HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
PENNSYLVANIA,
ILLUSTRATED, 1884




EDITED BY THEODORE W. BEAN.

PHILADELPHIA:

EVERTS & PECK, 1884




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Chapter I


CHAPTER I -
Sections of an Act Erecting
Montgomery County -
Topography.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 1 - David Rittenhouse.


Page 4 - Rittenhouse Observatory.


Page 6 - Chart,
"Projection of the Transit of Venus over the Sun as observed at Norriton in Pennsylvania June 3, 1769."

Chapter II -
Part I



CHAPTER II - Part I
Ores, Minerals, Geology and Lime.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 16 - Ore Analyses Chart.


Page 18 - Diagram of Bone Cave, Port Kennedy.

Chapter II -
Part II



CHAPTER II - Part II
Ores, Minerals, Geology and Lime.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 27 - Lime-stone Analyses.

Chapter III


CHAPTER III
The Aborigines.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 41 - Delaware Indian.


Page 45 - Delaware Indian Family.


Page 46 - Indian Signatures.


Page 48 - Delaware Indian Fort.


Page 49 - Facsimile of the Lord's Prayer
in the Language of
the Six Nation Indians.

Chapter IV &
Chapter V -
Part I



Chapter IV
Early Voyagers and Traders.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 50 - Henry Hudson.


Page 56 - David Pietersen De Vries.


Chapter V -Part I

The First Swedish Settlement.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 57 - Swedish Block House.


Page 59 - Plan of the Town and Fort Christiana,
Beseiged by the Dutch in 1655.

Chapter V
-Part II



Chapter V -Part II
The First Swedish Settlement. (cont.)


Associated Illustrations.


Page 67 - Governor Peter Stuyvesant.


Page 68 - Fort Casmir or Trinity Fort.


Page 70 - Map of New Swedeland.


Larger and darker version. Map of New Swedeland.

Chapter VI


Chapter VI
William Penn.- "The Holy Experiment,
a Free Colony for All Mankind."


Associated Illustrations.


Page 84 - William Penn At A Young Age.


Page 88 - Arms of Penn.

Chapter VII


Chapter VII
Penn's Arrival in America -
His Colony Founded
on the Delaware.


Associated Illustration.


Page 101 - Picture of Meeting-place of the First Assembly at Upland.

Chapter VIII


Chapter VIII
Material Improvements.


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Chapters IX & X


Chapter IX
The Schuylkill.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 120 - 1698 Map of Pennsylvania and West Jersey.


Page 128 - Flat Rock Dam on the Schuylkill, 1828.


Chapter X
Stage Lines.


No Associated Illustrations.

Chapters XI & XII


Chapter XI
The Germans.


Associated Illustration.


Page 136 - Fac-simile of First Page
of First German Newspaper
Printed in America, Aug 20, 1739.


Chapter XII
The Welsh.


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Chapter XIII


Chapter XIII
The Colonial Era.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 143 - Penn's Treaty Tree and
Philadelphia Harbor, 1800.


Page 144 - The Treaty Tree Monument.


Page 145 - Fac-simile Of Penn's Seal and
Witnesses' Signatures on Original Charter.


Page 149 - Franklin at the Age of Twenty.


Page 150 - John Penn.


Page 150 - Henry Bouquet.


Page 151 - British Stamp.


Page 154 - The State House in 1744.

Chapter XIV -
Part I



CHAPTER XIV - Part I

The Revolution. Part I


Associated Illustrations.


Page 158 - The Independence Bell.


Page 162 - Mud Island in 1777 Before the British Attack.


Page 163 - Paoli Monument.


Page 164 - Washington's Headquarters, Worcester.


Page 165 - Map of Approaches to Germantown.


Page 168 - Facsimile of Oath of Allegience.


Page 170 - Potts' Mansion.

Chapter XIV -
Part II



CHAPTER XIV - Part II

The Revolution. Part II


Associated Illustrations.


Page 172 - Charles Thomson.


Page 173 - Residence of Charles Thomson.


Page 177 - John McClane.


Page 178 - Meschianza Ticket.


Page 178 - Meschianza Procession.

Chapter XV


Chapter XV
The War Of 1812 And The Mexican War.


Associated Illustration.


Page 187 - Uniformed Soldiers, 1812.

Chapter XVI -
Part I



Chapter XVI - Part I
The Great Rebellion.
The Fourth and Fifty-First Regiments.


Associated Illustration.


Page 196 - General Jno. F. Hartranft.


Page 200 - Colonel Owen Jones.

