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Robert Pond (1592 - bef. 1648)

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Robert Pond
Born in Edwardstone, Groton, Suffolk, Englandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Englandmap
Husband of — married in Groton, Suffolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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Robert Pond , son of William Pond and Judith Gordon) was born 1592 in Groton, Suffolk, England and died d. bef 27 December 1648 (NOT 1637; see "Death" below) in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts.

He married Mary Ball on November 18, 1612 in Groton, Suffolk, England, daughter of William Ball and Alice Waltham.[citation needed]

He did not marry her on November 18, 1642, Groton, Suffolk, England.[1]


Birth: 10 SEP 1606 Groton, Suffolk, England?[2]

The following appears to be about the NEXT generation:

" Robert Pond was born in 1626 in Groton, Suffolk County, England. He died on May 13 1663 in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachussets. Parents: Robert Pond and Mary (Pond). He was married to Mary Ball about 1652 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachussetts. Children were: Sarah Pond[3]

Robert Pond[4] was born about 1590 in England. Some say 10 September 1600 in Groton, England. Others say he was born in 1592 in Dorchester, Macoupin, Illinois ?? England or more specifically on 10 Sep 1592 in Edwardstone, Groton, Suffolk, England [5]

None of these sources are strong; better, more original sources sought.

He may have been the brother of a John Pond.[6]


He is said to have immigrated with his wife Mary as part of Winthrop's Fleet in 1630, settling in Dorchester, Massachusetts. [7][8][9][10]


He lived in Watertown, Massachusetts.[11][12]

"Robert Pond (DO): No Robert Pond was admitted to Dorchester church in 1642 or earlier. There was a Robert Pond of Dorchester who died by 27 December 1637, when his inventory was taken. [SPR NS 1:417] [NOTE: This has subsequently been shown to be inaccurate; see "Death" below.] "William Pond" and his wife "Goody Pond" were admitted to Dorchester Church on 28 February 1641/2 [DChR 6], so this freemanship record may have been intended for William rather than Robert. Whether William was son of the Robert who died in 1637 is unknown, but some kinship relation is likely."[13]


  1. Daniel Pond, b. 1627, Dedham, Norfolk, MA, USA169, 169, d. February 04, 1697/98, Dedham, Norfolk, MA
  2. William Pond, b. 1628, Dorchester, Massachusetts, d. April 04, 1690, Dorchester, Norfolk, MA,
  3. Samuel Pond, b. 1617, Groton, Suffolk, England, d. March 14, 1653/54, Windsor, Hartford, CT
  4. Mary Pond, b. 1620, Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, d. April 28, 1675, Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
  5. Sarah Pond, b. 1630, Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, d. April 25, 1712, Little Compton, RI.
  6. Jonathan Pond, b. 1623, Boston, Suffolk, MA, d. date unknown, Boston, Suffolk, MA
  7. Robert Pond, b. 1626, Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, d. 1652, Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
  8. Ephraim Pond, b. 1630, Dedham, Norfolk, MA, d. date unknown.

NOTE: Only Mary, Daniel, Robert and William are recognized.[14] What sources do we have for Samuel, Sarah, Jonathan and Ehpraim?


Robert Pond is recorded as having died 20 Dec 1637 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.


"Savage has an entry for a Robert Pond who was supposed to have died in Dorchester in 1637. Indeed, there is a probate record for Robert Pond, consisting of one document, an inventory which was said to have been taken on 27 December 1637. Closer examination of this record raises additional questions, however. On 10 May 1648, the widow and one of the sons petitioned the court for an order to administer the estate, and the court ordered them to bring in an inventory. And the widow remarried in 1649 and 1650. Another look at the inventory reveals a description of land held by the decedent as "4 acres of meadow... he bought of Mrs. Burre." The only available "Mrs. Burre" in Dorchester was Frances Burr, the widow of Rev. Jonathan Burr, who had not arrived in New England until 1639 and who died in 1641. Robert Pond, therefore, must have been alive after 1641 to purchase land from Jonathan Burr's widow. The most parsimonious explanation is that the date on the inventory is wrong, and should be 27 December 1648."[15]

Death: about 1647 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts[16][17][18]


  2. World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1 November 29, 1995 Tree #1761
  3. unknown author
  4. AGBI entry for Robert Pond
  5. Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.Another AGBI entry for him
  6.; unverified source.
  8. C. E. Banks, "The Planters of the Commonwealth; Passengers and Ships," p. 80.
  10. #S-1971478522
  11. The Planters of the Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640:
  12. The Pioneers of Massachusetts (1620-1650),
  13. Great Migration Newsletter, volume 19, p 12
  14. The Pond Family
  15. Robert Charles Anderson, "Documenting New England's Founders in The Great Migration Directory," in American Ancestors Magazine, 16.2:29, citing Suffolk County Probate Records, Case #6; Shurtleff, ed., Records of the Governor and Company of Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686 [note 4], 2:247; and Pope, Pioneers
  16. Pope, Charles Henry. Pioneers of Massachusetts. reprint Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1969. p 411
  17. New England Historical & Genealogical (Society) Register New England Historical & Genealogical Soc., Boston, MA.
  18. Holmes, Frank R. Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1980.

See also:

  • The Pond Family (accessed 22 July 2016); unfortunately perpetuates the 1637 death record. Also appears to be mostly derived from Robert Croll Stevens, "The Genealogy of Robert Pond," in Ancestry of the Children of Robert Croll Stevens and Jane Eleanor Stevens, Vol. IV, Pittsford, NY, 1990, pp. 208.1-208.8.
  • Pond, Daniel Streator, A genealogical record of Samuel Pond and his descendants, New London, Ohio: Printed for the compiler by G.W. Runyan at the Record Office, 1875.
  • Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
  • Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010
  • "Genealogies of Connecticut Families From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1983; .Broderbund Software, 1997, CD 179). "Descendants of Edward Shepard, Mariner, Cambridge, Mass., 1639," by James Shepard, Naman Sheppard, and A.E.B. Shepherd. Vol.3, p. 387.
  • World Family Tree Vol. 3, Ed. 1 Tree #2194, #4315, #6275, #6596

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On 9 Mar 2017 at 12:50 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Pond-603 and Pond-141 appear to represent the same person because: Same vitals; the 1637 death is inaccurate; use vitals on Pond-141. Thanks.

On 22 Jul 2016 at 18:06 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

NOTE: Recent research conducted by Robert Charles Anderson (see "Death" section) has revealed that the long-held belief in the 1637 death year is in error, and that Robert must have died AFTER 1641 and before May 1648.

On 22 Jul 2016 at 17:44 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

What is the source for his 1612 marriage to Mary Ball? We need to resolve some problems around the names of his wife.

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