One of my brickwalls and this line was known to me from my earliest days of doing genealogy back in 2003. Elizabeth Lambden was born in 1766 and died in 1862. She was my 3x great grandmother and daughter of Nathanael Lambden. She was also known to my grandfather as Elizabeth continued to work until she was well into her 90s. Somewhat of a symbol of ability and perseverance to my grandfather. She was the mother of his grandmother who lived next door to his family in Upper Clatford. Elizabeth Lambden married Isaac Farmer 16 Aug 1789 at Woodhouse, Andover. Both Isaac and Nathanael signed the marriage register although Elizabeth did not. The last child of Isaac and Elizabeth, Ann, was born just four years before her father died at the age of 44 years. More about Isaac Farmer later. Ann married John Blake 4 Sep 1823 at Andover Parish Church and their eighth child Edward was my great grandfather.
For a while I thought that Nathanael was baptized at Bradfield, Berkshire but I found his burial registration on the Burial Index for Hampshire and discovered he was said to be 82 years of age at his date of burial 9 Jan 1799 at the parish Church in Andover (Find My Past). That would give him a year of birth circa 1717-1718 which fits in much better with the Nathanael Lambden baptized 25 Apr 1718 at Thatcham, Berkshire. The Bradfield baptism was not leading me anywhere back in time but did not let that deter me from looking at it. But this burial record definitely does change my direction and I investigated the Lambden family at Thatcham. They occasionally wrote their name Lamden as well just to make note of that. I know that Nathanael was married to Sarah from the baptisms of their four children (Nathaniel 23 Oct 1751, John 15 Jan 1758, William 21 Sep 1760, and Elizabeth 16 Mar 1766 all at Andover Parish Church). I have been through the baptismal register at St Marys Andover and these are all the Lambden baptisms for this couple and I find that just two of these children married and had families. More investigation needed perhaps though on John and William at some point.
For Nathaniel's baptism I find only the notation that the father was Nathaniell Lambden and that he was buried 3 May 1721 at Thatcham. I could not find a marriage for him and no first name for his wife. Two children were baptized by this Nathaniell including Hannah 4 Dec 1720 also at Thatcham and buried as the daughter of Nathaniell lately deceased 8 Feb 1722. I could not find a baptism for this Nathaniell but there was a family baptizing children in this time frame at Thatcham. Johnb Lambden married Susana Willes 27 Apr 1684 at Thatcham. They were buried at Speenhamland John 17 Nov 1754 and Susana 11 Apr 1726. They baptized three children in the records John 4 May 1698, Susannah 14 Jul 1702, and Ruth 18 Mar 1708 all at Thatcham. But having married 1684 at Thatcham there are, perhaps, baptisms missing including one for Nathaniell perhaps.
There is a John Lambden married to Ann at Wargrave baptizing children including a John Lambden 7 Apr 1658 but that would make the John Lambden buried 17 Nov 1754 at Speenhamland Berkshire 96 years of age. Not an impossibility after Elizabeth Lambden was 96 when she died! But more research is needed on these Berkshire Lambden families when time permits.
Ancestry of Nathaniel Lambden:
1. Elizabeth BLAKE
2. Ernest Edward George BLAKE (b 20 Aug 1904) - Eastleigh Hampshire England
3. Samuel George Blake (b 10 Feb 1875) - Upper Clatford Hampshire England
4. Edward Blake (b 2 Jan 1845) - Upper Clatford Hampshire England
5. Ann FARMER (b 19 Apr 1804) - Little London, Andover, Hampshire England
6. Elizabeth LAMBDEN (b 16 Mar 1766) - Andover Hampshire England
7. Nathanael LAMBDEN (b 25 Apr 1718) - Thatcham Berkshire England
8. Nathaniell Lambden