French Locklear (1896 - 1923)

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Birthplace: Robeson, North Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Lumberton, Robeson, North Carolina, USA
Cause of death: Gunshot by police in raid on a still
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About French Locklear

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Birth: May 18, 1896 Robeson County North Carolina, USA

Death: Oct. 8, 1923 Lumberton Robeson County North Carolina, USA

French was the son of Madrick and Catherine Jones Locklear.

The following was taken from the Oct. 11, 1923 edition of THE ROBESONIAN:

French Locklear Succombs to Wound.

Indian Shot by Officers in Raid on Still in Gaddy Township Died Without Regaining Consciousness -- Officers Exonerated of Blame.

French Locklear, Indian, who was shot by a member of posse composed of Robeson county officers when they raided a whisked still in Gaddy township Monday morning, died at the Thompson hospital here Monday night about 9 o'clock without regaining consciousness.

An inquest was held over the remains Tuesday morning, the jury finding that deceased came to his death as the result of a gunshot wound, the shot being fired by a member of a posse of Robeson county officers. They also found that it was impossible to ascertain which officer fired the fatal shot. They found that the officers were justified in shooting, as it was shown they fired in self-defense. They recommended that no blame be attached to any of the officers. The jury was composed of Messrs. R. H. Cochran, Ben G. Floyd, H. V. Brown, C. M. Barker and J. M. McCallum.

According to the evidence offered at the inquest, the officers were advised that a whiskey still would be found in operation in a certain section of Gaddy township Monday morning. Sheriff R. E. Lewis, Rural Policemen A. R. Pittman and J. H. Carper and Deputies R. C. Miller, A. K. Prevatt and E. P. Bryant went to the place and found four men, all armed, at the still. As the officers were approaching the still, French Locklear and another Indian raised thier firearms, a shotgun and a pistol, and started toward the officers who shouted to them to put down their weapons. Instead of obeying both fired in the direction of the officers, who returned the fire. Locklear fired only one time, falling mortally wounded. The other Indian also shot only once, joining the other two Indians who had fled through thick weeds. When the officers advanced they found locklear lying in a heap on top of his gun. One empty shell was found in one barrel of the gun and a ??? shell in the other. This shell contained No. 2 buckshot. A bullet fired by one of the officers struck the barrel of Locklear's gun, making an indenture in it.

The wounded man was picked up and rushed to the Thompson hospital, where an operation was performed. A bullet had gone practically through his head.

Approximately 800 gallons of beer, 7 gallons of manufactured whiskey and a 75 gallon still was destroyed by the officers. The still was of the copper variety.


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Parents:
  • Madrick Locklear (1869 - 1940)
  • Catherine Jones Locklear (1875 - 1958)
Spouse:
  • Bosie Hunt Oxendine (1898 - 1968)*
Children:
  • W. Felton Locklear (1915 - 1974)*
  • Frenchie Ann Locklear (1924 - 1926)*

Inscription:

Gone but not forgotten


Burial: Piney Grove Baptist Church Fairmont Robeson County North Carolina, USA

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French Locklear's Timeline

1896
May 18, 1896
Robeson, North Carolina, USA
1914
1914
Age 17
1915
February 8, 1915
Age 18
Robeson, North Carolina, USA
1923
October 8, 1923
Age 27
Lumberton, Robeson, North Carolina, USA
1924
April 20, 1924
Age 27
Robeson, North Carolina, USA
????
Failmont, Robeson, North Carolina, USA