Sunday, May 29, 2016

War of 1812 Pension Application - Joel and Mary Lambert

The following is recorded in Joel Lambert's War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application:[1]

"State of Kentucky
Henderson County
                On the 29th of January A.D., 1852 personally appeared before  me [Y.E. Allison]  a Justice of the peace ... Joel Lambert aged fifty five years a resident of Henderson County in the State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Joel Lambert who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Robert Smith in the 14th Regiment of Kentucky detached Militia commanded by Col. Parker in the War with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he was drafted (or substituted for a Drafted man) at Henderson in Henderson County Kentucky, on or about the 25th day of August A.D. 1814 for the Term of Six months, and continued in actual service in said War for the term of Six Months (having entered into actual Service on the 14th of November 1814) and was honorably discharged at Russellville, Ky on the 20th day of May 1815 as will appear by the Muster Rolls of said Company. He states that he received a written discharge, and that the same is lost or mislaid and cannot now be found.
                He makes this Declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which he may be entitled under the "Act Granting bounty land to Certain Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of the United States" passed September 28th 1850.                   [signed] Joel Lambert"

The above declaration was recorded by William D. Allison, Clerk of County Court of Henderson 28 January 1852.

Lambert stated he fought at the Battle of New Orleans as a private and his pension was on file in the pension office.

Joel Lambert and Polly Husbands were married by Claiborne Duvall, Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in Henderson on 11 Sep 1818. Rev. Joel Lambert was a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for more than half a century. He was born in Virginia, but went to Kentucky as an infant. Mrs. Lambert was a native of Henderson.

A letter from J.L. Rousseau, Attorney & Counselor at Law, to Joseph H. Baker, Commissioner of Pensions in Washington, DC, dated 28 Oct. 1871, stated Joel Lambert had received a land warrant for 80 acres. Appended to this letter was a deposition in which Pain Dixon stated he was a member of the same regiment and company with Joel Lambert.

On the 8th day of September 1879, Sam W. Sizemore and Robt. B. Batte appeared before the Henderson County Court Clerk and stated that Joel Lambert, pensioner of the War of 1812 - No. 8354 died in the City of Henderson  on the 26th day of June 1879, aged 82 years, that Lambert was the husband of Polly Lambert, who made an  application for pension as his widow and Polly had not married since the death of her husband.  

In a letter to the Department of the Interior Pension Office, it was stated that "Mrs. Lambert appears to be very old and states that she was born in 1802 ... her pension certificate, No. 27713, was issued to her Nov. 10, 1879 as the widow of Joel Lambert."

Joel and Mary "Polly" (Husbands) Lambert are buried in Fernwood Cemetery in Henderson, Kentucky. Inscribed on their monument is the following:

Joel Lambert  Born Aug. 25, 1796   Died June 26, 1879

Polly Husbands  Wife of Joel Lambert  Born June 3, 1802   Died Feb. 24, 1893

[1] Pension Application 8354, Fold3 War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrant Application, <https:www.fold3/image/314998680> accessed 15 Dec 2015.

Published 29 May 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

1 comment:

Sue F. said...

thanks, Brenda...very interesting!