The Homer Town Minutes are in bound books kept in a vault at the town offices under the care of the Town Historian, Martin Sweeney, and the Town Board. In 2012, my husband and I took digital images for the town. There are some digital images of some of these pages under Images/Historical Documents. The Town has plans to make them all available online in the future. Below is a transcription of the minutes for this time period.
There is a lot of genealogical useful information in the town minutes since many residents are mentioned as town officials, pathmasters, fence viewers, etc.
According to the 1836 Gazetteer of the state of New York: “There are chosen, at the annual town meeting in each town, one supervisor, one town clerk, not less than three, nor more than five assessors, one collector, two overseers of the poor, three commissioners of highways, three commissioners and three inspectors of common schools, not more than five constables, one town sealer of weights and measures, as many overseers of highways as there are road districts in the town, except in the counties of Suffolk, Queens, Kings and Richmond; and so many pount masters, as the electors may determine." (p. 157)
[S]tate of New York
Onondaga County SS. Whereas the Town of Homer, in said county, on the fifth Day of April, did neglect to appoint the necessary Town officers for the year thousand seven hundred and ninety five. And whereas by a law passed on the seventh day of March one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Eight. directing three justices Of the peace of said county to nominate and under their hands and seals to appoint such officers as said act is specified – Therefore We Asa Danforth, Hezekiah Olcott & Daniel Keeler three of the justices of the peace appointed in and for said county. Nominate and by these presents to appoint
John Miller Esq, Supervisor for 1795
Peter Ingersoll Town Clerk
Thos. L. Bishop Assessors /Town of Homer
Moses Hopkins /House of John Miller
Joseph Beebe /Signed this 9th May 179?
Samuel Benedict Commissioners of highway
Joseph Beebe Overseers of the poor
John House Constable
John House Collector
Asa Danforth Justices of the peace
Town of Homer, House of John Miller, signed this 9th May 179? [unreadable]
[Note-There is white binding tape down the left side of this page, obstructing some of the writing.]
The first Annual town meeting held at the House of John Miller Esq in Homer on fifth day of April 179_ [torn edge-probably 1796]
Proceeded as follows vez.
John Miller Supervisor
Peter Ingersoll Town Clerk
Ezra Rockwell Assessors
Roderick Beebe Collectors
Zera Beebe Overseers of the Poor
Zera Beebe Commissioners of Highways
Barzilla Russell Constables
William Tuttle Overseer of Highways
Elnathan Baker Fence Viewer
Voted that every man make his own pound
Voted that Hogs run at large without yokes or rings
Voted that fences be made four feet and one half high and not to exceed four inches between logs
Voted that the town meeting the ensuing year be held at the House of John Miller Esq.
John Miller sworn as Supervisor
Peter Ingersoll as Town Clerk
Billy Trowbridge, Daniel Minor, Francis Strong, David Russell, Jacob Bishop, sworn As Assessors
Roderick Beebe, Barzilla Russell sworn as Collectors and Constables
Zera Beebe, Thomas L. Bishop, Oliver Tuttle, sworn as Commissioners of of Highways
Zera Beebe, Ozias Strong, sworn as overseers of the poor