Jeremiah Lockett, II 1809 - 1851

From family records and later census years we know that Jeremiah Lockett, II was born in Virginia in 1809.  It is believed that his Parents are Jeremiah Lockett, I and Lydia Bondurant (Lockett); this would make him the G-G-Great Grandson of Thomas Lockett who first appeared in Virginia in the mid 1600ís. See the Two Jeremiahs.

Jeremiah Lockett, II first appears in the census records in the1810 Federal Census, Virginia, Bedford County.  He is living in the household of his father, Jeremiah Lockett I, his age would be 1, he is listed in the "under 10" age group.

In the1820 Federal Census, Virginia, Bedford County, Liberty Township, Jeremiah Lockett, II is living in the household of his father, his age would be 11, and he is in the "to 16" age group.  On August 16, 1827 Jeremiah Lockett, II married Phebe W Karnes (b. March 27, 1812 d. December 20, 1877) in Bedford County, Virginia, with the consent of Jeremiah Lockett, I and the Surety of Jacob Karnes.  It is believed that Phebe is the daughter of Jacob Karnes and Peggy Wood (Karnes).

In the1830 Federal Census, Virginia, Bedford County, Jeremiah Lockett, II, his wife, Phebe and his first son, Edmund Lockett (b. May 11, 1829 d. December 23, 1878) are living in the household of the senior Jeremiah Lockett.  Jeremiah Lockettís age would be 21, he is in the "of 20 and under 30" age group, his son Edmund is also listed, his age would be 1 and is listed in the "Under five years of age" age group.  Jeremiah's wife, Phebe is also listed, her age would be 18, she is listed in the "15 to 20" age group.

While the 1810, 1820 and 1830 census years did not include the names of any individual other than the head of the household.  Using birth dates, places and ages we can be reasonably certain as to who the individuals listed on the census should be.

We discover from later census data, that in about 1831 Jeremiah's first daughter, Lydia Lockett (Palmer) was born in Virginia.

In the early 1800ís many early American families left the Eastern coastal states and ventured west in search of their own fortunes.  Veterans of the American Revolution were awarded land grants.  Jeremiah, IIís uncle Edmond Lockett received such a grant in Kentucky.  Other Locketts also moved West to Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio.  Many other Locketts moved west and south settling in Georgia and Texas.  Sometime after the birth of Lydia in Virginia, Jeremiah and his family migrated to Ohio as from later Census data, in about 1833 Jeremiah's second daughter Martha was born in Ohio. Additionally, on September 10, 1834 a certificate for land in Gallia County, OH was issued, "Jeremiah Lockett of Gallia County, Ohio" purchased 40 acres, Section Thirty Three, Township Six, of Range Sixteen.  The sale was recorded at the Land Office in Chillicothe, Ohio.  Gallia County is in the Southern portion of the state and the land was more than likely purchased at an earlier date as the certificates were typically issued on later dates.

Jeremiah's second son George Lockett (b. March 13, 1836 d. May 24, 1903) was born in Clinton County, Ohio.  Clinton County is four counties west of Gallia County, this is only speculation, but perhaps George was born on the trip moving the family to Indiana.

Jeremiah and his family first located to Delaware County, Niles Township, Indiana as on April 1, 1836 a meeting was held for the organization of the Mississinewa Baptist Church.  Jeremiah Lockett was one of the constituent members who signed the articles of covenant.  This makes sense given the involvement that Jeremiah's father, Jeremiah I, had with the Baptist church in Virginia.

Jeremiahís Third Son James Lockett (b. June 15, 1838 d. July 25, 1913) was born in Indiana, probably in Delaware County as on October 17, 1838 Jeremiah Lockett of Delaware County, Indiana" purchased 121 4/100th acres, Section Three, Township Twenty Four North, of Range Ten East in Blackford County, In.  The sale was recorded at the Land Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the certificate for the land was issued on November 4, 1840, "

Jeremiah Lockett and his growing family settled in Blackford County becoming one of the pioneer families who helped clear and settle the land in Washington Township, Blackford County, Indiana.  We learn from a book written in 1887 recounting the history of the County, (History of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana History 1887) that "Among the pioneers of Washington Township were: Jeremiah Lockett, who was a justice of the peace many years, and remained a resident of his farm until his death".  Jeremiah was also one of the first grand jurors named in the commissioners' records for the March (1840) term of court.

Some of the marriages performed by Jeremiah Lockett as Justice of the Peace:

Dec. 22, 1844        Jacob Palmer to Sophia Jane Raines
March 25 1847      Silas Smith to Sarah I Miller
Dec. 5, 1847          William McCalister to Naoma Bonham
April 16, 1848       Joseph Palmer to Azulah McKee
August 5, 1849      David Palmer to Lydia Lockett

The rest of Jeremiahís children were born here, they are: Isaac N Lockett (b. 1841 d. December 26, 1899), Mary Lockett (b. 1847) and Martha Locket (b. 1849)

Sadly, Jeremiah died in the summer of 1851 at the young age of 42, currently I have been unable to locate his final resting place.  Phebe went on to re-marry twice, the first was to Samuel Knotts and the second was to Thompson Henely, Phebe died in 1877 and is buried in Upland, Grant County, IN (Oak Chapel-McKinley Cemetery) under her married name Phebe Henley.

Below is a copy of Jeremiah Lockett's Will

Page 1

From Clerk's Office in Blackford County Indiana

Will Book Volume A 1851-1895 page 12

August the 11th AD 1851

A Will

Jeremiah Lockett of Blackford County in the state of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First: I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life and to such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit:

I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my deceased as possible out of the first moneys that shall come to the hands of my Executor from any portion of my estate, real or personal. I also direct that Edmund Lockett my elder son, be possessed of my real & personal property and the said Edmund Lockett shall pay to Lydia Palmer my eldest daughter the sum of one hundred dollars at the expiration of two years from my death. The said Edmund Lockett shall pay to each of my other children the sum of one hundred dollars seventy as they become twenty one years of age and the said Edmund Lockett shall maintain my beloved wife as remains my widow.

And I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed son Edmund Lockett executor of the last will and testament.

In ?????? where of I Jeremiah Lockett the testator have heretofore set my hand and seal this (5th) fifth of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & fifty one, this is to certify that I have subscribed my name to this second sheet.

Jeremiah Lockett (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the above named Jeremiah Lockett as his last will and testement in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as wintesses thereto in the presence of each other,

Edward Hughs
John Baily

Attest Wellington Stewart Clerk of B.C.C.

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Proof of Will
State of Indiana


Blackford County

Personally appeared in open Court at the August Term A.D. 1851, Edward Hughes, John Baily two of the subscribing witnesses to last will and testament of Jeremiah Lockett and after being duley sworn on their oaths said that they were present at the time of the executing the will and that the will was duly executed that the testator at the time of executing the same was of full age to devise his property and of full age, sound mind and memory.

Given under our hands and seals this 11th day of August A.D. 1851

Edward Hughes (Seal)
Jon Bailey (Seal)

Subscribed and sworn to in open court this 11th day of August A.D. 1851

Wellington Stewart
Clerk B.C.C.

 Submitted by M. Lockett 6/4/2008


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