William J. Lambert

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 534-535, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  William J. Lambert, a prominent citizen of Schuyler county, has been a resident of the State of Illinois since his childhood, and has aided in developing the wild, uncultivated land into one of the most fertile farming sections in the United States. He is a native of Washington county, Kentucky, born January 21, 1832, a son of William and Catharine (Dennis) Lambert. William Lambert, Sr., was born in Washington county, Kentucky, and was reared to the occupation of a farmer, which he followed all his life. He emigrated to Illinois in 1836, and settled at Rushville, where he operated a pioneer hotel until 1844; he died in that year, at the age of forty-five years. The trip to Illinois was made with a covered wagon and four horses and the trials and hardships endured by this family were many, and such as are incident to life on the frontier. The mother of our subject was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, and died at Rushville, Illinois, at an advanced age; she was married a second time, this union being to Charles Wells; she reared a family of three children, two of whom survive, Mrs. M. O. Snyder and William J., the subject of this notice.
  He was a youth of fourteen years when he left the home of his childhood, and went out to meet some of the responsibilities of life; he first worked for his brother by the month, and in 1847 he came to Littleton township, and bought a tract of wild prairie land, which he undertook to improve and place under cultivation. Here he was married April 18, 1852, to Miss Josephine Rose, who was born on the farm which is now her home, June 29, 1833. Her parents, Randolph and Sarah Rose, were natives of Kentucky, but emigrated to Illinois and settled in Schuyler county in 1826; they had to undergo all the hardships of pioneer life, and did their share in the development and improvement of the country; they had a family of three children. Mr. and Mrs. Lambert are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living: Mabel is the wife of George Little, and has two children; William L., is married and has two children; Ellen, a talented artist, is a pupil in the Art Institute, Chicago; Edward is on the home farm; Josephine is a teacher in the Littleton schools; Fannie is at home. The family have had excellent educational advantages, and are among the most prominent citizens of the county.
  Mr. Lambert in his youth enjoyed only such educational facilities as were afforded in the district schools, but he improved his time and secured a fund of information that fitted him for the ordinary duties of life. After his marriage he settled on a farm which he occupied for some time and then sold; he now owns nearly 500 acres of as choice land as lies within the borders of the county. He is engaged in general farming, but gives especial attention to the raising of high-grade cattle.
  Politically he affiliates with the Democratic party. For more than twenty years he has been school Director, and has always given a liberal support to those movements which tend to advance the interests of the county and State. In his religious faith he is a Baptist, and has been a member of that church for many years. The children being reared to this faith, are also members of the church.

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