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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Henry Lamb

Nansemond County, VA




Nansemond is an extinct locality that was located in Virginia Colony and the Commonwealth of Virginia (after statehood) in the United States, from 1646 until 1974. It was Nansemond County until 1972, and the independent city of Nansemond from 1972 to 1974. It is now the independent city of Suffolk. In 1634, the King of England directed the formation of eight shires (or counties) in the colony of Virginia. One of these was Elizabeth City Shire, which included land area on both sides of Hampton Roads. New Norfolk County was formed in 1636 from Elizabeth City Shire. It included all the area in South Hampton Roads now incorporated in the five independent cities located there in modern times. In 1637, New Norfolk County was divided into Upper Norfolk County and Lower Norfolk County. Upper Norfolk County became Nansemond County in 1646. Under the Virginia Company of London, in 1619, the area which became Nansemond County was included in Elizabeth Cittie [sic], a one of four large "boroughs", or "incorporations". In 1624, the Virginia Company lost its proprietary charter, and Virginia became a royal colony. In 1634, the King of England directed the formation of eight shires (or counties) in the colony. One of these was Elizabeth River Shire, which included land area on both sides of Hampton Roads, as had the earlier Elizabeth Cittie. Two years later, New Norfolk County was formed in 1636 from Elizabeth River Shire. It included all the area in South Hampton Roads now incorporated in the five independent cities located there in modern times. The following year, in 1637, New Norfolk County was divided into Upper Norfolk County and Lower Norfolk County. Upper Norfolk County was officially redesignated the County of Nansimum by the House of Burgesses in March 1646; by the October session, this was also being spelled as Nansimund. In the 1720s, John Constant settled along the Nansemond river (in what is now Suffolk) and built a home, wharf, and warehouse. Thus the site became known as "Constant's Warehouse."

Under the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730, three of the 40 tobacco inspection warehouses were chartered in Nansemond County, under two inspectors, as follows:
At Waynwright's Landing, Isle of Wight; and Laurence's, in Nansemond County, under one inspection.
At the widow Constance's [sic], at Sleepy-Hole Point, in Nansemond County, under one inspection.

In 1742, the Virginia House of Burgesses chartered a new town at Constant's Wharf and renamed it "Suffolk"

In 1750, the county seat of Nansemond County was moved from Jarnigan's or Cohoon's Bridge to Suffolk, a new town which had been formed at Constance's Warehouse at Sleepy Hole Point on the Nansemond River in 1742. It was named for the English hometown of Royal Governor William Gooch.

Suffolk became an incorporated town in 1808 and an independent city in 1910. Even after Suffolk became politically independent of Nansemond County, the county seat and courts remained at Suffolk.

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The Albemarle District in 1663 shows with today's counties.


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Perquimas County, NC
Perquimans was formed as early as 1668 as a precinct in Albemarle County. It was named in honor of an Indian tribe. It is in the northeastern section of the State and is bounded by Albemarle Sound and Chowan, Gates, and Pasquotank counties. The present area is 261 square miles.... Hertford, established in 1758 on the land of Jonathan Phelps, is the county seat. There is no description of the precinct when it was established.

Gates was formed in 1779 from Chowan, Perquimans, and Hertford.

... that all that part of Hertford County that lies on the North East side of Chowan River, and all that part of Chowan and Perquimons Counties, that lies on the North Side of Katherine, and Warwick Creeks, and bounded as follows, (that is to say) Beginning at the Virginia line, on Chowan River, thence down the said River to the mouth of Katherine Creek; thence up the said Creek, to the mouth of Warwick Creek, thence up said Creek to the Head, thence a direct line to the Head of the Indian Branch in Perquimons County, thence down said Branch to the Great Dismal Swamp, thence a North east Course to the Virginia line thence Westerly along said line to the beginning, and all that part of Hertford, Chowan, and Perquimons Counties, included in said lines, shall be and is hereby established a County by the name of Gates.

The lines between Pasquotank and Perquimans, and Camden and Gates were ordered to be run in 1804; because of the difficulty of establishing and marking the lines in the Dismal Swamp, they had not been previously marked.

