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Jacob Fenton – Bicentennial Biography No. 22

Jacob Fenton was a native of Mansfield, Conn. and was a potter by trade. He was the second cousin of George Fenton, father to future governor Reuben E. Fenton. He enlisted in the continental army at the age of 15 and served in the Revolutionary War. In 1813, Jacob arrived in Chautauqua County from Burlington, N.Y. and started a pottery business in… Continue reading

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John Blowers – Bicentennial Biography No. 15

Not much is known about John Blowers, only that he was born in Rensselaer County, New York in 1785 and moved to the Chautauqua County area in 1810 with his wife, Phoebe. The couple had come to the area from Pittstown, New York when John’s employer, James Prendergast, also returned to the area. In November 1810, Blowers, built a log cabin near what is today Fairmount Avenue… Continue reading

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James Prendergast – Bicentennial Biography No. 14

When it comes to the early settlement of Jamestown, no individual played a greater role than James Prendergast. Prendergast was born in March 9, 1764 in Dutchess County, New York to William and Mehitable Prendergast. In 1806, he arrived in Chautauqua County with the rest of his family, but soon returned to Pittstown in the fall of that year. Prior to his return to the Hudson Valley, it is said that James first found the land that would… Continue reading

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Thomas Bemus – Bicentennial Biography No. 13

Thomas Bemus was born May 19, 1786 in Pittstown, New York. The second of nine children born to William and Mary Prendergast Bemus, Thomas was 19 years old by the time he… Continue reading

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