John Lambert

Born 31 Jan 1820, Gargrave, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
Died 25 Nov 1893, Kamas, Summit, Utah Territory, United States

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The image on the left is the colorized version of what the family has believed to be the only image ever made of John Lambert, probably done about 1860. The one on the right was recently discovered among the unidentified photos take by C.R. Savage, a Salt Lake City photographer. I believe it to also be John Lambert, taken about 1880. Any comments may be emailed to Venita.

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John Lambert

Husband of Adelia GROESBECK and Eline Hansine LARSEN

Transcription of a statement dictated by John Lambert to his son Joseph Heber Lambert, March 1893 [about eight months before he died], witnessed by his [second] wife, Eline Hansine Larsen Lambert, and his daughter, Emeline Agnes Lambert Carpenter.

[I], John Lambert, first heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints preached by Frances Moon (a missionary) in England [in the] year 1837. [We, my sister, two brothers and I,] emigrated in the fall of 1840 on the sail ship North America, [a] 32 day voyage. [We] landed in New York, took [a] steamboat on the Hudson River to Albany, 160 miles, [then a canal boat on the Erie Canal] 360 miles to Buffalo, then took [a steamboat through] the Lakes to Chicago, 1000 miles. Then went by wagon (horses, I think) to Dixon's Ferry, 110 miles to Rock River. Then [we] built a flat boat and sailed down Rock River to the Mississippi, about 150 miles, then down the Mississippi River to Commerce (Nauvoo), remaining there until the spring of 1846.*

Then [we] went to Saint Joseph [Missouri] by ox team, then to Jackson County; [later] by team to visit my first wife's (Adelia Groesbeck) folks in Sugar Creek, Iowa. [We] visited my brother, Richard, in Hancock County, Illinois, returned to Jackson County [Missouri], remained there until in the spring of 1850. Then [we] went to Bethleham, north 350 miles, to the Missouri River, traveled with ox team. Then [we] started for Salt Lake City, Utah, with ox team in the company of Thomas Johnson. [We] arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 Sep 1850. [We] lived there eleven years in the second ward and fenced the first lot in this ward. [We] moved to Kamas, Summit County, in the spring of 1861, April. I had been there six or eight months before.

Following are some handwritten notes of
Emeline Agnes Lambert Carpenter
(daughter of John and Eline Hansine Larsen Lambert)
transcribed as written with no corrections:

If I had the time more could be added such as. Fathers intimacy with the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Prophet Joseph Smith boxing, rastling, playing ball with father, being his guard at different times, helping to carrey off those paralized men at the time of his marterdome by that light from Heaven. father loved the Prophet. he could never speak of the way he was killed that the tears would run down his face. Father loved his religion and lived it to the very letter, even to having 2 wives to fulfill that great commandment given to the prophet from our Father in heaven. father was thrifty--took up land, raised & imported the best blooded stock that came into Utah. he loved horses & treated them kindly, kept his stables cleaner than lots of women keep their homes. raised huge stacks of hay & grain, neat as a pin and governed his 21 children with great governmental ability never any quarling, back talk or arguing. good provider. Kind & very thoughtful, payed accurate tithing, never had to sign any note. his word was his deed. he loved sports, could stand & jump 12 feet plus, turn around & jump back in same foot prints. loved music, singing & dancing plus honesty & do unto others as they do onto you his policy. as I speak of Father goes for Mother. emaculate, took time to teach and train her children, beautiful quilter, knit, croched, peaced quilts. worked in ..., helped sick, & dead, good cook gardner, flowers good homemaker wife & daughter.

John Lambert and His Family

Read by J. Carlos Lambert, grandson,
at the Lambert Family Reunion held at
Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 Jun 1932


If you will look in the dictionary, you will learn that the name Lambert means: "Illustrous with landed possessions, or a keeper of sheep or lambs," and, carried a little farther, I presume, a keeper of livestock - a farmer, in other words, but of the higher type. Not a tenant but a landlord.

So far as we are informed, the ancestors of our revered progenitor, John lambert, whose memory we are today commemorating, are pretty largely tillers of the soil. My father told me that Grandfather Lambert told him that his father and grandfather, who, as you know, lived in Yorkshire, England, were in the habit of going to Scotland each fall and bringing back a herd of black cattle (presumably of the Galloway and Angus breeds), fattening them on oil cake and then driving them to London for market. So by name and by practice the Lamberts are farmers. I think that today, perhaps, we of this family line do not claim to be illustrous with landed or livestock possessions.

We are told by our kinsfolk, the descendants of Charles Lambert, known by us as the "Salt Lake Lamberts," that all the Lamberts of Yorkshire, England, were of a common stock and that they traced their ancestry back to one Sir Rudolphus Lambert, an uncle of William the Conqueror, who came to England from Normandy in 1066 A.D. This man, Rudolphus Lambert, was alloted an estate in Yorkshire.

Are there any famous men among our ancestors? Look in the back of the big dictionary and you will see the name of Daniel Lambert, huge Englishman, weighed 739 pounds. Grandfather Lambert said that this man was a member of our family and that when he died it was impossible to get him out of the door. The side of the cabin was taken out in order to get him out. This is the only famous Lambert that I know anything about. The rest of us are common people, "the kind the Lord loves," concludes Lincoln, "because He made so many of them."

