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The Town of Middlesex and Its Records


The town was organized in 1797 from part of the district of Canandaigua in Ontario County. It was purchased in 1789 by Arnold and William Potter from Thomas Maxwell, a princely domain of more than 42,000 acres. When organized as a town its original name was Augusta, and also included the present town of Potter. The name was changed to Middlesex (after the county in Massachusetts) in 1808 because there was another Augusta in Oneida County. When Potter was taken off in 1832, Middlesex was left with the part of the eighth township in the third range of Phelps & Gorham's Purchase that lay east of Canandaigua Lake. It was one of Yates County's five original towns.

The valley of West River crosses the town diagonally, long hills rising steeply on both sides. The western ridge is broken into two parts by Boat Brook, which forms Vine Valley on Canandaigua Lake. The two parts of the ridge are called Bare Hill and South Hill, both prominant sites in Seneca Indian religion and legend. The old highway from Canandaigua through Rushville along the West River toward naples and the Cohocton valley (now Rte 245) attracted early settlement. The hamlet of Middlesex Center lies along this roadway in nearly the center of the town. 

The town hall is in the hamlet of Middlesex, in a former church on Rte. 364 at the east end of Water Street. The town clerk's office is in this building. Unfortunately, many of the town's records were desroyed in a 1901 fire. The following series have been filmed, and may be viewed (with the exception of the Vital Records Registers) at the town hall, at the County Historian's office in Penn Yan, and at the State Library in Albany. 


TOWN RECORDS ON MICROFILM

ASSESSMENT ROLLS
1890-1972 (missing 1899-1907, 1913) 

MINUTE BOOKS
1 June 1901 -December 1992 

VITAL RECORDS REGISTERS
Births, deaths and marriages 1886-1913 [INDEX], Births and deaths 1914-1925, Births 1925-1943, delayed births 1875-1913 and deaths 1925-1943, Marriages 1908-1971, Births 1947-1963 and deaths 1944-1967, Births 1969-1992 and deaths 1968-1993 

CHATTEL MORTGAGE AND CONDITIONAL SALES INDEXES
Chattel Mortgages 1892-1911; 1911-1949; 1949-1964; Conditional Sales 1922-1964