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Reading: 1886: History of Jackson County, Indiana. Brant and Fuller.

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SAMUEL LOCKHART was born in 1844, in Taswell County,
Va., and is the fifth of a family of ten children born to Daniel
and Almanda (Jennings) Lockhart. They are of Scotch and
English descent. Samuel's father dying when he was but an in-
fant, his widowed mother moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, Madison,
Ind., thence to Louisville, Ky., to raise her children, and there
Samuel lived until he was nine years of age. He then went to
Washington County, Ind., and lived there until 1857, when he
moved to Jackson County and contracted to live with Dr. Gibson
until he was of age. He, however, gave that up and entered the
United States service in 1861 to defend his country in Company
K, Thirty-ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He
served continuously in that organization until his term of service
expired in 1864. He then re-enlisted in the same organization and
served until the war closed in 1865. He veteranized at Ringgold,
Ga. During his service he was in some of the most thrilling en-
gagements of the Rebellion. He was with Gen. Rousseau in his
Alabama raid. He was with McCook in his attempted raid to
release the Union prisoners at Andersonville. He was also with
the dashing cavalry man, Kilpatrick, in his raids in and around
Jonesboro, and in Sherman's "march to the sea." He was captured
by the Confederates four times, making his escape twice, and be-
ing made twice a prisoner of war in Libby Prison. His regimen
was in twenty-two different engagements, he being in twenty-one
of them. He was once wounded in the left leg. After his dis-
charge in 1865 he located at Vallonia (where he now lives), and
went to school about nine months, and then engaged with Dr.
Gibson, as clerk; then in the mercantile business, and remained
there until 1870, when he began for himself in general merchan-
dising. He followed this until 1884, when he, meeting with
some financial reverses, sold out. He has been trustee of Drift-
wood Township four terms. In 1878 he was a candidate for sher-
iff before the Democratic Convention, but was defeated. In 1884
he was elected commissioner of his county, which office he still
holds. In 1872 he was married to Alfonsine Gibson, daughter
of the late Dr. F. W. Gibson, of Vallonia. She was born Decem-
ber 18, 1853. To them have been born three children: Marshall
(deceased), Virgil, and Goldie. Mr. Lockhart is a member of the

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