Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

How did Kintnersville, Pennsylvania get its name? This page provides a brief history about the naming of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, the people who settled it, and the industry rising within it.

Village in the extreme northeastern part of Nockamixon Township on Route 611 near the Delaware River. A settlement along the canal called Unionville became a part of Kintnersville many years ago. It may be that the name of Unionville at one time applied to the whole of Kintnersville. A post office was established February 11, 1849, with Samuel Boileau as first postmaster. It has been a post office ever since with the exception of a short period soon after it was established when the office was transferred to Monroe. The village was named for the prominent German family of Kintner, a race of fighters and politicians. Although probably coming from the same province in Germany, the immigrant Kintners seem to have entered this country through different ports. The name was spelled several ways, commonly Gunter, Guntar, Gunther, and Gunther, changed by some of the family branches to Kintner after arrival in this country. The ancestor of the Bucks County Kintners seems to have been Georg Gunther, who arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Chance, Captain Charles Smith, in 1763. He was a soldier in the Revolution and served for a time in Captain Isaac Cooper’s Philadelphia company of militia. Another Kintner, Richard, enlisted in the Continental Army when he was thirteen, his six feet two inches in height and perfect build having deceived the officers as to his age. He seems to have attracted the attention of General Washington. One of the immigrant Georg’s sons, Colonel Jacob Kintner, commanded a regiment during the second war with England and was Sheriff of Bucks County, 1824-1827. Major Hugh Kintner, a native of Kintnersville, was an active officer in the old Bucks County militia and the last commander of the famous Washington Light Horse, disbanded in 1861. He was Recorder of Deeds, 1854-1857. Kintnersville is favorably seated in the deep picturesque Gallows Run valley and at the head of the scenic Narrows. It has always been a busy community. As early as 1860, it had twenty dwelling houses, hotel, store, lumber factory, and large flouring mill.


MacReynolds, George. Place Names in Bucks County Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition. Doylestown, PA: The Bucks County Historical Society, 1955.

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