Deacon William Locke, of Woburn

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William Locke

Birthplace: Stepney Parish, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Locke and Elisabeth Locke
Husband of Mary Locke (Clarke)
Father of William Locke; Deacon William Locke, Jr., of Lexington; John Locke, Sr.; Joseph Locke ; Mary Kendall (Locke) and 4 others

Occupation: Humble cultivator of the soil. Artisan, Deacon
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About Deacon William Locke, of Woburn


  • Book of the Lockes : a genealogical and historical record of the descendants of William Locke, of Woburn ; with an appendix containing a history of the Lockes in England, also of the family of John Locke, of Hampton, N. H., and kindred families and individuals, Locke, John Goodwin, (Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts: James Monroe and Company, 1853.)


  • convicted of "Seditious & contemptuous carriages towards Authority" in 1659 and sentenced to 30 stripes of the whip. Sentence abated to a fine of 15 pounds.
  • From parish records of Stepney Parish, London, England: "William, son of William Lock, mariner, and Elisabeth his wife, 20, Dec. 1628, seven days old."
  • Passenger on the Planter, 1635: Locke, William (From Stephney, Middlesex, bound for Charlestown. 36 pg 112)
  • Presumably in the care of Nicholas Davies during his minority. [Cutter, doc attached]
    • A certificate of the administration of a oath of loyalty provides this evidence that William Locke traveled at the young age of 6 to New England on the ship Planter:

"22 Mar. 1684, 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.

Nichols Davies, 40 yeres, Robert Stevens, 22, a sawyer, Sara Davies, 48, John More, 24, a laborer, Joseph Davies, 13, James Haieward, 22 William Lock, 6, Judith Phippin, 16, Jo. Maddox, a sawyer, 43, James Launin, glover, 26."

An examination of the Records at the Registry of Deeds Office, in Middlesex Co. --- of the Woburn Town Records, and of many original deeds now in my possession, shows that if our Patriarch was an Orphan boy, he knew how to take care of himself; for he soon became owner of real estate, and eventually, was a man of property. His first purchase was about 1650, as appears by the following document which is recorded at the Registry of Deeds, at Cambridge. L 4, p. 229.

"John Johnson aged about 35 years or there abouts and William Johnson aged about 40 saith that William Locke bought of Goodmen Persons, [or Parsons] of Boston all his land he had in Woburn which was two lots that was formerly John Sybley's and Benjamen Hubbards which sale was about 20 years ago and he paid him for it in clapbord bolts to the said Persons content, and further more say, the said Locke hath had possession of this land by himself, and his assigns ever since."

This Document was sworn to before Richard Russell & Thomas Danforth assistants 13, 8, 1671.


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Deacon William Locke, of Woburn's Timeline

December 13, 1628
Stepney Parish, London, Middlesex, England
December 20, 1628
London, Middlesex, England
December 20, 1628
Stepney Parish, London, England
December 20, 1628
Stepney Parish, London, England
November 27, 1655
Age 26
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 27, 1657
Age 29
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
January 18, 1658
Age 29
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
August 1, 1661
Age 32
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
March 8, 1664
Age 35
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
October 16, 1666
Age 37
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States