History of Madison County
Erection of the Township
From History of Madison County, Ohio, Chester E. Bryan, Supervising Editor, B.F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis (1915)
After a careful Search among the commissioners' records, the following is found, under the date of April 30, 1810:
"Ordered, that all that tract of country comprised in the following boundaries be, and the same is hereby, created into a separate township, to be known by the name of Darby, and bounded as follows, to wit:
"Beginning at the upper corner of Jefferson township, thence north with line to Delaware county; thence with said line east, to the northwest corner of Franklin county; thence with said line to the place of beginning."
This creation lasted for only one year, when it was declared void. The reason for this action is not given, but the following is of record under date of June 11, 1811:
"At a meeting of the commissioners of Madison county, ordered, that all that tract of country comprehended in the following boundaries be, and the same is hereby, created into a separate township by the name of Darby, and is bounded as follows:
"Beginning at the northeast corner of Madison county, thence south with Franklin county line, so that a point turning west will strike Calvin Cary, Sr.'s lower corner; thence westwardly to Abraham Johnson's lower corner, on Little Darby; thence to Peter Paugh's southeast corner; thence westwardly so as to strike the Champaign county line, two miles north of William Frankabarger, Sr.'s; thence with said line to Delaware county line; thence with Delaware county line to the place of beginning."
This creation has been greatly reduced by subsequent creations; Canaan township was taken from Darby in the year 1814 and Pike township was formed from Darby in 1819. And when Union county was created in 1820, from the territory of Delaware and Madison counties, a strip of land two and a half miles wide was taken from the northern boundary of Darby township. Thus it has been reduced in territorial advantages until it is among the smallest townships in the county.
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