NJ’s Royal Charters: A Quiz

Bedminster Township was formed in 1749 through a royal charter during the reign of King George II. The original charter is beautifully framed and displayed in the Bedminster town hall thanks to a donation (2019) by Forbes Newspapers (see attached photos). The accompanying writeup says that it is one of only two extant royal charters creating a New Jersey township under George II. It does not say which township has the other charter. Can you name the second township and the date of its charter?


  1. Answer: Stafford Township in Ocean County, NJ is the second charter.* The date of the charter is March 3, 1749, according to the Stafford Township Historical Society. Unfortunately, the location of the charter is not known. No photos were found either. Another mystery to be solved.

    *THE STORY OF NEW JERSEY’S CIVIL BOUNDARIES, 1606-1968, by John P. Snyder, p. 22.

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