Sussex County, New Jersey, was established in 1753 from Morris County. Mr. Webb’s Sussex County directory is divided into three parts. The first part, comprising fully half the book, gives a historical overview of Sussex County, complete with a discussion of Sussex’s predecessor counties (Burlington, Hunterdon, and Morris), eminent Sussex pioneers, the establishment of the county courthouse and first newspaper, and mineral deposits within the county. The historical narrative then moves on to each of the county’s fourteen townships from Andover through Wantage, delineating milestones, landmarks, topographical features, and famous episodes not only for the township as a whole but for each village therein as well. Part 2 constitutes the directory itself, which is arranged by township and lists the name of each freeholder, with his village, living in Sussex County at the time of the volume’s original publication in 1872. In all, some 5,000 freeholders can be found in the directory. The concluding element in the book is a business directory of Sussex County establishments, arranged by village, which identifies the proprietor or artisan by name and occupation. A good starting point for Sussex County research!
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