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John Locke, of Lock's Neck

Birthplace: Camberley, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Rye, Rockingham , New Hampshire
Cause of death: Killed By Indians
Place of Burial: Rye, Rockingham , New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Locke and Christina French
Husband of Elizabeth Locke
Father of Nathaniel Locke; John Locke, Jr.; Elizabeth Locke; Alice Elsie Berry; Nathaniel Locke and 7 others
Brother of Nathaniel Locke of Portsmouth, NH and Judith "Judah" Locke

Occupation: minister/carpenter, Captain
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About Capt. John Locke

NOTE: Captain John Locke of Locke's Neck is NEPHEW of John Locke of Pensford

John Locke, son of Thomas Locke and Christina French, was baptised 16 September 1627 in London, England. He married Elizabeth Berry, daughter of William and Jane Berry, about 1652 in New Hampshire. They came to New England by 1644 and settled in Dover. They later moved to Hampton, Portsmouth and Rye at Locke's Neck, then Hampton (later to become Rye).

He fought the Indians who attempted many times to destroy the settlers, and earned a reputation as a fierce combatant. On one of their raids, Locke discovered their canoes and slashed them below the waterline. When the Indians finished their raid and tired to leave, they floundered in the waters off Locke's Neck. they not only lost their loot and had to return to their homes by land instead of by water, but they also lost their weapons and some companions.

Later, a party of Indians, with the express intent of killing Locke, encountered him as he was reaping grain in his field. They wounded him mortally, but before he expired, he used his sickle to cut off the nose of one of his attackers. One of Locke's sons saw the whole episode while hiding in the field and that "years afterward, his son met a noseless Indian in Portsmouth. While they both recognized each other, we know not what ensued."

Wife Elizabeth was born 1635 in Strawberry Bank, Hampton, Rockingham county, New Hampshire. She was the daughter of William Berry, who was probably the first settler in Hampton. She died on 12 November 1734 in Rye, Rockingham county, New Hampshire. They are both buried at the Old Locke Burying Ground on Locke's Neck in Rye, New Hampshire.


  1. John Locke (born 1654) married Elizabeth Bolles [now spelled Bowles]
  2. Elizabeth Locke (born 1656 - probably died before 1708)
  3. Nathaniel Locke (born 1661) married Dorothy Blake
  4. Edward Locke (born 1663) married Hannah Jenness
  5. Tryphena Locke (born 1666) married John Webster
  6. Rebecca Locke (born 1670)
  7. Mary Locke (born 1675) married William Hepworth
  8. William Locke (born Apr.17,1677) married Hannah Knowles
  9. James Locke (born 1678) married Hannah Philbrick
  10. Joseph Locke (born 1679) married Salome White
  11. Alice (or Elsie) Locke married Nehemiah Berry



baptism record of John Locke son of Thomas Locke and Christina French. The baptism was at St Mary Matfellon Church in Stepney, London, England on September 16, 1627.

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Capt. John Locke's Timeline

September 14, 1627
Camberley, Surrey, England
September 16, 1627
Stepney, London, England
Age 24
Age 26
Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine
Age 28
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 30
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 34
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
Age 34
Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA
Age 38
Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 39
Hampton, Rockingham, NH