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Hamilton Town

Madison County, New York

Hamilton Town Hall is located at 16 Broad Street, Hamilton NY 13346.


Beginnings [1]

The town of Hamilton was formed from Paris, March 5, 1795, and named in honor of the patriot, Alexander Hamilton. Its territory embraced four townships of the "Chenango Twenty Towns," which was reduced by Eaton, Lebanon and Madison being taken off in 1807.

The first town meeting was held in the house of Elisha Payne, on the first Tuesday in April, 1795. Joshua Leland was voted Supervisor, and Elijah Blodgett, Town Clerk.

Hamilton, or "4th Township," began to receive attention from emigrants as early as 1792. In April, (the 16th day,) 1794, William S. Smith received from the State a patent for 4th Township, which, according to the statement of the Surveyor General, contained 24,400 acres. A transfer was soon after made, and the English proprietor, Sir William Pultney, came in possession of the town, though William S. Smith received some of the fine land in the Chenango valley, which he sold to settlers.

  1. Hammond, Mrs. L.M., History of Madison County, State of New York, Truair, Smith & Co., Syracuse, 1872.