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Christopher Lewis Locke, Sr.

Also Known As: "Son of Lewis Locke"
Birthplace: Taunton, Somersetshire, England
Death: Died in North Moulton, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Lewis "35 children" Locke; Catherine Locke and Catherine Somerset
Husband of Mary Locke and Mary Locke
Father of John E Locke, Sr.; William Locke, of Virginia and William Christopher Locke
Half brother of Leonard Locke and William Locke

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About Christopher Lewis Locke, Sr.

  • 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, .... etc.
  • 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.
  • William Locke of Pitminster, near Taunton, was another son of Lewis by his fourth wife. He married Dorothy, daughter of Richard Cooksley of Dunstar, Gentleman, and died Jany. 25, 1719, aged 49. His only son Richard married Hannah, the only daughter of John Dod, of Burnham in the County of Somerset, Gentleman, and became an inhabitant of that parish. He died 1765, aged 59, leaving the present Richard Locke, Esq. of Highbridge House in Burnham, his son and heir. This last gentleman is well known in the literary line as an Antiquary and Agriculturist, he having in the course of forty years written many essays and short pieces, upon various subjects, in the different periodical publications of the day, some with, but more without his real signature. His two essays in the fifth volume of the Bath Agricultural Society's papers, (one on the improvement of meadow land ; the other, an historical account of the flat part of Somersetshire, as it has been and still is capable of improvement,) are originals in their kind. He has been announced in your present volume, (p. 241,) as the
    • (a) That Capt. Locke was killed as above related, has been stated by several authors ; but Lord King, in the life of John, the son of Capt. Locke, speaking of a letter written by John the son to his father, says " It is without date, but was probably written before 1660."
  • original author of the History of Taunton ; in which town he was not a resident, as there intimated, having always resided in Burnham where he was born. The ingenious Mr. Richard Locke, of Magdalen-Hall, Oxford, is his only son. The arms borne by this branch of the family are : Party per fesse, Azure and Or, a pale between three falcons indorsed, counterchanged. Crest : a falcon of the same with a padlock in its beak. .... etc.
    • The following Pedigree is principally compiled from the Herald's Visitations and the Gentleman's Magazine.
  • .... etc.
  • 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 Gent. of the Privy Chamber. His 3d wf. was Eleanor, wid. of Walter Marshe. She d. 1546. His 4th wf. was Elizabeth, widow of Robert Meredith. = 1st Alice Spencer or Elizabeth Spencer, of London, who died 1522, buried at Mercer's Chapel, London; ch: William (b.1511 d.1517), Philip (d.1524), Jane (m. Robt. Meredith), Peter (d.1517), William (b.1517 d.1519), Richard (d.1516), Edmund (d.1545), Thomas (m. Mary Louge), Matthew (m. Elizabeh 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), Rose (m. _ Throgmorton, Esq. & Anthony Hickman), John (d. France), Alice (d.1537), Thomasin (d.1530), Henry (m. Anne Vaughan), Michael (m. Jane Wilkinson & Margery Peryn), Elizabeth (m. Richard Hill & Nicholas Bullingham), John (d.1537) Locke
  • 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.
    • MICHAEL, of London, merchant. 2. m. Margery Peryn, wid. of Caesar Dalmarias, fa. of Sir Julius Caesar, Knt. = Jane, dau. of William Wilkinson, mercer, and shf. of London. ; ch: Matthew (See note p. 358), Eleaser, Benjamin, Zachary, dau. (m.Wm. Sanson), dau. (m. _ Jenney)
      • MATTHEW, of Pensford, in Somersetshire. (see note p. 358); ch: Richard (d.1617), Christopher
        • CHRISTOPHER, of Pilrow, near Lockestown. ch: Perhaps Sarah (m. Nicholas Davies), Christopher (bap.1593), John (m. Miss Keen or Ken), Honour (m. Francis Shepard), Christian (bap.1601), Lewis (bap.1606), William (Probably) (m. Elisabeth _ ) 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 (b.1625), Allen, William (m. Dorothy Cooksley), Christopher (b.1684), Richard? (was a writer) Locke
            • John, eldest son, b. 1625.
            • Allen, a younger son by 4th wf.
            • William, of Pitminster, son of 4th wife, died Jan'y 25, 1719, a 49. = Dorothy, dau. of Richard Cooksley, of Dunstar, Gent. ; ch: Richard (m. Hannah Dod) Locke
            • Christopher, youngest son, b. at Taunton, 1684.
            • (Richard?) of Pitminster, son or gr. son of Lewis; was a writer.



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Christopher Lewis Locke, Sr.'s Timeline

Taunton, Somersetshire, England
December 6, 1726
Age 42
North Moulton, Devon, England
January 28, 1729
Age 45
Taunton, Somersetshire, England
January 28, 1729
Age 45
Age 69
North Moulton, Devon, England