LAMSON

 

 

The LAMSON family is of English origin, and, on the paternal side, is traced back through eight generations to (1) Barnabas Lamson, who embarked from Harwich, England in the ship "Defence" on August 10, 1635. He settled at Newtowne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, where he became a land owner, selectman and surveyor of the town. He died about 1640. Who his wife was is not known, but among their children was (II) Joseph, born probably in 1638 at Charleston, Massachusetts, and who died in February 1679. Among his five children was (III) Ebenezer Lamson, who married, April 19, 1698, at Concord, Massachusetts, Sarah Hartwell. They had seven children, of whom (IV) Timothy was born at Concord, Massachusetts, July 25, 1699. He married Patience Thompson, and they had seven children, the fourth born of whom was (V) Ebenezer, born April 13, 1741, who became a preacher of note, first in the Baptist, and later in the Universalist Church. He died July 4, 1834. He married Ruth Phillips, of the same stock from whence came Wendell Phillips and Phillips Brooks. They became the parents of nine children, the eldest of whom, (VI) Isaac, who was born February 19, 1764, at Charlton, Massachusetts. Isaac Lamson was a close student, a successful teacher, and enterprising business man. He married Keziah Sharpe, to which union was born eight children, one of whom was (VII) Isaac, was born at Charlton, Massachusetts, on February 8, 1799. He became a collier and farmer, was a member and class leader in the Methodist Church, and lived an honest upright, and just life. On January 4, 1825, he married Celina Miller, the daughter of Rev. Thomas and Asenith (Andrews) Miller, who was born October 7, 1805. From Sheffield, Massachusetts, they removed to Mt Washington, that State, where the greater part of their lives were spent, their last years being spent at Burlington, Connecticut, where their deaths occurred, he passing away on March 25, 1886, and his wife on August 1, 1888. They were parents of the following children: Samuel M. Thomas H., Celina, Isaac Porter, Esther, Waldo, Mary A., and Lucinda. The genealogy of the Miller family has been traced back through eight generations to John Miller, who came to America in Maidstone, Kent County, England, about 1644, settling first at Lyon, Massachusetts, and removing later to East Hampton, Long Island. The Rev. Thomas Miller, father of Mrs. Celina Lamson, was a direct descendant of John Miller and was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Filer) Miller. He was born in 1783 and died in 1859. To Thomas and Asenith Miller were born eleven children and by a subsequent marriage to Phebe Canfield there were ten children."

 

Source: Representative Citizens of Ohio Memorial - Biographical by G. Frederick Wright. The Memorial Publishing Company, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio, New York, NY 1917 http://homepages.rootsweb.com/`rocky/oh_biographies/lamson.htm.

 

 

“HISTORICAL SKETCH OF MOUNT WASHINGTON

 

To the descendants of Isaac Lamson, who are the most numerous of the members of the family recorded in these pages, the town of Mount Washington will be brought to their mind as the birthplace, boyhood home and final resting place of one or more of their ancestors. I find that in my own case it is the birthplace of my grandfather, the boyhood home of my father, and the final resting place of three of my ancestors in the direct line.

 

In July 1907, I made a trip through the township and personally visited scenes of interest to me in the preparation of this work. There are none of the Lamson name living in the township at present although at one time there were twenty-one voters of the name residing there. I found the farms formerly owned by members of the family had passed into the possession of New York men of wealth and were the summer resting places of their families. I located the ruins of the sawmill once owned and operated by Isaac and later by his son Ira, and a visit to the cemetery revealed the burial place of a score or more of the family name and blood. Among them I found the graves of the Elder Ebenezer, his son Isaac, and two of Isaac’s three wives and six of his children. Names appearing on different headstones were recognized by me as the family name of those with whom the Lamsons are connected by marriage.

 

From Mr. Herbert F Keith, who has been preparing a history of the town of Mount Washington, I obtained the following information relating to Isaac Lamson, No. 6. and the part taken by him and his sons in advancing the interests of the town:

 

“At the time Isaac Lamson came to the town from Charlton, its population was increasing rapidly, adding 183 between 1800 and 1810, when it attained its maximum of 474, declining by western emigration from 1820 to 1830 and increasing again to 438 in 1840. AT this time considerable manufacturing of various kinds was carried on at the “city” (so called) of agricultural tools and harpoons for Hudson whalers by John D Joyce, and saw mills, tanneries, etc., by others.

 

Isaac Lamson, soon after his arrival, became an active participant in the town’s affairs and its business interests. He first bought, in 1807, some small wood lots and in 1809 purchased the city saw mill. Soon after he made a location of 460 acres, the same being the south half of Mount Everett. He was town clerk from 1809 to 1816 inclusive and 1819 to 1838 inclusive. He was a selectman in 1810, 1819 and 1820, and a member of the school committee from 1814 to 1817 and 1832 to 1834 inclusive. He was assessor in 1809, 1810 and 1813. Soon after his coming to the town Isaac Lamson made a home for his father, Elder Ebenezer Lamson, a Baptist minister for twenty-two years and a chaplain in the Revolutionary War. On July 4, 1824 Elder Lamson, at the age of 83, delivered a most interesting address at a celebration on the top of Mount Everett. The address consumed two hours in its delivery. He gave many humorous anecdotes of his war experience and, being a fine singer, interspersed the same with revolutionary songs. Ralph Taylor, who is living (1908) at Great Barrington, Mass., at the advanced age of 90, remembers attending the celebration on horseback in company with Gen. Ives. He describes the address and occasion as one he would give $50 to hear and attend again. Ebenezer Lamson died at the age of 93, July 4, 1834, predicting his death the night before.

 

Jason Lamson, the first Lamson born in town, gave the land for the Town House, church and sheds, and Isaac, a deed of the city cemetery.

 

Origen Lamson was representative to the general court in 1840 and Ira Lamson in 1841.

 

The town offices filled by the descendants of Isaac Lamson, Sr., are as follows:

 

Origen Lamson: Selectman, 1822, 1826, 1829, 1833, 1835, 1837 and 1850; School Committee, 1819, 1821, 1825, 1840 and 1841; Assessor, 1817, 1818, 1819, 1820, 1823, 1827, 1831 and 1832.

 

Isaac Lamson, Jr.: Assessor, 1837, 1854 and 1857

 

Cyrus Lamson: Selectman, 1839, 1862

 

Jason Lamson: Assessor, 1834, 1835, 1840, 1854, 1857, 1859

 

Ira Lamson: Selectman, 1846, 1849, 1851, 1860

 

William Lamson: Town Clerk, 1843 and 1844; Selectman, 1844 and 1859; School Committee, 1842 and 1845; Assessor, 1841

 

Horace Lamson: Town Clerk, 1846 to 1851 inclusive, 1856 and 1857; Selectman, 1853 and 1854; School Committee 1844, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1854, 1856, 1858 and 1859; Assessor, 1849, 1850 and 1856.

 

John C. Lamson: School Committee, 1866; Assessor, 1863 to 1866 inclusive.

 

Source: Otis E Lamson,  Memorial of Elder Ebenezer Lamson of Concord, Mass. : his ancestry and descendants 1635-1908, Delano, MI, unknown, 1908. Pg 1-11

 

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