Hon. Col. William PYNCHON

Hon. Col. William PYNCHON

Male 1590 - 1662

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  • Name  Hon. Col. William PYNCHON 
    Prefix  Hon. Col. 
    Born  11 Oct 1590  Springfield, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  29 Oct 1662  Wraysbury, Buckingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I5482  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  2 Jan 2013 

    Father  John PYNCHON,   b. 1654, Writtle, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1610, Springfield, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Frances BRETT,   b. Between 1568 and 1570, Terling, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1675/76 
    Married  3 Oct 1588  Springfield, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F25098  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Anne Agnes ANDREW,   b. 1595, Triwell, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1630, Roxbury, Norfolk Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1618  Springfield, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Anne PYNCHON,   b. 1620, Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary PYNCHON,   b. 1621, Springfield, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1657, Springfield, Hampden Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Margaret PYNCHON,   b. 1624, Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. John PYNCHON,   b. 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1702
    Family ID  F25097  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Frances,   d. 10 Oct 1657, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F27601  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Hon. Col. William Pynchon
    Hon. Col. William Pynchon
    Residence / Fort of William Pynchon
    Residence / Fort of William Pynchon
    Colonists Along the Bay Path
    Colonists Along the Bay Path
    Burning of Pynchon's book, 'The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, Justification, etc.' (published 1650)
    Burning of Pynchon's book, "The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, Justification, etc." (published 1650)
    Although depicting the burning of Pynchon's book, the record reflects it was to be burned publicly in the town square to denounce the book and separate the clergy, townspeople and New Englanders from participation in its alleged heresy.

    Histories
    The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, William Pynchon, London 1650 (14MB PDF)
    The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, William Pynchon, London 1650 (14MB PDF)
    Reproduction 1931, Harry A. Wright, Springfield, Massachusetts

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    Clarke's Kindred Genealogies - Pynchon Genealogy
    Clarke's Kindred Genealogies - Pynchon Genealogy
    Excerpt: pages 137-141, descendants of William Pynchon, son of John Pynchon of Springfield, Essex, England. William was born and died in England, but was a significant force in New England during his 22-year stay in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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    Springfield 1636-1886, History of Town and City, by Mason A. Green 1888 (46MB PDF)
    Springfield 1636-1886, History of Town and City, by Mason A. Green 1888 (46MB PDF)
    How William Pynchon Blazed the Bay Path
    How William Pynchon Blazed the Bay Path
    Excerpt: Chapter 6, pp.52-58, from "Stories of the Old Bay State"
    by Elbridge S. Brooks, 1899

  • Notes 
    • William Pynchon (October 11, 1590 - October 29, 1662) was a colonial assistant treasurer and original patentee of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He led the 1635 settlement of Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, which was named after his home village, now a suburb of Chelmsford in Essex, England.

      Pynchon was a theologian; he expressed his views in The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption (1650). Officials of the colony ordered this book burned and demanded that he retract its argument, which was contrary to the colony's official Calvinism. Instead of retracting, he returned to England in 1652, where he remained for the rest of his life. Pynchon built a trading post at Enfield Falls, which would become Springfield, Massachusetts from which he exported between 4,000 to 6,000 beaver pelts a year between 1636 and 1652. The profits enabled him to retire to England as a wealthy man.


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