TOWN OF LE RAY




A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (699K file)
An 1864 map of Black River
An 1864 map of Evans Mills
An 1864 map of The Lost Community of Leraysville
An 1864 map of The Hamlet of Sanford Corners
1918 TOWN OF LERAY FARM MAP


A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
1810 Census--Town of LeRay

Town of Le Ray 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Le Ray
NORTHERN NEW YORK BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1867-68
EVANS MILLS
SANFORDS CORNERS


Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the Town of LeRay.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Le Ray.
Haddock Family Sketches--Town of Leray

Bartlett's Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of LeRay.
Vital Records 1847-1849 for the Town of LeRay.


TOWN OF LE RAY

OFFICE CONTACT PHONE ADDRESS
Town Historian ROBERT BOUCHER 629-4914 PO Box 321, Evans Mills 13637
Town Clerk MARY C. SMITH 629-4052 8433 Willow St; Evans Mills 13637
Black River Village Historian WILLIAM REICHARD 773-5179 28411 NYS Rt 126 Black River 13612
Black River Village Clerk KATHIE MONTIGELLI 773-5721 Village Office; PO Box 266; Black River 13612
Black River Free Library SANDRA LAMB 773-5163 102 Maple St, Black River 13612
Evans Mills Public Library HELEN TOOLEY 629-4483 Noble St; Evans Mills 13627
Evans Mills Village Clerk MARILYN HANSON 629-4753 PO Box 356; Evans Mills 13627



Four Rivers Historical Society

P.O. Box 504
Carthage, NY 13619
(315)773-5133

Organized in 1977, this society averages over 600 members, and has microfilmed the Carthage Republican newspaper. The microfilm is deposited in the Carthage Library. They have published books. Their holdings include a working chapel, and a one room school. Carthage lies on the border of Lewis County, so that the society covers part of Lewis as well as the western townships of Jefferson County. The society collects material from three central school districts, the Copenhagen Central, Carthage Central, and Indian River school districts. This area includes parts of the townships of Theresa, Philadelphia, Antwerp, Le Ray, Wilna, and Champion. Their 21 directors represent the various communities within this area.


Town History

History of the Town of Leray linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page taken from CHILD'S GAZETTEER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY by HAMILTON CHILDS, published in 1890, transcribed by Shirley Farone.

A list of contributors to The History of Jefferson County 1878, by Durant and Pierce.

History of the Town of Leray from "RAY'S PLACE"from OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE by EDGAR C. EMERSON, 1898

History of the Town of Leray, taken fromA HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK by FRANKLIN B. HOUGH, A. M., M.D. linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page



When Le Ray was originally established in 17 February 1806, parts of Alexandria and Wilna, and all of present Theresa, Antwerp and Philadelphia made up the town. This town is nearly in the middle of the county, and is surrounded by Theresa and Philadelphia on the northeast, Wilna and Champion on the southeast, Rutland and Watertown on the south, and Pamelia and Orleans on the west. Today nearly half of Le Ray, the southeast portion, lies within Fort Drum's military reservation. Black River forms its southern boundary, while Indian River and Pleasant Creek also flow through the town.

The Town of Antwerp was detached in 1810, part of Wilna in 1813, part of Alexandria, including Theresa and all of Philadelphia in 1821. Le Ray was named for the proprietor, James Le Ray de Chaumont. Many small communities were founded in Le Ray, some of which were swallowed up and extinguished by Fort Drum. As listed by historian Emerson, they included Le Raysville, Evans Mills, Slocumville, Sanford's Corners, Joachim, now an archaelogical site, Ingerson's Corners, Great Bend, named for the great bend of the Black River, Felts Mills, and Black River village.


From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Leray

ACRES OF LAND
  Improved                   38,268 1/4
  Unimproved                 14,592

VALUATION
  Real Estate               667,208
  Personal Property         129,173
  Total                     796,381

POPULATION
  Males                       1,756
  Females                     1,627