Chapter XVI -
Part II



Chapter XVI - Part II
The Great Rebellion.
Roster of the Fifty-First Regiment.


No Associated Illustrations.

Chapter XVI -
Part III



Chapter XVI - Part III
The Great Rebellion.
The Fifty-Third and Sixty-Eighth Regiments.


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Chapter XVI -
Part IV



Chapter XVI - Part IV
The Great Rebellion.
The 93rd, 95th, 106th, 129th & 138th Regiments.


No Associated Illustrations.

Chapter XVI -
Part V



Chapter XVI - Part V
The Great Rebellion.
The 160th & 162th (17th Cavalry) Regiments.


No Associated Illustrations.

Chapter XVI -
Part VI



Chapter XVI - Part VI
The Great Rebellion.
The 175th, 179th, 11th, 17th & 19th Regiments
plus other independent units.


Associated Illustration.


Page 277 - Lt.-Col. Daniel M. Yost

Chapter XVII


Chapter XVII
The Grand Army of the Republic.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 287 - Gen. Samuel Kosciusko Zook


Page 296 - Great Sanitary Fair Buildings, Phila., 1864

Chapters XVIII -
XIX



Chapter XVIII
Redemptioners - Slavery -
The Underground Railroads


Chapter XIX
Graduates of the United States Military
and Naval Academies


Associated Illustration.


Page 314 - General Winfield S. Hancock

Chapters X -
XXI



Chapter XX
Montgomery County Established -
Municipal Government - The "Country Squire."


Associated Illustrations.


Page 317 - Barley Sheaf Barn


Page 326 - Montgomery County Prison


Page 328 - Tax Collections in 1883


Page 329 - Picture of 1884 Taxables chart


Page 330 - Summary of Receipts And Disbursements, 1884


Chapter XXI
Railroads


Associated Illustrations.


Page 330 - Oliver Evans


Page 331 - Oliver Evans' Steam Carriage

Chapter XXII


Chapter XXII
Manners and Customs - Sports and Pastimes -
Local Superstitions - Inns.


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Chapters XXIII -
XXIV



Chapter XXIII
Bibliography.


Associated Illustration.


Page 351 - William J. Buck


Chapter XXIV
Early Poetry.


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Chapter XXV -
Part I



Chapter XXV - Part I
Religious Denominations.


Associated Illustration.


Page 373 - John Whitefield

Chapter XXV -
Part II



Chapter XXV - Part II
Church History.


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Chapter XXVI -
Part I



Chapter XXVI - Part I
Edcational.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 402 - School Status Chart


Page 404 - Rev. Samuel Aaron


Page 405 - Burd Wilson Mansion, Norristown

Chapter XXVI -
Part II



Chapter XXVI - Part II
Educational.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 407 - Henry A. Hunsicker


Page 411 - J. H. A. Bomberger


Page 414 - H. W. Super


Page 415 - J. Shelly Weinberger


Page 418 - Thomas Chase


Page 421 - North Wales Academy


Page 422 - S. U. Brunner

Chapters XXVII &
XXVIII



Chapter XXVII
Flora of Montgomery County.


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Chapter XXVIII
Zoology of Montgomery County.


No Associated Illustrations.

Chapters XXIX &
XXX



Chapter XXIX
Agriculture.


Associated Illustration.


Page 446 - Sarah S. Rex


Chapter XXX
Township and Borough Organization -
Post Offices - Roads.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 450 - Townships date of Formation, Area,
Population and Election Districts
and Wards.


Page 451 - Townships, Number of Land-Holders,
Taxables and Amount of Taxable Property.
Compares various years from 1734-1882.

Chapter XXXI


Chapter XXXI
Journalism.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 458 - Franklin Press


Page 460 - Morgan R. Wills


Page 461 - Robert Iredell


Page 462 - Albrecht Kneule


Page 464 - W. J. Binder


Page 468 - William Rennyson

Chapter XXXII


Chapter XXXII
Banks and Banking.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 471 - Currency Specimen


Page 472 - Two-cent Note


Page 473 - Bank of Montgomery County


Page 474 - W. H. Singluff


Page 476 - John Singluff


Page 477 - J. M. Albertson


Page 478 - James Hooven


Page 478 - First National Bank, Norristown


Page 479 - George Shannon


Page 480 - William Mintzer


Page 481 - J. W. Casselberry


Page 482 - William McDermott


Page 484 - Samuel W. Noble


Page 485 - Benjamin P. Wertsner

Chapter XXXIII
& XXXIV



Chapter XXXIII
Charitable and Benevolent Associations.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 492 - Independent Order of Odd-fellows, Table


Page 494 - Improved Order of Red Men Membership, Table


Page 494 - Knights Of Pythias Lodge Table


Chapter XXXIV
Insane Hospital and Poor House.


