Nockamixon has its own Historic Commission!

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The Township of Nockamixon has formed an Historic Commission, whose sole authority and purpose at time of inception is to preserve the historic assets of the township. As a point of introduction, we visit the beginnings of the township, according to “The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania,” Chapter XXX!V, by W.W.H. Davis:

By the spring of 1742 the inhabitants of Nockamixon thought themselves numerous enough to be organized into a township. At the June term 25 citizens, who styled themselves “inhabitants of the adjacents of Plumstead,” whose names we have already given, petitioned the court, praying them to allow a township “to be laid out joining Durham, then descending the river to the London tract,” with the following boundaries:

“Beginning at a black oak on the bank of the Delaware river, being a corner of Durham tract; thence by the said tract, and land of Thomas Blair, south 70 degrees, west 1,040 perches; thence by land of William Ware, southeast 240 perches; thence southwest 540 perches to Haycock run; thence down said run to Tohickon creek; thence down the said creek to a tract of land laid out to James Sterling; thence by that and the London company’s land, northeast 2, 140 perches to the river Delaware; thence up the same to the place of beginning – containing by computation 6,000 acres.” The boundaries have never been changed that we are aware of, [until Bridgeton was cut off in 1890,*] and the original area is now computed at 12, 500 acres. The court, at the same term, ordered the township laid out in accordance with the prayer of the petitioners. It was surveyed September 9, 1743, by Nicholas Scull, and confirmed at the April term, 1746. Like Tinicum, the name of Nockamixon is of Indian origin, and has been retained, much to the credit of our name-changing race. Heckewelder says that “Nockamixon” signifies, in the Delaware language, “the place at the three houses;” but what connection there is between

“three houses” and the township’s name is not explained. On the back of the petition to the court, asking to have the township organized, is written the following couplet:

“As rocks in Nockamixon mate the skies,

So let this town to Nockamixon rise.”

which fails, however, to throw any light on the subject. In a deed of 1762, the township is spelled “Noximinson.”

The Gallows Run Watershed lies mainly in Nockamixon Township.

The Gallows Run Watershed lies mainly in Nockamixon Township.

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2 comments on “Nockamixon has its own Historic Commission!

  1. Sally Price says:

    I am happy to find this site, as my Bucher/Bougher family settled in Nockamixon in the 1760s — Jacob and Henry. I am descended from Henry and Hannah Bucher. I knew the name of the township must be of native origin, as I grew up in Ohio, and I am glad to have a little more information as to its meaning. Keep up the good work!

  2. From what we have learned, “Nockamixon” is an Indian name, meaning “Place of three huts”. We know there were Lenape Indian villages along the river, but where or what “3 huts” means or were located is unknown. Henry Hudson sailed into the Delaware Bay in 1609, giving possession of the area to the Dutch, through what is now Wilmington, DE. William Penn was not given Pennsylvania until 1681 and he negotiated with the Lenape for 8000 acres of Lower Bucks. Bucks County was established in 1684, Nockamixon Township incorporated in 1742 – 58 yrs later. After the Walking Purchase of 1737, the Indians felt displaced of their ancestral lands and moved into western Pennsylvania.

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