2017 Reunion Rye NH
2016 Reunion Titusville, PA
2015 Reunion Portsmouth, NH
2014 Reunion Gettysburg, PA
The 2020 Reunion is our 130th Consecutive Gathering
There WILL be a reunion meeting despite the pandemic disrupting our national life.
The Locke Family Association held reunions during World Wars I and II. They were small gatherings to conduct the business of the Association and ended with a picnic.
This, too, will not stop us but we will follow all appropriate measures to be safe.
Plans will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
Our Annual Reunions
We hold an annual reunion to celebrate the family's accomplishments every year in August and to commemorate our progenitors, Captain John Locke of Rye, Nathaniel Locke of Portsmouth, and Deacon William Locke of Woburn.
Traditionally, the annual reunion was in Rye, but for the last decade we have dedicated even-numbered years to meet in an "away" location where Locke descendants have played a significant role. In 2018, we went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, our first international reunion. We have had an annual reunion since our founding without fail, even through two world wars. Over 300 cousins attended our 100th reunion in 1991 and over 100 cousins commemorated the 300th anniversary of the death of Captain John Locke in 1996.
Why Hold Reunions?
Of course, there are the usual reasons, but we have had significant experiences at our reunions. On two separate occasions cousins who thought they were orphans with no family connections, found their second, third and fourth cousins at a reunion! A nine year old who thought he had a small family arrived to find a room full of cousins. This opened his mind to a broader world. It was an experience he never forgot and which later influenced on his choice of career.