Associated Illustration.


Page 498 - The State Insane Assylum at Norristown

Chapter XXXV -
Part I



Chapter XXXV - Part I
Past and Present Politics.


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Chapter XXXV -
Part II



Chapter XXXV - Part II
Past and Present Politics.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 518 - W. Henry Sutton


Page 520 - Jacob S. Yost


Page 521 - William A. Yeakle


Page 522 - Lewis Royer


Page 523 - John C. Smith

Chapter XXXVI -
Part I



Chapter XXXVI - Part I
The Bench and Bar.


Associated Illustration.


Page 530 - Andrew Hamilton


Page 540 - David Krause

Chapter XXXVI -
Part II



Chapter XXXVI - Part II
The Bench and Bar.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 548 - Jno. H. Hobart


Page 549 - James Boyd


Page 550 - George W. Rogers


Page 551 - Charles T. Miller


Page 552 - Charles Hunsicker


Page 554 - Theodore W. Bean


Page 557 - Nicholas Henry Larzelere

Chapter XXXVII -
Part I



Chapter XXXVII - Part I
Manufacturing Industries.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 575 - Charles P. Weaver


Page 577 - Robert Cascaden


Page 578 - Christopher Rittenhouse

Chapter XXXVII -
Part II



Chapter XXXVII - Part II
Manufacturing Industries.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 579 - Thaddeus S. C. Lowe


Page 583 - William Watt


Page 584 - James Shaw


Page 585 - James Kenworthy


Page 588 - Christopher Heebner


Page 589 - William K. Gresh


Page 591 - Thomas Ratcliffe


Page 592 - Isaac W. Smith


Page 594 - James Wood


Page 595 - William J. Bate


Page 596 - Lewis A. Lukens


Page 598 - Michael O'Brien

Chapter XXXVII -
Part III



Chapter XXXVII - Part III
Manufacturing Industries.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 600 - Moorhead, J. Barlow


Page 601 - Bullock, George


Page 602 - Moir, James


Page 604 - Fegely, Isaac


Page 605 - Potts, Joseph D.


Page 606 - Steele, J. Dutton


Page 609 - March, T. J.


Page 611 - McFarland, Elbridge


Page 615 - Chadwick, Robert


Page 617 - Humphrys, Seth

Chapter XXXVII -
Part IV



Chapter XXXVII - Part IV
Manufacturing Industries.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 620 - Heebner, Isaac D.


Page 622 - Godshall, A. C.


Page 624 - Hamilton, W. C.


Page 627 - Thropp, Joseph E.


Page 629 - Harper, Smith


Page 632 - Moore, George W.


Page 633 - Myers, Jacob


Page 634 - Ervien, John A.


Page 634 - Bosler, Charles


Page 636 - Rowland, Thomas

Chapter XXXVIII -
Part I



Chapter XXXVIII - Part I
The Medical Profession.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 637 - Graeme, Dr. Thomas


Page 640 - Freedley, Samuel


Page 641 - Dodd, Robert J.


Page 642 - Knipe, Jacob


Page 643 - Corson, Hiram


Page 646 - Corson, William


Page 648 - Leedom, R. C.


Page 649 - Hamer, James


Page 651 - Van Buskirk, William A.


Page 653 - Shoemaker, Charles


Page 654 - Schrack, John


Page 655 - Royer, J. Warren


Page 656 - Hillegass, John G.


Page 656 - Reid, John K.


Page 657 - Read, L. W.


Page 658 - Richardson, Margaret

Chapter XXXVIII -
Part II



Chapter XXXVIII - Part II
The Medical Profession.


Associated Illustrations.


Page 659 - Reading, Edward


Page 659 - Newberry, Milton


Page 660 - Todd, John


Page 661 - Markley, A. D.


Page 662 - Scheetz, J. H.


Page 663 - Johnson, B. K.


Page 664 - Knipe, Jacob 0.


Page 666 - Sargent, G. P.


Page 667 - Beaver, D. R.


Page 668 - Schrack, David


Page 669 - Stiles, George M.


Page 670 - Bellows, H. M.


Page 671 - Weaver, Joseph K.


Page 672 - Meschter, G. K.


Page 673 - Dismant, Benjamin F.


Page 674 - Stinson, Mary H.


Page 675 - Loux, Hiram R.


Page 676 - Randle, William R.




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