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Letter from Sarah Ann Lamar Law, 9 Feb 1920


     This is copied from the Baltimore Sun, Maryland
Oct 29, 1905.  Lamars were French (Lamar's) a great
Huganot (sic) family.  The nobility from France.
     Three brothers, Thomas, John, William Lamar emigrant
from France to England then Virginia then to Maryland.
     Justice L.Q.C. Lamar of the United States Supreme
Court resided in Mississippi.  Mirabeau Lamar president
of Texas was one of the Lamar.  Col Henry Lamar of
Macon Ga.  Col W.B. Lamar was congressman from
Fla.  Col Zachariah whose splendid monument in
Milledgeville most imposing shaft there.
     Where ever the Lamars have been found there
has always been found superior gift belonging
to them, have always been leaders, noted for their
courtesy and their property.  Always stood for
the highest where ever they have been found.
     My grandfather was Zachariah Lamar born in
Putman Co. Ga. Married Kate Richardson of Cave
Springs Ga.  They had four sons, Zachariah, John
Obediah and Dent Lamar (my father - your
grandfather), one sister Rebecca.  (Father) Dent
Lamar came to Ala with with (sic) mother (Kate Lamar)
when 13 years old, ???? [rode] behind his mother on her
little pony to enter some land in Autauga Co.  It
is known as the John Lamar place near Independance.
His mother went back to Ga. and died there.
     Dent Lamar married Martha Gardner Moss
of Dallas Co. Ala.  They had eight children, Mirabeau
John, Sarah, Law, Obediah, Moss & Mary Epps
Smith.
     2nd wife was Sarah Elizabeth Law of
Wetumpka, Ala. (She was your grandmother)
2nd wife had four children Law (your father)
Ernest, Frances? Marion and Kate Lamar Reese.
Dent Lamar was a prosperious (sic) farmer.
around 150 slaves  When first wife died he
moved to Selma to educate his children.
bought property - Lamar street was a grove
he built and around all houses on Lamar
Street (was named for him).  He bought the
large brick building on Water Street near
L. N. Railroad - went in whole sale grocery
business with James Barnes - At close
of war his property in Selma was valued
at $50,000.

     This paper was written for Clifford &
Rachel by Aunt Sallie Lamar Law
Montgomery Ala. Feb 9, 1920 - (80 years old)
     My eldest brother Mirabeau Lamar
was named for President Mirabeau Lamar
of Texas
     Mirabeau Lamar & L.Q.C. Lamar
visited my father

Recopied August 1963 by Law Lamar III