Delaware History: ‘Hundreds’. What is a ‘Hundred’?

Delaware 1868 Hundreds Maps

(Derived from UD Library: Delaware History: ‘Hundreds’

“Hundreds” is a geographic division, smaller than counties and roughly equivalent to the division “townships” in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Delaware is the only state which currently uses this division. There are thirty-three hundreds today. The most recent changes to hundreds were in the 1870s when the last two were established: Gumboro in 1873 and Blackbird in 1875. Prior to the 1960s, hundreds were used as voting districts and as units for reporting taxes. The remaining use of hundreds today is in property tax assessments (tax parcel numbers are assigned by hundreds).

The use of hundreds in America dates back to colonial days. Hundreds were used as a sub-county division in England and were introduced in some of the British colonies. For Delaware, the origin is cited as a letter written in 1682 by William Penn, the newly-appointed Lord Proprietor of the province of Pennsylvania and the counties on the Delaware. Penn directed that from this point onward, settlements be divided into sections of 100 families. The first use of the term Hundred in official records relating to the Delaware colony dates to 1687, when reference is made to “a list of taxables of north side of Duck Creek Hundred.” (from the New Castle County court records, Returns of the Constables, as cited in Scharf, p. 611f).

In 1964, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Delaware case disallowed state election districts based solely on geography. Following this, Delaware redrew its boundaries based on population. The case was Roman v. Sincock 377 US 695 (1964). The case can be found in Findlaw: U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and in LexisNexis Academic Universe [restricted to University of Delaware].

Following are selected references relating to hundreds:

In Delaware Genealogical Research Guide (p. 5):
On 25 Oct 1682, William Penn directed that Delaware be divided into townships occupied by 100 families where each family would have an average of about ten members (including servants). These townships were referred to as “hundreds” in a 9 Apr 1690 order by the Provincial Council. Originally, there were five hundreds in New Castle County, five in Kent County and two in Sussex County. As the population grew, several of the hundreds divided, creating new hundreds. In 1875, the total number of hundreds had grown to the present-day thirty-three hundreds. Their boundaries have essentially not changed since and no longer serve as judicial or legislative districts.

In Munroe, History of Delaware (p. 49):
A hundred is an old English subdivision of a county, its origin shrouded in mystery…. The name was used in many colonies but survived in America only in Delaware, probably because there the counties were all established so early — by 1680 — that little reorganization was needed. In New England, the newer English term, town, replaced hundred, and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey the term township was adopted.

In Scharf, History of Delaware, a quotation from a letter by William Penn to the justices of the peace in Sussex county (25th of Tenth Month, 1682) (p. 611 note):
That you endeavor to seat the land that shall hereafter be taken up in the way of townships. As three thousand acres amongst Tenn familys; if single persons one thousand acres. Amongst Tenn of them laid out in the nature of a long square five or Tenn of a side, and a way of two hundred foot broad left between them for an Highway in the Township, and I would have you careful for the future good and grate benefit of your country.

On page 84, Scharf uses the terms “three lower counties” and “Delaware Hundreds” interchangeably.

In Delaware 1782 Tax Assessment and Census Lists (p. 2):
A “hundred” is an old Saxon land division which is smaller than a county or shire and larger than a tithing. It comprised ten tithings of ten freeholder families each, or 100 families.

The following are maps from the Pomeroy and Beers Atlas of 1868. Each hundred is available in Georeferenced Tiff format and in plain PDF format.

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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods Collection and Document Shredding Event

The next Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods collection and document shredding event will be held Saturday, August 26th, from 8am-2pm at Mt. Pleasant Elementary, 500 Duncan Rd. Wilmington, DE 19809. You can click here for a full list of items available for recycling.

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Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are being accepted

Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism.

These awards recognize the important contributions Delaware’s volunteers, 18 and older, make to their communities.

Nominations must be delivered by Friday, August 11, 2017.

The nomination form is available by clicking below:

2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Nomination Form

The forms can be mailed to the following:
State Office of Volunteerism
Attn: Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards
c/o April Willey
Williams State Service Center
805 River Road
Dover, DE, 19901

Or emailed to:

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NCC Land Use Hosts UDC Public Workshop June 28th

The New Castle County Land Use Department will host the 5th UDC (Unified Development Code) Public Workshop on Wednesday, June 28, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Christiana Firehouse located at 2 E Main St, Christiana, DE 19702.

We hope you will mark your calendar to attend!  NCC Land Use will be discussing proposed code language changes within the UDC which affect “Process” and “Site Design”.

Information regarding the UDC update project can be found here.  Please save the date and refer back to the UDC project web site for additional information.

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Nominations being accepted now through June 23 for DNREC’s 2017 Young Environmentalist of the Year

Last year, 18-year-old Hunter Seaman of Milford was honored for his commitment to the conservation and preservation of wetlands and waterfowl as a youth leader with Ducks Unlimited. Middle school level environmentalists were Adrianna Snyder, 11, and Hannah Steenkamer, 13, both of Newark. As part of her physical therapy, Adrianna devoted many hours to picking up trash on her school grounds, setting an example for her peers. Hannah served as a volunteer junior counselor with the Iron Hill Museum & Science Center’s junior naturalist program. To bring public awareness to the problems of plastic bag pollution, elementary honoree Sonja Rose Bucic, 8, organized a drive to collect single-use plastic bags to create the world’s largest plastic bag ball for Earth Day 2016. The resulting 340-pound bag ball, made of more than 52,000 bags, set a Guinness World Record.

For their innovative ideas, good stewardship and concern for the natural world, Hunter, Adrianna, Hannah and Sonja were honored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Delaware’s 2016 Young Environmentalists of the Year.

If you know students like them who are putting their passions into projects that benefit our environment, you can nominate them for the 2017 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Open to Delaware students in grades 1 through 12, this annual awards program seeks nominees whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of our state’s natural resources. Projects must have been completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Nominations will be accepted through June 23.

Past honorees have also included students who have organized tree plantings, a household hazardous waste community collection day and school recycling programs; and students who have volunteered their time with the Delaware Nature Society, DNREC’s Piping Plover Monitoring Program and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, among other organizations.

Anyone can nominate a deserving student – teachers, parents, classmates, club or group leaders – by filling out a nomination form and including letters, reports, photos or other documentation of the project.

Winners will be chosen in three categories: elementary grades 1-4, middle school grades 5-8 and high school grades 9-12, and each will receive a gift card and a prize pack from Delaware State Parks. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony at the Delaware State Fair in July.

This is the 24th year for the awards program, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

For more information, please contact Young Environmentalist Awards Coordinator Joanna Wilson in the DNREC Public Affairs Office at 302-739-9902 or by emailing Joanna Wilson.

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CCOBH Presents “Homeowner and Civic Associations: Beyond the Basics”

The Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH) presents “Homeowner and Civic Associations:  Beyond the Basics”

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CLAYMONT LIBRARY

CCOBH is pleased to present, ”Homeowner and Civic Associations:  Beyond the Basics,” a repeat of its well-received advanced seminars for assistance to current or future board members of Civic Associations in Brandywine Hundred.

This seminar is intended to provide Civic Association Board members with information and process beyond the basic legal and structural aspects of serving on a non-profit Board of Directors.

This seminar, to be led by CCOBH President, Robert J. Valihura, Jr., Esquire, will cover in depth the following topics:

  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Collection of annual dues and fees, including pursuit of collection in the Justice of the Peace Court, and
  3. Enforcement of restrictive covenants and deed restrictions

A former State Representative and a current Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the Delaware Corporate law applicable to corporations and Civic Associations, Bob focuses his practice on representation of communities up and down the state concerning these types of structural Board issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to more effectively and knowledgeably represent your community. CCOBH hopes to see you on MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the CLAYMONT LIBRARY

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Christina River Watershed Cleanup Results

70 people turned out on April 8th to help clean up the creeks and stormwater basins in Brandywine Hundred that feed into the Naamans Creek Watershed and then the Delaware River.

2 tons of trash were collected, including 15 bags of trash from the basins at Channin and Brandon, 15 automobile tires from one place and 22 from another, 5 more from miscellaneous spots, 2 bicycles, 5 shopping carts, a bed headboard, upholstery cushions and, as usual, much plastic (bottles and bags) and glass bottles.

We got significant support for the after-cleanup luncheon from Harry’s Savoy Grill and the businesses in the F&N Shopping Center including Sweeney’s Bakery, Nino’s Pizza, the Acme, Safeway, Rite Aid and F&N Liquors.

1-800-GotJunk again collected and disposed of the trash.

A special “thank you” to Jack Waslyn for organizing the luncheon, Bruce Shumway for riding the Got Junk Truck and Larry Walker for carting 37 tires to the cleanup drop-off spot at the Airport Sheraton.

The total Christina River Cleanup gathered 20 tons of trash including several hundred tires. About 850 volunteers participated.

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Recycling News

Starting in June

1st Saturday of every Month at the Delaware Recycling Center DRC (1101 Lambsons Lane, in New Castle) from 8 am – 2 pm
-Paper Shredding and HHW collection

1st Wednesday of every Month 10 am – 2 pm
-Paper Shredding

Every Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm
-HHW Collection



Every Monday – Saturday
-Single Stream
-Used Oil
-Oil Filters

For more information: DSWA

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Pop-Up Planting Project

Sorry for the last minute notification on this special project FOR THIS THURSDAY MORNING that just came to our attention. Please help spread the word.

Department of Community Services Special Events
Talley Day Park

Calling all available volunteers (minimum age 18):

What and Where: Native plant installation at Talley-Day Park
When: Thursday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Why: This project will help control storm water run-off and keep the beautiful Shellpot Creek clean and healthy. The native plants also provide important habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and other animals.

This is the perfect project for corporate teams or other groups.

Sign-up at

To sign up please call or email Susan Eggert ASAP (302) 395-5651

Be sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, work boots, bring gardening gloves. Wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water and a snack.

A good pair of footwear that can handle mud and the ability to bend and plant small native perennials.
From Route 202 (north of Wilmington) turn north east on Foulk Road (Route 261). Turn right on Wilson Road. Turn left into driveway at 823 Wilson Road. See white house down drive with a red barn to right of house. Project is in meadow/lawn to left. Ask for Bernadette.
823 Wilson Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

To improve safety in our homes, communities, and waterways, the Division of Public Health is coordinating with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Delawareans can discard their expired and unused medicines at one of 33 designated collection sites statewide. Identification is not required and no questions will be asked. Collection sites will accept prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, and cream medications, and even pet medications. No syringes or inhalers will be accepted.

Enter your zip code to find a location near you.

“We must view addiction as the chronic disease it is. We can all improve the safety of our homes and communities by properly disposing of unused medicines,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. “National studies show that almost two-thirds of people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, including by raiding medicine cabinets, purses, and drawers.”

21 PERMANENT COLLECTION SITES have also been established at Police Departments & Walgreens in Delaware

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