Today’s Post is in Honor of the DNA Bequeathed to me by all of my Irish Ancestors. A big Shout Out to my 3rd Great Great Grandpa Chester Lamb . . .who was probably really fun until he died of cirrhosis.
I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy reading old newspaper articles, especially those from New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania. The majority of my ancestors lived in those three states. Journalism must have been really fun back then — you could print the most slanderous personal accounts without any repercussions. I’ve used genealogybank.com to search for a variety of old articles — some funny & some tragic — involving intoxication, medicinal use of spirits, mayhem and a few mentions of the Irish.
Since it is almost election day, I’ll thought I’d post something political that happened in 1875.
This postcard has nothing to do with 1875, but it was mailed in 1907. I found it today at our local Andover Antique Mall. There is an incredible stall at the antique mall that is filled with postcards, old “Life” magazines & other historical paper items.
My 3rd Great Grandfather Chester Lamb got caught up in Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall escapades.
Chester Lamb (1816 – 1891)
is your 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
Janet K. Page (aka Ellen Britt)
You are the daughter of Grace Adele
The following is an article from the “New York Daily Tribune“, Wednesday, December 8, 1875. Chester Lamb was also before the Grand Jury and closely questioned for providing carriages for the Tweed Party’s escape. Chester Lamb had a livery stable in New York City. (please see earlier posts about dear Grandfather Chester)
The following is a quote from “Wikipedia” regarding Tammany Hall —
Main article: William M. Tweed
Tammany’s control over the politics of New York City tightened considerably under Tweed. In 1858, Tweed utilized the efforts of Republican reformers to rein in the Democratic city government to obtain a position on the County Board of Supervisors (which he then used as a springboard to other appointments) and to have his friends placed in various offices. From this position of strength, he was elected “Grand Sachem” of Tammany, which he then used to take functional control of the city government. With his proteges elected governor of the state and mayor of the city, Tweed was able to expand the corruption and kickbacks of his “Ring” into practically every aspect of city and state governance. Although Tweed was elected to the State Senate, his true sources of power were his appointed positions to various branches of the city government. These positions gave him access to city funds and contractors, thereby controlling public works programs. This benefitted his pocketbook and those of his friends, but also provided jobs for the immigrants, especially Irish laborers, who were the electoral base of Tammany’s power.
Under “Boss” Tweed’s dominance, the city expanded into the Upper East and Upper West Sides of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge was begun, land was set aside for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, orphanages and almshouses were constructed, and social services – both directly provided by the state and indirectly funded by state appropriations to private charities – expanded to unprecedented levels. All of this activity, of course, also brought great wealth to Tweed and his friends. It also brought them into contact and alliance with the rich elite of the city, who either fell in with the graft and corruption, or else tolerated it because of Tammany’s ability to control the immigrant population, of whom the “uppertens” of the city were wary.
It was therefore Tammany’s demonstrated inability to control Irish laborers in the Orange riot of 1871 that began Tweed’s downfall. Campaigns to topple Tweed by the New York Times and Thomas Nast of Harper’s Weekly began to gain traction in the aftermath of the riot, and disgruntled insiders began to leak the details of the extent and scope of the Tweed Ring’s avarice to the newspapers.
Tweed was arrested and tried in 1872. He died in Ludlow Street Jail, and political reformers took over the city and state governments. Following Tweed’s arrest, Tammany survived but was no longer controlled by just Protestants and was now dependent on leadership from bosses of Irish descent.
Elmira M. Lamb Glaze was born in NYC abt. 1857, the daughter of Chester Lamb & Catharine Malory Lamb. She was raised a Roman Catholic & was one of eight children. Her father, Chester Lamb, was a well known horseman & livery stable owner in NYC. Her father was born in Vermont & her mother in Ireland.
Elmira had lived in a convent before she met & married George Glaze. George was a widower with two children. After George & Elmira’s marriage, they went to live with George’s parents in New Jersey. George’s parents did not approve of Elmira & treated her very badly.
George abandoned Elmira soon after their marriage. Tragically, she gave birth to a baby girl who died the day she was born, 14 Aug. 1879 in New Jersey. It was alleged that George & his parents refused to give Elmira the food she needed for her pregnancy.
George & Elmira’s divorce was covered on the front pages of the New York papers as it was scandalous for this time.
After George left Elmira, she moved home to live with her father, Chester Lamb. The divorce case dragged on for years. Their divorce was finally granted in June of 1893.
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.
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.
And then me, Janet Page (name at birth, Ellen Britt), Daughter of Grace Adele Britt
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.