About UsLocke Family Association

About Us

We are a family organization that puts as great an emphasis on the fellowship of modern Locke descendants as on the traditional genealogical pursuits of collecting and publishing data and preserving Locke artifacts.

Our Beginnings

The Locke Family Association was founded in 1891 by descendants of Captain John and Elizabeth (Berry) Locke who settled at Locke's Neck in the middle of the Seventeenth Century. In 1898, a desire to make the Association a permanent organization led the members to incorporate under the laws of the State of New Hampshire. We believe we are the oldest incorporated organization of this type in the United States. From the beginning, the organization has also included descendants of Deacon William Locke of Woburn, Massachusetts, who came to America at the age of 6, and of Nathaniel Locke of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, John's brother. These are the only known Lockes to settle in New England or Canada in the 17th century.

How We Operate

The Association is a democratic organization which encourages the participation of all members in voting, holding office, and voicing concerns at meetings. Of course, all are encouraged to take the opportunity to make new friends with distant cousins. Our Hometown: Rye, New Hampshire When Captain John and Elizabeth (Berry) Locke settled at Locke's Neck it was part of the town of Hampton, NH. In 1723 several citizens petitioned the legislature to create a new town out of a piece of Hampton. This new town, where Locke's Neck is located, was named Rye. Members of the Locke family were the primary movers in the creation of Rye.

Preserving Locke History

The Association owns and preserves the Old Locke Burying Ground on Locke's Neck in Rye, NH which is the final resting place of John and Elizabeth (Berry) Locke and many of their children and grandchildren. Recently, the Association has joined with the Rye Historical Society to preserve historic landmarks and documents of the town. We also maintain an archive of historical items from the Association's history as well as items pertaining to individual Lockes.

Won't You Join Us?

Descendants are encouraged to join and participate as well as historians and researchers interested in local or genealogical history. We have an international membership with cousins from several countries.

Join Us

Join our family! Please join online on our membership page or email our membership chair for more details. Join Us

Get Social

Connect with us on Facebook through our open page to learn about upcoming reunions and volunteer opportunities. Connect and post in our members only Facebook group. Ask to join us at Locke FB Group


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Check out our Genealogies

They are available to members to purchase. Learn More

Learn More About Our Museum Contacts

There are many great Locke artifacts available for viewing in museums around the world. Members get full access to this knowledge in the Members' Only section. Learn More

Our 2019 ReunionCheck out the video.

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Join TodayAnd Check Out Our Genealogies

Originally published in 1979 this volume extends the 1916 genealogy and is available for purchase at Genealogies.
Originally published in 1916 this single volume is available for purchase at Genealogies.
Originally published in 2002 this volume extends both the 1916 and 1979 books and is available for purchase at Genealogies.