Rev. John Prudden

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John Prudden

Also Known As: "john samuel prudden"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Death: December 11, 1725 (80)
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA
Place of Burial: Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Peter Prudden; Reverend Peter Prudden; Joanna Prudden and Joanna Prudden
Husband of Abigail Prudden; Grace Prudden and Grace Prudden
Father of Joseph Prudden; Rev. John Prudden; