NHC Seeks Two New Commissioners

 

The late Clarence Berger

The late Clarence Berger, a much-beloved, lifetime resident of Nockamixon, who proudly served on our commission. He is greatly missed.

Due to scheduling conflicts causing one commissioner to step down, and the sad passing of another (rest in peace, Clarence — we miss you!), the Nockamixon Historic Commission has two open seats it needs to fill. Any Nockamixon resident with an interest in history is eligible to be a candidate.

Commissioners work together to help identify, protect, preserve and steward our township’s historical resources. We do not, as some are falsely reporting, tell Nockamixon residents or businesses what they can and can’t do with their own properties. We can, however, help them to properly protect, preserve and have their properties considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places if they request such help.

Currently, we’re working on several projects:

  • a book about the one-room schoolhouses of Nockamixon and Bridgeton Townships (Nockamixon was a part of Bridgeton at one time)
  • Collecting and recording oral histories of our township’s residents
  • Building a collection of local historical artifacts, which are being properly catalogued and archived
  • Exploring eligibility for grants to help us with specific future projects
  • Responding to local residents’ requests for help with genealogical information

We recommend getting to know us better by attending one of our regular monthly meetings at the Nockamixon Township Building, 589 Lake Warren Road, Ferndale, PA 18921. We meet at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month.

Those interested in becoming a candidate for consideration should send a letter of interest to:

Nockamixon Historic Commission
c/o Township Clerk
PO Box 100
Ferndale, PA 18921 

If you’re interested in helping with our projects but can’t commit to being a Commissioner, we always welcome ad hoc volunteers for specific projects or for tasks such as digital scanning of documents and data entry to keep our catalog up to date. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Neil Jesiolowki, Chair, by email or at 610-847-2394.

Ancestor of Nockamixon Resident Seeks Information

NHC Chair Neil Jesiolowski recently received the following inquiry from a relative of a long-ago Nockamixon resident:

I have been tracing the history of my ancestor, Conrad Kyser (spelled several different ways).

It looks like he came from Nockamixon.  He was born Jan 28, 1795 and was orphaned in 1802 and farmed out. He later fought in the War of 1812 at age 17, and I can then track him to Troy, Michigan.

Can you help me in where to look?

Thank you.

Fred Barnard
62998 Invitational Dr
Washington Twp, Michigan  48094

If you know of any information regarding Conrad Kyser or any of his relatives, please send Mr. Barnard a note at his snail mail address above, or you can email him at: KitBarnard [AT] aol [DOT] com (written this way to discourage spam for Mr. Barnard).

Seeking Oral History Interview Subjects

The Berger Family

So much of what makes an area into a real community is the collective memory of its citizens. Realizing the vast repositories of local knowledge they are, the Nockamixon Historic Commission has begun collecting stories and remembrances from our township’s older residents. We recognize that when our most venerable citizens pass, much of our history passes with them, and we’re eager to gather their knowledge and wisdom for posterity.

In that effort, we’ve begun interviewing anyone who wishes to speak with us. We work from a set of standard questions, but welcome any additional memories of life in Nockamixon that our interview subjects are willing to offer. We digitally record the interviews with the intention to also transcribe them to a written record.

If you know of any of our local treasures who have important historical information to share, please let us know so we can contact them to schedule an interview at their convenience. Thanks!

History Detectives Needed: Stories, Photos, Recollections Sought For Upcoming Book From Former Students of Bridgeton, Nockamixon Township One-Room Schoolhouses

Blanche & Doris Shick at Center Hill School

Blanche & Doris Shick at Center Hill School

FERNDALE, PA. – The Nockamixon Historic Commission is seeking submissions of personal stories, recollections and school-related photos from former students of the twelve one-room schoolhouses in Bridgeton and Nockamixon townships. The group is including both because the two were a single township before they split in 1890. These materials will be used in preparing a narrative to be published as an illustrated book next fall.

Most sought after are first-person recollections and accounts, and photos taken in and around the one-room schoolhouses. Best are images in which the buildings themselves are identifiable. Secondhand accounts (“as told to”) and journals or diaries are also wonderful sources. News clippings are acceptable if they’re clearly readable. It’s helpful if as many people as possible appearing in photos are identified, along with any pertinent dates and occasions.

Typed or handwritten accounts are welcome, and computer-generated accounts are encouraged. Hardcopy photos will be scanned to digital format. The Commission asks that contributions be made as soon as possible so we can include your content in our publication.

Interested parties with anything to contribute to this local history project are asked to contact Commission Chair Neil Jesiolowski at 610-847-2394 or via email at jesski@frontiernet.net at their earliest convenience. Those who desire to mail their materials can do so to: Neil Jesiolowski, Chairman, Nockamixon Historic Commission, PO Box 100, Ferndale, PA 18921. You may also use the reply form below.

Please be sure to include the way the material should be attributed. Arrangements will be made to pick up any materials that cannot be emailed or mailed at the convenience of the contributor. All donated materials will be returned in good condition, along with any other original documents lent to the Commission for this purpose.

The Nockamixon Historic Commission is authorized by ordinance to identify and preserve assets of Nockamixon Township which may be of historical significance.

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.