Direct ancestor of Philip Lambert Sr. (1737)

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Hello, I am a direct ancestor of Phillip or Philip Lambert Sr. who came to the United States in 1754. I would love to know if there is any documentation locally of what really happened and if Philip actually was a thief kicked out of England and transferred to the United States as an indentured servant? Any information would be appreciated! 

Information that I found on

Philip came from Essex, England to VA on the RUBY to serve a convict’s indenture.
“Philip Lambert of Laindon Hills sentenced to transport at Quarter Sessions, July 1754”
Book: “Kings Passengers to MD and VA ” by Peter Wilson Coldham Family Line Publications – 1997
Page 147: Felons transported London to VA by the RUBY Captain Edward Ogle
Oct 1754 From Essex Philip Lambert (QS)
{ and Jeremiah (Jemiah) of Laindon Hills SQS July 1754 E.}

“Philip was transported to the Colonies c. 1754, after he and his brothers, Jeremiah and William (all of Laindon Hills, Essex, England) had been arrested and convicted of stealing a few articles of clothing. It is not known for sure where they were landed but con census has them disembarking on the coast of VA. Nor is it known where they served their 7-year sentence”.

Philip may have worked as an indentured servant for 7 years [on a tobacco plantation?], until about 1761. He is on the Fincastle County, VA Militia Tax rolls for 1769, 1770 and 1771. He served in Fincastle [Montgomery Co.] Militia.


Rhonda.  Well done on tracing your ancestor back to 1754.  I notice that in the records you have found, the name of the area is spelt incorrectly, (quite common in the older records), the correct name is Langdon Hills.  Unfortunately, the Laindon & District Community Archive doesn’t hold any records from so far back in time.  I have looked on the 1841 census for the area but there is nobody with the surname ‘Lambert’ and unfortunately the Electoral Registers weren’t recorded until around 1900.  I have also trawled the on-line national paper archives without success.

Many older records are kept at the Essex Records Office in Chelmsford.  I would suggest that you make contact with them, as hopefully they may possibly be able to help you.  Good Luck with your further searches.

Address:-  Essex Records Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex  CM2 6YT

Tel:   0333 013 2500

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  • I am the 4th great granddaughter. Looking for more information on him.

    By Diana Virostek (08/07/2022)
  • I am also a direct descendent (my grandmother is a Lambert), and this is also about as far as I have gotten with the story. I have spent years looking into it because my Aunt said something about it, but didn’t know much. Unfortunately she passed away before I could find answers for her. Please let me know if you find anything.

    By Tara Clark (20/12/2020)
  • Hi Nina, Don’t know if it helps but there are LAMBERT(s) living in the Thurrock and Stanford-le-Hope areas.

    By Georgina Nottage ne Ellingford (08/04/2020)
  • Hello. I am a direct ancestor of Phillip Lambert. I was not able to find anything other than the story of him stealing clothes.

    Editor: We have somebody doing some research into this.

    By Casey Lambert (07/04/2020)
  • Alan.  I have looked on the 1949 and 1951 Electoral Registers but can’t find anyone called ‘Lambert’.  However, a couple of doors along from Lily and Sidney Sizer (name of bungalow – Condon) in the High Road were a couple called Irene and Frederick Lockett (name of bungalow – Mareda).  Could this be who you were thinking of?

    Irene was the daughter of Charlie Wignall who ran a betting shop.  According to William Diment in one of his comments, the betting shop became known as ‘Lockett’ after Irene married Frederick in 1945.     

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (15/07/2017)
  • Nina, in all likelihood it is simply a coincidence, but in the 1940’s and 1950’s there was a Lambert family who lived next door but one to Sizer the butcher’s shop in the High Road.

    By Alan Davies (14/07/2017)
  • Alan.  I think you were probably right when you said ‘co-incidence’.  One of our postmen in the early fifties was called Lambert.  First name Charles, nick-name ‘Waggy’.  He lived in Merrylands Road, Laindon.

    However I have searched through all the available census collections from 1841 to 1911 and can find no one listed with the name ‘Lambert’ in either Langdon Hills or Laindon. 

    I feel pretty certain that the ‘Lamberts’ we knew were probably newcomers from sometime after 1911 and unlikely to have been related to the Philip Lambert mentioned in 1754.  Having said that, one can never really be 100% certain!  

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (14/07/2017)

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