Derry, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1846|
James was born too Robert and Janet (finley) Lamberton in 1755 on the family farm at Aughill, near Londonderry, N. Ireland. He arrived in the US on 28 Aug. 1783 in Philadelphia with James Buchanan, father of the future President of the United States. After several months in Philadelphia, he removed to Carlisle, PA where he established a business transporting goods along the Cumberland Trail. He grew in prominence and wealth over the next years. In 1793, as a result of the reorganization of the Pennsylvania Militia, elections were held for officer positions. James Lamberton ran, and won the election for Major of the Carlisle Militia. His opponent was John Duncan, a prominent merchant in the town, and the brother of Thomas Duncan of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Upset about his loss, John Duncan challenged James Lamberton to a duel on the village green, now Carlisle Barracks. There they met with their seconds and the duel was conducted. Both men fired at the same time, and "Mr. Duncan was struck in the left eye, fell to the ground and expired". James Lamberton was untouched, and went on to serve his State eventually reaching the rank of Maj. Gen. at the conclusion of the War of 1812. Three of his sons, Alexander, Robert, and James all served as officers during the War of 1812. James was elected to two terms in the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1794 and 1796, and was a staunch supporter of Jefferson. James remained engaged in public affairs and served his community in multiple positions of trust throughout his life. He was a Mason of Note. He was a successful businessman and respected Lawyer whose repetition extended far beyond Carlisle, and Cumberland County. James was married to Janet McKeehan daughter of Alexander and Jane (Hamilton) McKeehan, Alexander having served with distinction during the Revolution, on 4 Jan 1885 to which union were born 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. James passed away on Monday, on the 28th day of 1846 at the age of 95, and as stated in his obituary, "having maintained his faculties to the end".
Jane McKeehan Lamberton (1756 - 1812)
Created by: kjlamberton
Record added: Jul 13, 2010
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