EDWIN M. LAMB, a native of Lebanon, well-known and highly respected citizen resident in the village, having first seen the light of day in the earliest quarter of the century, and in the course of his industrious life having had much experience in the conduct of local public affairs, besides serving several years as Town Clerk, discharging the duties of that position with exemplary accuracy and promptitude, and doubtless acquiring a familiarity with the early records, may well be regarded as especially conversant with the history of the town and its inhabitants. He was born November 20, 1821, second child and only son of Ira and Betsey (Williams) Lamb, immigrants in New York from the old
Ira Lamb was born in Charlton, Worcester County, Mass., February 19, 1791. He first came to Lebanon in 1816 or about that time, and, buying forest land, partially cleared it of trees by felling and burning, also building a log house. Returning to Massachusetts the next year, he brought back his wife, whom he
had previously married. She also was a native of Charlton, born September 7, 1789, and passed her girlhood in that town. The journey was made with a horse-team, and was sufficiently tedious,--a fitting prelude to the laborious pioneer life that was to follow. The flax raised on the farm, and in later years the wool needed for the clothing of the family, was spun, and doubtless woven, by the busy hands of Mrs. Lamb. The produce of the farm was sold in Hamilton and Eaton, corn finding a ready sale at a distillery in the last-named place. The death of Mrs. Lamb took place at the house of her son in Lebanon Village, where she and her husband spent their declining years, December 2, 1871. Her husband died April 15, 1877, at the ripe old age of eighty-six years. They were the parents of two children,--the son whose name heads this sketch, and a daughter, Mary W., wife of Rev. Orville L. Cruttenden, of Chenango County, whose only child, Mary C. Cruttenden, is the wife of James McDonald, of Denver, Col.
Pursuing his studies in the district school and for two terms at the Hamilton Academy, helping on his father's farm, and teaching school one winter in Easton and three winters in Lebanon,- thus passed the boyhood and youth of Edwin M. Lamb. After the age of twenty-one years he made himself master of two trades,- cabinet-making, which he learned of William Robinson, and carpentering and joining, at which he worked with Stephen S. Sabin. After following these
trades about twelve years, he carried on the mercantile business in Lebanon for a similar period. at first with Curtis Hoppin, and later with J. D. Avery, to whom in the end he sold out his share. Resuming then his trade as carpenter, he also took charge for several years of the home farm. Having disposed of the farm, he has since worked at both carpentering and cabinet-making. He married May 28, 1845, Mary C. Benedict, daughter of Stephen Benedict, Jr., of Lebanon, by whom He has had five children, three sons and two daughters, none of whom are now living.
Mrs. Lamb's grandfather, Stephen Benedict, Sr., who was born in 1773, came from Westchester County in 1806, and settled on a farm about three miles north-east of the village of Sherburne. Laboring on this farm during his active years, he subsequently moved into the village, where he lived for a time. At length returning to the old home-stead, he spent his last days in the family of his son Charles, dying there in December, 1851. At the age of nineteen he married Johanna Mills, of Westchester County, where he lived for some years before going to Sherburne, employed in school-teaching. They had twelve children, eleven of whom lived to maturity: all of these, excepting one daughter, were married and had families. Stephen Benedict, Jr., accompanied his father
to Sherburne when twelve years old, and continued to live with him during his youth.
He married Polly Avery, born January 23, 1796, daughter of James Avery, who came to Sherburne from Durham, Greene County, in 1808. After the birth of his first child he moved to Lebanon, and settled on a farm. His sudden death from lightning stroke, while in a field on this farm, occurred August 16, 1833. He left a widow, three daughters,
and one son. The eldest daughter died July 15, 1892. The other children are now living.
Mr. Lamb's fellow-townsmen have shown their estimate of his abilities and their confidence in his trustworthiness by electing him at divers (sic) times to various public offices. He was a War Supervisor of his town from 1862 to 1865, inclusive, and has since been thrice re-elected to that office. He was County Superintendent of the Poor for one term of
three years, and has also been for a number of years both Clerk and Postmaster of the town. In politics he is a stanch Republican.
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