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Welsh Jacob Lamberson/Lomison

Wales?; MD?; Northumberland Co., PA; Columbia, Clearfield, Schuylkill Co., PA; & MI


Jacob Lamberson "came from Wales, Great Britain, during the latter part of the seventeenth century [he must have meant the eighteenth century]. He had evidently landed at Baltimore, Maryland, where, soon after setting foot on American soil, he settled in that region of the country lying between the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, which later became known as Maryland."

This Jacob Lamberson apparently had several children, among whom was a son Jacob Lamberson, perhaps born in Maryland. This son reputedly grew up in Maryland and then moved to Franklin Twp., Columbia (now Montour) Co., PA. [Columbia County was part of Northumberland Co., PA, until 22 March,1813.]

The above is the basic legend of this family as passed on by Harvey B. Lamberson, 2nd great grandson of the elder Jacob Lamberson. While there my be other sources to prove or disprove any of the above, I have no other information. However, after this point, I believe the father Jacob Lamberson steps into the historical record in the 1790 census as "Jacob Lameson" of Northumberland Co., PA, followed in the 1800 census by his son (the father seems to be absent, if indeed he was there to begin with) as "Jacob Lomison" in Catawissa Twp., Northumberland Co., PA.

Let me add a note on the spelling of names here. In Pennsylvania, our families are consistently spelled Lamason, Lomison, etc., in census records, particularly prior to 1850, in spite of the fact that their earlier origins in other locations show them to be self-identified Lamberson and Lambertson families. Unless I see evidence of the family taking up these spellings in more personal records, such as wills, or later in census records past 1850 when most people were literate, I generally ignore these spelling anomalies in the main name records of my data. While I always try to make a note of alternate spellings in source citations and add name variations, I do not change the spelling every time a census enumerator has done so. In Pennsylvania, these spellings are an anomaly of the German heritage of many of the inhabitants, I theorize. So please forgive me if I default to more familiar spellings when you feel I shouldn't.

Now, back to the chase. The son Jacob Lamberson (born between 1780 and 1790) had children Hester a.k.a. Louisa (b. bet. 1797 & 1803); John (b. bet. 1800 & 1804), Elizabeth (b. c. 1804), Aaron (b. c. 1805), Samuel (b. 08 Mar., 1809) and Nicholas (b. c. 1812). Hester married Henry Johnson and lived in Schuylkill Co., PA. John reportedly moved to Michigan eventually, but I haven't found his family. Elizabeth married Samuel Teple/ Teeple and lived in Columbia Co., PA. Aaron married Emma Hoffman and lived in Elk Co., PA. Samuel, a shoe maker, married Elizabeth Fenstermacher and lived in Schuylkill Co., PA. Nicholas, also a shoe maker, married Frances "Fanny" _?_ and lived in Northumberland Co., PA.

The later family information passed down on this family is very accurate and in fact helped distinguish some of these family members in the historical record from other candidates. Nevertheless I remain very skeptical about the story of being from Maryland and Wales (although the story says the elder Jacob "came from" Wales, not necessarily that he was Welsh). In 1790 and 1800 and beyond, this family lives among a Conrad Lamison and a Lawrence Lomison who I believe are documented members of some of the New Jersey families of reputed Dutch origin. On the other hand, I have seen time and time again a family legend which seemed extremely improbable turn out to be extremely accurate. Perhaps time and more digging will turn up some new evidence.

I do note with interest that this family seems to be sprinkled with shoe makers. This could very well have been a family trade. Following this hunch could lead to other relations. For example, I have seen a city directory of Philadelphia for 1825 which lists an Aaron Lamberson, shoe maker which could be a close relative.

This is a very interesting and complex family to follow. If you have more information about this family, please contact me.