Joel Haywood - Founding Father of Ocean County

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Joel Haywood - Founding Father of Ocean County

Joel Haywood of West Creek, wrote a letter in 1849 to the New Jersey State Legislature urging that a new county, called Ocean, be formed from Monmouth County. Ocean County was set-off from Monmouth County by charter on February 15, becoming the state’s twentieth county, the second largest in area. It consisted of six original townships – Brick, Dover, Jackson, Plumsted, Stafford, and Union (now Barnegat). The 12-member Board of Freeholders met on May 8 at the Thomas P. Barkalow house in Toms River, the designated county seat, and authorized purchase of land and construction of the Ocean County Courthouse. The first operating budget was set at $1,800.