Excerpts from "HISTORY OF BUCKS COUNTY", PA

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"The History of Bucks County"
TINICUM
1738
TINICUM is bounded by the Delaware river and Nockamixon on the north, the Delaware on the east, the Tohickon which separates it from Plumstead and Bedmister, on the south, and by Nockamixon on the west. The area is seventeen thousand one hundred and seventy-seven acres On the 6th of September, 1699, William Penn wrote to James Logan from Pennsbury: "I desire to see T. Fairman, for that I hear an Indian township called Tohickon, rich lands and much cleared by the Indians, he has not surveyed to mine and children's tracts as I expected. It joins upon the back of my manor of Highlands, and I am sorry my surveyor-general did not inform me thereof. If it be not in thy warrants, put it in, except lands already or formerly taken up, or an Indian township. The Indians have been with me about it." Penn was very cross that his surveyor had neglected to lay off the tract alluded to, to himself and children, which was afterward formed into an Indian township. We find, in our investigations, that somewhere "above the Highlands," but the exact location is not known, ten thousand acres were confirmed to John Penn and his children. This may have reference to the same tract, and probably the "Indian township" was part of what is now Tinicum. The "London Company" was among the earliest land-owners in the township as well as the largest, and the purchase was probably made about the time the company bought part of manor of Highlands in 1699. The courses and distances are given by John Watson, who probably surveyed it when broken up, as follows: "Beginning at a white oak by the river Delaware, thence running by vacant lands, south-werst one thousand six hundred and sixty perches to a black oak; thence by land laid-out to said Proprietary's land south-cast six hundred and thirty-four perches to a post at the corner of John Streaper's land; thence north-cast by the said Streaper's land, one thousand one hundred and sixty perches to a white oak; thence south-east by the said Streaper's land, six hundred and eighty perches to a black oak sapling, to the said river; thence up the same on the several courses, one thousand six hundred and fifty-eight perches to the place of beginning, containing seven thousand five hundred acres." From these notes it is difficult to define the boundary at the present day. It had frontage of about five miles on the Delaware extending back about the same distance, and occupied the northern part of the township. We have seen a copy of the draft made by Benjamin Eastburn, surveyor-general, in 1740, but its accuracy is doubted as the lines do not extend eastward to the river. The stream of immigration that planted the Scotch-Irish on the banks of the Deep run, in Bedminster, carried settlers of the same race across the Tohickon, into the then wilderness of Tinicum in the first quarter of the last centry. By about 1730 we find settled there: MARSHALL, William, Edward and Moses COLLINs, Joseph HAVERFORD, Joseph THATCHER, Richard GRIFLEE(GRIFFITH), David MINTURN, Richard ROSS, James HALL, John WILLEY, James not one of whom was German. The actual date when each one of these immigrants settled in Tinicum it is impossible to give, or the place and the quantity of land taken up. Edward MARSHALL, who made the "Great Walk" for the Penns in 1737, was an inhabitant of the township at the time, and during part of his residence there, made his home on an island in the Delaware, which still bears his name. In 1737 MATTHEW HUGHES took up a tract in the lower part of the township, lying on the river road and extending back to the hills. In 1746 he granted forty acres to ADAM MEISNER, at the upper end of Pont Pleasant, then called the Narrows. In 1759 Mr. Hughes gave fifty- four acres to his son Uriah. In 1759 CASPER KOLB brought one hundred and fifty acres of the Proprietaries, which he sold in 1749 to MICHAEL HEANEY, who was probably the ancestor of the family of this name which now lives in the township. In 1745 HEANEY bought one hundred and fifty acres of patent land, described as "near Tohickon, Bucks County." John PRAUL, of Bensalem, patented several hundred acres, extending from Point Pleasant up to Smithtown, and reaching a mile back from the river. John VAN FOSSEN, a Hollander, was one of the earliest land-owners a the mouth of the Tohickon, his tract extending on the south side into Plumstead, on which Point Pleasant is built in part. A German named Christopher SIGMAN lived in Tinicum in 1750. There was still vacant land in the township in 1753, when thirty-two acres were surveyed to John HART, under a warrent dated March. 16, 1750. A few of the Hessians captured at Trenton settled in Tinicum, and others in Williams and Saucon townships, Northampton County. The Wolfingers of Tinicum(my family) and neighboring townships are descended from Frederick Wolfinger, who came with his wife from Germany about 1750 and settled in Nockamixon, where he bought a tract of land near Kinterville, now owned by John AHLEM and John KEYSER, He had four sons and three daughters, who married into the families of Schick, Grover, Sassaman, Good, Hoffmann, and Scheetz, and left large families. The Lears(my family) of Tinicum are decended from ancestry who immigrated from Germany to Virginia at at early day. From there Joseph Lear, the grandfather of Mahlon C. Lear, came to Bucks and settled in Tinicum, near Erwinna, where he died thirty years ago, at the age of ninety-two. The family claim that Tobias Lear, the private secretary of General Washington was a brother of the aforesaid Joseph Lear. (My Lears are from Tinicum, but I haven't made the connection to Virginia as yet) By 1738 the settlers in what is now Tinicum felt themselves numerous enough to ask for a township organization and on the 12th of March we find William, Edward and Moses MARSHALL, Joseph and Jonathan COLLINS, Joseph HAVERFORD, Richard THATCHER, David GRIFFITH, Richard MINTURN, James ROSS, John HALL, James