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 Jacob and Asher Aray -- Pioneer Families in Pittsfield Township

Jacob Aray was born in Holland on 24 February 1767. He emigrated to Washtenaw county with his parents, in 1774. He died in Pittsfield Township on 19 July 1839.

Member of the Aray Family, one of the First Black Families in Pittsfield Township

Asher Aray was a resident of New Jersey. He moved to Romulus, Seneca Co., N.Y., and in 1827 came to Washtenaw county, where he died on 26 June 1871.

Asher Aray was an efficient "employee" of the Underground Railroad, and always kept a wagon in his stable for the express purpose of conveying fugitive slaves to the borders of Canada.

Source: This brief entry was prepared by the Historical Committee of Pittsfield Township, which helped compile information for The History of Washtenaw County Michigan (Chas Chapman & Co., 1881). Members of the Historical Committee were Horace Carpenter, David Dupue and Randall Boss.

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