Locke Family of Virginia

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  • ID: I594
  • Name: John Locke
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1726 in Virginia
  • Death: 07 FEB 1795 in Prob. Frederick County, Virginia
  • Note:
    John was a corporal in the Revolutionary War. War department records indicate the following: The records show that one John Locke (surname born as Locke) served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Capt. Jonathan Clarke's CO 8 VA Regiment, commanded by Col. James Wood. He was drafted 2-23-1778 for one year. He was promoted to corporal 4-1-1778, was transferred in June to Capt. Abraham Kirkpatrick's Co 4, VA Regiment, commanded successively by Co James Wood and Col John Nevill. He was transferred in October 1778 to Lt.. Col. Ballard's Company, same regiment. His name last appears on the company muster roll for 1779 dated company near Morristown, December 9, 1779.

    Virginia Revolutionary War Records. Original data: Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus. Revolutionary War Records, Volume 1, Virginia. Washington D.C.: 1936.
    3557 Locke, John Corp. War

    Muster Roll Data Sheet for Valley Forge
    Personal ID: VA07489
    Last Name: LOCK First Name: JOHN Suffix:
    Ethnicity: Rank: CORPORAL Rank Type: NCO
    State: VA
    Regiment: 8 VA Division: 3RD DIVISION

    Monthly Status Data
    December 1777: FIT FOR DUTY
    January 1778: FIT FOR DUTY
    February 1778: FIT FOR DUTY
    March 1778: FIT FOR DUTY
    April 1778: FIT FOR DUTY
    May 1778: SICK PRESENT
    June 1778: SICK PRESENT

    Additional Remarks (if any):

    From the Library of Virginia:
    NAME Locke, John.
    NOTE Rank: Corporal.
    NOTE Service: Army.
    DOCUMENTS Certificate: Captain James Curry.
    DOCUMENTS Certificate: John Locke.
    DOCUMENTS Voucher.
    Date: 1784.
    OTHER FORMAT Available on microfilm. Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants, reels 1-29.
    BACKGROUND The act of the General Assembly passed on June 22, 1779, which established the Virginia Land Office, also provided for the rewarding of lands promised as bounty for specified Revolutionary War military service. The purpose of the bounty land system was to encourage longer military service. In order to qualify for bounty land, a soldier had to serve at least three (3) years continuously in the State or Continental line. Militia service did not count. Servicemen submitted various documents such as affidavits of commanding officers and fellow soldiers and discharge papers in order to substantiate their service record. When the claim was proved, the Governor's Office issued a certificate to the register of the Land Office authorizing him to issue a warrant. The first warrant was issued in 1782 and the last in 1876 as heirs of warrantees continued to seek lands for additional service. Land awarded as bounty was in the present-day states of Ohio and Kentucky.
    NOTE The papers accumulated as proof of service are now part of the records of the Executive Dept. Office of the Governor (RG#3) and are called 'Bounty Warrants' if approved and 'Rejected Claims' if disapproved. These records are housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
    SUBJECT Veterans -- Virginia.
    SUBJECT Military records -- Virginia. aat.
    ADDED ENTRY Virginia. Governor's Office. Bounty warrants, 1779-1860.
    ADDED ENTRY Library of Virginia. Archives.

    Detailed Information About - Kentucky Secretary of State - Revolutionary War Warrent
    Locke, John
    Warrant ID 3557.0 Veteran Name Locke, John
    Assignee Acres 400 Years Unknown
    Rank Corporal Unit Virginia Continental Line
    Branch Unknown Date 12/6/1784

    Authorized OK 4659* OK 4660

    The actual warrent states:

    To the principal SURVEYOR of the land, set apart for the Officers and Soldiers of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This shall be a warrent for JOHN LOCKE his heirs and assignees: the quantity of: Four hundred acres of land, due unto the said John Locke in consideration of his Services for the War as a Corporal in the Virginia Continental line agreeably to a certificate from the Governor and Council, which is received into the land office.

    Given under my hand and Seal of said Office this 6th day of December, One Thousand , Seven Hundred and Eighty Four.
    (NOTE: The land granted under such warrents in KY was for property in the Kentucky Military District, south of the Green River).

    A John Locke appears on the Henderson County Tax Rolls for 1799 in Deer Creek, Henderson Co, KY. Also, in a court order for Henderson County, KY on 9-3-1799, John Lock and others were told to "open the said road ( from the Public Square in the Town of Henderson to the mouth of Clear Creek) and keep it in repair according to law".

    1800 Kentucky Tax List for Lock / Locke - HENDERSON COUNTY KY 1800 - John Lock


    Survey 4659 on Warrent 3557
    Survey for Conrad Humble, for 200 acres of land on part of the warrent 3557, in Drake's Lick Creek, beginning at Blackoak, Dogwood and Ash, at the mouth of a Spring branch, about three miles above Drake's Lick, running N 56 degrees 100 poles to two small Blackjack bushes, then S 65 degrees 260 poles to opening the Creek at 120 poles to a small Hickory and post oak, thence W 105 poles to a fork thence N 60 poles to the beginning. Edwin Royser, October 9, 1797.

    CAIRO - Cairo was established in 1851, and was incorporated in 1873. Cairo precinct originally comprised of a very large area - bounded by Henderson, Corydon, Robard's Station and Webster County. Some of the earliest settlers were: JOHN LOCK, Jacob SIGHTS; Joseph B. ARNETT; Alexander ROYSTER; John LEEPER, the slayer of Big Harpe; Jacob Newman; John CHRISTIAN; Joseph WORTHINGTON; Abraham SAUNDERS; William BLACK; Rowland HUGES; Sherwood HICKS; Nevil LINDSEY; John and Marten CATES; John McCombs; Andrew AGNEW; William HUGHES; Jack SUGG; David HUGHES; Micajah HANCOCK; Eneas McCALLISTER; John L. UTTLES; Joel SUGG; Andrew BLACK.

    The early 1800s were a very boisterous time in the area, by the mid to late 1800s the settlers of the area saw the error of their way and grew to become a God fearing upstanding community. Pastors during this time were the reverends John STREET, John DORRIS, and John GRANTHAM. The education of the children was taught by Reverend John STREET, then later by William FRAZIER.

    There is a John Lock who appears in Henderson County in the 1790 census and the 1810 census (the 1800 census is not available).

    Per Everett Locke:
    John and his son George are listed in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Patriot's Index. John Locke probably saw General Washington many times, as he served in the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
    John was a corporal in the Revolutionary War. Was drafted into service in February 1778. Re-enlisted and was in for duration of the war. Served in the 4th and 8th Virginia Regiment of Foot. Was at Valley Forge in February of 1778.
    It is believed by this writer, that John and Nancy had several children, as was the normal situation in those days. It is believed that they had a son named John, born in 1745, who married Esther French, and a daughter Nancy Ann Locke, born in , who married William Brooks. William and Nancy Locke Brooks moved to Tazewell county, Virginia.
    The family tradition that has been passed down, is four brothers came from England to Virginia, and that one went north, one went south , one went west and one settled in Virginia.

    Marriage 1 Nancy ??
    • Married: ABT 1745 in Virginia ?
    1. Has No Children Living Locke
    2. Has Children John Lock Sr b: 1746
    3. Has Children George Sr Locke b: 25 APR 1747 in Frederick County (now Clark County), Virginia
    4. Has Children Nancy Anne Locke b: 04 DEC 1749 in Prince William County (now Fauquier), Virginia

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