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The Williamite Penal Laws Affected My Family

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My 5th great grandfather (William Firth) came to America around the year 1760, he was about 23-24 years old. He came on a boat with his wife Jane Firth. At this time back in Dublin they had just past some new laws. They were made by King George III and these laws only pertained to both catholics and presbyterians. The laws were called the Williamite Penal Laws. These laws affected 80% of all Dublin people. Even back in the 1700’s these laws would have affected my family, since we were Presbyterians. These laws could range from not being allowed to vote to not being allowed to own land and not even being allowed to claim your child as your own. Some of the laws were even worse. This caused my 5th great grandfather to move to America with his…show more content…
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