Ontario County Town Petitions
The following table has been adapted from a booklet published in 1999 by the Office of the Ontario County Historian titled Creating Local Government in Ontario County, New York, 1789-1801, by Gilbert Tremain Smith.
Following the table are links to digitized Town Petition files held and maintained by the Ontario County Department of Records, Archives, and Information Management Services. These documents are but a portion of primary resources held by RAIMS that are utilized by researchers like Gilbert Smith to understand the history and evolution of early Ontario County government.
|TOWN NAME||PETITION DATE|
|Jerusalem||original district, gore added 1791|
|Augusta (Middlesex)||May 26, 1796, on list when organization authorized|
|East Town||undated petition granted, on list when organization authorized*|
|Sullivan (Phelps)||none found, name change undated|
|Farmington||on list when organization authorized*|
|Toland (Palmira a part)||October 27, 1796 for Palmira|
|Sodus (remainder of Toland)||on list when organization authorized*|
|Northfield||April 28, 1795|
|Bloomfield||June 3, 1795|
|Charlestown (Lima]||on list when organization authorized* annexation to Town, June 9, 1798|
|Hartford (Avon)||on list when organization authorized*|
|Canandaigua||original district, Range 3, Town 7 added 1793 gore added, June, 1791.|
|Bristol||October 28, 1796|
|Middletown (Naples part)||October 27, 1795|
|Pittstown (Richmond)**||February 9, 1796|
|Geneseo||original district, new Town October
31, 1796, also on list with Towns.*
|Northampton (several)||October 24, 1796|
*an undated list of Court actions appears to be from part of the November 1796 term, (perhaps from one day of two creating towns.)
**erected and organized as the Town of Honeoye.
Ontario County Records and Archives holds the following petitions to the Ontario County Court of General Sessions for the creation or alteration of towns within Ontario County from 1789-1801.
- ONTARIOCOUNTY_COURTOFSESSIONS_1790_DIVISION OF OC INTO DISTRICTS AND TOWNS
- TOWNPETITIONS_1796_POTTERS TOWN - AUGUSTA
- TOWNPETITIONS_1798_JERUSALEM, DIVISION OF THE DISTRICT
- TOWNPETITIONS_CHARLES TOWN
- TOWNPETITIONS_EAST TOWN
- TOWNPETITIONS_FARMINGTON,CHARLESTOWN,AUGUSTA,HARTFORD, ETC.
- TOWNPETITIONS_SULLIVAN - PHELPS