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Abigail Locke (Heywood)

Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Heywood, Sr. and Sarah Heywood
Wife of Deacon William Locke, Jr., of Lexington
Mother of Ebenezer Locke and Abigail Merriam
Sister of Sarah Baldwin; Judith Walker; Mary Heywood; William Heywood; Thomas Heywood and 5 others
Half sister of Rebecca Heywood; Rebecca Simonds; Dea. John Heywood; Persis Haywood; Benone (or Benoni) Heywood and 1 other

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About Abigail Locke

Abigail Heywood b. 9 Apr 1672 Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts d. Abt 1749 Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts

  • Parents: John Heywood & Sarah Simonds


  1. 8 Jun 1698 in Woburn Highlands, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Dea. William Locke


  1. Ebenezer Locke (1694 - 1765) Married Elizabeth Poulter.


  • Town of Concord, Massachusetts. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1891), 16. Abigail daughter of John heywood & sarah his wife borne 9 aprill 1672.
  • Smith, Roberta Stokes. "Rebecca Heywood, First Wife of Benjamin Simonds of Woburn", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 148:239. "Abigail Locke" named as heir in probate documents of John Heywood of Concord, dated 1 Apr 1703.
  • Sewall, Samuel. The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass. : from the Grant of Its Territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the Year 1860; with a Memorial Sketch of the Author. (Boston: Wiggin and Lunt Publishers, 1868), 626. "William Locke, jun., m. (2) 8 Jun 1698 Abigail Heywood (Hayward). She survived him and died probably 1748 or 1749."



  • LOCKE, William
  • b. 18 JAN 1658/9 Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.
  • d. 8 JUL 1738
  • Parents:
  • Father: LOCKE, William
  • Mother: CLARK, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 29 MAY 1683 Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Spouse: WHITMORE, Sarah
  • b. 7 MAR 1661/2 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
  • d. AFT 1693
  • Parents:
  • Father: WHITMORE, Francis
  • Mother: PARK, Isabel
  • Children:
    • LOCKE, William
    • LOCKE, Francis
    • LOCKE, Daniel
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 8 JUN 1698 Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Spouse: HAYWARD, Abigail
  • b. 1677
  • d. 1748
  • Children:
    • LOCKE, Ebenezer
    • LOCKE, Abigail
  • From:


  • Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts ; Vol. 2 by Cutter, William Richard
  • The immigrant ancestor of Edwin F. Locke was Deacon William Locke, who was born in Stephney parish, London, England, and baptized December 20, 1628. He came with relatives to this country when a child in the ship "Planter," March 22, 1634. It is not certain how early he settled in Woburn, but the first real estate he is recorded as purchasing there was about 1650. Later he became a large real estate owner, and took an active part in town affairs, serving as selectman several times, as constable, grand juror, and in many other positions. He was also deacon of the church. He was not only a farmer, but carpenter and builder. He died at Woburn, June 16, 1720. He married, December 25, 1655, Mary Clarke, daughter of William and Margery Clarke, of Woburn. Children of Deacon William and Mary (Clarke) Locke, born in Woburn: 1. William, born December 27, 1657, died January 9, 1658. 2. William, born January 18, 1659; see forward. 3. John, born August 1, 1661, married (first) Elizabeth Plympton, May 31, 1683; married second, Mrs. Mary (Winn) Wyman, November 30, 1720. 4. Joseph, born March 8, 1664, married (first) Mary ___ , died April, 1707; married second, Margaret Mead, daughter of Israel Mead, of Woburn; married third, Hannah Pierce, of Weston, November 5, 1743. 5. Mary, born October 16, 1666, married Samuel Kendall, March 30, 1692. 6. Samuel, born October 14, 1669, married (first) Ruth ___ ; married second, Mary Day, of Ipswich, in 1717. 7. Ebenezer, born January 8, 1674, married (first) Susanna Walker, October 18, 1697; married second, Hannah Meads, October 14, 1701. 8. James, born November 14, 1677, married Sarah Cutter, daughter of Richard Cutter, of Cambridge, December 5, 1700. 9. Elizabeth, born January 4, 1681, married James Markham, October 14, 1700.
  • (II) Deacon William Locke, son of Deacon William and Mary (Clarke) Locke, born January 18, 1659. He was a deacon in 1709, was selectman in 1703-04 and 1732, and held many other town offices. He served on committees for the church as well as town affairs. He resided in the second precinct of Woburn, which afterwards became a part of Burlington when that town was incorporated. He died January 8, 1738. He married first Sarah Whitmore, May 29, 1683, daughter of Francis and Isabel (Park) Whitmore, of Cambridge; married second, Abigail Hayward, June 8, 1698. The first three children were by his first wife, the last two by his second wife, all born in Woburn: 1. William, born June 28, 1684; married first, Mary ___ , who died February 21, 1710-11 ; second Jemima Russell, daughter of Philip K. Russell. 2. Francis, born July 25, 1690, in Woburn. 3. Daniel, born July 9, 1693; married first Abigail ___ , who died November 22, 1750; second, Mrs. Dorcas Brabrook, November 17, 1751. 4. Ebenezer, married Elizabeth ___ . 5. Abigail, born June 22, 1710, married Jonas Meriam, October 3, 1728.
  • (Ill) Francis Locke, son of Deacon William and Sarah (Whitmore) Locke, .... etc.


