Bucks County Historical Society Bulletin - Old Taverns of Doylestown

The Ship, 1805, in 1829 it was called the “Bucks County Inn”, in 1839 the “Bucks County Hotel”. This brings us down to 1851, when Alfred H. BARBER, of Point Pleasant, bought the property and moved there April I, 1852. Mr. Barber kept the house until the Fall of 1859, when he sold it to Aaron BARNDT, and moved out in the Spring of 1860, and the new landlord moved in. BARNDT did not long enjoy his new honors, for he died in 1862 or '63, and the Ship Tavern passed into the possession of his family, and, for the next ten years, it was in the hands of tenants. The first of these was Abner CLEAVER, who came from the Clear Spring and remained a couple of years, when he removed to the historic Brick Tavern, Newtown, where (1897) he still is.

1900 Census - Newtown Pennsylvania


(2909) Horace FELL', Henry^, b. 10, 5, 1858, m. 4, 24, 1S83, to

Ada Cleaver, b- in 11^63, dau. of Abner CLEAVER and Elizabeth HEFT, of

Springfield Tp., Bucks Co., Pa. They reside in Newtown, Bucks Co., Pa., and have three children:

5428. Abner C. FELL, b. 7, 27, 1884.

5429. Elizabeth C. FELL, b, 2, 24, 1886

5430. Sarah A. FELL, b. 1, 8, 1888.

1830 Census – Springfield Township Bucks County

Pennsylvania and New Jersey, U.S., Church and Town Records, 1669-2013

Name: Philip HEFT

Gender: Male

Spouse: Margaretha HEFT

Child: Georg HEFT

Bucks County Will Abstracts


Orphan's Court Records1685-1852


Orphan's Court Records1852-1900

7409: Philip RITTER Sen. Springfield Twp. Nov 2, 1855

Widow Catharine and twelve children - Mary wife of George HEFT

Find a Grave

Name: Moses HEFT

Gender: Male

Birth Date: 13 Sep 1790

Death Date: 6 Jun 1872

Cemetery: Trinity Union Church Cemetery

Burial or Cremation Place: Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States of America



Death Certificates


in the Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968

Mother: Name: Elizabeth HEFT

Gender: Female

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Spouse: Evener (Abner)?

Child: Fannie H CLEAVER

Died: 6/10//1912 buried in Doylestown



Horace FELL b 10.5.1858 m 4.24.1885 to Ada CLEAVER dau of Abner CLEAVER and Elizabeth HEFT of Springfield

W. HORACE FELL, proprietor of the Black Bass hotel, P.O. Lumberville, was born in Plumstead township, this county, October 5, 1858, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Allam) FELL. His paternal grandfather, James B. FELL, was a farmer of Solebury township, and his maternal grandfather, John Allam, a farmer of Plumstead. Mr. FELL is a miller by trade, and he followed that business in Taylorsville, this county, fourteen years. In the spring of 1887 he became, the proprietor of the Black Bass hotel, in Lumberville. April 24, 1883, he was married to Mary, daughter of Abner and Elizabeth (HEFT) Cleaver, of Newtown, by whom he has two children: Abner and Lizzie.

ABNER F. CLEAVER, proprietor of the Brick hotel, P.O. Newtown, was born in Berks county, Pa., September 27, 1832, and is a son of John and Hannah (Focht) Cleaver. His grandfather was Isaac Cleaver, a farmer by occupation. John
Cleaver, father of Abner F., was a wheelwright by trade. Our subject was reared in his native county, and at the age of 16 years embarked in the livery business in Bethlehem, Pa., in which he was engaged for six years. In 1854 he located in
Bucks county, where he has been engaged in various enterprises. For eight years he kept the Farmers’ hotel, at Doylestown. In 1873 he removed to Philadelphia, where, with the exception of eighteen months, he was engaged in the hotel business until 1881. He then rented the Brick hotel in Newtown, which he has conducted successfully till the present time. In 1884 he purchased the property, on which he has since made many improvements. He is a popular landlord, and by his efficient management the Brick hotel has become widely and favorably known to the travelling public. Mr. Cleaver married, in 1854, Elizabeth, daughter of Moses Heft, of Springfield township, this county. He has six children living: Warren, Corson, James, Mary, Abner and Fannie.





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