A Collection of papers read before the Bucks County Historical Society

Published for the Society by the Fackenthal Publication Fund, 1917-1932, these 8 volumes represent a variety of historical writings concerning Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the state of Pennsylvania, and then in later volumes, articles from other states. All 8 volumes are freely downloadable for your usage.

Read and/or download: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, Volume 6, Volume 7, Volume 8

Volume 1

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  • Early settlement of Newtown Township
  • Solebury Copper Mine
  • Early history of Bucks County
  • Bucks County Bi-centennial
  • About Attleborough
  • Mennonite or German Friends
  • Our Stone Age
  • German population in Bucks County
  • Marquis de LaFayette
  • Neshaminy Church
  • Indian town of Playwickey
  • Doylestown Presbyterian Church
  • Reminiscences of Wrightstown
  • Early history of Wrightstown
  • Some account of Warminster Meeting
  • Newspapers of Bucks County
  • Poets and poetry of Bucks County
  • Schools of Buckingham
  • Reminiscences of Buckingham
  • Bucks County in the Revolution
  • Doanes before the the Revolution
  • Sketch of the life of Gen. John Davis
  • Southampton Baptist Church
  • Paper mills of Bucks Co.
  • Edward Hicks
  • Fells and slocums of Wyoming
  • Durham Iron Works
  • Three dramatic scenes in the closing hours of the Revolutionary struggle
  • Four lawyers of Doylestown bar
  • Doans and their times
  • Thomas Ross, a minister of the Society of Friends
  • Durham Cave
  • Plumstead Township
  • Durham Cave, reminiscences
  • Education in Durham Township
  • George Taylor, the Signer
  • General Ulysses S. Grant
  • Colonial estates
  • Early clock makers
  • Edward Hicks
  • Local names
  • Early Welsh settlers
  • Schwenkfelders
  • Aboriginal remains in Durham and vicinity
  • New Britain Baptist Church
  • Hon. Samuel D. Ingham
  • Red Lion Inn, Bensalem Township
  • Early Catholics of Bucks Co.
  • Bucks Co. Medical Society
  • Town we live in
  • Bits of history
  • Scraps of Bucks before 1750
  • Early history of Bristol
  • Loganian lands in Bucks Co.
  • Popular Errors Respecting North American Indians

Volume 2

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  • Counties of Pennsylvania
  • Two Makefields
  • John Fitch, the inventor of steam navigation
  • Schwenkfelders
  • Prehistoric man in northern Bucks Co.
  • Grave of Tamanend
  • Hon. Richard Watson
  • Bedminster Township
  • Hon. Bird Wilson
  • Blackfans in England and America
  • Bristol Pike
  • Jails of Bucks Co.
  • Early and trying days of the Reformed Church in America
  • Beatty family
  • Historical sketch of Hatboro and vicinity
  • Robert Morris, the financier of the Revolution
  • Battle of Crooked Billet
  • First settlers’ descendants
  • Early settlers in Bucks County
  • Representatives of Bucks Co. in Congress
  • Hermit of the Wolf Rocks
  • Reading the Rocks
  • Early county superintendency of Bucks Co.
  • Red Man’s Bucks Co.
  • Buckingham, the Empire Township
  • Washington’s Crossing: monument and facts
  • Daniel Boone, a native of Bucks Co.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks
  • Old burying-groung, grave of Edward Marshall
  • John Ross and the Ross family
  • Newtown prior to 1800
  • half an hour with the old taverns of Doylestown
  • General Jacob Brown, a Bucks Co. hero of the War of 1812
  • Growden Mansion
  • Thomas Janes, provincial councilor
  • Little Neshaminy
  • Colonial Bucks Co.
  • When men were sold, reminiscences of the Underground Railroad in Bucks Co. and its managers
  • Scotch-Irish families
  • Society of Friends
  • Jeremiah Langhorne and his times
  • Amos Austin Hughes
  • Turnpike roads
  • Temanend chief of the Lenni Lenapes
  • Early courts of Bucks Co.
  • Settlement of Tinicum Township
  • Old Sullivan Road
  • Indian “busts” found in Hilltown Township
  • Sketch of the life of Rev. Thomas B. Montanye

