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Deer Creek Township History

From History of Madison County, W. H. Beers & Co, Chicago, 1883

This township occupies a central position in Madison County, and was one of the early organized townships. It is bounded on the north by Monroe and Jefferson Townships, on the east by Jefferson Township, on the south by Union Township and on the west by Somerford Township. We find on the records at the court house in London the following bearing date April 30, 1810: "At a meeting of the commissioners of Madison County, present John Arbuckle and William Gibson; ordered that all that tract of county comprehended in the following boundaries be, and the same is hereby erected into a separate township by the name of Deer Creek, and is bounded as follows, viz.: Beginning on the Franklin County line, where Jefferson Township line intersects said line, and running westward to the northeast corner of John Melville's survey on the glade; thence with the south line of Jefferson Township to the north line of Mark's survey on Little Darby Dreek, including all the settlement on Spring Fork to the Champaign County line, thence with said line to the East Fork of Deer Creek, at or near Levin Gibson's; thence in a direction to strike the southwest corner of Humble's survey; thence on a direct line to the southwest corner of the Widow Taylor's plantation; thence to the northwest corner of John Melville's survey, thence to the beginning."

From the same records we find a second erection of the township bearing date June 11, 1811, as follows: "At a meeting of the Commissioners of Madison County, ordered that all that tract of country comprehended in the following boundary be, and the same is erected into a separate township by the name of Deer Creek, and is bounded as follows, viz.: Beginning at the southeast corner of Jefferson Township; thence westwardly with Jefferson Township line to Darby Township line; thence with said line to Champaign County line; thence south with the said line, to the south boundary of Levin Gibson's survey; thence eastwardly to the south boundary of Uriah Huble's tract of land, or P. Neal's; thence eastward to the Widow Taylor's on Deer Creek; thence to the northwest corner of John Melville's survey; thence eastwardly to the county line of Franklin County, and from thence to the place of beginning." The line between Union and Deer Creek Townships was chnged June 6, 1836, as follows: "At a meeting of the commissioners of Madison County, on petition being presented, ordered that the line between Deer Creek Township and Union Township, be altered to run as follows, to wit: Beginning at the northwest corner of Jefferson Melville's land, and southwest corner of John Adair's land, and to run westerly to strike the La Fayette road, ten poles south of the Glade, between B. Bowdery's and D. J. Ross; thence the same course continued utnil it strikes the present line which divides said townships, so as to include D. J. Ross into Union Township."

From Atlas of Madison County by J.A. Caldwell, Condit, Ohio (1875)

Deer Creek Township lies north of the center of the county, and bounded on the south by Union, west by Somerford, north by Monroe, and east by Jefferson Townships, and composed of oak openings and prairies. The soil is fertile, well adapted to grazing and the growing of corn, grass and hay, and the growing of cattle, hogs and sheep. The principal stream is Deer Creek. Lafayette is the only village located about the center of the township, on the national, at the crossing of the London and Plain City Turnpike. Before the completion of the national road in 1834, there was a town by the name of Limerick, about one and a half miles north-west from where Lafayette now stands, it was on the east bank of Deer Creek, where the old Columbus and Springfield Mud Road crossed. It was a place of considerable business in those days, and the main tavern between Columbus and Springfield was there. It was laid out by Eli W. Gwynne, but at the completion of the national road, Lafayette was laid out by Wm. Minter, and the business was transferred to this place, Joseph Bell, built the first house in Lafayette, son-in-law of Wm. Minter. C. Anderson kept the first hotel. Some of the early settlers of this township were Eli W. Gwynne, Wm. Blaine, James Wright, Daniel Wright, James Wilson, Wm. McCoy, Wm. Minter and family from Kentucky, his son John Minter is now living in Lafayette.

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