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The Town of Torrey and Its Records


The town was organized in 1851 from parts of Milo and Benton, in a desire to increase the importance of Dresden as a municipal center. It was named for Henry Torrey, supervisor of Potter and chairman of the county's Board of Supervisors when the second and successful vote was taken there to erect the town. 

The town has a spectacular frontage along Seneca Lake, and some of the county's best farms, including the vineyards that supply several boutique wineries. Dresden never grew to meet its founders' expectations, but the village and its immediate neighborhood contain much of the town's population and all of its industry. Keuka Lake Outlet flows into Seneca Lake at Dresden, and the Outlet Trail has its downstream terminus in the village; pedestrians and bicyclists may travel along the Outlet as far as the upstream trailhead in Penn Yan, at the foot of Keuka Lake. 

The village of Dresden lies entirely within the town, and the two municipalities have formed a single district, in order that the town clerk can serve as Registrar of Vital Records for both. The town hall is on Geneva Street, Dresden NY 14441, south of its intersection with Main Street. The following records series were microfilmed, and the films may be viewed at the town office, and (with the exception of the Vital Records Registers) at the County Historian's office in Penn Yan and at the New York State Library in Albany. 


TOWN RECORDS ON MICROFILM

ASSESSMENT ROLLS
1890 - 1972 (missing 1896-1907, 1913) 

MINUTE BOOKS
1852 - 1992

VITAL RECORDS REGISTERS
Births, deaths and marriages 1883-1913 [INDEX], Births 1888-1938 and deaths 1914-1937, Births 1892-1966, Marriages 1908-1971, Births 1914-1941 and deaths 1914-1942, Deaths 1938-1968, Births 1968-1994 and deaths 1968-1993, Marriages 1971-1993 

HIGHWAY SURVEYS
Record of highway survey commissioners' minutes 1807-1887, school district records 1818-1881 

CHATTEL MORTGAGES AND CONDITIONAL SALES INDEXES
Chattel Mortgages 1852-1930; 1930-1949; 1949-1956; 1957-1964; Conditional Sales 1926-1938; 1938-1955; 1956-1964 

JUSTICE DOCKETS
Docket 1830-1831; 1849-1869; Justice Yates 1869; 1873; Justice Bradley 1887; Criminal Cases: Papers 1930-1933; Justice DuVall 1940-1946; Hood 1946-1949; Gunderman 1949-1951; Schiek 1952-1960; Jensen 1950-1969; Reiners 1970-1973; Weaver 1974-1977; Edmonds 1971-1979; Pace 1978-1982; Civil Cases: Justices Nutt and DuVall 1937-1945; Hood 1947-1949; Gunderman 1950-1951; Schiek 1952-1960; Jensen 1950-1966; Reiners 1970-1973; Weaver 1974-1977; Edmonds 1973-1979; Pace 1978-1982 

ELECTION RECORDS
Poll books 1940, 1948, 1955-1966; Board of Nominations book 1898-1935; Oath of office book 1931-1966; Civil War service record 1861-1865 

OATH BOOKS AND MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS
[see under Election Records above] 

SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS
[see under Highway Surveys above]