Biography of John W. Lockwood
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOHN W. LOCKWOOD was born in Florida, Montgomery county, New York; October 4, 1839. His mother died while he was only seven years old, thus depriving him of that maternal care and watchfulness so necessary to the proper training of the young. At the age of ten years he hired with Mr. John Van Huessen and worked for him three years, receiving a little schooling in the winters and working on the farm in the summers. After working in various places till 1856 he started west to find some of his family that had "gone west" some years before. He searched in several cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where he had heard they had gone, but without success, until his second visit to La Crosse, where he met his cousin Peter Murray, who told him that his folks could be found in Pleasant Hill township. After visiting them he went to Stillwater, Minnesota and worked one summer on a farm. Returning home in the winter he was obliged to walk the whole distance and used to stay with the Indians at night. He worked for Mr. Joseph Cooper four or five seasons and chopped wood for steamboats several winters. By steady ajiplication of his time and talents he succeeded in getting a quarter section of land, and December 4, 1862, he and Miss Elizabeth E. Cooper were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. They now reside on their farm, surrounded by the necessary comforts of life.


FROM:
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.

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