Losey & Lockwood: Two wills


Will of Amanda Malvina Losey first part:

Know All Men by These Presents, That I, A. Malvina Losey, of South Brooklyn Village, Cuyahoga County and State of Ohio being of a sound and disposing mind, do hereby and hereon, make my last will and testament, as follows, to wit:

I give and bequeath all my personal property of whatever kind (money excepted) to my daughter Helen Hodgman. With the money I have in bank I want all my debts and expenses paid. Also I want three suitable stone markers should be purchases and erected as follows to wit. One to be marked A.M.Losey and placed on my grave one to be marked T.D.Losey and placed at my husband’s grave, and the other to be marked T.D.L.Lockwood and placed at my brother Durell’s grave.

Comment on first part of Malvina’s will:

The Losey and Lockwood family grave lots are numbers 326 and 327 at Brookmere Cemetery, 3615 Broadview Road, Cleveland.

The family grave lots in findagrave: Quote  from Earl Rohde findagrave website contributor: “Amos and Helen are buried in the same grave, Helen is on top,when looking for Helen Losey Hodgman I found her at rest next to Amanda Losey, next to her is T.D. Losey then William Losey a civil war vet., thank you sir for your service.”  

Malvina’s daughter Helen 1847-1911 married Amos Hodgson 1847-1899 who was a Civil War veteran but does not have a gravestone like William’s. As the lot photo shows they are both in an unmarked grave next to Malvina. Helen’s death record gives her full name as Hellen Finette Hodgman.  Amos was the son of Amos Hodgson, owner-farmer of Parma, Cleveland and his wife Charlotte nee Mosley.

The Brookmere register records Malvina as “Amanda M Losey”.  Unfortunately were are not enlightened about Decay’s first name starting with a T. The only suggestion is that it maybe Townsend, as that is the name of their son in the 1860 census, see above.

The stone marking the grave of DT Lockwood (not TDL Lockwood as in the will) is in the photo at the base of the tree, near the graves of SS Lockwood and Levi Lockwood and the tall broken memorial lying on the ground is to Levi’s wife Tamison who died in 1850. This photo was taken in 2004 before Tamison’s stone was broken.

A transcription of the will of  Levi Lockwood is available on ancestry.com in which he left his property on Mechanics Street, Brooklyn to his daughter Amanda Malvina wife of Decay Losey. This explains why “Amanda Losey” was as a taxpayer in the mid 1850s with a property in Mechanics Street, Brooklyn.  Was this the property that Losey family were living in? The will also tells us that in 1853 Levi was 72 years old and his offspring were:

        • Amanda Malvina  wife of Decay Losey
        • Samuel S Lockwood, who had died leaving widow Emily – no grave found
        • Ithiel J Lockwood Riverside grave 1899 no photo Ithiel also paid taxes on property in Mechanics Street. CHECK!
        • Salomon S Lockwood  grave … another story to add!!
        • Lorenzo Lockwood
        • Ira H Lockwood, who in the 1850 census was with Levi and Taminson. Riverside Grave 1823-1910 “Ira Hawley Lockwood”  Ira became an ‘oil producer’ and died in PA. On his death certificate he gives his parents names as Levi Lockwood and Tamison Stone.Worth looking up obituary: Lockwood, Ira, d.1910 Name Lockwood, Ira, d.1910.Birth Date:Death Date:January 12, 1910Last residence: Perry, Ohio.Age: 75Gender: MObituaryObituary: Telegraph Date: January 18,1910 pg.3ObituaryObituary: Telegraph Date: January 13,1910 pg.1
        • Durell T Lockwood,  name spelt Farrell in the 1850 census when he was with Levi and Taminson. Later Cleveland directories show Durell and Solomon running a saloon before Solomon moved to Sandusky.
        • Matta Harriet the wife of Lewis K Wright who was administrator of his brother-in-law Solomon’s estate.

In 1850 Levi was a landlord of a saloon and hotel in Brooklyn, both he and Tamison (spelt Lamison) had been born in Connecticut.

We can take the tree further back as the Connecticut registers have been well documented. The ancestry.com website suggests  that Levi, son of Nathaniel and Annie Lockwood was born 24 Apr 1781 at  Litchfield, New Milford, CT and Tainmisin Stone daughter of Reuben Stone and Deborah nee Comstock was born in 20 Mar 1787, also in New Milford.

In 2016 no further records of the birth or death of Decay and Melvina had been found.

Will of A Malvina Losey second part

After this is all done and there should be any money left I will the balance as follows to wit:

One third of it I give to my daughter Helen Hodgman, one third to my grandchildren in Cleveland O names Fred Losey, Bell Losey, Maud Losey and Clyde Losey and the remaining third to my grandchildren in Florida named Charles Calyer, Mrs May Ellis, Cassie Calyer, Will Calyer, Jenny Calyer and Helen Calyer.

Witness my hand and seal this 25th day of September 1897

Comment on second part of Malvina’s will: The will was signed by Malvina Losey and witnessed by Anna E Treat and Wm Treat. Malvina died 16 May 1898.

There were two marriages between the Losey and Calyer families. William and Tamison Losey were siblings as were Charles and Kate Calyer, so making sense of the surnames of Malvina’s grandchildren:

  • Charles Calyer b1841 married Tamison Losey b1846 in 1867. At the time of the 1880 census they were living with five offspring in Kansas before moving to Florida.
  • William Losey married Kate Calyer in 1868.

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