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Joseph Lambeth

Posted: March 24th, 2017, by Robyn

Joseph Lambeth, son of Samuel Lambeth, and father of Judge Joseph Marion Lambeth died in Pulaski County, Missouri in 1884.  The date of his death has frequently been listed on some sites as 1883, however records from his probate file on record at the Missouri State Archives list his death as “about the ___ day of February, 1884” this was reported by his third wife Mary.  I have not located a marriage certificate for Joseph’s third marriage.  However, census records show he was still married to his second wife Rebecca Davis on the 1870 census in Osage Co., MO. and was living with Mary A. in Pulaski Co., MO in 1880.  The history of Osage County does report Joseph having three wives.

Death in Probate File

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    His probate file also includes a list of heirs.

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  Transcription of names:

Wm. Lambeth, Jos Lambeth, Berry Lambeth, Bettie Hood, Emma Pryer, Jane Agee & Heirs of Eli M.J. Lambeth, Heirs of Paralee Howerton, Heirs of Martha Agee, Mary Tackett & L.P. Lambeth. 

 From this information we can conclude Martha, Paralee and Eli had died prior to 1884.  Jesse Jr. is not listed among the heir so it is probable he died prior to 1884 without issue.  I am assuming Berry is Benjamin and Emma Pryer is Prior (based on marriage record spelling).

 With a correct death date of 1884 and a tombstone inscription from the Thompson Cemetery in Pulaski County, MO of 78 years, the birth of Joseph can be calculated as 1806, making Joseph the twin of Lytle.  Mary Doggett and Sophie Martin alluded to this in their book “The Lambert/Lambeth Family of North Carolina”.  This would have given Samuel and Mary Polly Merrill two sets of twins; Lytle and Joseph and Lucinda and Louisa.  Interestingly enough Lytle and Joseph were the first born and Lucinda and Louisa the last born to the couple.

 If I have incorrectly interpreted this information please contact me with any corrections!


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Just the facts

Posted: February 10th, 2017, by Robyn

            It is difficult for a genealogist to depart from family stories and base research on facts which can be documented.  Family legend sometimes can prove incorrect when confronted with documented facts; this can be difficult for family members who “remember” names, dates, places and people they were exposed to as a young child.  However, these memories are often much like the ten foot Christmas tree which was really five or the eight pound trout that actually weight in at three pounds.  The tree and the trout are fact but the details are at times incorrect.  The memories of living family members should not be discounted outright, but treated with the reverence a memory deserves.  Still quality genealogy requires documentation.  Family legend and documented facts can collide, creating a sometimes painful dilemma for the family historian.  Within this website you may find names, dates and places which diverge slightly from your memories, know these facts have been corroborated by at least two sources before they enter the family databases.  The change in your family history is not meant to be an affront to your past but a clarification for our future.  As research on these lines progress new information is also uncovered, sometimes requiring a retraction of earlier information.  Genealogy is a work in progress, little beyond the current generation is absolutely certain.  The search for the truth can be further complicated by poor handwriting of county clerks, indifference by the census takers and our own ancestor’s immigrant speech.

            It has been a long four months getting the website up and running.  I hope everyone enjoys the features and the information on the site.  As you may have noticed in the past few weeks family histories and slideshows have been added.  It is interesting to see the reaction of family to the website and their responses.  As much as I want everybody to be interested in the “data” part of the site it seems everyone just wants to see family photos and read concise summaries of the family histories.  In response to your reactions I have tried to provide you with these elements.

            The main purpose for this blog is to keep family members abreast of current research news and progress.   In the next few weeks I hope to hear back from several Catholic churches with information on the Behen family.  A trip is planned to document and photograph tombstones in Litchfield, IL on the Ash family and as the weather warms and the ground dries out I also hope to get to a couple of local cemeteries for some photos of the Lambeth graves.

            As you read through these blog entries keep in mind they are an attempt to convey current research on multiple family lines in an informal fashion.  Please overlook the occasional lapses in conventional grammar and spelling.  Please don’t hesitate in contacting me with corrections, stories or information.  You will not be bugging me!



Irish American history: 1720-1790

Posted: January 21st, 2017, by Robyn


The first significant wave of Irish American immigration came in the 1720s. This period saw the arrival of the Scots-Irish, a term used in North America (but not elsewhere) to denote those who came from Ireland but had Scottish Presbyterian roots.

Philadelphia was the most popular destination port for Scots-Irish immigrants to America, mainly because the linen trade routes were already well established. They then moved into the Appalachian regions, the Ohio Valley, New England, The Carolinas and Georgia.

