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John Reeder (abt. 1614 - bef. 1660)

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John Reeder aka Reader
Born about in Essex, Suffolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died before in Newtown, Queens (Long Island), New Yorkmap
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Founders and Early Settlers of Springfield.

Looking for a source for wife Margaret Thorpe.


"READER, JOHN, Springfield 1636, had gr. of ld. but did not long cont. perhaps was of New Haven in 1643; Stratford 1650; but last of Newtown, L. I. 1656."[1]

John Reader was granted land in Springfield, called Agawam, (now Massachusetts, then part of the Connecticut Colony) 16 May 1636, which was the year that Springfield was established. The land was thus described, "Next the lott of John Cable lys the lott of John Reader beinge twelve rod in bredth and fouer acres and a halfe in marish at the fore end of his home lott.[2]

It is believed he was the same man who three years later, 4 June 1639, signed the Fundamental Agreement of New Haven..[3]

Court 5 Febr. 1639/40. "Itt is ordered by the court, thatt Mr. Malbon and John Reader, and whosoever else hath any thing to doe wth the estate of William Thorpe, late deceased, shall appeare att the next court for the settleing of thatt busines."[3]

Court 3 Aprill 1640. "Itt is ordered that John Reader in whose hands William Thorps goods was left, shall have them forth comeing so as to give a good accoumpt of them att the next court, or when he shall be called, thatt those to whom he was ingaged may be satisfied."[3] Unfortunately nothing is ever said again in the court records about this.

Court 7th 2d Mon 1640 (probably 1641). "John Reader was fined 40s for breakeing the order of the Court in exacting greater wages (then the Court had deter mined,) for 20 dayes worke wch he confessed he had received mony for."[3]

He is recorded in New Haven, during 1643, with a family of two persons and an estate of £140.[4][3]

John Reader, of New Haven, 1643, came to Stratford among the first Settlers. His home lot, No. 10, he sold with several pieces of land in 1659, to David Mitchell, and appears to have removed from the town.[5]

A 1656 list entitled "the Indian rate," is a nearly perfect list of the male residents of Middelburg Village of Newtown in 1656, four years after the town was planted. It is the rate that each "purchaser" paid to buy the land from the indians, and was based on the number of acres each held. John Reeder paid a fairly average amount of £1 10s 0d. A John, farmer, made an agreement 4 Jan. 1666-7 with a group of neighbors to build one fence to protect their plantings, however in light of the suggested death by 1660, perhaps this is the son John.[6]

John died at Newtown by 9 Mar 1660."[7]

Possible sons who are in the records of Newtown are:


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  1. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  2. Burt, Henry M. The first century of the history of Springfield; the official records from 1636 to 1736, with an historical review and biographical mention of the founders. Springfield, Mass.: 1898 pp. 40, 159
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857. This is the original printed work at Google Books. p. 17, 28, 31, 51, 92
  4. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut By Edward Elias Atwater, Lucy M. Hewitt, Bessie E. Beach. Meriden, Connecticut: 1902. v.2 p.66
  5. Orcutt, Samuel. A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Fairfield County Historical Society, 1886. pp 96, 104, 188, 242
  6. Riker, James. The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York: Containing Its History from Its First Settlement, Together with Many Interesting Facts Concerning the Adjacent Towns ; Also, a Particular Account of Numerous Long Island Families Now Spread Over this and Various Other States of the Union. New York: D. Fanshaw, 1852.
  7. Colket, Meredith B. Jr. Founders of Early American Families. Second Revised Edition. Cleveland, Ohio: The Ohio Society with the authority of The General Court of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 2002. cites:McArthur, Selim Walker. "McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines. Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1964.

See Also:

  • First Families of America, Inst of Genealogy, Vol 5, p487, 1933

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On 8 Jul 2015 at 17:48 GMT Anne B wrote:

Anyone know a source for Margaret Thorpe as wife?

On 9 May 2014 at 23:08 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Reeder-183 and Reeder-84 appear to represent the same person because: Spouse is a match.

John is 18 degrees from Claude Monet, 17 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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