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History & Folklore
Potter County

  • Formed: 26 Mar 1804 from part of Lycoming County. Fully organized in 1824.
  • Named for: Major-General James Potter, a Revolutionary War leader of Scotch-Irish descent.
  • County seat: Coudersport, originally Couder's Port
    • Named for Jean Samuel Coudere, an Amsterdam banker, laid out in 1807 and incorporated as a borough 7 Feb 1848.


Neighboring Counties

  • Tioga: Formed 1804 from Lycoming County
  • Clinton: Formed 1839 from Centre and Lycoming counties
  • McKean: Formed 1804 from Lycoming County
  • Bordered by NY State on the north.


Early Business and Occupations

  • Lumber (beech, maple, elm, basswood, pine, oak, chestnut, hemlock, hickory, butternut, and thorn)
  • White pine spars for the shipping industry


Bibliography

  • Genealogical & Personal History of Northern Pennsylvania, by John W. Jordan, 3 vols., 1913
  • Pioneer Outline History of Northwestern Pennsylvania, by W. M. McKnight, 1905
  • Chronicles of Central Pennsylvania, by Frederic A. Godcharles, 3 vols., 1944
  • Chronicles of Central Pennsylvania, by Frederic A. Godcharles, 1944
  • History of Roulet, by Robert R. Lyman, Sr., 1967
  • Life & Times of Major Isaac Lyman, by Robert R. Lyman, 1969
  • A Story of the Sinnamahone, by George W. Huntley, Jr., 1936


Links

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