Biography of J. L. Havens
Potter County, PA Biographies

J. L HAVENS, merchant, Sunderlinville, a son of John and Catharine Havens, was born in Hector township, Potter Co., Penn., in 1836. His parents came from New York State, and were among the first settlers in Hector township. Their family consisted of three children: D. W., J. L. and M. V. J. L. Havens was married in 1857, to Julia A., daughter of Joseph Sunderlin, the founder of Sunderlinville. Mr. Sunderlin. came here at a very early day, and built the first grist mill on the present site of Sunderlinville, and when the town was incorporated it was named in his honor. His children were Darwin, Cyrus, Darius, Huldah, Daniel, Joseph, John, Samuel, Lydia and Julia A. Mr. and Mrs. Sunderlin made this their home until their death: Mr. and Mrs. Havens, after marriage, located in Hector township, and for a time he was engaged in agriculture, but in 1883 he removed to town and embarked in the mercantile business. Mrs. Havens died, leaving two children: B. B. and Laura; the eldest, Alioe A. having died about three months previous to her mother's death. Mr. Havens subsequently married Mrs. M. H. Wilkinson, widow of Matthew H. Wilkinson, who died from the effects of cancer. She has three children: W. R., Eva and Satie. Mr. Havens is a Republican in politics, and has held various official positions in his township.

History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890

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