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Bedminster was organized in 1742.  In 1759, a quaint tavern was built at the junction of the Philadelphia-Easton Post Road and the Durham Road by Joseph Bladen.Bedminster, lies between Plumstead, Hilltown, Rockhill, Haycock and Nockamixon. The name is taken from the town of Bedminster, in Somersetshire, near Bristol , England.

Bedminster Churches-Bristol UK
Bristol UK

First settlers of the township were Irish from the counties of Donegal and Antrim and perhaps other parts of northern Ireland. Among them were McHenry, Comly, Wismer, Ayres, Grier, Armstrong, Orr, Kennedy, Kelley, Armstrong, McCalla and Darrah. William Allen, of Philadelphia, was one of the largest landowners. Scotch Irish Presbyterians organized a church which took the name Deep Run, it was the original place of worship of all the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians.

Meeting House   (Route 113 and Elephant Road)

The Intelligencer Record (7/25/1999)As of 1990, 43% of the land in the township was being used for agriculture.

Few if any descendants of the old Irish families remain in Bedminster. Before the close of the 18th century a number of them migrated to North Carolina. The Mennonites followed the Irish into Bedminster.

The Siege of Yorktown (1781) was a victory by a combined American and French force led by General George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the French General Comte de Rochambeau over a British army commanded by General Lord Charles Cornwallis. The surrender of Cornwallis's army caused the British government to negotiate an end to the American Revolutionary War.


bulletTohickon Reformed Church, organized in June 1745.
bullet Kellers Church, founded by the Lutherans in 1744.
bulletA Light on the Ridge
The Life and Times of the People of Kellers Church
bulletDavis History of Bedminster
bulletSaving the Farm Time sensitive link
bulletHistoric Piper Tavern
bulletDeep Run East
bullet Bedminster Township
4,804 people, 1,788 households, and 1,333 families (2000 census)


St Peter's (Tohickon Union) Old Bethlehem Pike Perkasie PA

Keller's Union

250 Anniversary
Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church
Ridge & Kellers Church Roads
Bedminster PA 18910 (215)795-2965
bullet1751 Founding of Kellers Church
bullet1766 First Stone Building
bullet1841 Union began with Solomon's Reformed Pastors
bullet1870 Fist English sermon
bullet1889 St. Matthew's name adopted
bullet1894 Presesnt building constructed
bullet1895 Bell placed
bullet1859 Union dissolved
bullet1967 educational building dedicated
bullet1976 225 Anniversary
bullet2001 250th Anniversary

Deep Run Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Route 113 and Elephant Road
Bedminster PA 18910 (215) 249-3689

Deep Run Mennonite (East)
350 Kellers Church Road
Perkasie Pa (215) 766-8380

St. Luke's Union
Deep Run Mennonite (West)

The News Herald, March 21, 2001
Kellers Church Beginning July 8, 2001, St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, forever known as Kellers Church will celebrate its 250th anniversary. A lifetime member of St. Matthew's, Merv Bryan, who died in the summer of 1999 was completing the church history at the time of his death. That church history will be published this year. It will be titled, "A Light on the Ridge, the Life and times of the People of Kellers Church."
From that source: Wealthy German Lutherans were coming to America in the 1700s with whole congregations and even pastors to start new churches. But that was not the case with the forbearers of St. Matthew's. They were a few disgruntled Germans who were member of Peace Lutheran Church who decided to start their own congregation. Some of the original names are recorded: Keller, Ackerman, Steinbach, Ziegenfuss, Nicklas, Acker, Lock, Schwartz, Weickert and maria Elizabeth Jacoby.

The first elders were inscribed for history: Henry Keller, Henry Acker, Jacob Lock, Valentine Nicklas. Listed as deacons were Christian Steinbach and Andrew Ziegenfuss.

Bucks County is a class 2A county comprised of 23 boroughs and 31 townships.

The book does not have an index, but it does have founding family information including but not limited to the Keller family, church elders, deacons, church members at the beginning (Loch, Nicla, Ackerman, Schwarz, Fischer, Zimmer, Stein, Drach, Wimmer, Ziegenfuss, Feininger to name a few) It is a history of the church. Written by Mervin C. Bryan 1938-1999.

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