SOME RECORDED EVENTS PERTAINING TO THE LIFE OF WILLIAM LOCKHEART/LOCKHART.
Not all events in the life of William Lockhart can be documented, I have, therefore, marked the recorded or documented items with an *.
William Lockhart was born on December 23/4, 1771 in Orange County, North Carolina to Thomas and Elizabeth Stockton Lockhart.
*Thomas and Elizabeth sold their property in North Carolina and the family including William moved to Henry County, Virginia sometime during 1780. January 25, 1780 Thomas and Elizabeth sold land, 200 acres, in North Carolina. On the same day John and Agnes Sloss, who was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Stockton Lockhart, also sold their property in the same area.
*March 1, 1781, Thomas Lockhart purchased 453 acres of property in Henry County on the branches of the North Mayo River for forty five shillings sterling.
*1782 Henry County, Virginia Tax List
Name Tithes Negroes Horses Cattle
Lockhart, Thomas 1 2 3 14
*Henry County Deed Book #3, p. 393 – 14 April 1788 –
Thomas Lockhart of Henry County to Jesse Corn of the same for 35 pounds sells land on both sides of the South Fork of Mayo River containing by estimate 180 acres on Russell Creek.
* Thomas, William’s father, died between November 24, 1790 when he made his will and May 30, 1791 when his will was recorded in Henry County.
*Item from Thomas’ will:
"Item. I give and bequeath to my son William Lockheart, his heirs or assigns the remainder of my land plantation and also my negro girl Tabby after his mothers death."
As you will see later on, this bequest was for 100 acres.
*On June 1, 1791 the part of Henry County where the Lockhart home and farm was located became part of Patrick County.
*Elizabeth, Thomas and William Lockheart are listed as land owners near the Mayo River in Patrick County in Deed Book 1, 1791-1801. This would be Thomas’ (the elder) widow and two of his sons (Thomas and William).
February 21, 1792 married Elizabeth Fletcher in Patrick County, Virginia. Elizabeth was probably a daughter of Joseph Fletcher.
Son Thomas born March 22, 1793 in Patrick County, Virginia.
Joseph born about 1798 in Patrick County, Virginia.
John born February 4, 1799 in Patrick County, Virginia (or Surry County, North Carolina).
*1800 census for Salisbury, Surry County, North Carolina lists (by age) William and Elizabeth, his wife and four males under the age of 10. This seems to indicate that one unknown son died at a very early age.
Sally born February 13, 1802 in Surry County, North Carolina.
Stockton born November 21, 1805 in Surry County, North Carolina.
Nancy born about1807 in Surry County, North Carolina.
*1810 appears on the census in Surry County, North Carolina.
12 individuals are listed by age in the household. If you count the children listed above along with William and Elizabeth, the total is 8. I do not know who the other individuals are.
Martha born about 1811 in Surry County, North Carolina.
*1812 listed on tax rolls for Surry County, North Carolina as William Lockheart and taxed for 170 acres in "CAPT. HILL’S DISTRICT".
Susan (Susannah or Sukey) born September 15, 1813 in either Surry County or Washington County. Her descendants say Indiana but records do not indicate that the family was living in Indiana at that time.
October 22, 1816, "William Lockhart of the County of Surry and the State of North Carolina….." sells a parcel of land containing 350 acres lying in Patrick County, Virginia on the North Mayo River for $200.00. This property included 100 acres that William received in his father’s will.
*January 16, 1817 at a Court held in Patrick County, Virginia "An Instrument of Writing from under the hands & seals of Elizabeth Lockhart & William Lockhart relative to the maintenance of the said Elizabeth Lockhart & the obligation on her part to her son William was presented in Court Proved by the oaths of the witness thereto to be their acts and deeds and the same was ordered to be recorded." I tried for several months to get a copy of this agreement and finally Patrick County, after several requests and them sending the wrong document, they tell me that it is not available.
*January 16, 1817 a "deed from Wm Lockhart to Wm Spencer proved to record in Patrick County". This deed ordered to be recorded on the same date as the agreement above is a bit odd in that it is dated October 22, 1816 and not ordered recorded until this date. I did receive a copy of this deed from Patrick County, however they neglected to include a date when it was actually recorded.
*December 17, 1817 William enters credit purchase #15788 at the Jeffersonville Land Office for 160 acres in Washington County. Legal description: Se 30, 2 N, 3 e. Cost of this purchase, $80.00.
Polly (Mary) Lockhart born about 1818 in Washington County.
March 12, 1818 daughter Sally marries James Collier in Washington County.
*1820 appears on the census in Washington County, Indiana.
There are 13 individuals in the household of William Lockhart on this census. For those of you who do not know, individuals, other than the head of household, were not named on the census until 1850. There are two women over the age of 45 listed on this census, one would be William’s wife (Elizabeth Fletcher Lockhart), the other could be his mother (Elizabeth Stockton Lockhart).
*March 20, 1823 son Joseph marries Rachel Gabbert in Washington County. Ceremony preformed by Amos Wright a pastor at Mill Creek Church of Christ.
*January 21, 1825 William and Elizabeth sell 100 acres of land to Thomas Gabbert for $151.00. This property was part of the property that was purchased at Jeffersonville, Indiana on December 17, 1817. Credit purchase #15778 mentioned above.
*August 18, 1825 son Stockton marries Caroline Williams in Washington County.
*November 6, 1826 daughter Nancy marries Henry Sluter in Washington County.
*March 15, 1827 daughter Martha marries Bluford (Buford) Wilson in Washington County.
