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The Origin of New Jersey Place Names

Edited by GET NJ
Copyright 2002

The Morgan family received a land grant of 640 acres from the proprietors of New Jersey Lord Berkeley and George Carteret. The Morgans established a home along the Cheesequake Creek that later became known as the Old Spye Inn. This area took its name from the Morgan family. The "History of Middlesex County" states that the "father of General James Morgan was a very early resident near the mouth of the Cheesequake Creek and many of his descendants continued to reside in South Amboy until a comparatively late date."

Sayreville township was created by an act of the legislature in 1876 and incorporated the sections of Morgan, Melrose and Rose Corner.

There is an old cemetery on Morgan Avenue that has many Morgan family member interments. One of the interments, James Rutus Morgan, was a Confederate spy during the Civil War.

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