"Myrta Locckett Avary" by Faye Royster Tuck.
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9 the richest man anywhere around. He had inherited it from his father who kept an inn. Joe Jones' grandson, Joe Jones, was our nearest neighbor. 'West View', his home, was of the colonial type with columns. His wife was the niece of Zachary Taylor. They were very wealthy people until the Civil War washed out their holdings. This happened to so many other families after the war.
"When we lived there ('Lombardy Grove') it was necessary to send by private conveyance to Richmond or Petersburg for an orange or lemon unless Mrs. Hanserd would give you one from the trees she grew in her greenhouse, which was one of the old Baskerville places." (Alfred and Sarah Hanserd's place was sold to Charles Baskerville, March 15, 1830, land on Dockery Creek.)
Myrta joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1870. The church was "Zion", a little country church near Lombardy Grove. Harwood Lockett was one of the pillars. He was the Sunday school Superintendent during its darkest days after the Civil War.
Myrta writes about a slave called Uncle Sam. Harwood Lockett offered him his freedom, but he wouldn't have it! He did beautiful cabinet work; this is how he made his money in the off time Lockett gave him. "One day he marched three Yankee prisoners up to the Big House; he had tricked and captured them and their guns."
"Once when my brother, Phillip, was long missing, during the war, my parents sent Uncle Sam up North to find him. They scratched up what gold they could and turned that over to him. I can remember his return; he sat on one of the porches, the family around him, giving his experiences, and shaking his head sadly: 'Couldn't get no trace of Mars Phil nowhere'."
Myrta was very close to her brother, Phillip. The stories that he told about the Civil War, I'm sure, encouraged her writings. She would sit intent at her father or brother's knee, taking in all the discussions and stories about the war. Lieut. Phillip Lockett, 14th Virginia Infantry, Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division, entering the Confederate Army when hardly more than a lad, followed General Robert E. Lee for four years, surrendering at Appomattox. He was in