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Chenango County was formed from Herkimer and Tioga counties in 1798 and included the area of Madison County until March 21, 1806 when it was established as a separate county. The five original Madison County townships were redrawn over the next 90 years into the current 15 townships and one city.  
 

1807 - Town of Cazenovia divided into Cazenovia, Smithfield and Nelson.
Town of Hamilton divided into Hamilton, Madison, Eaton and Lebanon.

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1810 - Sullivan divided into towns of Sullivan and Lenox
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1815- DeRuyter divided into DeRuyter and Georgetown.
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1823 - Smithfield divided into Smithfield and Fenner.
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1836 - Smithfield divided into Smithfield and Stockbridge
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The 15th and 16th towns (Lincoln and Oneida) were formed from the Town of Lenox, May 18, 1896. The Town of Oneida was incorporated as a city on March 28, 1901 and remains the only incorporated city in all of Madison County. (See current map of existing 15 the towns of Madison County)

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