Name: Levi Hicks
Birth: ABT 1771 in PA
Death: BET 1840 AND 1850 in Benezette, Elk, PA
Removed 1804 settled in Driftwood area of Gibson Twp, Cameron Co, Pa
Census: BET 1810 AND 1820 lived in then Jay/Gibson Twp, Clearfield Cty, Pa
Census: 1840 Jay Pa probably this Levi Hicks(60-70 yrs) and female listed as 60-70- probaly his wife
Hicks Run was first settled in 1810 when Levi erected the first sawmill at Hicks Run.
He settled in Gibson Twp. at Second Fork (Driftwood) PA in1804-06. He lived on the property later known as the Shaffer Farm located between First(Sinnemahoning) and Second Fork (Driftwood) of the Sinnemahoning Creek. He cleared about 30 acres of land,which, in 1812 he sold to Jacob Burge. He then moved up stream on Bennett’s Branch to the mouth of Hick’s Run where he cleared a farm and lived the remainder of his life. Levi was thirty-five when he moved to the area and had the honor of making and running the first raft ever taken down the Sinnemahoning. He is listed in the tax assessment for the Sinnemahoning district of Clearfield County in 1814. In 1823 his house was designated the polling place for Gibson Twp He is listed in the 1810 and 1820 Gibson Township census.
Following John Jordan, he settled on the Second Fork in 1806 and then up the Bennetts Branch.He made the first raft and floated it down the Sinnemahoning, and was thus the pioneer in a occupation that was the chief industry along the stream for many years. The following information was taken from "History of that part of The Susquehanna & Juniata Valleys Embraced in the Counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry and Union and Snyder." Rev. Charles Beatty was an early minister in Pennsylvania and printed a book entitled "The Journal of a Two-months' Tour." The August 21, 1768 entry mentions a Levi Hicks, who may or may not have been the father of this Levi Hicks. "After sermon we rode eight miles to Capt. Pattersons' where we were kindly received. Here we met with one Levi Hicks, who had been captive with the Indians from his youth, and we being desirous to know their present situation and circumstances, he gave us the following relation, that about one hundred miles westward of Fort Pitt was an Indian town, called Tuskalawas, and at some considerable distance from that was another town named Kighalamegha." In the August 25, 1768 entry: " Sat out from Captain Patterson's this morning, as early as we could, on our journey, accompanied with Joseph, the interpreter, and Levi Hicks (mentioned before as being many years a prisoner among the Indians). I understood he was considerably impressed under the Word yesterday, and therefore was desirous to here more sermons."
Taken from the History of the Early Settlement of the Juniata Valley, complied by U. J. Jones in 1889 and published by Harrisburg Publishing Co. Gersham, Moses and Levi Hicks and their family were held captives by the Indians for six or seven years. It is believed that after their release they went to Water Street, Huntington Co. and settled there. Gersham and Moses did not marry. Levi, the elder, brought with him a half breed as his wife, by whom he had a number of children. They all settled at Water Street and commenced the occupation of farming. Subsequently, Levi rented from the Bebaults, the tubmill at or near the mouth of Spring Creek. When the Indian troubles began in the spring of 1778, he refused to seek safety in Lytles or Lowry's Fort which was across the river from the mill. On May 12, 1778 he was shot and scalped by Indians at his home. His wife, a son of about 10, and three other children survived. Another child, a daughter of about 3 or 4 was also scalped but survived only be remain feeble-minded the rest of her life. I've entered this story because the boy of 10 mentioned may possibly be our Levi Hicks. Rebecca: According to the 1850 Census she was living with her son, John. Thus Levi probably died before that time.
(Linda Valetta) I desperatley need to get back to Belfonte to search the early land records of Clearfield county that may give us a hint of where our Levi and Rebecca came from.. I last find him in the Census in 1830 and not 1840. He was listed there as between the ages of 50 & 60. The next item we have on him is that the elections of Fox and Gibson Twp was moved from his home in 1831 to the home of Thomas Liggett. After this He and Rebecca give the power of attorney to Richard Gellat in 1835. From this I figure he died between 1835 & 1840.
The next year, 1806, Jordan was followed by Levi Hicks, Andrew Overturf and Samuel Smith, the two former having families, and the latter being a single man. Levi Hicks settled between the First Fork and Second Fork, on ground afterward known as the Shaffer farm, now occupied by Maiden Wykoff. He here cleared about thirty acres of land, which, in 1812, he sold to Jacob Burge, who had settled near him a year or two previous. Hicks then removed up the Bennett's branch to the mouth of Hicks' run, and took up land which is now occupied by his descendants. His son, John, is still living, a man seventy- eight years of age, whose memory is still clear touching the history of those early days. John was eight years old when the family first moved here, and has been a resident of this county over seventy years. Levi, the father, was thirty- five years of age when he moved to the country, and had the honor of making and run-fling the first raft ever taken down the Sinnemahoning.
Father: Levi? Hicks b: 1746 in Grand Cove Valley, PA
Rebecca b: ABT 1781 in PA
- John C Hicks b: 19 JUN 1798 in PA
- Jacob Hicks b: ABT 1803
- William Hicks b: ABT 1806
- Jane Hicks b: ABT 1809
- Margart Hicks b: ABT 1812
- Nancy Hicks b: ABT 1815
- Hester Hettie Hicks b: 11 SEP 1819
- Polly Hicks b: ABT 1821