Jordan Bennett Lambert

1798 - 1860

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister


Departed this life on Tuesday night, the 10th inst., at ten minutes past two o'clock, at his residence in Monroe county, Ark., Rev. Jordan B. Lambert, aged about sixty-three years.

Brother Lambert was born in Mercer county, Ky., the 9th of May, 1798. His parents were from Virginia, but at what date they removed to Kentucky, the writer is not advised.

The deceased was united in marriage December 24, 1818, to Miss Judith W. Key, his now sorrowing and bereft widow. Made a public profession of religion at Robertson's Camp-ground, A.D. 1820, and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Impressed by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel, he became a candidate for the ministry in 1828, the year after his removal from Kentucky to Henderson county, West Tennessee, and was ordained in 1831. He was a colaborer with Drs. Beard, Burrow, and the lamented Robt. Baker and James S. Guthrie. Removed to the place where he died A.D. 1839. Was one of the ministers who constituted Helena Presbytery at its organization, with A. Shelby, John Barnett, and Thomas Law. Was a good Presbyter. He attended a meeting some six miles from his residence with Rev. J. B. Groves, and after having preached, rode home, whither he arrived about midnight. His wife, having been informed by him that he had preached before he left the meeting said to him, "You'll kill yourself." He replied, "Well, I had better wear out than rust out." The day after, but one, he was taken with a chill. This was in August, I believe. That, sure enough, was his last sermon. He never was well again. Nine days previous to his demise he was attacked with pneumonia, of which he died. On being informed that his time had come, he said, "All is well; I am ready." Being asked if he had any word to leave for his family, he replied, "Yes; tell them all to be Christians." "Have you any message to leave to the Church?" "Yes; tell them all to live better, and try to do more." "Anything you would like to have said to your brother ministers?" "Yes; tell them to preach Christ faithfully. He is the world's only permanent hope." A few hours after this conversation he breathed his last, in full assurance of the enjoyment of that "rest that remains for God's people."

Brother Lambert was a good man--faithful and conscientious in all the relations of life. One thing struck the writer most forcibly. His servants, (of whom he had about eighty,) on coming from their labor at night, would all, as fast as permitted, steal softly in to get a look at "old master." Then they would turn softly away, saying, with sobs, "I'm sorry to have old master leave us--he was so good to us." One said "Master, I thank you--you have been good to us black ones. You talked to us, and told us about Jesus. I hope to meet you in heaven." It is proper to remark here that he preached to and often prayed for his servants, as well as his own color; and many of those servants are doubtless Christians.

May Heaven give supporting grace to his bereft wife, and sanctify his death to his family, neighborhood, and Church.
[Source: Banner of Peace, February 9, 1860, page 4]

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