Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sarah Ramsdell and Horace Allen Lockwood

The tombstone of Sarah (Ramsdelll) Lockwood and Horace Allen Lockwood is located in Lot 13 of Block 2 of Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. Both the Ramsdell and Lockwood families were pioneer residents of the Firelands. Hewson Peeke wrote in his book A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, that Horace's father, Samuel Mills Lockwood, traveled to the Firelands in the early 1800's, and he was in charge of surveying and selling much of the land in Danbury and Portage Townships of Ottawa County, Ohio.

According to the database of Ohio Marriages, accessed at Family Search Labs, Horace A. Lockwood married Sarah Ramsdell on February 22, 1843 in Ottawa County, Ohio. In the 1850 U.S. Census, Horace and Sarah Lockwood were residing in Portage Township, Ottawa County, Ohio with their three children: Alfred, age 5; Frederic, age 4; and Samuel M., age 2. Horace listed his occupation as sailor. Sadly, Horace A. Lockwood died in 1857, leaving Sarah a young widow, to raise several children on her own. In 1880, Sarah Lockwood was living with her son Samuel and his family in Portage Township, Ottawa County, Ohio. Sarah Ramsdell Lockwood died in November, 1886 of heart disease. Oakland Cemetery interment records show that Sarah Lockwood was buried on November 25, 1886. Notes on the Oakland Cemetery card for Horace A. Lockwood state that he was originally buried in Gypsum, Ottawa County, Ohio, but on November 4, 1887, his remains were re-interred at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

An inscription at the base of the tombstone which honors Horace A. and Sarah (Ramsdell) Lockwood reads:

A Rest the Weary Pilgrims Found

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