I have heard it said that the most ancient family of Lamberts yet discovered was a family of German barbarians who settled in Italy about the time of the Fall of Rome. They were robbers. May we warn those zealous climbers up the family tree to beware lest a cocoanut fall on their heads.

John Lambert, the head of this family, was born in Gargrave, Yorkshire, England, on January 31, 1820. It is a significant fact to note that Charles Lambert, the progenitor of the Salt Lake family of Lamberts, was born in Yorkshire, England, August 30, 1816. You see that he was from the same County in England and only 3 1/2 years older.

John Lambert first heard this Latter-day gospel preached by Elder Frances Moon in 1837 and was baptized in October of the same year. In 1840 John Lambert emigrated with his brother to America, coming on the sailing vessel "North America" and spending thirty-two days on the water. Landing at New York, they took a steamboat up the Hudson to Albany where they transferred to a flat, horse-drawn boat on the Erie Canal, which took them to Buffalo, New York. I recall my father, John C. Lambert, telling me that Grandfather told him that the boat on the canal travelled so slowly that they had time to explore the countryside where they found an abundance of wild apples, which they relished.

From Buffalo these Lambert brothers, Richard and John, sailed the lakes to Chicago. From Chicago they travelled by wagon and horses to a point on Rock River where they built a flat boat in which they floated down the Rock River and the Mississippi, arriving at Nauvoo, Illinois, sometime in the fall of 1840.

For ten years John Lambert lived with the Mormons in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. He was a member of the Nauvoo Legion. He wrestled, he jumped, he soldiered with Joseph Smith. This close association with the great leader, Joseph Smith, was an important period of training in the life of our esteemed progenitor. It is interesting to note here that John Lambert was about the same size and build as Joseph Smith, though fourteen years younger than the Prophet.

Richard, the older brother, remained in illinois. He became a leader in the Reorganized [LDS] Church and his grandson, Walter W. Head, whose mother was Margaret, is an eminent banker and President of the boy Scouts of America. He lives in Chicago.

John Lambert married Miss Adelia G. Groesbeck, an intellectual woman of Dutch descent, at Sugar Creek, Iowa, on February 6, 1846. Two children, Adelaide and John Carlos, were born to them before they emigrated to Utah in the fall of 1850.

They settled in the Second Ward in Salt Lake City and built a fence around the first lot in the Ward. This lot was located at 7th South and 4th East. At this place the following children were born: Mary Adelia, Sarah Amelia, Richard Franklin, Jedediah Grant and Ann Maria.

In 1855 at Salt Lake City, John Lambert married Miss Elena Hansena Larsen, a Danish girl (and by the way, first to be baptized in Denmark). The following children were born to this union in the Salt Lake home: Joseph Heber, Ephraim, and Dan.

Grandfather's mother and a younger brother [Joseph] also came to Utah. His mother was buried in Wellsville and the brother died young in Salt Lake city.

John Lambert spent almost eleven years in Salt Lake City, during which time, among other vocations, he farmed a ten-acre tract south of the city and worked as a mason on the Salt Lake Temple. It is said that Brigham Young offered him the lot where the Salt Lake Theatre was later built if he would continue to work on the Temple, but grandfather did not like the bosses under whom he was expected to work, so he declined. He had a chance to acquire the land where the Gilmer Park now is, but instead he, with his two wives, and their families, moved to Kamas in the spring of 1861, where Emma Cordelia and Mercy were born to Adelia, the first wife, and Elena Dorothy, Elizabeth, Cornelia, Benjamin, Parley and Emmeline were born to Hansina, the second wife.

There are now [1932] surviving, of the first wife's children:
Mary A. Gibson, of Vernal, Utah -82 years of age
Anne M. White, of Tabiona, Utah -72 years of age
Emma Pack, of Kamas, Utah -68 years of age
Mercy Lewis, of Kamas, Utah -66 years of age

The following children of the second wife survive:
Joseph Heber, of Roosevelt, Utah -76 years of age
Ephraim, of Roosevelt, Utah -74 years of age
Elena, of Provo, Utah -67 years of age
Cornelia, of Duchesne, Utah -62 years of age
Emmeline, of Park City, Utah -53 years of age

From Kamas, Utah, the descendants of John Lambert have pioneered Uinta, Wasatch and Duchesne Counties. His posterity now numbers 523 souls.

I was hardly six years old when Grandfather died, but I remember vividly some incidents. When Alma Warr's new Rock store was completed Grandfather hitched Dime and Sid, his old team, to a wagon, took my brother Roy and myself into the spring seat and drove to the store where he bought us some stick candy. In giving it to us he said, "Now suck it, don't chew it." I remember seeing him hide in our coal house when he thought the U.S. Marshall was after him [because he was a polygamist].

John Lambert, great pioneer and patriarch, died at Kamas, Utah, November 25, 1893.

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*John Lambert's miles traveled from Marsden Heights, Lancashire, England, to Nauvoo, Illinois, United States, was about 5,200.

More about John Lambert:

Photos and Other Documents

John Lambert's Emigration to America

John Lambert's Overland Journey to Utah

Patience Vay Lambert, mother

Adelia Groesbeck Lambert, first wife

Eline Hansine Larsen Lambert, second wife

John Lambert by his daughter Elena

John Lambert by his granddaughter, Della Lambert Snyder

John Lambert by his grandson, Glen Alvin Lambert

John Lambert by his great grandson, Ralph B. Montgomery

Photos of Richard Lambert's family, brother

Headstones Kamas Cemetery

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