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Establishment Date for New Garden Township
In order to determine the most likely establishment date for New Garden Township, the Historical Commission worked with the staff of
the Chester County Archives to locate the phrase New Garden
Township in all legal documents pertaining to the area of
New Garden Township between the years 1682 to 1720. This was the
period when the general area was surveyed and there was a
sufficient population to be recognized as new municipality in
The results of the records search were as follows:
- 1682-1710: The phrase New Garden Township was
not found in any County Court records during these years.
- 1700: Surveys were completed for William Penn, Jr.'s
warrant that included land in today's as New Garden
- 1708: The earliest known land patent from Penn Jr.
Manor in today's New Garden Township was granted
to Mary Rowland, however the phrase
Township was not used in this document.
- 1710-1713: Records from this period are missing or lost
from the archives. It is possible they may have contained
the Court Decree that established New Garden
- 1714: At least 6,000 acres were sold to settlers in
"Penn Jr. Manor", however none of the records
refer to "New Garden Township".
- 1714: A Chester County Court of Quarter Sessions
document lists the constable from "New Garden
Township". This is the earliest extant record
referring to New Garden as a Township.
- 1715: The earliest extant deed for land in New
Garden Township" is dated 1715.
This established 1714 as the earliest documented date for the
establishment of New Garden Township.