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East Rockhill Township

ROCKHILL

Rockhill was organized in 1740. East Rockhill Chapel

Rockhill was one of the objective points of the German immigration that came up the Perkiomen and set across into Bucks county from 1720 to 1730. Germans were among its very earliest settlers, and it has maintained its German status to the present day.

Of the two churches at Sellersville, one is a union Reformed and Lutheran, and the other a small brick Catholic church, built about 1869 or 1870. The former is new, and the congregation is of quite recent organization.

The three villages that lay entirely in Rockhill township, are Sellersville, Bridgetown and Perkasie. Sellersville grew up around what was for many years known as Seller's Tavern, which name the post-office bore down to 1866, when it took that of the village. 1

The township was established in 1740, in 1890, after 20 years of bitterness the pro-division advocates won and Judge Harman Yerkes signed the decree that made the division effective. Rockhill Township was now East and West Rockhill of about equal areas. 2




Ref: Town and Country Newspaper
Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA
Saturday - April 9, 1904

OLDEST LOG CABIN IN BUCKS COUNTY

Tourists traveling near Argus, through Bucks county, and who happen to pass the romantic Souder log cabin, almost invariably stop a few moments and take a look at the oldest and most curious structure in Bucks county. How old this log cabin is no living person is able to tell, but those who know something of its history say that it has faced the storms of more than 200 winters. Its present inhabitants and their ancestors have been residents of the county for nigh on to a century. Mr. and Mrs. Noah SOUDER, who live there, are well advanced in years, both having passed the four-score mark. Mr. SOUDER's aunt, Sallie REICHARD, and her foster parents (name unknown) certainly used to inhabit the log cabin. Here also Miss REICHARD grew to womanhood, and after her foster parents died their remains were buried near the log cabin, to the rear of the old barn, near by. When Miss REICHARD died she bequeathed the log cabin and lot to her nephew, Noah SOUDER, the present occupant, who has spent all his life there and at the anvil in his blacksmith shop near by. Mrs. SOUDER is one of the popular old ladies in Bucks county, and at the advanced age of 87 years she still helped her husband last summer to make all the hay on their 20 acre farm. She is hale and hearty, and still able to enjoy a good smoke of Virginia long-cut in her clay pipe, which has been in her possession for more than a score of years. She appears at the front gate with the pipe in her mouth in the accompanying picture.



Hagersville

Village on the township line between East Rockhill and Bedminster on the Old Bethlehem Road, now a spur of Route 565. The post office, established February 13, 1851, with Francis Gerhard as first postmaster, has recently been discontinued and mail is supplied by Perkasie rural delivery. Hagersville was named for Colonel George Hager, a prominent politician who was a candidate for Sheriff in 1836. the Hager family was influential in the public affairs of upper and central Bucks County. One of it most active members was Samuel Hager, founder of the borough of Perkasie. Back in the 70's Hagersville was a center of considerable business.. It has a population of 150, store, hotel, blacksmith and wheelwright shops and two coach factories, and mail was supplied by a tri-weekly stage line from Line Lexington. One of the landlords of the Hagersville hotel, about 1795, was Frederick Heaney, a son of Johannes Hornung (later changed to Heaney), a German immigrant who settled in Rockhill in 1742, where Frederick was born, August 18, 1769. Frederick was one of the leaders in the Fries Rebellion. After his arrest, conviction and pardon, he moved to Northampton County, where soon thereafter he was honored by Governor Simon Snyder with an appointment as Justice of the Peace, an office he held until his death.

1930 Census

  • STRASBERGER, John A. PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 289
  • RAHL, Tobias PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 289
  • RAZENER, George PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 292
  • REIKART, John PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 295
  • RESER, Philip PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 290
  • RHOAD, Jacob PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 297
  • RHOAD, John PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 297
  • RHOAD, Peter, Jr. PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 287
  • RHOAD, Peter, Sr. PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 287
  • RICHARDSON, Amos PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 298
  • ROBERTS, John PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 294
  • ROBERTS, Warner PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 292
  • ROKE, Patrick M. PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 295
  • ROOT, Jonas PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 296
  • ROOT, Solomon PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 298
  • ROSENBERGER, William PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 290
  • ROUDENBUSH, George PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 288
  • ROUDENBUSH, Jacob PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 295
  • ROUELENBUSH, Abraham PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 286
  • ROUELENBUSH, Peter PA BUCKS CO. ROCKHILL TWP 286






1. Davis History of Bucks County. . . 1876
2. An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Wm H. Egle, M.D. (1876)
3. Place Names of Bucks County . . . compiled by George Mac Reynolds (Doylestown, PA: Bucks Co. Historical Society, 1942)
4. History of Bucks County Pennsylvania Volume I, William W. H. Davis, A.M.
4a. THE JOURNAL, NOVEMBER 1998, PUBLISHED BY THE BUCKS COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
5. History of Bucks County Pennsylvania Volume II, William W. H. Davis, A.M.
6. History of Bucks County Pennsylvania Volume III, William W. H. Davis, A.M.
7. Battle's History of Bucks County. . . 1887

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