Bristol was organized in 1695.  Bristol is the second chartered borough in Pennsylvania and Bucks County's largest town. The borough was created November 14, 1720. The site upon which it is erected is a part of a tract of land patented to Samuel Cliff by Sir Edmund Andros, Colonial Governor of New York. The first court house and prison (of logs) were erected here at the formation of the county, and subsequently rebuilt of brick in 1705. By an act of the Assembly, of the 20th March, 1724, the county seat was removed to Newtown. Original settlers: Anthony Burton, John Hall, William Wharton, Joseph Bond.

The principal inhabitants of Bristol were Quakers. Among these, the names of Buckley, Williams, Large, Meritt, Hutchinson, and Church. In 1712 Saint James Church was erected by the Episcopalians, and in 1714 the Friends erected a meeting-house. These comprised, for a full century, the only houses of worship in the borough..1,2 Town laid out in 1697; county seat 1705-1

725; incorporated in 1720; rechartered in 1785 and again in 1851.3

Bristol Borough by location
Photographic Tour Bristol Borough


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Located in Bucks County, Bristol was incorporated as a borough on November 14, 1720.
Borough Council Minutes, 1730-1825, 1843-1948. 5 rolls. (LR 1)



Bucks County Intelligencer Marriages


McDevitt, John and Elizabeth Smith 10/5/1842


Michener, Susanna M., Horsham and Eli Engle 2/26/1846


Michener, Margaret and Charles H. Pratt, both of Bristol 11/22/1855


Milnor, James and Ann w. Stackhouse 9/12/1839


Limehouse, John and Martha Johnson 4/24/1847


Livingston, Louisa Matilda and Anthony K. Joice 5/8/1842


Longstreth, John M. and Elizabeth White 8/7/1845


Lukens, Mary J. and H. Clay Beatty, Esq 11/28/1860


McMasters, Caroline and Henry Herbert 1/11/1837


Bristol Cemetery Find a Grave



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