Bristol Township

Bristol Bucks County

Bristol Twp by location


At the time of Bristol there were only 2 other towns in Pennslvania, Philadelphia and Chester. Phineas Pemberton was directed to prepare a draft of the town, and John White appointed " sealer" agreeably to the terms of the petition. The survey was probably made the same year (1797) ; and with this date the chronological record of the oldest town in Bucks county may be said to begin.

Bristol Monthly Meeting

Battle's History of Bucks County 1887

THE lands between the manor of Pennsbury and Neshaminy creek, comprehended in Bristol township at the time when it was erected in 1692, were originally seated by twenty individuals, viz., William Clark, Richard Noble, Jacob Pelisson, Samuel Allen, James Boyden, John Swart, John Spencer, Thomas Holme, Edmund Bennet, Griffith Jones, Francis Richardson, Christopher Taylor, William Haige, Thomas Bowman, Thomas Rudyard, William Dungan, Mordecai Bowden, Clement Dungan, Thomas Dungan, and Richard Lundy. Clark received his grant from Governor Andros in 1679. It was located at the mouth of Neshaminy creek, and comprised three hundred and nine acres.

The public school system, as promulgated in the act of April 1, 1834, was adopted by the people of Bristol township at the following election.

  SAMUEL APPLETON, manufacturer, Bristol, was born in Leicester, Enjiland, May 22, 1831. He came to America in 1850, landed at New York, and engaged as a workman in a factory at Germantown. In 1853 he began the manufacture of woolen goods at Palethorp and Oxford streets, Philadelphia, in a factory thirty by sixteen feet. In 1856 Mr. Appleton became general manager for Schofield & Branson, in Philadelphia. In 1866 he returned to Palethorp and Oxford and built the present Phojnix mills there. He removed to Bristol in 1873 and became manager of the Bristol woolen mills, then owned by Thomas Hugh & Co.

Chaules S. Bailey, retired, P. O. Bristol, was born in this township July 27, 1820. He is a son of William and Harriet (Stackhoiise) Bailey, both natives of Bucks county and of German and English origin. The father was a carpenter and had nine children. Charles S., the oldest, was reared in Bensalem and received his education in the public schools of that township. He learned the carpenter's trade early in life, but never made it his permanent occupation. He has been engaged in various lines of business and has met with financial success. In 1846 he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of James Stewart. She is of Irish origin. They have five children now living; Anna, wife of John G. Warwick ; Ellen, Harriet, Margaret, wife of Charles H. Bunting, and Charles S., Jr. ]\Ir. Bailey is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and has been trustee and treasurer. In politics he is a republican. He served ten years as justice of the peace, was collector of school taxes twelve years, and assessor seven years.

John T. Baker, farmer, P. O. Bristol, was born at Newportville, February 21, 1863, being a son of Edward and Caroline (Roberts) Baker, natives of Pennsylvania, and of English and German origin. Edward Baker died here in 1886, being tlien in his 69tli year. His family consisted of fourteen children, eleven of whom grew to maturity.

William B. Baker, M. D., dentist, P. 0. Bristol, is a prominent dental practitioner, having his office and residence in Radclitfe street, in this borough. He was born in Bristol townsliip July 21, 1820, and is a son of Thomas and Maria (Birkey) Baker, the former born in Freemansburg, of German origin, and the latter in Burlington, N. J., of Swiss descent. 

Thomas Baunard, merchant, P. 0. Bristol, son of Thomas and Rebecca (Eastman) Barnard, was born in New Hampshire, June 14, 1831. His grandparents came from England to New Hampshire, where his parents were born. His father and grandfather were farmers.

William Blackwood, proprietor of bakery, P. 0. Bristol, was born in the borough of Bristol, February 16, 1845. He is a son of Philip and Mary (Wright) Blackwood, the former a native of New Jersey, the latter born in Bucks county and both of English origin. Philip Blackwood was a wheelwright.

Jacob W. Bowman, the senior member of the firm of Myers & Bowman, seedgrowers, P. O. Bristol, was born in Bristol township, December 10, 1849, and is a son of William and Eliza (Shinkle) Bowman. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania and of German origin. His father is a farmer and now living a retired life in Bristol township, being 83 years of age.

John S. Brelsford, deceased, carpenter and undertaker, P. O. Bristol, was born in Burlington, N. J., a son of William Brelsford. His father was twice married. He had five children by his first marriage, and two by the second, of whom John S. was the youngest. His mother died when he was only ten years old. His parents were of Scotch origin,



The ancestral home of the Pemberton family is located on the Newportville-Fallsington Road in Bucks County and has been known for two hundred and ninety years as "Bolton Farm.



