A surname of England and Ireland from Old English loc(c) - lock (of ? curly hair), or Old English loc (c) - (keeper of the) fold, enclosure, or Middle English loke - (keeper of the) bridge or lock on a river. (Reaney, Cottle, MacLysaght 73). Guppy traced Lock in Devon, Dorset, Norfolk, Somerset and Locke in Hampshire. MacLysaght found Locke fairly numerous but not identified with any particular area.

At Caplin Bay: Crown Land Grants: James Lock   - 1851-02-06   Volume 2   Folio 81
  Fermeuse/Renews RC Baptisms - 1857 - 1919: James Lock, godfather of Margaret Joseph Swain, daughter of Joseph Swain & Anne Power - July 11, 1858.
  Crown Land Grants: James Lock   - 1869-12-11   Volume 16   Folio 53
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: James Locke, fisherman.
  Southern Shore Death Records: December 3, 1896 - James Locke - old age - England - aged 90.
Family History: Although associated with Caplin Bay since the mid-1800s, James Locke never appeared in the Voter's Lists of that era, nor later in Lovell's 1871 Directory. He had two pieces of Crown Land on the North Side of Caplin Bay. Indications are that James was a servant of Matthew Morry (III), so he likely lived within Athlone Cottage. The only recollection of the surname at Calvert was its use as a nickname. The late Harold Sullivan of Calvert said he remembered his Uncle Joe Sullivan using the term "Old Locke" when referring to Jim Meaney (1880 - 1962). This nickname characterized individuals with a knack for 20/20 hindsight, a trait for which James Locke and Jim Meaney were known. Per his Vital Statistics death record, James was born in England, and there is no indication that he had any immediate family in Newfoundland.

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