History of Bucks
County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
THOMAS STINTSMAN. The good businessmen and useful citizens of the county have a worthy representative in Thomas STINTSMAN, of New Hope. Mr. STINTSMAN is a grandson of Samuel STINTSMAN, who emigrated from Germany and settled in Bucks county, where his son, also named Samuel, spent his life on the homestead, dying at the advanced age of ninety-two. The Stintsman homestead is situated near Point Pleasant, in Plumstead township.
Silas STINTSMAN, son of Samuel, second bearer of the name, mentioned above, was born in Plumstead township, and on reaching manhood engaged in boating on the canal, owning and controlling two canal boats. He married Elizabeth SOLOMON, and they were the parents of a son and two daughters: Annie A., who is the widow of Edward MCNUTT, of Philadelphia;
Thomas, mentioned at length hereinafter; and Laura J, deceased. While boating on the Hackensack, Mr. STINTSMAN was accidentally killed by the cars in consequence of delay in opening a bridge through which his boat was to pass.
Thomas STINTSMAN, son of Silas and Elizabeth (SOLOMON) STINTSMAN, was born October 20, 1854, in Plumstead township, and was about ten years old at the time of his father's death. After that event be went on the canal with an uncle and until his seventeenth year was employed in boating on the Lehigh, Delaware, Raritan and Morris canals. He then went to New Hope to learn the boat building business under his uncle, A. J. SOLOMON. In four years he finished his apprenticeship and then worked two years as a Journeyman. His uncle being elected county commissioner, Mr. STINTSMAN took charge of the yards and during: two years built: many boats on his own account. The times, however, being unfavorable to the business, he accepted a position with C. S. ATKINSON in his agricultural implement shops, where he remained fifteen or eighteen years, holding during the latter four or five years the position of superintendent of the shops. After resigning this position he was engaged for a short time in contracting and house building. July 3, 1806, be was appointed postmaster of New Hope, taking his place August I, following, and served a full four years' term under President Cleveland's administration. On the expiration of his term he engaged in the hardware business in partnership with John W. KOOKER, and the firm conducted a nourishing trade. In May, 1903, Mr. STINTSMAN sold his interest in that firm and established a general notion store, Mr. STINTSMAN has served six years as a member of the borough council, the same length of time as treasurer of the borough, for eighteen months held the office of deputy coroner, and for three years was a member of the school board. He belongs to Delaware Castle, No. 196, Knights of the Golden Eagle, and since 1888 has been secretary to the order. He is also a member of the Order of Heptasophs, In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. STINTSMAN married in 1880 Laura, daughter of Moses L. FRYLING, of New Hope, and of the eleven children born to them nine are now living; Catherine, who is engaged in her father's store at New Hope; Elizabeth; Moses, who has the newspaper route in the borough; Harold; Samuel; Frank; Charlotte; Howard; and Harry. All these children are at home with their parents.
Text taken from page 232 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed June 2001 by Joan Lollis of IN. as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published June 2001 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/