NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
There are many by the name of Loucks, Loux and Louk, who served in the war of the rebellion from Ulster and Tryon counties, New York. The family were early settlers in both counties and there are many of the name yet found there.
Peter Loucks was one who served from Tryon county, and there were others. The name appears in Sim's "Border Wars," and in his "History of Schohaire County."
They were farmers in good circumstances and bore their part in neighborhood affairs. It is believed that Peter Loucks, who served in the revoltuion, was the father of Peter and Joseph Loucks, who settled in Lewis county, N.Y.
(I) Joseph Loucks was born in Tryon county, New York. In the year 1823, in company with his brother, Peter, he removed to the town of Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., where they settled upon a tract of unimproved land, built a log house and in course of time cleared and improved a farm of two hundred acres. Peter later sold his interest and returned to the Mohawk valley. Joseph remained on his Lewis county farm until after his second marriage, when he removed to St. Lawrence county, where he died.
He married (first) Mary Snell, born 1792, died 1842; children:
1. James, see forward.
2. Mary, married Elijah Kingsley.
3. Elizabeth, married Charles S. Rice.
He married (second) Sarah Gillett, who died in 1891; two sons:
Dwight, who was killed at the battle of Wilderness, during the civil war.
(II) James, eldest son of Joseph Loucks, by his first wife, was born in the Mohawk valley, New York, 1820, died in Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., March 7, 1867. He was three years of age when his parents removed to Lewis county, where he was reared on the farm and educated in the public schools of his day. When his father removed to St. Lawrence county (1848), James was left in charge of the Lewis county farm and with the care of the younger children. He continued on the farm all his days and became a leading farmer of the county.
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopaql church, and politically a Republican.
He married (first) Eliza Cotel, who died in 1853.
1. Vernelia C., married Lawrence Boshart.
2. Franklin J., concerning whom see sketch below.
3. Euretta, married Frank Heil; resides in Santa Ana, California, and has George, Carrie, Frances, Marian, Mildred, Frank and Ruth Heil.
4. Edith, married Edward Evans, and has a daughter Muriel.
5. Fred H., married Celia Adams, and has Lloyd and Theda.
James Loucks married (second) Catherine Suits, born at Ephrata, Montgomery county, N.Y., May 20, 1827, died Oct. 9, 1905, in Washington, D.C., daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Suits) Suits, natives of Montgomery county. Her mother Catherine (Suits) Suits, was a daughter of Peter P. Suits, of Tryon county, N.Y., a son of Peter Suits, who served during the revolution in Captain Christopher W. Fox's company, Colonel Klock's regiment He was a revolutionary pensioner and died at Plessis, Jefferson county, N.Y., at the home of his son, Adam Suits. Peter Suits had children: Adam, Catherine, Peter P., Daniel, Elizabeth, married George Bauder; Benjamin, Lena, married a Getman; Nancy, married Noah Bacon; she lived to the great age of ninety-nine years, four months and nine days; Nancy Bacon's grandfather served in both the French and revolutionary wars, and his father in the war of 1812; Mary, married _____ Shaver.
Children of James and Catherine (Suits) Loucks:
1. William C., born Feb. 12, 1861, married Jessie Mears, of Independence, Kansas; have a son Harold.
2. Burton H., see forward.
3. James A. (called Waters), married Clara Gordon, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has Muriel, Marian, Lois, Paul.
4. Jennie A. (twin of James A.) born May 17, 1863; married Herbert G. Aldrich, of Gouverneur, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., and has a daughter: Ruth Aldrich.
(III) Frankin J., son of James Loucks, was born in Lowville, July 6, 1846, and was brought up on the old homestead of his native town. In 1868 he settled on his present farm, where he has since been engaged in general farming. He is a member of the Methodist church, of which he has been a steward. In politics he is a Republican.
He married Jan. 21, 1867, Cornelia M. Hitchcock, born in Lowville, daughter of Henry and Clarissa (Hubbard) Hitchcock.
Fred H., mentioned below.
Edith, born Aug. 25, 1874; married Calvin Lewis Evans, and has one child, Clarice Muriel, born May 16, 1900.
(IV) Fred H., son of Franklin J. Loucks, was born in Lowville, Nov. 27, 1868. He attended the public schools of Lowville and the Oswego Business College. After leaving school he worked on his father's farm. When a young man he made a special study of the culture of bees, and he has made a businesslike and scientific application of his knowledge. He owns three apiaries, and is the largest dealer in honey in northern New York. He is a prominent member of the national and local Beekeepers' Association. Mr. Loucks is an authority on bees, and his advice is sought by bee-raisers in all parts of the country. His success in this field has influenced many to follow his lead. He is also priminent in the cheese-making business, to which he served an apprenticeship. He has a very productive farm and operates a cheese factory in connection with his farming, and owns and operates a sawmill at Martinsburg.
In all his business undertakings he has been singularly successful. His thorough knowledge of agriculture, and enterprising, progressive methods, have been an example and influence for the younger farmers of the whole county.
In politics he is a Republican. He is a member and steward of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He married, Oct. 29, 1892, Celia B. Adams, born at Lowville May 17, 1871, daughter of Parker Adams.
Lloyd A., born May 23, 1898.
Theda Mae, March 2, 1905.
(III) [Transcriber's note: notice we've jumped back to the III generation].
Burton H., second son of James and Catherine (Suits) Loucks, was born at Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., March 7, 1862. He was educated in the public schools, prepared for college at Lowville Academy, and entered Hamilton College. He embraced the profession of law, for which he prepared in the offices of Merril & Ryel, of Lowville; attended Columbia Law School, Washington, D.C., and was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of District of Columbia, June 21, 1889. He began the practice of his profession at Washington, D.C. in May, 1889, and remained for several years until 1906. He was admitted to practice in the United States supreme court, Nov. 17, 1896. He was a successful lawyer. He was learned in the law and a careful pracititoner. In 1906 he closed out his Washington business and returned to his boyhood home, Lowville, where he now (1910) continues his legal practice.
He is an attendant of the Episcopal church, and member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, affiliating with Columbia Lodge, No. 10, Washington, D.C. Politically he is a Democrat.
He married Sept. 13, 1899, Josephine Elizabeth, born in Martinsburg, N.Y., May 27, 1866, daughter of Joel Wheeler Ager.
1. Burton H. (2), born in Lyonsdale, Lewis county, N.Y. Jan. 9, 1901.
2. Francis Ager, born in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 1903.
3. Julia Frances, born in Lyonsdale, Aug. 20, 1905.
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