Biography of Charles B. Lockwood
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CHARLES B. LOCKWOOD One of the oldest business men still in active work at Sandusky is Charles B. Lockwood, who was for many years connected with the railroad interests of Northern Ohio, has also been extensively interested in manufacturing, and for about twenty years has been proprietor of a large box factory in Sandusky. He represents a family which has been identified with Northern Ohio for fully a century, and one which was early settled in the northeastern colonies.

Charles B. Lockwood was born at what is known as Plaster Beds in Ottawa County, Ohio. His father was William Brown Lockwood, and his grandfather Samuel Mills Lockwood. From the history of the Lockwood family in America published by Frederick A. Holden and E. Dainbar Lockwood, the following information concerning the family is condensed in proper form for this article. The founder of the family in America was Robert Lockwood, a native of England, who came to this country in 1630 and located at Watertown, Massachusetts. There he and his wife Susanna spent the rest of their days. The next in line was their son Gershom Lockwood, who married Lady Ann Millington, daughter of Lord Millington of England. They lived in Greenwich, Connecticut. The next in line was their son Joseph, whose son Joseph married Charity Knapp, and they were the parents of Jared Lockwood. Jared Lockwood, the great grandfather of Charles B., served as sergeant during the Revolutionary war., and had interesting record as a soldier which can be found in the pages of the family genealogy above mentioned. Sergt. Jared Lockwood married Betsey Skelding. From Connecticut they removed to Albany, New York, where they spent the rest of their lives. Betsey survived her husband, and for several years was a pensioner.

Samuel Mills Lockwood, grandfather of Charles B., was born in Connecticut January 28, 1787, lived a number of years in Albany, New York, and from that city started to the West soon after the close of the War of 1812, about 1816, and with wagons and teams crossed New York and arriving in Ohio located on the Peninsula of Ottawa County. He had conic to Ohio as agent for the sale of "fire lands" and surveyed and sold most of the district in Danbury and Portage townships. He built a substantial stone house in that section which is still standing and is owned and occupied by his descendants. Samuel M. Lockwood was twice married. His first wife was Mary Doughty and his second was her sister Gertrude Doughty. Their father, Samuel Doughty, was a civil engineer, and surveyed a large part of New York City, where he lived and died.

William Brown Lockwood, who was born in Albany, New York, in 1811, was five years of age when the family came to Ohio. He attended some of the primitive schools of Ottawa County, and in early life followed fanning, leaving that occupation to become a partner with George B. Smith, under the name Lockwood & Smith, engaged in the operation of plaster beds for a number of years in Ottawa County. In 1850 he came to Sandusky and bought the Bay City Flour Mills, which at that time had a capacity of 125 barrels of flour per day. This mill was under his management a few years, after which he became associated with L. S. Hubbard in the grain business, later was with Thornton & Fitzhugh, and still later for a number of years was in the grain trade by himself. He continued to live at Sandusky until his death in 1892 at the age of eighty two. William Brown Lockwood married Sarah A. Hyde, who died December 25, Christmas Day, 1865. She reared five children, whose names were Mary, Lane, Sarah, Charles B. and Kate. The daughter Sarah married a Mr. Dcyo, while Kate married Lawrence Hastings.

Charles B. Lockwood spent his boyhood and early youth in the locality known as Plaster Beds in Ottawa County, attended country schools there, and finished his education in Sandusky. His has been a long and active business career. and faithfulness and hard work have accomplished in his ease the usual rewards. On leaving school he became bookkeeper for F. T. Barney at the Bay City Flour Mills. A few months later he entered the employ of the Mad River Railroad Company, and continued in the railroad business with this company and its successors as clerk, agent and general freight agent for a period of twenty three years. He was then agent for the Midland Line for one year, resigning that place to engage in the manufacture of sulky plows for one year. He then accepted the position of auditor of the I. B. & W. Railway, and after this return to railway service continued from 1885 to 1890. Two years after his resignation from them office of auditor he spent as secretary of the Sandusky Tool Company, and since that time has been engaged in the box manufacturing business, having operated a large plant with steady success for the last twenty two years.

In October, 1866, Charles B. Lockwood married Marion C. Pierce. She was born in Dalton, Massachusetts, a daughter of William M and Lucinda Pierce, and her death occurred in 1907. Mr. Lockwood cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and continued to vote the republican ticket until 1884, at which time he became an independent in politics. Since youth he has been hard of hearing, and in spite of this handicap has been an unusually successful business man. On account of this defect he was not accepted for service in the Civil war, but was a member of a home guard organization known as the Loyal Legion. Outside of business his chief diversion has been in boating, and he has owned several notable sail and power boats, and has sailed them in different regattas and boat races, has been awarded several prizes, and among his trophies has loving cups and a number of medals. On account of his interest and activity in boating circles at Sandusky he is familiarly known among his friends and associates as Commodore Lockwood.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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