Friday, January 7, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 413: #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) of Westborough and Sterling, Massachusetts

Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)  is #38 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 3rd great-grandfather, who married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882)  in 1817 in Sterling, Worcester County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through

* their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) who married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
* their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
* their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
* their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                          Lambert Brigham[1–9]

* Sex:                              Male

*  Father:                        Phinehas Brigham 1755-1802
*  Mother:                       Lydia Batherick 1752-1795

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                           7 June 1794, Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Military:                      1814 (about age 20), served in War of 1812 as a Private; Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Census:                       7 August 1820 (age 26), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[8]

*  Death:                        5 May 1834 (age 39), of consumption; Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[9]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                  Sophia Buck 1797-1882
*  Marriage Intentions: 22 December 1816 (age 22), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]
*  Marriage:                 12 February 1817 (age 22), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1,6-7]

* Child 1:                    Augustus Brigham 1820-1909
* Child 2:                    Aurelius Brigham 1830-1878
* Child 3:                    Sophia Newton 1834-1923

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Information about Lambert Brigham's birth, marriage, death and children were obtained from the book by W.I. Tyler Brigham, The History of the Brigham Family[1].

Lambert Brigham was born 7 June 1794 in Westborough, Massachusetts, the seventh child, sixth son, and last child of Phineas and Lydia (Batherick) Brigham of Westborough[1-3].  His mother died in 1795, and his father died in 1802, so he was probably raised by his step-mother, or by an uncle and aunt (perhaps Solomon Batherick and his wife), since all four grandparents had died by 1802.

 Lambert Brigham served as a Private in Captain E. Goss' Detached Company of Mendon, Lieut. Col. W. Hastings Regiment from 13 September to 30 November 1814[4].

Lambert Brigham married, at age 22 in Sterling, Massachusetts to Sophia Buck (1797-1882).  She was the daughter of Isaac and Martha (Phillips) Buck of Sterling[5-7]. The marriage intention entry in the Sterling town record book says[5]:
 "Between Mr. Lambert Brigham & Miss Sophia Buck both of Sterling Dec. 22 1816"
The marriage record in the Sterling town records book says[6]
"Feb. 12th Joined Lambert Brigm and Sophia Buck both of Sterling in marriage, John Robbins Justice of the Peace"
The marriage of Lambert Brigham and Sophia Buck was also recorded in the Columbian Centinel newspaper, published in Boston, dated 22 February 1817.)  The entry says:
"Sophia Buck m. Lambert Brigham, formerly of Westborough, in Sterling."
Lambert and Sophia (Buck) Brigham had three children:

*  Augustus Brigham, born in Sterling, (1820-1909), married 1841 Mary Ann Allard (1822-1909).
*  Aurelius Brigham (1830-1878), born in Sterling, married 1853 Olive Merriam Wilson (1834-1873).
*  Sophia Newton (1834-1923), born after Lambert's death, probably in Springfield, Vermont, married 1852 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899).

In the 1820 United States census, the Lambert Brigham household resided in Sterling, Massachusetts[8].  The household included:

*  Lambert Brigham, age 26 to 45
*  a female, age 0-5
*  a female, age 16 to 25 (wife Sophia)

He was not enumerated in the 1830 United States census.

Lambert Brigham died 5 May 1834 of consumption at the age of 40 in Westborough[9].  The Westborough Church Records says:
"May 5 [1834] Mr. Lambert Brigham  consumption [age] 40"
After Lambert's death, Sophia (Buck) Brigham probably married Thomas J. Newton in Vermont, and had daughter Sophia Newton (on 14 September 1834) in Springfield and son Thomas J. Newton (on 3 June 1836) in Cambridge, Vermont.  

There are no land records in Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Record Grantee and Grantor Indexes for Lambert Brigham or for Sophia Brigham.

There is no probate packet for Lambert Brigham, or guardianship records for his children Aurelius and Augustus Brigham, in the Worcester County Probate Packet index.  

There is no burial record for Lambert Brigham in Sterling or Westborough on Find A Grave.


1. W. I. Tyler Brigham, The History of the Brigham Family, A Record of Several Thousand Descendants of Thomas Brigham the Emigrant, 1603-1653 (New York : The Grafton Press, 1907), page 341, #418 Lambert Brigham family sketch.

2. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town Records, 1620-1988," digital images,   (,,Westborough Births, Marriages and Deaths, page 193 (penned), image 316 of 1417, Lambert Brigham, son of Phinehas Brigham and Lydia.

3. Systematic History Fund, Vital Records of Westborough, Massachusetts to the end of year 1849 (Worcester, Mass. : Franklin P. Rice, 1903), Births, page 27, Lambert Brigham entry, 7 June 1794.

4. "U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976," indexed database with record images, (, Massachusetts > 1812-1814 > Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in the War of 1812 > page 47 (image 60 of 458), Lambert Brigham entry.

5. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, Sterling Marriage Intentions, page 41 (penned): Lambert Brigham and Sophia Buck entry, 22 December 1816.

6. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town Records, 1620-1988," digital images,, Sterling Births, Marriages and Deaths, Marriages, page 261 (penned), image 231 of 1007: Sophia Buck and Lambert Brigham entry, 12 February 1817.

7. American Antiquarian Society, Index of marriages in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel, 1784 to 1840 (Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1961), dated 22 February 1817, "Sophia Buck m. Lambert Brigham, formerly of Westborough, in Sterling".

8. 1820 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling, image 3 of 13, Lambert Brigham household; indexed database with record images, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33.

9. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town Records, 1620-1988," digital images,, Westborough, Church Records, page 248, Record of Deaths, image 159 of 332, Mr. Lambert Brigham, 5 May 1834, age 40.

NOTE:  This genealogical sketch is out of Ahnentafel order because I found new information linking Sophia Newton to her birth father, Lambert Brigham.  


NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog. I have extended this theme in 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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