Recently I saw a published reference to the East Townsend Township Volunteer Fire Department, which well serves a large territory, including my home. What caught my eye was the use of "East Townsend Township," since there is no such a place, as the old saying goes.
The confusion arises from the fact that Townsend Township was established by the Fire Sufferers Committee in 1808, and has retained its name since that time. The name comes from Kneeland, William, and Jacob Townsend, who were brothers. Kneeland decided to speculate in western lands from his home in Connecticut, and so he bought several claims in the Firelands and spent the rest of his life trying to sell these lands and make a profit, along with his brothers.