Germantown Township, Pennsylvania

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Germantown Township
Former Township
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia
Coordinates 40°02′20″N 75°11′02″W / 40.03889°N 75.18389°W / 40.03889; -75.18389Coordinates: 40°02′20″N 75°11′02″W / 40.03889°N 75.18389°W / 40.03889; -75.18389
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 215
Map of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Germantown Township prior to the Act of Consolidation, 1854
Location of Germantown Township in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Germantown Township, also known as German Township, is a defunct township that was located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The municipality ceased to exist and was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia following the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854.


Germantown Township, was laid out by virtue of three warrants: October 12, 1683, for 6,000 acres (24 km²), to Francis Daniel Pastorius, for the German and Dutch purchasers; February 13, 1683, to Francis Daniel Pastorius for 200 acres (0.81 km2); April 25, 1684, to Jurian Hartsfelder, for 150 acres (0.61 km2).

In 1688, Francis Pastorius drew up the first documented protest against negro slavery in American history.

The first purchasers of land in the township were from Frankfurt, Germany, they were Jacobus van der Walle, Johann Jacob Schutz, Johann Wilhelm Ueberfeld, Daniel Behagel, George Strauss, Jan Leureiss, Abram Hasevoet. Among them were divided 2,675 acres (11 km²) of land. The same quantity was divided among the first purchasers from Crevelt, Germany, namely, Jacob Felner, Jan Strepers, Dirk Sipman, Ganert Reniks, Lenard Artes, Jacob Isaacs.

The township was divided into settlements, called Germantown, Cresheim, Sommerhausen and Crevelt. These Germans were from the palatinates of Cresheim and Crevelt, many of them having become Friends through the preaching of William Penn in Germany.

The greatest length of the Germantown Township was 5½ miles; the greatest breadth, 2 miles (3.2 km); area, 7,040 acres (28 km²). The township was bounded on the northwest and northeast by Springfield Township, Montgomery County on the northeast partly by Bristol Township; on the southeast by Penn Township and Roxborough Township. Within Germantown Township were the settlements known as Germantown, Cresheim (afterwards Mount Airy), Sommerhausen (later called Chestnut Hill) and Crevelt, a rural section north of Chestnut Hill.