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  • ID: I1433
  • Name: Thomas (a) LAMB , Immigrant Ancestor
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1596 in Village of Barnardiston, Risbridge Parish (Suffolk) England
  • Death: 28 JAN 1645/46 in Roxbury Settlement, Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Burial: 3 APR 1647 Cemetery at Washington & Eustis in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Note:

    1624-9: Thomas Lamb and family lived in Barnardiston (Suffolk) England.
    "The American Genealogist" by W. Kelly Oliver; VMVIII:2:98; April 1950 (HeritageQuest) (Per SCGS)

    1630c: Thomas Lamb was a merchant who came to New England with the Winthrop Fleet with his wife, Elizabeth and two sons. He settled at Roxbury where he acquired a homestead property of 18 acres, which lay between Meeting House Hill and Stony River.

    1630c: "Thomas Lamb came with the first settlers to Roxbury bringing with him his wife Elizabeth, and two children. His homestead of 18 acres lay between Meeting-House Hill and Stony River, west of the home lots of Isaac Heath and John Johnson. His son Joshua, an enterprising and wealthy citizen of citizen of Roxbury, was at one time a proprietor of Lambstown, now Hartwick, Massachusetts, purchased of the Indians in December, 1686, for 20. Leicester was in 1713 granted by the General Court to Colonel Joshua Lamb, grandson of Thomas. Lamb's Dam, near the present line of Northampton Street, and noted in the annals of the siege, was erected by Colonel Joshua Lamb as a protection to his marsh land and works at the "Salt Pans".
    "The Town of Roxbury; Its Memorable Persons and Places Its History and Antiquities with Numerous Illustrations of Its Old Landmarks and Noted Personages" by Francis S. Drake; p. 309; October, 1878

    * Thomas Lamb settled in Roxbury where he acquired a homestead of 18 acres "lying between Meeting House Hill and Stoney River, west of the home lots of Isaac Heath and John Johnson."

    1630, October 10: Thomas Lamb desired to be made freeman.
    "Nathan Lamb of Leicester, Massachusetts: his ancestors and descendants" by Charles Francis Lamb; pp. 24-25; Madison, Wisconsin; 1930 (HeritageQuest)

    1631, May 18: He took the oath of the General Court.
    "Thomas Lamb of Roxbury, Massachusetts" by Patricia C. Lamb from the "American Genealogist"; 1980 (Per SCGS)

    1631, October 19: Thomas Lamb was made freeman in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
    "The Bottum (Longbottom) Family Album" by Rebekah Deal Oliver; p. 279; published by W. Kelly Oliver; Denver, Colorado; 1970 (HeritageQuest)

    1632c: He was one of the 10 founders of the first church at Roxbury.
    "Thomas Lamb of Roxbury, Massachusetts" by Patricia C. Lamb from the "American Genealogist" 1980 (Per SCGS)

    1633, May: He opened the first quarry in New England on the island of Squantom in Boston Harbor. He also helped to establish the first free school in America, the Free School in Roxbury, later known as the English and Latin High School. [Patricia C. Lamb]
    "Thomas Lamb of Roxbury, Massachusetts" by Patricia C. Lamb from the "American Genealogist" 1980 (Per SCGS)

    1633, July 2: "There is dismissed to Thomas Lamb, of state in Slate Island, 10 pole outwards the water side and 5 pole into the land for three years paying the yearly rent of 00--2-06"
    "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633" by Robert Charles Anderson; New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Massachusetts; 1995 (F7.G74 1995 CSL)

    1634c: In a paper giving persons inhabitants of Roxbury and their estates, Thomas Lamb is listed as owning 37 acres of land and 12-07-00.
    "Nathan Lamb of Leicester, Massachusetts: his ancestors and descendants" by Charles Francis Lamb; pp. 22; Madison, Wisconsin; 1930 (HeritageQuest)

    1640c: Thomas Lamb owned 40 acres of land in Roxbury. (William R. Randall, family researcher)
    1646, March 28: Thomas Lamb died. "Brother Lambe died of a Calenture, by a grat cold".
    "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633" by Robert Charles Anderson; New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Massachusetts; 1995 (F7.G74 1995 CSL)

