James Hamilton Lockett 1819-1902

J. H. Lockett, Georgetown, miller, the subject of this sketch, was born in Wythe county, Virginia, on the 2d of December, 1819. He lived in Virginia about fifteen years, when, with his parents, he moved to Knox county, Indiana, and engaged in farming, living there one year, when they came to Illinois and settled in Georgetown township, where he lived with his parents twenty-two years.  He then moved to Perrysville, Indiana, and engaged in farming for ten years.

He then came to this county and settled on a farm two miles north of Georgetown, where he lived until 1857. He then engaged in the stock business. In 1861 he bought an interest in the present mill, and followed the milling business about five years, the firm being J. H. Lockett & Co. He then sold his interest and engaged in the general merchandise business in Georgetown for eight years, when he sold out and again engaged in the present mill.

On the 22d of December, 1843, he married Miss Elizabeth Smith. She was born in Virginia, and died on the 3d of June, 1857. They had three children, two living: David and Mattie.  On the 20th of December, 1860, he married Miss Ella Walston.  She was born in this county. They have three children: Frank, Grace and Jessie. In early days Mr. Lockett has hauled wheat to Chicago by team, making his first trip in 1837, and has delivered wheat in Chicago at sixty cents per bushel.

History of Vermilion County, Together with Historic Notes on the Northwest
Published in Chicago: H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers, 1879

H. W. Beckwith

History of Georgetown Township
Biographical - page 538-539

Obituary James Hamilton Lockett


Father of Mrs. A. Kramer and Mrs. Roy Brown.

James H Lockett, father of Mrs. A. Kramer of Decatur, and Mrs. Roy Brown of Chicago, and Miss Jessie Lockett of Spokane, Wash., died yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Brown in Chicago, Ill. He had been ill about three years, sustaining a stroke of paralysis before the removal of the family from Decatur two years ago.

He has been confined to the house since then but was remarkably bright mentally for one of his years. He was 84. He suffered a third stroke Friday morning. Word came that day the he was in a serious condition and a little afterwards a telegram announcing his death came.

The funeral will be held today at Georgetown, Ills., seven miles south of Danville. The body was taken there today. Mr. and Mrs. A. Kramer left last night to attend the funeral.

Mr. Lockett retired from business about twelve years ago. He was until then in business at Georgetown running a flouring mill. He was a fine old man and although not widely known in Decatur, had many friends who esteemed him highly.

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) February 8, 1902

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