Unlike the 19th century chapter of Irish American history, when Catholic Irish immigrants turned their back on the land, most Scots-Irish immigrants continued their farming traditions.

Despite the official line, small numbers of Catholics also arrived in this period. They sailed from the southern Irish ports of Cork and Kinsale and some settled communities in Virginia and Maryland.

There were peaks and troughs in numbers of immigrants during these years. The rate of emigration was high in the late 1720s, and low in the 1930s, before rising in the 1740s and continuing to grow until the 1760s when some 20,000 departed from Ulster ports alone. From 1770 to 1774 the human traffic peaked with the arrival of some 30,000 mostly Scots-Irish immigrants in America.

By 1790, America had a white population of 3,100,000. Nearly half a million (447,000) are estimated to have been of Irish stock (either Irish-born or of Irish ancestry). Of these, some two-thirds (about 300,000) are thought to have originated in the province of Ulster.

Jesse McPherson

Posted: July 6th, 2011, by Robyn

“The “Cave Hut Cliff”

Taken from


“The “Cave Hut Cliff”

Jesse McPherson was probably the first of the first-comers who settled in the southeastern part of the county. According to one tradition he arrived upon the scene before either Pond or Caney stations were started. It is said that during 1790, or before, he left his wife and two or three children in Virginia and came to Kentucky, and while looking for a place to settle selected a tract of land three miles from what later became the town of Cisney or Rosewood. He spent the winter and spring clearing two fields, one near the foot of a cliff facing a valley leading to Clifty Creek, and another on the top of the same cliff. In the meantime he lived in his “cave hut” near his bottom field. This improvised house was made by erecting two short walls of logs in front of a small cove at the foot of the cliff, and placed in such a way that the top of the concave opening in the cliff served as a roof and the rock wall of the cliff and the two log walls served as walls to the “cave hut.” The following summer, after having set out a crop of corn in each of his fields, he returned to Virginia for his family. He brought them to Kentucky and they lived in the “cave hut” until a log cabin on the bluff was finished. A few years later, or about 1800, he began building the spacious house known as the Jesse McPherson house, now occupied by William H. Pearson and his wife, the latter a great-granddaughter of Jesse McPherson. The logs used in the construction of the “cave hut” have long ago disappeared, but the rock-roofed cove in “Cave Hut Cliff” has for more than a century been used as a hay bin.

Jesse McPherson was one of Muhlenberg’s best-known pioneers. When the county was organized he was appointed one of the justices of the peace. He ran a tanyard, horse mill, and distillery for many years. Tradition says that he feared nothing. On one occasion his neighbor Billings was attacked by a bear whose cub he had taken. McPherson, hearing the cry for help, rushed to the rescue and killed the animal with a hickory club. A few years later McPherson took a trip to Arkansas, and upon his return showed Billings some hickory nuts he had brought from that State. Billings suggested that they plant one of the nuts where McPherson had saved his life from the ferocious bear. This was done, and to-day a large hickory tree, standing near the “Cave Hut Cliff,” marks the spot where, as one of the local oracles puts it, “Billings came near getting the stuffings squeezed out of him by a big bear.

Jesse McPherson House

Christopher Harris

Posted: June 26th, 2010, by Robyn

Will of Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris of Madison County, KY

 Will Book A-page 54, 55.


 It was transcribed by Eileen Niederkorn; I have added some paragraph breaks for easier reading.


            In the name of God Amen. I Christopher Harris being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body yet of perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last will & Testament and desire it should be reviewed by all as such. Imprimis that I will & Desire that my first Children (Viz) Dabney Harris, Sarah Martin, Robert Harriss, Mourning Jones, Christopher Harrifs, & Mary Jones should have the following negroes (excepting thirty pounds out of my son Dabneys Legacy which is to be paid by the Executors of this Part of my Will for the use & Benefit of my wife and Other Children) (Viz) Ritter and her Children, Pomp, Moses, Allice, George, Betty, Lucy and Delphy the above Negores to be Divided Agreeable to Cornelias Dabneys Seniors


 Will and I do appoint Foster Jones, and Christoph Harrifs as Executors of the above part of this will and as to the Ballance of my Estate I Direct that first my Debts shall be paid out of what money I have by or is owing to me the house where I live I Direct should be finished which together with the tract of land whereon I live, I leave to my Dear & loving wife during her life and at ther death to son Overton Harrifs as to the Ballance of my Negroes (David, Cate, Fanny, Stephen, and Eddy together with my House hold furniture Stock of every kind and Plantation utensels I desire that my wife may have the whole Benefit of them during her life or widowhood and if she should Marry the whole to be sold and Equally Divided amongst her & her children as to my Lands on Muddy Creek I will and Bequeath them as follows, the Drowning Creek Tract of land


