He was a child enslaved by Henry and Barbara Jolley. On the original roster of the Richards Company he is listed as "Lamb (a black boy)." In Salt Lake City Death Records, Book A, he is listed as "Lambson, servant of Henry Jolly, b. Jan. 4, 1838, d. July 17, 1849, Drowned."
The Utah State History Cemeteries and Burials Database lists "Lambson" as a surname. A photograph of his gravestone also shows his name as "'Sammy Lambson." The name "Sammy" has been determined by historians to be a misnomer. His given name was Lambson.