Lars Carlsson Lock
I have been researching my tree since 1999. Recently I became sick with a bought of Mono and went back to researching my tree. My first direct ancestor from Sweden (no, I have no relation to the English Lockes (aka John Locke)). I have been searching hi and low for information on him prior to leaving Sweden (he did cross the Atlantic twice (once in 1647 on the “Swan” and the second time in 1648)) and have met my “wall”. Lore would tell me that he was the son of Carl (or Charles) but outside of that I do not where he lived or came from.
Where he wound up gives many stories. He was involved in the “Long Finn” rebellion and drove the Dutch (who took the area over from the Swedes) completely nuts. A piece of history is that I knew that he had purchased a bit of land from a relation of his named Olaf Persson (Son of Pers (Peter)) Stille near todays Ridley Creek. Just recently I came across three articles written by three different people on Wikipedia. One talks about Lars Carrlson Lock, One talks about Olaf Stille, and one talks about Ridley Creek. The most interesting piece of the puzzle was that a map was drawn in 1687 and Ridley Creek was put down as “Preest Creek” with a plot of land just to the north of it named “Preest”. Reading the other information and what I already knew I was able to figure out the reason the map maker named it “Preest Creek”, it had this minister living next to it who bought that property in 1674, Lars Carlsson Lock. He passed away in 1688. His children moved up the Raccoon Creek and helped found a town called Raccoon. The town changed it’s name in the mid 18th cnetury to Swedesboro and to this day still has a Locke Ave.