    1646c: The Inventory of his Estate, taken "this last of the month [sic]" referred to various crops on the land, but did not list or value the land itself. These holdings were listed as follows: " . . . his dwelling house, barne and house lot with other grounds as upland and marsh lying together (through which lyeth a cart way reserved for the use of the towne forever) eighteen accors and three roodes more or lesse, upon the land of Mr. Hugh Prichard and the meeting house hill north west, upon the home lotts of Isaac Heath, Mr. Anthony Stodder, and John Johnson east, and with Stoney River on the north, and so along their unto the land of Mr. Thomas Weld, Mr. Anthony Stodder and the heires of Samuel Hagborne on the northwest, and nineteene accres and three roodes more or lesse, upon the south east of the dead swamp, the other end upon a highway leading to the fresh meadow upon Robert Williams east, and upon William Denison west. And nine accres of salt marsh upon Boston bounds east, and upon the heirs of Samuel Hagborne south, upon Isaac Morrill north, and upon a highway west, and in the first and third part of the last division being the twenty sixth lott between George Holmes his heires, and Daniel Brewer in both the parts is threescore and ten accres, one quarter and thirty pole, and in the thousand accres next Dedham, thirty and seven accres."
    The inventory, consisting of movables, totalled 112-08-08.
    1651, October 14: The General Court ratified the sale by Dorothy Lamb of a parcel of three-quarters of an acre.
    1652c: In the inventory of Roxbury lands, the heirs of Thomas Lamb held 6 parcels which had been granted to him, and a seventh parcel which he had apparently purchased.
    1652, April 12: "Thomas Lamb of Charlestown, son of Thomas Lamb of Roxbury deceased," receipted to "Thomas Hawley of Roxbury my father-in-law."
    1652, May 27: "John Lamb of Springfield, wheelwright, son of Thomas Lamb late of Roxbury deceased," acknowledged receipt of his share of his father's estate from "Thomas Halley of Roxbury my father-in-law."
    1652, May 31: The General Court granted a petition by "Thomas Hawley and Dorothy, his wife, together with Thomas Lambe and John Lambe, sons of Thomas Lambe deceased" for the sale of fifteen acres to William Parke (4,7).
    1661, February 26: Thomas Hawley and Dorothy his wife sold one of the parcels that had been granted to Thomas Lamb; this was endorsed in 1704 by some of the heirs of Thomas.
    1677, July 23: Quitclaim Deed
    "Know all men by these presents, that I Abial Lamb son of Thomas Lamb late of Roxbury in the County of Suffolke in Newengland doe acknowledge my selfe to have Received of Thomas Hawley of the same place who married Dorothy the Relict and widow of Thomas Lambe, the full and Just Sum of Twenty foure pounds In moneyes and Lands of vallue to my Satisfaction . . . In full of all Right . . . that I the said Abial.. have to the above Thomas Lambs estate Either upon Just division accounting the said Lamb Intestate or by the last will and testament of the said Lamb Evidenced to me by the acknowledgment of John and Thomas Lamb my brethren . . . who had Like Right to the Estate . . . and I do accordingly for my selfe & me heirs discharge the heires and administrators of the said Thomas Hawley and the Remainder of the Estate of the said Thomas Lamb . . . from any further Claime . . . In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seale this twenty third of July one thousand six hundred seventy and seven: the Land above mentioned is one acre more or Less Lying in the upper calfs paster".
    Abiel Lamb
    Phillips Searls and Richard Chick
    Mr. Searles acknowledged on June 14, 1698 that he saw the deed signed, etc. . . witness: Edward Bromfield."
    1686, October 6: "Joshua Lamb son to Thomas Lamb late of Roxbury acknowledged that he had had his share of the estate from "my mother Dorothy Hawley Administratrix to the estate of Thomas Hawley late of Roxbury and formerly the wife and widow of Thomas Lamb."

    1697, July 2: "Thomas Swan and Mary Swan formerly Mary Lamb daughter of Thomas Lamb of Roxbury deceased" stated that he had received 24 from "Thomas Hawley of the same place who married Dorothy the widow and relict of Thomas Lamb."

