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John B. Yates Deed Book

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Yates, John B. (John Barentse), 1784-1836
Title: John B. Yates Deed Book
Inclusive Dates: 1816-1828
Quantity: 1 volume (SC)
Abstract: Manuscript journal, copies of deeds concering properties acquired by John B. Yates in Madison County, New York including the town of Sullivan and village of Chittenango.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

John B. (Barentse) Yates was born in Schenectady, New York on February 1, 1784. He graduated from Union College at Schenectady in 1802 where he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1805. He practiced in Schenectady until the War of 1812, where he served under Gen. Wade Hampton on the northern frontier and was subsequently appointed aide-de-camp to Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins. In 1815 he was elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (1815-1817) where he served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State.

In 1816 Yates became an early settler and one of the first lawyers in Chittenango, New York, where he was in large part responsible for the growth and development of the town. He opened a large store; built a plaster mill, an oil mill, and a woolen factory; carried on transportation business on the canal and promoted the development of a sidecut canal which connected Chittenango with the Erie Canal just north of the village; manufactured lime; and carried on various other occupations. He founded Yates Polytechnic Institute in 1824 (now occupied by the Union school, organized in 1871). He was a Madison County judge (1835-1836) and was elected to the State Assembly (1836) where he served until his death on July 10, 1836.

Yates is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, near Chittenango. The Yates House in Chittenango is named for him.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John B. Yates Deed Book consists of a single volume bound in leather. 28 pages are filled with manuscript copies of deeds showing the properties acquired by Yates during his early years in the Chittenango/Sullivan area. The remaining pages are blank, apart from some penciled notes.

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Subject Headings


Yates, John B. (John Barentse), 1784-1836


Businessmen, New York (State)
Land settlement, New York (State), Chittenango
Land settlement, New York (State), Sullivan
Land titles
Legislators, United States
Real property Ownership


Chittenango (N.Y.), History
Madison County (N.Y.), History
New York (State), History, 1775-1865

Genres and Forms

Deed books.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John B. Yates Deed Book,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2007.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 9 Mar 2007
Revision history:

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Property records
SC 188 Deed book 1816-1828

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