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The Lamberts, The Smiths, The Propsts, The Freeds



ABT 1668 - ____

  • BIRTH: ABT 1668, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany

Jacob Matthias LAMBARD (LOMBARD) - Ann Rosina REESIN

1690 - 16 Mar 1756

  • OCCUPATION: Farmer
  • RESIDENCE: 1734, Land owner in Manchester Twp., York Co., PA
  • BIRTH: 1690, Pfalz, Bayern, Upper Rhine Valley, E. France, near Switzerland & Germany
  • DEATH: 16 Mar 1756, Manchester, Dover Twp., York Co., PA
  • IMMIGRATION: 1733, Came to USA from Switzerland aboard the ship, "Sally" with 2 sons
  • EVENT: A.k.a./ nickname: Mattheid, Mathais, Matthias Lombard\Lambard\Lambert\Lambartt
  • WILL: 27 Jun 1756, Probated
  • NATURALIZATION: 10 Apr 1748, Went to Philadelphia to become a British subject.
Our LAMBARD story began in the upper section of Rheinland Pfalz (Rheinland Palatinate) of Germany.
Matthias Lombard (Lambert) was born in the Upper Rhine Valley of Germany.
The Palentine area of Germany had been devastated by religious wars between Lutherans and Catholics and overrun by invading armies in wars considered to be some of the most fierce and cruel fighting Western Civilization had ever seen. The area was not so much involved in the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) as were other areas, but it became the battleground for the French, Swedish, Spanish and the German Imperialists wars. Because of this there was widespread destruction of both people and property in this area between 1622-1707. During those years there were shiploads of German emigrants coming from Germany to America to avoid religious persecution.

Pfalz, Gemany & German Emigration to USA

In 1683, a group of German emigrants from the Palatinate founded the first permanent German settlement in North America at Germantown, Pennsylvania. This started a mass emigration into Pennsylvania. There were three major reasons for the emigration out of Germany in the late 1600's and early 1700's. The first was that religious persecutions were carried out by both the churches and the government. After the Treaty of Westfalia (1648), which ended the Thirty Years War, the Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed Lutheran or Calvinist churches were the only churches officially recognized by the existing kingdoms. All others were still persecuted.

The second reason was economic and environmental conditions. In Germany there were always economic problems due to the constant wars and overcrowded conditions that existed. But, the worst by far was seen during the Thirty Years War. During this time, towns were continually being ravaged and plundered by German, as well as foreign armies. In 1707, during the War of Spanish Succession, the Pfalz was destroyed for the fourth time.

The third reason for the mass emigration was the political conditions that existed in Germany during that period. Often the people were heavily taxed and oppressed in order to support the nobility and to provide a military force. When enticing stories of the new world were spread around, of being able to worship freely, being free from the threats of war and oppression, and being able to own as much land as they wanted, the people began leaving by the thousands.

In 1733, our ancestor, Jacob Matthias LAMBARD, age 43, took his family, two sons, to Rottersdam, the Netherlands, where they boarded the ship "Sally", with John Osmond as commander. They set sail, first for Cowes, England, and then for the New World. They would no doubt miss their homeland, but were excited and eager to begin a new and better way of life in America.

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The ship, the "Sally", carrying Palatines from Germany, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The ship had sailed from Rottersdam, via Cowes, England, to Philadelphia and carried the first of our LAMBARD (LAMBERT) ancestors to set foot on American soil.

On 10 Apr 1748, Matthias went to Philadelphia to become a British subject. At the court house of Philadelphia, Matthias did take and subscribe the oaths to the government, which at that time was British. After immigration the LAMBARDS stayed for a time in Lancaster County, PA.

German Settlements in the USA

Matthias died in 1756 and Ann in 1757-8 at York, Pennsylvania.


George S. LAMBERT - Eva

1715 - 1787

  • RESIDENCE: 17 Jan 1743, Bought Land in Frederick, MD
  • BIRTH: 1715, Germany
  • DEATH: 1787, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
  • BURIAL: Family farm in Washington Co., MD

George, the oldest child of Matthias and Ann, was born in Germany in about 1715. At about 1735 he married Eva, born in Maryland or Pennsylvania in 1722. George died in 1787 and Eva in 1781. Both are buried at their Washington County, Maryland farm. Eva's tombstone reads, "Heir Liegt Eva Lambert and Ihre Fochter. War alt 59 Jar." (Here lies Eva Lambert and her daughter. Was 59 years.)

