Biographies of William and Cornelius Loucks
from History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, & Potter, Pennsylvania,
By M. A. Leeson, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1890, 1259  pages

submitted by PHGS member Rev. Dayton D Mix

Extract begins on page 1219

WILLIAM J. LOUCKS, farmer and lumberman, P. O. Ulysses, was born in Oneida county, N. Y., July 18, 1834. In 1844 his parents moved to Potter county, and settled in Hector township, where he was reared, and on reaching manhood he embarked in the lumber business, his father having purchased a sawmill and a quantity of timber land in Hector and Ulysses townships. He learned the use of tools easily, and soon became a good carpenter. He also worked at repairing mills until he became a good millwright, and put up two sawmills, one a water mill for himself, in 1876, on what is called the Genesee forks of Pine creek (now known as Loucks' Mills) At this place the first settler was George Parker, who died in 1845. His farm was sold and resold to a dozen different parties, until at last Mr. Loucks and C. B. Watrous bought it for the purpose of building the above mentioned sawmill. Mr. Loucks has also been engaged in farming, and is now one of the successful business men of the county. He was married, May 20, 1854, to Miss Janet Clover, of Steuben county. N. Y., and she died in January, 1875, leaving seven children—the eldest about sixteen years old, and the youngest seventeen months. Mr. and Mrs. Loucks had previously lost three children—two girls and one boy. The mother of our subject died September 11, 1870, and the father, Cornelius Loucks, a few years thereafter married Miss Huldah Sunderlin, an elderly maiden lady, with whom nearly all in this vicinity were well acquainted. The early settlers well remember her father, Joseph Sunderlin, who built the first mill in Hector some time between 1835 and 1840. In 1844 the township of Hector had but thirty-six voters in it, and Cornelius Loucks was elected constable and collecter for a dozen years or more in succession. When the Civil war broke out C. H. Loucks, the eldest brother of William J., enlisted, and he lost his left arm in front of Petersburg just at the close of the war. Stephen L. Loucks, the youngest brother, died in the army in Virginia, January 9, 1864. He was himself drafted twice, and reported at Williamsburg, Penn., but on account of disability was rejected. At the close of the war C. H. Loucks returned and lived on his farm for a number of years, then built a house in Lewisville, where he now resides with his second wife. William J. Loucks also married a second wife, November 16, 1879, in the person of Mrs. Itta C. Barnhart, daughter of George Harvey, of Clymer township, Tioga county, Penn. They have one child, a son, named Ray Harvey Loucks. Mr. Loucks has seen deer and other wild animals run through the woods and brush where now are large fields without a stump in them; where forests were then, orchards are now. The parents of W. J. Loucks, Cornelius and Naomi (Johnson) Loucks, were married January 1, 1822, and their children were born in the following order: Mary Jane, Cornelius H., Mehitable D. (deceased), Harriet R. (deceased), Elizabeth A. (deceased), William J., and Stephen L. (deceased). The children born to William J. and Janet (Glover) Loucks were named Mary E., William J., Jr., Charles A., Janet E., George W., Hatta N., Henry C., Jenny M., Peter S. and Alexander X.


CORNELIUS H. LOUCKS, P. O. Ulysses, son of Cornelius and Naomi Loucks, was born in Cortland county, N. Y., in 1831. His parents came to Hector Township, Potter Co., Penn., and located on the farm now owned by Clarence Stiles, where the father was a lumberman and farmer, and where they both died. Their children were Mary J. (Mrs. Russel Potter, of Skaneateles, N. Y.), Cornelius H., Mehitabel (deceased), Betsy (deceased), Steven L. (who enlisted and died in the army, aged twenty-six years), and William J. Cornelius H. Loucks remained with his parents until 1853, when he married Arty C. Calkins, and located on the farm adjoining the old homestead, where they remained several years. In 1864 he enlisted in Company G, Fifty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, and on Friday, March 31, 1865, in battle in front of Petersburg, Va., he received a wound in the left shoulder joint which necessitated the amputation of his arm. He was discharged June 12, 1865, and returned to his old home, subsequently removing to Lewisville, where he now lives. His wife died, leaving four children: Frank (since deceased), Darius, James and John, and March 26, 1883, he married Mrs. Louisa V. Stout, daughter of James J. Stewart. Mrs. Loucks is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Loucks is a member of 0. A. Lewis Post, No 279, G. A. R; in politics he is a Republican, has been supervisor of Hector township, and has held various offices in his township.

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