NameJohn Locke
Birth15 Sep 1627, London, England
Death26 Aug 1696, Hampton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire
FatherThomas Locke (-1628)
Misc. Notes

John Locke settled in New Hampshire about 1640. He was a farmer and carpenter, and reportedly built the first church in New Hampshire. He was also a Captain in the Militia. While working his homestead in Rye he was killed by Indians. The Indian was shot by his son, who was helping his father at the time. The lot of land which his house stood has been reserved by the town and enclosed by a stone wall. A monument to him exists in Rye that reads "In memory of Capt. John Locke who came from Englad to the shores about 1640. He was killed by Indians August 26, 1696 at the age of 70 years, while reaping his fields in Locke Neck "this town"."The same area has a placard telling about the area. "Locke'sNeck. Named for Captain John Locke who settled here before 1665 with his wife Elizabeth Berry. Born in London in 1627, he landed inPortsmouth, NH andaccording to tradition framed the first meetinghouse there about 1654. Asa Captain of Militia, he was noted for his defensive actions against hostile Indians. He was killed here August26, 1696 by Indians as heworked in his fields with only a sickle fordefense. His sons and grandsons were instrumental in the creation of the Parish of Rye in 1726. "Erected by the Locke Family Association1984] This area has been calledJoselyn's Neck, Locke's Neck andStaw's Point. In 1978 Rye's annual townmeeting officially named this are Locke's Neck in honor of the pioneerfamily.Baptised in London, September 16, 1627. Killed by Indians 8/26/1696.

According to Locke, p. 1, John is very likely Thomas Locke's son based on information in the London White Chapel Register. Thomas had two sons, John and Nathaniel, who were baptized in London and it is very likely that they are the two Lockes of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There is no record of the arrival of John and Nathaniel. Elizabeth and John lived for a time in Portsmouth, though he probably settled on this land in 1666 without permission of the town. Later, they settled on Jocelyn's (Locke's) Neck in what is now Rye.

From Locke, p. 6,7: "He was noted for the daring and success with whichhe fought the Indians, foiling their many attempts to destroy thesettlers, hence was correspondingly hated by them. On one of their raidsfrom the east, landing on the coast near Locke's Neck, they concealedtheir canoes in the bushes and went inland to surprise their intendedvictims. Locke discovered the canoes and cut generous slashes in themwhere the cuts were not seen at first glance. The Indians returning fromtheir murderous expedition, pushed off only to find themselves sinking,thereby losing nearly all their plunder, stones, and arms and making itnecessary for them to escape overland, suffering many hardships andlosing some of their band. Later, a party of eight came from the eastwardwith the express purpose of killing Locke and, surprising him as he wasreaping grain in his field, mortally wounded him with his own gun, whichhe had left against a rock at some distance away. They then returned without doing further damage. One account says that when the Indians ran up to scalp Locke, the latter had strength enough left to cut off the nose of one with the sickle he had been using; which act was seen by one of his sons who had secreted himself in the grain." In reference to the killing of John Locke, Roy, p. 5, says: "Years afterwards, his son met a noseless Indian in Portsmouth. While they both recognized each other, we know not what ensued."
Birthabt 1635, Strawberry Bank, Hampton, Rockingham, NH
Death12 Nov 1734, Rye, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire
FatherWilliam Berry (1610-1654)
MotherJane Hermins (1619-1687)
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