John A. Lambert

Name: John Albert Lambert
Born: 10 February 1845 / Tennessee
Died: 28 July 1917 / McMinnville, Oregon
Spouse: Mary Ellen Coovert Lambert
Married: 13 March 1870
Arrived in Ore.: 1869
Occupation: Farmer
  • Charles Quincy Lambert (1871-1955);
  • Arthur Eugene Lambert (1876-1928) Spanish American War Veteran;
  • Juanita ‘Ida’ May Lambert Palmer (1877-1960);
  • Chester Covert Lambert (1886-1959) World War I Veteran;

In 1932, John Lambert’s wife, Mary Ellen Coovert Lambert, was interviewed by Fred Lockley for the Oregon Journal. She reminisced:

“I used to go to the Redfoot church. I met there John A. Lambert, who was 24 years old at the time. I was 19. We were married at Dayton on March 13, 1869. My husband was born in Tennessee. We moved to a farm on the Willamette river about midway between Wheatland and Dayton. We farmed there for 30 years. All four of my children were born on that farm. My oldest boy, Charles Quincy Lambert, is a machinist and lives in Rose City Park. My next son, Arthur Eugene Lambert, was in the water bureau for some years. He served under Captain Heath in the 2nd Oregon and put in a year in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war. He died two years ago. My daughter, Mary Lambert, married John Palmer, who was a railroad switchman. My youngest child, Chester, was a company cook in the A.E.F. and spent about a year in France during the World war. Until recently he worked for the railroad at Umatilla.

After putting in 30 years on our farm my husband and I moved to McMinnville. He died there 15 years ago.” — Observations of the Journal Man, Oregon Journal, November 11, 1932


John A. Lambert was born in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 10, 1845, and died July 28, 1917, making him 72 years, 5 months and 18 days old. From Nashville he went with his parents to Illinois, and from there to Missouri. In 1864 his parents died and he with an older brother crossed the plains, arriving in Oregon in December, 1869. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church of which he was a lifelong member. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Coovert, March 13, 1870. Their home was on a farm four miles south of Dayton until 1904, when they moved to McMinnville, Ore.

He leaves to mourn his death, three sons, Charles Lambert of Ritzville, Wash., Arthur Lambert of North Powder, Ore., Chester Lambert of McMinnville, and one daughter, Mrs. Juanita May Palmer of McMinnville, Ore. The cause of his death was hardening of the arteries from which he was a long-time sufferer.

The funeral was held on Monday at the Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Lester D. Fields with burial in Masonic Cemetery. The pallbearers were Arthur McPhillips, M. F. Corrigan, O. D. Scott, Frank Odell, Sylvester Robinson and Ivan Daniels.

*Source unverified.

John Albert Lambert’s granddaughter, Naomi Arline Palmer (sometimes listed as “Maomi”), is also buried at the Odell Pioneer Cemetery.

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Reference: 1850, 1870, 1880, 1900, & 1910 United States Federal Census | Oregon Death Index (1898-2008); Oregon Select Births & Christenings (1868-1929) | | (Mary E. Lambert) | Doris Huffman Papers, Fred Lockley Collection, MSS 1864, Oregon Historical Research Library: Lockley, Fred. “Observations of the Journal Man”, Oregon Journal, November 11, 1932.