Henry Lamb (Abt. 1697-1761)
Things that I would like to have concrete info on are ElizabethÂ’s last name (?Henley)and if and who she remarried. A link that proves if Joshua Lamb is the father of Henry, beside The Quaker Yeoman and reference from the Colonial Dames, which I donÂ’t feel, support these claims. And proof of a second wife named Gulielma. Of these things that I have just mention, I believe there is no proof.
In the eighteenth century Nansemond County, Virginia, adjoined Perquimans County, North Carolina, and there was a natural movement of Nansemond residents to Perquimans as VirginiaÂ’s population overflowed. The destruction by fire of NansemondÂ’s early records obscures the movement and renders it impossible to trace the history of many Perquimans families.
My first record of a Henry Lamb in North Carolina was found in HathawayÂ’s Â“North Carolina Historical and Genealogical RegisterÂ” where, on page 147 it lists the July 1715 Court notes at Chowan, N.C. It says here Â“Patrick Laughly proves rights for importation of 13 people, including Thomas Lamb and Henry Lamb.Â” This was not the first of the travels of the Lamb family, 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. They seem to have possessed a spirit of wanderlust. Henry Lamb was a Member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), and VirginiaÂ’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 by that person as credentials and a means of transferring membership to another meeting.)
Henry Lamb purchased a hundred-acre farm from Samuel Newby on October 12, 1740, located in the Ballahack section of Perquimans (now Hertford Township), near Cypress Swamp (now Goodwins Mill Creek). He appeared on the 1740 tax list of Perquimans with three titheables. Henry is listed in the Â“1740 list of Jurymen, Perquimans County, North CarolinaÂ” (source: Colonial records of North Carolina Volume IV, pages 517-518.) He purchased another fifty acres in the same area from James Padget on Aug. 24, 1743, per deed #131.
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 HarveryÂ’s Company (source for this info is Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774 yrs pages 741-744.) After twentyone yearsÂ’ residence in Perquimans, He decided to migrate again. On July 29, 1760 he sold all his land in Perquimans and on the first of October following, he requested Friend in Perquimans to grant him a certificate to New Garden Monthly Meeting, which received him on the 29th of November. He followed his sons Jacob and Joseph to Rowan County, which then included the entire northwest quarter of North Carolina. Most of his children also settled there.
The rapid growth of the North Carolina backcountry, filling with Virginians, Pennsylvanians, Germans and people from the eastern counties, is illustrated by the 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 thee meetings, suggesting they lived in the present Greensboro-Asheboro-High Point vicinity. Among the LambsÂ’ neighbors were Beesons from Pennsylvania and the Hoovers, ancestors of President Herbert Hoover.
Henry Lamb did not survive long in his new home. He made his will in St. LukeÂ’s Parish, Rowan County, on February 7, 1761 and died on the 10th. The 1761 tax list of Rowan Co. lists Elizabeth Lamb and son Jacob and 2 negroes. The will was probated the following April, with his sons Jacob and Joseph named executors.
Little is known of Elizabeth Lamb, wife of Henry She survived her husband by fourteen years, dying September 13, 1774 according to records of Center Monthly Meeting.
Their children were
4. Isaac (My direct line)