The Journey Begins

Welcome!  This website celebrates the genealogy of the descendants of William and Mariah Lambert who were slaves on the plantation of John Walker Jones of Fayette County, Tennessee.  William and Mariah “jumped the broom” around 1860 and went on to have 9 children — William H., John C., Edward, Robert, Alice, Dora, Martha, Nancy, and Junius.  Being able to marry and have a family was one of the ways slaves were able to retain their humanity and dignity under the harshest conditions and oppression.  Never forget it is family that binds us and strengthens us even to this day!

To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities. – Frank Delaney

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From across the ocean we came.  We survived the voyage.  We survived the bondage.  We survived the oppression.  We continue.