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Captain James Dunn – Bicentennial Biography No. 10

The first settler in the town of Portland was Capt. James Dunn, who came from near Meadville, Pa., in 1804, and located about 1,100 acres near the center of the town, not yet surveyed into lots. In 1805 he built a log cabin on lot 31, town five… Continue reading

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James and John McMahan – Bicentennial Biography No. 2

History says colonel James McMahan and General John McMahan – two brothers – were destined to play a key role in the early settlement of Westfield. James McMahan first visited the region in 1795. In 1801 he returned and contacted his brother, John… Continue reading

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