... beginning near the fork of Little River, and running northwardly to the south-west corner of a ridge, known by the Middle Ridge, then along the west side of said ridge, crossing Colonel John Hamilton's turnpike road, to the north-west corner thereof, thence a northwardly course to a ridge in the desart known by Colonel Jesse Eason's Ridge, then a north course to the line that divides this State from the State of Virginia.

The dividing line between the counties of Chowan, Perquimans, and Gates was authorized to be established in 1805.

... That the said commissioners ... shall begin the dividing line between the counties of Chowan and Perquimons, at such place on Yeopon river, above Elliot's mills, as they may think proper, due regard being had to the former reputed line, and shall run thence along the said reputed line to Sunday ridge road, and from the said road to the intersection of the line of Gates county, and thence along the said line, as far as it extends on the heads of Chowan and Perquimans counties, and shall make or cause to be made returns of their proceedings to each of the courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the said counties to be deposited and kept among the records thereof; and the said lines when so extended and laid off, shall forever be established and confirmed as the dividing lines between the said counties.

In 1814 the act of 1805, establishing the boundary line between Perquimans, Chowan, and Gates, was amended by naming a new commissioner, which indicated that the line had not been established at that date.

In 1818 an act was passed which authorized the boundary line between Pasquotank and Perquimans to be run and marked. No description is given in the law.

The dividing line between Chowan and Perquimans was authorized to be run and marked in 1819.

... commissioners to complete running and marking the dividing lines between the counties of Chowan and Perquimons, ... shall commence running at the bridge in the lane called James Hataway's Senr. and run a direct course to Caleb Goodwin's bridge in Bear swamp, from thence a direct course to where the crane pond crosses the sandy ridge road, thence up the sandy ridge road to here the Gates county line crosses the said road ... the said commissioners shall cause to be made correct copies of their survey; one of which shall be filed in the Secretary's office and one in each of the Clerks offices of the court of pleas and quarter sessions in the counties of Chowan and Perquimons.

In 1819 the boundary line between Perquimans and Gates had not been established so as to be widely and definitely known. Therefore, an act was passed which authorized the establishment of said line. No description is given in the law.




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Chowan County, NC
Chowan was formed in 1670 as a precinct in Albemarle County. It was named in honor of the Indian tribe Chowan, which lived in the northeastern part of the Colony. It is in the northeastern section of the State and is bounded by Albemarle Sound, Chowan River, and Bertie, Hertford, Gates and Perquimans counties. The present land area is 172.64 square miles and the 2000 population was 14,150. In 1720, Edenton, which was named in honor of Governor Charles Eden, was established. In 1722 it was designated and has continued to be the county seat. During the American Civil War, the Albemarle Artillery was recruited in 1862 from Chowan and Tyrrell men at Edenton by local attorney William Badham, Jr.. After cannon were recast from bronze donated as bells from local courthouses and churches to arm the battery, the unit was renamed the Edenton Bell Battery. They named their cannon: Columbia, St. Paul, Fannie Roulac, and Edenton. Two of the guns, long thought lost, have been returned to Edenton in recent years. The St. Paul and the Edenton now can be seen on display at Edenton's waterfront park. The county was named after the historical Chowanoc American Indian tribe, also called Chowan.

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Rowan County, NC (Information from Wikipedia)

Old Rowan County, NC







Old Rowan County, NC became these counties


The first Europeans to enter what is now Rowan County came with the Spanish expedition of Juan Pardo in 1567. They established a fort and a mission in the native village of Guatari, believed to be located near the Yadkin River and inhabited by the Wateree. At the time, the area was ruled by a female chief the Spaniards called Guatari Mico. The Spaniards called the village Salamanca in honor of the city of Salamanca in western Spain, and established a mission, headed by a secular priest named Sebastián Montero. The Spaniards abandoned the area at some point before 1572.

