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Plumstead was organized in 1725.  English Friends pushed their way up into the woods of Plumstead, through Buckingham and Solebury at an early day, and were on the extreme limit of the tidal-wave of civilization that swep upward from the Delaware.

One of the first to own Land in the township was Francis Plumstead, an ironmonger of London, who received a grant of two thousand five hundred acres from William Penn, in consideration of 50 pounds, dated the 25th of October, 1683. Early settlers: Clement and Thomas Dungan, John Basset, Thomas Brown, Henry Child, (in 1681, Henry Childs purchased 500 acres, which includes the Gayman Farms, from William Penn for 10 pounds. "Gayman Farm Tour Brochure") John Dyer, William Michener. On an old draft of Plumstead, drawn March 11, 1724, are marked the following land-owners, all located in the south-west part of the township, near the Buckingham line: Arthur Day, Henry Child, John Dyer, Richard Hill, Abraham Hilyer, Silas MacCarty, William Michener, John Earl., James Shaw, James Brown, Henry Paul, Samuel Barker, Thomas Brown, Jr., Richard Lundy, and H. Large.

The Doanes came into the township, from Massachusetts, subsequent to the first settlers, and settled near the meeting-house, and Israel Doane was there in 1726. The sons of Joseph, who was a good citizen, became notorious in the revolution as tories and marauders, and those who were not killed or hanged had to flee the country. The old Doane homestead is now owned by Jacob Hagerty.

On 2nd of October, 1728, Plumstead friends asked to have a meeting for worship every other First day, which was granted, and it was held at the house of Thomas Brown. The first meeting house was erected in 1729.

The villages of Plumstead are: Gardenville, Danborough, Plumsteadville and Point Pleasant. Seventy-five years ago Gardenville was known as Brownsville.   

bulletGardenville
The site of an early tavern, the Sign of the Plough. Known as Brownsville for many years. A new name was needed in 1857 for the post office, and it became Gardenville in 1857.3a
bulletDanboro
Once known as Clover Hill and later as Danville. It was named for Daniel Thomas, political figure of the 1790's.3a
bulletHinkletown
Where Durham Road (413) crosses Stump Road. Named for Philip Hinkle, purchased an inn here in 1793.3a
bulletHenry Childs
In 1681, Henry Childs purchased 500 acres, which includes Gayman Farms, from William Penn for 10 pounds. ChristianGayman bought 47 acres of that tract in 1855 andin 1885 Harvey Gayman bought the main farm.
"Gayman Farm Tour Brochure"
bulletCurley Hill
bullet Hellericks Farm

 

bulletFountainville
Partly in Plumstead, Doylestown and New Britain Twp's. Once had a tavern "The Sign of the Fountain".3a
bulletDyerstown
Named for John Dyer, he built one of the earliest mills.3a
bulletWismer
A small village N/E part of twp. Just a crossroads & a few houses.3a
bullet Point Pleasant
At the location where the Tohickon Creek (boundary between Plumstead & Tinicum) flows into the Delaware River. An old name was Lower Black Eddy. In the Victorian era Point Pleasant was a retreat and resort for sportsmen.3a
bulletGayman School
on Point Pleasant Pike, built in the 1960s was named after George Gayman.
"Gayman Farm Tour Brochure"
bulletPlumsteadville
bulletFirst known as Harts Tavern
bulletDoan Family

 

Some of the Early Settlers of Plumstead Area


Doylestown, Plumstead 7 Solebury townships
Cemetery Transcriptions & Church Records (A BCHS Volunteer Project 1980 to 1996)

