John W. Lamb, son of Hezekiah Lamb and Hannah Small, was born 15 March 1847, in Grant County, Indiana. He was never married.
If there was any one in the family who could be called a black sheep, it was John. There were some in the family that had the strong suspicion that he had poisoned his own father, who died suddenly. Most likely, however, his father had ptomaine poisoning.
He was an excellent carpenter, and would circulate among the homes of his brothers and sisters, staying with each a time, until he over-stayed his welcome. Then he would move on, doing carpenter work where ever he was. Many of the families still have things that he had made, chests, shelves, hat racks made out of cow’s horns, etc. I have a small rolling pin that he made for me when I was a little girl. If he had one redeeming feature, it was that he loved children.
As he got older he became more cantankerous. He was always afraid that someone was going to get his money. He was very picky about what he ate, and even accused Maud, the wife of his brother Luna Albert of trying to poison him. He once told Alice Stwalley, daughter of Luna Albert, that he had gotten married in Maine and had one child. However, there was no mention of anything like that in his will. It was just a story that he had made up.
He died 18 November 1934, at the age of 87, at the home of his sister, Naomi Small in Anthony, Kansas, and was buried in Northbranch, Jewell County, Kansas, beside his father and mother. He had made out a will in which he said that he wanted his estate to be divided equally among all his living relatives.
Considering the small size of his "estate," and the great number of nieces and nephews, they figured that was just another onery way he had of making trouble. His three surviving siblings, Ellsworth, Luna Albert, and Naomi went to court and had the will set aside. His things were divided equally among the three of them. BLS
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