I am Ivan L. Saunders and my Gr.Gr. Mother was Louisa Lamb, Gr.Gr. Father was Bolivar Adams Homes Their Dau.Margaret Nancy (Homes) Saunders was my Grand mother. The following is taken from the Linn County, Kansas A History by W.A. Mitchell:
Josiah Lamb, who served as a delegate from Linn County to the Wyandotte convention which framed the constitution of the state of Kansas in 1859, was one of those but unpretentious and modest characters who deserve a much better tribute than they will ever get because of the passing away of nearly ass who knew about him. The Lamb family is of the oldest colonial stock and helped to make several states in the American Union.
Josiah's parents settled in an early day near Richmond, Indiana, right on the Ohio line east of Indianapolis. That was at one time one of the biggest Quaker settlements in the west. From there a large party went into Iowa and in 1857 a party of about Forty Lambs came into Linn County from Iowa. As will be seeing the sketch following: Josiah was a son of Restore Lamb and his wife who was Millicent Winslow. Josiah married his cousin Ruth, who was a Quaker Preacher.
(Their Children were all influential people> Ann married Enos Mills, Miles Married Nancy Helmers, Jonathan married Anna Collins, Joseph married Jane Winters, Lydia married David Lindsay, Susanna Married John Collins, Erma married Henry Smith, and Calvin married Ella Daly.)
He was an expert Millwright. A distant relative is Giles H Lamb, a Lawyer by profession at Yates Center Kansas, and member of the Kansas Senate from that County (Woodson). Who has the Following Family Sketch:
"My uncle Basil Lamb who died a few years ago told me that Josiah Lamb was his cousin. Basil was about 93 years of age when he died and I got the history of the family quite largely from him. His Father's name was Barnabas. They came North Carolina to eastern Indiana in the early settement of that country and took land near what is now the city of Richmond. I do not know just who the parents of Josiah Lamb were. They were old-fashioned Quakers as were all the early members of the branch of the Lamb Family, but I am inclined to think as I remember it now the Uncle Basil told be that Josiah was a son of Restore Lamb."
An Interesting old letter sent to Senator Lamb is authentic and gives all the information know of the family:
Oregon, Holt County Missouri, 4 th Mo. 2nd Day 1878--
Dear Friend and Nephew:
Finding a letter directed to Wills Lamb and there being no person in the country by that name, having a brother of that name, though he lives in eastern North Carolina, I took the privilege to open the letter. My name is Isaac Lamb, a brother to Barnabas Lamb, thy grandfather. Now to answer thy request, I will begin as far back as I can ascertain through tradition or otherwise. Henry Lamb, one of the 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. His son Isaac Lamb married Elizabeth Nixon and remained in the same settlement, raised a family viz: ( also whom they Married)
Phineas, Dorothy White; Restore, Millicent Winslow ; Zacariah, Miriam Griffith, Armager, Sarah Munden; Elizabeth, Thomas Stover ; John, Sarah Smith ; Joseph, Lovey Smith.
John Lamb and Sarah Lamb, formerly Smith remain in the same settlement, raised a family, viz: ( and whom they married ) Hosea, Mary ---; Barnabas, Ruth Bently ; Achasah, Exum Elliott ; Ery , Rebecca Pearson ; Miles , Nancy Modlin ; Rachel , Charles Harred ; Jemima , Joshua Trombled ; Willis , Mary Newby ; Phineas , Hulda Bundy ; Isaac , Catharine White ; Lydia , Daniel Gwinn. The Foregoing is as near correct as I am able to give.
Hosea Lamb's wife family name I cannot give at this time and the name of Hosea's wife.
If thee should find any not correct, please correct them and excuse the writer of this. Pherhaps some of thy father's people can give thee the family name of Hosea's wife. Thy Uncle Jacob perhaps can give thee the name required. this is principally given from memory as thee has no intention to publish this, I will no hesitate to let thee have is as it is.
With respect, thy friend and uncle, Isaac Lamb
I hope this will help you on your Family Tree, has it has helped me. If I can be of anyother help E-mail at O2Ranch@ckt.net
Ivan L. Saunders