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Christopher Locke

Also Known As: "Christophe/r Matthew Locke"
Birthplace: Pensford, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Westminster, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Locke, of Pensford and Catherine Locke
Husband of Elizabeth Locke and Ann Locke
Father of Christopher Locke; John Locke; William Locke; Honour Locke; Christian Locke and 2 others

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About Christopher Locke, of Pilrow

  • Book of the Lockes : A genealogical and historical record of the descendants of William Locke, of Woburn ... (1853) By John Goodwin Locke
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  • The Locke family in this neighborhood consider themselves as descended from a very ancient house, arguing that they gave name to the parishes where they lived, before the Conquest, and do not derive their name with a De from the parishes, as is very commonly the case.
  • However, I have not seen any account of this family before Robert Locke, whom we find to have been joined with Thomas de Saint Maur, as Vicecomes of Wiltshire, anno 1350. John Locke, sheriff of London, 1460, is the first in a pedigree in my possession. Thomas, his son, was a merchant in London, who died anno 1507, and by Joan his wife (who was the only daughter and heir of Mr. Wilcock of Rotheram in Yorkshire) left three sons, John, William, and Michael. John is said to have died without issue, and buried in Mercer's Chapel, 1519, with his arms (a) in the window, a proof the family bore arms before those granted by Queen Mary, 1555. William, married two wives ; (b) first, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Mr. Spencer, a citizen and fishmonger of London ; secondly, Catharine, daughter of William, and sister and co-heir of
    • (a) I am of opinion, after an examination of Stow's "Survey of London," that the "arms in the window" were those of Sir William Locke, who was buried in Mercer's Chapel in 1550: yet a doubt remains.
    • (b) He had four wives.
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  • Sir Thomas Cook, of Wiltshire, knight. Rose Locke, the only daughter by the second ventor was married to Anthony, son of Walter Hickman of Woodford, in Essex, Esq. ; by whom she became ancestor to the baronets of that name, the late Lord Montjoy, the present Earl of Plymouth. Matthew Locke, the youngest son by the first ventor, had an only daughter Elizabeth, married to Richard Chandler of London, merchant, son of William Chandler of Little Walsingham, in Norfolk, Gent. ; whose only daughter Elizabeth married Ferdinando Richardson (who died 1596), groom of the stole to Queen Elizabeth. The above William Locke, 25 Henry VIII. undertook to go over to Dunkirk, and pull down the pope's bull, which had been there posted up by way of a curse to the king and kingdom. For this exploit the king granted him a freehold of .£100 per annum, dubbed him knight, and made him one of the gentlemen of his privy-chamber. Sir William lived to be an alderman of London, and was sheriff of the city in 1548. He died 1550, and by his first wife, left issue eight sons and daughters, exclusive of Matthew already mentioned. Of these elder branches of Sir William Locke's family we have in Somersetshire a very imperfect account. George Locke, of Tiverton, who was buried at St. Sidwell's in Exeter, anno 1586, was supposed to be one of the sons. And from another of them, Thomas Locke of Little Horsely, in Essex, is said to have been descended. He married Susannah, daughter of Sir William Welby, of Gedney, in Lincolnshire, Knight of the Bath, whose issue was an only daughter, Susannah, wife of the Rev. John Carse, D. D. She died Nov. 10, 1649. Perhaps from one of these sons descended the Rev. John Locke, Rector of Askerwell, in the County of Dorset, father to the Rev. William Locke, who died 1686, and who by a daughter of the Rev. Lyte Whynnel, clerk, became seized of the perpetuity of his father's living, which was by the Rev. William Locke, his son (who died May 8, 1722), sold to William Bennet of Norton Bavent in the County of Wilts, whose grandson is the present incumbent. It has been supposed that we are indebted to some part of Sir William Locke's family for two very respectable characters, in the persons of Sir John Locke, Knight, an East India director, who died 1746, and James Locke his brother, husband to the Turkey Company. I think you have told us in your Magazine, that a Mr. Oates, of Richmond in Surry, had one hundred and fifty thousand pounds in 1748, with a daughter of the latter ; and a Mr. Rawlinson, of Wiltshire, is thought to have had some such sum with a daughter of the former, with whom he intermarried in 1740.
