In 1840, the eastern half of Buck’s Township was detached as Lockport Township. The remaining western half, although it had no connection to its namesake, retained the name Buck’s until 1841, when the state legislature gave it “the more dignified name of Fabius” and Buck’s Township disappeared. Some historical accounts say the township was named for the Roman general Fabius Maximus, but there were at least two famous Roman generals by that name. It is more likely that the township was named for the Fabius family, one of the oldest and most distinguished patrician families of classical Rome.