Number of Dwellings             611

Number of Families              628

Freeholders                     515

SCHOOLS

  Number of Districts            19

  Children Taught              1,247

LIVE STOCK

  Horses                         998

  Working Oxen and Calves      1,528

  Cows                         3,258

  Sheep                       17,787

  Swine                        1,530

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  Bushels of Grain

    Winter                    11,999

    Spring                    87,962 3/4

  Tons of Hay                  6,242

  Bushels of Potatoes         16,759

  Bushels of Apples            7,322

  Dairy Products            
    Pounds of Butter         249,898

    Pounds of Cheese         257,182

YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE  4,312


Names of the Early Settlers

ADAMS, Sarah
ADKINS, Clarissa
ANNABLE, Abner
ANTHONY, James
ANTHONY, Elizabeth
ANTHONY, Elvira
ANTHONY, Esther
ANTHONY, Mark
ANTHONY, Paul Jr.
ANTHONY, Paul Sr.
ANTHONY, Velina
ANTHONY, William
AVERY, RICHARDSON
BACON, Jeremiah
BARBER, WILLIAM
BARNES, ASA
BARRETT, WILLARD
BELLINGER, ADAM P.
BELLINGER, FREDERICK H.
BELLINGER, PETER
BLACKMER, CALVIN
BROUGHTON, AMOS
BROWN, BENJAMIN
BROWNELL, S.
BURHANS, DAVID
BUTTERFIELD, LEVI
CALDWELL, DAVID M.
CHALKER, Annie
CHALKER, Temperance
CHASE, Elizabeth
CHILD, DANIEL
CHILD, JOSEPH
CHILD, MOSES
CHILD, SAMUEL
CHURCHILL, Archibald
CLARK, JENISON
CLOUGH, Nancy
COFFEEN, DANIEL
COFFEEN, MICHAEL
COMINS, Alfred
COMMONS, ALFRED
COOPER, WILLIAM
COREY, COREY
COREY, JOSEPH
CRIPPEN, Levi
DAVIS, ELI
DUNTON, Ebenezer
DUNTON, Thomas
EVANS, Amos
EVANS, Charles
EVANS, ETHNI
EVANS, Mary
EVANS(Wells), Nancy
EVANS, Richard
EVANS, Gen. Samuel
EVANS, SYLVANUS
FAIRBANKS, William B. R.
FOLTS, Elizabeth
FULLER, Isaac
FULLER, OLIVER
FULLER, PERLEY
GOODALE, JOTHAM
HARRIS, Chloe (Sheldon)
HATCH, Caroline
HATCH, Jacob
HATCH, John
HATCH, Rufus Sr.
HATCH, Sylvanus
HATCH, William
HAWKINS, SOLOMON
HEBERT, Lewis
HELMER, Catharina
HELMER, Jacobus
HELMER, Leonard
HELMER, Louisa
HELMER, Magdalena/Lena
HELMER, Peter
HELMER, Philip
HENRY, BENI
HENRY, ELON
HERDER/HARDER, Catherine
HERRICK, ALVIN
HERRICK, FAYETTE
HILL, Laura
HOLBROOK, IVAH
HOLBROOK, LYMAN
HOOVER, Betsey C.
HOOVER, JOHN
HOOVER, PETER
HOOVER, William
HOWARD, Joanna
HULBERT, JOEL
HULBERT, THOMAS
HUNGERFORD, EDWIN
HUSTON, JOHN
HUSTON, THOMAS
HUSTON, WILLIAM
INGERSON, EZRA
INGERSON, ISAAC
INGERSON, JOHN
INGERSON, JOHN
INGERSON, NATHAN
INGERSON, STEPHEN
JACOBS, ALEXANDER
JEWETT, ABRAHAM
JEWETT, Ezekiel
JEWETT, Capt Ezekiel
KANADY, SAMUEL C.
KELLER, Aaron
KELLER, Reuben
KELSEY, SYLVESTER
KIMBALL, RUELL
KIRKBRIDE, BENJAMIN
LYON, ALANSON
MACOMBER, JOHN
MACOMBER, STEPHEN
MATTOON, Charles
MATTOON, Marion
MAULE, Jonathan
McNEIL, Hepzibah
McNITT, Elizabeth
MILLARD, HEMAN
MILLER, ARNOLD
MILLER, Philander
MINICK, BARNHART
MINICK, ELIAS
MONTONDO, David
MOSHER, Martha
MURPHY, JAMES J.
ORVIS, Gershom
ORVIS, HORATIO
PALMER, ISAAC
PALMER, WILLIAM
PARKER, AMAZIAH
PARKER, SOLOMON
PETRIE, JOSIAH J.
PETTY, JOHN
PIERCE, OLIVER
POOR, CHRISTOPHER
REED, LEVI
ROBERTS, ANDREW
ROBERTS, OLSEY
ROGERS, William
SAWYER, JESSE
SCOFIELD, ALVAH
SCOFIELD, Elisha
SHEW, Godfrey J.
SHURTLIFF, ABIEL
SIXBURY, Robert
SLACK, PETER
SLOAN, James
SLOAN, STEPHEN D.
SMITH, IRA
STANTON, Jesse
STEARNS, Levi
STEARNS, Levi
STEELE, ELISHA
STEINHILBER, EZEKIEL
STEWART, JOHN V.
STEWART, PATRICK S.
STEWART, SAMUEL
TAGGART, JOSEPH
TAYLOR, GILBERT
THURSTON, Philander
TIMMERMAN, Lawrence
TRAVIOLI, Domenickel/Domenic
TREAT, REUBEN
TREVALLER, FRANCIS
VEBBER, ALFRED
WALDEN, Elizabeth
WALRATH, Daniel
WARD, SILAS
WARD, THOMAS
WILBUR/WILBOR, Clark E.
WILD(es), Elizabeth(Betsy)
WILSON, Alexander
WILSON, John Gregg
WILSON, Suel
WINSLOW, ANSEL
WOODRUFF, ROSWELL
WOODWARD, LEE



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