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Thomas Joseph Lamb (1771 - 1852)

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Thomas Joseph Lamb
Born in Newberry, Union South Carolinamap
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Died in Callaway County, Kentucky, USAmap
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Thomas Lamb was a US Southern Colonist.
Thomas was a Friend (Quaker)

Thomas Lamb was born in Newberry, Union County, South Carolina on 16 November 1771 and died in Henry County, Tennessee before July 1840. Thomas is buried in the Paris Tennessee City Cemetery. He married Elizabeth Potts in Union County, South Carolina about 1798. She is most likely the daughter of Oswald Potts. She was born in Union County in 1778 and died in Calloway County, Kentucky in 1850.

Thomas is the son of Thomas and Sarah Lamb. He was a Quaker and part of the Bush River Monthly Meeting in South Carolina.

Many online family trees list Elizabeth as the daughter of George Potts of Union County, South Carolina. The 1802 will of George Potts lists a daughter Isabella Lamb but also a daughter named Elizabeth Addington. This would indicate the wife of Thomas is not George Potts’ daughter since it is unlikely he would have two daughters named Elizabeth.

There was another Potts family in Union County listed on the 1800 US Federal Census:  the widow and children of Oswald Potts who died in 1779 in North Carolina.

There are three known children of Oswald Potts:  Abner, William and Mary.  The wife of Abner Potts isn’t known. William Potts married Elizabeth Lamb, sister of Thomas Lamb.  Mary Potts married Solomon Bobo who lived near the Lamb family during the 1800 Census.  Abner and William Potts migrated to Montgomery County TN during 1803-1809.  William Potts moved to Williamson County and later to Henry County TN.  So did Thomas and Elizabeth (Potts) Lamb. It is likely Elizabeth (Potts) Lamb is a fourth child of Oswald Potts that isn’t otherwise documented.

Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children.

  • Thomas (1798-1860)
  • Joseph (1804-1871)
  • Jason Adam (1806-1857)
  • Infant Lamb (1809)
  • William (1810-?)
  • Abraham (1810-1848)
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) (1816-1842)

October 22, 1852 – Calloway County, Kentucky has a death record showing Thomas Lamb died on this date. This appears to be a mix up on the record. Henry County Court records show his estate was settled in Henry County in July 1840. This death record most likely belongs to his brother, Joseph Lamb who died in 1852. Joseph owned property in Calloway County but Thomas did not.


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  • Year: 1790; Census Place: Union, South Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 11; Page: 38; Image: 42; Family History Library Film: 0568151
  • Year: 1800; Census Place: Union District, South Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 50; Page: 233; Image: 461; Family History Library Film: 181425
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