The county was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. It was named for Matthew Rowan, acting governor of North Carolina from 1753 to 1754. The county seat is Salisbury. Initially Rowan included the entire northwestern sector of North Carolina, with no clear western boundary, but its size was reduced as a number of counties were split off. The first big excision was to createSurry County in 1771. Burke and Wilkes Counties were formed from the western parts of Rowan and Surry in 1777 and 1778, respectively, leaving a smaller Rowan County that comprised present-day Rowan, Iredell (formed 1788), Davidson (1822), and Davie (1836). Surry, Burke and Wilkes subsequently fragmented further as well. Depending on where the ancestor lived, you may want to look at records for some of these later counties also. Records of very early land grants in the Rowan County area will be found with Anson County

Originally, Rowan County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary. Reductions in its extent began in 1770, when the eastern part of it was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County, North Carolina. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part of the now much smaller Rowan County became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part of the still shrinking county became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County.


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Guilford County, NC (Information from Wikipedia)
At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area that became Guilford County were a Siouan-speaking people called the Saura. Beginning in the 1740s, settlers arrived in the region in search of fertile and affordable land. These first settlers included American Quakers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New England at what is now Greensboro, as well as German Reformed and Lutherans in the east, British Quakers in the south and west, and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the center of today's Guilford County. The county was formed in 1771 from parts of Rowan County and Orange County. It was named for Francis North, 1st Earl of Guilford, father of Frederick North, Lord North, British Prime Minister from 1770 to 1782.

Friedens Church, whose name means "peace" in German, is in eastern Guilford County, at 6001 NC Hwy 61 North, northwest of Gibsonville. It is a historic church that has operated continuously since the earliest European settlers came to this area. According to a history of the church, Rev. John Ulrich Giesendanner led his Lutheran congregation from Pennsylvania in 1740, into the part of North Carolina around Haw River, Reedy Fork, Eno River, Alamance Creek, Travis Creek, Beaver Creek and Deep River. The first building used by Friedens Church was made of logs in 1745 and served for 25 years. The second building, completed about 1771, was much more substantial and remained in use until it was replaced in May, 1871. The third building was destroyed by fire on January 8, 1939. Only the columns in front survived. The structure was rebuilt and reopened in May 1939.

The Quaker meeting played a major role in the European settlement of the county, and numerous Quakers still live in the county. New Garden Friends Meeting, established in 1754, still operates in Greensboro.

Alamance Presbyterian Church, a log structure, was built in 1762, though it was not officially organized until 1764 by the Rev. Henry Patillo, pastor of Hawfields Presbyterian Church. It has operated on the same site in present-day Greensboro since then. According to the church history, it is now using its fifth church building and now has its eighteenth pastor.

On March 15, 1781, the Battle of Guilford Court House was fought just north of present-day Greensboro between Generals Charles Cornwallis and Nathanael Greene during the American Revolution. This battle marked a key turning point in the Revolutionary War in the South. Although General Cornwallis, the British Commander, held the field at the end of the battle, his losses were so severe that he decided to withdraw to the Carolina and Virginia coastline, where he could receive reinforcements and his battered army could be protected by the British Navy. His decision ultimately led to his defeat later in 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia, by a combined force of American and French troops and warships.

In 1779 the southern third of Guilford County became Randolph County. In 1785 the northern half of its remaining territory became Rockingham County.

In 1808, Greensboro replaced the hamlet of Guilford Court House as the county seat.

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Raymond A Winslow, Jr. in "The Family of Benjamin and Vashti Lamb", 1975 alludes to Scottish Heritage for this Lamb family. Others believe him to be English. In his great great grandson's, Rev. Elkanah J. Lamb, autobiography "Memories of the Past and Thoughts of the Future" published by the Press of the United Brethren Publishing House in 1905, it is indicated that the immigrant was Charles Lamb. This Charles Lamb is probably father or grandfather of Henry Lamb. "Me, a citizen of the United States of America, a prominent man of Colorado, belonging to a heritage that has been conspicuous in history from Charles Lamb down through the decades of glorious record till now."

From William Ansel Mitchell's Linn County, Kansas  A History;  "Henry Lamb, one of early settlers in America came from England in the sixteenth century, settled in Eastern North Carolina; some years later, removed to the western part of the state."


Henry Lamb was born 1696-1697 possibly in Nansemond County, VA. We aren't sure who his parents are. There are different theories out there so I won't get into it here. If someone can PROVE their thoughts on this, I would love to hear from you.