Browns
Thomas and wife Mary Eyre Brown of Barking, Essex County, England came to Philadelphia in 1701. He was the son of George Brown and she the daughter of Alexander Eyre. They were English Quakers>
Dyers
John Dyer and his wife arrived in Philadelphia in 1714. They were English quakers, members of Nailsworth, Gloucestersire Meeting. He was a miller and probably a millwright.
Micheners
John Michener and Sarah Moore were married in the home of William Penn in Worminghurst, England on 8/6/1686 and apparently sailed immediately for America. They carried with them a letter written by Penn to his manager in America asking that he lend aid in becoming established in the new land.There is a record of their having the following children: Sarah, Rebecca, Hannah, William, John, Elizabeth and Mary. William married Mary (Custer?) of Germantown, later settled on a 400 acre farm in Plumstead.
Shaws
They were descendents of the Shaws of Southampton and Northampton. James Shaw son of John married Mary Brown daughter of Thomas and Mary Brown on 9/24/1718. Thomas Brown on 6/18/1724 conveyed 200 acres of land in Plumstead to James and Mary Brown Shaw. JHames and Mary had six children.
Worthingtons
They were of English families that may be traced back to the year 1216 in Lancashire, England. The Family lived for hundreds of years in the Old Hall of Worthington in Lancashire. They were Presbyterians. About 1705, three brothers John, Thomas andSamuel came to America and settled in Byberry.
Bradshaw
The Bradshaw family has been traced to Thomas Bradshaw in Oxton, Nottinghamshire, England, who married Sarah Levis in 1687. their children were Hannah, Mary, John and Sarah. John was born 1690. His son James came to America before 1740. He married Ruth, daughter of William Louther (English quaker family). He acquired 150 acres south ofMechanicsville, bordering Durham Road, known as the old Lippincott farm. He died October 23, 1774.
Doans
Deacon Doan, first of the Doans to come to America landed at Plymouth Massachusetts, in 1630. Later members of the Doan Family migrated to the state of New Jersey, settling in the Burlington area. They were Congregationlists. They, like the Quakers of that area, built their own schools in which to educate their children. One of their school buildings still stands there beside Delaware River, a red brick building, near the river bridge.
Rich
The Rich family who lived near Dyerstown were members of a small orthodox Quaker Meeting located at Landisville. That group seperated from the Plumstead Hicksite Meeting about 1827.

 

RELIGION

Most early settlers where English Quakers. The Plumstead Friends Meeting, was founded in 1727 and was the township's first religious establishment. A German Mennonite church was set up in Groveland in 1806. Later settlement were Scottish and Irish.3

 

bullet Point Pleasant Living Places

 

 
 
 

 

REVOLUTION ENROLLMENTS IN PLUMSTEAD 2

bulletWilliam Bradshaw
bulletJohn Bradshaw
bulletThomas Brown
bulletJohn Brown
bulletJonah Brown
bulletAbraham Black, Sr.
bulletAbraham Black, Jr.
bulletJohn Bother
bulletJohn Banks
bulletConard Bean
bulletJohn Boyle
bulletElias Carey
bulletJohn Carey, Jr.
bulletJohn Closer (Closson)
bulletIsaac Overholt
bulletSamuel Carver & servant Joseph Roberts
bulletJohn Cutler
bulletJacob Blemens
bulletSamuel Coster
bulletCephas Child
bulletCephas Child, Jr.
bulletJoseph Child
bulletHenry Carr
bulletEverard Conard
bulletJoseph Conard
bulletJohn Carlisle
bulletJonathan Carlisle
bulletDaniel Carlisle
bulletJohn Dyer
bulletIsaac Dunken
bulletJacob Dunken
bulletChristopher Day
bulletJoseph Doan
bulletJoseph Doan, Jr.
bulletMahlon Doan
bulletMoses Doan
bulletIsrael Doan
bulletAndrew Ellicott
bulletJohn Furguson
bulletNathaniel Ferrity
bulletFrancis Good
bulletJonathan Good
bulletEdward Good
bulletChristian Gayman
bulletMathews Hughes
bulletJonathan Hough
bulletHenry Huddleson
bulletThomas Hill
bulletJames Kinnard
bulletPhilip Kratz & servant
bulletThomas Lewis
bulletJohn Louder
bulletIsaac Michener
bulletMesech Michener
bulletJoseph Michener
bulletBarak Michener
bulletMahlon Michener
bulletGeorgeMichener
bulletSamuel Meyers
bulletJohn Meyers
bulletIsrael Morris
bulletAndrew McGuigan
bulletAbraham Overholt
bulletSmith Price
bulletBenjamin Rich
bulletJohn Rodgers
bulletGeorge Rodgers
bulletSamuel Stradling
bulletJoseph Stradling
bulletJohn Smith
bulletDavid Smith, Jr.
bulletJohn Smith
bulletThomas Smith's son
bulletMathias Smith
bulletJames Shaw, Jr.
bulletJohn Shaw
bulletAlexander Shaw
bulletJonathan Shaw
bulletAmos Shaw
bulletMichael Swartz & servant
bulletNathaniel Saruple
bulletCharles Stewart, Jr.
bulletJohn Stiner
bulletWilliam Severns
bulletJohn Sees
bulletAbraham Tucker
bulletThomas Tusten
bulletJoseph Tucker
bulletEdward Updegrove
bulletPeter Vickers
bulletJacob Vickers
bulletSolomonVickers
bulletThomas Wright
bulletJoseph Wilson
bulletJonathan Wells

PLUMSTEAD MILITIA COMPANY

Belonged to the Second Battalion_Privates
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bulletJohn Boyd
bulletAdam Bean
bulletConrad Bean, Jr.
bulletGeorge Burns
bulletJesse Brittain
bulletNathaniel Brittain
bulletSamuel Brittain
bulletPeter Cosner
bulletWilliam Chilcott
bulletJacob Carsdrop
bulletThomas Craig
bulletJohn Dunlap
bulletJohn Dunlap, Jr.
bulletJoseph Dyer
bulletWilliam Davis
bulletThomas dickinson
bulletPhilip Fox
bulletHugh Fleming
bulletJohn Forsman
bulletDavid Forsman
bulletPeter Fodder
bulletHugh Ferguson
bulletLevi Fell
bulletBenjamin Fell
bulletJames Faries
bulletBenjamin Griffith
bulletGeorge Gaddis
bulletJohn Gaddis
bulletHenry Gaddis
bulletMatthew Grier
bulletJoseph Grier
bulletRobert Gibson
bulletRobert Gibson, Jr.
bulletJohn Gibson
bulletGeorge Hughes
bulletPhilip Hinkle
bulletSamuel Hair
bulletIsasc Hill
bulletWilliam Hart
bulletWilliam Hart
bulletJoseph Hart
bulletJohn Haskins
bulletJonathan Huntsman
bulletBarnet Kepler
bulletWilliam Kennedy
bulletRichard Lott
bulletPatrick McGahan
bulletAlexander McFarland
bulletAlexander McCalla
bulletDaniel Millhoff
bulletCornelius Neafur
bulletDavid Nesbit
bulletPatrick Poe
bulletJoseph McMullen
bulletWilliam Meredith
bulletJoseph McCalla
bulletJohn McMullen
bulletValentine Mosteller
bulletJohn Rodgers
bulletEzekiel Rodgers
bulletAlexander Robinson
bulletGeorge Rice
bulletCharles Stewart
bulletJames Sample
bulletWilliam Smith
bulletDavid Smith
bulletJohn Smith
bulletGeorge Stewart
bulletJoseph Severens
bulletAndrew Shaffer
bulletJoseph Shaffer
bulletSamuel Titus
bulletIsaac Thomas
bulletDaniel Thomas
bulletJoseph thomas
bulletWilliam Tyndall
bulletPeter Traush
bulletFrancis Titus (1)
bulletFrancis Titus (2)
bulletJohn VanFossen
bulletSamuel Watts
bulletPeter Wood

 

Bucks Judges deny challenge of Plumstead Mall developers

Bucks County Intelligencer December 28th, 1976

A three-judge panel of Bucks County Court has upheld the rejection of the Plumstead Mall by Plumstead Township supervisors.

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The plaintiffs, represented by attorney John A. VanLuvanee, had failed to show that the ordinance creating the shoppingmall district was unconstitutional.

 

 
Town and Country Newspaper Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA
Saturday - February 27, 1904
GERYVILLE
U.G. LOUX served as juror in the Bucks county court, at Doylestown, this week
Town and Country Newspaper
Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA
Saturday - August 27, 1904
GROWING COTTON IN BUCKS COUNTY
J.M. BENDER, of Point Pleasant, Bucks county, has a row of cotton plants in his garden, quite a novelty in that section. The seed was planted about the first of June and the plants are from three to three and a half feet high.

QUAKER

The Little and Ives Complete & Unabridged Webster Dictionary

The name given about 1650, in derision but now used with no offensive intention, to a member of the religious body calling themselves the "Society of friends", founded by George Fox, 1648-50.

 

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