  • Book of the Lockes: A genealogical and historical record of the descendants ... By John Goodwin Locke
  • The earliest notice that I have found of our Patriarch WILLIAM LOCKE, is derived from "Savage's Gleanings" in the Massachusetts Historical Society's Collections, 3d series, vol. 8, p. 253. The information there given was discovered by the Hon. James Savage, to whom the public is largely indebted for his long and patient researches in pursuit of materials wherewith to elucidate the early history of New England and its inhabitants. The book from which it was taken, was a manuscript volume in folio, at the "Augmentation Office" in Westminster Hall, London, which was found in 1842 ; "and may not have been seen by more than two or three persons for two hundred years." "It contains the names of persons permitted to embark at the port of London after Christmas 1634, to the same period in the following year, kept generally in regular succession."
  • .... etc.
  • The record relating to William Locke, is as follows: —
  • "22 Mar, 1634, theis underwritten names are to be embarqued in the Planter, Nic. Trarice, master, bound for New England, per certificate from Stepney parish, & attestacon from Sir Tho. Jay & Mr. Simon Muskett, two Justices of the Peace ; the men have taken the oath of supremacy and allegiance.
  • Nicholas Davies, 40 yeres, Robert Stevens, 22, a sawyer, }
  • Sara Davies, 48, John More, 24, a laborer, } 4
  • Joseph Davies, 13, James Haieward, 22, (a) } Servants
  • William Lock, 6, Judith Phippin, 16, }
  • Jo. Maddox, a sawyer, 43,
  • James Launin, glover, 26.
  • During the month of April following, several more lists of persons, (b) that
    • (a) He settled at Woburn, and md. Judith Phippen, who was afterwards the wf. of William Simonds.
    • (b) The Rev. Thomas Carter, the first minister of Woburn, was a passenger in the same vessel.
  • embarqued in the Planter, are recorded ; some of whom came from Suffolk. Stepney Parish, anciently written Stebunheath, is one of the largest subdivisions of London, in the County of Middlesex. It was formerly a place of more consequence than at present. As the certificate in which the name of William Locke appears was given at that place, I instituted a search in the Parish Records there, to see if anything could be found relating to him or his family, or that of Nicholas Davies, to whose family he seems to have been attached at the time of his emigration. I was so far successful as to find a record of the following baptism —
  • " 1628, William, son of William Lock, mariner, and Elisabeth his wife, 20, Dec. 1628, seven days old,"
  • and, subsequently —
  • "Buried Elisabeth, wife of William Lock, mariner, 27 June, 1631."
  • The identity of our William with the above record, is proved by his age as given in the certificate; by the age he gave of himself in Court, in several depositions that are to be found on the Court files in our County of Middlesex, and also by his known age at the time of his decease, which took place June 16, 1720, a. 91 years and 6 mos.
  • .... etc.
  • Where or with whom WILLIAM LOCKE resided during his minority is unknown. On the 25th Dec, 1655, he was married to MARY CLARKE, then of Woburn, the dau. of William and Margery Clarke. Mr. Clarke had been a resident in Watertown, and there his dau. was born 10, 10, 1640, (Dec. 20, 1640,) by which it will be seen that she was only fifteen years and seven days old at the time of her marriage ; a rather early age to begin a matrimonial life ; but events proved that young as she was, she was capable of raising a large family of children, whom, at her death, she left respectable members of society, and enjoying the comforts of life. She d. at the good old age of 74 years and 7 months, July 18, 1715.
  • .... etc.
  • 1 I. Deacon WILLIAM LOCKE was b. at Stepney Parish, London, England, Dec. 13, 1628, m. MARY CLARKE in Woburn, Dec. 27, 1655, the dau. of William and Margery Clarke of Woburn. She was b. at Watertown, 10, 10, 1640, (Dec. 20, 1640) and d. at Woburn, July 18, 1715, a. 74 yrs. 7 mos. ; Dea. Locke d. at Woburn, June 16, 1720, a. 91 yrs. 6 mos.
  • II. Chil. b. at Woburn.
