Family records and oral family history regarding the known generations of the Lapham family reveals two generations prior to that of my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004). These sources state that Margaret was the daughter of Theodore Alexander Lapham (1910-1955) and Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985). They also state that Theodore Lapham was the son of Horace Irving Lapham (1869-1927) and Anna Margaret Leishman (1875-1951).
Research into available historical records, moreover, confirms what is revealed by oral family history and family records, and reveals additional generations of the Lapham family. The death certificate of Horace Irving Lapham (1869-1927) identifies his father as being William Lapham born in Michigan. Further research into historical records shows his parents to be William B. Lapham (1838-1925) and Emoline Pauline Reynolds (1844-1886).
Although William B. Lapham’s death certificate does not identify the names of his parents, an affidavit for his marriage to his fourth and final wife, Clara, identifies his father as Benjamin Lapham and his mother as “Samantha” (without maiden name identified). Further research into historical records shows his parents to be Benjamin Lapham (1807-1860) and Cemantha Broadway (ca. 1813-1846).
Bertha Aldridge’s Laphams in America (1953) identifies the ancestry of Benjamin Lapham back to the family’s immigrant ancestor. According to this and other sources, Benjamin was the son of Duty Lapham (1772-1846) and Mary Colwell (1772-1808), and Duty was the son of Solomon Lapham (1730-1800) and Sylvia Lapham (1731-1805). Laphams in America, and other sources, also state that Solomon Lapham was the son of Nicholas Lapham (1689-1758) and Mercy Arnold (1701-1758), and Nicholas was the son of John Lapham (ca. 1635-1710) and Mary Mann (ca. 1640-1712). It was this John Lapham that immigrated from North Molton, Devonshire, England to the Quaker community in Providence, Rhode Island in about 1660.
Attempts, moreover, to trace the Lapham family further back than John Lapham (ca. 1635-1710) have presently proven inconclusive. Some accounts claim to have identified his ancestry stretching back six generations, but such claims are sketchy and unverified. Thus, oral family history, family records, and historical records reveal that there are nine generations presently known for the Lapham family, from the earliest known ancestor (John Lapham) to my paternal grandmother (Margaret A. Lapham). The following chart summarizes the known generations of the Lapham family (and their spouses) as revealed by these sources.
|1||John Lapham (ca. 1635-1710)||Mary Mann (ca. 1640-1712)|
|2||Nicholas Lapham (1689-1758)||Mercy Arnold (1701-1758)|
|3||Solomon Lapham (1730-1800)||Sylvia Lapham (1731-1805)|
|4||Duty Lapham (1772-1846)||Mary Colwell (1772-1808)|
|5||Benjamin Lapham (1807-1846)||Cemantha Broadway (ca. 1813-1846)|
|6||William B. Lapham (1838-1925)||Emoline P. Reynolds (1844-1886)|
|7||Horace Irving Lapham (1869-1927)||Anna Margaret Leishman (1875-1951)|
|8||Theodore A. Lapham (1910-1955)||Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985)|
|9||Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004)||William G. Kernan (LIVING)|
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