JOHN LAMB, a native of Madison County, and in the last part of his life one of the oldest residents, after being for many years successfully engaged as a farmer within its precincts, was for some time retired from active business, and died at his pleasant home in the village of Hamilton, August 17, 1893. Madison was his birthplace, and April 26, 1821, the date of his birth. He was of New England antecedents, his father, Jacob Lamb, having been born in the town of Charlton, Worcester County, Mass. His father, Ebenezer Lamb, lived in that town for many years, carrying on his occupation as a farmer, and there died.
Jacob Lamb came from Massachusetts to New York in early manhood, and, settling in Madison County, was married in due time, and began the upbuilding of a home on a tract of timbered land in the town of Madison, said land comprising two hundred and twenty-five acres, for which he paid seven dollars an acre. He erected a small house in the wilderness, and bravely began the struggle by which the pioneers of this section conquered their forest domain. He had none of the advantages that aid the farmer of to-day, as his tools were of the most primitive sort, and there were no railways or canals to facilitate the transportation of his produce, while a good market was many miles distant. He had to carry whatever he wished to sell from his farm all the way to Albany with teams, where he secured necessary
supplies, though living mostly on what he produced from his land by hard toil. He kept sheep and raised flax; and his wife used to make cloth from the wool and linen, which she spun and wove with her own deft hands, and then fashioned into garments for the members of her family. He was a hard worker, and improved a fine farm in the course of years, clearing off the land and erecting good buildings, and continuing to reside thereon until his demise. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Clara Thompson, was reared in this county, and likewise died on the old homestead. Her father, John Thompson, who is supposed to have been a Pennsylvanian, was one of the pioneers of the town of Hamilton, where he followed the trade of millwright. They reared five children.
John Lamb received his education in the district school, and on his father's farm acquired a thorough knowledge of agricultural pursuits. After his father's death a share of the old homestead fell to him; and he was actively and successfully engaged in farming until 1888, acquiring a competence thereby. In the year just spoken of he removed to Hamilton, and purchased a home, in which he lived surrounded by the comforts and luxuries that were the fruits of his early labors. Having always lived in Madison County, he was well known; and respect and esteem were accorded to him on every side for those sterling traits that marked him as an upright, just, and candid man, and a good neighbor and citizen. In him the Democratic party had a sturdy supporter.
September 21, 1847, he was united in marriage with Miss Phebe Manchester; and to them were born these ten children: Minerva, Clara, William, Amos, George, Eveline,
∆millius, Ada, and Ida (twins), and Le Roy. Mrs. Lamb was born in the town of Madison, May 21, 1827, and died in Hamilton, October 26, 1893. Her father, William Manchester, was a native of Little Compton, R.I., and a son of job and Zilpha Manchester. Job Manchester migrated from Rhode Island, his native State, to New York, and was an early settler in the town of 'Madison. Sometime after this he paid a visit to his old home, making the journey on horseback; and, when he returned from that trip, he brought some apple-trees, which he planted on his farm. Scions from these trees are now bearing apples on the farm belonging to the children of the subject of this sketch. He improved the land upon which he settled in Madison, and there death found him at a ripe age. William Manchester, Mrs. Lamb's father, was a boy when he came to this region with his parents; and the remainder of his life was spent on the farm on which he grew up, a part of which came to him by inheritance, and it remained his abode until his death, in 1859. He married Anna Beach, who became the mother of five children, and who survived him but a few years. She was born in Hamilton, and was a daughter of Elnathan Beach, a pioneer of the town of her birth, whose wife's family name was Hubbard.
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