Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Kelli Hicks Scalia


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I'm just getting started in researching my family history.  I am looking at the Samuel K. HIcks and Mahala Snare Lines.  Would like to correspond and gather information regarding these lines.

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Reply Frank Showalter
10:07 PM on July 26, 2011 
1883 History of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, by J. Simpson Africa, Vol. I,
page 423, In 1815, the year following the formation of Porter Township, with bounds comprising the present 1883 townships of Porter, Walker, and Juniata were recorded the following:
John Hicks (for lanlord), 200 acres.
Abraham Hicks, 100 acres.
Single free men, Richard Hicks.
page 381, In 1828, the year following the formation of Walker Township, Abraham Hicks.

Look at the 1850 United States Federal Census, Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
The R. Hicks family recorded there may be the Richard mentioned above.

Samuel K. Hicks
1860 United States Federal Census, Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
Counted with his parents and at the John Forrest farm.

1883 History of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, by J. Simpson Africa, Vol. I, page 167
War of the Rebellion, 110th Regiment, Co. B
Sgt. Samuel K. Hicks, mustered in, Dec. 19, 1861. Promoted from Corp. Nov. 1, 1864. Mustered out with his Company, June 28, 1865.

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934.
Name: Samuel K. Hicks, Sgt. Co. B, 110th Pa. Infintry
State Filed: Pennsylvania
Widow: Minay Hicks
Comments: Benjamin F. Clark, Gdn.

1870 United States Federal Census, Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Name: Sml K Hicks
Birth Year: abt 1844 Age in 1870: 26 Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Sml K Hicks 26 Occupation: Teamster
Josephine Hicks 25
Laura M Hicks 4
Nettie Hicks 1
Samuel Hicks 52 Occupation: Laborer
Hannah Kelley 22 Occupation: Housekeeper


1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Samuel K. Hicks
Home in 1880: Lincoln, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Age: 35
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1845
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Mahalah Hicks
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Works In Quarry
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel K. Hicks 35
Mahalah Hicks 29
Alice M. Hicks 10
Howard Hicks 7
Emery Hicks 3
Elsie Hicks 2
Nellie B. Hicks 2m

Father of Samuel K. Hicks
1850 United States Federal Census
Name: S Hicks
Age: 32
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1818
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Occupation: Laborer
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Family Number: 56
Household Members:
Name Age
S Hicks 32
M Hicks 32
M J Hicks 8
S Hicks 5
A Hicks 2



1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Samuel Hicks
Age in 1860: 42 Birth Year: abt 1818 Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Huntingdon
Value of real estate:
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Hicks 42
Mary Hicks 40
Jane Hicks 18
Samuel Hicks 16
Abner Hicks 14
Ann Hicks 12
William Hicks 10
Grafius Hicks 8


U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865
Name: Samuel Hicks
Residence: Porter, Pennsylvania
Class: 2
Congressional District: 17th
Age on 1 July 1863: 44
Race: White
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Farmer


1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Samuel Hicks
Birth Year: abt 1818
Age in 1870: 52 Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Porter, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Sml K Hicks 26 Occupation: Teamster
Josephine Hicks 25
Laura M Hicks 4
Nettie Hicks 1
Samuel Hicks 52 Occupation: Laborer
Hannah Kelley 22 Occupation: Housekeeper
Reply Frank Showalter
10:06 PM on July 26, 2011 
Hello Kelli,
Over the week end I checked some of my sources and found the following:
1883 History of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, by J. Simpson Africa, Vol. I, page 271.
The lands lying at the mouth of Spruce Creek, at the Juniata River, were warrented June 4, 1762, but was not patented until many years afterwards. On the east side of the creek the Bebault brothers erected simple mills in the colonial period, and made other slight improvements. During the Revolution this property was occupied by Levi Hicks, who operated the mill. He was a brother of Moses and Gershom Hucks, both unmarried men who had their homes at Water Street. Levi had a half-breed for a wife and several children. This fact led him to believe that he would have immunity from Indian attacks, and he consequently paid no heed to the warnings of his neighbors, who urged him to go to some fort, in the spring of 1778, when Indians were reported to be about. On the 12th of May that year he started his mill as usual, early in the morning, and then went to get his breakfast. While at the house he procured a needle and thread to mend his moccasins, and returning to the mill seated himself in the door to do this work. He soon heard the rustling of leaves near the mill, but having no idea that Indians were about, he imprudently, and contrary to his custom, went to see what caused it, leaving his wife in the mill. While advancing towards the spot from whence the noise issued, he was shot through the heart. Mrs. Hicks heard the gun and ran down to the river, crossed the fording, and sped with all haste towords Lytle's Fort. On the way she met a horseman, but could hardly make him understand her, but when he comprehended the story he quickly rode to the fort. Mrs. Hicks then, for the first time, saw her boy, about ten years old, following her, which recalled her thoughts to her children. Arriving at the fort, the men there refused to go in persuit of the Indians, on one pretext or other, until the next day. They then found Hicks scalped on the spot where he fell. A little girl who had ventured out to see what the Indians were doing to her father was knocked on the head, scalped, and left for dead. The Indians left without entering the house, into which the little girl managed to crawl, where she was found the next day sitting in a corner and gibbering like an idiot. Her face and head were covered with clotted blood. Two children were lying on the floor crying , and the infant in the cradle was moaning for nourishment. The scalped girl lived a number of years, but not having had medical attedance, became feeble-minded. No clue of the Indians could be obtained, nor did any other depredation follow the murder of Hicks. This story was writen by Vida Jones, of Juniata Valley.

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