Why an S in the middle of town names?
There is an S in such names as WilliamSburg, MattinSburg?
How to explain its use there?
I don't know if there is an explanation really, except to say they are just names. Although apparently "Burg" is "Castle" in German. Maybe the places were named after the people that had castles in these locations. Yeah, I just made that up!
In many cases, town names relate to the community's history or geography. In the cases of an "s" in the middle, it's usually due to the town's settlers/founder's name: Martin's burg, Vick's burg, James' town, Williams' town, Brooks' ville. Over time, the possessive was dropped as new residents or travelers simply heard "Martinsburg," etc.
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