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John Punderson, who settled in New Haven Colony, came to New England with a group of families led by Ezekiel Rogers, a minister from Rowley Parish, Yorkshire. Rogers and his group arrived in Boston in December 1638, having sailed from Hull, England, aboard the "John of London." Rogers was persuaded to join the group at Quinnipiac, but later changed his mind, and eventually founded the town of Rowley, Massachusetts. However, in the mean time, some of his company preceded him to New Haven. Some returned to Massachusetts, but some like John Punderson remained in New Haven.
He was an original proprietor of New Haven and signed New Haven's "Fundamental Agreement" 4 June 1639. His signing this document indicates that he was at least 21, so born before 1618. The Fundamental Agreement was the basis of New Haven's government. A "committee" of twelve was chosen and out of this twelve, seven were chosen for the "foundation work" of the church. John Punderson was one of these "seven pillars."  Of the "Seven Pillars," four left New Haven. John Punderson was one of the three who stayed.
The "Seven Pillars" did not spend a long time, getting the church established and 25 Oct 1639 they gave up their former trust in court, and the New Haven freeman then chose the Magistrate and four Deputies for the following year.
Officers for the year were generally chosen at court held in the spring and during his life, John held public office: 1645, 1665 Fenceviewer; 1653, 1654, 1666 Townsman; 1670, 1671, Treasurer. An audit of his accounts found that eleven pounds were due the town, and John was instructed to see to getting the amount remitted. He was chosen to view measures 19 May 1656; as Heyward in 1676;. as constable 18 Dec 1676; and as sealer of weights and measures in April 1680.
From the records, John led an uneventful life. In 1659, John reported that the fence was so bad around the “corne field in ye ox-pasture” that the corn was in danger. It was ordered that all interested should meet at Punderson's at 5 o’clock to consider some way to repair the fence “for ye prservation of the corne, lest God be provoked” Another time, John was to be cow keeper for the day. He went home sick, leaving the other man in charge and did not return. Thomas Powell lost a cow he believed by John's neglect. It couldn’t be determined by the court which side was correct, so the two men were asked to split the cost. The town and colony records do not report a single fine assessed against John.
The settlement of New Haven was divided into nine squares. John Punderson lived in the second square (top middle on the map), known as the Yorkshire Quarter, because it was populated by those who had come from Yorkshire. About 1641, John was on a list of planters. He had 2 persons, an estate of L180, about 99 acres and paid a rate of L00:15:06 to the town. He received grants of land from the town He bought a house, barn and home lot etc. from Mr. Wakeman, 7 June 1659, and he sold land with a house and barn etc. to Mr. Tuttle, 7 May 1661.. On a Dec 1680 list, John had 8 persons in his household, an estate of L180 and 68 acres.
"Jn°: Punderfon dyed ye 11th day of february 1680" 1680/1. He and his wife were probably buried in the Churchyard of the Center Church, which is now the New Haven Town Green. No tombstones are left.
John Ponderson Sr. wrote his will Apr 24, 1679, leaving his estate to his wife Margaret, son John, daughter Hannah Gibbs, and to four grandchildren. An inventory was taken 15 Mar 1680/1 by John Winston, sr and Abram Dickerman valued at L327:11:03."Abstracts of the Early Probate Records of New Haven, Book I, Part I, 1647-1687.
John and Margaret were the parents of the following children.
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