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Joan Locke (Wilcock)

Also Known As: "Joanna Wilcock", "Joan Wilcockes", "Lady Joan Locke (Wilcock)"
Birthplace: Rotheram, Yorkshire , England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: London, Greater London , England, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Wilcox and Jean Wilcockes
Wife of Thomas Locke, merchant of London
Mother of Elizabeth Hayward; Sir William Locke, Alderman of London; Thomas Locke and Michael Locke
Sister of Thomas Wilcox Wilcox

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" II. Thomas[2] Locke, also Citizen and Mercer of London who died in 1507. By his wife Joan Wilcocks, of Rotheram, co. York [an only daughter and heiress], who died in 1512, and was buried with her husband, in Mercers' Chapel, he had a son, viz:

  1. "III. Sir William[3] Locke, Knight, Alderman of London, who was born about 1486, as he was admitted to the freedom of London ...


From Findagrave: Church of St Thomas of Acon, London, Greater London  England

Cemetery notes and/or description: A collegiate church and hospital on the north side of Cheapside on the site now occupied by Mercers' Hall and Chapel. From the military order of the Knights of St. Thomas of Acre. The designation "de Acon" was the full title of the Order instituted in the Holy Land about the time of Becket's death, as a branch of the Templars, who had a house at Acre. Hi Melanie, The following are abstracts from the Historical Background section of my draft thesis on 'Lock(e)s born within, southerly or westerly of the City of Norwich, Norfolk during 16th to mid 19th century', soon to be added as a Story to my family tree on

"William Locke bc1486 (or b1490, or bc1493?, but unlikely b1478, nor bc1480) in London, Middlesex died 24/8/1550 (or died 3/9/1550? and buried 6/9/1550 (see in Merton, Surrey, based on the Locke Family Outline in England website (see

This William was born to Lord Thomas Locke b1434 (or bc1445, or b1452, or b1458, or b1462?) in London, Middlesex d1507 who married c1483 in London, Middlesex to (Lady) Jane (or Jeannie, or Joan, or Joane?) Wilcockes (or Wilcock?) bc1463 in Rotherham, Yorkshire to William Wilcockes b1437 in Rotherham. Jane d1512 and was buried in Mercer's Chapel, St. Thomas, London, Middlesex.

This William Locke first married c1501 (or c1510?) to Alice Spencer d1522 (buried at Mercer's Chapel, London). William promptly remarried c1523 to Katherine (or Catherine?) Cook (or Cooke?) b1480 (or b1490, or b1503?) in Salisbury, Wiltshire to Sir Thomas Cook of Wiltshire. Katherine died 14/10/1537 and was buried in Merton, Surrey. Katherine's youngest son John Locke was born 13/10/1537 and died 14/10/1537 in France, the same day as his mother, which suggests Katherine likely died from childbirth and was promptly brought back to England to be buried. It's not known why Katherine was in France for the birth. The above information was also based on the Boone (owner: Bob Boone) and Locke (owner: heather locke) family trees on Ancestry, on a Latter Day Saints (LDS) FamilySearch pedigree resource file and on other LDS records".

So this William Locke (aka Lord John) was buried in Merton, Surrey, England. As to whether he died in France is questionable, but the following is a further abstract from my draft thesis:

"William Locke b1486 had a son Michael Locke b1510 (or b1531?) in London, Middlesex d1580 who married Jane Wilkinson (or Wilkerson?) b1520 in London, Middlesex d1580, daughter of William Wilkinson (or Wilkerson?) b1500 in London, Middlesex d1572 and Joan North b1498 in Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire died Dec’1592 in Y, Somme, Picardie, France.

"The gannon44 tree on shows William’s second wife Katherine Cooke (or Cook?) b1504 (or 1490?) had 11 (or 12?) children. The Lock family Outline in England website (above) shows William and Katherine had 10 children, including John Locke born and died 1537 (“his mother died the day he was born, and he died the next day, Oct 14,1537”).

The Locke (owner: infogoddess) family tree on Ancestry shows details of William Locke’s, not just 2, but 4 wives, including 21 children by his first two wives. William Locke married for a third time 13/5/1540 in London to Eleanor Marsh d1546, then remarried soon after on 28/1/1547 to his fourth (‘beloved’) wife, widow Elizabeth Meredith (Meredyth?) who d1551".

I don't know whether the above adds any value for you.

Regards, Ken Lock


  • Book of the Lockes : A genealogical and historical record of the descendants of William Locke, of Woburn ... (1853) By John Goodwin Locke
  • Pg.342
  • 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.
  • Pg.358
    • CHART
  • 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.
      • John, died s. p. buried in Mercer's Chapel, London, 1519.
      • Thomas wf. Mary Minister at Merton 1552, probably was son of Thomas.
      • (Michael ?)


  • JOAN WILCOCK (d.1512)
  • Joan Wilcock came from Rotheram, Yorkshire. She married Thomas Locke or Lok (d. 1507) and was the mother of William (c.1486-August 24, 1550), John (d. 1519), and Thomas (d.1552+). As a silkwoman, she supplied goods to the great wardrobe for Lady Catherine Gordon and to Queen Elizabeth of York in 1502-3. According to Maria Hayward in Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII, she was Elizabeth of York's preferred supplier of headwear, providing a bonnet on May 25, 1502 and frontlets, bonnets and other items in January 1503. On January 31, 1503, she was paid £20 on a bill that totaled £60 6s 5d.
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Rotheram, Yorkshire , England
Age 2
Brocton, Shropshire, England
Age 15
London, London, , England
Age 17
London, Middlesex, England
Age 21
Age 31
Brockhampton, Dorset, England
Age 49
London, Middlesex, England
Age 49
London, Greater London , England, UK