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George enlisted March 29, 1778 in Col. Grayson's regiment, Capt. Monroe's Company in the Revolutionary War. He bought land in Fredrick County, Maryland known as Lambert Park on January 17, 1744.

John B. LAMBERT - Elizabeth

1736 - 1804

  • BIRTH: 1736, Frederick Co., MD
  • DEATH: 1804, Dry Run, Pendleton Co, WV
  • EVENT: Ukwn Spouse: Jeanette ? & Elizabeth ?
John Lambert was born about 1736 in Maryland or Pennsylvania. At about 1755 he married Jean (Jeanette). Jean may have been of Dutch origin. They had two children born in Frederick Co. in 1755 and 1758. The family probably went to Virginia shortly before 1770 as a Frederick Co. deed in that year referred to John Lambert and Jeannette his wife "of Augusta Co." which included a large area at the time. In 1774 they were at Wilson's Station near Beverly, in present day Randolph County. On 15 March 1774, John and Jean Lambert were charged in court with not bringing up a child properly. By 1775 they had moved to the North Fork of the Potomac in what is now Pendleton County, West Virginia.
He remarried about 1775 to Elizabeth. On 19 May 1778, John was in court again on the same charge as before but no details were given.
Family 2 : Joanna HENRICH
In 1783, John patented 200 acres on Dry Run, some ten miles from Circleville. Five of John's children, Matthias, James, Barnabas, Abraham, and Catherine, went to Kentucky.

In 1788, he was in Capt. Robert Harrison's militia company with son, John and six horses. In 1794, he was exempted from military service by reason of infirmity. He died in Pendleton County, West Virginia in 1804.

George Phillip LAMBERT - Joanna HENRICH

4 Jun 1778 - 15 Aug 1841

  • BIRTH: 4 Jun 1778, Elkins, Randolph Co., WV
  • DEATH: 15 Aug 1841, Pendletown Co., WV
  • MARRIAGE: ABT 1795
Family 2 : Nancy SNYDER
  • MARRIAGE: ABT 1807
  1. MARRIAGE: ABT 1810, VA

Eleanor (Nellie) JOHNSON
Eleanor was the daughter of Richard & Nancy Howell Johnson.

Harvey LAMBERT - Margaret J. MOYERS

b. 1829 - d. about 1900
Harvey Lambert

Cain LAMBERT - Sarah Ellen LAMBERT

b. 6 Aug. 1850 - d. 16 Nov. 1921
Cain Lambert

McKenzie LAMBERT - Pearlie Etta MOYERS

b. 9 Nov. 1879 - d. 28 Feb. 1916
Cain & Sarah Lambert's Family w/ McKenzie top row middle

Leslie Bert LAMBERT - Evelyn Melvina SMITH

b. 12 Feb. 1910 - d.

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Charles SMITH - Hannah CARR


Andrew C. SMITH - Elizabeth WHITE


Gabriel Alonzo SMITH - Sarah Ellen LAMBERT

b. 15 Nov 1887/1889 in Randolph County, West Virginia
d. 12 May 1933 in Randolph County, West Virginia
John married Flossie Olive Propst. She died in 1918 from Influenza and Pneumonia.
John married again. She was the informant on his death certificate and signed her name "Mrs. John Calvin Smith".
John died in a car accident and is buried in the Glady Cemetery in Glady, Randolph County, West Virginia

Gabriel and Sarah Ellen Smith

Sarah LAMBERT's parents were Adonijah LAMBERT and Barbara BENNETT.

Adonijah {Pronounced: ad-u-NIE-a} Lambert
b. 1823 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
d. between 1881-1899 in West Virginia (most likely in Randolph County)
Adonijah was the son of John Lambert and Susanna Cassle
He is buried next to his wife in the Adonijah Lambert Cemetery in Randolph County, WV

Barbara Bennett
b. about 1830 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
d. between 1881-1899 in West Virginia (most likely in Randolph County)
Barbara was the daughter of Elijah Bennett
She is buried next to her husband in the Adonijah Lambert Cemetery in Randolph County, WV

Adonijah and Barbara married on 03 May 1849 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now WV). Adonijah fought in the Confederate Army (46 Virginia Militia). The last record I have for them is the 1880 census that stated that Adonijah was 61 and Barbara was 50 years old.

