JONATHAN LAMB
(1682-1749) gg gf of Abel Lamb
Son of Abiel Lamb and Elizabeth (Clark) Buckminster

Written by Harriet Jane Lamb Stradling

The third son of Abiel and Elizabeth (Clark) Buckminster, Jonathan, was born in 1682. As the son of his father and a child of the times, it was only natural that he should grow up to serve in a military as well as civic capacity. King William’s War with the French and Indians lasted from the time he was seven until his fifteenth year. At this time the family moved to Framingham. When he was twenty, the eleven-year-long struggle known as Queen Anne’s War began. Six years later, he fell in love with Lydia, daughter of John Death and Mary Peabody. The Watertown record states: "Jonathan Lamb and Lidia Death, both of Framingham, were joined in marriage July 9, 1708, by Jonas Bond, Justice of the Peace." By the time the war was over, this couple had been blessed with three small daughters—Pheobe (Febe), Lydia, and Mary.

Jonathan served the town of Framingham as Constable, and was also elected a Selectman for the period from 1716 to 1718. Jonathan Jr. arrived to brighten their lives. Dorothy and Joshua were also born while the family lived at Framingham.

In 1722 he was employed in transporting military stores from Boston to Rutland. He became a lieutenant in Captain Isaac Clark’s Company of Troopers, Muster Roll August 21 to September 18, 1725. Draper’s history of Spencer says that he was a lieutenant and was always so called.

Lieutenant Lamb moved his family to Spencer in 1726 or 1727, settling on Lot 27. He became known here also as a man of character, and exerted a good influence in this community for more than twenty years.

Their son John was born after the family left Framingham. It is probable that there were other children between Joshua and John, although records of only eight in all have been found.

He and Lydia were fortunate enough to rear their children to maturity in a period of peace, yet strife broke out with the French Colonies again during Jonathan’s last years. King George’s War (known in Europe as the War of the Austrian Succession) ended the year before he died, in 1749, at the age of sixty-seven.