Please forgive my very long delay in responding to you (my father was ill)! It was thrilling to hear from a descendant of George and Mary Lockwood! Our connection would be through Mary as she was a Lancaster if I'm not mistaken (maybe you can confirm that for me). The Lancasters have certainly spread around the world! I've been told that one Lancaster - perhaps a sibling to Mary - went to South Africa - and I know of one on my branch who went to Canada - and my Lancaster ancestor came here to America. There are quite a few Lancaster descendants in the USA - though not necessarily by that surname.
I believe my ancestors Thomas Lancaster, Jr. & Martha Lancaster were both siblings to your Mary Lockwood.
How many children did George and Mary have? Did they live out their lives in Tasmania? Do you by chance have an obit or photo for Mary? Do you have any info on Mary's parents or ancestors?
I don't have a birthplace for Mary, but according to my info she was born about 1820 and was the 4th child of 14 children. Her siblings seem to have all been born in either Towthorp (or Towthorpe Moor) or Strensall in the U.K. (not far from York). I have her parents as Thomas Lancaster, Sr. and Mary Clark.
Thomas, Jr. and his brother William (I think it was William) both came to the U.S. in the 1800s. As far as I know, Thomas, Jr. and William were twins (and they were born next after Mary). William died not long after coming over here and left no offspring as far as I know. Thomas, Jr. and his wife adopted a son, Frank (my great-grandfather). Frank then married Martha Lancaster Thompson Eastwood's daughter, Jenny.
I would be very interested if you have any old letters or photos. I have not really had a lot of luck on this Lancaster line. I do have a photo of Thomas Lancaster, Jr. I would love to get one of Mary Lockwood....if you have one you could scan sometime. If by rare chance you had other photos of the Lancaster family that would be great! Also I would love to get anything like bios or obits (e.g. if by chance Mary had gotten or kept any on her family that were passed down) - anything that sheds light on the family.
I have also been in touch with a descendant who lives in England. If I remember correctly, he told me he didn't really have any info going back that far (like what I mentioned in previous paragraph). But one just never knows what different family lines may have, so it is worth asking at least.
Please let me know if I can send you copies of anything I have on our Lancaster line. And feel free to email me privately if you wish (if you click on my name at this site you should be able to get my email).
I live in Washington State in the U.S.A. However we have Lancaster cousins across the USA. Also, 2 of my first cousins (brother and sister) live and work in Fiji.
Thank you for responding to my inquiry and again my apologies for being so slow! Would love to hear from you again when you have a chance.