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News / Locke Mills, Maine
« Last post by geoff_smith on February 06, 2018, 08:51:21 PM »

Locke Mills, Maine is named after Samuel Barron Locke who built sawmills to expeditiously take advantage of timber left after a massive forest fire about 1816.  He is a descendant of William of Woburn.
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News / Keepers of the Light
« Last post by geoff_smith on January 24, 2018, 03:31:52 PM »

Locke descendant Mary Neal and her spouse Joseph Robinson tended the lighthouse at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor in 1843-1846.
News / Gone West, One State at a Time
« Last post by geoff_smith on January 23, 2018, 07:47:13 PM »

This was amusing ... descendants found in Oregon, in 1900, apparently went to a new state with each child. 

I was a rambunctious child myself, but my parents were never asked to move as a result!
News / Josiah Locke Frost, Migrant to Calif Gold Fields then Wisconsin
« Last post by geoff_smith on January 10, 2018, 02:23:40 AM »

Josiah Locke Frost led a very colorful life, born in Mass, went to California gold fields, and ended up in Wisconsin.  His middle name was very intriguing -- there must be a link through a female ancestor! 

A couple days of research and we found that his middle name was a tribute to a neighboring family rather than a relative.  Nonetheless, his is a great story, and emblematic of a more heroic age.  Find it posted by the Wisconsin Historical Society at
Queries / Re: No family after 1930?
« Last post by ElizabethK on January 01, 2018, 01:20:30 PM »
The photos were easy!  I did not know gramps well so I will have to ask my cousins, they lived closer.
Queries / Re: No family after 1930?
« Last post by geoff_smith on December 28, 2017, 04:00:33 PM »
The tree has been populated from the oldest Locke books -- the Book of the Lockes, John Goodwin Locke, 1853 for the Deacon William of Woburn line, and from A History and Genealogy of Captain John Locke of Portsmouth and Rye, Arthur H Locke, 1916, for the Capt. John and Nathaniel Locke lines.

Consequently, everything stops at 1916 except for lines that I have extended, or updates that have been contributed so far. 

We still have the information from the Supplement I and II books to go.  I will make sure that we extend your family in the next update of the site -- Could you give me bios and maybe a photo of your grandparents?

Queries / No family after 1930?
« Last post by ElizabethK on December 27, 2017, 02:35:00 PM »
Thanks for contacting me!  I love the web site.

Two of my uncles are missing.  But they are in the 1930 census. 

-- Elizabeth
News / It was there the whole time
« Last post by lg_admin on December 27, 2017, 04:52:10 AM »

In November we posted a mystery -- is John W Locke of the eponymous landmark "John W Locke Store" in 1890's Seabrook, NH, related to Capt. John Locke?  Maybe a case where one of the Woburn Lockes went to New Hampshire?

It turns out he was in the 1916 genealogy (and here on the site), simply listed as "a grocer in Hampton." Census records reveal an even more complex story; it appears that John W "retired" (at age 28??), leaving his brother and son to run the store.  As typical, one question answered and the mystery actually deepens.
News / New: Showing links to online references
« Last post by lg_admin on December 20, 2017, 01:33:10 PM »

Just in time for Christmas!  Source citations now include links when the source image is available online.
News / Web Site Changes
« Last post by lg_admin on December 20, 2017, 12:49:51 AM »

The site now includes a discussion forum.  The idea here is to include a place for visitors to ask questions and share information.

Guests can read most messages, but you need an account to post new messages.

We have also added a reference page ("bookshelf").
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