Born: c. 1844

Died: July 2, 1927

Married: Cyrena Ames


Joseph B. Lamoy was an early resident of Saranac Lake, a Civil War veteran and a guide.

Lake Placid News, August 5, 1927


Joseph B. Lamoy, Essex County Pioneer, Passes at Saranac Lake Home—Last Rites Sunday

The last taps have been sounded for another of the few surviving members of the Grand Army of the Republic in Essex county. Joseph B. Lamoy, 83-year old Civil War veteran, died at his home in Sararac Lake on Friday morning, July 2. He was a lifelong resident of Essex county.

Mr. Lamoy had been in poor health, due to his advanced age, for long time, but was confined to his bed for only two days before death claimed him. He was a brother of Cassius Lamoy of Lake Placid and a sister of Mrs. E. L. Major of Lake Placid.

Funeral services for the departed veteran were held from his Iong home, 49 Pine street, Saranac Luke, on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. They were largely attended by Mr. Lamoy's many friends and relatives in Lake Placid. Members of the G. A. R, other veterans, and the Women's Relief Corps of Lake Placid, attended. Mr. Lamoy was a member of the Saranac Lake post of the G. A. R.

Lived Entire Life in Essex Co.

During his entire life Mr. Lamoy made his home in Essex county. He was born in Moriah, and came to Wilmington at an early age. He was one of the early settlers of the Wilmington section. His life brought him into close contact with the Adirondack wilderness and he came to love it and to know it as did few men of his time. He was an expert guide for over 50 years.

He was married to Miss Cyrena Ames, daughter of the late Daniel Ames, one of the early pioneers of North Elba. She died about three years ago.

While still under twenty, Mr. Lamoy enlisted at the outbreak of the Civil War in Company C. 118th Infantry. During the course of the war he was in many of the bitter engagements participated in by New York state troops.

Upon being mustered out of the military service he came back north and settled in Saranac Lake in what was then practically primeval forest. He followed the profession of guide and was one of the best-known woodsmen in the Adirondacks.

Mr. Lamoy was always active in the affairs of the Saranac Lake post of the G. A. R., and while he was able, always, took part in the observance of Memorial Day and other patriotic holidays.

Rev. J. L. Cole, pastor of the Saranac Lake M. E. church, conducted the funeral services Sunday. Interment was in North Elba cemetery at Lake Placid.