Joel Lambert

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1796 - 1879

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Rev. Joel Lambert, one of the oldest and, for many years, one of the most prominent citizens of Henderson; died at his residence in that city, Thursday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Mr. Lambert was born in Lunenberg county, Virginia, in 1796, and was therefore eighty-three years of age at the time of his death. He removed from Virginia to Henderson county, Ky., with his parents in 1798, when there was not even a village where Henderson now stands, and when the site of Evansville was a great forest without a hut or a hovel to mark it. Indians roamed wild through the land, and Indiana and Kentucky were pathless wildernesses. He has continued to reside there ever since, and has watched the progress and growth of the country about him as no other man has had the opportunity to do. While a mere boy of sixteen the war of 1812, between England and America, broke out, and Mr. Lambert and one of his brothers enlisted to fight the invader. He served through the brief struggle, and was in the battle of New Orleans, under General Jackson. After the conclusion of peace he and his brother and several others returned to Henderson from New Orleans on foot, marching every mile of the distance. In 1818, when he had just reached his majority, he married Miss Polly Husbands, who was born in Henderson, and who yet survives him, at the ripe age of seventy-eight years. Their golden weddings was celebrated about ten or eleven years ago, and was the occasion of a notable gathering of descendants and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Lambert had thirteen children, ten of whom preceded him to the grave. Three are yet living, and are Mrs. George M. Priest, of this city, Mr. S. H. Lambert and Mrs. M. M. Kimmel, of Henderson.

About a year after his marriage Mr. Lambert was called to the ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has been active in its service nearly sixty years, having preached his last sermon but a few weeks ago. He was one of a family of seven sons, four of whom were ministers, and three elders in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Three of his brothers survive him, one living in Mississippi, one in Tennessee, and one in Henderson. During the early years of his ministry, Mr. Lambert was very successful in his labors; was a great exhorter and strong preacher. His church became a strong organization, and continued so up to the time of his withdrawal from the active discharge of the duties of minister to the congregation. He was probably one of the oldest ministers of that denomination in the West.

The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and his bereaved daughter, Mrs. Priest, and her family from this city, were present.--Evansville Journal.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, July 10, 1879, page 4]

Joel Lambert - Anderson Presbytery
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1880, page 100]

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