*April 4, 1827 William is witness to a land sale by Thomas and Mary Elizabeth De Pauw Gabbert to William and Elizabeth’s son Stockton Lockhart.
*Prior to August 1828, son Joseph dies in Washington County.
*1830 census Washington County lists four individuals, one male 50-60 years old (William) , one female 10-15 years old (Polly), one female 15-20 years old (Susan) and one female 50-60 years old (wife, Elizabeth).
*February 11, 1836 daughter Sukey (Susan) marries John Hatfield, Jr. in Washington County.
*October 11, 1836 son John dies and is buried in Mill Creek Church of Christ Cemetery. John was a deacon of this church.
*December 7, 1837 daughter Polly marries Ambrose P. Hopper in Washington County.
*February 2, 1838 daughter Martha marries second Jonathan Burket in Washington County.
*March 10, 1838, William’s wife Elizabeth dies in Washington County and is buried in Mill Creek Church of Christ Cemetery.
1840 census. I could not find a listing for William on this census.
*January 20, 1842 Martha (Patsy) Riley Lockhart, a daughter in law of William dies and is buried in Mill Creek Church of Christ Cemetery.
*November 17, 1842 William appointed guardian of the children of John and Martha Riley Lockhart, deceased. John was the son of William and Elizabeth. Bond set at $600,00.
*January 14, 1846 William dies in Washington County and is buried in Mill Creek Church of Christ Cemetery.
Estate papers of William Lockhart.
*January 31, 1846 Ambrose P. Hopper is appointed Administrator of the Estate of William Lockhart, who died intestate. Items included in this administration included goods, chattels, rights, credits moneys and effects. Ambrose Payne Hopper was a son in law of William. The letters of administration were signed by Washington C. Depauw. (Yes, that Washington C, Depauw.) who was clerk of courts at the time. Bond set at $150.00 with John Hatfield as security. John Hatfield was another son in law.
*February 15, 1848 Ambrose P. Hopper appears in court and moves for a partial settlement of the estate which is approved by the court.
Later the same day, the State of Indiana sues Ambrose P. Hopper, Administrator of the Estate of William Lockhart dec. by citation. Entry from page 566, Minute Book E:
"Comes said Administrator & having made partial settlement, on his motion this citation is dismissed."
William and family appear to have moved to Washington County sometime in the 1816 time period. He then appears to have returned to Virginia to sell property in 1816, sign an agreement with his mother in 1817 and then return to Indiana by late 1817 to purchase additional property. I assume that his mother came to Indiana with him at that time.
I found the following QUOTES on the web. The quotes appear to be from an article printed in the Democratic Sun published at Salem, Indiana, Dec 1 , 1893. (MY COMMENTS)
OLD PIONEER ANCESTORSWASHINGTON CO., IN
"William was a nurseyman and brought seeds from North Carolinaand set out orchards soon after their arrival."
"Sally Lockhart, eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth FletcherLockhart, was born in Stockton, Surrey County, Virginia, (There is no Stockton in Surry County, Virginia. Stockton, Virginia is located in Henry County, Virginia.) February13, 1802, and died of apoplexy in Campbellsburg, Washing(ton) county, Indiana, in 1875. She was eleven years old when she came from North Carolina to Indiana (that would be 1813.). She was short in stature, very fair, blue eyes and light red hair. Although she was the mother of thirteen children, not one inherited her complexion or hair. She possessed a shrewd, quick mind and was fine in mental arithmetic. She was thrifty and energetic,did all her own spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing. She was a charter member of the Christian Church at Campbellsburg. Her daughter Malinda tells, "while riding with her third child in her arms from Claysville toward Lost River, she was followed through the woods by wolves. She ran her horse a long distance until she came to a clearing where some wood choppers dispersed the wolves."
The following is QUOTED from a late 19th century religious publication giving an early history of "The Church of Christ". Historically this church was, when formed, on the radical side of American religion it was very similar to today’s evangelical movement. The information, like most religious writings, must be taken with a large grain of salt, but (after checking recorded facts) does offer some insight to the Lockhart family in the late 18th century and early 19th century.
Christian Record, A sketch of the ministerial life of Eld. Thomas Lockhart. Apr'82, page 114. (MY NOTES)
"THOMAS LOCKHART. (son of William and brother of Joseph sr)
This venerable and indefatigable servant of God was born in Patrick county, Virginia, A. D. 1793. His father (William) was brought up in the Presbyterian Church, where he vainly sought religion from early youth until he reached his seventieth year ! At that advanced age he united with the Dependent Baptists in Washington county, Indiana; was immersed by Elder Peter Wright; and about three years afterward went down to the grave in peace. Through the influence of false religious teaching, a shadow rested upon almost his whole life.
The mother of Elder Lockhart (Elizabeth Fletcher Lockhart) was for many years a Baptist. From her he received his first religious impressions ; and as he grew up, the articles of her faith were zealously inculcated in his mind.
When thirteen years of age his parents removed with him to North Carolina (My limited mathematical abilities make this date 1806. However, this family appears on the 1800 census for Surry County and some of his brothers and sisters seem to have been born in Surry County, North Carolina prior to 1806.), where he remained until he reached his majority. During his residence there the most of his associates were members of the Society of Friends, among whom he imbibed many of the views of that peculiar people.
In the Summer of 1814, while on a visit to Ohio, he volunteered his services in the war of 1812; and during the following Winter was stationed at Detroit. When his services were no longer required by his country he returned to Ohio, and subsequently to North Carolina.
Previous to his visit to the West he had been sent to a common school about one year; and on his return to North Carolina, after the war, he again went to school…….."