Wayne County West Virginia Biography of James H. LAMBERT


         James H. LAMBERT, born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, April 11, 1841, was a son of James and Elizabeth (Stith) Lambert. His father was born in Huntington, Cabell county, and his mother in Stokes county, North Carolina. Her father, Jesse Stith, in the year of her birth, emigrated from North Carolina to what is now Wayne county, settling at the mouth of Whites creek. Job Lambert, father of James and grandfather of James H., was the first settler and owned the land on which Huntington now stands, on the Ohio river in Cabell county. In Boyd county, Kentucky, November 20, 1862, James H. Lambert was united in marriage with Louary Cyrus, who was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, March 10, 1840. Her parents were Jesse and Sally (White) Cyrus, both born in what is now Wayne county; her mother died in Boyd county, Kentucky, May 6, 1879.

         The children of James H. Lambert and wife were born: Genevia, January 6, 1864, died June 14, 1866; Anna Laura, September 13, 1866; Sallie, August 21, 1868; John Gratney, October 2, 1870; Jesse, August 11, 1872; Rosco, November 21, 1874; Bettie, February 2, 1878; Drusila, April 9, 1879; and Lilly, December 8, 1881, died October 5, 1883. The living chilldren are all at home. Mr Lambert had three brothers in the Federal army in the civil war: Job, who served in the 5th Virginia Infantry, and B.F. and Lindsay, who were in the 14th Kentucky Infantry. Lindsay died in the service at Paintsville, Kentucky, in October, 1862.

         James H. Lambert came to Wayne county in 1862 and in 1866 entered into a mercantile busitess at Whites Creek. By his tact, energy and enterprise he has made a handsome competence, and by his honorable dealings has merited the confidence and esteem of the community. He owns 340 acres of valuable land, 275 acres improved; his buildings are among the best in the county and he raises some fine stock. For 18 years he has been, and continues to be, the postmaster at Whites Creek, Wayne county, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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