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David Eason – Bicentennial Biography No. 23

The first Sheriff of Chautauqua County, David Eason, was born in Northumberland County, Pa. on April 3, 1771. His father came to the colonies from Ireland. In 1805, he married in Washington, Pa. and that same year moved to Canadaway, N.Y. [Fredonia]. Within a year he and his wife relocated to what is today Westfield, N.Y.. His first public office was as justice of the peace for the Town of Chautauqua, which… 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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William and Mehitable Prendergast – Bicentennial Biography No. 11

It can be said that no other family has had a more significant impact on the early settlement of the Chautauqua Lake Region than that of William Prendergast and his offspring. It’s fascinating, then, to consider that the Prendergast arrival may never have occurred, due to an event 40 years earlier. Continue reading

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Alexander McIntyre – Bicentennial Biography No. 5

Chautauqua County has had its fair share of eccentric and colorful characters throughout its 200-year history. The first of these notable individuals was Dr. Alexander McIntyre, who became Mayville’s first settler in the spring of 1804 when he moved here from Meadville, Pennsylvania… Continue reading

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William Peacock – Bicentennial Biography No. 4

Judge William Peacock was born in 1780 near New York City in the midst of the American Revolution. He first came to Chautauqua County in 1804 as a land agent for the Holland Land Company and was charged with surveying the area around present-day Mayville. Continue reading

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