  • The Rev. Mr. Locke, of Newark upon Trent, the Lockes of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Essex, London, and Bristol, including the celebrated Miss Locke of poetical memory, (see p. 72 of your present volume,) can say whether they do or do not derive their descent from Sir William Locke, Knight, Alderman of London.
  • Michael Locke, younger brother (a) of Sir William, according to a pedigree now before me, was father amongst other children of Matthew Locke, who became seated at Pensford in Buckinghamshire, and had two sons, Richard and Christopher. The former was of Bedminster in the County of Somerset, and, dying 1617, left John Locke, his son, Mayor of Bristol 1641, father of another John Locke of Bristol, merchant, whose son, Samuel Locke, became a merchant in London, and of whose family and death I have not been able to procure any account. Christopher Locke, the youngest son, soon after Abbot Whiting's lands at East Brent were granted to the Whitmore family, was sent into that
    • (a) English antiquarians have supposed that the Michael Locke here spoken of was a son of Sir William and not his brother, and so I have represented him in the chart that follows this article ; but I have strong suspicion that the statement in the text is true, and that Sir William had both a brother and a son named Michael. If I am right in my supposition, Matthew of Pensford, who is represented in the chart as the son of Michael, and gr. son of Sir William, was in fact the son of Michael and nephew of Sir William.
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  • parish (which as I before observed adjoins to Lockstown), to divide the forfeited estates into farms; and having laid out a valuable farm for himself at a place called Pilrow, built a large house and became the stem of a very respectable family, whose baptisms, as by the parish register penes me, are as follows :
    • 1. Christopher, bapt. March 25, 1593, father of another Christopher of Pilrow, William of South Brent, and John of Locke's Broad House, in the parish of Mark. This last Christopher had two daughters, Anne and Christian; the former married, first, Henry Symonds of South Brent, ancestor to the Symondses and Hardens ; and, secondly, to Tory Tutton, great-grandfather of Isaac Phelps of South Brent, Esq. Christian intermarried with Robert Dod of Burnham, ancestor of the Dods of that parish. William of South Brent had one daughter, Mary, who married John Petheram, ancestor to the Petherams of this neighborhood. John of Locks Broad had but one daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Champion, and, by a female issue, became ancestor of the Guy family.
    • 2. John Locke, baptized Aug. 1, 1595, was church-warden of the parish 1630, and upon our parish-book his name is signed as is represented in Plate 11. (where the Locke arms are also engraved Fig. 4.) He became a captain of foot in the civil wars of Charles the First, and was killed at Bristol in 1645. (a.) He had two sons, one of whom died in his minority ; the other was the judicious John Locke, the great metaphysician and philosopher; of whom hereafter.
    • 3. Honour, bapt. August 21, 1597, and, intermarrying with Francis Shepard of Mark, became ancestor of the Shepards, Giles's, Giblets, Stars, Coomers, Counsels, and Smeaths in this part of Somersetshire.
    • 4. Christian, bapt. July 3, 1601 ; of whom we have no farther account.
    • 5. Lewis Locke, baptized 13th July 1606 ; was buried at Taunton Saint Mary Magdalen, March 27, 1692. By four wives he had thirty-five children, most of whom lived to be men and women ; and what is more remarkable, his eldest son John, born 1625, was fifty-nine years of age, when his youngest son Christopher was born at Taunton, anno 1684. It is reported in the family that John had a great-grandson as old as his younger brother; which is, perhaps, the chief reason why this branch of the family cannot truly ascertain their respective degrees of kindred. It is, however, generally believed, that all the Lockes of Somersetshire and Devonshire derive themselves from this Lewis ; but whether so or not, we know that Allen, one of the younger sons by the last wife, was father of another Allen who was father of the present Mr. Thomas Locke of Taunton, Maltster, who has six sons, three of whom are settled in London and three in Taunton, the youngest being a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford, also one daughter not yet married. .... etc.
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  • John Locke, Sheriff of London 1461, his Monument was in the Church of St. Mary, Bow, London. He was probably descended from Thomas Locke, of Merton Abbey, in Surrey. Lyson says the Rectory of Merton was granted to Thomas Locke by Edward III. in 1291.; ch: Thomas (m. Joan Wilcock) Locke.
