For additional studies in Towamencin history; copy and paste the links below on to your browser address bar:
Mathwew Edwards' 1897 book on the history of Towamencin:
History of Montgomery County by Theodore Bean 1877:
Historical Collection Relating to Gwynedd by Jenkins 1897:
Historical Sketches from the Historical Society of Montgomery County 1905:
Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville
Morgan Log House and the Welsh Preservation Society, Towamencin Township
Gwynedd Meeting Friends Meeting History Page:
Title page of the recently published book.
Hotel on the Sumneytown Pike at Forty Foot Road in Kulpsville. Over time the hotel was also the post office, a community hall, and a number of stores rented space in the building. Presently it is the site of a Lukoil gas station.
For several decades, I have spent much of my free time studying the history of southeastern Pennsylvania, born out of a simple love of history and a curiosity of how our ancestors fared since their arrival to colonial Pennsylvania over 200 years ago.
This website is meant to create an awareness of Towamencin Township's rich history through George Lukens' 1807-1837 diary books as well as other recently discovered Towamencin documents and artifacts. They are featured in a new 600 page book with nearly 200 images titled "Paper, Quill and Ink".
The large book is available for sale at the Mennoninte Heritage Center's book and gift shop at 565 Yoder Road in Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438. Or a pdf version can be purchased and downloaded on line by clicking on the link seen here.
Title page of the recently published book is seen to the right.
Brian Hagey Editor and Author of Paper, Quill and Ink.
Tennis - Lukens Cemetery:
The cemetery is located on the west side of the Allentown Road on a hill, ¼ mile north of the Forty Foot Road in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, next to the Towamencin Village Shopping Center. In the 18th and 19th century the cemetery was on land owned by the Tennis family.
Legible grave markers:
Bean, Catharine b. 1771 d. 1859
Hughes, Isaac b. May 3, 1770 d. Sep. 24, 1854
Hughes, Isaac b. unknown d. 1841
Hughes, John b. Jul. 19, 1796 d. Mar. 20, 1841
Hughes, Rachel Tennis b. Mar. 13, 1778 d. Apr. 4, 1848
Lukens, Abraham Kulp b. 1845 d. 1845
Lukens, Cadwallader b. Dec. 25, 1759 d. Apr. 1, 1786
Lukens, David Kulp b. 1834 d. May 18, 1851
Lukens, Henry Kulp b. 1845 d. 1845
Lukens, Jesse b. Feb. 26, 1754 d. 1844
Lukens, John b. 1720 d. Oct. 21, 1789
Lukens, John b. ? d. ?
Lukens, Jonathan b. Mar. 21, 1844 d. Mar. 21, 1844
Lukens, Joseph b. Aug. 15, 1759 d. Mar. 15, 1786
Lukens, Maria Kulp b. May 14, 1812 d. Sep. 2, 1850
Lukens, William Tennis b. Nov. 20, 1808 d. Dec. 9, 1882
Smith, Elizabeth b. 1795 d. 1854
Smith, Elizabeth b. 1760 d. 1846
Smith, Henry b. 1764 d. 1852
Tennis M. b. 1746 d. 1823
Tennis C. b. ? d.?
Tennis E. b. ? d. ?
Tennis M. b. ? d. 1803
Tennis W. b. ? d. ?
Tennis, Catharine Morgan b. Jul. 24, 1723 d. Feb. 29, 1801
Tennis, Israel b. 1750 d. Aug. 9, 1790
Tennis, Jane Meredith b. 1745 d. Mar. 14, 1826
Tennis, Mary Wilson b. 1746 d. 1823
Tennis, Samuel b. Jan. 9, 1716 d. Mar. 16, 1803
*See news article regarding the theft of Samuel Tennis' grave marker below.
Tennis, William b. Nov. 6, 1688 d. Jan. 17, 1749
Tennis, William b. 1747 d. Jun. 28, 1831
Yocum, John b. Jan. 8, 1757 d. Aug. 3, 1811
Yocum, Joseph b. 1808 d. 1813
Yocum, Margaret Wilson b. Feb. 28, 1749 d. Feb. 2, 1832
Yocum, William b. Aug. 11, 1747 d. Dec. 11, 1813
There are a number of additional markers void of markings.
List of names in the cemetery is based on my visits to the cemetery as well as research by historians Diane Weber Wampole and Karen Tennis.
* “Tombstone Stolen from Tennis-Lukens Cemetery” By Tony Di Domizio, June 3, 2012, Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch.
The grave marker, valued at $1,000, was taken from the grave of Samuel Tennis. Crime Watch are investigating the theft of a historic grave marker from the Tennis-Lukens Cemetery on Allentown Road.
The headstone was stolen between May 1 and May 17, 2012, police said. The headstone stolen belonged to the grave of Samuel Tennis. Police estimated the value of the gravestone at $1,000. Contact Towamencin Township Police with any information on the theft or whereabouts of the grave marker at 215-368-7606. Callers can remain anonymous."