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Henry Lockwood


SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 305 & 306.

Henry Lockwood, lumber merchant of Rockdale, Milam county, is a native Texan, having been born in Harris county, October 18, 1855. His father, William R. Lockwood, was a native of Connecticut; born November 18, 1805; reared in that State and in New York, near the city of Buffalo, whither his parents moved when he was young. He left New York at the age of sixteen and came South, stopping at New Orleans, where he shortly afterward engaged for a whaling voyage, during which time he was in foreign seas for a year. He then returned to New Orleans, and about 1823 or 1824 came to Texas on a tour of exploration. After making two or three trips back and forth between Texas and New Orleans, he settled in Houston, Harris county, where he engaged in cutting and shipping wood from that locality to Galveston. Later he moved to Tarkingtonís prairie, which was then in Liberty county, and there in 1839 married Elizabeth McDonald, a native of Louisiana and daughter of John McDonald, a veteran of the war of 1812, who moved to Texas about 1806. From Tarkingtonís prairie he returned to Harris county, taking up his residence on Greenís Bayou, where he lived until his death, which occurred June 20, 1867. He was a mechanic, being a skilled workman in wood and iron, and in earlier life gave his attention to the trades, but about 1852 took up farming and stockraising, which he followed successfully until his death. He was elected Sheriff of Harris county once in an early day, but refused to serve, having no taste for public position. He was Democrat in politics, a member of the Masonic order and a zealous supporter of the churches, but not a member of any church organization. The Lockwoods from whom the subject of this sketch descended came originally from England, emigrating to American in Colonial times and settling in New England, probably in Connecticut. The McDonalds of his motherís side of the house were Scotch, early immigrants also to this country.

The eight children of William R. and Elizabeth Lockwood are Hannah Jane Lockwood, the deceased wife of H.M. Lewis; Elizabeth Lockwood, now residing near Industry, in Austin county; William Lockwood, a farmer and stock-raiser of Harris county; Frank Lockwood, a farmer in Harris county; Mary Ann Lockwood, the deceased wife of Julius Sternenberg of Austin county; Henry Lockwood of this notice; Warren Lockwood, a miner in New Mexico; and Elam Lockwood, a merchant of Nelsonville, Austin county.

Henry Lockwood was reared in Harris county, this State, where he was born, and began to look out for himself at the age of seventeen. In 1875, about the time he reached his majority, he went to Austin county, where he rented land and began farming. In 1879 he moved to Bell county, where, in connection with his brother, Frank Lockwood, he bought a small place and farmed for four years. He then clerked for about two and a half years in the mercantile business at Taylor, when, in February 1886, he came to Rockdale and became superintendent for Thompson & Company in the lumber business. He was at this for three and a half years, when J.E. Tucker of Taylor and himself formed a partnership in the lumber business at Rockdale, which continued till January, 1892, at which date Mr. Lockwood bought his partnerís interest and is now alone. He has about an $8,000 stock of lumber and does a business of $30,000 a year. He also owns some good real estate in Rockdale and stock in two or three of its local enterprises. He is not only a competent business man, as these facts show, but a public-spirited citizen whose best wishes are for the prosperity of his town and who contributes liberally of his means toward that end.

October 19, 1892, Mr. Lockwood married Miss Emma Bagley, and a native of Burleson county, Texas, and a daughter of William H. and E. T. Bagley, of Alabama, who moved to this State about 1852. He and his wife are members of the church, he of the Methodist, of which he is Steward, and Superintendent of Sunday schools, and she of the Cumberland Presbyterian. He is also a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Knights of Honor and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.



We must say a special thank you to Earline Long-Zlotkowski of San Antonio, TX, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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