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Woodlawn Cemetery Upcoming Event — “Moonlight and Mausoleums”

On Oct. 6th at 7pm, Woodlawn Cemetery is hosting an event titled “Moonlight & Mausoleums – Walking Tour”.
They will be opening the Belmont, Harbeck & Julliard Tombs to allow walkers to view the interiors.  A reminder — bring a flashlight.

You can check out the event on the Woodlawn Cemetery’s website

Lamb Family Members

Chester Lamb was married to Catharine Malory.  Catharine was born about 1819 in Ireland and died on 6 April, 1875.  I haven’t been able to find where they were married or when she emigrated, but it appears that she came to the United States as a child.  Chester & Catharine had eight children that I have found.

  • Charles Lamb, 1838-1878
  • William George Lamb, 1842-1898
  • Henry C. Lamb, 1844-1893
  • Caroline Lamb Sweet, 1845-1927
  • Martha Lamb, 1845-1846
  • Chester Lamb, Jr., 1856-1909
  • Elmira M. Lamb Glaze, 1857-1927
  • Emily Lamb, 1860-1925

All children were buried with Chester & Catharine in the Lamb plot at Woodlawn Cemetery except two, William George & Martha.

Catharine’s obit. published on April 8, 1875 in the New York Herald,

On the 6th inst, Catharine, the beloved wife of Chester Lamb, in the 56th year of her age.  The relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, from her late residence, No. 154 West Forty-fourth street, on Friday, 9th at ten AM; thence to the Church of St. Paul, Fifty-ninth street, where funeral services will be celebrated.

Chester Lamb

Chester Lamb was born in Vermont, the son of Daniel & Persis Lamb.

Woodlawn Cemetery, the Lamb Plot

I have been doing genealogical research for a couple of years and have amassed a huge amount of information.  I decided that a blog would be the best way to share what I have found.  Since I was adopted, I will add info. about both my adopted family and my biological family.

When I was recently visiting Marissa, Alex & Zenda in Brooklyn, we all took a drive to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.  After searching the records there with the help of the cemetery office, I counted 37 relatives (that I know of) buried there.  Woodlawn Cemetery has been in existence from 14 January 1865.  More than 310,000 people have been interred there, including a lot who were disinterred from Manhattan.  Many of the older cemeteries were dug up & the bodies reburied to make way for new construction.  Below is one of the family plots from Woodlawn.

One of the Lamb Family Plots at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

The Owner of the plot was Chester Lamb (1816 – 1891)
my biological 3rd great grandfather
William George Lamb (1842-1898)
 Son of Chester
William Chester Lamb (1878-1946)
 Son of William George
Florence Adele Lamb (1903-1984)
 Daughter of William Chester
Grace Adele Britt (1928-1975)
 Daughter of Florence Adele

And then me, Janet Page (name at birth, Ellen Britt), Daughter of Grace Adele Britt


The obit. below was in the New York Herald on 14 July 1891.
Chester Lamb, the well known livery stable keeper, died of kidney trouble at his home, No. 235 West Thirty-sixth street, yesterday.  He was born in Vermont in 1817.  Coming to New York he became a waiter in the Astor House and next bell boy.  Then he was placed in charge of the Astor stables.  He went from there to the old St. Nicholas Hotel where he made a fortune.  He was Assistant Alderman under James Kelly.  He was made president of the old Broadway stage line.  He kept for many years the Fifth Avenue Stables which he sold to the Fifth Avenue Riding Academy.  He leaves two sons and three daughters.
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