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Col Matthew F Locke

Col Matthew F Locke

Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA
Death 4 Jun 1911 (aged 86)
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 13284765 · View Source
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LOCKE, MATTHEW FIELDING (~1824-1911)~ Colonel Matthew Fielding Locke or M.F. Locke as referred to in extant sources, was born in Tennessee in either 1824 or 1829. He came to Texas in 1853, with his wife Elizabeth and three year old son Lafayette.
Locke was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1857, after Walter S. Taylor resigned from Speaker of the House. He received 39 votes to Dennis' 14, Brown's 13, and 1 blank vote. He represented Lafayette, Upshur County, Texas, the town in which he founded. Lafayette, Texas is 13 miles northeast of Gilmer, Texas in the far north of Upshur County. M.F. Locke first settled the town in the late 1850s and named it after his son, who is referred to as Fayette in extant sources. M.F. Locke deeded three acres of land to the Philadelphia Batptist Church for a cemetery in 1858. The land already contained two burials and the cemetery became known as Lafayette Cemetery. Locke's brother-in-law, T.E. Montgomery, is the oldest marked burial in 1855. Lafayette's population grew and then fell after investment money dried up for the iron ore deposits and the financial panic of 1890. Today, Lafayette houses no more than 80 residents.
M.F. Locke served as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for the remainder of the seventh biennial session until Marion Dekalb Taylor took the seat in 1859.
In 1860, when the Civil War broke out, M.F. Locke enlisted as a Colonel which is telling that he had received some form of formal education probably in Tennessee and before his move into Texas. He formed his own regiment, the 10th Texas Cavalry or Locke's Brigade from counties Upshur, Rusk, and Cherokee. Locke led his men in the battle of Shiloh, the Siege at Corinth, and the battle of Murfreesboro. On September 17,1864, his wife, Elizabeth, passed away. It is not known if Locke was furloughed to wrap up matters at home due to his wife's death. Surviving the war, Locke moved to Arkansas where on April 11, 1873, he organized an early Franklin County Society called the Franklin County Grange. In 1880, Locke was living in Alma, Crawford County, Arkansas and he had remarried to Narcissia. Within a few years, Narcissia passed away and Locke remarried to Jennie L. and moved to Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas in 1900. In 1910, Locke, now 86, was living with Jennie and his three children ages 20, 16, and 11, in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. He died there on June 4, 1911, and was buried in the Concordia Cemetery in the Masonic Section next to his daughter, Helen who passed the year before at age 20.
On a side note regarding Locke's burial location: I am awaiting new information from a member of the Order of the Confederate Gray, Mr. Turnage, who helped put the new marker for Col Locke in place. He states that Ms. Indalecio's information is incorrect about Locke's burial location. She says he is not by his daughter, whereas Mr. Turnage says that Locke is buried by his daughter. As I have yet to receive any information from Mr. Turnage on Locke's exact burial location, who states that it is a "known fact" where he is buried: Col. Locke's burial location will remain unknown until I can get to El Paso or the State Archives and look at the Masonic records myself. Or...until someone actually sends me the information; which has not been done since this last entry (5/25/10).
Sources:;;;;;;;; Official Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas Seventh Biennial Session, Austin, Printed by John Marshall and Co., State Printers, 1857; 1860, 1880, 1900, 1910 Federal US Census.
Find A Grave Member: Laurel Indalecio
Written by: Stephanie S. Sorensen, Historian, Texas State Cemetery, Research Staff, Austin, Texas.

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Matthew F Locke
10th Texas Cav
Jul 10 1824
Jun 4 1911

Gravesite Details Headstone added March 31, 2010 by the Order of the Confederate Gray, who did an outstanding job. I'd like to know if there was an original headstone and if so, is it still in place?

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