John Pelton was born in England but his birthplace is unproven. In Pelton Family in America the author states that John was a descendant of "Essex Peltons" but no sources have been found that support this fact. It is unknown if he is the son of Charles Pelton and his wife. No evidence has been found to confirm that Charles is his father.
John Pelton could be the John Pelton that was christened at St. Martin, Leicestershire, England on 19 Jan 1611 the son of William Pelton. This is further supported by Charles Banks in his book, Topographical dictionary of 2885 English emigrants to New England where he states that John arrived from Leicestershire, England.
The Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Leicester, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Leicester, 1495-1649 show several Peltons including a William. :
*1551 – Pelton, John ; Wigstone
*1587 – Pelton, Wm. ; Leicester 46
*1636 – Pelton, Wm. ; Peathnge parva 121
*1642 – Pelton, Wm. ; Leicester 3
Arrival in New England
Henry Whittemore includes this summary of John in his book Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America.
PELTON: - John. Boston; very early had estate descrip. in the book of possessions; removed to Dorchester; his elder son John was baptised 1645. In his will, 1681, pro March following. he names wife Susanna, sons John, Samuel and Robert, the youngest, beside daughter Mary. To Samuel was given admin. of Robert lost at sea, 1683.
Although John is not included with a biographical sketch in Anderson's The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, he is listed in the the sketch of his father-in-law Henry Way in Volume 3 on page 1952. He is also mentioned in the early records of Boston as being a land holder.
John came to Boston about 1630 to 1633 from Leicestershire, England. According to Meredith Colkert in his book, Founders of Early American families: emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657, John arrived in 1632.
His name and a description of his property appears in the “Book of Possessions,” the oldest land record of Boston, made by order of The General Court in 1634. The record therein on page 34 (entry 91) runs thus: “Mr. Owen Roe his possession in the limits of Boston. One house and garden bounded with the streete north; the lane west; the Cove south; and John Pelton east. On page 87 entry F107 we find "John Pelton’s possession in Boston. One house and household lot bounded with Owen Roe west; the streete north; the Cove south; and the marsh on the east.”  These lands were Lots 104 to 108, on the south side of Essex St., from Washington St., easterly. See the "Map F." or "No. 6" on page 74 where Owen Rowe, (as here spelled,) has lot 107 and John Pelton 108.
"Soon after, in 1635, probably, he removed to Dorchester, then a few miles out of Boston peninsula, now a part of that city, and which had been settled in the same year but a few months earlier. In 1635 or 1636, he became by grant or purchase a joint owner of the Dorchester Patent, and received his share, as also did his heirs in its many divisions."
Robert, born, probably, about 1649—51, at Dorchester, Mass.
Mary, born about 1653 or '54, baptized Feb. 18, 1654.
John died in Dorchester 23 January 1680. His will mentions his wife, Susanna, his sons John, Samuel, Robert and his daughter Mary. Susanna probably lived until May 7, 1706.
↑ 1.01.11.21.220.127.116.11 J. M. Pelton. Genealogy of the Pelton family in America : being a record of the descendants of John Pelton who settled in Boston, Mass., about 1630-1632, and died in Dorchester, Mass., January 23rd, 1681. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1892. p. 27-29. Available at Ancestry.com. and at Archive .org. Genealogy of the Pelton Family
↑ "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQBM-YYP : 6 December 2014, John Pelton, 19 Jan 1611); citing SAINT MARTIN,LEICESTER,LEICESTER,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 596,720.
↑ 4.04.1 Banks, Charles Edward, and Elijah Ellsworth Brownell. Topographical dictionary of 2885 English emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Philadelphia, PA: The Bertram press, 1937.Citing pg. 92 for John Pelton arriving from Leicestershire, England. hathitrust.org
↑ Hartopp, Henry. Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Leicester, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Leicester, 1495-1649: and in the Peculiars of St. Margaret Leicester, Rothey, Groby, Evington, and the unproved wills, etc., previous to 1801. All now preserved in the Probate registry at Leicester. Transcribed and indexed by Henry Hartopp. London: British record Society, 1902. Citing Pelton wills on pgs. 31, 71, 137 and 148. archive.org
↑ Whittemore, Henry. Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America: with a brief history of those of the first generation and references to the various local histories, and other sources of information where additional data may be found. Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1995. Citing pg. 410 for John Pelton.
↑ 7.07.1 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Citing Susanna Way married John Pelton in sketch for Henry Way Vol. 3, pg. 1951- 1952. AmericanAncestorss.org $
↑ 8.08.18.2 "The Book of Possessions" for Boston, in Second Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston; containing the Boston Records, 1634-1660, and the Book of Possessions, 2nd ed. (Boston 1881) entries 91, F107 archive.org
↑ 9.09.19.2 Stevens, John Austin. Americana: (American Historical Magazine). Vol. 16. New York: The National Americana Society, 1906. pg. clxxxv. Citing John Pelton engaged in fishing and business. Came to Boston, Mass in 1630. Removed Dorchester, Mass. 1635.
↑ Colket, Meredith Bright. Founders of Early American families: emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland : General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America : Distributed by Founders Project, 1975. Citing pg. 218 for John Pelton arrival in New England in 1632.
↑ Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection). Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630–1800 and The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston, 1630–1822. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014.) AmericanAncestors.org $
↑ "Absentee Landlords." Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20 (Vol 15) . Accessed November 08, 2017. AmericanAncestors $ Vol. 15. April-June 2006 No. 2. Great Migration Newsletter citing John Pelton in "Absentee Landlords" article in dispute regarding Owen Rowe.
↑ Clapp, Ebenezer. History of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Salem, MA: Higginson Book Co., 1859. pg. 209 citing John Pelton among those listed as owners in "Great Lots". archive.org
↑ Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.) citing John Pelton died Jan 23, 1680. Volume 016 (1862) pg. 154 AmericanAncestors.org $
↑ Suffolk County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1636-1895. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016.) Originally published as: Probate Records of the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, from the year 1636 to and including the year 1895. Rockwell & Churchill, City Printers. 1895. citing entry for John Pelton will #1179. AmericanAncestors.org $
↑ Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Citing death of John Pelton 23 Jan 1680. pg. 30. AmericanAncestors.org $
The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).