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New Find: Why No Record of Capt. Locke Coming to N. H.?

Why are there no records of John’s and Nathaniel’s arrival in Portsmouth, NH? Usually, there are ship passenger records. Not for Puritans in England during the 1640’s, 1650’s and 1660’s. King James did not want his church “purified” by these malcontents many of whom were successful businessmen. The wealthier you were, the better for the King’s taxation so successful Puritans could not receive permission to leave from him. Poorer Puritans could only have permission to leave if they had a “certificate of conformity” (a loyalty certificate) from their minister. Many arrivals to Puritan New England were hoping to worship in peace according to their own ideas and so came without permission. Only those legally leaving England were recorded. [See: Samuel R. Gardiner, History of England, From the Accession of King James to the Outbreak of the Civil War, 16.3-1642, vol. 8, p. 167 & 169. Also: Daniel Wait Howe, The Puritan Republic of Massachusetts Bay in New England, p. 9.]…

Donald Hayes

2024 London Reunion Committee to Propose Travel Company

Led by Vice President Chris Locke, the committee met by zoom to review proposals from travel companies for the reunion in London in 2024. The other members are Michael Hanson, of the William Locke of Woburn, MA clan, and Sally Kiel, and Don Hayes of the John Locke clan. In all, six companies were contacted with only two willing to respond with customized proposals to meet our intention to visit Locke-related sites. One company is quite expensive, beginning in the $9000.00 per person range, while the other offering nearly the same services began at half that price. The committee will make a full report and recommendation to the Executive Committee at its next meeting on March 27.   St. Mary Matfelon, formerly the White Chapel, 1n 1755. This is the second building on the site where Capt. John and Nathaniel Locke are believed to have been baptized. This was replaced by two more buildings and the last was destroyed Dec. 27, 1940 during the Blitz.…

Donald Hayes

2024 Reunion in London

A committee has been working on this idea for some months. The survey sent to the members was overwhelmingly positive. Imagine meeting at the park where the White Chapel stood when Capt. John Locke and his brother Nathaniel were baptized. There are several Lockes still buried in the area. We are now looking into travel agencies to design the tour package. Watch for more information as it is prepared!…

Donald Hayes

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A Protective Coat for Everything

Francis Harrington Glidden, a descendant of Capt. John Locke of Rye, sometime seaman and merchant, turned to varnish and made history. In 1866 he started as a varnish salesman, and in 1875 started his own varnish company that turned into the Glidden Varnish Company, making varnishes for furniture, pianos, carriages and wagons. He built it into the largest varnish company in the world. He remained the president of the company until he was 85.  …

Geoff Smith

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2021 Reunion

The 2021 reunion will be August 7! As last year, the business meeting will be held online (Zoom), with a remembrance at the Locke Memorial for those in town. An announcement was sent to all members June 9, or contact secretary@lockefamilyassociation.org.…

Geoff Smith

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Harry Mowe Opens Bowling Alley

In 1909 Harry Plummer Mowe, 7th geat-grandson of Capt John Locke, and his brother-in law William Lessor opened the Arcade Bowling Alleys on Daniel Street, in Portsmouth. They rebuilt the entire building for this purpose and the new alleys were said to be the best in the state, with the latest in ball-return equipment, and with a fine steel ceiling throughout.…

Geoff Smith