PUNDERSON, John & Margaret

Cliff McCarthy, 2016

“Few men of that generation were so faithful in all public duties as entirely to avoid pecuniary mulct; but there is no record of a fine imposed on John Punderson.”
— Atwater, Edward E., History of the Colony of New Haven.

John Punderson was among the founding settlers of New Haven Colony

John Punderson was among the founding settlers of New Haven Colony

John Punderson immigrated to New England from England and settled in New Haven among the founding families in 1639.  He was an original signer of the Fundamental Agreement. He was also chosen as one of the “Seven Pillars of the Church” in June 1639. He was listed as #6 in the initial list of church members. He took the Oath of Fidelity in July 1644.

He received 14 acres in the first division of land and his home lot was in the Yorkshire Quarter of the “nine squares” in New Haven [see Brocketts Map]. Of this lot, Marguerite Allis wrote in 1934:

“The Punderson Homestead on Whalley Avenue clings tenaciously to the family Home-Lot and refuses to be dislodged by commerce. The first Punderson came with Eaton and Davenport and the deed given him then is the only one in existence, for his descendants still make the rambling dwelling their home.”

John also acquired additional lands in the “east meddowes.”

John Punderson married Margaret (last name unknown), probably at New Haven. The couple only had two children, but his son John became a deacon in the church, and a grandson, Rev. Ebenezer Punderson, was later one of the fathers of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.


Children of John & Margaret PUNDERSON

JOHN PUNDERSON was born in Yorkshire, England, and died 11 February 1680/81 in New Haven, CT.  He married MARGARET. The Children of JOHN PUNDERSON and MARGARET are:

i.    HANNAH PUNDERSON, b. Bef. May 1642; d. 18 January 1715/16, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; m.(1) John GIBBS 27 October 1670, New Haven, CT; m.(2) John SLAUSON of Stamford, CT
ii.    JOHN PUNDERSON, b. Bef. October 1644, New Haven, CT; d. 23 January 1729/30, New Haven, CT; m. DAMARIS ATWATER, 5 November 1667, New Haven, CT; b. 12 November 1649, New Haven, CT; d. 14 December 1711.



  • Allis, Marguerite, Connecticut Trilogy,  (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1934).
  • Atwater, Edward E., History of the Colony of New Haven, (Journal Publishing Co.:Meriden, CT, 1902; as republished by Heritage Books, Inc.:Bowie, MD, 1989.).
  • Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, Historical Catalogue of the Members of the First Church of Christ in New Haven, CT, (New Haven, CT, 1914).
  • Hoadly, Charles J., Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven,  (Case, Tiffany and Company, Hartford, 1857).
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, 1981).
  • Osterweis, Rollin G., Three Centuries of New Haven, 1638-1938, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953).

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