"Henry Lamb (known as "The Glove Maker") (III-4-8) may have been the immigrant. He is reputed to have left Scotland for the New World in 1658. On the other hand, he may have been born in Virginia. No relationship to his parents has ever been proven (although he is accepted as the son of Joshua Lamb, Jr., by the Colonial Dames)"  This Joshua Lamb was born 5/1674 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts and died 7/20/1754 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts and was married to Susannah Cary (About 1672-About 1701 both in Roxbury, MA). Again, this is ONE theory of Henry Lamb's parentage.

Henry Lamb and his family were Quakers. You can see my blog post on Quakers especially those who came to North Carolina.

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The Quakers — more properly known as the Society of Friends — were an important group in the politics and society of early North Carolina. Founded in the 1600s by George Fox, the Friends fled persecution in England and took advantage of the religious freedom offered in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. In 1657 a group of Quakers from England landed in New Amsterdam in New England (later New Amsterdam was renamed to New York). The Puritans and the Anglicans were the two dominant religious groups in England in the mid-1600s, when George Fox was a young man. While Fox shared the Puritan’s criticisms of the Anglican Church, he was skeptical of many aspects of Puritan theology, particularly their belief in the Doctrine of the Elect. Fox began a spiritual journey that would last him four years. He read religious books and spoke to religious leaders in the Anglican Church and in Puritan congregations. After several years, he came to the conclusion that none of the existing churches reflected the true teachings of Jesus. He believed that the answers to his spiritual questions could not be found in books, nor could educated men tell him the will of God. The truth was already inside of him, because the Spirit of God was in each person. For the remainder of his life, Fox would preach his interpretation of Christianity and work to build a new church. His followers would become the Society of Friends, called the “Quakers” by their critics who claimed that Friends “quaked” or shook with religious excitement when they spoke. Puritan Massachusetts was a difficult place for Quakers to live. It became illegal and 4 Quakers were executed due to their Quakers beliefs.

Quakers believed that everyone had an Inner Light and could come to know the will of God and had no need for clergy, listening to sermons, studying the Bible. They only had to pray and meditate to learn God's Will. When you died, your Inner Light would re-connect with God therefore there is no need for the saving work of Jesus Christ. And because all had this Inner Light they were connected to each other so harming someone else was harming yourself and God because all share the Inner Light which was why they believed in non-violence. Plain dressing was to keep from having pride over other fellow human beings who have the same Inner Light. Plain speaking was to refrain from calling anyone by a rank or title because all are the same. They refused to use "you" but instead used "thee" or "thou" because everyone is on equal footing with the same Inner Light. It was against their religion to swear an oath such as were required of witnesses in court, members of juries, and public office holders, and anyone could be asked to swear an oath of allegiance to the king or queen. Friends believe in peace, integrity, equality, and simplicity, and seek to live lives which witness to these beliefs. From the earliest days, Friends have stressed the importance of equal education for both boys and girls, and promoted fair and equal treatment of those of different races.

Fox instructed his followers to meet weekly but it was unlike the church services we are used to. Monthly meetings (congregations) generally kept good records of their members' vital statistics (births, deaths, marriages, changes in membership). They did not hear a sermon by a minister but sat in a circle and prayed and meditated silently. Men and Women met separately. If someone felt that God was revealing something to their Inner Light, they would stand and speak to relate it. Men and Women would select committees committees oversaw church business, such as spending donations from church members, disciplining members who had misbehaved, and deciding on a common response to political or social events. The men’s committee was in charge of the meeting house and raising money for repairs and upkeep. The women’s committee was in charge of charity to widows, orphans, and families in need of financial assistance. The committees also disciplined members who had sinned; the men’s committee disciplined men, while the women’s committee disciplined women.

A member of the Society of Friends could be disciplined for committing a sin that affected the community, such as swearing, being drunk, marrying a non-Quaker, having a child out of wedlock, being unfair in business, or being violent to a spouse or child. Major sins, such as marrying outside of the Friends community, could result in being disowned. This meant that the church had broke with that person. A sinner who admitted that he or she had behaved in a sinful manner could rejoin the church. But if the sinner denied their behavior was a sin, it was considered prideful, which was another sin that set him or her apart from other Quakers.

