Richard Lambert of Salem, Massachusetts
Richard Lambert of Salem appears in the list of the land-holders
in the town records in 1636:-" Ricd Lambert, Joyner, Receiued for an Inhabitant
but to purchase his accomodcon Jan. 23, 1636." " Five acres granted him Derbys
fort side, July 18, 1637."
" This day also was convented before this court for drunckness Richard Lambert &
was fined tenne shillings & ordered to sitt in the stocks twoe publike dayes (ye
times referred to Coln' Endicot to determin." Lambert was successfully sued for
debt by " Willia Pester ", June 26, 1638; but won a suit brought by John
Pickeringe of Salem, June 25, 1639. He was defendant in an action for debt by
John Symonds, Aug. 31, 1647. On June 16, 1651, the selectmen of Salem granted
Rich: Edwards 20 acres in consideration of his resigning 20 acres below "
mackerill Cove towards the Creek that he bought of mr Thornedick wch was
formerly granted to Richard Lambert." He had land near Beckett's Lane in 1655.
Richard Lambert's wife was named Sarah, and as will be seen she was destined to
be a great burden to the town for many years. In the town records, May 1, 1647,
is an entry which it seems possible may refer to Sarah Lambert, although Richard
was still alive, since he was fined, in November, 1655, for "smoking tobacco
openly in the street"; but he was spoken of as deceased in 1659:-,, Capt
Hawthorne, mr Clarke, mr Corwin haue power giuen them to agree wt' mr Emry about
curinge Goody Lambert & for dyett & what they shall doe the Towne pmiseth to
repay them by the first of the 9th. month next."
The only clue as to the date of death of Richard Lambert is afforded by the
earliest mention of the care of his family which would set it as before
December, 1657; for " it is agreed with Henry Hereck that he is to keep Richard
Lambert's Daughter from y'8 first of ye 10th mo 1657 to the first of the 2d mo
1658 and he is to haue allowed him in Clothes & other waies the Just Sume of
flue pownd A year: pd him 5li 16s 3d: rest to him this 4th 2mo. 1659 175 ld
accounted with Hen Herik for keepinge of Lamberts daughter pd him the foil. p
Roger Haskel 2 li 3s 1d & reamyner p Ed Batter the whole is: 2li 105."
" There being an agreent with Ralf Elinwood in the 11th m° 1659 to keepe Sara
Lambert two years " &c. (land was. granted to him).
Under date of Jan. 20, 1661, " Sarah Lambert is Com-itted to Jerimyah Butman for
a yeare begin[n]g 20 Day of Nouber past vntill the twentyth Day of the moneth
Nouember next 1662 & the towne men bane pmifed to pay him fixe pounds." Again,
Apr. 26, 1662, "Its agreed and couenanted with the wife of William Lord Junio
that f he is to keepe and mainetaine Sarah Lambert seauen yeares if fhe foe
longe liue ", &c. Apparently this agreement did not last long, for, Dec. 17,
1562, it is " Agreed 7 with goodwife Cantleburie in the behalf of her hufband,.
that he is to keepe and maintaine Sarah Lambert one yeare ", &c.
She continued to be passed around as the following entries show:-" Jeremie
Butman for Sarah Lambert 5:10: 6," 1662. " Jeremie Boutman to be alowed for
Sarah Lambert," 1663; and again in 1664, " To mr Will Browne for Lamberts dafter
and for his expences at gerall Court to the 11th of 10th 66: tenn pounds I say
10:00:00." On Feb. 22, 1688, " Sarah Lambert to be difpoffed of by the
Difereacon of the felectmen for fome Convenient tyme to thofe they see meet for
at the eafe of Towne Chardge. Jan. 16, 1670, "It. for keeping Sarah Lambert &
Child 1667, 11:00:00." Jan. 16, 1671, " To JnO Clifford: for Keeping Sarah
Lambert 07:00:00." Mar. 1, 1671/2,
" discourfe wth John Clifford to See whether he would Abate anything of the
Seauen pounds p. year he Anfwered that he would not Abate anything and that for
the time to come he would haue more of the towne or elce he would not keep her
any longer. Agreed wth ffrancis Skery to keep her for one yere for flue pownds."
Evidently the charge of Sarah was no sinecure.
On Apr. 30, 1672, Its ordrd by ye Selectmen that forty Shillings be disburfed on
the Townes accont for the Cloathing of Sarah Lambert and Mr Batter is def irad
to doe it." " To ffrancis Skerey for Keeping Sarah Lamberts Child to haue flue
pounds also the same for Sarah Lambert ", 1673. " Tho: greenslits wife to keep
Sarah Lambert ", 1673. "Nich maning for keeping Sarah Lamberts child," 1673.
"Thomas Greenslut to keep Sarah Lamberts Child till it be 18 years old " (this
last makes it evident that the child was less than six years old when Sarah was
first provided for in 1661).
At last the town officers seem to have become desperate over the case, for,
Sept. 22, 1674, " Capt Corwine & Mr Bartholomer are def iced to Inqr wt veffels
are bound for Ver Genia & to Agree with any mafter for ye Carring .away of Sarah
Lambert for we' they have whole power." Feb. 27, 1674/5, 111/2 Acre of land laid
out to John ,Corwin pr ye Selectmen at ye Northeast end of ye now fence of ye
land Sold pr Ricl and Hollingworth to philip -Cromwel for ye use of ye sd Corwin
wch land is Sold him pr the Towne Consideration Twelve pounds pr him pd to the
Widow Greenslat allowed her for keeping Sarah Lamberts child." Evidently the
plan to transport Sarah was not a success, as her keeping still figures on the
records in 1675 and until 1679. The name of the daughter does not appear.
In Conant's list of marsh and meadow land-holders is found ,(*4*) 3 Rich: Lambt
(*3*) 2", i.e. 3 in family, 2 -acres in a later hand; the starred figures
probably are corrections. His land is mentioned in 1655 and he had Daniel Webb's
house. Savage says the daughter, Hester, married, Oct. 8, 1659, Jeremiah Bootman,
and they had Mary, born July 4, 1660; Jeremy, born Nov. 4, 1662; Mathew, born
Sept. 11, 1665. " Oct. 26, 1679, Samuell ye son of Jeremiah Bootman (by his wife
Hester Lambert) Baptized as his wife was a member of the Salem church." Beverly
First Church Records.
Savage also suggests that Richard Lambert, killed by the Indians, Sept. 18,
1675, at Bloody Brook, was a son of the first Richard.