Monday, June 9, 2014

52 Ancestor's Challenge - Where is Grover William Locke? - Week 23

My great grandmother, Mamie Estelle Locke, had an older brother named Grover William Locke.  We know nothing about this person, and I've spent a lot of time wondering where he went. 

We do know, according to pages from the family bible, that Grover was born March 12, 1885, probably in, or near, Rosebud, White County, Arkansas.  He was the first child of Francis Marion Lock/Locke and Nancy Elizabeth Vines. 

The family moved around from what we can understand.  Francis Marion was a Minister of the Gospel and taught piano lessons.  His work must have moved them around, we can not find the family on any Federal Census between the years 1900 to 1920.  However, we do know that they were probably living in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas by 1903.  Mamie had an autograph book, and in it Grover wrote the following:

"Stephenville, Erath Co., Texas
Jan 26 1903

Miss Mamie Locke

When I am gone, and you can't tell, go to our church and ring the bell.

Your Brother,
Grover Locke"

"Jan 26 1903

Miss Mamie Locke

I hope you good luck and success through life, perhaps some day you will be some lucky wife.

Your Brother,
Grover Locke"

There was a picture in my grandmother's things.  They were things that belonged to her mother Mamie.  With those items was a picture of a young man.  We don't know for sure, but this could possibly be Grover.   

The only document for Grover that we have been successful in finding was a WWI draft card.  The copy was found on, but it isn't the best quality, and hard to read.  It lists a Grover Wm. Locke, born March 12, 1885, living in Drumright, Oklahoma.  It lists his contact person as "Mother Nattie Locke," living in Rogers, Texas.  Rogers is in Bell County.  I believe it says his occupation is "cleaner & presser," but I can not read the name of his employer, just that it was on Ohio Street in Drumright.

WWI Draft Card found in Creek County, OK, Draft Board 1
There is also a marriage record dated September 29, 1909 for Grover Locke and May N. Flora, both of Elk City, Beckham County, OK.  The age matches him, but not sure if it is him.  I believe the WWI draft card was him, so why would he put his mother down as closest relative, when he was married?  I guess it wouldn't be impossible if May died before the war, so who knows?  On the 1910 Federal Census, there is an entry for a "W D Lock and May Lock" living in Elk.  Their birthdates match, and it says they have been married one year.  But "W.D." would not be his initials.  However, it says on this census that W.D. Lock is a cleaner and presser working in tailoring. 

When my mom was a young girl, she remembers asking her grandmother if she had a brother.  Her grandmother said she did, but he died in the war.  From what I can find, there is no record of Grover Locke in World War I.  She doesn't remember if she meant he died in the war, or during the war.  I haven't been able to locate a death record either way.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about the information in this post, please leave me a comment. I'd be happy to answer any questions, or share what information I have on the individuals listed above. Thanks for reading!!

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