Quakers were some of the first settlers to move to North Carolina, because the colony had established religious freedom as early as 1672. It is the oldest European religion in NC. From Maryland and Virginia, Quakers moved to the Carolinas and Georgia. In later years, they moved to the Northwest Territory and further west. Quakers moved to North Carolina to be close to fellow believers and to escape the persecution they faced. Among the earliest settlers to make their way through the Great Dismal Swamp into the Albemarle Region of North Carolina were the families of Quakers Henry Phelps and Christopher Nicholson. Quaker missionary William Edmundson found his way to the Phelps home on the banks of the Perquimans River in the spring of 1672 and held North Carolina's first organized religious service in what is now Hertford. Some months later, George Fox himself traveled to Perquimans and found the new Quaker community finely settled. During his visit he stayed at the home of Joseph Scott on the site of what is now known as the Newbold-White House. Most Quaker communities flourished in the northeast corner of the colony, near the Dismal Swamp and the Virginia border. Quaker businessmen were successful, in part, because people trusted them. The customers knew that Quakers felt a strong conviction to set a fair price for goods and not to haggle over prices. They also knew that Quakers were committed to quality work, and that what they produced would be worth the price. Later, in the mid-1700s, Quakers would migrate from Pennsylvania to the Piedmont. During the first fifty years of British settlement in North Carolina, Quakers held a number of public offices and made up a large portion of the elected representatives in the General Assembly. One Quaker, John Archdale, became Governor of North Carolina from 1695-6. As more and more Europeans came to North Carolina, though, Quakers became a smaller minority and had less political influence. Their belief in non-violence would also become a political problem for Quakers.

The first in Meeting House in Perquimans was Wells Meeting built by 1704 on the Perquimans River, followed soon after by Little River and Old Neck Meeting houses. Quakers met weekly and the Monthly Meeting was the venue for handling the business of individual local meetings, a Quarterly Meeting was established by the 1680's to deal with issues affecting Friends across a broader area. George Fox died in 1691. In 1698 North Carolina Yearly Meeting was established to be held every year at the home of Francis Toms the elder to conduct the business of Quakers in the entire colony.

Most Quakers owned slaves when they first came to America; to most Quakers "slavery was perfectly acceptable provided that slave owners attended to the spiritual and material needs of those they enslaved.". Seventy percent of Quakers owned slaves in the period from 1681 to 1705; however, from 1688 some Quakers began to speak out against slavery until by 1756 only 10% of Quakers owned slaves. The first two prominent Friends to denounce slavery were Anthony Benezet and John Woolman. Quakers began to see slavery as evil and there was conflict as Friends sought ways to free their slaves, and to denounce the institution of slavery. From 1755-1776, the Quakers worked at freeing slaves, and became the first western organization in history to ban slaveholding. They also created societies to promote the emancipation of slaves. This struggle led many to move from the South to new free territories in the West, and the Great Migration of Friends began. This movement weakened the Quaker communities in the Albemarle, and from as many as ten meetings in Perquimans and Pasquotank Counties in the early 1800's, only one, Piney Woods, remained by the time of the Civil War. This pattern was echoed across the South as Friends migrated from Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia, causing meetings to be laid down (discontinued) or moved as a complete congregation to Indiana, Ohio and other territories in the mid-west.

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Henry Lamb is mentioned in, My North Carolina Heritage, Vol. 3 Descendants of Henry and Elizabeth Lamb of North Carolina.

Isaac Lamb states in the Memoirs of Wayne County page 38, that he could trace his ancestry back to 1658, to one Henry Lamb, a glove-maker, who came to this country from Scotland and settled in North Carolina. He is reputed to have left Scotland for the New World in 1658. Henry Lamb was a Member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), and Virginia's harsh treatment of that sect may have induced his migration to North Carolina. The Monthly Meeting of Friends in Perquimans (sometimes called Wells, later Piney Woods) received the Lamb family on a certificate from Nansemond Monthly Meeting on April 4, 1739. (The certificate was a statement from a Quaker meeting that a person was a member in good standing and was used to transfer membership.)

He was a farmer.

