Sussex County NJ Timeline

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1609 The area now known as Sussex Co., NJ was first explored by the Dutch
1640 The first settlerscame to the banks of the Delaware River.
1709 Provinces of New Jersey were divided and boundaries defind. Sussex Co. within the boundaries of Burlington.
1713 Hunterson County is divided off from Burlington included that part of Northern NJ which is now Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties.
1738 Morris County was formed from Hunterdon and included that part which is is now Sussex and Warren Counties.
1753 Sussex County became a separate county and included all that which is now Sussex and Warren Counties. The county was divided into four (4) townships; Walpack, Newton, Hardwick and Greenwich.
1754 Wantage Township formed from Newton. Oxford and Mansfield-Woodhouse were set off from Greenwich.
1759 Montague was set off from Walpack.
1762 Sandyston Township was set off from Walpack and Hardyston was set off from Newton.
1764 Knowlton Township was set off from Oxford and Hampton set off from Newton.
1776 Start of the Revolutionary War.
1777-79 Indian raids on Montague and the Minisink Valley.
1782 Independence Township is set off from Hardwick.
1792 Vernon Township was set off from Hardyston.
Dec. 1795 Matthias “Cutlip” GOTTLIEB was executed in Newton for butchering his wife.
1796 First Newspaper was issued called the “Farmer’s Journal and Newton Advertiser.” (Only published for about one year.)
1797 Frankford Township was set off from Newton.
1798 Byram Township was set off from Newton.
26 Jun 1812 Mary COLE was hanged for murdering her mother .
06 Jul 1813 First issue of “The Sussex Register” was issued.
30 Jun 1820 Peter BRAKEMAN was executed for murdering peddler Francis E. NICHOLS.
25 Jan 1822 Wilhilmus VANAUKEN executed for murder of wife Leah in Montague.
1824 Warren County is set off from Sussex County. Stillwater and Green Townships are set off from Hardwick within the borders of Sussex County. Hardwick within the borders of Warren County.
1845 Sparta Township was set of from parts of Hardyston, Newton and Byram. Lafayette is set off from Newton and Frankford.
13 Oct 1857 The first Sussex County Agricultural Fair and Exhibition was held.
23 Jan 1862 John CRUNER was hanged for shooting Allen SKELLENGER of Sandyston. (This case would have been considered self-defense today.)
1864 Andover Township, Hampton Township and the Town of Newton were set off from Newton Township, and as a result of this action, Newton Township ceased to exist.
July 1875 John HUGHES was hanged for the brutal murder of his wife in Ogdensburg. He hit her six time in the head with an axe and then set fire to their house.
1878 Diptheria epidemic in the spring.
24 Apr 1880 Frederick CRILL was hanged for the murder of his daughter, Eliza BABCOCK near Hamburg.
1904 Fredon Township was set off from parts of Stillwater, Andover, Green, Hampton and Newton, establishing the current township boundaries of Sussex County.


History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey“, by James P. Snell. (1881)

One Hundred Years of THE SUSSEX REGISTER and County of Sussex“, published by The Sussex Register. (1992)

The Historical Directory of Sussex County, New Jersey” by Edward A. Webb. (1872)

NORTHWESTERN NEW JERSEY, A History of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties” by A. Van Doren Honeyman; Vol. 1-4. (1927)

A Pictorial Sampler of Historic Fredon” by Judith Cummings Kaiser. (1994)