Yates County, New York                

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Link to neighboring ONTARIO CO., NY

[Yates Co. was formed from Ontario Co., NY in 1823 & some early information can also be found on this website]




Yates County Towns

Barrington Benton Italy Jerusalem Middlesex

Village of

Penn Yan

Potter Starkey Torrey


Biographies and Family Trees  If you have any family information you'd like to contribute, please contact .


1850 Census    completed!

Family Bibles

Family Pictures for Yates County     please contact if you wish to display family pics.

Family Sketches  

Friend's Society      


Local Resources 


News Articles

Poor House Records


Yates County History Vol. I  pub 1873

Yates County History  Vol. II  pub 1873


Historical Collections of the State of New York, Past and Present, John Barber, Clark Albien & Co., 1851

Brief Yates County History

Yates County was taken from Ontario in 1823; centrally distant from New York via Albany 330, and from Albany 185 miles; greatest length E. and W. 24, greatest breadth N. and S. 20 miles. The surface of this county is agreeably diversified; the northern part is gently undulating, and the southern hilly. The soil is in many places composed of a warm rich mould, yielding abundant crops, though as a whole it is more of a grazing than a grain country. The climate is temperate, and for the cultivation of fruit is not exceeded by any portion of the state. It lies wholly in the tract ceded to Massachusetts, and in that portion of it which passed through Messrs. Gorham, Phelps, and Robert Morris to Sir William Pulteney. It is divided into eight towns. 

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