Theodore
Lambert


THEODORE LAMBERT was born Nicholas Theodore Lambert on September 20, 1871 in Camden's old Eighth Ward, to Annie and Theodore Lambert. His father was a veteran of the Civil War, serving with Company G of the 25th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry from February 1, 1864 through December 6, 1865. The 1870 Census shows Theodore and Annie Lambert living in Newton Township, which was dissolved and incorporated into Camden the following year. The Lambert family resided in and around South 9th Street and Ferry Avenue in Camden's Centerville neighborhood.

While the elder Lambert appears to have been a respectable fellow, a war veteran who lived to a ripe old age, his son, also known as "Dory" Lambert was not. Theodore Lambert was thoroughly evil, a violent career criminal who was in and out of prison. Young Lambert was in the midst a spree of burglaries that had numbered at least twenty when, on December 4, 1893 he broke into the home of William G. Kairer Sr., well-known and respected baker, who lived at 429 Beckett Street, the corner of Beckett and Avon Streets, in South Camden. There Theodore Lambert shot and killed Mr. Kairer, who had been woken to the nose of the burglary..

Theodore Lambert was arrested, tried, and after numerous appeals, on December 19, 1895 executed at the Camden County Jail for murdering Mr. Kairer. He was buried at the Johnson cemetery on Federal Street in what is now East Camden.


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 8, 1886

Chestnut Street - Jane Clarkin - John H. Clarkin - William Clarkin
Dr. George W. Henry - Joseph Blair -  
Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 9, 1886

Theodore Lambert - Jane Clarkin - Claudius W. Bradshaw

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 12, 1889

Theodore Lambert - Daniel Sands - Hewlings N. Mulvey - Mickle Street
Jesse Pratt - George O. Horneff

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 24, 1890

Theodore Lambert - Joseph Clark - Kate McCook - Mary Downey - Kate Dillmore
Mary Bennett - Maud Bennett - George Stewart

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 5, 1893

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William G. Kairer Sr. - William G. Kairer Jr. - William H. Upton - Annie McCuen - Lemuel R. Weldy 
William H. Davis - Patrick M. Gallagher -
John S. Smith
Charles Kairer - Frank G. Kairer - Elizabeth Kairer White - Thomas Warren White -
First Methodist Episcopal Church
Improved Order of Red Men - Ancient Order of United Workmen - Odd Fellows - Legion of the Red Cross
Theodore Lambert - Louis Riley - Joseph B. Stevenson

Left: 429 Beckett Street
Below: 429 & 431 Becket Street

Photo taken March 14, 2012



New York Herald
December 5, 1893

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William G. Kairer Sr. - William G. Kairer Jr. - William J. Hopper - William A. Gilbert - William Snyder - Dr. Maximilian West
J. Scott Veasey -
North 8th Street - First Methodist Episcopal Church
Improved Order of Red Men - Ancient Order of United Workmen - Odd Fellows - Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 6, 1893

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William G. Kairer Sr. - Dr. WIlliam H. Iszard - Beckett Street - Mickle Street - South 9th Street
Ellis Silberstein -
Theodore Lambert - Lavinia Moore (Levin Riley)
Josiah Stevens (Joseph B. Stevenson) - George Greenleaf

Washington D.C. Evening Star - December 6, 1893


Bridgeton Evening News - December 7, 1893


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 8, 1893

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William G. Kairer Sr. - William J. Hopper - Flora Upton - William G. Kairer Jr. 
Rev. J.B. Graw -
First Methodist Episcopal Church - Beckett Street - John A. Smith - Isaac Cox
A.E. Davies - Charles Parker - N.C. Stowell - C.T. Pierce - William H. Davis -
Theodore Lambert  
Improved Order of Red Men - Ancient Order of United Workmen - Legion of the Red Cross

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 10, 1893

Harry B. Paul
Theodore Lambert
William J. Kairer Sr.
Mrs. Mary Manlove
Broadway
Mrs. Frances Hutt
Jefferson Avenue

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 11, 1893

William G. Kairer Sr. - George Harris - Ellis Siberstein - Henry Hanson
Sycamore Street - William H. Davis - Patrick M. Gallagher - John S. Smith

Shenandoah PA Evening Herald - December 11, 1893


Trenton Evening Times - December 11, 1893


Washington PA Semiweekly Observer
December 11, 1893


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 19, 1893

William G. Kairer Sr. - Wilson S. Jenkins- Theodore Lambert

Harrisburg Patriot - February 5, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr. - Daniel "Dick" Sampson - Joseph Leonard
Lavinia Moore - Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 5, 1894

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William G. Kairer Sr. - George Greenleaf - Josiah Stevens - Richard Martin - Theodore Lambert
Daniel
"Dick" Sampson - Joseph Leonard - Lavinia Moore - William "Blackstrap" Davis

South 9th Street - Richard S. Ridgway - Patrick M. Gallagher - John S. Smith

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 6, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr.
Josiah Stevens
Wilson S. Jenkins
Lavinia Moore