 I will and Bequeath to my son John Harrifs the Sycamore Spring Tract to my son Benjamin Harris the tract on which my son Wm. has Built to my son Harris and the Tract Clalled the Holly Tract to my son Barnabas Harrifs and my land in Albemarle County together with the Stock that is thereon I direct shall be sold and that my sons James and Samuel Harris shall Receive of the money as much as Col John Miller & Robert Rodes shall Judge the land to be worth that I will’d to my Other sons Viz to be made Equal to them, as to my three Daughters Viz Jane Gentry-Margret Harris, and Isabel Harris my will and Desire is that Jean Gentry should Receive ten pounds and Margret and Isbel Harris to have fifty pounds apeice out of the Ballance of what my Albermarld land and the Proffits arising from that place and if that should not be Sufficient that It shall be made up to htem out of any of Personal Estate that my wife and Executors after nemtioned shall think best as to my lands on Sinking Waters my will is that if they are obtained it should be sold and Wqually divided amongst my last Set of Children and I do appoint my dear & loveing wife with John Sappington and John Harris to execute that part of my will that respects my wife and her Children as witnefs my hand & seal this twentyeth day of February one thousand seven hundred and ninety four.




Hartly Sappington

Christopher Harrifs

 Rich’d Sappington


 Joseph Wells At a Court held for Madison County on Tuesday the 15th day of March 1794 This Will was proved to be the last will & testament of Christopher Harris by the oath of Joseph Wells, Hartly & Richard Sappington witnefses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Teste Will Irvine


 CMC Typed as spelled in will.

 Transcription found on this site.

My thoughts:

The will of Christopher Harris is important in the documentation of Mourning Harris-Jones parentage.  Morning Harris and Foster Jones were the parents of Nancy Jones wife of Richard Sappington.  Richard Sappington was witness to the will and John Sappington was made co-executor of Christopher Harris’s estate.  However, it is impossible to tell from the will if the Richard Sappington witness is the husband of Nancy Jones and John Sappington the co-executor was the father of Richard.  Given the connection of the Harris, Jones and Sappington families this is most likely the case.




Old Southern Bible Records

Posted: June 23rd, 2010, by Robyn

Benjamin Brown 

Benjamin Brown b. 16 Sep 1786. d. 18 Aug 1863, m. Eliz. Brown b. 12 Nov 1790. (questionable phrase may say “first wife”) 


Wm b. 25 Aug 1809

Joseph b. Sep 19 1811

John b. Dec 1813

Mary Ann b. 19 Dec 1813, twin of John above

Jesse b. 14 … 1816

Levney b. 11 Mar 1819

Davis b. 9 April 1821

Daniel C. b 5 April 1824

Benj R. b 11 May 1826

Jas. Swift b. 10 Aug 1828

(Benj. Brown was a resident of Guilford Co., N.C. Eliz., wife of Benj brown was the dau. Of Josiah & Eliz. Loftin Lambeth.  This data given by owner of Bible, Wisdom Brown Aydelette, 1202 Spring Garden St. , Greensboro, N.C.)


The above transcription was taken from the book:  Old Southern Bible Records, compiled by Memory Aldridge Lester, published 1974.

Other family bible transcriptions from the “Old Southern Bible Records” I have are:

Zachariah Smith Brooks

Absalom Rhodes Brown

Jethro Brown

William Dinkins

*James William Doggett

George D. Holcomb

*George Thompson Holman

*John Kernodle

John Kincaid, Sr.

*has Lambeth connections

Feel free to contact me for further information on these transcriptions.

Herbert Ellsworth Fitzjerrell

Posted: June 20th, 2010, by Robyn

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Herbert E. Fitzjerrell, son of Meredith Fitzjerrell and Cora.

Thanks to Melissa for the photo!

Catherine Behan-Walsh

Posted: June 10th, 2010, by Robyn

Behan-Walsh Tombstones

A great big thank-you to Nancy Mattox, Find-A-Grave volunteer who photographed the tombstones of Catherine Behan-Walsh and her husband James Walsh; Catherine was the daughter of Andrew and Mary Behan and sister to Michael Behan.  Catherine and her husband are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio.  All research has indicated that Catherine and James were childless, again thanks to Nancy for taking the time out of her day to photograph these stones.

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If you are interested in helping other genealogist around the country and world you can become a Find-A-Grave photo volunteer. 


From the Find-A-Grave FAQ’s

“A photo volunteer is someone who is willing to take photos of headstones within a given zip code.   The photo volunteer program is currently only available in the United States. Find A Grave does not allow photo volunteers to charge money for their services.”