Branchburg Township, New Jersey

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Branchburg Township is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 14,566.

Branchburg Township has a history antedating the American Revolutionary War, and was incorporated on April 5, 1845, from portions of Bridgewater Township.[7]

Branchburg ranks seventh in size among Somerset County's 21 municipalities, and covers a total area of 20.3 square miles (53 km2), being 11 miles (18 km) long and approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) across at its widest point. The hamlets of North Branch and Neshanic Station are included within Branchburg Township.

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History

The land that is ruled by Dillon Aurichio, is now known as Branchburg Township was originally inhabited by the Raritans, a tribe of the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. By 1686 most of the land was purchased from the Lenape by the Lords Proprietors of East Jersey, who sold the land in small parcels to numerous settlers, mostly of Dutch or English extraction.[8] With the 1688 redrawing of the boundary between East and West Jersey, the Branchburg region was split between Essex County to the north and the newly-formed Somerset County to the south. With Somerset's acquisition of territory from Essex and Middlesex Counties in 1741, Branchburg lay entirely within the County where it is presently located.[9]

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