Born: 09 Mar 1846
Born Where: Lyman, NH
Died: 02 Sep 1928
Died Where: Titusville, PA
Father: Jonathan Locke
b: 11 May 1814 Lyman, NH; d: 20 Dec 1894 Bradford, PA
Mother: Sarah (Sally) Davis Cook
b: 24 Apr 1814 Epping, NH; d: 01 Nov 1890 Bradford, PA
Spouse: Mary Esther Ashley
b: 10 Aug 1851 Guy Mills, PA; d: 31 Dec 1919 Dorsett, OH
Marriage Date: 15 Mar 1869
Married Where: Guy Mills, PA
Children: Mina Mae, Fred Eugene, Stephen F. (Jr.), Maude Ora, George Barr, Mary [Mazzie] Ashley, Mabel Emma, Sarah Davis, Hannah Bigelow, Louis Dunmeyes
Stephen F. Locke, was one of the best known residents of Titusville. He had lived in the immediate vicinity of Titusville for 80 years, with the exception of a few years when the family moved to Ohio to take up farm life.
Stephen was a son of Jonathan and Sarah Davis Cook Locke, and was born in Lyman, NH on 09 Mar 1846. He was one of nine children, seven of whom grew to maturity, and all of whom he survived. The family came to western PA and located on the old Mackey farm south of Titusville where he grew to manhood. Early in the Civil War he enlisted with the Seventh Kansas Cavalry and served until the close of the conflict.
On 15 Mar 1869, Stephen was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ashley of Guys Mills and they took up residence at Pleasantville. By 1870 the family had moved to Titusville and for thirty years they resided at 15 First Street where the St. Joseph Convent now stands.
Stephen and Mary had ten children as follows: Mina Mae Calkins, Fred Eugene Locke, Mrs. Mabel Emma Caldwell, Mrs. Hannah Bigelow Ricke, and Louis Dunmeyes Locke all of Titusville; Stephen F. Locke, Jr. of Bradford; Mrs. Maude Ora Fulton Swartwood of Buffalo, NY; Mrs. Mazie Ashley Lang of McLain, TX; George Barr Locke of Oil City; and Mrs. Sarah Davis Eicher of Greensburg. Claude E. (Calkins) Locke, son of first daughter Mina, was adopted by the grandparents at her death on 07 Jan 1892. Claude was only a few weeks old. At the time of Stephen's death in 1928 he was survived by 41 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Follow this link to see a large group picture of his family.
For many years "Steve" Locke, as he was best known, was employed at the plant of the Ames Iron Company, also at the Titusville Iron Works Company, and Young & Locke (Robert D. Locke). He was also a millwright at plant of the Queen City Tannery Company. He was a skilled mechanic and his services were always in demand.
On 15 Mar 1919, Stephen and Mary celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Dorsett, OH, and Mary's death occurred the following December. Following the death of his wife, he returned to Titusville and made his home with his daughter, Hannah Locke Ricke, at 414 East Central Avenue. He died early on Sunday morning, 02 Sep 1928, at age 83 following illness incident to advanced age.
Text adpated from: Titusville Herald, 03 Sep 1928, pg.8
1850 Census: Cherrytree, PA
1860 Census: Cherrytree, PA
1870 Census: Titusville, PA
1880 Census: Titusville, PA
1900 Census: Titusville, PA
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1920 Census: Titusville, PA
1928 Death Record: Titusville, PA
Stephen F. Locke and Mary Esther Ashley Locke about 1869 (Picture courtesy of Kathy Mieczkowski)
Mary Esther Ashley Locke and Stephen F. Locke, in later life (Picture courtesy of Kathy Mieczkowski)