Joseph Charles Lockwood Sr. 1,2
- Born: Sep 5, 1819, Hightown, Yorkshire, England
- Marriage: Mary Wood on Apr 9, 1849 in Halifax, St. John the Baptist, Yorkshire, England
- Died: Nov 2, 1895, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey at age 76
The Travels and Adventures of Mr. Joseph Lockwood. Sr.
Although more than seventy years of age. Joseph Lockwood, Sr., of Washington street, in, the old borough, still takes his dally walk about the lower part of the city unaccompanied, except by a good stout cane. While taking one of those daily rambles, an Advertiser reporter happened to meet him and from the conversation, which ensued the following facts were gleaned;
He was born In Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng-land, in 1819, the son of a fine wire drawer. When but seven years of age he entered a woolen mill and learned the trade of carding wooL He worked at this for six years and as he was entering his teens learned his father's business, that of fine wire drawing; He was always of a roving disposition and when he became of age he enlisted fn the service of the East India Company, which was then in the prime of its existence. He became a private in the third troop, first brigade* horse artillery, and in 1810 he sailed from Gravesend, in the brig Malcornb, one of the wash tub pattern ships of the service. Upon the arrival in Calcutta, six months afterward, the troops were taken to Fort William, whence they were ordered to Benares, where he learned the tactics of the service. After some months of service he was promoted to the office of riding master of the troop, and afterward to Sergeant Major, He fought In the campaign of 1842, in Afghanistan, under Sir George Pollock, and in recognition df his services he was presented with a silver medal by the govern-ment. During the war of 1845-46 be received another medal from the service. He was present at the taking of Lahore and was a witness to the surrender of the great years and while there he learned the Hindustan language with such fluency that he could speak it as well as his native tongue. The two medals which he received in the service have been carefully kept, and their owner would uot part with them under any , consideration. He returned to England ; after a voyage on the water of eleven months and twenty days; was married to a woman . of his native town and one child was born. In 1830 he came to America, and alter some months of traveling in different States he finally located in Trenton, where three more children were born. He worked stead-ily at his trade in this city until about a year ago, when his sight began to grow dim and he was compelled to retire. He has been an Odd Fellow since 1838, joining the Order in his native land when but a little over IS years old. He is also a member of Sparticas Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and takes an active interest in its workings. In politics he is a Republican of tbe deepest dye. He is an uncle to Councilman Joseph Midwood, and lather of Joseph C. Lock-wood, with whom he and his wife are now living at his home on Washington street. He is an enthusiastic talker and his chief topic is his travels and adventures while in India.
Joseph married Mary Wood, daughter of Joseph Wood and Unknown, on Apr 9, 1849 in Halifax, St. John the Baptist, Yorkshire, England. (Mary Wood was born in 1818 in Hyde Park, Middlesex, England and died on Aug 13, 1898 in Chambersburg, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA.)