Have you ever looked at your deed and seen the term hundred? Have you ever wondered what that meant? A couple came in after they had purchased their new house. They were curious what the term Appoquinimink Hundred meant on their deed.
The term hundred originated in England and is defined as a division of a county. It is different than a township or an election district. There is much debate, even today, among historians whether the term was defined as every hundred farms, every hundred families, or even every hundred men to bear arms. Delaware is the only state that still uses this term.
The couple looked at hundreds maps, histories of Delaware, and William Penn’s earliest references to hundreds in the early court records of New Castle County. They discovered that Appoquinimink Hundred was established in 1682 and that Delaware has 33 hundreds. So what hundred do you live in?
Another resource for information regarding hundreds can be found at the University of Delaware Library.