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Ref: Town and Country Newspaper
Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA
Saturday - August 1, 1903


Bristol, Bucks county claims the honor of having 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


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.)


Darrah, Geo. (Matilda)


Darrah, Joseph (Crissie)


Deenihan, William P. (Mary)


Everett, Aldridge (Katherine)


Everett, Joseph (Mary)


Everett, Samuel (Nellie M.)


ankins, Mahlon (Edith)


Hazelett, Eliza (widow of John)


Honeyford, Benjamin (Martha)


Kellett, Earnest (Annie)


Larue, Herbert (Elizabeth)


Larue, Wm. H.


Morgan, Brinton C. (Ann J.)


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


Pahlman, J.A.


Ralph, J. Lawrence (Mary )


Schoemberg, Charlotte (widow of Augustus M.)


Sharkey, Samuel (Elizabeth)


White, Norris (Katie)


Williams, John R. (mary)


Winder, Edward J. Jr. (Catherine)


Winslar, George B. (Elizabeth)


Wright, George W. (Laura)




reference in Papers read before the BCHS -

The Dungans, Baptists of Rhode Island, arrived in this county in advance of Penn; and the 4th of Sixth month, 1682, two hundred acres of land in Bristol township were granted to William Dungan. About that time a small colony of Welsh Baptists came from the same province and settled near Cold Spring three miles above Bristol. (near the river bank, given by Thomas Stanaland who died in 1753 and buried in it)

They were followed in 1684, by the Rev. Thomas Dungan, probably father of the William mentioned above, with his family, who settled in that vicinity. He soon gathered a small congregation above him and organized a Baptist church, the first in the State and county, which was kept together until 1702.

We know little of its story; its only earthly remains being the graveyard, overgrown with briars and trees, and a few dilapidated tombstones. The pastor died in 1688 and was buried there.

Old Pennypack Baptist Church.

BY REV. S. F. HOTCHKIN, Bustleton, PA.
(Tohickon Park, Bedminster Meeting, October 6, i903.) General Davis in his "History of Bucks County" describes
the ancient pond at Cold Spring on the Delaware, above Bristol, and below Penn's old home. The other day I visited the beautiful
spot with the Rev. George Peck, Jr., the pastor of Pennypack, or Lower Dublin church. It is on the Norwitz place near Edgely,
formerly Cold Spring depot.

The water is remarkably clear and the green moss on the bottom and on an old stone spring-house adjoining it, makes a pretty
picture, while springs bubble up continually. We turn from the pool and a few rods distant look for the remains of the ancient church-yard where Thomas Stanaland, who probably gave the land, was buried, in I753, as well as the godly patriarch, the Rev. Thomas Dungan, the spiritual father of all Pennsylvania Baptists, who died in i688, and whose memory is preserved by a handsome stone monument in Southampton Baptist church-yard; Rev. Samuel Jones, parson at Pennypack, who died December i6, I722, and Rev. Joseph Wood in charge of the same parish, who entered paradise September I5, 1747.

What was the amazement and indignation of my clerical friend and myself to see the desecration of the sacred spot. Not only
were the walls of the old church and graveyard gone, but the tombstones had also been removed, and the graves were overgrown
with grass, while a dwelling house has been erected on a portion of the ground. I never saw a more striking example of American greed which in this instance cannot spare room to honor the dead. We will turn our eyes from the beautiful Delaware, where
Father Dungan doubtless baptized his converts, with the suggestion that, if a monument marks a human grave, an old church site
should bear a stone cross with an inscription that the crucified and glorified Christ had there been worshiped as God, and the hope that in the change of population a sacred edifice might again rise on the spot.The Cold Spring railroad station has been changed from Cold Spring to Edgely

Mr. Dungan built a meeting-house. In 1770 nothing remained of the Cold Spring church but a grave-yard (vide Edwards). Nothing belonging to his church edifice or cemetery now remains to mark a spot so full of interest to Pennsylvania Baptist except some foundations which can be distinctly traced across and on one side of a road which passes by the celebrated Cold Spring. The church-site is two miles from Tullytown. Bucks county, and about two rods from the pike leading to it, and the same distance from the toll-gate on the Tullytown road."

Bristol, Philadelphia County, is not the same as Bristol, Bucks County, as stated in the Kuster book.

There were 2 Bristol Townships from 1682 to 1854:Bristol, Bucks County and Bristol, Philadelphia County

Bristol, Philadelphia, was the township just east of Germantown. The present day neighborhoods of East and West Oaklane, Fernrock, and Logan are where the old Bristol Township was.
A tidbit from the internet. . .

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