WILLEY, James STEWART, Joseph M. KING, Michael WILLIAMSON, William RICKEY, John MCKEE, John PETERSON, James BRIGGS, James CAMPBELL, John STEWART, James JOHNSTON, John SHAW, William HILL, and Joseph MCFARLAND, who styled themselves "divers inhabitants of the lands adjacent to Plumstead," petitioned the court of quarter sessions to erect the follwoing district of country into a new township to be called "Tennicunk", viz: "Beginning at lower corner of Nockamixon, on the river Delaware, thence extending by the same township south-east two thousand one hundred and forty perches to the Tohickon creek, thence down the said creek, by the townships of Bedminister and Plumstead, to the Delaware aforesaid, then up the said river to the place of beginning." The court does not seem to have hestiated, but allowed the township which was soon afterward surveyed and organized. The original boundaries are retained to the present day. At the time the township was laid out, there was probably but one grain-mill in it. BARCROFT's on the Tohickon near its mouth. The township organization invited settlers and immigrants seeking new homes flocked to the country north of the Tohickon, and gradually new farms were opened, dwellings erected and roads laid out. The names on the petition for the erection of the township prove the early settlers to have been English and Scotch-Irish. The Germans were the introduction of a later immigration, and afterward many of this nationality found homes in TINICUM. We have no record of their advent, but they came soon after the township was settled. In 1762 we find the additional names of Herman RONSECROUT, Bernard SCHNEIDER, Samuel McCONOGHY, William RICHARDS, Henry NEWTON, Jacob FOX, Robert STOVERT, John WALLACE, and Martin FRYLING, three of which were names were German. In 1738 Conrad KUSTER took up one hundred and a half acres of land on a branch of Tinicum creek. Henry STOVER resided in Tinicum in 1768 and Christian HONK and Nicholas HERN owned land there in 1769. In 1774 Jacob KOLB purchased two hundred and eleven acres in Tinicum. 1774 -The Williamses are decended from a Yankee ancestor, born in Boston, who removed to Wilmington, Delaware and thence to Philadelphia, where he married. The Great-great-grandfather of Hiram A. Williams purchased several hundred acres of John and Richard Penn. His son, Jeremiah Williams, purchased this tract of his father and settled in the township with his family before the Revolutionary War where they and their decendants have lived to the present time. Newbury D. Williams formerly cashier of the Frenchtown bank, was a member of this family. At this time Richard STEVENS was the largest land-holder owning four thousand one hundred and thiry-one acres, nearly one-fourth of the land in the township. The population was sparse. We hae met with the records of but few roads in Tinicum, the earliest being that of 1741, when the road was laid out from the mouth of Tinicum creek, near Erwinna, then known as "London ferry" to the mouth of Indian cabin run, where it crosses the Tohickon and meets the Durham road, near Hinkletown, in Plumstead. The Durham road was laid out through the township in 1745. In June 1747, John WATSON surveyed a road from London ferry, twelve miles and three hundred and sixty-seven and a half perches, until it met the Durham, probably a re-survey of the road that was laid out in 1741. About 1750 the inhabitants of Tinicum built, by subscription, a wooden bridge over Indian creek, near its mouth at the river. In 1768 the inhabitants of Tinicum, Nockamixon, Bedminster and Plumbstead asked persmission of the court to build a stone bridge at their own expense, in place of the wooden one, but it was not granted. Among the petitioners are the names of George HILLPOT(my family), William MCINTYRE, Michael WORMAN and Abraham FRETZ, probably the ancestors of the extensive families bearing these names in that section of the country. The bridge over the Tohickon, on the Durham road, was built in 1765 at an expense of 283. 16s. 101/2 of which the inhabitants contributed 101.13s.6d., and the balance was taken from the public funds. This crossing was called John ORR's ford, after the first settler of that place. The grand jury reported in favor of the bridge at the June term, 1763, but it was to to be built until the inhabitants raised as much money as they could toward the cost.

GENEALOGY INFORMATION SENT IN BY FELLOW RESEARCHER
I read the History of Buck's County and could add to the landowners listed
there. I have a copy of an indenture dated 1783 in which my gggg-
grandfather, William Cooper, bought 155 acres of land from Timothy Beanes.
The land was originally owned by John and Margaret Patterson (June 11,1746)
Samuel Cooper , William's father, paid taxes on this land until 1789 when
William assumed the taxes. 71 of these acres was given to the grandchildren 
of William  These grandchildren were the children of his son,Bethel. One of
these children, Nelson Cooper, acting on behalf of his brothers and sisters 
sold the land at auction in 1855 to John Bergstresser.Nelson married a 
Catherine -.Nelson was my gg grandfather. When I did my early research at 
the Spruance Library in Doylestown, I found an early map in the Streiper 
papers showing some early landowners. I would be willing to share any
information I have that would be of interest to anyone doing his/her 
research in the Tinicum area.Nelson and his wife ,Catherine are buried in a 
cemetery called the Marshall-Ridge- Cooper Cemetery. The cemetery is also 
called " Gravel Hill ".There were no readable tombstones in this cemetery, 
but its location could possibly have been part of the original 155 acres.
The other Cooper family buried there are all descendants of William through
his son James.Let me know what I can do to make it easier for others. This
Tinicum Township bunch was hard to track through chuch records. The only 
birth record  have is of my great grandfather, William, the son af Nelson
and Catherine in 1844.
Sally Sally Otto
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