In a hand-written letter dated Monday eve. July 22-68, Edith Holmes writes to her cousin, Frances (Lamb) Goplen: Our grandfather (Alex) and Grandmother went back to North Carolina and brought his father (Edward) and mother (Catherine) to Stuart by train. When Alexander and Eleanor moved to Guthrie Co Iowa -- Stuart wasn't started, they came when Ira was 2 mos old so guess it would be Dec 1961 (sic, 1861). It may be been in Jan as I have written records date 1962 (sic, 1862). Anyway they came by bob-sled in crossed the DM River on the ice. The railroad came through Stuart in 1868; the Plat of the town of Stuart was filed in 1870.
In a hand-written document dated December 5, 1949, Alex Lamb (son of Alexander Lamb) wrote: "Alexandra Lamb, 1830 - 1909 was born at or near Raleigh, N.C. He moved by covered wagon with his parents to Newton, Jasper County, Iowa. He was of the Quaker faith. He died at Stuart, Iowa."
Alexander Lamb was born February 2, 1830 in North Carolina, the son of Edward and Cathrine Johnson Lamb. He married Eleanor Reynolds who was born December 17, 1835 in North Carolina. They were the parents of ten children who were, in 1907, Smith Kendall, born August 16, 1851, now deceased; Benjamin F., born June 29, 1857, is married and now living in Montana; Sarah F., born August 16, 1859, is married and living in Jewel County, Kansas; James I., born January 31, 1864 and now lived in Valley Junction, Iowa; Henry M. born August 19, 1866, and is now a resident of Montana; Thomas A., born September 3, 1868 and is deceased; George C., born November 4, 1870, and now living in Penn Township; Louisa J., born March 9, 1873, and resides in Guthrie County; Charles P., born September 24, 1876 and now living in Guthrie County. Alexander, Eleanor and their first child moved from North Carolina in 1833 (probably an error: should be 1853?), and first settled in Indiana where they stayed just 3 years. In 1856 they arrived in Iowa, settling first in Jasper County for seven years before moving to near Stuart, Guthrie County, and for forty-four years they lived upon the same farm, being recognized as one of the leading agriculturists of his community. At length, he retired, moving into Stuart to enjoy in well earned ease, the comforts of life which he had earned through his own labor. ( Information from "Past and Present of Guthrie County, Iowa with biographical sketches, by S.J. Clark Publishing, Chicago, IL 1907.)
Family oral history says that Alexander and Eleanor followed the McCollums to Iowa. Alexander bought his land from a farmer that wanted to move back east.
According to "Transcript of Deaths in the County of Guthrie, State of Iowa, for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1909," Alexander was a retired farmer and died of heart disease, as informed by Chas. Lamb. 
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDVQ-Z8N : accessed 28 January 2016), Alexander Lamb, Iowa, United States; citing p. 14, family 112, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,892.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD2F-V4X : accessed 28 January 2016), Eleanor Lamb in household of Alexander Lamb, Penn, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 78, sheet 122B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0342; FHL microfilm 1,254,342.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9KG-HMY : accessed 28 January 2016), Alexander Lamb, Penn & Stuart Townships Stuart city (pt.) Ward 1-2, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 4B, family 144, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,434.
Obituary of Eleanor Reynolds Lamb
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