Elizabeth Lambert (Lupton)
Born: 20 April 1718, Kirkdeighton, England
Born: 21 June 1736
Elizabeth attended All Saints Church in Kirk Deighton
Marriage: Not recognized by the Church of England.
The children and their posterity took on their mother's maiden name because Elizabeth and her second cousin, John Lupton, were never allowed to legally marry due to English law prohibiting marriage between relatives.
Following John's death, Elizabeth performed penance for one year and was received back into fellowship in the church.
The following explanation was posted to the web in 2001:
Subject: [WRY] Family Name: LAMBERT vs. LUPTON
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 11:50:38 EDT
I wanted to share the following information:
We are descended from the son Charles LAMBERT (11 Dec 1765-22 Mar 1835) of Elizabeth LAMBERT (1736-21 June 1817) and John LUPTON (20 Apr 1718 - ??). Elizabeth is shown in various documents as a "single" woman. The following excerpt explains why.
"...my great-great-grandfather was named John LUPTON, a man beloved and respected by all his acquaintances, but who, when young, became enamored of a beautiful young girl, his second cousin. The laws of England at that time prohibited the marrying of second cousins. They applied for a grant to get married but in vain; the law forbid it and to them the law was immutable. At this extremity they agreed between themselves, seeing they could not get married, to live together as man and wife, notwithstanding the law to the contrary: he stating that he loved her and she loved him and they would live together anyhow. Because of taking this course they were considered outlaws, not counted as good Christians and were deprived of the privileges of church members. They, however, lived happily together until he died. Having made no restitution to the church, he was considered unworthy of being carried through the gateway of the churchyard, the same as Christians, and was accordingly lifted over the wall. After his death his wife, in order that she might be restored to the privileges of a member of the church and receive a Christian burial, suffered penance: that is, she walked to church every Sabbath with a white sheet around her, and stood in the aisle during the service for the whole year. After this she was admitted as a member of the church, but their children were considered illegitimate and had to take her maiden name, which was Lambert; hence the family name of Lambert instead of Lupton."
Source: Journal of George Cannon Lambert, printed as part of a series of "Heart Throbs of the West, official organ of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Central Company Copyright 1947 by Kate B. Carter, March 1948" (pages 269-303).
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