SAMUEL M. LOCKHART. The gentleman whose name heads this biographical notice was the first to make settlement within the present boundaries of Benton County, and since locating here has been prominently identified with its agricultural development, being one of the county's most respected and honored citizens. Mr. Lockhart was born in Adams County, Ohio, May 17, 1812, and is a son of Thomas and Mary Lockhart, natives of Pennsylvania, the former of whom came to Johnson County, Iowa in 1838 and the following year moved to this county. The mother died when our subject was about eight years of age, and his father was again married, his second wife being Mrs. Nancy Steece. Thomas Lockhart departed this life in 1867, at the home of Samuel M.
Our subject was united in marriage with Malinda Wright, April 12, 1832, in Vermilion County, Illinois, and in the fall of the same year he went to Green County, Missouri, was there a resident for eighteen months, and then moved to Macon County, Illinois. In the spring of 1838 he came to Johnson County, Iowa, and in the spring of 1839 moved on the farm where he is at present residing, located on section 24, Polk Township. His educational advantages were limited, and he has devoted his life to the labor of an agriculturist. His union with Mrs. Wright has been blest with the birth of eleven children, as follows: Thomas G., born in January, 1833, married Lucinda Remington, and they reside in Wisconsin; William, born in October, 1834, deceased; Mary Jane, deceased; Nancy Ellon, deceased; Milton S. married Mary Jane Kidner, and is living in Phillips County, Kan.; Malinda became the wife of Harlan Eastman, and they resided in Linn County, Iowa, until his death, when she was a second time married to John M. Howser; Cass is living in Macon County, Mo., having selected as his companion for life Miss Harriet Wheeler; Greer was united in marriage with Miss Alvira Wheeler, and they are living on a part of the old homestead; Parmelia, deceased; Mahala, deceased, and Clarinda, deceased.
Politically, Mr. Lockhart votes with the Democratic party. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Lockhart at one time owned 640 acres of land. He has given to his children until he now has 276 acres, 150 under plow. He has a fine one-and-a-half story brick house, forty acres in the grove and other fine improvements. He served six years as County Commissioner.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 262.
Transcribed by: Pat Sheldon. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on October 21st, 2007. Copyright © 2007 by Pat Sheldon.