RECORD GROUP: County Clerk
RECORD SERIES #: 500
SERIES: Road Returns
VOLUME: 32 cubic feet
The returns are applications by freeholders and property owners to the Monmouth County, New Jersey, Court of Common Pleas, petitioning the court to either open a new road, or vacate all or part of an old road. Surveyors’ returns include names of property owners, landmarks, maps, protests, dedications, and takeovers.
Property owners along the new road or along a road to be vacated, who felt the change would inconvenience them in any way, were allowed to file a “caveat,” an official protest submitted to the Court by the protesting party or parties. The series also includes dedications of roads and county takeovers of township road. The earliest road return in the series was filed in 1737; the latest in 1979.
Archives also has a digital map file from the State of New Jersey, Department of Conservation and Development, Division of Geology and Topography, Atlas Sheet 28, by Henry B. Kummel, State Geologist, original 1917 with revisions from 1928, that shows the roads of Monmouth County and has corresponding Road Book and page number notations.
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An Access database containing 2,157 loose records of Road Returns was created July 30, 1997. An Access database containing a page number index of 2,688 names mentioned in Road Book A was created June 24, 2015. The finding aid webpage was updated February 9, 2011; revised in June 2016 by George Joynson.