Lycurgus Anthony Lamb

Lycurgus Anthony Lamb

Charles City County, Virginia, USA
Death 12 Oct 1855 (aged 41)
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 144559590 · View Source
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He was the son of John and Mary Emory (Moody) Lamb.

He was born in Charles City county, Virginia, at Rural Shades, the old homestead of the Lambs. He was educated in the local schools of his native state; he was teacher, civil engineer, county surveyor, and magistrate under the old county court system in Charles City county, Virginia. In politics he was a Whig of the Henry Clay type. He married Ann Elizabeth Christian, daughter of James H. and Susan (Hill) Christian, of Charles City county, Virginia. She was a granddaughter of Lieutenant Joseph Christian, of Charles City; who served in the revolutionary war; a daughter of the Rev. James Hendricks Christian and Susan (Hill) Christian, of Charles City, Virginia.
Lycurgus Anthony Lamb was born April 29, 1814 at “Rural Shades”, Charles City County. He was the son of John Lamb (b. 5/8/1780, d. 12/5/1844) and Mary Emory Moody Burton. He was married on April 10, 1839 to Anne Elizabeth Christian at “Ballards Ville“ (sic), Charles City County, the Rev. Wm. McGuiggan officiating. She was the daughter of James Hendricks Christian and Susan Browne Hill, who later purchased “Woodbourne” from their son-in-law and daughter. At that time, in 1847, Lycurgus Anthony and Anne Elizabeth moved back to his family home at “Rural Shades” on present Route 613.

While in residence at “Woodbourne”, Lycurgus Anthony Lamb was the schoolmaster in a one-room schoolhouse located across from “Woodbourne” on present-day Route 618. In his book, A History and Pictorial Review of Charles City County, Virginia, D. Gardiner Tyler notes on page 25 that the school was operated by Lycurgus A. Lamb, “said to be perhaps the most cultivated man in the County”. The schoolhouse was known to have been standing in 1957, but has since vanished.

Of the eight children of Lycurgus Anthony and Anne Elizabeth Lamb, the third and fourth were born at “Woodbourne”: Mary Emory Lamb (1/11/1844) and Anne America.

Lycurgus Anthony Lamb died suddenly in Richmond on October 12, 1855 at age 41, said to have died of internal injuries sustained from being kicked by a horse. He was buried in a family plot at his home, “Rural Shades”. Anne Elizabeth was subsequently buried there at his side. Their tombstones stand under a cedar tree in a field in front of the present house there. The original “Rural Shades” burned many years ago.

The ownership of “Woodbourne” descended in the Christian family through Isaac Hill Christian, the brother of Anne Elizabeth Christian Lamb.
(Above text supplied by the current owner of Rural Shades)
i. John, born June 12, 1840, Congressman from the 3d Va. District;
ii. Susan Christian, born February 26, 1842, died September 1, 1865, married her cousin Dr. Richard Allen Christian; no issue;
iii. Mary Emory, born January 11, 1844, married her cousin Gen’l James C. Hill, Railroad Commissioner of Virginia;
iv. Anne America, born January 20, 1846, married her cousin Allan C. Hill;
v. Virginia Antoinette, born March 7, 1848, died August 7, 1859;
vi. Elizabeth Allen, born January 8, 1850, died July 3, 1850;
vii. Fannie Beverley, born July 13, 1851, married her cousin John Edmund Graves;
viii. James Christian, born November 18, 1853, Judge of the Chancery Court of the City of Richmond.

~William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Volume 7; College of William and Mary, JSTOR (Organization); The College., 1899.

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