UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP-1787

  THIS township is bounded
on the north by Monroe county
on the east and south by the Delaware River, separating it from the State 
of New Jersey on the south and west by the townships of Lower Mount Bethel 
and Washington.

 It was erected a township, in 1787, from the territory of old Mount 
Bethel, which was originally a township of Bucks county, before the 
erection of Northampton.

  This was one of the oldest Settled portions of Northampton county, 
including in its limits the old Hunter Settlement, founded by the 
Ulster-Scots, about 1730; and it was by this name that it was only known 
for some seventeen years thereafter.

  But, on the eighth of June, 1746, the inhabitants living on the main 
branch of the Delaware, embracing the Hunter Settlement, and other 
immigrants who had settled there subsequently, namely

Peter Senors
Jonathan Miller
Arthur Coveandell
Thomas Ready
Joseph Woodside
George Bogard
James Anderson
David Allen
James Simpson
Peter Mumbower
Jonathan Garlinghaus
Jonathan Carmichael
Richard Quick
Joseph Funstin
Thomas Silliman
Lawrence Coveandell
Jeremiah Best
Manus Decher
Joseph Jones
Alexander Hunter
James Bownons
Jacob Server
Joseph Coler
James Miller
Joseph Quick
Joseph Ruckman
Thomas McCracken
Thomas Sillman
Collins Quick
Joseph Corson
Edward Moody
Conrad Doll
Thomas Clark
Jonathan Rickey
James Quick
Patrick Vence
Robert Liles, petitioned the Court of Quarter Sessions to lay off into a 
township a district of country, with the following boundaries:  

  From the mouth of Tunami's Creek, up the north branch of said creek, upon 
the west side of Jeremiah Bests to the Blue Mountains, and thence, by said 
mountains, to ye north branch of said river, and thence, and thence
by said branch, to the mouth of said Tunami's Creek again. 

  The Court ordered the petitioners to produce a draft of the township, at 
the next term. This resulted in the organization of old Mount Bethel 
township; upon which the original name of Hunter Settlement passed into 
disuse.

  Among the names of the first settler, in Mount Bethel we find that of La 
bar; three brothers, by the name of Peter, Charles, and Abraham, who 
immigrated from Fraces to this country, before 1730. Landing at 
Philadelphia, they at once started out in pursuit of a home.

  Making their way up the Delaware, much of the way through dense forests, 
they finally reached the southern base of the Blue Mountains, where, 
believing they had penetrated beyond the bounds of civilized man, they 
located a tract of land, reared a log cabin, and settled on the place now 
owned by Mr. Samuel Pipher, about half a mile southwest of the present 
village of Slateford.

  Here the three brothers commenced the hardships of a pioneer life, They 
were the first who cleared land on the Delaware, above the mouth of the 
Lehigh. They had been in their new home but a short time, when their tawny 
neighbors began to manifest a friendly feeling, and evinced an inclination 
to become acquainted. This feeling bring reciprocated by the new pioneers, 
it was not long before amicable relations had been established between the 
brothers and the curious red men, then numerous at this point, near the 
Water Gap. 

  This friendship greatly promoted the safety of the brothers, and enabled 
them to procure from the Indians a supply of corn, which, in those days, 
must be pounded in a mortar, by hand for there was no grist-mill. At this 
time, the young pioneers were progressing favorably, and they began to look 
about them.  They soon found that they were not the only whites, in this 
region, for just north of the Blue Mountain they found Nicholas Depui, who 
was then quite an old man, and settled at a place called Shawanese, on the 
Minisink lands, one of the first settlements made in the State.

   Not long after, they found another small settlement; probably that part 
of the Hunter Settlement planted at Williamsburg.
During this brief period, the three pioneers had obtained considerable
knowledge of the Forks region; and the friendly intercourse they had 
established with the Indians, had enabled them to learn considerable of the
Indian language. While at this place, the La Bar brother, married; and
soon afterwards removed north of the Blue Mountain, into what is Dow
Monroe county, where they permanently settled.

  A few year, subsequently, a son of Peter, by the name of George, moved 
south of the mountain, and settled near the original La Bar cabin, where he 
raised a large family. He lived to the age of one hundred and six years, 
and his son-also named George-died in 1874, at the age of one hundred and 
eleven, years and nine months.

  There are now many of the La Bar descendents living in Mount Bethel
township, and in the lower part of Monroe county. It may truly be said, 
they have fully obeyed the Divine injunction, to increase and multiply.

  The first elections of the settlers in the Mount Bethel region were held 
at Easton, but, as new settlers were added to the sparsely populated 
township, Richmond, since in Lower Mount Bethel, and now in Washington 
township, became the voting place. 

  This remained the voting place until the division of the old township, 
March 17th, 1787. Williamburg then became the voting place for Upper Mount 
Bethel township, and there the elections were held until 1874, when the 
township was divided into two voting districts, namely, Williamsburg and 
Delpsburg, at which places the elections have since been held.

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