An American Family History

Solebury, Pennsylvania- The Early Years

  Information from History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania  

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Fulling is the elimination oils and impurities in wool which makes it fuller. The process involved beating the cloth with wooden hammers. A water mill used to move the hammers was a fulling mill.

Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania was settled beginning in the late 17th century. It was first called Quatielassy and was part of Buckingham Township. Many English Quakers settled in the area around 1700. They worshiped at the Buckingham Monthly Meeting which was founded in 1720.

William Croasdale purchased two hundred and fifty acres there before writing his will in 1687.

James Pellar built a house in 1689.

Jacob Holcomb was a resident in 1700 and John Scarborough bought 510 acres in the township that year.

The earliest mention by name was in 1702 when some of William Beakes land was described as at Quatielassy.

By 1703, nearly all the land in the township was occupied and farmed.  There were 28 tracts of land owned by 24 landowners including.

In June, 1703, William Croasdale purchased two hundred and fifty acres.

Henry Paxson, Sr. purchased two hundred and fifty acres from Croasdale in 1704. Pikeland, a tract of six hundred and twenty-four acres, was confirmed by patent to Joseph Pike, December 3, 1705.

In 1707 Robert Heath built a grist-mill on the Great Spring stream.

Solebury first appeared in the records of the court of quarter sessions in 1709 when a constable was appointed.

The York road opened in 1711 from Center Bridge to Philadelphia.

Philip Williams established a fulling-mill along Acquetong Creek bank in 1712.

Edward Blackfan moved to Solebury about 1720.

The ferry was established in 1722 by Emanuel Coryell upon the Jersey shore, John Wells having previously been ferryman upon time Pennsylvania side.

Joseph Lupton moved to Solebury about 1725.


Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of three original Pennsylvania Counties and was formed in 1682. Originally it was a large territory that included all of what would later be Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh.
A grist mill is a building where a miller grinds gain into flour.


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