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  • ID: I0166
  • Name: Matthew Fielding LOCKE 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 20 JUL 1824 in Rutherford County, TN 3 4
  • Birth: 20 JUL 1824 in "Near Murfreesboro, Tennessee" 5
  • Death: 5 JUN 1911 in El Paso, TX 6
  • Event: Military Accompanied Zachery Taylor in the Mexican War. He was a bodyguard to Col. Jefferson Davis. 7 8
  • Event: Military Colonel
  • Event: Politics "He had to ask Sam Houston to resign as President of Texas when the legislature voted to join the Confederate States of America." 9
  • Event: Politics ...and the families were close friends. 5
  • Event: Politics Committee Secession Chairman. This committee deposed Gov. Sam Houston.
  • Event: Politics This was a heart breaking experience for Matthew since he had held Sam as a baby
  • Occupation: Speaker of the House in Texas
  • Occupation: AR First Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Event: Obituary 1911 See notes
  • Event: Migration 1836 To Marshall County, Mississippi 5
  • Note:
    OBITUARY

    Associated Press...El Paso, Texas June 5, 1911

    Colonel M.F. Locke, Speaker of the House of Representative of the Texas Legislature in 1856-1858, Chairman of the Secession Convention which disposed Gov. Sam Houston and declared secession from the Union, Chairman of the Committee which notified Houston of his disposition and later a Colonel in the confederte Army, died suddenly last night, in this city at his home at the age of 87. Prior to his services in Texas, he accompanied Zachary Taylor to the City of Mexico in the Mexican War. He bound up Lt. Jeff Davis' wound when he was shot in the foot by Mexicans and was present at the Buena Vista when Santa Anna was defeated by Taylor. He founded the town of Alma, Arkansas and was the first Commissioner of Agriculture in Arkansas.
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    ADDRESS to the STATE

    December 23, 1905

    Your full name: Matthew F. Locke. Your age: 81
    In what company and regiment or on what ship did you serve?
    State of Mississippi, Volunteer Regiment, Company F
    Names of your Captain and Colonel: Capt. William Delay and Col. Jefferson Davis.

    State whether your service was during the Mexican or Indian Wars. "Mexican".
    State as nearly as possible your date of enlistment. " June 8, 1846"
    Give the date, as nearly as possible, of your discharge. "June 18, 1847"
    If you had any other military or naval services, state the same fully. "Col. of the 10th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War, none other."
    What is your present rate of pension per month? "$20 per month."
    State if possible from what date you have been paid your present rate of pension. " From March 1905. " (Jennie Hazelquist assumes this is in his own handwriting.)
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    Hazelquist notes "from Matthew"

    Born July 10, 1824 in Ruthford. Co. Tenn. Son of Col. Wm. Locke and Margaret B. Bowman. "Character unknown." Father died when Matthew was 6 years old. Both from North Carolina. After serving 6 years in Texas Legislature and two sessions in the Constitutional Convention which took the state out of the Union, was on the 14th of April, 1861, appointed by Gov. Ed Clark, his aide de camp, and commissioned with the rank of Col. of Cavalry. Proceeded to organize the volunteers into volunteer companies east of Sabine, Texas. Organized and took command of the 3rd Texas Regiment under state an specs after serving six months under the state an specs was transferred to Confederate Government having in my command 10 companies, 1 from Upphiors, 2 from Wild, 2 from Rusk, 1 from Cherokee, 1 from Bangant. (Handwriting made these towns difficult to decifer.)

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    In a recent trip to Lockesburg/DeQueen Arkansas, I spent some time in the Sevier County Library. There I found a notebook of the collection of a Hunsaker, titled "Locke". She included the expected family group sheets, etc. but also had newspaper clippings and copies from books. I thought you might be interested in one book excerpt. Unfortunately, we don't know the name of the book. Page 116 is a picture under which is typed, Matthew F. Locke. Above the picture is the title, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Since 'Texas' is assumed, I can only think it is a Texas History book. Matthew's biography appears to be the last page in a chapter, page 117. This is the text:

