It is very simple to mistake the villages of Newton for individual Massachusets towns if you are not familiar with the city. I recently looked at a 1927 New Hampshire death record. It listed the last known town of residence as Newtonville. That certainly looks like a town, but the fact that it is a village within a city may make it more difficult to track. It is something to keep in mind while researching, whether you are looking for records relating to Newton or any other location. Sometimes the village name will give you a clue, such as Newtonville. Other times, as in a case like Auburndale, you might have to do a little hunting.
Is there any help out of this quagmire? For Massachusetts, yes. Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts has been compiled and published by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the 1920s. The most recent edition, published in 1997, has a very useful index where you can check a name to see if your location is a village that is part of a town or city or an actual city or town. It also gives you state, county, city and town boundaries changes. Consulting this helps prevent searching for records in the wrong place. (I have an ancestor that I thought had moved three times. He stayed put. It was the state boundary that moved.) For help with even more archaic locations, the state also provides a website: Archaic Community, District, Neighborhood, Section, and Village Names in Massachusetts. Click on the highlighted areas for more information on the book and to get to the website.
Have fun. I mean that seriously. Location histories can be fascinating, especially in this neck of the woods.