LeRay, Jefferson, NY ALHN

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LeRay

This township lies nearly in the form of an equilateral triangle, of which the western boundary is a north and south line, against the towns of Orleans and Pamelis; the northeast side joining Theresa and Philadelphia, and the southeast border formed partially by Wilna, but principally by the Black River, which is its main water-course. The next stream in size is Indian river, which enters from Philadelphia, flows in a southwesterly course to within one mile of Evans' Mills, then turns sharply towards the north and returns to Philadelphia, after a meander of nearly five miles in Le Ray. Pleasant creek, rising in the southeast, turns the mill-wheels at Le Rayville, Slocumville, Churchchill's, Henry's and Evans' Mills, the, having received the waters of West creek, passes on towards Indian river, which it joins at the point where the latter turns it course northward. Gardner's creek falls into the Indian from the eastward, above the bend. Several very small streams take their rise in the northwest, and flow thence through Pamelia into Perch lake.

A small part of Le Ray was included in the Chassanis tract, its north line running from Great Bend, N. 87 degrees W., and being also the south line of Le Ray's purchase, which embraced four-fifths of the present town, and gave it its name. The desire of Mr. le Ray was of course to induce rapid settlements upon these lands. He offered them at prices from $1 to $3 per acre, according to quality and location, and gave 7 years' time in which to complete the payments. The purchaser was to clear, annually, 4 acres out of every 100 acres purchased, and to erect a log dwelling of a certain size within a specified time.

The proprietor advertised extensively at Albany and other central points, announcing the favorable terms on which he proposed to sell, setting forth the advantages of climate and location, and describing his tract as being of great fertility, requiring only the axe and the plow of the settler to transform the wilderness into productive farms. (Jefferson County History, L. H. Everts, 1878)

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Transcribed by Holice B.Young

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December 26, 1999

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