Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lockwood Monument at Oakland Cemetery

This monument at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery honors the memory of three members of the L. Pitt Lockwood family. Leonard Pitt Lockwood was born in 1851. In January of 1876, L. Pitt Lockwood married Nannie E. Smith in Erie County, Ohio. The family resided in Erie County, Ohio in 1880. By this time, L. Pitt and Nannie Lockwood had a three year old son named Fred. For many years, L. Pitt Lockwood was an agent with the Big Four Railroad. His job eventually took him to St. Louis, Missouri. L. Pitt Lockwood died in St. Louis, Missouri in November of 1912. This obituary appeared in the November 23, 1912 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.

Mrs. Nannie Lockwood died in Cincinnati on July 2, 1937. Her death record indicates that her parents' names were Warren Smith and Marie Townsend Smith. Mrs. Lockwood was buried next to her husband at Oakland Cemetery. Sadly, the son of L. Pitt and Nannie Lockwood, Fred, had died in 1924.Fred's name is located at the very top of the Lockwood monument.

Though I do not have an official vital record that provides that L. Pitt Lockwood's parents' names, I did some sleuthing to find out who his parents were. Since S.M. Lockwood and H.H. Lockwood, both brothers of L. Pitt Lockwood, both have these two names listed as their parents: father, Horace Allen Lockwood and mother, Sarah Ramsdell, It makes logical sense that the parents of L. Pitt Lockwood were also Horace Allen Lockwood and Sarah Ramsdell. Horace Allen Ramsdell died in 1857 when his children were very young. 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.

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