." Also in June, 1811, the death of his
wife's mother Abigail Obear (Ober), at the age of 75. "She had been a Widow for
38 years & was of the Archer family."
He married Apr. 24, 1782, Abigail, daughter of Israel and Abigail (Archer) Obear
or Ober of Salem, who was living in 1831.
Oct. 10, 1794, he pledged as collateral for payment of a bond, to Moses Townsend
of Salem, mariner, the land and house on Essex street and Cromwell street,
assigned him as his part of the estate of his father. He mortgaged land and the
end of a house on Brown street to Isaac Very of Salem, mariner, Dec. 2, 1799,
and conveyed it to Very, for $600, June 2, 1796. In January, 1812, he mortgaged
his house and land on Essex street to the Marine Sociey, it being the house that
had belonged to his father.
The will of Joseph Lambert of Salem, mariner, dated Dec. 27, 1805, and probated
3d Monday in Feb., 1830, bequeaths unto my wife Abigail all my real estate
during her widowhood. Residue unto her four children, Ruth, Samuel, Mary &
Abigail. The inventory, which included the house, land and a pew in Dr. Flint's
meeting house, amounted to $2647.37.
Sept. 16, 1831, Abigail, the widow, Ruth Lambert, singlewoman, Mary Goodridge,
widow, Joshua Chase, Esq., and Abigail, his wife, conveyed, for $1300, to
Leverett Saltonstall of Salem, Esquire, the land in Salem which had belonged to
Joseph Lambert, on a mortgage.
Children, born in Salem:
84. JOSEPH, b. abt. 1782; d. 1796.
85. SARAH, b. Nov., 1784; d. July 30, 1785.
86. SAMUEL, bapt. July 3 or 8, 1787.
87. MARY, bapt. Apr. 19, 1789; m. July 18, 1826, John Goodrich. She was
living, his widow, in 1835.
88. ABIGAIL, bapt. Feb. 2, 1793; m. Nov. 16, 1812, Joshua Chase.
89. RUTH, unm. in 1830.