CHARLES H. LOCKHART, who is interested in general farming in township 19, was born in Menard county, on the 12th of October, 1868, his parents being John H. and Mary (McDonald) Lockhart. The father was born in Kentucky, October 26, 1821, and after arriving at years of maturity was married in that state to Miss McDonald, whose birth had there occurred in July, 1827. In 1851 they came to Illinois and for sixteen years John H. Lockhart was engaged in farming in Menard county, on land which he purchased and improved. Subsequently he removed to Scotland county, Missouri, where in 1867 he purchased one hundred and fifty acres of timber land. There he built him a home and resided there until his death, which occurred in 1894. A number of years previous to that time he had been called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died in November, 1880. They were both church members the former identified with the Baptist denomination and the latter with the Christian church. In their family were eight children, who are yet living: Mrs. Henrietta Knowles, Mrs. Elizabeth Dunlap, Mrs. Mary McReynolds, William, Mrs. Malinda Mitchell, Thomas E., George R. and Charles H.
The last named was reared upon the old home farm in Menard county and throughout his entire life he has carried on agricultural pursuits. After attaining his majority he resided in St. Joseph, Missouri, for a year, but later returned to the old homestead farm in this county. He lived with his wife's parents for one year, during which time he engaged in farming on the William Claypool place. Subsequently he rented a part of the old homestead belonging to his father-in-law and has been farming here continuously since.
On the 15th of September, 1890, Mr. Lockhart was united in marriage to Miss Emma J. Tackelson, who was born January 31, 1871, and is a daughter of Uler and Emma (Jenson) Tackelson, both of whom were natives of Norway, the former born January 20, 1820, and the latter on the 13th of August, 1827. They were married in Norway and in 1853 they came to the United States, settling in Springfield, Illinois, where they remained for about a year. They then removed to Indian Point, Menard county, and in 1858 when Mr. Tackelson had saved a sufficient sum of money as the result of his work as a carpenter and house builder he purchased eighty acres of land. Subsequently he bought two additional tracts of eighty acres each, which he improved, transforming his land into a productive and valuable farm and in addition to this at the time of his death he was also the owner of ten acres at Irish Grove and one hundred and sixty acres in Nebraska. He departed this life April 15, 1904, and his wife died March 10, 1897. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom four are now living: Tack, born August 13, 1851, in Norway; Augusta, born May 12, 1854; John H., born February 26, 1869; and Emma J., born January 31, 1871.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Lockhart has been blessed with two children: Ralph, born May 15, 1895; and Howard W., October 17, 1899. Interested in the cause of education Mr. Lockhart desires that his children shall have good opportunities in that direction. For the past six years he has been a member of the school board of his district and is still serving in that capacity. He and his wife attended the Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Lockhart is a member, and in his political views Mr. Lockhart is a Republican. The greater part of his life has been passed in Menard county where he has a wide acquaintance and enjoys the favorable regard of many friends.