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Seth Cole – Bicentennial Biography No. 24

Seth Cole was born in Chesterfield, Mass. in the 1756. He served in the Revolutionary War and married Celia Sampson in Chesterfield in the early 1790s. Cole came to the area with his family in 1805 from Paris, N.Y. and settled at the mouth of Canadaway Creek… Continue reading

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The Dexter Brothers – Bicentennial Biography No. 21

The Dexter brothers were among the earliest settlers of Chautauqua County. Darius Dexter was the first to arrive, coming to Mayville, N.Y. in the spring of 1808 from Herkimer County, New York. He was hired by the Holland Land Company to cut a mile and a half of road from the lake through Mayville towards the Cross Roads [Westfield]. He returned to Herkimer… Continue reading

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Major Samuel Sinclear – Bicentennial Biography No. 18

Bicentennial Biographies is a not-for-profit radio project designed to raise awareness and increase interest in local history. It is brought to you as a public service by the Chautauqua County Historical Society throughout 2011 to celebrate the county’s 200th birthday. … Continue reading

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William Bemus – Bicentennial Biography No. 12

William Bemus was born in 1762 at Bemus Heights, Saratoga County. At the start of the Revolutionary War, he moved to Pittstown in Rensselaer County. In 1782 he wed Mary Prendergast, daughter of William and Mehitable Prendergast. Early in 1800, the Prendergasts and Bemus sold their property and made the decision to migrate to the west or to Canada. Continue reading

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Edward Work – Bicentennial Biography No. 7

Most people in Chautauqua County know where Falconer is, but the community just to the east of Jamestown didn’t always go by that name. It was originally called “Worksburg” after Edward Work, who purchased the land from the Holland Land Company… Continue reading

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Dr. Thomas Ruston Kennedy – Bicentennial Biography No. 6

The man primarily responsible for the first settlement in southern Chautauqua County was never a resident of the area, but his influence on the region lasted for more than a hundred years and as a result, it was felt necessary to include him. Dr. Thomas Ruston Kennedy was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1763… Continue reading

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