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The Lamb Family Papers were donated by Alan J. Lamb in September 2011. Additional papers in the collection are from the former H.F. Lamb correspondence collection (-M668) donated by Alan J. Lamb in 1999.


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[Identification of item], Lamb Family Papers, WH2207, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.


Oversize: 4 boxes




Martin Leuthauser

February 2012


Abby Hoverstock


The Lamb Family papers document the lives of the descendants of Samuel Lamb, Sr. (d. 1784, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania). He was probably born in Scotland or possibly Monaghan County, Ireland in the early 18th century where he married Margaret Jordan. In the 1740s, the couple immigrated to a farm in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and eventually had 10 children.

Their sixth child, Samuel Lamb Jr. (b. 1756, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania-d.181?, Shenandoah County?, Virginia), was a member of the Cumberland County Militia during the American Revolutionary War, He later moved his family to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. With his wife, Ann Trindle (1760s-1820s), the couple had 8 children, some of whom later migrated westward in the early 19th century.

William Lamb (b. 1794, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia-d. 1852, Crawford County, Illinois), was Samuel Lamb Jr.'s sixth child. He married Isabella Lamerson (1800-1870) in 1821 and in 1824 the couple moved their family to Licking County, Ohio. Later in 1842, William and Isabelle Lamb, and other members of their family, migrated further west to Crawford County, Illinois.

In Crawford County, Illinois, William and Isabella Lamb's first child, Isaac Lamb (b. 1821; Virginia.-d. 1892; Crawford County, Illinois) and his wife, Cissaly Ann Ryan (b. 1834, Rockingham, Virginia-d. 1880, Crawford County, Illinois) had 10 children of their own: Laura (1854-1918), Clinton (1857-1860), Clara (1859-1922), William (1861-1943), Henry F. (1864-1938), George Washington (1866-1912), Charles B. (1869-1909), Presley Bradbury (1872-1958), Ella (1875-1941), and Wylie Tindolph (1878-1925).


The Lamb Family papers contain original correspondence and documents arranged chronologically. These papers document the lives of the children and grandchildren of William Lamb (1794-1852) who lived in Illinois and Ohio during the 19th century.

Of special interest are 30 original letters (1889-1909) written by Henry F. Lamb (b. 1864; Crawford County, Illinois-d. 1938; Gilroy, California) to his brother, William Lamb (1861-1943), discussing Henry Lamb's travels and life as a miner in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Nevada.

There are also copies of 4 original letters (1853, 1854, 1856) from Alexander P. Lamb (b. 1827; Crawford County, Illinois-d. 186?) to his brother, Isaac Lamb (1821-1892) describing Alexander Lamb's experiences during the California gold rush.

Additionally, there is a large group of correspondence between Lamb family members and their friends, as well as receipts and legal documents.

Included with the collection is a copy of the book by Alan J. Lamb, Letters and papers of a Lamb family, 1827-1921. The book contains transcripts of many of the documents in the collection with additional legal documents, letters, family group sheets, genealogies, portraits, maps, photos, historical analysis and other Lamb family history.


Samuel Lamb of Pennsylvania and some of his descendants, written and compiled by Alan J. Lamb CS71.L218 1993

An Aten genealogy, written and compiled by Alan J. Lamb CS71.A866 1997

Leters and papers from a Lamb family, 1827 to 1921, written and compiled by Alan J. Lamb



  • Lamb, Alan J. -- (Alan James), -- 1927- -- Archival resources.
  • Lamb, Henry F., -- 1864-1938 -- Archival resources.
  • Lamb, Alexander P., -- 1827- -- Archival resources.
  • Lamb, William, -- 1861-1943 -- Archival resources.
  • Lamb, Isaac, -- 1821-1892 -- Archival resources.
  • Lamb family -- Archives.
  • Lamb family -- Genealogy.
  • Families -- Illinois -- 19th century.
  • Families -- Ohio -- 19th century.
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
  • Miners -- West (U.S.) -- Correspondence.
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Correspondence -- 19th century.
  • Letters (correspondence).
  • Family papers.