These memorials are located on Locke's Neck in Rye, New Hampshire.
You can find it on Locke Road, off Ocean Boulevard (Route 1A) just before Rye Harbor.
CAPTAIN JOHN LOCKE
SETTLED HERE ON LOCKE'S NECK
KILLED BY THE INDIANS NEAR THIS SPOT
AUGUST 26, 1696
ERECTED BY THE LOCKE FAMILY ASSOCIATION
NAMED FOR CAPTAIN JOHN LOCKE WHO SETTLED HERE
BEFORE 1665 WITH HIS WIFE, ELIZABETH BERRY. BORN IN
LONDON IN 1627, HE LANDED IN PORTSMOUTH CA 1644 AND
ACCORDING TO TRADITION FRAMED THE FIRST MEETING HOUSE
THERE ABOUT 1654. AS CAPTAIN OF THE MILITIA HE WAS NOTED
FOR HIS DEFENSIVE ACTIONS AGAINST HOSTILE INDIANS.
HE WAS KILLED HERE AUGUST 26, 1696 BY INDIANS AS HE
WORKED HIS FIELDS WITH ONLY A SICKLE FOR DEFENSE.
HIS SONS AND GRANDSONS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE
CREATION OF THE PARISH OF RYE IN 1726.
THIS AREA HAS BEEN CALLED JOSELYN'S NECK, LOCKE'S
NECK AND STRAW'S POINT. IN 1978 RYE'S ANNUAL TOWN
MEETING OFFICIALLY NAMED THIS AREA LOCKE'S NECK IN
HONOR OF THAT PIONEER FAMILY.
THE LOCKE FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Please note there is a discrepancy between the two signs as to when John Locke settled on this land. Neither sign mentions the story of John Locke defending himself before his death, by cutting off the nose of one of the hostile Indians. The story was popular during Victorian times, but today there is a lot of sympathy for the Indians who were losing their land. According to myth, repeated in town and state histories, Locke's sons spent years searching for an Indian without a nose to avenge their father's death. You can view the sickle/scythe on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society Museum, along with a plaque about the story. The Locke family burial ground is located across the street from these two memorials on Locke Neck.
This excerpt from The Granite Monthly magazine was published in 1892,
Volume 14, page 47 (from Google Books)
You can see the story of "The Indian's Nose" but also the incorrect name of his wife.
Click here for a link to a previous blog post on John Locke
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo