Byram Township, New Jersey

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Byram Township — "The Township of Lakes" — is a Township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 8,254. Lake Mohawk is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located in parts of both Byram Township and Sparta Township.

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History

Byram Township was created by an act by the New Jersey General Assembly on February 5, 1798, from portions of the now-defunct Newton Township, and was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships.[7][8] Byram Township was named in honor of patriarch Jephthah Byram and his family, who are believed to have emigrated to the area after the American Revolutionary War.[7] Before being named Byram, the community had been called Lockwood. In fact, the Lockwood Tavern still holds this as evidence. In 1829, a section of Green Township was incorporated into the township.[8] Portions of the township have been taken to form Sparta Township (April 14, 1845), Brooklyn borough (March 24, 1898, now called Hopatcong) and Stanhope borough (March 24, 1904).[8]

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