Volume 3

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  • Sketch of Log College
  • Two old horse companies
  • Town of Bethlehem
  • General John Lacey, our Quaker general
  • Reminiscences of Quakertown and its people
  • Old richland settlers
  • Parry family of New Hope
  • William Penn’s children
  • Bogart’s Inn, an old hostelry
  • Wrightstown settlers
  • German element in Bucks Co.
  • Eastburn family
  • Warminster Harts
  • Biographical notice of Rev. Douglas K. Turner
  • Wynkoop family
  • Kenderdines of Bucks Co.
  • Hilltown Thomas family
  • Revolutionary events about Newtown
  • Judge Henry Wynkoop
  • Rodmans and Foxes
  • Folwells of Bucks Co.
  • Historic “Summerseat”
  • Morrisville and its vicinity
  • Five Bucks Co. generals
  • “Virginia Riflemen”, a misnomer
  • Old Pennypack Baptist Church
  • Newtown, old and new
  • Tohickon settlers
  • Keller family history
  • Newtown Library
  • Historical reminiscences of Pineville and vicinity
  • Law governing the settlement of new counties
  • Robert Morris, founder of Morrisville
  • Morrisville the capital
  • Founding of Morrisville
  • Sharon and the Indian legend connected therewith
  • Colonial origin of some Bucks Co. families
  • Old Presbyterian Church at Newtown
  • Jacob Jennings Brown, the “Fighting Quaker” of Bucks Co.
  • Dungan ancestry
  • Chapman-Mina tragedy
  • Cave explorations
  • Lenape Stone
  • Anti slavery days, experiences of fugitives
  • Bucks Co. in our nation’s history
  • Firearms of colonial imes
  • Henry Quinn, author of “Temple of reason”
  • Old shad fisheries on the Delaware River
  • Spirit Colony at Parkland
  • Old New Hope, Coryell’s Ferry, Pa.
  • Longstreth family of Warminster
  • Ringing Rocks
  • Rev. Nathaniel Irwin
  • Admiral John A. Dahlgren
  • Relations of the Pennsylvania proprietaries to the colonists
  • General Jean Victor Maria Moreau
  • Claim of Connecticut to Wyoming
  • General Andrew Pickens
  • Old Doylestown

Volume 4

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  • Hulme family of Bucks Co.
  • Union Academy of Doylestown
  • Samuel D. Ingham, secretary of the U.S. Treasury
  • Bucks Co. Historical Society, its aims and purposes
  • Bucks Co. north of the Lehigh River
  • Pennsylvania German stoveplates in Berks Co.
  • Excelsior Normal Institute, Carversville, Pa.
  • Interesting New Hope relics
  • Swamp of Tinicum and Nockamixon
  • Thomas Hicks, artist, a native of Newtown
  • Friends Old Meeting House in Bristol, Pa.
  • Historic sketch of Ottsville and vicinity
  • Presbyterian Church of Tinicum at Red Hill
  • Saint John the Baptist Church of Haycock
  • Indian walk from Red Hill to the Blue Mountains
  • Memorial tributes to Gen. W.W.H. Davis
  • Home of the Paxsons, Bycot House, England
  • Captain William Wynkoop and his Company “A”
  • Selecting the site of the county seat
  • Robert Winder Johnson
  • Grier family
  • Bucks County potters
  • Log houses of Bucks County
  • Penn in the County of Bucks, England
  • Alfred Paschall, memorial
  • Grave of Tammany
  • Lenni Lenape departure from Delaware River
  • Navigation on the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers
  • Historic Associations of Upper Neshaniny Valley
  • Old spring houses of Bucks Co.
  • Historic account of Bowman’s Hill
  • Early settlement of Wrightstown Township
  • John Chapman, first settler of Wrightstown
  • Bucks Co. pioneers in the Valley of Virginia
  • Chief Tammany and the Lenape Stone
  • Moravian tile stoves of Salem, North Carolina
  • Tile stoves of Moravians at Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Langhorne and vicinity in olden times
  • Notes on the life of Charles Albert Fechter
  • Grave of Rafinesque, the great naturalists
  • Bedminister Township Meeting
  • Mennonite School and Meeting House
  • Bucks Co. heraldry
  • Discussion on bakeovens
  • Lehigh and Delaware Division canal notes
  • Springdale, the Huffnagle Home
  • Thomas Wright of Dyerstown, Pa.
  • Last Delaware Indian in Bucks Co.
  • Ingham Female Seminary in Doylestown Borough
  • Rev. Paulus Van Vlecq
  • Washington at Whitemarsh
  • Flax seed mills

