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Child Family Papers

Child Family Papers

Collection Number: 
11
Collection Length: 
0.25ft
Period: 
1818 to 1855
Finding Aid: 

In 1803, Joseph Child moved to the North Country from Pennsylvania with his three sons, Daniel, Samuel, and Moses as the first wave of settlers in the town of LeRay. With them came Moses Moon (Middletown, Pennsylvania) and his son James. Together, they explored the area and purchased lots. When the Moons returned to Pennsylvania, they reported to their friends that this was good land, and a company was formed to make extensive further purchases in the area. Moses LeRay set out a group of 25 lots adjoining those described in these papers to be sold to the Quakers with a central lot to be used for a meeting house. That group of lots, Great Lot 4 of Macomb's Purchase, formed the Village of Philadelphia. The Childs acted as agents in LeRay for the Moons and their company, arranging the sale of their lands. This collection consists of approximately 100 items written between 1818-1855 consists of records of the land business of James Moon that was operated by the Child family. Included in the papers are hand drawn maps of the lots belonging to Moon, descriptions of each lot, accounts of the payments by buyers and correspondence between Moon and the Childs. Also included are maps and lists made in 1942 and 1943 of the lots in that area and their early owners. Useful also are references to Quaker affairs of the area, for the Moons and the Childs were members of the Society of Friends.