    • 2 William, b. Dec. 27, 1657 ; d. Jany. 9, 1658.
    • 3 William, b. Jany. 18, 1659 ; m. 1. Sarah Whittmore, May 29, 1683. 2. Abigail Hayward, June 8, 1698.
    • 4 John, b. Aug. 1, 1661, m. 1. Elizabeth Plympton, May 31, 1683. 2. Wid. Mary (Winn) Wyman, Nov. 30, 1720.
    • 5 Joseph, b. Mh. 8, 1664 ; m. 1. Mary ___ . 2. Margaret Mead. 3. Hannah Pierce, Nov. 5, 1743.
    • 6 Mary, b. Oct. 16, 1666 ; m. Samuel Kendall, Mh. 30, 1692.
    • 7 Samuel, b. Oct. 14, 1669; m. 1. Ruth ___ . 2. Mary Day, 1717.
    • 8 Ebenezer, b. Jany. 8, 1674 ; m. 1. Susannah Walker, Oct. 18, 1697. 2. Hannah Meads, Oct. 14, 1701.
    • 9 James, b. Nov. 14, 1677 ; m. Sarah Cutter, Dec. 5, 1700.
    • 10 Elizabeth, b. Jany. 4, 1681 ; m. James Markham, Oct. 14, 1700.
  • 1 Dea. WILLIAM LOCKE, Jr., [3] m. 1 SARAH WHITTMORE, May 29, 1683, dau. of Francis and Isabell (Park) Whittmore of Cambridge. She was b. Mh. 7, 1662, d. ___ ; he m. 2. ABIGAIL HAYWARD, June 8, 1698 ; who d. his wid. probably 1748 or 1749. He d. July 8, 1738, a. 79 1/2.
  • He was owner of land in 1683, and as early as 1689 owned a "hous" in the Westerly part of Woburn. In 1683 the Town of Woburn granted him "four acres to be laid out near his own land" and Mh. 3, 1700, there was granted him "four acres of land where the top is his own near Cambridge line, he paying to the Selectmen for the town use two shillings in money for every acre, he not to obstruct any highway or watering place according to a former order of the town."
  • He was a Deacon in 1709 — was a Selectman 1703-4 and 1732 ; and held many other offices in town. In 1728 he was one of a committee "to treat with Mr. Edward Jackson in order to settling in Woburn," and to supply the pulpit; and the same year one of a committee "to go to the Rev. Mr. Fox and see if they can make things easy with him." His name often appears on committees appointed in relation to "town affairs."
  • He resided in the second precinct of Woburn, on land which was included in Burlington when that town was incorporated in 1799. After his decease, on the petition of Thomas Locke his gr. son, a part of the estate was set off to Lexington including the house, making a notch into the South-westerly line of Burlington. A portion of the estate is that now owned by the heirs of Hammond Locke. The original estate, a part at least, was given to Dea. William Jr., by Dea. William Senior, his father ; and on the decease of the former in 1738, one half of the house and land was set off by the children to the widow for her use instead of a dower, by agreement ; and at the same time the other half was divided between the children. Previous to this, in 1718, Dea. William had given his son Daniel
  • several lots of land in Lexington and Woburn, and Francis another son at the same time conveyed to Daniel for £115 his "interest in the Mansion house" "where he (Francis) then lived," it being the Easterly end. This was probably a part of his father's house, that the father had before that time given him, including "a place for a tan yard" and "a convenient place for a tan house" and also several lots of land adjoining the father's estate. When his widow died I know not, nor how the property was settled ; but his son William became owner of the house and homestead, in part at least, and there resided.
  • III. Chil. by 1. wf. b. at Woburn (now Lexington).
    • 11 William, b. June 28, 1684; m. 1. Mary ___ . 2. Jemima Russell.
    • 12 Francis, b. Jly. 25, 1690, m. 1. Elizabeth Winship, Feb. 25, 1713. 2. Wid. Martha (Russell) Dunster, Mh. 15, 1759.
    • 13 Daniel, b. July 9, 1693 ; m. 1. Abigail ___ . 2. Wid. Dorcas Brabrook, 1751.
  • Chil. by 2. wf.
    • 14 Ebenezer, b. ___ ___ ; m. Elizabeth ____ .
    • 15 Abigail, b. June 22, 1710 ; m. Jonas Meriam, Oct. 3, 1728.
  • 2 JOHN LOCKE, [4] m. 1. ELIZABETH PLYMPTON, .... etc.


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Abigail Locke's Timeline

April 4, 1672
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 13, 1694
Age 21
June 8, 1698
Age 26
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 22, 1710
Age 38
Woburn, Massachusetts
Age 76
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts