Delaware Map of Hundreds,1875 to present. From: Delaware Place Names, U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, p. 5.
The use of hundreds in America dates back to colonial days. Hundreds were used as a sub-county division in England and were introduced in some of the British colonies. For Delaware, the origin is cited as a letter written in 1682 by William Penn, the newly- appointed Lord Proprietor of the province of Pennsylvania and the counties on the Delaware. Penn directed that from this point onward, settlements be divided into sections of 100 families. The first use of the term Hundred in official records relating to the Delaware colony dates to 1687, when reference is made to "a list of taxables of north side of Duck Creek Hundred." (from the New Castle County court records, Returns of the Constables, as cited in Scharf, p. 611f).
Delaware Genealogical Research Guide, p. 5:
Munroe, History of Delaware, p. 49:
Scharf, History of Delaware, quotation from a letter by William Penn to the justices of the peace in Sussex county (25th of Tenth Month, 1682), p. 611 note:
On page 84, Scharf uses the terms "three lower counties" and "Delaware Hundreds" interchangeably.
Delaware 1782 Tax Assessment and Census Lists, p. 2:
Conrad, History of the state of Delaware, Volume 2, p. 449:
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