The 8 known children of Adonijah and Barbara were:

  1. Hannah E. Lambert
    b. Estimated about March 1850 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia) d.
  2. Barbara Lambert (may have also gone by the name Martha)
    b. about 1852 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia) d.
  3. Decatur Lambert (male)
    b. about 1854 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
    d. before 1860 in Pendleton County, Virginia
  4. Lafayette Lambert
    b. 22 Dec 1854 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
    d. 07 Dec 1941 in Randolph County, West Virginia
    Lafayette is buried in the Lambert Cemetery that is apparently referred to as Cemetery #2.
  5. Sarah Ellen "Sadia" Lambert
    b. 07 Jan 1859 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
    d. 02 Jul 1921 in Randolph County, West Virginia
    Sadia married Gabriel Smith in 1879 (MRIN 9) and had 6 children.
  6. William Frank Lambert
    b. 10 Oct 1864 in Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
    d. 30 Dec 1951 in Randolph County, West Virginia
    William married Lucinda Summerfield
    William is buried in the Adonijah Lambert Cemetery
  7. Adonijah C. Lambert Jr.
    b. about 1868 in Pendleton or Randolph County, West Virginia d.
  8. James Washington Lambert
    b. about 1872 in Pendleton or Randolph County, West Virginia


John Calvin SMITH - Flossy Olive PROPST

John Calvin Smith John Calvin Smith


Evelyn Melvina SMITH - Leslie Bert LAMBERT

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Johannes PROPST

Birth: ABT. 1620 in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, Germany

Hans Michael PROPST - Agatha (Agnes) PLINTZING

  • Birth: BEF. 1659 in Bonnigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Death: 16 JUL 1695 in Bonnigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Agatha was born BEF. 1650 in Schwab Hahl, Bavaria, Germany and died BEF. 1692 in Bonnigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany.
  • She was the daughter of Michael PLINTZING.
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    Hans Michael PROPST - Barbara

  • Birth: ABT. 1679 in Bonnigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Death: UNKNOWN in Pendleton Co, WV

    John (Johann) Michael PROPST - Anna Maria KELLER

    d. Pendleton County, WV

    (John) Michael Propst, born 1713, came from Germany, by way of Rotterdam and England, on Captain Hugh Percy's ship, "Samuel". The ship arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 17, 1733. Accompanying him on the voyage were Michael Propst (born 1679), Barbara Propst (born 1680) and Barbara Propst (born 1725). Hans Michael Propst b.1679 (age 54) and his wife Barbara b.1670 (age 53), with their two children Johann Michael b. 1754 (21 years old) and Barbara b. 1741 (8 years old).
    The Propst family is listed three times in Pennsylvania German Pioneers. List #29 A, taken when the ship left Rotterdam, includes the entire family with their ages and sex. Only the males over 16 were listed in list #29B, when they arrived in Philadelphia and in list #29C, when they took Oath to the Mayor of Philadelphia.

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    It is noted that his signature on the immigration and oath of allegiance papers is in the name of "Johann Michael Probst," rather than Propst. His father was apparently illiterate, for the clerk signed his name for him, as "Michael Propst." I note the differences in spelling of the last name, but am unable to explain the difference, other than the difficulty of the English in understanding German. The family name historically has been Propst, but Johann Michael evidently preferred Probst. And, on the immigration clearance papers, the male names were Michael Probst and Johs. Michall Probst.

    Shortly after their arrival, they went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but apparently spent little time there and then moved westward to Lancaster.
    After ten or sixteen years in Lancaster, they migrated southwestward through Maryland down into the Shenandoah River Valley of northern Virginia into what was originally Rockingham and Augusta Counties, Virginia, and which later became Pendleton County, West Virginia.
    In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Johan Michael Propst (b. 1712) married Anna Maria Keller, widow of Peter Keller, at the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church in Cocalico Township, PA.
    They had four children in Lancaster-- Philip, Daniel, Leonard, and Johann Michael, Jr. Anna Maria died in 1738 in Lancaster, perhaps in childbirth with Johann Michael, Jr., who also died as an infant.

