Biographical Sketch of Lieutenant Joshua Locke

(IV) Lieutenant Joshua Locke, son of Joshua Locke, was born at Woburn. July 22. 1733, and married Abigail Maynard, probably of Westboro. He lived first in Westboro, where most of his children were born. Later he removed to Sudbury, where his son Fortunatus was born. May, 1795, he was an ensign in the army under General Winslow, at Nova Scotia, and was doubtless the Lieutenant Locke who was in the army with General Braddock and was wounded at the time of Braddock’s Defeat. He was also with Colonel Rogers, the famous ranger in New York, and was at one period one of the king’s surveyors. Many of the towns of New Hampshire were surveyed by him, with instruments presented him by King George III, for distinguished services. At the time of the revolution he was the only one of the name of Locke who was a loyalist or Tory, and when the British evacuated Boston, March 17, 1776, he left with the army. He was in one of the battles at Staten Island, where he met and recognized his sons, Frederick and Henry, in the American army. Eventually he went to England and never returned. His youngest son, Fortunatus, also went to England some years later and nothing further is known of either. His wife remained in Westboro and died shortly after her husband had departed. Children, the first five born at Westboro, the youngest at Sudbury: Grace, May 19. 17S4; Frederick, mentioned elsewhere; Betty, December 22, 1758; Nancy, October 26, 1762; Christian, April 30, 1764; Henry (birthplace not given). born before August 1, 1765; Fortunatus, September 26, 1779.

MLA Source Citation:

Milliken, Charles F. The History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York. 1911. Web. 26 January 2015. - Last updated on Jan 19th, 2013

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