He worked as a Carpenter/Joiner.[3108553.ged]
He bought and sold much land as recorded in the "History of Windham Co. Co nn." In order to repossess lands claimed by Captain Jonathan Belche r, he met at the house with the sheriff and others. On their arrival, Jab ez Utter being absent (his wife and their children being in possession)- J ohn Pelton, John Chandler and Edward Morris placed poles against the hous e, up which they climbed to the roof and then down through the chimney, a nd opened the door. He owned land in Saybrook and Middletown; -- di ed in 1735. He died in the midst of a very active life and in mature vig or of his mental powers. He was a carpenter/joiner.
---The Last Will and testament of John Pelton of Middletown, Connecticut-- -
Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Vol 3, p 186:
August 20, 1735: Inventory of ?225-11-06 was taken by Nathaniel Nichols a nd John Penfield
I, John Pelton of Middletown, do make this my last will and testament:
I give to my wife Jemima all my household goods, to be her estate foreve r. I also give to her the use of 1/2 of my house in Middletown, and the u se of 1/3 part of my 400 acre farm called the School lott, during the ti me she continues my relict and widow.
I give to my eldest son, John, besides what I have advanced towards his se ttlement, my ?50 in Potopogue Quarter in Saybrook, together with the divis ions and allotments of land that have been laid out thereupon and have n ot been to me conveyed, and also that shall hereafter be laid out upon s d. right or belonging thereto.
To my son James (besides what I have already given him) I give him 5 shill ings. And upon condition tht my son James shall discharge my executors fr om all claims and demands which he may pretend to have against my estat e, and as he ought to do, shall resign up his claims and interests in t ow yoke of my oxen (which I heretofore mortgaged to him) unto my executo rs that the sd. oxen may by them be disposed of as in this my will I sha ll order then my will is that he shall have ?40 paid to him, as I shall he reafter direct, within four years after my decease.
To my two sons, Phineas and Johnson, I give the 1/2 of my avovesd. 400 acr es called the School lott, together with 1/2 of my dwelling house there on standing, to them, their heirs and assigns forever, on condition that t hey pay out such legacies as I shall hereafter order.
To my other two sons, Joseph and Josiah, and to my daughter Mary, I give t he other half of my sd. 400 acres, to be between them three equally divide d, to be to them, their heirs and assigns forever, upon condition that th ey pay out such legacies as I shall hereafter order.
I give to my daughter Jemima ?20. To my other three daughters, Sarah, Eliz abeth and Keturah, I give to each of them ?20. To my four sons, Phineas, J ohnson, Joseph and Josiah, I give and bequeath all my cattle, husbandry to ols and utensils, to be equally divided between them. I give and bequea th my 200 acres of land in Middletown, which I bought of Mr. Woodwar d, to my executors hereafter named, to be by them sold for the payme nt of my debts and for no other purpose. My wife Jemima and my son Phine as PELTON to be executors.
Signed: John [X] Pelton
Witnesses: Hez. Buckingham, Solomon Wheat, Samuel Williams
Court Record, Page 32 -- 2 September, 1735: Will proven.
Page 6 (Vol XV):
March 1, 1746: Joseph Pelton of Middletown, one of the heirs to the esta te of John Pelton, moves this Court that freeholders may be appointed to d ivide one certain piece of land lying in Middletown, containing about 4 00 acres, and is on the east side of the Great River, being one of the lo ng lotts, so called, the executors neglecting and refuseing to divide t he same. Whereupon this Court appoint Joseph Frary, William Rockwell and S amuel Wadsworth, of Middletown, to make division and partition of sd. la nd according to the last will and testament of the sd. deceased to the hei rs, and make return of their doings to this Court.
"A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford District"; compil ed by Charles William Manwaring; III:186; R. S. Peck & Company, Printer s; Hartford, Connecticut; 1904 (974.6 CT/Probate SCGS) (Gen 974.6 M295 19 04 LAPL)
Interment.net listing of burials has Pelton, John, d. 15 Jul 1735, 52 yr s, as being buried in Riverview Cemetery, Essex, Middlesex County, Connect icut
Other sources give his burial as in Old Burying Ground, Essex, Middlesex C ounty, Connecticut