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The Irish Prendergasts

March 16, 2012
By Karen E. Livsey - archivist , Fenton History Center

As St. Patrick's Day approaches, we need to remember Jamestown's connection to Ireland. James Prendergast, founder of Jamestown, was the son of William Prendergast, who was born in Ireland in 1727. William came to the colonies as a young man. He settled in Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y., where he married Mehitable Wing. A participant in the later ''rent wars'' of Dutchess County, William was arrested and charged with treason. After a trial where he was sentenced to death, Mehitable pled the case to pardon her husband. The king eventually did pardon William. This took place when James was 2 years old.



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