Very little is known of John Congdon of Virginia. There are several "family histories" which provide him with a home, parents, and wife in either Wales or England, and which claim that three men named John, David, and Benjamin Congdon (who supposedly died in
Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island respectively) were his sons.
Here is what the documents say:
On 27 Jan 1638 Capt. Christopher Wormeley received a land patent for the transport of a number of persons to Virginia. Included on the list of names is a John Congdon. Wormeley was governor of Tortuga until 1635 when he apparently left abruptly for Virginia. He became a Governor's Councillor as soon as he arrived and served in other positions until his death in 1643.
On 21 Aug 1638 John Congdon received a grant of 50 acres for transport of 2 people named Edward Palmer and Nicholas Gibson. John sold 25 acres of this grant in 1639.
On July 1, 1642 John "Conngdon" patented 200 acres received for the transport of "his wife with three persons."
John apparently died by 1646. York County, VA records from that year show that "The Catle belonging to the orphants of John Congdon are Three Cowes One Cowe Calfe."
Ralph Wormeley (brother of Christoper above) agreed that the cattle belonged to the "orphants" after balancing all the accounts of their father's estate. No mention of any names or of their mother. "Orphans" at this time meant only that a person was under 21 and their father was dead.
On 22 May 1650 a man named Ephrodatus Lawson patented 2000 acres due him for the transport of 40 persons; included on the list was a man named John Congdon.
Those are all of the early mentions of Congdon's in early colonial Virginia.