Volume 5

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  • Dutch settlement in Bucks Co.
  • An Investigation of the “Giant’s Grave”
  • Branding Cattle in Idaho
  • Branding Cattle in Kansas in 1858
  • Turnpike roads in Bucks Co.
  • The “Draisiana” or Pedestrian Hobbyhorse of 1819
  • Life and work of the Rev. Peter Henry Dorsius
  • Gristmills of an Ancient Type, Known as Norse Mills
  • Notes on the Norse Mill
  • Roulet Volant or Norse Mill
  • Biographical notice of Joseph B. Walter, M.D.
  • Making a Dugout Boat in Mississippi
  • Manners and Customs of Eighty Years Ago
  • Cupping and Bleeding
  • George Taylor, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Homes of George Taylor
  • Bucks Co. women in wartime
  • Historical reminiscences of Cuttalossa Creek
  • Maple Sugar Making in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northwestern Virginia
  • Norse Mills of Colonial Times
  • Horse Hopples
  • Basket Making
  • Notes on Basket Making
  • Basket Making in Durham Township
  • Early Pennsylvania Pottery
  • Well Caves of Bucks County
  • Notes on Forgotten Trades
  • The Ringing Rocks of Bridgeton Township
  • Biographical notice of Clarence D. Hotchkiss
  • An Ancient Indian pipe from Bucks COunty
  • The Divining Rod in Bucks County
  • Water Irons
  • Octagonal or so-called “Eight-Square” Schoolhouses by Alden M. Collins
  • Early history of Bedminster Township
  • Biographical notice of John A. Ruth
  • Shad Fishing in the Delaware River
  • Growing, Treating, and Drying Flax
  • Wool Combing by Hand
  • Octagonal or so-called “Eight-Square” Schoolhouses by Warren S. Ely
  • Sketch of Dr. Jonathan Ingham
  • Broom Making by Hand
  • Ancient Methods of Threshing in Bucks County
  • Passing Events (Paper No. 1)
  • Figurehead of Chief Tammany from the Old Ship-of-the-Line, Delaware
  • Buck County Samplers
  • History of Church’s school in Buckingham Township
  • Old Methods of Taking Fish
  • Early history of Washington Crossing and its environs
  • A Lost Stoveplate Inscription
  • The Making of Felt Hats
  • Passing Events (Paper No. 2)
  • OLd House Indisutries
  • The Wire Fabric Industry in America
  • Old Fences in Bucks County
  • Wells and Pumps in Bucks County
  • Early courthouses of Bucks County
  • Lowther family of Buckingham
  • Notes on Adobe Bricks
  • Discussion of Mr. Mann’s Paper on Adobe Bricks
  • The Zithers of the Pennsylvania Germans
  • The Path that Led to the Indian Village of Playwicky
  • An Attempt to Find the Site of the Indian Town of Playwicky
  • Old heath mill and its early owners
  • Dating of old houses
  • Laux family of Bucks County, Pa.
  • The Origin of Log Houses in the United States
  • The Ferry Tract at New Hope, Pa., and Coryell’s Ferry in New Jersey
  • Tobacco and Its Culture in Bucks County
  • Remarks on Mr. Scheetz’s Paper on Tobacco Culture
  • Early history of Neshaminy Presbyterian Church
  • Recollections of Tennent School
  • Schoolboy Memories
  • The Old York Road
  • Samuel Hart collection of manuscripts, 1777-1877
  • The End of the Open Fire Cooking in Bucks County
  • Life Near Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1850
  • Hunting, Trapping and Fishing in Bucks County
  • Random Notes on Forgotten Trades
  • Andrew Elliott, the great surveyor
  • The Last of the File-Makers
  • The Colonial Carpenter
  • History of the Lucy M. Burd Industrial School
  • Herbs and Plants Used for Medicinal Purposes by Colonial Settlers
  • Proctor family of Upper Bucks Co.

