Hugh Lambert + Nancy Raper                           Bailis E. Turner + Elizabeth "Betsy" Darnell
             |                                                           |
Andrew Jackson "Jack" Lambert           +            Sarah Jane Turner
1844 - 1886                       abt 1868               1842   -    after 1879
NC      Swain Co NC                                                               NC                             
                  Roscoe R. Turner, 1869 - after 1879
(In 1869 Swetland Roll of Cherokee Indians, child is listed in
                                       household of grandparents Hugh Lambert and Nancy Raper
                  Cordelia Turner (James Willis Abercrombie), 1870 - 1903

Hugh Lambert + Nancy Raper                                               Jasper Voils + Anna Morrow
              |                                                                          |
Andrew Jackson "Jack" Lambert            +                Lucy Ann Voils
1844 - 1886                                        m. abt 1872        1855 - 1934
Columbus Fair "Lum" Lambert (Mary Elizabeth Wilkins), 1874 - 1954
 Hugh Jasper Lambert (Nannie Shuler, Juliette Jane Shuler), 1876 - 1953
 Celia A. Lambert (A. J. Mathis), 1878 - 1902
 Andrew Jackson Lambert, Jr., 1879 - 1893
 Elizabeth Lambert (James Maney), 1886? - ?

Samuel Reece + Lucinda Church
(Childers family tradition)  Joseph Franklin +   Louisa Jane Reece  
                                    Bertha Elizabeth Franklin
Hugh Lambert + Nancy Raper              Samuel Reece + Lucinda Church
            |                                                        |
Andrew Jackson "Jack" Lambert        +           Louisa  Jane (Jennie) Reece
      1844 - 1886                       m. 1877/1884*               1853 - 1930
Note: In 1880, A. J. Lambert was counted with Lucy Ann Lambert, Ocona Lufty, Swain, and Andrew J. Lambert, 35,
miner,  was counted with the family of Burton Reece at Pigeon, Haywood, County.
Bertha Elizabeth Lambert (Thomas Clingman Childers, Jr.), 1878 - 1942
 Darco Lambert, 1881 - after 1925
 Claude Clarence Lambert (Dicie Mathis), 1884 - 1921

John Edwards + Huldah [?]                     
 Samuel Reece + Lucinda Church
              |                                                               |
J. Samuel Edwards        +       Louisa Jane (Jennie) Lambert
1842 - bef 1917         4/19/1890    1853 - 1930
 Wilson Cornelius Edwards, 1891 - 1967
 Cora M. Edwards, Jun 1894 - ?
 Eddie Edwards (dtr), Sep 1897  - ?  
 Alpha O. Edwards (dtr), Oct 1899 - 1986?

Source: US Census Records 1880, 1900,  Oconalufty Swain County;
Social Security Death Index;
World War I draft registration for Wilson C. Edwards (June 5, 1917).

*Resolving the identity of Bertha Elizabeth's father is an unfinished task. Andrew Jackson Lambert
was, at least, her step-father, and he may have been her father.

Childers family tradition says Bertha's father was Joseph Franklin, but thus far Jane Reece's
marriages to Jack Lambert and to J. Samuel Edwards are better documented. As Darcus and Claude
are well documented as the children of Jack Lambert and Jane Reece, and as Bertha is older and
claimed to be a Lambert in her own Bible record and in her marriage license, we are showing her as
the daughter of Jack Lambert. While the official Buncombe County record for the Lambert-Reece
marriage is dated 23 May 1884, Darcus Lambert dated her parents' marriage to 1877 in her 1924
application for enrollment to Baker Roll #1901 (Eastern Band of Cherokees). On the other hand, at
the time of the 1880 census, Andrew J. Lambert was counted with his second wife, Lucy Ann (Voils),
in Oconaluftee, as well as with the family of Burton Reece, son of William Reece (Louisa Jane's first
cousin), in the Pigeon Forks area of Haywood County. (Perhaps this second listing was a temporary
"boarding" arrangement related to his mining excursions.) The Samuel Reece family, including Louisa
Jane, were in this same Pigeon Forks area of Haywood in 1870, but thus far we have not found
Louisa Jane Reece, her parents, or her daughter Bertha in the 1880 count, anywhere. If anyone
knows where they were in 1880, please
contact us.

In any case, Bertha would have been a child of 8 when Andrew Jackson Lambert was hanged in 1886.

Marriage Record for Thomas Childers, Jr., and Bertha Elizabeth Lambert:
* "Childers, Thomas, 21, son of T. C. and Emilie Childers, to Bertie Lambert, 15, d/o Jennie Lambert,
on Jan. 29, 1893. Performed by J. H. Queen. Ocona Lufty. Wit. J. S. Edwards and William
Hensley."                    - Elise Jones Bryson,
Marriages of Swain County 1871 - 1905, Swain County
Geneological Society, Bryson City, NC. 2002.

Francis David Childers, speaking during a 1976 interview, recorded and transcribed by Dwight
"Now this grandmother on my mother's side was a Reece before she married anybody. She was a
great woman of her time, Buddy. I saw her, I was with her. I went there to see her. I'd rather go there
'as anywhere in the world. She was about six feet tall nearly. Same size as our mother almost. Jane,
Jane Reece. Now she married Jack Lambert, the first one. . . ."

"This Franklin feller, the next 'n' she married, I don't know anything about him. That's my mother's
father, Franklin."

"My mother and Claude Lambert now was from Jack Lambert. My mother was from Franklin. She
married this Edwards, Sam Edwards, and they had four from him."

"Franklin was a fiddler. Fiddled all his life, and made'em an sold'em and lived that way. Greatest
fiddler 't had ever been they said. That means he was a skilled mechanic, to do that. (All them fiddlers
that goes to dances and things are really ramblin' men; they don't settle much. I know that by my own
experience.) Joe, Joe Franklin."

In the
1900 census,  J. S. and Louisa Jane Edwards were listed #11 at the  house before #12, the
Thomas and Bertha Childers family.   

Sources: U. S. Census 1880, 1900;
   Peggy Lambert;
   Native American Census, Selected Tribes, 1894 - 1913, North Carolina, Yellow Hill, 1897, Darco Lambert age 15,  
   Darco Lambert's 1926 application for enrollment with Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, via;
   Buncombe County Marriage Register;
   Lynda Fitch, emails  April 2011;'s OneWorldTree;'s Edwards Family Tree (kadak1).
WNC Timeline

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