John Pelton, born in England, place and time unknown, though probably about 1616, and a descendant of Essex Peltons or Poltons, came to Boston about 1630 to 1633, as 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 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.
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 Map F. or No. 6, 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.
John died in Dorchester 23 January 1681. His will mentions his wife, Susanna, his sons John, Samuel, Robert and his daughter Mary. Susanna probably lived until May 7, 1706.
all born in Dorchester
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