Excerpt from History of Cohocton The following history was prepared by the late William A. Field and J.Leonard Waugh, and was read by J.Leonard Waugh at the 100th anniversary of the settlement of Cohocton, which celebration was held in 1905; Phelps And Gorham Purchase The freeholders of Steuben county generally derive their title from Sir William Pulteney of England and his heirs: He acquired his title from Robert Morris Morris from Phelps and Gorham. They from the state of Massachusetts and that state held under the Royal Charter of James I, King of Great Britain. Now I do t kw how he got it unless in a legal term he casually found it - but as his reign was in 1603-1625 there are probably disputants living. On the 21st day of November, 1788, the state of Massachusetts for the consideration of three hundred thousand pounds in the consolidated securities of that state actually worth then about 50 cents on a dollar, conveyed to Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham all its right, title and interest to lands in western New York, which w constitute the counties of Steuben, Yates, Ontario, part of Wayne, a small part of Genesee and Livingston and about one-half of Allegany. But there was more: There were the Indians to deal with: The Mohawk, Ondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca tribes were bound together in a confederacy or Warfare League, called by themselves, The Mingoes or United People. Oliver Phelps visited the Senecas and after several days parley at Buffalo Creek, succeeded is purchasing two million six hundred thousand acres(2,600,000), for which he was to pay $500 annually thereafter. I do t find that the $500 is still paid, but rather think it has gone the way of many other white men and Indian dealings or was settled in the treaty soon after made. The deed is as follows: Beginning on the boundary line of the state of Pennsylvania in parallel 42 degrees at a points 82 miles west from the rth corner of Pennsylvania on the Delaware river as said line has been run and marked by the Commissioners of New York and Pennsylvania, and from said point or place of beginning running west as said line to a meridian which will pass through that corner or point of land and by the confluence of the Kanahasguicon (Canaseraga) Creek with the waters of the Genesee river, thence rth along said meridian to the corner or point last mentioned; thence rthward along the waters of the said Genesee to a point two miles rth of Canaseraga village, as called. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.