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About Richard Dietrich Loucks, U.E.L.

Also known as Richard (?).

From St. Lawrence Development Commission

"...Richard for some reason did not join the King's standard, but remained in Stone Arabia where he kept a store and tavern. Patriots of the village tried to persuade him to enlist in the Continental Armies, but when he refused they assumed 'if you're not with us, you're against us,' and had him fined twice the sum of twenty pounds and incarcerated in a dungeon. His wife protested sharply at such treatment. The patriots became exasperated and she was forced to take refuge behind British lines. Richard's property, along with that of his brothers, was seized and confiscated by the State of New York, and he and his brothers banished. ...

"Richard, Peter and Joseph settled in Canada after the war, together with six other Loucks' from other branches of the family. Section 2 In 1784 Richard brought his wife and six children to Osnabruk Township in the County of Stormont, where they settled on Lot 31, 2nd. Concession. McNiff's Map 1786 shows the lot (Loucks Genealogy of Arthur Moseley Loucks). Richard took up his vocation of inn-keeping. Various accounts by travelers were flattering but uncomplimentary about his tavern. The earliest records we have of the Courts of the Quarter Sessions for the district of Lunenberg, show that they were held at Loucks' Inn in the late 1780s."


Richard Dietrich Loucks, b. 1740 was actually born in Stone Arabia, NY. His

father John Adam was quite well established there and among other things ran

a tavern which was the first meeting place for the Tyron County Committee of

Safety. Richard was the Loyalist and John Adam was the Patriot.

The date of John Richard's birth is uncertain but usually given as 1772. He

had a brother named Richard born 1774. There is a baptism in the Stone

Arabia Reformed Lutheran Church records dated 1779 with the name illegible

but which some attribute to John Richard.

By Ken Loucks

1. RICHARD DIETRICH LOUCKS (JOHANN ADAM, JOHANN DIETRICH LAUX, TONGE1) was born 1740 in Stone Arabia, New York State, USA, and died March 22, 1816 in Osnabruck, Ontario (Woodlands East Cemetery). He married DOROTHEA FOX November 20, 1764 in Reformed Dutch Church, Stone Arabia, New York, daughter of JOHANN FUCHS and ANNA KAST. She was born 1742 in Palatine, Montgomery Co., NY.

He was twice fined 20-0-0 for refusing to join the rebels. He was imprisoned in a donjon and nearly starved. His wife strongly protested the savage treatment he received and they threatened to tar and feather her. She escaped to the military barracks for protection. Richard owned a store and inn at Stone Arabia. All his property was seized and confiscated. He came to Canada with his family in 1783. He drew land in Township No. 3, Osnabruck (Stormont County)W 1/2 of Lot 31, 2nd Concession - Lot 33, 3rd Concession (McNiff's Map 1786).

Minutes of the Commissioners for detecting and defeating Conspiracies in the State of New York

Albany County Sesssions, 1778-1781, Vol. 1: 1778-1779, p. 364

Victor Hugo Paltsits, State Historian

June 15, 1779: "A letter from Col Lewis DeBois dated at John'sTown in Tryon County was laid before the Board informing us that he sends to us under guard by order of Brigadier General Clinton the following persons (who were confined in Tryon County Goal and for want of a sufficient guard to take care of them at that place he now sends to us to have confined here (to wit) Henry Merkle, Jacob Merkle, Derick Merkle, Godfrey Supher, Peter Schuyler, David Barber, John Staring, George Fikes, John Kitman, Julius Bush, Dedirick Louks, William Empey, Nicholas Shafer, Adam Shafer, John Shafer, John Alt, Nicholas Alt, Jacob Devoe, Job Bullingham and John Waters. Resolved that they be confined and that a Mittimus be made out for them-- Resolved that letters be wrote to Col Klock, Col Vischer and William Harper Esq requesting them to transmit to this Board the Crimes with which the above persons severally stand charged."

October 9, 1779, page 422: "Richard Loucks of Tryon County now here confined in goal for disaffection to the American Cause was brought before the board and as nothing material has yet been produced against him therefore be resolved that he be liberated on entring into a recognizance and with sufficient surety for his good behavior and appearance before this Board when thereunto required and remaining with the limits of the Township of Schenectady during the next two years unless sooner discharged."

Source: Correspondence with Ken Loucks

In Committee Tryon County June 19th 1776

The following persons refusing to sign the Association ordered by this Committee viz. - - - Donald Cameron, Barnabas Cain, Jacob Merckell, Henry Merckell Jr., Dederick Loucks, Godfrey Syphert, Hendrick Dillenbach, Christian Dillenbach Jr. and John Dochsteder. They are judged inimical to the Liberties of Armerica and dangerous to remain in the County and are ordered together with John Harris and John Meyers to be sent down to Albany to be disposed of as General Schuyler shall direct.

Ordered that Capt. W. Keen send an officer with a party of Men to guard the above named Persons to Albany.

By Order of the Committee John Frey Chairman

In Comittee met at Stonearaby May 11th, 1777

Jacob Snell Chairman

John Eisenlord Esqr. Secry.

Palatine (JD6 - JD10)

The Old United Empire Loyalist List:

Loucks, Richard.... Williamsburgh, wife 6 children, P.L.2d 1786

Charlesville's first store and tavern was opened around 1787 by Richard Loucks, who received a 400-acre land grant just west of the original town site. The Loucks Tavern, sometimes known as the Lunenberg Inn, also had the distinction of serving as the first Court Chambers for the District of Lunenberg. The tavern included a pillory so prisoners could be padlocked just in case they tried to escape.

1. GEDCOM File : ~AT9335.ged. ABBR GEDCOM File : ~AT9335.ged. GED info from Flora Baller - Updated on March 8, 2003.

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Richard Dietrich Loucks, U.E.L.'s Timeline

Stone Arabia, Montgomery, New York, United States
December 6, 1765
Age 25
Stone Arabia, NY, USA
May 5, 1768
Age 28
Schoharie, NY, USA
May 1768
Age 28
Schoharie, NY, USA
May 22, 1774
Age 34
Schoharie, New York, United States
Age 40
Schenectady, NY, USA
March 22, 1816
Age 76
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, ON, Canada