Armstead Runyon was the first settler of Lockport in the early days of Will County, when Lockport was but a Canal precinct. Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1800, he moved with his family to Ohio when he was fourteen (14) and then to Danville, Illinois in 1827. Finally he came to the area that would be known as Lockport in the fall of 1830.
He moved his family to Fort Dearborn for protection during the Black Hawk war, and then returned to Lockport. During the building of the I & M Canal, Runyon left his original farm and opened a hotel in Lockport. He moved to California in 1849, living first in Sacramento and then Santa Rosa, where he passed away in 1875.