East Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

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East Allen Township
A farm in the township
A farm in the township
Location of East Allen Township within Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Location of East Allen Township within Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Coordinates: 40°42′30″N 75°24′59″W / 40.70833°N 75.41639°W / 40.70833; -75.41639Coordinates: 40°42′30″N 75°24′59″W / 40.70833°N 75.41639°W / 40.70833; -75.41639
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyNorthampton
Area
 • Total14.67 sq mi (38.00 km2)
 • Land14.55 sq mi (37.69 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)
Elevation
571 ft (174 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,903
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
4,868
 • Density334.57/sq mi (129.17/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)610
FIPS code42-095-20736
Websitewww.eatwp.org

East Allen Township is a township in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. East Allen Township is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

The population of East Allen Township was 4,903 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37 km2), all of it land. It is drained by the Lehigh River via the Catasauqua Creek and Monocacy Creek. Its villages include Franks Corner, Jacksonville, Jamesville (also in Moore Township), Seemsville (also in Allen Township), and Weaversville (also in Allen Township).

Its numbered routes are east-to-west 248 and 329 and north-to-south 512 and 987. 329 and 987 join in Franks Corner to meet 248 in Bath, which 512 and 987 connect with Allentown and Bethlehem respectively to the south. Other local roads of note are Airport Road, Hanoverville Road, Jacksonville Road, Old Carriage Road, Seemsville Road, and Weaversville Road.

History[edit]

Craig's Scotch-Irish Settlement was established in 1728, and is the oldest and permanent settlement in Northampton County along the Catasauqua Creek. In 1730 they started meeting as a congregation in homes. The Scotch-Irish Presbyterians of Allen Township established a church, in 1731, made of logs. The present church (now God's Missionary Church) was built in 1813. It is the 3rd church that was built by the Presbyterians.

At the start of the Revolutionary War John Ralston was the Auditor of Depreciations, George Palmer was Coroner, William McNair and Jacob Horner were Justices of the Peace. Neigal Gray and John Ralston attended the Provincial Conference held in Carpenter's Hall. John Ralston and Robert Lattimore were members of the PA General Assembly, Arthur Lattimore, Neigal Gray, and John Hays, Jr. were on the Standing Committee of Correspondence.

Thomas Craig and John Craig served as the area's Lieutenants. Sub Lt.s were Arthur Lattimore and John Hays. John Ralston served as paymaster. William McNair was an agent for Forfeited Properties. Robert Lattimore was a Commissioner to collect clothing. Arthur Lattimore was a Justice of the Courts of General Quarter Sessions & of Common Pleas. John Hays, Jr. was a member of the Commission of Observation.

Northampton County was formed in 1752, which included the settlement that was already 24 years old. Many of them held the first county offices in Easton. William Craig and J. Lattimore were Prothonotary and Clerks of Quarter Sessions.

Built in 1757, Fort Ralston is located near Bath and was to protect settlers from Indian attacks during the French and Indian War. The fort was near the present intersection of Route 329 and Airport Rd. in a farmer's field.

East Allen Township was established in 1842 from what was Allen Twp. With the new township boundaries, the settlement is now located in East Allen Twp. at 4965 Nor Bath Blvd. in Northampton, PA 18067 (between Bath and Northampton).

The first official burial in Horner’s Cemetery was in 1745, but a baby in the old section makes it the oldest cemetery in Northampton County. It contains the graves of many of the region's earliest inhabitants. There are 21 veterans of four wars. Some of those buried here include the men of this article. There is a stone for Gen. Robert Brown who serve in PA State Assembly after the war and owned the owner of the Friendship Tree. The three men that served in PA's General Assembly were all from the Constitutional Party.

George Palmer, Deputy Surveyor-General of PA, and Surgeon-General Dr. Matthew McHenry are both buried there. James Ralston also laid out the town of Bath PA and Gen. William Lattimore owned the first house there. Hugh Wilson was the founder of Northampton PA. All 4 are buried at Horner's Cemetery. The cemetery has been restoration by local members of the community, starting in 2008. The Horner Cemetery Historical Society was formed in 2011.


Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
20004,903
20104,9030.0%
Est. 20164,868[2]−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,903 people, 1,864 households, and 1,461 families residing in the township. The population density was 339.9 people per square mile (131.2/km2). There were 1,907 housing units at an average density of 132.2/sq mi (51.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.65% White, 0.49% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 1,864 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the township the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $55,694, and the median income for a family was $59,007. Males had a median income of $40,194 versus $28,387 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,684. About 2.5% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Public education[edit]

The Township is served by the Northampton Area School District.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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