    It didn't take Johann Michael, Sr., long to recover from her death, for while still in Lancaster, he married Maria Margaretha Corell on Dec. 3, 1738. They had four children while in New Holland, Lancaster County -- Johann George, Frederick George, the second Johan Michael Jr., and Margaretha Barbara.
    Maria Margaretha apparently died around 1745, for shortly after the birth of their fourth child, he married Catherine Elizabeth (last name unknown).

    After selling his land in Lancaster County, he migrated southwestward through the Shenandoah Valley to "Germany Valley," in Augusta County, Virginia, near what is now the area south of Brandywine, Pendleton County, West Virginia. His parents evidently moved with him, as well as the six surviving children of his first two marriages, and perhaps his sister Barbara.

    He settled in Pendleton County in 1753, and is listed as one of the early Pioneers there. He established the village of Propstburg, Pendleton County, West Virginia. By the late 1750s, he had settled along a small creek leading into the South Fork.

    In 1756, he and William Dyer were appointed road overseers, replacing William Hevener. He was appointed a "Processioner" on the South Fork of the Potomac in 1767.

    Germany Valley

    For many decades, this area was called "Germany Valley" and the village was "Probstburg". In 1769, he and his wife Catherine sold, for 5 shillings, 3 1/2 acres of his 415 acre tract in Propstburg for the building of the first Lutheran Church in West Virginia. (He also owned 240 additional acres elsewhere in Germany Valley.) This Propst Family established the Propst Lutheran Church, the oldest church in Pendleton County, West Virginia, located two miles above Brandywine. Michael's son, Philip, was the first person to be buried in the church cemetery.

    (John) Michael Propst (Probst) was a soldier in the French and Indian War and was exempted from the Revolutionary War in 1775. He willed 100 acres to his son, Henry, and 20 pounds to each of his daughters. The inventory of the property of Frederick, his son who died in 1801, amounted to $2321.80. Most of Michael's children remained around the original homestead, the locality being known as "Propstburg". The next generation of Propst, like all other pioneers of this nation, became restless and moved on south and west, until they are found in every state in the union.

    This family furnished more soldiers to the Confederate army than any other in the country. A number of these Propst soldiers were in Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio with Henry Wayne and are buried with him in that cemetery. Jacob and his son, John J., were noted powder-makers in their day and the product was considered of superior quality.

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    The Shenandoah Valley where the Propst's settled became famous in the Civil War. On April 1, 1862, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson began his campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, disrupting Union forces there. In September of 1864, the Valley became even more famous because of the Battle of Cedar Creek, where Union General Philip Sheridan attacked the Confederates and crushed the Southern forces in the Shenandoah Valley. The Valley remained Union for the rest of the war. Thirty-eight Propst's fought in the Virginia Confederate forces during the Civil War; over half of them were killed or wounded.

    Today, this area of Pendleton County, West Virginia, is still called "Germany Valley", and lies nestled between the north and south forks of the South Branch of the "Potowmack" (headwaters of the Potomac River).
    The original Propst lands in Pendleton County still remain today in the hands of Propst descendants. Most of the boys of the immediate first few generations down from Johann Michael (1812) remained around the original homestead, and few migrated out of Pendleton County. The Pendleton Propst's furnished more men -- 35 -- to fight in the Confederate army than any other family in Pendleton County.

    The lineage of Michael Propst and his children is hard to trace because of the large families, the marriages between cousins, and the sons of each family using the same Christian names.

    Leonard PROPST Sr. - Mary Catherine MILLER
    d.1822, Pendleton County, WV


    George PROPST Sr. - Appaline EYE
    b. 1768, Pendleton County, WV
    d. 1855


    Samuel PROPST Sr. - Ellen WAGGY

    Samuel PROPST , Sr. was born on 16 Aug 1810 in Of Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA. He died on 29 Mar 1892. He married Ellen WAGGY on 1 Sep 1836 in , Pendleton, Virginia, USA. Samuel was employed as Farmer in 1850 in , Pendelton County, Virginia, USA.
    Samuel, b. 1810, married (1) Francis Propst, daughter of Adam and Rachel Propst. (2) 1 Sept 1836, Ellen Waggy. Buried (Who?) Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.
    Ellen WAGGY was born calculated 1820 in Of Sugar Grove, Pendleton, West Virginia, USA. She married Samuel PROPST , Sr. on 1 Sep 1836 in , Pendleton, Virginia, USA.

