Delaware Hundreds
Hundreds are unincorporated subdivisions of counties. They were once used as a basis for representation in the Delaware General Assembly. Their names appear on all Delaware real estate transactions. Many early records were taken based on the boundaries of the hundreds such as tax assessment lists. The use of hundreds comes from the times when Delaware and Maryland were colonial holdings of Great Britain. Today there are 33 hundreds.
 
Contents
History
Map of the Hundreds
List of the Hundreds
 
History
On October 25, 1682, William Penn directed that Delaware be divided into townships occupied by 100 families. Each family would have an average of about 10 members (including servants). These townships were referred to as hundreds in an April 9, 1690 order by the Provincial Council. Originally, there were 5 hundreds in New Castle County, 5 in Kent County and 2 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 33 hundreds. Their boundaries have essentially not changed since and no longer serve as judicial or legislative districts.
 
Several of the names of the hundreds end with the suffix kill (for example Broadkill, Murderkill, etc.). This suffix comes from the Old Dutch word 'kille' meaning river bed or channel.
 
 
Year
 
What Change Occurred?
Hundreds Count
1682
William Penn divides Delaware into 12 hundreds. Brandywine, Christiana, New Castle, St. Georges, Appoquinimink, Duck Creek, Little Creek (in Kent County), St. Jones, Murderkill, Mispillion, Broadkill and Lewes & Rehoboth.
12
1702-1710
Six new hundreds created: Mill Creek, White Clay Creek, Pencader, Red Lion, Cedar Creek, and Indian River.
18
1775
Six new hundreds created: North West Fork, Nanticoke, Broad Creek, Little Creek (in Sussex County), Dagsborough, and Baltimore.
24
1830-1835
Three new hundreds created: Milford from Mispillion, Wilmington from Christiana, Georgetown from Broadkill (but Georgetown repealed in 1835).
26
1855
One new hundred create: Murderkill split into North Murderkill and South Murderkill.
27
1859
One new hundred create: Dover split into East Dover and West Dover.
28
1863
One new hundred create: Georgetown from Broadkill.
29
1869-1875
Four new hundreds created: Kenton from Little Creek and Duck Creek, Seaford from North West Fork, Gumborough from Broad Creek; Blackbird from Appoquinimink.
33
 
 
Map of the Hundreds
 
Below is a map of the hundreds for the time frame 1875 to the present.
 
 
List of the Hundreds
Meaning of the columns in the chart below:
 
Hundred Name      The name of the Hundred
Current                  Does the Hundred still exist today?
County                   The County in which the Hundred exists
Established           The date the Hundred was formed
Remarks                Former Name or Later name; brief history
 
Hundred Name
Current
County
Established
Remarks
Appoquinimink
Yes
New Castle
1682
part is now Blackbird
Baltimore
Yes
Sussex
1775
was part of Worcester County Maryland
Blackbird
Yes
New Castle
1875
was part of Appoquinimink
Brandywine
Yes
New Castle
1682
 
Broad Creek
Yes
Sussex
1775
part is now Gumborough & Dagsborough; was Maryland
Broadkill
Yes
Sussex
1696
part is now Georgetown; also Broadkiln
Cedar Creek
Yes
Sussex
1702
also called Cedar Hook
Cedar Hook
No
Sussex
1702
now Cedar Creek
Christiana
Yes
New Castle
1682
part is now Wilmington
Dagsborough
Yes
Sussex
1773
part was Broad Creek; part was Maryland before 1775
Deep Creek
No
Sussex
 
now Nanticoke
Dover
No
Kent
1823
was St Jones, now East Dover & West Dover
Duck Creek
Yes
Kent
1682
part is now Little Creek and part is Kenton
East Dover
Yes
Kent
1859
was part of Dover
Georgetown
Yes
Sussex
1863
also 1833-35; was part of Broadkill
Gumborough
Yes
Sussex
1873
was part of Broad Creek and Dagsboro
Indian Creek
No
Sussex
1706
now Indian River
Indian River
Yes
Sussex
1706
also called Indian Creek
Kenton
Yes
Kent
1869
was Duck Creek and Little Creek
Lewes & Rehoboth
Yes
Sussex
1692
was also Rehoboth
Little Creek
Yes
Kent
1869
was part of Duck Creek
Little Creek
Yes
Sussex
1774
was part of Somerset County Maryland
Milford
Yes
Kent
1830
was part of Mispillion
Mill Creek
Yes
New Castle
1710
 
Mispillion
Yes
Kent
1682
part is now Milford
Motherkill
No
Kent
1682
now N & S Murderkill
Murderkill
No
Kent
 
was Motherkill, now N & S Murderkill
Nanticoke
Yes
Sussex
1775
was Deep Creek
New Castle
Yes
New Castle
1682
 
North Murderkill
Yes
Kent
1855
was part of Murderkill
Northwest Fork
Yes
Sussex
1775
part is now Seaford; was Maryland
Pencader
Yes
New Castle
1710
 
Red Lion
Yes
New Castle
1710
 
Rehoboth
No
Sussex
1696
now Lewes & Rehoboth
St. Georges
Yes
New Castle
1869
was part of Northwest Fork
South Murderkill
Yes
Kent
1855
was part of Murderkill
Seaford
Yes
Sussex
1682
 
St. Jones
No
Kent
1682
 
West Dover
Yes
Kent
1859
was part of Dover
White Clay Creek
Yes
New Castle
1710
 
Wilmington
Yes
New Castle
1833
was part of Christiana