- Born: 8th August, 1833, Selkirk, , Selkirk, Scotland
- Marriage: Agnes Stewart McEWEN on 28 Dec 1861 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Died: 20 Mar 1870, Marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand at age 36
Cause of his death was Died by running himself and horse into a tollgate gate.
As a young man he emigrated to Melbourne,Australia. He sailed over to New Zealand in 1855.He went into carpentering in Wellington for a while. Then he walked up the west coast to Paraewanui and joined in partnership with William Henderson, later a flour miller. There were, of course, no saw mills, so they pit sawed their own timber. John is said to have built the first house where Marton now stands... formally called Tutaenui. He built the first Fern Flats School and many house in the district.
In 1858 John LAMBERT purchased 1,000 acres from James Wallace, formally known as Moturamarama, then changed to Willow Brook. This was some two miles from the centre of Marton on the north side and on the east side of the road to Upper Tutaenui... at 10 shillings per acre. Most of it was flat, but in a rough state, rushes, toi-toi, flax, manuka, kanuka and cabbage trees.
John was a very energetic farmer, and his frank manner and sterling character made him a general favourite. He was Precentor (lead singer of the choir) of the Presbyterian congregation and a leading member of the Harmonic Society. During the Land War scares being keen, he rose to Captain of the Royal Rifle Voluteers and trained men in readiness during the Hau Hau threat in the Province.
Tragically, at early age of 36, on 2oth March 1870, he was accidently killed when thrown from his horse at the toll gate at Kaitoke near Wanganui. John had been in Wanganui on Saturday along with his brother and 3 sisters. They had some family business to transact and were all happy together. In the evening as they were returning home, approaching the toll gate, he thought he would have the toll keeper on so pretended to gallop throught without paying. The keeper slammed the gate on them and John came off his horse and was killed, or rather he died at 4 a.m. the next morning, the Sunday.
He was given a military funeral and was buried at the Bonny Glen Cemetery by Rev. Wilson, assisted by Rev Elmslie. The funeral was the biggest there had been in Rangitikei and was attended by some of the most influential residents of the district. A large number of Volunteers and Military including the Alfred and Victoria Troops, the Turakina Volunteers and even some of the Lady Bowers Light Horse from Manawatu were there to pay their respects. Over 350 number of men who walked the six miles out of the Royal Rangitikei Volunteers played the "Dead March in Saul".
Carpenter on his marriage certificate of 1861. Farmer on his death certificate of 1870
John married Agnes Stewart McEWEN, daughter of David McEWEN and Mary Chisholm NEISH, on 28 Dec 1861 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. (Agnes Stewart McEWEN was born on 29 Mar 1841 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, died on 1 Sep 1926 in Marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand and was buried on 1 Sep 1926 in Marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand.)