James Le Roy was born in Dutchess county, New York, September 10, 1820. His father was of the family mentioned above and a descendant in the fourth or fifth generation from Francis Le Roy, the first settler. His father lived and died in Dutchess county. James Le Roy was educated in the public schools in Phelps, Ontario county, whither he came when a boy. He followed farming all his active life and became one of the substantial and representative men of the town. He was active and prominent in the Methodist Episcopal church.
He married (first) Fanny Palmiter and (second) Mary Ann Palmiter, who died January 4, 1909. He died October 3, 1907. Children of the second wife: Laretta, married Charles Ridley; Rosetta, married George Hornbeck, died October 27, 1910; Ellen E., married Byron Morris; Flora B., married George Wright; William J., mentioned elsewhere.