There are five Locke family burial grounds in Rye, New Hampshire. This one is located on the corner of Locke Road and Old Beach Road, in a triangular shaped lot bordered by old stone walls. There is a large boulder with a bronze plaque memorializing John Locke along Old Beach Road, and a small opening for pedestrians to enter the burial ground. Captain John Locke (about 1627 - 1696) is my 9th great grandfather, an original settler in Rye.
According to several notebooks by Louise Tallman on file in the reference section of the Rye Public Library, Captain John Locke and his family, and perhaps a few more generations of Lockes are buried inside this small cemetery. I had visited this location before to take a photo of the historical markers to Captain John Locke, but I did not know about the burial ground right behind the stone wall.
After driving around the neighborhood several times,
we parked the little red convertible and peeked over the stone wall.
Yes, it appeared to be a burial ground,
but there were no recognizable tombstones inside.
Inside the burial ground the graves are marked by simple headstones and footstones made of field-stone
They are not inscribed, and most appear to be broken.
When we visited in June 2013 the graves appeared to be marked with small yellow flags
You can see that the burial ground is small.
I'm standing by the front wall with the memorial and
the back wall is only about thirty feet behind this.
CAPTAIN JOHN LOCKE
SETTLED HERE ON LOCKE'S NECK
KILLED BY THE INDIANS NEAR THIS SPOT
AUGUST 26, 1696
ERECTED BY THE LOCKE FAMILY ASSOCIATON
Please click on these links to read previous blog posts about Captain John Locke:
An Indian Without a Nose http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/01/indian-without-nose.html
John Locke http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/07/john-locke-he-cut-off-indians-nose-with.html
This webpage has information about Louise Tallman's surveys of the family burial grounds in Rye:
Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo