The original land grant for the area that now constitutes New Jersey was made by King Charles II of England to his brother James the Duke of York on March 12 1664. The Duke of York, in turn, granted it to two proprietors, John Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret on June 24 1654. Sir Carteret was born on the Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1599.
Lord Berkeley and Sir Carteret, as proprietors, divided New Jersey into two separate but vaguely defined sections, East Jersey and West Jersey. It wasn't until July 1, 1676 that the sections were more clearly defined. The Board of Proprietors of East Jersey continued to own land as a stock company until 1998, (yes, 1998).
The Proprietors of East Jersey which dissolved in 1998, was the oldest corporation in New Jersey, dating back to 1654. The dissolution of this company presented some problems for the court system since it had been incorporated under laws that predated the "State".
Morris County was separated from Hunterdon County by act of the General Assembly passed March 13 1738, and Sussex County was taken from Morris in June, 1753. (Sussex County was later divided into Sussex County and Warren County, so you can see that the original Morris County was extremely large.)
Beginning of the 21st century (2000) Morris County is composed of 39 Municipal Subdivisions.
Town Information & Directories
Morris County Directory, for 1875-6, containing the names of the inhabitants of Morristown, Dover and Boonton, together with a Business Directory of the Principal Towns of Morris County, and much other miscellaneous information.
Indian Place Names in New Jersey
Notes from Chester NJ A Scrapbook of History by Frances Greenidge
Notes from A History of Early Morris Plains by Julia Beers
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