    "Matthew Fielding Locke, one of three Texas speakers who attended the 1861 secession convention in Austin, headed a committee assigned the unpleasant duty of informing unionist Governor Sam Houston that the convention had voted to depose him. A fellow Tennessean whom Houston had once held in his arms as an infant, Locke had been a lifelong friend of the governor, and consequently the task was doubly painful. Houston, however, ever gracious and courteous, did not fail his young colleague even in this trying instance. Confronted with the news, according to Locke's recollections, Houston replied simply and politely, 'Gentlemen I appreciate your position. I have the honor to bid you good morning.' Thus, without fanfare, ended the political career of Texas' most famous early patriot.
    "Locke was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 20, 1824, but at age 12 he moved to Martshall County, Mississippi. At the outset of the Mexican War, he enlisted in the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers, where he served as a bodyguard to the regiment's commander, colonel Jefferson Davis. Following the war, Locke returned briefly to Mississippi, and then in 1850 he moved to Texas, settling in Upshur County. There, in the vicinity of Lafayette, he established a plantation.
    "A member of the House of Representatives of the 6th and 7th legislatures, Locke was chosen speaker during his second term when William S Taylor resigned the office because of ill health. Locke's selection, occurring on January 18, 1858, was an elevation from the post of speaker pro tempore that he had held while Taylor was unable to preside. Locke later was elected to the state senate, but he declined to take his seat because of the Civil War and resultant military obligations.
    "Appointed a colonel of the cavalry by Governor Edward Clark, Locke raised a regiment that was transferred to the Confederate Army as the 10th Texas Cavalry. He served throughout the Civil War, participating in many important engagements. Coincidentally, the hostilities took Locke back to his boyhood home of Murfreesboro, where a major battle of the war was fought in the winter of 1862 to 1863.
    "Locke resettled in Arkansas at the close of the war and there founded the town of Alma. In the fall of 1887 he was elected as the first commissioner of agriculture of Arkansas, a position that he held for several years. Locke remained in Arkansaas until 1909, when because of his wife's ill health he returned to Texas, this time to El Paso. He died in that city, two years later , on June 4, 1911."

    This is the first time I have seen his middle name listed as "Fielding".

    Barbara Holman
    HolmanBE@aol.com

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    Father: William LOCKE b: 22 DEC 1784 in Rowan, North Carolina
    Mother: Margaret Bell BOWMAN b: 1790

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth A BUIE b: ABT. 1825 in Mississippi?
    • Married: 10 SEP 1849 in Lafayette, Mississippi 6
    Children
    1. Has No Children Lafayette Calhoun LOCKE b: 23 JUL 1850
    2. Has No Children Sarah "Sallie" LOCKE b: 30 SEP 1852
    3. Has No Children William Robert LOCKE b: 8 DEC 1854
    4. Has No Children Daniel Buie LOCKE b: 25 FEB 1857
    5. Has Children Samuel Bowman LOCKE b: 29 MAY 1859 in Upshur City, Texas
    6. Has Children Margaret Electra LOCKE b: 20 MAR 1862
    7. Has No Children Infant Child LOCKE b: 3 SEP 1864

    Marriage 2 Narcissa A MONTGOMERY b: 1840
    • Married: 19 SEP 1865 6

    Marriage 3 Jennie Lester WHITE b: ABT. 1870
    • Married: 16 JAN 1890 in Arkansas, Little Rock 6 10
    • Event: Minister in AB Miller, Little Rock.
    • Event: Witness in AW Files, Little Rock. Mrs. CT White, Hope, Arkansas.
    • Note:
      "If you or your wife were ever married before, state name of former wife or husband and date and place of her or his death or divorce."

      Answer: "I have been married two times before. First, Elizabeth Buie, died in September 1864 at Lafette, Texas. Narcessis Montgomery died in Alma, Arkansas, September 1886."
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    Children
    1. Has Children Jennie Lester LOCKE b: 26 SEP 1894 in Arkansas, Lamden Oakland Farm
    2. Has No Children Helen Bowman LOCKE b: 11 JAN 1891 in Arkansas, Little Rock
    3. Has No Children Matthew Franklin LOCKE b: 1 SEP 1892 in Arkansas, Little Rock
    4. Has No Children James Eagle LOCKE b: 8 AUG 1898 in Arkansas, Little Rock

    Sources:
    1. Title: Dot Barker
      Text: Dot lists his middle name as Franklin.
    2. Title: A History Book
      Page: 117
      Text: Lists his middle name as Fielding. Unfortunately, I only found a copied page from a book, no title given for the book.
    3. Title: A Textbook
      Page: 116-117
      Text: I found a copy of these two pages without a reference as to the title of the book. On page 116 is a picture of Matthew. Over his image is the title, "Speaker of the House of Representatives".
    4. Title: Colleen Hazelquist hazelccs@sprynet.com
      Text: Colleen says he was born July 10, 1824.
    5. Title: A Textbook
      Page: 117
    6. Title: Dot Barker
    7. Title: Histories of North Carolina by Wheeler and Hunter
      Page: Wheeler's Reminisences, page 384
      Text: He accompanied Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War.
    8. Title: A Textbook
      Page: 117
      Text: He was a bodyguard to Colonel Jefferson Davis.
    9. Title: Jim Stanton, jls@musements.com
    10. Title: Colleen Hazelquist hazelccs@sprynet.com
      Text: She adds the location, Little Rock, Arkansas
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