Potter, New York

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United States Gotoarrow.pngNew York Gotoarrow.png Yates County Gotoarrow.png Town of Potter

Historical Facts

Communities: Cole Corners · East Potter · Potter · Voak · Yatesville

  • 1793: First settled.
  • 26 April 1832: Town was founded, by separation from Town of Middlesex. [1]
  • December 1856: Additional land added from Town of Middlesex.

City: Rushville is split in two counties, in Ontario County. Mayor's office is on Yates County side while Rushville's cemetery is located on Ontario County side.



Town of Potter (New York Roots)


Potter Businesses (New York Roots)


Source [2]

Abiel Thomas

northeast corner of West Swamp Road and Reynolds Road, served area known as Moontown or Hoardtown.

Arnold Potter Family

off east side of Voak Road, north of NYS Route 364, just west of Town of Benton line

Crafts Family

abandoned, off Fitch Road, south of Fergusons Corners Road, south of Ontario County line


north side of Harvey Road, east of NYS State Route 247, one of oldest public cemeteries, served Rushville.

Gardner Family

off west side of Fitch Road, north of Harvey Road, north of Perry Family

Gilbert Sherer Farm

off Phelps Road, west of NYS State Route 364

Lain Family

north of Fergusons Corners Road, east of Voak Road

Nettle Valley

active cemetery, serving mainly the community of Potter, south of NYS State Route 364, north of Italy Valley Road

Perry Family

off west side of Fitch Road, north of Harvey Road, south of Gardner Family

Shuman (likely spelled Schumann)

west side of East Swamp Road, north of Fergusons Corners Road. Area settled mostly by the ethnic Germans from state of Pennsylvania, later a large group of Alsatians families came in.


west side of East Swamp Road, south of intersection of East Muck Road.

VanZandt Family

northeast corner of intersection of Boots Road and Middle Road. Often called Barber or VanZandt/Barber.


north side of East Muck Road between Voak Road and Town of Benton line.


north side of Old County Road, west of Yatesville Road.


Potter Churches (New York Roots)



1850 Census (New York Roots)


Town History (New York Roots)

Early Settlers

Early Settlers (New York Roots)

Family Sketches

Family Sketches (New York Roots)


Archives, Libraries and Museums


Middlesex Heritage Group
Middlesex Town Hall, Route 364
Middlesex, New York 14507
Phone: 716-554-3607 or 6592
Hours: Wednesday and Saturday 9 am to 12 pm

Town Clerk

Potter Town Clerk
1226 Phelps Road
Potter Center, New York 14527

The following records have been filmed, and except for the vital records may be viewed by the public at the town hall, at the County Historian's office in Penn Yan, and at the State Library in Albany:

  • 1868-1972 (missing 1892, 1913) Assessment Rolls
  • 1832-1992 Minute Books
  • 1874-1966; 1977-1993 Birth records
  • 1874-1993 Death records
  • 1874-1993 Marriage records (licenses 1993)
  • 1833-1958 Highway Surveys
  • 1879-1897; 1910-1964 Chattel Mortgages; 1936-1964 Conditional Sales
  • 1891-1991 Various years for Justice Dockets
  • 1860-1884 School commissioners' minute book

Town Historian

Potter Town Historian
Route 364
Middlesex, New York 14507
Phone: 585-554-6758

Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Potter, New York check:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). American Ancestors online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists. The codes used under Church and Cemetery are defined in the link above the listing of towns, cities and villages.

Vital Records


  1. Town of Potter
  2. Frances Dumas and Sherry Conybeare, Yates County cemeteries and cemetery burials (Penn Yan, New York : F. Dumas S. Conybeare, 1996); Other Libraries (WorldCat; FHL Book 974.782 V3d v. 1-3