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Bristol was organized in 1695. Bristol is the second chartered borough in Pennsylvania and Bucks County's largest town. The borough was created November 14, 1720. The site upon which it is erected is a part of a tract of land patented to Samuel Cliff by Sir Edmund Andros, Colonial Governor of New York. The first court house and prison (of logs) were erected here at the formation of the county, and subsequently rebuilt of brick in 1705. By an act of the Assembly, of the 20th March, 1724, the county seat was removed to Newtown.

Original settlers: Anthony Burton, John Hall, William Wharton, Joseph Bond. The principal inhabitants of Bristol were Quakers. Among these, the names of Buckley, Williams, Large, Meritt, Hutchinson, and Church. In 1712 Saint James Church was erected by the Episcopalians, and in 1714 the Friends erected a meeting-house. These comprised, for a full century, the only houses of worship in the borough..1,2 Town laid out in 1697; county seat 1705-1 725; incorporated in 1720; rechartered in 1785 and again in 1851.3

Bristol Borough
Located in Bucks County, Bristol was incorporated as a borough on November 14, 1720.

Borough Council Minutes, 1730-1825, 1843-1948. 5 rolls. (LR 1)

Grundy Museum Tour Bristol

 

Battle's History of Bucks County 1887 

William H. Grudy, manufacturer, P. 0. Bristol, was born in Philadelphia in December, 1836. He is a son of Edmund and Rebecca (Hume) Grudy, the former born in England, and the latter in Hulmeville, this county. The father was a merchant in Philadelphia, and had four children. William H., the second child, attended select school, was a clerk in early life, and afterward in mercantile trade for himself in Philadelphia. In 1877 he began the manufacture of worsted yarn at Bristol, where he has been uniformly successful. He has done much to add to the prosperity of the borough. In politics he is a republican, and is burgess of Bristol borough. He is a member of the Masonic order. He was married in 1861 to Mary R. Ridgeway. Their children are : Joseph R., clerk in his father's olBce, and Meta R., at home.

Amos B. Headley, farmer, P. O. Tullytown, is among the descendants of the early pioneers of Bucks county. He was bom in Bristol townsliip March 30, 1842, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Brown) Headley, who were natives of Pennsylvania, and of English origin. His father was a miller by occupation. He built and owned a large saw-mill and was engaged in tlie lumber business in Bristol township many years. This mill was destroyed by fire and never rebuilt. He at the same time owned the mill now owned by Amos B., which tlie latter bought in 1868. Thomas Headley is retired from active labor and lives in Bristol borough. Amos B. was the third in a family of four children. He was reared on the farm, attending the public schools at the same time, and also attended college at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Early in life he worked with his father in the mill, and his first business was that of a merchant miller, combined with that of a saw-mill, which occupied him from 18G5 to 1880, since which time he has been engaged in farming. He owns a neat and substantial residence in Tullytown, where he resides. He was married December 10, 1868, to Miss Emma T., daughter of Isaac and Sarah Ann (Hendrickson) Ivins. Her parents were of English origin, and now reside in Bristol borough, her father having retired from business. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Headley has been blessed with two children, Irene and Editli. They attend the Friends' meeting. In politics Mr. Headly is a republican. He once served as jury commissioner of Bucks county.

A History of Bristol Borough in the County of Bucks,

Anciently known as Buckingham Bein the Third Oldest Town and Second Chartered Borough IN PENNSYLVANIA From Its Earliest Times to the Present Year 1911 by DORON GREEN Bristol, Pa.

BOROUGH OFFICERS. 1720. Burgesses, Joseph Bond, John Hall; High Constable, Thomas Clifford.

Samuel Carpenter.—Samuel Carpenter, born in Surry, England, who came to the province from the island of Barbadoes, in 1683, and afterwards became a wealthy shipping merchant of Philadelphia, was the largest landholder in Bristol Township at the close of the century. He purchased some two thousand acres contiguous to Bristol, and including the site of the borough. Among the tracts he bought were those of John Otter, Samuel Clift, Edward Bennet, and Griffith Jones, running down the Delaware nearly to the mouth of the Neshaminy, and afterward that of Thomas Holme, running back to the Middletown line, making about one thousand four hundred acres.

 

Jeanie Johnston Irish Emigrant Ship to Visit Bristol Waterfront The Jeanie Johnston to dock for four days to promote Irish culture and heritage BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. - As a way of promoting Irish culture and heritage in Bucks County, The Jeanie Johnston, a recreation of a 19th century Irish emigrant ship will be visiting the Bristol waterfront from June 26-30, 2003. The ship will arrive from Philadelphia at noon on the 26th and leave for New York at 10 a.m. on the 30th.. Date : 28 July 2006 A ship built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine arrived in Bristol last night (27 July) and received a special welcome from the city’s Irish community. The ‘Jeanie Johnston’ - a replica of a ship that carried 2500 Irish emigrants to the USA - was met at Bristol Dock’s lock gates in the Cumberland Basin by Deacon Kevin Moloney from Clifton Cathedral and Mrs Honoria O’Leary, a 101 year old former Irish emigrant to the USA. Ref: Town and Country Newspaper Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA Saturday -

August 1, 1903 THE HEAVIEST MAN IN THE STATE Bristol, Bucks county claims the honor of having the the heaviest man in the State. Wilson LIPPENCOTT, a retired farmer, who was weighed this week and tipped the scale at 544 pounds. He gained 50 pounds during the past year. His belt measurement is 7 feet. Mr. LIPPINCOTT is a hearty eater and he thinks there is every possibility of still further development. He is the father of three sons and four daughters all of whom are weighty. Ref: Town and Country Newspaper Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA Saturday -

August 22, 1903 HEAVIEST MAN IN STATE DEAD Wilson LIPPINCOTT, of Bristol, Bucks county, known as the heaviest man in the state, died on Monday of heart disease. During the last year of his life LIPPINCOTT gained 100 pounds in weight and he was proud of it. At the time of his death he weighed 544 pounds. His health was apparently good up to the minute of his death. He was a famous dancer till his weight reached the 400 mark.

1914 Directory under Middletown Twp

 

 

Benson, J. Harry (Mary C.)

Bristol

Darrah, Geo. (Matilda)

Bristol

Darrah, Joseph (Crissie)

Bristol

Deenihan, William P. (Mary)

Bristol

Everett, Aldridge (Katherine)

Bristol

Everett, Joseph (Mary)

Bristol

Everett, Samuel (Nellie M.)

Bristol

ankins, Mahlon (Edith)

Bristol

Hazelett, Eliza (widow of John)

Bristol

Honeyford, Benjamin (Martha)

Bristol

Kellett, Earnest (Annie)

Bristol

Larue, Herbert (Elizabeth)

Bristol

Larue, Wm. H.

Bristol

Morgan, Brinton C. (Ann J.)

Bristol

Pahlam, Edward (son of J.A. Pahlman)

Bristol

Pahlman, J.A.

Bristol

Ralph, J. Lawrence (Mary )

Bristol

Schoemberg, Charlotte (widow of Augustus M.)

Bristol

Sharkey, Samuel (Elizabeth)

Bristol

White, Norris (Katie)

Bristol

Williams, John R. (mary)

Bristol

Winder, Edward J. Jr. (Catherine)

Bristol

Winslar, George B. (Elizabeth)

Bristol

Wright, George W. (Laura)

Bristol

 

 

 

MARRIAGES

Bucks County Intelligencer Marriages

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McDevitt, John and Elizabeth Smith 10/5/1842

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Michener, Susanna M., Horsham and Eli Engle 2/26/1846

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Michener, Margaret and Charles H. Pratt, both of Bristol 11/22/1855

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Milnor, James and Ann w. Stackhouse 9/12/1839

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Limehouse, John and Martha Johnson 4/24/1847

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Livingston, Louisa Matilda and Anthony K. Joice 5/8/1842

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Longstreth, John M. and Elizabeth White 8/7/1845

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Lukens, Mary J. and H. Clay Beatty, Esq 11/28/1860

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McMasters, Caroline and Henry Herbert 1/11/1837

CEMETERY

Bristol Cemetery Find a Grave

St. James the Greater episcopal Church est. 1712

http://www.stjamesbristol.org/cemetery.html

St James Episcopal churchyard , Bristol Borough, Bucks, PA, USA

Bucks County Genealogy. Hibbs, Pursell and related families

http://buckscountyhibbspursellandmore.com/showmap.php?cemeteryID=5

St. Mark Parish -

http://www.saintmarkchurch.net/

http://tourbristol.org/tour/st-mark-cemetery/

  

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