I previously had Joshua Lamb and Mary Alcock of the Roxbury (Massachusetts Bay) Lambs as parents for Henry. I now think this is doubtful. In Marshall Styles' book on the descendants of Elizabeth and Henry Lamb he shows no known parents for Henry and discusses the often-seen purported connections between Henry and the Roxbury Lambs. He states that he has found no evidence to support such a connection. - FR
Date: 1697 or 1699
Place: New Kent or Surry, Virginia.
Place: Nansemond, Or, Isle Of Wight, or New Kent, Va.
Note: Marshall Styles' book on Henry & Elizabeth and their descendants states that no reliable record has been found for Henry's birthplace. He states that Henry was born "about 1697" and it is not even known with any certainty whether he was born in the colonies or immigrated from somewhere in Britain. As can be seen above, many birthplaces are claimed, but I have yet to see any credible evidence supporting any of them. - FR
NOTE: Both of the above moves, with dates, are documented in Hinshaw's Quaker Records.
Transcription from Styles, p. 20. The book also has images of the original hand-written will on pages 21-22:
Last Will and Testament of Henry Lamb
Henry Lamb, then residing in St. Luke’s Parish of Rowan County had his estate probated on 22 Apr 1761 in Salisbury, Rowan, NC. The Will and Probate record is recorded in Rowan County Will Book A:81, Court Record book II:333, 22 April 1761: "Will of Henry Lamb proved by Christopher Nation and William Proctor, witnesses. Jacob and Joseph Lamb executors. Court adjourned 1/2 hour; justices present Jno Brandon, William Giles, Edward Hughes, Alexander Cathey, Jacob Lash."
The original of his Last Will and Testament (much of it illegible, but at least extant) is located in the North Carolina State Archives, Rowan County Original Wills, and reads:
"In the Name of God Amen, the Seventh Day of February in the year of Our Lord 1761, I Henry Lambe of the Parish of Saint Luke in the County of Rowan and Province of North Carolina being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, Principally and first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of God that give it and for my body, I recomend it to the Earth to be buried in a fitting like manner at the discression of my executor.. wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life, I give & Devise & dispose of same in the following manner & form -
“Inprime, it is my will & I do ordain that.. my just debts & funeral charges be paid and satisfied. Item, I give & bequeath unto Elizabeth my dearly beloved wife, all & singular full dower & title to all that is mine or belonging to me during her life if she continues to live on and at her death to be equally divided between Esau, Jacob & Joseph, Elizabeth & Bethia. To my sons Esau, Jacob & Joseph if they live to go [unreadable].., and if my son Esau will not come up to live one year on land, the hole land to my sons Jacob & Joseph, whom I likewise constitute, make and ordain my only & sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
“Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Lamb, Esau and Mary a shilling to be paid by my executors after my decease. Whereby disallowing all and every other former Testaments by me in any way before this time, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above mentioned. Signed Henry (his x mark) Lambe. Witness BENJAMIN BEESON, Chris Nation, __?__"
Benjamin Beeson who signed Henry’s Will was the son of Richard and Charity Grubb Beeson, and was the father of Frances Beeson who married Henry’s son, Joseph Lamb.
Date: 10 Feb 1761
Place: St. Luke's Parrish, Rowan County, North Carolina.
"Henry Lamb, the progenitor of this family, was born about 1697, so tradition holds. He died on 10 Feb 1761 in St Lukes Parish, Rowan, NC. That fact was recorded in The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume 1, North Carolina, by William Wade Hinshaw Hinshaw, page 660, at the Center Monthly Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina."
Henry's will (see above) was probated 22 April 1761 (op. cit., p. 20), so the 1774 date above is clearly an error.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Henry by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Henry: