BRIDGETON

BRIDGETON was a division of Nockamixon Township and became a township in 1890. 

Named for the arch and truss wooden bridge over the river between Upper Black Eddy, PA., and Milford, NJ - the last one to remain intact.2




View of Hunterdon County and the Sourland Mountains from Bridgeton Hill, Bridgeton Township

Nockamixon, the township, may be described as lying in northeastern Bucks County, touching Delaware River at the Narrows, bounded northwest by Springfield and Durham Townships, southeast by Tinicum Township,, southwest by Haycock Township.  Haycock Run and Tohickon Creek form the southwest boundary line.  When Bridgeton Township was raised in 1890, Nockamixon lost a third of its territory. 
 

Keep in mind that Bridgeton was formed out of Nockamixon in 1890 so any research prior to 1890 would be found under Nockamixon Township.

 

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bullet FALLS CREEK RAVINE
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Some Bridgeton Residents 1891  Illustrated Atlas, 1891
bulletBrice Pursell
bulletOrville Goddard
bulletBarnet Lear
bulletEd Goddard
bulletW. Goddard
bulletT. Fitzgerald
bulletSarah Sigafoos
bulletSaml Raisner
bulletHarry Miller
bulletA. Miller
bulletJ.W. Goddard
bulletEli Hillpot
bulletJacob Groover
bulletC. Minder
bulletJ. Magowan
bulletEli Miller
bulletGeo. M. Pickering
bulletJ. Riegle
bulletJ. Blanchard
bulletAaron Kohl
bulletN. Kohl
bulletJoe Miller
bulletB. Suddler
bulletDanl Pursell
bulletDavid Pursell
bulletDavid Schliter
bulletAaron Warwick
bulletAaron Overpeck
bulletCharles Pickering
bulletAaron S. Wismer
bulletJohn Nice
bulletJohn Fisher
bulletJ. S. Sigafoos
bulletW.W. Haring
bulletJerry Kohl
bulletM. McEntee
bulletHugh Rymond
bulletPeter B. Agnew
bulletJohn Baiter
bulletAbraham Diehl
bulletJohn Sengly
bullet Dr.  F. Cawley
bulletSigafoos
bulletR.F. Meyers
 
 
May 22, 1882
 

A case of small pox was reported in Williams Township and the victim was sent to the Northampton County Poorhouse for treatment.  William Witman of Nockamixon, PA, the captain of a boat who arrived at Uhler's lime kiln from Frenchtown, reported feeling ill.  A doctor later diagnosed him with small pox.

This is his Find A Grave biography:
 

 

PennLive.com

 

BRIDGETON

Purcell Burial Ground

Trap Rock

FINGAL'S CAVE, ISLAND OF STAFFA, SCOTLAND. Fingal's Cave on the southwestern coast of the Islet of Staffa, Argyleshire, Scotland, seven miles off the west coast of Mull, and other caves in that isle, contain basaltic rocks of similar trap rock formation.Etchings from photographs of the Giant's Causeway, taken

 SPECIFIC GRAVITIES AND CHEMICAL ANALYSES. The specific gravities of the trap rocks from the four Pennsylvania fields which I sampled are as follows: Bridgeton, 3.15; Stony Point, 3.05; Pottstown, 3.23; Devil's Den, 3.06. The sampling from the Bridgeton field for chemical analysis, reported below, was made up of many small pieces chipped from only rocks which had the best ringing properties. All my samples were analyzed in the laboratory of the Thomas Iron Company, by Mr. Walter Wyckoff, chief chemist.

 Some of the specific gravities and analyses of trap rocks reported in the New Jersey Geological Survey, particularly for the year 1907, are somewhat similar to those of my samples, but as a rule the specific gravities are less in the New Jersey reports. No test has come to my notice of trap rock as heavy as the Pottstown samples, which (by calculation) weigh 202 pounds to the '220

 

 
 

The Ringing Rocks. BY B. F. FACKENTHAL,, JR., RIEGELSVILLE, PA. 

The ringing rocks of Bridgeton township (formerly part of Nockamixon township) in Bucks county, Pa., are situated about I%/4 miles west from the Delaware river, about 7 miles by public road from Riegelsville, Pa., and about 3 miles from Milford, N. J. They have an elevation of about 500 feet, and present a most interesting geological study. The illustrations shown on the opposite page are from photographs of the main part of the field, which covers an area of about 4 acres, and in which the musical rocks are found. The rocks vary from about ioo pounds to many tons in weight; there are, however, very few small rocks. They are piled on top of each other to a great depth, but their surface, which is comparatively level, is not elevated above the immediately adjoining land. When struck with a piece of -rock, or with a hammer or other metallic object, they give out a peculiarly musical, bell-like sound, the tones often varying according to their shape and position. Some of the rocks are decidedly more musical than others, while some have only a dull sound; the tone of many resembles that of a blacksmith's anvil. The musical properties are not destroyed by removing them from their beds, or from their locality. 

The large field referred to does not contain a particle of soil or vegetation of any kind. There are also some smaller fields of similar rocks nearby; in fact, the entire neighborhood is covered with rocks of the same geological formation. The region is rough and rocky, and a considerable part of the surrounding land cannot be cultivated. Some of the rocks are of huge proportions; the exposed surfaces of many contain interesting indentations, due to the fact that 'they have been subject to the weathering or leaching process.

 These rocks are igneous eruptions, and are doubtless outcrops of dykes, which came up through the Mesozoic red sandstone or, as commonly called, "new red sandstone" or "red-shale," and can be traced, in a southwestwardly direction, from the Delaware river across Bucks county, following the foot-hills of South mountain, into Montgomery and Chester counties.

 On the north-western slope of Haycock mountain (960 feet elevation) in Haycock township Bucks county, there are also several outcrops of these barren rocks, including one field at an elevation of 620 feet, having an -area of about 3 acres, which have ringing properties, and have always been known as "Stony Garden," a wild lonely spot in the woods, about :2 miles from Stony Point tavern, on the Durham road in Springfield township.* The tones of the rocks at Stony Garden are not as musical * This tavern, established in I758, was formerly called " Three tuns."

A COLLECTION OF PAPERS READ BEFORE THE BUCKS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PUBLISHED FOR THE SOCIETY BY B. F. FACKEMTWAL, JR. *
RIEGELSVILLE, PA;.
1909
VOLUME III.
EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
HON. HARMAN YERKES MRS. AGNES WILLIAMS PALMER
HENRY C. MERCER CLARENCE D. HOTCHKISS
WARREN S. ELY B. F. FACKENTEHAL, JR.

 
 
4 or 5 times they tried to split the township, early attempts were along the diabase, Beaver Run through Revere and Kintnersville
  1. NOCKAMIXON was settled by the same class of people as Tinicum. The names of Thatcher, Weaver, Richards, Dickson, Wilson, Ramsey, and Blair indicate English or Scotch nationality, and they were familiar names among the early settlers. The German element appeared before the revolution, with what result in establishing itself need scarcely be stated. Among the early families of the latter class were those of Frankenfield, Buck, Kintner, Stover, Trauger, Keyser, and Cruchler. Some of these are no longer represented, thus indicating that even a German community may experience changes. The English were most active in moving for township organization. This was a long time under consideration. It was petitioned for in 1742, and in the following year a survey was made, which is thus described: "Beginning at a black oak on ye bank of Delaware by a corner of Durham tract; thence by said tract and land of Thomas Blair, south seventy degrees, west one thousand and forty perches; thence by land of William Ware,  southeast two hundred and forty perches; thence southwest five hundred and forty perches to Haycock run; thence down said run to Tohickon creek; thence down the said creek to a tract of land laid out to James Sterling; thence by that and the London Company's land northeast two thousand, one hundred and forty perches to the river Delaware; thence up the same to place of beginning." At March term, 1744, a report embodying this was presented to court, but for some reason it was not confirmed until 1746. It is a large township, the area being about seventeen thousand acres. The population in 1880 was one thousand five hundred and fifty-four. For convenience in voting it is divided into two election districts, of which the one of most recent origin is known as Bridgeton district. The village of that name is the largest in the township. It is situated on the Delaware, opposite Milford, with which communication is established by a bridge. The post-office is known as Upper Black's Eddy. Some distance farther north, a hamlet in the rear of the river hills bears the appropriate name of Narrowsville. Kintnersville, so named from Major Jacob Kintner, sheriff of the county in 1825, is situated north of Gallows run. Several miles farther inland and within the valley of that stream is Rum corner, the seat of Nockamixon post-office. Bucksville, founded by Nicholas Buck, is located on the Durham road, and was a stopping-place for stages half a century ago. There is little in its present appearance to suggest the activity and importance once derived from this source. (Battle's History of Bucks County)

Papers Read before the Bucks County historical Society -

page 143 Part 026-137  Mr. Beatty was a trustee of the College of New Jersey at Princeton, elected in I763. The institution was in its childhood and needed larger resources than this country, just emerging from the wars with the French and the Indians, could furnish. It was deemed important that aid should be solicited in the West Indies, some portions ,of which were occupied by British planters, men of wealth. Dr. John Witherspoon, the president who was first requested to undertake the duty, being unable to leave his post, Mr. Beatty was appointed to serve on what proved to him a fatal mission. He arrived at the Island of Barbadoes June 6th and died August i3, I772, stricken with the yellow fever. There in the cemetery at Bridgeton his remains are interred. As a public speaker he was ready, fluent, impressive, and seldom made use of a manuscript. Gentlemanly in his manners, pleasing in his personal appearance and address, he commanded respect and made friends wherever he went. He was useful, active and influential in his parish, in society, in the judicatories of the. church and in the affairs of the country.   School Houses 8. MINE SPRING, in Bridgeton Township, near Rupletown. Our fellow member, J. H. Fitzgerald, who attended school there, says it was a school fifty years ago. It appears on Scott's Atlas of 1876. Page 304 Papers Read before BCHS 094-279    Page 147 120-133 Delaware MILFORD, N. J., FERRY-From Upper Blacks Eddy, Bucks County, Pa., to Milford, Hunterdon County, N. J. Upper Blacks Eddy is now in Bridgeton Township, erected in 1890 out of part of Nockamixon Township, Bucks County. There is no reliable data at hand to show when this ferry was established. A ford was used for crossing before the ferry was built. The settlement on the Pennsylvania side, called Upper Blacks Eddy, was a most desirable place for raftmen to tie up for the night. This is the longest eddy on the river, and was usually crowded with rafts during the spring flood rafting season. A post office was established there in 1830. The earliest record at hand of the New Jersey side is a copy of a survey, about 1757, by Elisha Emley, which indicates a sawmill on the Wissahawken Creek, about 200 feet from its mouth at the Delaware. Later a gristmill was built farther up the creek, which, in 1769, when the property of Col. John Reid, was destroyed by fire. This gave the settlement the name of Burnt Mills. In 1798 Col. Thomas Lowrey bought 333 acres of land in and around what is now the town of Milford, including the 147 148

IMPROVING NAVIGATION ON THE DELAWARE RIVER site of the burnt mill, and during the following years 1799-1800, erected a gristmill by the riverside, to \w hich shortly thereafter he added a sawmill. The place was then called Lowreytown, and the ferry Lowreytown Ferry. In 1803 the name was permanently changed to Milford, and the ferry to Milford Ferry. There is a tradition that, although the ferry was established prior to 1803, the town was named for the ferry, a combination of the words Mill and Ford. When the river bridge w as opened for travel in 1842, the ferry was shut down. (For Milford bridge, see page 175.) (History of Hunterdon County, pp. 427, 429, and History of the Lowrey Family in The Jerseyman, pp. 21 to 26.)    

 


Mary A Black
Isaac ?Black
Henry R Black
Confirmation: 26 Mar 1880
Upper Black Eddy, Bucks, Pennsylvania
Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church

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