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 Homer Lockwood

Homer Lockwood

Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 12 Feb 1875 (aged 81)
Victory, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Burial Victory, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 40533773 · View Source
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Homer was the son of Isaac Lockwood, Revolutionary War Patriot.

Homer married SARAH BENEDICT, 02 Oct, 1816, Brookfield, Fairfield County, CT.
She was born 27 Oct, 1795, Ridgefield, Fairfield County, CT., d. 24 Aug, 1877, Victory, Cayuga County, NY.

There seems to be some discrepancy regarding where Homer was born. On the 1850 census, it has his place of birth in New York, but all the references for his siblings born after him show Brookfield, CT. On the 1860 and 1870 censuses, his birth is stated as Connecticut. Every reference to his marriage to Sarah Benedict states that they were married in Brookfield, CT.

Biographical Sketch, HOMER LOCKWOOD

"Notably among the prominent early settlers of Northern Cayuga was Homer Lockwood, who settled in Victory (then Cato) in 1817. Homer Lockwood, whose father was a Revolutionary patriot, was born in Brookfield, Conn., November 7th, 1793, and Sally Benedict, his wife, was born October 27th, 1795, in Ridgefield, Conn. They were united in marriage October 2d, 1816, and the year following moved to Victory and settled upon the farm they subsequently lived upon for over half a century. Northern Cayuga was then mostly a wilderness and the latter part of the three weeks journey from New England, by wagon, was over corduroy roads, and many miles were traveled with only marked trees to guide them.

Long years of the most arduous, patient toil, resulted in their ability to purchase additional tracts of land until the Lockwood farm was known as one of the most extensive in that part. Mr. Lockwood never had a taste for public or political preferment, yet was always foremost in matters pertaining to the social and educational welfare of the community. He was founder of the first school-house in the town and the first academy, and actively promoted the temperance reforms under the old Washingtonian society, and was founder of the first Methodist Episcopal Church in that region. He was a positive man, and never hesitated to champion the cause of right. Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood celebrated their golden wedding October 2d., 1866, surrounded by their three children then living, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren."


-from: History of Cayuga County, New York by Elliot G. Storke, Assisted by: Jos H. Smith, published by: D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, New York, 1879.

To Homer and Sarah (Sally), 4 children were born: GEORGE BENEDICT, SAMANTHA, ISAAC, and, HOMER NICHOLS. NOTE: The 1850 and 1860 Federal Census's list son Isaac but could only find information on him on in the Family Tree's. One World Tree's entry on Ancestry for Homer states Isaac was born 25 Sep, 1830, died 05 Mar, 1864.

George Benedict, b. 26 Aug, 1818, Victory, Cayuga County, NY, d. 23 Jul, 1883, Red Creek, Wayne County, NY. He married LUCINDA FORBUSH, 27 Nov, 1834, Victory, Cayuga County, NY. She was born 24 Aug, 1818, place unknown at this time, d. 11 Dec, 1887, place unknown at this time.

Samantha, b. 16 Apr, 1821, Victory, Cayuga County, NY, d. 22 Oct, 1850, Westbury, NY. She married WILLIAM M. MEAD, date and place unknown at this time, no further information on him at this time.

Isaac, b. 25 Sep, 1830, Victory, Cayuga County, NY, d. 05 Mar, 1864, place unknown at this time. No further information is known at this time.

Homer Nichols, b. 23 Jun, 1833, Victory, Cayuga County, NY, d. 16 Jun, 1913, NY. He married CATHERINE ELIZABETH GENTER, 13 Feb, 1866, place unknown at this time. She was born 15 Jul, 1840, place unknown at this time, d. 06 Aug, 1888, place unknown at this time. PLEASE SEE BELOW.

Biographical Material For HOMER NICHOLS LOCKWOOD:

"Lockwood, Homer Nichols, topographer, born in Victory, Cayuga County, NY, 23 June, 1833. He was educated in Fulton, NY, and from 1858 till 1865, traveled in the southern states, and the West Indies. He aided in building the New York Southern-Central railroad in 1865-'71, and in 1866-'7 was member of the legislature. Since 1880 he has resided in New York city. He has published maps of several of the southern states, topographical maps in Spanish of Cuba and Puerto Rico, and school maps of these islands."


-Google, Vitual American Biographies

"Lockwood, Homer Nichols, retired; b. at Victory, Cayuga Co., NY, June 23, 1833; s. Homer and Sally (Benedict) L; reared on farm; ed. at local acads; taught sch.; m. Elizabeth Genter, of Ft. Plain, NY., Feb 13, 1866 (died 1888). Becoming interested in topography, spent many yrs. in Southern States, Cuba and Puerto Rico; published topog. maps in Cuba and Puerto Rico; returned from West Indies, 1865. Mem. N.Y. Legislature, 1866; reelected, 1867; helped organize and build the Southern Central R.R., now part of Lehigh Valley system; was dir., sec. and auditor until entire road was completed. Retired over 20 yrs. ago and spends much time in travel. Fellow Nat. Geog. Soc; mem N.E. Soc., S.A.R.; mem. bd. mgrs. Am. Tract Soc. Club; Cosmos. Address: The Kenesaw, Washington, D.C."


- Google Books
"Who's who in America, vol. 7," edited by John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis

Note: The name on the headstone for Homer Lockwood is extremely hard to read but the volunteer who took the photo did the best possible considering age and weather conditions in New York.

NOTE: Disclaimer

Samuel Dustin Lockwood, 1817-1904, was believed by Gwen Lockwood to be the son of Homer and Sarah Lockwood making them my 3rd great grandparents. I have not found any evidence that they were related. Therefore, I disconnected Samuel (Memorial # 40508938) from them. There are many genealogies on line that have them as son and parents but Homer and Sarah's census records show Connecticut as their place of birth and Samuel's census records have New York. I am sad to make this disconnect as now I don't know who my 3rd ggrandparents are.

UPDATE: I had Y-DNA done through my paternal uncle and leaned that I am related to Homer and Sarah only not directly. My most distant ancestor is Robert Lockwood, b. ca. 1600, Combs, Suffolk, England, the same as Homer. I still don't know who my 3x great grandfather is but it's someone between Samuel Dustin Lockwood and Robert Lockwood of Combs,

Gwen Lockwood





  • Created by: Gwen Lockwood
  • Added: 10 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40533773
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Homer Lockwood (7 Nov 1793–12 Feb 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40533773, citing French Cemetery, Victory, Cayuga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Gwen Lockwood (contributor 46613132) .