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PO Box 569
10 Wamsley Place
Hurley, NY 12443
Phone: 845 331-7474 ext. 312
1745 Return of Officers to Town of Hurley
This is a typical returns of town officers list, filed with the County Clerk, showing the results of an election for the Township of Hurley of 1745. Most of the positions are familiar and remain in use today. Other positions reflect the needs of the colonial period. "Survyors of the Roade" laid out roads to meet rural transportation needs; "Fence Veawers" inspected fences used to keep livestock and "Overseers of the Poor" were responsible to oversee services to the needy. Note that the authority to conduct these elections came from "King George the first". Freeholders were defined by statute as persons possessing real property worth at least £60, above all mortgages and other encumbrances thereon. Also of note, is the handwriting. Clerks of the period were professional hand writers, using quill (feather) pens and bottled ink.
Historian's Reference Material
This material, other than original Town records, is available for use at the Office of the Historian by appointment. This list should be considered partial as reference material is being added as it is located. If you are unsure of the value of a particular reference, feel free to contact the historian. Appointments for research assistance are strongly recommended and may be made by phone or mail.