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Christopher Matthew 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
Husband of Ann Locke; Elizabeth Locke and Catherine Seymour
Father of Jane Locke; Lewis "35 children" Locke; Christopher Locke; John Locke; William 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 ... By John Goodwin Locke
  • 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.
  • .... etc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The following Pedigree is principally compiled from the Herald's Visitations and the Gentleman's Magazine.
  • Sir William Knt. Locke b. 1480 1st m. Alice Spencer or Elizabeth Spencer d. 1522, 2nd m. Katherine Cook d. 14Oct, 1537, 3rd m. Eleanor d. 1546 wid. of Walter Marshe, 4th m. Elizabeth wid. of Robert Meredith. ch: 1st wife (Alice Spencer), 1. William b. 1511 d. 1517, 2. Philip d. 1524 3. Jane b. 29Aug 1512 (m. Robt. Meredith), 4. Peter d. 1517, 5. William b. 1517 d. 1519 6. Richard . 1516 7. Edmund d. 1545, 8. Thomas b. 8 Feb. 1514, 9. Matthew (m. Elizabeth Baker). ch: 2nd wife (Katherine Cook), 10. Dorothy (m.1. Otwell Hill m.2 Jno. Cosworth), 11. Katherine (m.1 Thomas Stacey 2m. William Matthew), 12. Rose b. 2? Dec. 1526 d. 21 Nov 1613 (m. ?Throgmorton) 13. John d. France 14. Alice d. 1637, 15. Thomasin d. 1530 16, Henry d. 18Jan1570-21Oct. 1571. 17. Michael (m.1 Jane Wilkinson m.2 Margery Peryn wid. of Caesar Dalmarias) 18. Elizabeth b. 3 aug. 1535 (m.1 Richard Hill d.1568 m.2 Nicholas Bullingham d.1576) 19. John (mor. d. at his b. he d. day after.
  • In a note on page 343, I commented on the statement made in the Gentleman's Magazine, that Michael Locke, the Father of Mathew of Pensford, was a younger Brother of Sir William, while other authorities had spoken of him as a son of Sir William. The principal reason that has influenced my opinion in favor the the statement in the Gent. Mag. is that the Michael Locke who was son of Sir William had three sons, Zachary, Benjamin, and Eleazer, and several daus., and that although these three sons speak of each other and their sisters in their wills, no mention is made of a bro. Matthew. On this Hypothesis, the descent of Matthew is represented by the dotted line.
  • 17. Michael Locke m.1 Jane Wilkinson m.2 Margery Peryn ch: (of 1st Jane Wilkinson) 1. Matthew (See note p. 358), 2. Eleazer 3. Benjamin 4. Zachary 5. dau. (m.Wm. Sanson) 6. dau. (m. ? Jenney)
  • 1. Matthew Locke (see note p. 358) ch: 1. Richard d. 1617 2. Christopher
  • 2. Christopher Locke ch: 1. Sarah(perhaps) (m. Nicholas Davies) 2. Christopher 3, John 4. Honour 5. Christian 6. Lewis bap. 13 Jul 1606 7. William (Probably)
  • 6. Lewis Locke, by 4 wives had 35 children.



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Christopher Locke, of Pilrow's Timeline

Pensford, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 19
London, England
Age 20
Devon, England
March 25, 1593
Age 23
August 1, 1595
Age 25
August 21, 1597
Age 27
July 3, 1601
Age 31
Age 32
London, Middlesex, England
July 13, 1606
Age 36
Loxton, Somersetshire, England
Age 65
Westminster, London, England