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Town of Geneseo - 1789

Livingston County, New York

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GENESEO---was formed in Jan. 1789. it is an interior town, lying N. of the center of the co. Its surface is undulating, with an abrupt declivity of 200 to 300 feet toward the river, on the W. Genesee River, forming its W. boundary, is bordered by fertile flats of an average width of about half a mi. The other principal streams are Fall Creek, and several small brooks that flow W. into the river and E. into Conesus Lake. On Fall Creek, S. of the village is a perpendicular fall of 70 feet. The soil is clay and clay loam. Geneseo,(p.v.) a station on the G.V.R.R., was incorp. April 21, 1832; it contains the co. building, 5 churches, the Geneseo Academy, 2 banks, a library, gristmill, furnace, and machine shop, and about 2,000 inhabitants. Settlement was commenced by Lem'l B. Jenkins and Capt. Noble, about 1788 or '89, near the village. The first church organization is supposed to have been in 1795, in the N. E. part of the town, near Lakeville.
1872 map of Geneseo provided by Paul T. Culley


SIZE +/-
McCallion c1795 Lakeville-Groveland Rd, 1 mile south of Lakeville +21
Mount Pleasant 1823 Corner of Rte 20A and 390, 4 mi. east of village +1000
Saint Mary's 1873 Village of Geneseo, Crossett Rd. +2000
Temple Hill c1790 Village of Geneseo, Rte 20A +4000


TOWN CLERK : Jean Bennett, 119 Main Street, Geneseo, NY 14454
TOWN HISTORIAN : David W. Parish, 119 Main St., Geneseo, NY 14454, eMail:



  • Doty, Lockwood R., A History of Livingston County, New York, Geneseo,NY, E.E. Doty, 1876.
  • Doty, Lockwood R., History of the Genesee Country, Chicago, S.J. Clark Publishing Co., 1925.
  • Hatch, Alden, The Wadsworths of Geneseo, New York, Coward McCann, 1959.
  • Patchett, Anna E., Historically Speaking, Geneseo, Livingston County Historical Society, 1978. (63 pages)
  • Smith, James H., History of Livingston County, New York, Syracuse,NY, D.Mason & Co., 1881.


American Legion, J. Livingston Wadsworth Post 271, Box 375, Geneseo.
Livingston County Historical Society, 30 Center Street, (585)243-9147
Temple Hill Cemetery Assoc., Temple Hill, Geneseo, NY 14454 (585)243-3440
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Geneseo Memorial Post No.1346, Geneseo.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Frederick Totten Post No.5005, Geneseo.


Assembly of God, 2 Haley Avenue, Geneseo, (585)243-3361
Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center Street, Geneseo, (585)243-0669
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4232 Reservoir Rd, Geneseo, (585)243-4514
Geneseo Baptist Church, 26 Center Street, Geneseo, (585)243-0200
Interfaith Center(Unitarian Universalist Services), Geneseo, (585)243-1460
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 4631 Lakeville Road, Geneseo, (585)243-0130
St.Mary's Catholic Church, 4 Avon Road, Geneseo, (585)243-1100
St.Michael's Episcopal, 23 Main Street, Geneseo, (585)243-1220
Shepherd's Fold Church and Ministries, 109 Main St (585)243-4375


[Geneseo] Originally called "Big Tree," from the immense elm tree that stood on the banks of the river near the village. (back)

[Geneseo Academy] This institution is located on Temple Hill, in the E. part of the village. The buildings were erected in 1826. James Wadsworth was principally instrumental in starting the school. It is under the control of the Buffalo Synod. (back)

[village] Wm. and James Wadsworth settled in town in 1790. They came from Durham,Conn., with a small party, and located on the present site of the village. Richard Steele kept the first inn, in 1793, and Hall & Miner the first store, in 1794. (back)

[the town] The census reports 5 churches; 2 Presb., M.E., Prot. E., and R.C. (back)

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