Henry Lamb may have come to Chowan County, NC from Nansemond County, VA. I found this:

Chowan County, NC Deed book B #1, record 1652, p8, July 20 , 1715 "Patrick Laughley proves rights for ye importation of John Welch Sr, John Welch Jr, Elizabeth Welch, Edward Welch, John Gordon, Daniel Butter, Thomas Lamb, Henry Lamb, Richard Marshall. (Is this is our Henry Lamb? There is no other identifiers like a DOB or something so I can't say for sure.)

Hathaway's North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, where on pg 147, it lists July 1715 Court Notes at Cowan, N.C. and says hero, "Patrick Laughly proves ___for importation of 13 people, including Thomas and Henry Lamb. (It should be noted that importation does not necessarily mean from overseas. The Quaker Yeoman, points out that it could mean from another colony. Henry was received from Nauncemond MM, VA in 1739). However, that does not necessarily mean he was a resident of that area. Eight surrounding counties in lower Virginia listed their membership at Nauncemond MM even though they had monthly meetings of their own. All governmental records for the Nauncemond area were destroyed by fire or during the war of 1812.

There is a record of a Henry Lamb marrying a "Gulielma" Last Name Unknown and an Elizabeth Henley (or Henby). Was he married twice or did her marry Gulielma Elizabeth Henley or was this just a mistake?

Family Data Collection - Individual Records, Online publication - Edmund West, Ancestry.com
Name: Elizabeth Lamb
Parents: Henry Lamb, Elizabeth
Birth Place: Nansemond, VA
Birth Date: 1740
Death Place: Perquimans, NC
Death Date: 1801

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, Ancestry.com
Name: Elizabeth Henly
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: Henry Lamb
Spouse
Birth Place: VA
Spouse Birth Year: 1696
Marriage
Year: 1720
Marriage State: NC
Number Pages: 1
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Name: Elizabeth Henley
Gender: Female
Birth Year: 1725
Spouse Name: Henry Lamb
Spouse Birth Year: 1697
Number Pages: 1
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Name: Elizabeth Henley?
Gender: Female
Birth Year: 1700
Spouse Name: Henry Lamb
Spouse Birth Year: 1697
Marriage
Year: 1739
Number Pages: 1

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, Ancestry.com
Name: Henry Lamb
Gender: Male
Birth Place: VA
Birth Year: 1696
Spouse Name: Elizabeth Henly
Marriage
Year: 1720
Marriage State: NC
Number Pages: 1
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Name: Henry Lamb
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1697
Spouse Name: Elizabeth Henley?
Spouse Birth Year: 1700
Marriage
Year: 1739
Number Pages: 1
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Name: Henry Lamb
Gender: Male
Birth Place: VA
Birth Year: 1700
Spouse Name: Elizabeth
Spouse Birth Year: 1700
Marriage
Year: 1725
Number Pages: 1
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Name: Henry Lamb
Gender: Male
Birth Place: MA
Birth Year: 1697
Spouse Name: Gulielma
Spouse
Birth Place: NC
Spouse Birth Year: 1701
Marriage
Year: 1720
Marriage State: NC
Number Pages: 1
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Name: Henry Lamb
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1697
Spouse Name: Gulielma ???
Marriage
Year: 1722
Number Pages: 1


Quaker records show on February 4, 1739 the family of Henry Lamb were in Nansemond County in southeastern Virginia. At that time they requested permission to move to Perquimans County, North Carolina, where they stayed for 21 years. On October 1, 1760, Henry and some members of his family moved to Rowan County shortly before his death.
Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume IV, pp. 517-518, Perquimans County, NC, LEGISLATIVE JOURNALS, 25th of Febry. 1739 [1740], Henry Lamb.


Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, North Carolina Yearly Meeting, Vol. 1 North Carolina, page 57, Perquimans County, NC, "Henry Lamb".
Perquimans monthly meetings
"1739, 2, 4, Lamb, Henry and family rocf Nancemund MM., VA."


Unfortunately the records in Nancemond County, VA have been burned three times and Quaker records for that area were hidden (and probably lost) due to persecution of the Quakers for their stand on slavery.

Henry moved his wife and eight children to Perquimans County, N.C. from Naunsemond Co., Va in 1739. He was a Quaker and the persecution of that sect may have been part of the reason for his move.

The MM of Friends in Perquimans (sometimes called Walls, later Piney Woods) received the Lamb family on a certificate from Nansemond MM on 4 April 1739.


Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Perquimans M.M. Minutes and Marriages 1




Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol. I (North Carolina Yearly Meeting) New Garden MM Mins. Marriages




Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol. I (North Carolina Yearly Meeting) Perquimans Mins. Marr.'s 2




LEGISLATIVE JOURNALS, Monday the 25th of Febry. 1739 [1740], "Henry Lamb" as jury man




1740 NC Census of Perquimans County, NC, "Henry Lamb"
Name: Henry Lamb
State: NC
County: Perquimans County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1740
listed on tax rolls with 3 tithables
Database: NC Early Census Index

Abstracts from Perquimans Co., N.C. deed books: Book D #23 states that Henry Lamb purchased 100 acres from Samuel Newby for 20 pounds "beginning at a dead pine at the county road, and then running a direct line from thence to the cypress swamp, to the head of deep branch. This land is located in the Ballahack section now Hertford Township, near the Cyress Swamp. (Located in the Ballahack section of Perquimans (now Hertford Township), near Cypress Swamp (now Goodwins Mill Creek.))

On 24 Aug 1743 Henry Lamb purchased 53 acres from James Padgett in Perquimans County, NC.




1750 List of Tythables Taken By Me JamesSitteson
Thomas Lamb  3
Henry Lamb 4












In a 1754 Militia Muster Roll of Perquimans Co. North Carolina list Thomas, William, Isaac, and Henry Lamb along with 38 other Quakers in Captain Miles Harvery's Company.


1754 Tax List, Perquimans County, NC
North Carolina State Archives, Colonial Court Records, Taxes & Accounts, 1679-1754, CCR 190, Tax Lists, Perquimans County, 1702-1754
Pg 5
William Lamb 1
Henry Lamb 5 (Note: He is listed with 5 taxable males: Henry, and sons Reuben, Isaac, Esau, Joseph, and Jacob)
Pg 6
Thomas Lamb 1
"A True Coppy Taken and Examined Containing one thousand and seventy Six Taxables, as Certified By the Clerk Test Will Skinner, Sherf"


Virginians, Pennsylvanians, Germans and people from the eastern counties began moving into the North Carolina backcountry. This rapid growth is shown by the changing and formation of new counties. Rowan County was formed in 1753 and part of it was joined to part of Orange to form Guilford County in 1770. Nine years later part of Guilford became Randolph County. Similarly, part of New Garden Monthly Meeting (established 1754) became Center Monthly Meeting in 1792. References to Lambs occur in all three counties and all the meetings, suggesting they lived in the present Greensboro-Asheboro-High Point vicinity. Among the Lambs' neighbors were Beesons from Pennsylvania.

Henry Lamb decided to follow his sons, Joseph and Jacob, to Rowan County, NC. He sold his land in Perquimans County, NC.

Deed 4 1 7/29/1760 Perquimans Co., North Carolina
Note: Abstracts from Perquimans Co., N.C. deed books Book F #393 states from Henry Lamb to Caleb White 150 acres--for 100 pounds...."on south side of Cypress Creek ...beginning at the mouth of a branch a little below Cypress Bridge...to a dead pine standing by the main road...down deep branch to the Cypress Swamp..."

He took leave of his Quaker meeting house in Perquimans and moved his membership to New Garden Monthly Meeting house in Rowan County, NC.

Moved 5 2 5/1/1760 New Garden MM, Guilford Co., North Carolina

Henry Lamb purchased land in Rowan County, NC.

NC Deed Book 4, p. 666. " Herman Cox of Orange Co. NC and wife Jean to Henry Lamb for Ð29 18s Virginia money 300a on Polecat Creek bought May 12, 1757, recorded November 18, 1760. Witnesses: Thomas Lamb, Isaac Beeson, Lease and relaease from Harmon Cox and wife Jean to Henry Lamb for 300a 18-19 Novemer 1760"

Unfortunately, although he moved and purchased 300 acres, he died of pneumonia just about 3 months later on 2/10/1761. He made his will on 2/7/1761.

NC Will Abstracts, 1760-1880
Name: Henry Lambe
Probate Year: 1761
Estimated Death Year: Abt 1761
Inferred Place of Death: North Carolina, USA
Full Abstract: 1761 LAMBE, HENRY, Elizabeth, Isham, Jacob, Joseph, Elizabeth.