    David PROPST - Martha Melvina FREED

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  • David PROPST, a native of Pendleton County, was an Imboden raider.
    As a member of the Virginia Partisan Rangers, he accompanied Imboden to Saint George in August 1862. The 18th Virginia Cavalry absorbed most of the Partisan Rangers but not him. When the 62nd Virginia Infantry was organized at Warm Springs, Virginia, in the autumn of 1862, he became a member of Company K, and served throughout the war in that Company. The 25th, 31st, and 62nd Infantry Regiments, and the 18th Cavalry Regiment, formed, under Imboden, the Northwest Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia.

    With that Brigade , David Propst came into West Virginia on the third Imboden raid,The Great Raid, when 3,100 cattle were confiscated and driven across the Alleghenies to Old Virginia. He was at Gettysburg where Imboden's Brigade was assigned to Early's Division of Ewell's Corps. The 62nd did little fighting in that great battle, being posted on the rear left to guard against flank movements. At Williamsport, Maryland, it helped cover Lee's retreat across the Potomac and lost 75 men in the action. It was then employed in marching 4,000 Federal prisoners to Staunton.

    After that it operated mainly in the Shenandoah Valley and took a prominent part in the Battle of New Market, May 14-15, 1864. The Regiment then went to join Lee on the North Anna River and was engaged in the Battle of Cold Harbor, June 1-2, 1864, still in Early's Division of Ewell's Corps. At Cold Harbor, David Propst was shot in the stomach and captured. He was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, and finished the war there.

    During that winter of 1864-1865, several prisoners at Camp Chase, David Propst among them, undertook to tunnel to freedom. They constructed a tunnel that reached beyond the confines of the compound, but got it too near to the surface, in passing beneath a road, and a team of horses bringing in a load of wood, broke through. The plan was thereby discovered, the prisoners were horse-whipped, placed on a bread and water diet, and denied heat in their quarters.

    The 62nd Virginia Infantry went with Early to Lynchburg when he opposed Hunter and then into Maryland to threaten Washington. It was in 34 engagements, David Propst participating in 26 of those. When David Propst was paroled at the end of the war, he returned to Pendleton County, married Martha Melvina Freed, and had a family of twelve children. Two of his brothers were in the 62nd; John in Company K, died of fever in the service, and Benjamin in Company D, survived the war.

    Flossy Olive PROPST - John Calvin SMITH

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    John D. FREED - Lucy DAUGHTERY


    Jacob FREED - Amanda COLLINS

    Amanda FREED was a colorful character. When ling in the Blue Grass area, she could and did sleep anywhere, owing perhaps to her Indian heritage. It was recalled that she once frightened a horse by rising, just as it passed, from the fence row where she had been sleeping.

    She sometimes slept in the schoolhouse. It's been told that once two young men who were on their way home from courting when they were caught in a rainstorm. They reased a window at the school and went in closing window behind them. After a time one said, "It looks like we'll have to spend the night." From behind them Amanda said, "Then I'll have company." At that, the two jumped out the window without opening it and ran in seperate directions home.

    She and her husband, Jacob FREED, probably lived in the Sugar Grove area, approximately 10 miles SE of Franklin, West Virginia.

    The end of their married life came when Amanda had a colored (Indian?) baby. Mr. Freed returned to Virginia. The baby's Great-Grandmother saw the baby when Amanda stopped at her house for a drink of water. Amanda kept the baby's face covered, but the wind lifted the cloth while Amanda was getting her drink. Some time later Amanda and the baby went to Virginia. Amanda returned alone.

    The family was broken; the children going to other homes. Two of the girls went to live with some Stunkards, who would go away for the day leaving girls under an overturned pickle tub. One of these was Mulvina.


    Martha Melvina FREED

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