principal early settlements of Liberty township were in the vicinity of
on Wolf creek near the Butler county line.
William Gill, a soldier of the Revolution, came to this
vicinity about 1797. About the close of the century David and Thomas Courtney
secured the large tract of land on both sides of Wolf creek, part of
which has continued in the possession of the heirs to the present time.
A log mill for making both lumber and flour was built by David Courtney in 1803, and
ever since Courtney’s Mills have not only furnished a name to the
community but have maintained a reputation for their products.
Wolf Creek branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad has in recent years
given railroad transportation to Liberty township. The stations of
Carmona, Courtney’s Mills and Heath are shipping points for this
Century History of Mercer County,
1909, page 161
Thomas Courtney came [to Liberty Township] in 1802, and
bought 500 or 600 acres of land between them, at the site of the
present Courtney Mill. Their heirs still occupy the old
homestead. It is located on both banks of Wolf Creek, and is
one of the most picturesque spots in the entire township.
Courtney built a grist-mill and a saw-mill, in 1803, the
year after his arrival. He had been a miller in Franklin
county before he came to this township, and the fine mill-site on the
creek was what induced him to settle where he did. His was
located in Liberty Township
| What the History
of Mercer County, 1888, says about Courtney's Mills
you're looking for your ancestors in Courtney's Mills, try the 1850
Wolf Creek Township Census
and the 1870 Liberty Township Census.
Landowners and Businesses in and near
Courtney's Mills, according to the 1873
Combined Atlas for Mercer County: W.
Dale, W. Courtney, L. Dale, D. F. Courtney, D. Brinneman,
the Estate of W. Courtney,
School House No. 5, grist mill, coal bank, and blacksmith shop.
1873 landowners map