~ Tinicum

Tinicum was organized in 1738

 Lower Tinicum, rebuilt A.D. 1908 Church Yard, SWOPE Tinicum is bounded by the Delaware river and Nockamixon on the north, the Delaware on the east, the Tohickon which separates it from Plumstead and Bedminster, on the south, and by Nockamixon on the west. The area is seventeen thousand one hundred and seventy-seven acres.

Lower Tinicum, rebuilt A.D. 1908 , Peter W. Beeler, Samuel A. Snyder, Isaac R. Lear, George W. Lerch

The London Company was among the very earliest land-owners in the township as well as the largest, and the purchase was probably made about the time the company bought part of manor of Highlands in 1699. The stream of immigration that planted the Scotch-Irish on the banks of the Deep run, in Bedminster, carried settlers of the same race across the Tohickon, into the then wilderness of Tinicum, in the first quarter of the last century.

Church Yard on Brick Church Road down behind Lower Tinicum

Settled there in 1730 were: William, Edward and Moses Marshall, Moses and Joseph Collins, Joseph Haverford, Richard Thatcher, David Griffee, Richard Minturn, James Ross, John Hall, James Willey, not one of whom was German.


 Signers of the petition to organize: William, Edward and Moses Marshall, Moses, Joseph and Jonathan Collins, Joseph Haverford, Richard Thatcher, David Griffee, Richard Minturn, James Ross, John Hall, James Willey, James Stewart, Joseph M. King, Michael Williamson, William Rickey, John McKee, John Peterson, James Briggs, James Campbell, John Stewart, James Johnston, John Shaw, William Hill and Joseph McFarland.

There are four churches in the township, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Reformed, Christian, and Baptist. The Tinicum Presbyterian church is the oldest of that denomination north of Deep Run. At what time it was organized we do not know, but in the summer of 1739 the Reverend James Campbell preached there and at Newtown. Upper Tinicum Union Cemetery

Tinicum continued to be the home of a remnant of the Delaware Tribe of Indians for upwards of twenty-five years after it was surveyed.  

bullet POINT PLEASANT-1826
The two settlements of Lower Black Eddy and Tohickon Creek became the single village Tinicum Post Office, Point Pleasant The Inn 
bullet ERWINNA


bullet LOWER BLACK EDDY-1821
bullet THE DOAN'S
bullet Upper Tinicum Union Cemetery
bullet  Burials at Upper Tinicum Union Church

Davis' History of Tinicum

from the discovery of the Delaware to the present time by W. W. H. Davis, A.M.,
1876 and 1905* editions

CHAPTER XXXI - CHAPTER I (Vol II), 1905 ed.  TINICUM  1738

Tinicum is bounded by the Delaware river and Nockamixon on the north, the Delaware on the west, the Tohickon, (1) which separates it from Plumstead and Bedminster, on the south, and by Nockamixon on the west. The area is 17,177 acres.

(1) From Tohickhan, or Tohickhanne, signifying the drift-wood, i.e. the stream we cross on drift-wood. Teedyuscung, the great Delaware king, frequently declared the Tohickon to be the northern limit of the white man's country, and that the land to the north of it had been taken from then fraudulently. On all the old records we have examined, it is spelled Tohickney.

bullet Ottsville
bullet Hillpot Graveyard: Tinicum, Bucks County
bullet Burials at Lower Tinicum Church
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bullet Bucks village owns extensive history
  Red Hill Church and School

  Red Hill Reformed Church 1845-1888

Parents: Robert and Lucian Vanluvanee, Child > Benjamin born: March 6, 1848; Baptized June 4, 1848 Sponsors: W. Welder and Leah.


Bunker Hill was a half dozen houses in Clay Ridge School District of Tinicum Township, in the mid-western part of the township near the line between Tinicum and Nockamixon Townships. It lies near Beaver Falls on Beaver Creek. The name is probably from the Bunker Hill in Massachusetts. There is an old private graveyard east of Clay Ridge Road.

The Point Pleasant Inn was first licensed in 1792 to John Van Fossen.

DOAN BROTHERS: Moses Levi, Aaron, Joseph, Mahlon and their cousin Abraham. Early 1700's. The British disaster inspired them with a spirit and recklessness. Horses and tax monies disappeared. In August 1783, Moses was shot and Abe and Levi were hanged and buried in Gardenville. Joseph & Aaron fled safely to Canada.

Upper Tinicum Upper Tinicum Union Cemetery.Coming South on Route 32 (River Road) through Kintnersville, 1 mile south of the bridge to Milford NJ, turn right (west) on Jugtown Hill Road for approx. 1/2 mile to Upper Tinicum Church Road, turn left. - the church is on the Left.

Tohickon Creek

Tohickon Creek is the second largest stream in the county, inferior only to the Neshaminy. For many years it has been noted for its large mill dams and important grist mills. ... Tohickon is an Indian place name, changed only slightly from the Indian word To-hick-han or To-hick-hanne. Heckewelder interprets this word to mean 'the stream over which we pass by means of a bridge of drift-wood," but more recent students of the Indian tongue take exception to this definition and say it means 'deer-bone creek.3

TINICUM Christ Lutheran Church

Christ Lutheran Church will marks its 250th anniversary .
Even before the United States was one nation, Christ Lutheran Church was a congregation of German immigrant farm families,
meeting in a log church in Tinicum to celebrate its faith, according to church history.
With its roots reaching back to the 18th century, the Dark Hollow Road church will mark its 250th anniversary.
Names like Trauger, Swope and Gruver are etched in the glistening stained glass of the church's 102-year-old sanctuary...

Freda R. Savana can be reached at 215-345-3061 or

October 29, 2010


Habonim Dror Camp Galil is a Habonim Dror North America summer camp for Jewish students in northern Ottsville, Pennsylvania, United States, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. It runs for seven weeks during the summer and hosts several seminars during the year.

Church: Birth and Baptismal Records Tinicum Reform Church (partial list): Bucks County, PA


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