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The Erie County of Amherst, New York, was formed in 1818 and formed from part of the now defunct town of Buffalo, which was itself previously created from the town of Clarence. Its history began in 1799 when Benjamin Ellicott and John Thompson bought 300 acres of land from the Holland Company. The purchase included mill privilege at Williamsville. The town of Cheektowaga was absorbed by Amherst in 1839. Williamsville is the most important village in town, and it was incorporated in 1850. The Williamsville Quick Lime Company produces large amounts of lime. By 1805, a tavern, several mills and foundries, and soon, Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Baptist, and Roman Catholic churches were established.

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