South 9th Street
Richard S. Ridgway
Patrick M. Gallagher
John S. Smith
Theodore Lambert

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 5, 1894

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William G. Kairer Sr. - Wilson S. Jenkins - Josiah Stevens - Lavinia Moore
William "Blackstrap" Davis - George W. Black - Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 9, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr. - Lavinia Moore - Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer - February 11, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr. - Wilson S. Jenkins -  Lavinia Moore - John S. Smith
Charles Zimmerman - 1109 Liberty Street - Ellis Silberstein -
John L. Semple - Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 18, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr.
Richard S. Ridgway

Theodore Lambert

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer
February 18, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr.
William "Blackstrap" Davis
Josiah Stevens
John L. Semple
Joseph G. Savage
1221 Hyde Park
Henry S. Scovel
Josiah Stevens
Theodore Lambert

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 15, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr. - Wilson S. Jenkins -  Josiah Stevems - William G. Kairer Jr.
South 9th Street - John L. Semple - Theodore Lambert

Trenton Evening Times
September 26, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr.
Charles G. Garrison
Josiah Stevens
John L. Semple
Lavinia Moore
Wilson S. Jenkins
Theodore Lambert

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - October 24, 1894

Charles G. Garrison - John L. Semple - Thomas Delbridge

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 3, 1894

John L. Semple - Theodore Lambert  

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 1894

William G. Kairer Sr.
John L. Semple
Theodore Lambert

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 14, 1894

John L. Semple - Theodore Lambert - William G. Kairer Sr.

Harrisburg Patriot - December 20, 1894

Charles G. Garrison - John L. Semple - Theodore Lambert  - William G. Kairer Sr.

New York Times
December 23, 1894

John L. Semple - Charles G. Garrison

Philadelphia Inquirer - January 1, 1895

John L. Semple - Charles G. Garrison


Philadelphia Inquirer
January 2, 1895

Theodore Lambert
John L. Semple
William G. Kairer Sr.


Jersey Journal
Jersey City, New Jersey
January 2, 1895

Theodore Lambert
John L. Semple
William G. Kairer Sr.


Philadelphia Inquirer - January 4, 1895

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Theodore Lambert - William G. Kairer Sr. - Wilson S. Jenkins - J. Willard Morgan
George Barrett -
John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 1895

Theodore Lambert


Trenton Evening Times - January 4, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Wilson S. Jenkins - George Barrett - John L. Semple

Jersey Journal
Jersey City, New Jersey
February 11, 1895

Theodore Lambert
Wilson S. Jenkins
John L. Semple


New York Times - February 6, 1895

Theodore Lambert - George Barrett


Jersey Journal
Jersey City, New Jersey
February 11,, 1895

Theodore Lambert
David Logue
James McCue


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 24, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Wilson S. Jenkins - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 26, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Wilson S. Jenkins - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer
April 16, 1895

Theodore Lambert
John L. Semple
William G. Kairer Sr.

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Theodore Lambert - John L. Semple - William G. Kairer Sr.


Trenton Evening Times - April 16, 1895

Theodore Lambert

Philadelphia Inquirer - May 23, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Wilson S. Jenkins - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 1895

John L. Semple - William G. Kairer Sr.

John L. Semple - Theodore Lambert - William G. Kairer Sr.


Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 1895

John L. Semple
William G. Kairer Sr.
Theodore Lambert

 


Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 1895

John L. Semple
George Andrews
Theodore Lambert

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 19, 1895

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William G. Kairer Sr. - John L. Semple - Wilson S. Jenkins - Theodore Lambert 

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25, 1895

John L. Semple
Wilson S. Jenkins
George Barrett
Theodore Lambert

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 26, 1895

Theodore Lambert - George Barrett - Wilson S. Jenkins - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 28, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Wilson S. Jenkins - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 6, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Wilson S. Jenkins - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer
October  22, 1895

John L. Semple
Wilson S. Jenkins
Theodore Lambert

 


Trenton Evening Times
November 19, 1895

John L. Semple
George Barrett
Theodore Lambert

 


Trenton Evening Times - November 26, 1895

Theodore Lambert - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer
November 27, 1895

John L. Semple
William Thein
William G. Kairer Sr.

Theodore Lambert

 

 

 

 

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 6, 1895

Theodore Lambert - John L. Semple

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 1895

John L. Semple
George Barrett
Theodore Lambert

 


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 18, 1895

John L. Semple
George Barrett
Theodore Lambert

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 19, 1895

George Barrett - Theodore Lambert  

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 20, 1895

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William G. Kairer Sr. - John Semple - George Barrett - J. Wesley Sell - Charles G. Garrison
William G. Kairer Jr. -
Theodore Lambert - Josiah Stevens - Johnson Cemetery

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 20, 1895

 


Philadelphia Inquirer - December 23, 1895

Theodore Lambert - Joseph Loper - Johnson Cemetery

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 31, 1895

Theodore Lambert
Joseph Loper
Johnson Cemetery

 


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