  • Thomas, merchand of London, d. 1507, buried at St. Thomas of Acres, London. = Joan, only dau. and heir of Mr. Wilcock or Wilkokes, of Rotheram, in Yorkshire; d. 1512.; ch: Sir William (m. Alice Spence or Elizabeth Spencer & Katherine Cook), John, Thomas (m. Mary Minister), Michael? Locke.
  • Sir William, Knt. and Alderman, b.1480, d. 1550. he was knighted by Hen. VIII. for going over to Dunkirk and pulling down the Pope's bull; was sheriff of London 1548. Sir William was Bent. of the Privy Chamber. His 3d wf. was Eleanor, wid. of Wlater Marshe. She d 1546. His 4th wf. was Elizabeth, widow of Robert Meredith. = 1st. Alice Spence or Elizabeth Spencer, of London, who died 1522, buried at Mercer's Chapel. London.; ch: William (b.1511), Philip (d.1524), Jane (m. Robt. Meredith), Peter (d.1517), William (b.1517), Richard (d.1516), Edmund (d.1545), Thomas (m. Mary Louge), Matthew (m. Elizabeth Baker) Locke.; = 2d. Katherine, dau. of William, and sister and co-heir of Sir Thos Cook of Wiltshire, Knt. She was buried at Merton Abbey, Surrey. She d. Oct. 14, 1537.; ch: Dorothy (m. Otwell Hill & Jno. Cosworth), Katherine (m. Thomas Stacey & William Matthew), (Pg.359 Rose (m. Anthony Hickman & _ Throgmorton) John, Alice, Thomasin, Henry (m. Anne Vaughan), Michael (m. Jane Wilkinson & Margery Preyn), Elizabeth (m. Richard Hill & Nicholas Bullingham), John Locke.
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  • Michael, of London, merchant. 2. m. Margery Peryn, wid. of Caesar Dalmarias, fa. of Sir Julius Caesar, Knt. = 1. Jane, dau. of William Wilkinson, mercer, and Shr. of London.; = ch: Matthew, Eleaser, Benjamin, Zachary, dau (m. Wm. Sanson), dau. (m. _ Jenney) Locke.
  • Matthew, of Pensford, in Somersetshire. (A) See Note on p.358.; ch: Christopher Locke, (Pg.358 Richard (d.1617) Locke).
  • Christopher, of Pilrow, near Lockestown.; ch: John (m. _ Bernard or _ Keen/Ken), Honour (m. Francis Shepard), Christian, Lewis (4 wives), William (m. Elisabeth _) Locke, (Pg.358 Christopher, perhaps Sarah (m. Nicholas Davies) Locke).
    • John, bap. Aug. 1, 1595, was an Attorney, and Capt. in the Parliament Army in the civil wars, and (was killed 1645 ?) = __ Bernard. One account says he m. a Miss Keen, or Ken.; ch: John (d.1704), dau. (m. Jerome King) Locke
    • Lewis, bap. July 13, 1606, buried at Taunton, St. Mary Magdalen, Mch. 27, 1692, by 4 wives had 35 chil., most of whom lived to be men and women.; ch: John, Allen, William (m. Dorothy Cooksley), Christopher, Richard? (son or gr. son.) Locke.
    • William, (probably) father of William of Woburn, had wf. Elsabeth, who died at London, June, 1631. [See (B) above.]
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    • Perhaps Sarah, who m. Nicholas Davies, and came to N. England?
    • Christopher, bap. March 25, 1593.
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  • A history and genealogy of Captain John Locke (1627-1696) of Portsmouth and Rye, N.H., and his descendants; also of Nathaniel Locke of Portsmouth, and a short account of the history of the Lockes in England (1916?])
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  • SAME TEXT AS IN "Book of the Lockes : ...."
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Christopher Locke, of Pilrow's Timeline

Pensford, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 21
London, England
Age 22
Devon, England
March 25, 1593
Age 25
August 1, 1595
Age 27
August 21, 1597
Age 29
July 3, 1601
Age 33
Age 34
London, Middlesex, England
July 13, 1606
Age 38
Loxton, Somersetshire, England
Age 67
Westminster, London, England