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The history of the PH-15 Bristol Nike base located in southern Bucks County. It is online.

32 Churches in Bristol of various denominations.  There are 3 Catholic Churches.

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New Buckingham and New Bristol were names the township were first known as. Bristol Township is located in the southeastern part of the county.
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Bristol Monthly Meeting

Jeanie Johnston

Irish Emigrant Ship to Visit Bristol Waterfront
The Jeanie Johnston to dock for four days to promote Irish culture and heritage

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. - As a way of promoting Irish culture and heritage in Bucks County, The Jeanie Johnston, a recreation of a 19th century Irish emigrant ship will be visiting the Bristol waterfront from June 26-30, 2003. The ship will arrive from Philadelphia at noon on the 26th and leave for New York at 10 a.m. on the 30th.. Date : 28 July 2006

A ship built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine arrived in Bristol last night (27 July) and received a special welcome from the city’s Irish community.

The ‘Jeanie Johnston’ - a replica of a ship that carried 2500 Irish emigrants to the USA - was met at Bristol Dock’s lock gates in the Cumberland Basin by Deacon Kevin Moloney from Clifton Cathedral and Mrs Honoria O’Leary, a 101 year old former Irish emigrant to the USA.

Bristol, Philadelphia County, is not the same as Bristol, Bucks County, as stated in the Kuster book.

There were 2 Bristol Townships from 1682 to 1854:Bristol, Bucks County and Bristol, Philadelphia County

Bristol, Philadelphia, was the township just east of Germantown. The present day neighborhoods of East and West Oaklane, Fernrock, and Logan are where the old Bristol Township was.
A tidbit from the internet. . .


Emilie United Methodist Church, Levittown, Bucks County,
Ref: Town and Country Newspaper
Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA
Saturday - August 1, 1903


Bristol, Bucks county claims the honor of having the heaviest man in the State. Wilson LIPPENCOTT, a retired farmer, who was weighed this week and tipped the scale at 544 pounds. He gained 50 pounds during the past year. His belt measurement is 7 feet. Mr. LIPPINCOTT is a hearty eater and he thinks there is every possibility of still further development. He is the father of three sons and four daughters all of whom are weighty.

Ref: Town and Country Newspaper Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA Saturday - August 22, 1903


Wilson LIPPINCOTT, of Bristol, Bucks county, known as the heaviest man in the state, died on Monday of heart disease. During the last year of his life LIPPINCOTT gained 100 pounds in weight and he was proud of it. At the time of his death he weighed 544 pounds. His health was apparently good up to the minute of his death. He was a famous dancer till his weight reached the 400 mark.


1914 Directory under Middletown Twp

Benson, J. Harry (Mary C.) Bristol
Darrah, Geo. (Matilda) Bristol
Darrah, Joseph (Crissie) Bristol
Deenihan, William P. (Mary) Bristol
Everett, Aldridge (Katherine) Bristol
Everett, Joseph (Mary) Bristol
Everett, Samuel (Nellie M.) Bristol
ankins, Mahlon (Edith) Bristol
Hazelett, Eliza (widow of John) Bristol
Honeyford, Benjamin (Martha) Bristol
Kellett, Earnest (Annie) Bristol
Larue, Herbert (Elizabeth) Bristol
Larue, Wm. H. Bristol
Morgan, Brinton C. (Ann J.) Bristol
Pahlam, Edward (son of J.A. Pahlman) Bristol
Pahlman, J.A. Bristol
Ralph, J. Lawrence (Mary ) Bristol
Schoemberg, Charlotte (widow of Augustus M.) Bristol
Sharkey, Samuel (Elizabeth) Bristol
White, Norris (Katie) Bristol
Williams, John R. (mary) Bristol
Winder, Edward J. Jr. (Catherine) Bristol
Winslar, George B. (Elizabeth) Bristol
Wright, George W. (Laura) Bristol


reference in Papers read before the BCHS -

The Dungans, Baptists of Rhode Island, arrived in this county in advance of Penn; and the 4th of Sixth month, 1682, two hundred acres of land in Bristol township were granted to William Dungan. About that time a small colony of Welsh Baptists came from the same province and settled near Cold Spring three miles above Bristol. (near the river bank, given by Thomas Stanaland who died in 1753 and buried in it)

They were followed in 1684, by the Rev. Thomas Dungan, probably father of the William mentioned above, with his family, who settled in that vicinity. He soon gathered a small congregation above him and organized a Baptist church, the first in the State and county, which was kept together until 1702.

We know little of its story; its only earthly remains being the graveyard, overgrown with briars and trees, and a few dilapidated tombstones. The pastor died in 1688 and was buried there.

Old Pennypack Baptist Church.

BY REV. S. F. HOTCHKIN, Bustleton, PA.
(Tohickon Park, Bedminster Meeting, October 6, i903.) General Davis in his "History of Bucks County" describes
the ancient pond at Cold Spring on the Delaware, above Bristol, and below Penn's old home. The other day I visited the beautiful
spot with the Rev. George Peck, Jr., the pastor of Pennypack, or Lower Dublin church. It is on the Norwitz place near Edgely,
formerly Cold Spring depot.

The water is remarkably clear and the green moss on the bottom and on an old stone spring-house adjoining it, makes a pretty
picture, while springs bubble up continually. We turn from the pool and a few rods distant look for the remains of the ancient church-yard where Thomas Stanaland, who probably gave the land, was buried, in I753, as well as the godly patriarch, the Rev. Thomas Dungan, the spiritual father of all Pennsylvania Baptists, who died in i688, and whose memory is preserved by a handsome stone monument in Southampton Baptist church-yard; Rev. Samuel Jones, parson at Pennypack, who died December i6, I722, and Rev. Joseph Wood in charge of the same parish, who entered paradise September I5, 1747.

What was the amazement and indignation of my clerical friend and myself to see the desecration of the sacred spot. Not only
were the walls of the old church and graveyard gone, but the tombstones had also been removed, and the graves were overgrown
with grass, while a dwelling house has been erected on a portion of the ground. I never saw a more striking example of American greed which in this instance cannot spare room to honor the dead. We will turn our eyes from the beautiful Delaware, where
Father Dungan doubtless baptized his converts, with the suggestion that, if a monument marks a human grave, an old church site
should bear a stone cross with an inscription that the crucified and glorified Christ had there been worshiped as God, and the hope that in the change of population a sacred edifice might again rise on the spot.The Cold Spring railroad station has been changed from Cold Spring to Edgely

Mr. Dungan built a meeting-house. In 1770 nothing remained of the Cold Spring church but a grave-yard (vide Edwards). Nothing belonging to his church edifice or cemetery now remains to mark a spot so full of interest to Pennsylvania Baptist except some foundations which can be distinctly traced across and on one side of a road which passes by the celebrated Cold Spring. The church-site is two miles from Tullytown. Bucks county, and about two rods from the pike leading to it, and the same distance from the toll-gate on the Tullytown road."

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A Timeline of Bucks County History - Mercer Museum PDF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1864) 2nd Inaugural

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