Towns and Townships

Alison Murie sagehen7470 at ATT.NET
Mon Jan 26 20:39:36 UTC 2009

The town meeting is still alive & well in Vermont, but I don't know if
the term "township" is still used.  In the same latitudes in New York,
what would be called a "township" in Ohio is called a "town." Within
the town there are self-governing "villages" up to (possibly) as many
as 10,000 inhabitants. Very small settlements are called "hamlets" &
are subject to the governing body of the "town."

On Jan 25, 2009, at 3:57 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

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> At 1/25/2009 02:34 PM, Carter Rila wrote:
>> That said, though I am not as familiar with the New England usage,
> In the first days of settlement, everything was a (new)
> township.  And even when they divided, the new part (the second
> church's area) was also called a township.
> That said, I don't know whether the term "township" has any meaning
> in today's New England.
> Joel
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