Land area: 30.2 sq. mi. Water area: 1.0 sq. mi. Population: 4,804 (15% urban, 85% rural) [city-data.com]
The first movement toward the organization of a township was made in March 1741 when "35 inhabitants of Deep Run" petitioned the quarter sessions to form the territory into a township, with the following boundaries: "Beginning upon Plumstead corner, coming along that line to Hilltown corner, and from that line to Rockhill corner, and down Tohickon till it till it closes at Plumstead corner, where it begins." The names attached to this petition give us some insight into the quality of men who people the woods north of Plumstead, namely: [1876 edition names] James Hughes John Ree George McFerrin Adam Thompson Mr. Miller Thomas Darroch Mark Overhold Martin Overhold Nicholas Ogeny Jacob Leatherman Jacob Weismore John Fretts William Graham Joseph Townsend Henry Groud Michael Lott David Kulp Daniel Norcauk John Bois Joseph Armstrong John Riffle Ralph Trough Fetter Ryner Matthew Ree Andrew Sloan Tillman Kulp Christian Stover George Lynard John Clymer Nicholas Kean Frederick Croft.
1905* edition adds these names: Robert Smith Abraham Black William Armstrong John Graham