Tohickon Reformed church on the south bank of Tohickon creek in the northwest corner of Bedminster township. As early as 1738-40 several families of French Huguenots and some Germans and Swiss were settled in that vicinity. They first met at each others houses for Sunday worship, one of their number reading the scriptures, another making a prayer, while all joined in singing one of more hymns from the hymn book brought from the fatherland. ...
... its membership, at one time, reaching 600. It is, at least in part the mother of all the neighboring Reformed congregations, Kellers, Applebachville, Dublin, Quakertown, Ridge Road, Benjamin or Bridgetown, Sellersville, Perkasie and Doylestown, a numerous progeny that have done much good in the past and will continue it in the future....
The grave yard hands down the names of many of the pioneer worshippers on the banks of the Tohickon. The earliest stone with an inscription on it, was erected to the memory of John Heinrich Eckel, probably the ancestor of the family in that vicinity that bears this name, who died November 24, 1764, his wife Susannah, born, 1719, surviving him until 1803, thirty-nine years of widowhood. Other stones bore the names of Felix Lehr, 1769, Michael OTT, 1767, and wife Catharine, 1792, Johannes Hoenig, the original of Haney, born 1714, died 1787, and John Nonnemacher, born 1720 and died 1788. Several stones bear the name of Salade, the original of Salliday. Henry Eckel was organist in the old stone church. We noticed in this yard the same thing noticeable in all the old graveyards of the county, the quality of head-stones four periods mark in the interments; first, the primitive rock, from the foundation of the church down to about 1750, generally without inscription; followed by slate to 1775; then brown sandstone to about 1800, closing with marble, first blue and then white . German inscriptions were universal to about 1840. The earlier stones show a sprinkling of English names; probably of settlers of this race in Tinicum, or along Deep Run. The following are names of the trustees of Tohickon church at various periods, and familiar now in the county: 1753, Martin Shaffer, Ludwig Wildonger, Jacob Rohr, John Worman, and Michael OTT, 1803, John Heaney, Jacob Solliday, Jacob Beidleman, and Philip Schreyer; Unknown date; John K. Shellenberger, Thomas Bolomen, Thomas Frederick and William Keller. 1864, John Y. Fluck, Samuel Rotzell, Ephraim Krauth and Thomas Kramer.4, PAGE 311-314
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