On Holme's "Map of the Improved parts of Pennsylvania", constructed by Thomas Holme, surveyor-general of William Penn - the earliest map of the province - the territory now constituting the Vincents is given in the name of "Sr. Mathias Vincent, Adrian Vrouzen, Benja Furloy, Dr. Daniel Cox." It appears that Benjohan Furly, of Rotterdam, in Holland, as agent for William Penn, on 3-7-1682, conveyed 5000 acres of land in Pennsylvania to Burgomaster Adrian Vroesen, of the same place, who on 6-10-1704, conveyed the same lands to Benjohan Furly, merchant, son of the first named.

Vincent Township were leased and settled much in the same manner as Pikeland, the settlers in many instances taking leases with the reserved right of purchase. For a number of years the improvements in these townships did not keep pace with those in other parts of the county. The houses were generally very inferior, and the progress of agriculture was slow. This general indisposition to improvement was, in a large measure, owing to the nature of the tenures by which much of the land was holden. The stimulus to active industry was wanting, but when the tillers became the absolute owners of the soil the face of things was changed and wore a more animating aspect; improvements were rapidly made, and Vincent and Pikeland soon contained an enterprising class of citizens.

The township derived its name from Sir Matthias Vincent and the tracts of land constituting it were for some time known as "Cox and Company's 20,000 acres". French Creek, which passes through the township was originally called Vincent River, and retained that proud name for many years.

In 1838 according to a survey ordered by the court, Vincent township was bounded as follows: NE by the Schuylkill River, NW by Nantmell and Coventry, SW by Uwchlan SE by Joseph Pike's land.

The township was divided into East and West Vincent in 1832. In 1844 the line between South Coventry and East Vincent was established.

The borough of Springville, on the Schuylkill River was taken from the eastern part of East Vincent Township and incorporated in 1867. In 1872 that name was changed to Spring City.

This page updated on March 1, 2009