Yates County Towns in 1810
By the year 1810 the settlement of the county was more than 20 years
old, and several of the towns had enough population to have been formally
organized. Jerusalem had its modern boundaries except for the Bluff Point
peninsula, still part of the Steuben County town of Wayne.
was organized in 1803 as the town of Vernon; the name had already been
used the previous year in Oneida County and in 1808 it was changed to Snell
by the state legislature, after a state senator from Montgomery County.
The local people found this an unsuitable solution to the problem, and
soon afterward met at Luman Phelps' inn in Penn Yan to make up a petition
asking that the name be changed to Benton, after Levi Benton, one of the
county's early settlers and the first in township 8 in the first range.
The legislature accepted the change in April 1810, just in time for the
census to bear the new name.
Italy was still part of Naples in 1810, that being the new name given
to part of Middletown in 1808. Middlesex had also received its new name
in 1808, and still included the modern town plus its neighbor to the east,
the modern town of Potter.
The town of Wayne in Steuben County had shrunk somewhat from the old
boundaries of Frederick's Town, but still comprised far more than its modern
area, including the modern town of Barrington. Reading included the modern
town of that name plus the entire area of Starkey. Thus the line between
Steuben and Ontario Counties still ran right across the middle of what
is now Yates County.