LOCKWOOD - SUCCESSFUL LINKS: THE GREEN BIBLE
Written by Marcia W. Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Previously published by Julia M. Case and Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG, Missing Links, Vol. 5, No. 32,
9 August 2000
Reprint submitted to the Delaware website by David Seely, August 16, 2000
Forty years ago, after talking to my grandmother about her
ancestors, I started to puzzle over the family of my great-
great-grandfather, Philip LOCKWOOD. He was supposedly the
first Baptist minister in the Western Reserve of Ohio. So I
researched in Geauga and Lake counties and was successful in
uncovering considerable information about him. Learning that his
father was James LOCKWOOD of neighboring Ashtabula County, I
began to try to construct a family group for James. Because he
died before the 1850 census and because his will made statements
such as "I leave to my step-son [name] to share equally with my
own children [no names]," this seemed a discouraging task.
However, with persistence and the use of a wide variety of
available records, I managed to compile a list of 11 children
who seemed plausible, based on the evidence I had collected. I
did not yet have for all the children a "conclusive" document.
James and Philip had lived earlier in Cortland County, New York.
I wrote to the historical society there as a result of which I
made contact with a person who had written to the society years
before. Her husband was related to the wife of Philip LOCKWOOD,
Anna OWEN, and she had access to the family Bible of James
LOCKWOOD. After our talk by telephone, she mailed to me a typed
extraction of names, birth dates, and marriage dates for James
LOCKWOOD and his children. I was elated that the 11 children
listed matched the names on my list. I was frustrated, however,
to observe that the birth dates for the two oldest children
(including my Philip) and the marriage date for James and
Elizabeth (his first wife of three, I had supposed), seemed to
indicate yet another, earlier wife.
The DAR Library in Washington, D.C. has a photocopy of the
original pages from this family Bible. I needed to check the
dates. My daughter lived in the area and at my request
obtained a copy of the pages. James LOCKWOOD's youngest
daughter, Sarah, had married an Amos GREEN, whose father
Joseph had served in the Revolution and had also left a family
Bible. Sarah, as the youngest, must have inherited the Bible,
passing it down to her descendants. The LOCKWOOD Bible pages
were in a file labeled GREEN. There were several files with that
surname but one of them stated that the locales were New York
and Ohio. My daughter, remembering that I talked a lot about
needing to visit New York and Ohio, picked the right file and
ordered a copy of the James LOCKWOOD Bible record for me.
The confusion in dates occurred because the numeral 4 looked
like a 9 in the LOCKWOOD Bible. Once I had determined that, I
could see that James and Elizabeth were married in 1784 and not
in 1789 as the typed copy showed. James was born in 1764, not in
1769. He had had no earlier wife, and Philip was their second
child, born in 1787.
I feel extremely fortunate to have located such an early Bible
record relating to my ancestors. I am still seeking to establish
James LOCKWOOD's parentage, and hoping that the Stephen born in
1768, who is mentioned in the Bible record, is his sibling and
will provide a clue for pursuing the earlier generation.