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Gloucester County History

Gloucester County dates back to May 26, 1686, when courts were established seperate from Burlington. Gloucester County was established from the third and fourth tenths of the West Jersey province on May 17, 1694 and encompassed a much larger area than present day Gloucester County.

Important Dates for Genealogical Research

The original Gloucester County was split into 3 seperate counties over time and the dates of these county formations are important to remember for genealogical research in southern New Jersey.

  • Feb. 7, 1837, Atlantic County was formed from a portion of the original Gloucester County.
  • Mar. 13, 1844, Camden County was formed from a portion of the original Gloucester County.

Historic Communities

Swedesboro and Bridgeport are two of the oldest European settlements. Woodbury, the county seat, was founded in 1683 by Henry Wood and is the oldest town in Gloucester County. Historic sites include Red Bank, now National Park Historic Site, where the Revolutionary War's Battle of Red Bank occurred at Ft. Mercer.

See Populated Places for a list of townships, buroughs, cities and towns in Gloucester County.

Page updated: 11 Mar 2013
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