    1698, March 3: Letters of administration were granted to "Abiel Lambe, son of Thomas Lambe sometime of Roxbury . . . yeoman, deceased intestate, James Bayley and Mary his wife, daughter of the said Thomas Lamb, and Joshua Lamb his grandson". Subsequently a large number of documents were gathered in an attempt to determine what had happened to the estate of Thomas Lamb after it had passed into the hand of Thomas's second wife Dorothy and her second husband Thomas Hawley [Superior Judicial Court Case #3762]. Among these papers were receipts that had been drawn up in 1652, shortly after Dorothy had married Thomas Hawley.
    "Nathan Lamb of Leicester, Massachusetts: his ancestors and descendants" by Charles Francis Lamb; pp. 24-25; Madison, Wisconsin; 1930 (HeritageQuest)

    1698, July 14: A Caveat: Whereas the inventory of the estate of Thomas Hawley, late of Roxbury, deceased, was made on August 22, 1676, a committee has been appointed about such land as he held at the time of his death, and whereas he possessed no land at the said time, being the land owned by Thomas Lamb, Sr., of Roxbury, deceased, and never by the said Lamb conveyed to the said Lamb's children or heirs, "We Abiel Lamb, Mary Bayley, and Joshua Lamb, the children and heirs of the said Thomas Lamb do offer as a caveat to the said committee" that: We are the legal possessors of said lands by inheritance. The said Thomas Lamb, Sr., died intestate, his land descended to "Lamb his children and by no means to the said Hawleys." That there has never been any administration granted on the estate of the said Thomas Lamb which inventory of his estate was inventoried as Hawley's until letters of Administration were granted to us. Reply was made by Edward Dorr and his wife Elizabeth (Hawley) Dorr, for themselves and in behalf of Joseph Hawley, son of said Hawley , and for John Booth and his wife Dorothy (Hawley) Booth. They claim they are rightfully possessed of the land by inheritance, and that their ancestor Thomas Hawley owned the lands in controversy in 1652, and died seized of the same, and his widow, "our mother," continued her possession of them to the day of her death, with no molestation from her first husband's children, or their descendants "the now plaintiffes"; they also bring out in response to the second point, that some of Lamb's children were young when the widow married Hawley and that he, their father-in-law [stepfather], raised them; also that they have quit-claimed their rights to the land upon payment by Hawley, and they, the Dorrs, etc., can produce the records of the same. In reply to the third point, they state that the widow always said her husband Lamb made a will, which could not be found, she, thinking it would someday appear, delayed the administration.
    Edward Dorr and Elizabeth Dorr.
    Filed by the Judge of Probate on 28 July 1698.

    1646, January 28: "Month 1, Day 28. Brother Lamb dyed of a calenture, by a great cold." His remains are interred in the family lot corner of Washington and Eustis Streets, Boston (A Report of the Record Commissioners: Roxbury Land and Church Records; Document 114; Boston, Massachusetts).
    "Nathan Lamb of Leicester, Massachusetts: his ancestors and descendants" by Charles Francis Lamb; pp. 24-25; Madison, Wisconsin; 1930 (HeritageQuest)

    Additional Resources:
    1) "A Report of the Record Commissioners: containing the Roxbury land and church records" Rockwell and Churchill, printers; Boston, Massachusetts; 1884 (974.402 B65BR ACPL)
    2) "Genealogies and Family History of the State of Connecticut" by William Richard Cutter; Historical Publishing Company; New York City, New York; 1911 (929.2 Connect/Cutter CSL)
    3) "Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700" by Frank R. Holmes; The American Historical Society, Inc.; 1923 (974 H73D ACPL)
    4) "The Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Charles Henry Pope; Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; 1998 (974.4 P81P, 1965 ACPL)
    5) "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England" by James Savage; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1981 (929.274 S264 LAPL) (NE Sec. SR)
    6) "The Bottum (Longbottom) Family Album" by Rebekah Deal Oliver; p. 279; published by W. Kelly Oliver; Denver, Colorado; 1970 (HeritageQuest)