Volume 6

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  • Edward Hicks and His Paintings
  • Turpentine Gathering in North Carolina
  • Indian Walking Purchase of September 19 and 20, 1737
  • Three Tuns Inn at Gallows Hill and the Old Durham Road
  • Quarrying
  • Pioneer Life in Maine in 1808
  • A Lutheran mission in Northampton Township in 1748
  • Preserving “Summerseat”
  • Biographical notice of M.J. Allan Emory
  • House Mottoes in Eastern Pennsylvania
  • The Last Days of Harness Making in Bucks County
  • Notes at Random from My Life’s Experience, by Matthias H. Hall
  • Early history of Point Pleasant
  • Improving Navigation on the Delaware River with Some Account of Its Ferries, Bridges, Canals and Floods.
  • Letters from Native Bucks Countians Living in Canada, 1815
  • Hilltown Baptist churches and schools
  • Dolington, past and present
  • Reminiscing Around an Ancestral Fireplace and Bake Oven
  • Making Solar Salt
  • Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Battle of Crooked Billet
  • Visit in Durham Township of a Political Refugee from Brazil
  • Peddlers and Other Itinerants
  • Child Life During the American Revolution
  • Dr. Henry Chapman Mercer, memorial services, etc.
  • The Building of “Fonthill” Described
  • Address of Welcome to “Glacialdrift,” Riegelsville
  • South Mountain Indian Quarries
  • Cattle ear marks of the seventeenth century
  • Manufacture of Hydraulic Cement in Bucks County
  • New Light on the History of Tin Plating
  • Early history of Keller’s Lutheran Church
  • Ancestry of John Stover Fretz
  • North Doylestown Borough and adjacent townships
  • Tamenend vs. Allummapees
  • Thompson-Neely House in Solebury Township
  • Family bibles in the library of the Bucks County Historical Society
  • A Rafting Story of the Delaware River
  • Story of my branch of the Longshore family by Mrs. Lucretia L. Blankenburg
  • Restoring Old Pictures
  • Moland House, Washington’s Headquarters on the Neshaminy

Volume 7

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  • Schools of Neshaminy
  • The Bender System of Steam Propulsion
  • John Fitch, pioneer in steam navigation
  • John Fitch’s third steamboat
  • Early botanists in Bucks Co.
  • The Durham Ironworks in Durham Township
  • Notes on Gristmills and Milling in Pennsylvania
  • Genealogical notes and land titles
  • An introduction to the Loyalists of Bucks Co. and some queries concerning them
  • Life and expatriation of Judge Gilbert Hicks
  • County Court at Newtown
  • Presses and printers of Newtown before 1868
  • Biographical notice of Matthias Heaton Hall
  • Some Memories of George Brown Ellis, Edward M. Ellis and William H. Ellis, Nineteenth Century Engravers of Buckmanville Valley
  • Early Hough families of Bucks Co.
  • Covered Highway Bridges in Bucks County
  • Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tinicum, Pa.
  • Buckwampun Historical and Literary Society
  • Louis H. Spellier and his electric clocks
  • History of the building of Doylestown Friends Meeting House
  • Biographical notice of Warren Smedley Ely
  • Early Time-Telling Devices
  • General LaFayette’s Journey from Brandywine to Bethlehem, with Special Reference to Inscriptions in Taverns and Tavern Signboards
  • Superintendents of common schools of Pennsylvania 1834-1937
  • Inventions and Mechanical Progress in Bucks County
  • Pennsylvania-German Potters of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • Walnut Grove Farms, Address of Welcome
  • The DuPonts Selecting a Site for Their Powder Works
  • Charles Ellet, Jr., engineer and patriot
  • The Great Chain at West Point and Other Obstructions Placed in the Hudson River During the War of the Revolution
  • Historic Saint James Church, Bristol, Pa.

Volume 8

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  • The Main Line of North Pennsylvania Railroad – 1852-1879
  • John Barclay, biographical
  • Early Public School education in Bucks County and the Passing of the One-room Schoolhouse
  • Snapshots of Revolutionary Newtown, Pa.
  • Symbolism of Trade Signs
  • Early schoolhouses in four Bucks Co. Townships
  • In the Footsteps of Joseph Hampton and the Pennsylvania Quakers
  • Memoirs of Mary Israel Ellet
  • Last purchase of land from the Indians in Bucks Co.
  • Agricultural Societies of Bucks County

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