Powhatan Lockett was born in Powhatan County, Virginia. He was the son of Napoleon Buonoparte Lockett (1813-1867), and his wife, Mary Clay Lockett (1814-1885), daughter of Col. Samuel Locke Lockett of Prince Edward County, Virginia. In 1837, the family moved to Marion, in Perry County, Alabama. Mary Clay Lockett is noted as the woman who suggested that Mr. Nicola Marschall design a flag for the Confederacy — his design was the first version of the Stars and Bars — and her portrait is on display at the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama. Powhatan Lockett attended the University of Virginia in session 32 (1855-1856), and became a lawyer.
On 17 Nov. 1857, he married Martha J. Moore (1837-1887), the daughter of A. B. Moore, former governor of Alabama. The couple had five children: Martha Cary, Anna G., Ben W., Andrew, and Mattie Lockett. (U.S. Census 1850-1880)
In the Civil War, Lockett served as the administrative staff officer of engineers with the rank of 1st lieutenant. He could not serve on active duty because he was lame. (LeBaron 2005) After the Civil War, Lockett continued his legal practice, and in 1870, was appointed a judge of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Perry County. The family moved to Montgomery, Alabama in 1878, where Judge Lockett died of Bright’s disease (nephritis) in 1881. Powhatan and Martha Lockett are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Ancestry.com. 1850-1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.
- Graves of Powhatan and Martha Lockett, Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, AL. Findagrave.com (accessed 11/25/2012)
- LeBaron, J. Hugh. “Memorial Day Address by Powhatan Lockett, Marion, Alabama.” Email, 2 March 2005. (from The Marion Commonwealth, 11 May 1871) < http://history-sites.com/cgi-bin/bbs53x/alcwmb/arch_config.pl?noframes;read=17415>
- “Napoleon Lockett.” in Stemple, Leona E. [Educational material based on Nicola Marschall: Artist of the Deep South exhibit at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.] 2000. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/marschall/N_Lockett.html
- “Obituary of Powhatan Lockett.” 5 Apr. & 9 Apr. 1881, in Caver, Larry E. Jr., trans. Death notices from the Montgomery Advertiser. <http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/montgomery/obits/montgomery-advertisor/obits5.txt>
- Peter (email@example.com). Edelen, McAfee, Gulick and Associated Families. [database online] 2012. http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=cw4peterk&id=I059469