Deptford NJ took its name from a small town in Kentshire, England and is one of the original Townships of Gloucester County. It was settled in 1623 by the Dutch and later claimed by Swedes and Finns before coming under control of England. Deptford became a true melting pot of many cultures and religions. The population of Deptford is estimated at 26,763 and has its own mall, restaurants and cinemas. It contains 17.5 square miles and boasts of a high school, middle school and 7 elementary schools. Deptford has stare of the art recreation facilities and parks, over 11,000 living units from single homes, town-homes and apartments. Notable people from Deptford include Isaac Hopper (1171-1852) abolitionist and founder of the Underground Railroad. Bob Levy stand-up comic, and Patti Smith rock musician, songwriter and poet.