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founded in 1838 and carved out of other surrounding counties, Mercer County has a historical impact that reaches
back to the pivotal battles of the American Revolutionary War. On the night of December 25, 1776, General George
Washington led the American forces across the Delaware River to attack Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey, who
did not anticipate an attack near Christmas. Washington followed up the assault with a surprise attack on General
Charles Cornwallis' forces in the Battle of Princeton on the eve of January 2, 1777, eventually retaking the colony.
The successful attacks built morale among the pro-independence colonists.
Mercer County also has the dubious distinction of being the famed landing spot for a Martian invasion of the United
States. In 1938, in what has become one of the most famous radio plays of all time, Orson Welles acted out his
War of the Worlds invasion. Wells landed his imaginary aliens on Mercer County soil, using what is now West Windsor
Township as the point of first contact. A monument commemorating the "landing" is erected at Grover's
Recent Website Updates:
July 2015: Geddes-Carlile, Mitchell-Leamon, Mitchell-Dunham Marriage Records
June 2015: Biographies: The Bishop Family; Obituaries: James G. Birney; News-Crimes: Murder of Abraham Suydam;
Marriages: COOPER-GIBB, MACKANESS-DURHAM
November 2014: Marriage Notice: Board - Carlisle
April 2014: Military: 1883 Pensioners List - transcribed by Jackie McCarty
August 2013: Obit: ARTHUR WARD MARSHALL - Transcribed by Kim Mohler
Mar 2013 : News Marriage - Pohl - Thatcher - Contributed by Robyn Greenlund
Nov 2012: OBIT: Mrs. Henry Outcalt; MARRIAGES: Cooper - Ayres, Davison - Perriere, Drury - Hardenbrook, Dunham
- Linant, Freeman - Williamson, Garlinghouse - Polhemus, McKeag - Beakes, Newell - Van Deursen, Robbins - Sunderland,
Walker - Van Duyn, Walters - Chamberlin, Whitlock - Davidson
Oct 2012: Bio - MUNDY, Johnson Marchant; MUNDY, Ezekiel Wilson -Transcribed by Richard Ramos
Municipalities within County
Menlo Park Terrace
Middlesex County Townships
East Brunswick Township
North Brunswick Township
Old Bridge Township
South Brunswick Township
County Seat: New Brunswick
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