Will: 1 2  2/7/1761 Rowan Co., North Carolina
Note: Original will found at City Hall, Salisbury, NC

The Will of Henry Lamb
In the name of God Amen, the Seventh Day of February in the year of Our Lord 1761, I Henry Lambe of the Parish of Saint Luke in the County of Rowan and Province of North Carolina being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, there forecalling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that give it and for my body, I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christing like manner at the discression of my executors and as touching such worthy estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life, I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form Inprimis, it is my will and I do order that...

In the first place all my just debts & funeral charges be paid and satisfied.

Item, I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth, my dearly beloved wife, all and singular full power, authority, rite and title to all that is mine or belonging to me during her life if she continues a widow and at her death or marriage to be equally divided between Isau, Jacob, and Joseph, Elizabeth and Bethia. Only reserving the wench (unreadable) to Joseph my son and to Jacob and Isau to have the wench Letty to Isau and Jacob. The land in (unreadable) To my sons Isau, Jacob and Joseph if they live together, and if my son Isau will not come up here to live on the land, I leave the the hole land to my sons Jacob and; Joseph, whom I likewise constitute, make and order my only and sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son, Thomas Lamb, Esau, and Mary a shilling a piece to be paid by my executors after my decease. Utterly disallowing revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills and Exed. by me in any ways before this time, named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above mentioned. Before singing and sealing the two negro wenches disposed of the one named ____ to Joseph Lamb and the other wench named Leaty to Isaac and Jacob. Signed sealed pronounced and entered by the said Henry Lambe as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribors
Signed
Henerey (his X mark) Lambe
Witness Benjamin Beeson, Chris Nation, ____Procter ____?

The Will and Probate record is recorded in Rowan County Will Book A:81, Court Record book II:333, 22 April 1761.
The original of his Last Will and Testament is located in the North Carolina State Archives, Rowan County Original Wills, and reads:
"Will of Henry Lamb proved by Christopher Nation and William Proctor, witnesses. Jacob and Joseph Lamb executors. Court adjourned 1/2 hour; justices present Jno Brandon, William Giles, Edward Hughes, Alexander Cathey, Jacob Lash."


The 1761 Tax lists Elizabeth Lamb and son Jacob and 2 negroes

Elizabeth Lamb, wife of Henry, survived her husband by fourteen years, dying 9/13/1775 according to records of Center Monthly meeting.

I have not verified all their children so there may be more or less or this list may contain mistakes. The only one I've followed, so far, is my ancestor, Joseph Lamb. But here is the list I have:

1) Arthur Lamb (DOB 1720-1723 in VA: DOD About 1790 in NC)

2) Thomas Lamb (DOB 1721-1726 in VA; DOD 1786-1788 in NC) married Sarah Moore

3) Mary Lamb (DOB 1724-1726 in VA; DOD 1786-1796 in SC)

4) William Lamb (DOB 1725-1728 in VA; DOD 12/6/1750 in Perquimans County, NC)

5) Reuben Lamb (DOB 7/4/1732 in VA; DOD 8/4/1784 in Randolph County, NC)

6) Esau Lamb (DOB ABout 1734 in VA; DOD 3/8/1790 in Perquimans County, NC) married Elizabeth Newby

7) Isaac Lamb (DOB 11/7/1734 in VA; DOD 3/8/1790 in Perquimans County, NC) married Elizabeth Nixon

8) Robert Lamb (DOB About 1736 in VA; DOD About 1821 in Guilford County, NC)

9) Joseph Lamb (DOB 1736-1738 in VA; DOD 11/25/1820 in Randolph County, NC) married Frances Beeson

10) Bethia Selena Lamb (DOB 1/10/1740 in Perquimans County, NC; DOD 8/15/1829 in Randolph County, NC)

11) Elizabeth Lamb (DOB 8/1/1741 in Perquimans County, NC; DOD 4/2/1801 in Guilford County, NC)

12) Jacob Lamb (DOB 9/9/1742 in Perquimans County, NC; DOD About 1800 in Randolph County, NC) married Sarah Stone

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