    Marriage 1 Elizabeth (a) Smith b: 1604 in England
    • Married: 1623 in Town of London, Parish of London (Middlesex) England
    • Note:
      * Thomas Lamb married (1st) Elizabeth (unknown) in Barnardiston, England. Children, born in England: 1) Thomas, Jr.; baptized June 25, 1624; died December 2, 1652; 2) Susan; born October 1,. 1626; died in infancy and 3) John; (see below). Children, born at Dorchester: 4) Samuel; born October 30, 1631; died 1649; 5) Abel; born August, 1633; buried October 16, 1649; 5) Decline; born February 2, 1637; married December 7, 1663, Stephen Smith; died 1670c and 6) Benjamin; born October, 1539; buried October 1639. with his mother.
      "The Bottum (Longbottom) Family Album" by Rebekah Deal Oliver; p. 279; published by W. Kelly Oliver; Denver, Colorado; 1970 (HeritageQuest)

      1630: "Thomas Lambe, he came into this land. He brought his wife. and two children, Thomas, and John; Samuel his 3rd son was borne about 8th month of the same year, 1630, and baptized in the church at Dorchester. Abiel, his 4th son, was borne about the 6th month, 1633, in Roxbury; Decline, his first daughter was borne about the 8th month, 1637; Benjamin, his 6th child, was borne about the 8th month, 1639, of which child his wife died, and the child lived but a few hours. He afterwards married Dorothy Harbitle, a godly maid, a sister of the church. Caleb, his first borne by her and his 7th child was borne about the middle of 2nd month, 1641."
      "Nathan Lamb of Leicester, Massachusetts: his ancestors and descendants" by Charles Francis Lamb; pp. 24-25; Madison, Wisconsin; 1930 (HeritageQuest)

      Additional Resources:
      1) "A Register of the Births and Deaths in Boston, from 1630 untill the first of the First Month, 1644" from the "NEHGS Register" II:76; The New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Massachusetts; January 1848 (Per SCGS)
      2) "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" compiled by Clarence Almon Torrey; p. 448; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland; 1985 (974.0 NEa/Marriage SCGS)
      3) "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633" by Robert Charles Anderson; New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Massachusetts; 1995 (F7.G74 1995 CSL)
    Children
    1. Has Children John (1)(c) LAMB b: 20 APR 1628 in Village of Barnardiston, Risbridge Parish (Suffolk) England

    Marriage 2 Dorothy (b) Harbitle b: 1619 in Village of Horton, Demeane Parish (Northumberland) England
    • Married: 16 JUL 1640 in Roxbury Settlement, Massachusetts Bay Colony
    • Note:
      1640, July 16: Thomas Lamb married (2nd) Dorothy Harbottle at Roxbury Settlement, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Children, born at Roxzbury: 8) Caleb (see below); 9) Joshua (see below); 10) Mary (see below) and 11) Abiel; born August 2, 1646; married March 1673, Elizabeth Clark; died October 6, 1709 (it is strange he was named "Abiel" as he had a living brother named "Abel").
      "The Bottum (Longbottom) Family Album" by Rebekah Deal Oliver; p. 279; published by W. Kelly Oliver; Denver, Colorado; 1970 (HeritageQuest)

      Additional Resources:
      1) "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" compiled by Clarence Almon Torrey; p. 448; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1985 (974.0 NEa/Marriage SCGS)
      2) "American Marriage Records Before 1699" compiled by William Montgomery Clemens; p. 108, 138; The Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1975(974.0 NEa Vitals/Marriage SCGS)
      3) "Pioneers of Massachusetts" documented by Charles Henry Pope; p. 276; Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc; Baltimore, Maryland; 1965 (974.4 P81P ACPL)
      4) "The Town of Roxbury; Its Memorable Persons and Places Its History and Antiquities with Numerous Illustrations of Its Old Landmarks and Noted Personages" by Francis S. Drake; p. 309; October, 1878
    Children
    1. Has No Children Caleb LAMB b: 9 APR 1641 in Roxbury Settlement, Massachusetts Bay Colony
    2. Has Children Joshua LAMB b: 27 NOV 1642 in Roxbury Settlement, Massachusetts Bay Colony
    3. Has No Children Mary LAMB b: 29 SEP 1644 in Roxbury Village (Suffolk) Massachusetts Bay Colony
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