Lovering Locke 1802-1883
recent visit to Epsom by Charlotte
Hatfield of Maine resulted in the
donation to the Epsom Historical Association
of reprints of early photos of the
Benjamin Lovering Locke family. These
photos would probably be the earliest
photos taken of Epsom residents seen
to date. Based on the people in the
photo, the year it was taken was 1850,
as it matches perfectly the family
as it would have appeared that year
in the census.
was the son of Levi Locke and Hannah
Prescott, who moved to Epsom sometime
after 1780. They resided at Lockes
Hill, and Levi and his wife are both
buried in the cemetery there (there
names carved in a large rock which
kind of reminds you of Plymouth Rock).
According to the Genealogy of Capt.
John Locke, Benjamin Lovering Locke
was born Rye, but research by Charlotee Hatfield
gives it as Epsom.
was married in Chichester by Rev.
Carpenter on May 5, 1825 to Hannah
Parker Moses, daughter of James Moses
Jr. (1783-1812) and Betsey Chesley
(1790-1860). In the fall of that year
he was commissioned Captain of Co.
B., Eighteenth Regiment of the State
Militia, working up in rank by the
time he resigned his last commission
in 1840, to Major General. He retained
the title General for most of his
In 1828 he built his hotel, which he called
the Suncook House and he is referred
to in various census lists as merchant
and Tavernkeeper. He ran this operation
for 32 years. In addition he purchased
the home lot of Nathan Libbey, and continued
to add to his holdings, giving as his
occupation by 1860 as Hotel and Farmer.
By 1860 his real estate was valued at
$3,000 and his personal estate, $1400.00.
He probably sold the hotel around 1866
to Henry Knox when he moved to Chichester,
as by 1870 his real estate value was
about five hundred dollars, and his
personal worth $4000. Henry Knox later
sold the building to Henry S. Knowles
children were all born in Epsom and
Lucinda Maria, b. Mar. 30, 1826, married William McMurphy.
Henrietta Clarinda, b. May 5, 1828, d. Feb. 1830
Almira Elizabeth, b. Jan. 11, 1830, married Joseph G. Whidden
James Lovering Locke, b. May 14, 1832, married Sarah Maria Swallow.
Marianna Jane Locke, b. May 5, 1834, and married William Hawes.
Ann Lovering Locke, b. Sept. 9, 1836, married George W. Lane
a still born daughter, b. May 1, 1838
Adela Augusta Locke, b. Sept. 4, 1840, married John D. Gale
Sarah Merrill Locke, b. Dec. 28, 1843, d. 1860
Benjamin Locke, b. Dec. 28, 1843, d. 1844
William T. Estes, b. July 5, 1850, d. Jan. 1861
Benjamin L. Locke died Mar. 26, 1883,
his wife Hannah Jan. 26, 1885, both
in Winchester, MA, and are buried under
the willow tree in the McClary Cemetery.