Family Tree JOC

In 1858 John Lambert married Elizabeth Atkins at the Parish Church in Potterspury. They had 5 children: John Joseph (b: 1862), Alfred James (b:1864), Joseph (b:1866), Emma (b:1870) and Mary Ann (b: 1872).


John Lambert whose occupation was a farm labourer died aged 33 years in 1871 leaving Elizabeth to raise their children. One can only presume that Elizabeth was pregnant with Mary Ann at the date of John’s death since Mary Ann was born in 1872 the year after John’s death in 1871.


On the 1901 census return Elizabeth is found to be an “inmate” at the Union Workhouse in Yardley Gobion and shown as being a “Pillow lacemaker” aged 61 years. Elizabeth died in 1902.


John and Elizabeth’s son is my great grandfather John Joseph Lambert. He married Elizabeth Lott in 1885 and they had 6 children, Gertrude Emily (b: 1887 at Yardley Gobion), Winifred Agnes (b: 1889 at Yardley Gobion), Ellen Elizabeth (b: 1893 at Battersea), Marian Ethel (b: 1895 at Battersea), John Charles (b: 1898 at Battersea), George Edward (b: 1903 at Battersea). Elizabeth Lott was born in Marylebone London in 1866.


On the various Certificates I have, John Joseph Lambert is shown as having been employed in many occupations such as a horsekeeper, farm labourer, tram driver, pointsman and watchman. Elizabeth however carried on the tradition as a lacemaker which seemed to be a popular trade for women.


John Joseph and Elizabeth lived in Yardley Gobion until about 1892/93 when they moved to London (Battersea area) to live and where the 4 younger children were all born. There are two probabilities as to why John moved his family to London, one being that he was a farm labourer and was finding it very difficult to find work and support a family and the other was that Elizabeth, having been born in Marylebone, was returning to London to live with or near relatives or perhaps to look after elderly family members. However, none of the siblings of John and Elizabeth returned to live in Yardley Gobion they all continued to live in and around London for the remainder of their lives. John and Elizabeth however did return to live in Yardley Gobion around 1916. You will find in the photograph section a picture of John Joseph and Elizabeth Lambert which was taken around 1914/15.


John Joseph Lambert died in June 1918 at Yardley Gobion and Elizabeth died in March 1936. G Shakeshaft undertook Elizabeth’s funeral arrangements. The cost of the funeral arrangements was £9.0s.0d and you can find in the photograph section a copy of the G Shakeshaft’s funeral account. Elizabeth is buried in the churchyard at Yardley Gobion


My cousin Betty has the Family Bible and a copy of the page from this will be found in the photographs. After having seen the Family Bible I became aware that John Joseph and Elizabeth had in fact two sons which had not been mentioned by any other family members. Also inside the Family Bible were two very delicate hand embroidered bookmarks which were probably made by Elizabeth, one bears a Cross and the words “My Hope” and the other which has very tiny beads bordering it and the words (also in beads) “A Birthday Present”


During my research I have been able to find out (and I am continuing to find out) quite a lot about the siblings of John Joseph and Elizabeth. I hope you will find the following interesting and possibly helpful to anyone who is also researching the Lamberts from Yardley Gobion.


Gertrude Emily Lambert – (1887 – 1915)


Gertrude married John William Belford in 1915. John Belford was a solider in 6th Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and like many others died in France in 1918 during WW1. Gertrude died in 1915 after giving birth to her son, John Joseph Henry Belford. John Joseph Henry Belford died in 1991 and my research is now taking me along the line of JJH Belford in the hope that I may find a son, daughter or grandchildren of JJH Belford still living.


Winifred Agnes Lambert – (1889 – 1915)


Winifred married Alfred Barnes in 1914. Alfred was a Stoker in the Navy on HMS Pembroke. Winifred and Alfred had a son – Alfred John Barnes who died from convulsions and exhaustion aged 3 months in October 1915. Alfred is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery. Winifred unfortunately died some 9 days after baby Alfred’s death in 1915 from TB.


Ellen Elizabeth Lambert – (1893 – 1957)


Ellen (known as Nellie) married Alfred James Elmer in 1916. Nellie and Alfred had 5 children, Nellie, Lillian, Ronald, Elizabeth and Peter. Of those children only Elizabeth (Betty) is still alive and it was only very recently that I met up with Betty who has been very helpful with my research in providing information and some of the photos which accompany this brief scenario of my Lamberts.


Marian Ethel Lambert – (1895 – 1958)


Marian (who was my grandmother) married William Frederick Turner in 1914. Marian and William had 6 children, Florence Ethel, Margaret Elizabeth, Lillian May, Dorothy Rose (my mother), Phyllis M and William Frederick. Of those children only my uncle William Frederick Turner is living.


John Charles Lambert (1898 – 1917)


John (affectionately known as “Jack”) was the eldest son of John Joseph and Elizabeth Lambert and you will find in the photograph section pictures of John as a child and also as a soldier. John was a Rifleman in the 1st/12th Battalion – London Regiment (The Rangers) but unfortunately John was another victim of WW1 and died in 1917 at Bourlon Wood France aged 19 years. John’s name appears on the War Memorial in the churchyard at Yardley Gobion. John is not the only Lambert who died during WW1 as you will see from Stan’s article there were other Lamberts who sadly lost their lives.


George Edward Lambert (1903 – 1905)


It was only very recently (as a result of information in the Family Bible) that I became aware that John Joseph and Elizabeth had another son. George Edward was born in 1903 but unfortunately little George died in 1905 aged 2 years from bronchial pneumonia and measles.


John and Elizabeth must have suffered greatly between 1915 and 1917 as they lost two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, and a grandson. I can only assume that it was around 1916 that John and Elizabeth moved back to live in Yardley Gobion and shortly thereafter (July 1918) John died at the age of 57 years. Elizabeth continued to live in Yardley Gobion and died in 1936 aged 70 and is buried in the churchyard at Yardley Gobion.


Yardley Gobion


My first visit to Yardley Gobion was as a child with my mother. My mother (Dorothy Rose Turner) and her 3 elder sisters use to go to stay in Yardley Gobion with Granny Lambert (Elizabeth Lambert). My mother would tell me that the villagers use to dread the “Turner girls” coming down from London to Yardley for the summer as they use to “run riot”. My mother would tell me about collecting water from the pump, how she and her sisters got into trouble going into the Quicks orchard and taking the plums, how she use to play with two girls who lived up near the Coffee Pot, also about an old lady who lived near Granny Lambert who use to sit in the doorway spinning and as the house always appeared dark the old lady seemed to frighten my mother. My mother and my uncle have told me that the post office (which was across the road from where the Lamberts lived) was run by their cousin, but this is yet to be established.


During WW2 my uncle (William Frederick Turner – “Bill”) was an evacuee in Yardley Gobion. Bill and his mother (Marian Ethel Turner nèe Lambert) were evacuated to a Mrs Glenn. Bill recalls two men who lived at Mrs Glenn’s, one he described as being a old man who had string around his waist and kept his trousers up with a belt which had a large buckle. The other person living with Mrs Glenn was a young man (aged about 18 years) who use to play football with Bill, and take him out shooting and for walks along the canal. Both men worked on a local farm.


Brenda Pittam has since spoken to Charlie Whitmarsh who boarded with Mrs Glenn in the 1940’s (he would have been about 18 years old in 1944 when Bill lived there) Charlie Whitmarsh says there was another older man living with Mrs Glenn called Alf Keys he worked on a large farm in the village owned by Harry Weston. Charlie Whitmarsh (the younger man) was employed as a gardener at the Children’s Home in Yardley House and later work on the farm at Moorend.


During Bill’s short stay as an evacuee, he was enrolled at the local school and there is mention of him in the school records.

Bill recalls that whilst he was at school in Yardley Gobion he and the other children had to go gardening each week and that the tools were kept in a barn by a house opposite the Coffee Pot. Bill recalls getting into trouble for taking plums from Quicks orchard like his sisters did when they went to stay with Granny Lambert.


Bill’s stay in Yardley Gobion was not long and both he and his mother went back to Dagenham Essex where they lived.


During her lifetime my mother had a particular passion for Yardley Gobion and whilst I was growing up she often talked about her grandmother, her holidays in Yardley, the antics that she and her sisters got up to and the people of Yardley Gobion.

My research into the Lamberts will continue for a good while yet, but I hope you will enjoy this brief article and photographs about “My Lamberts”.



Jenny O’Connell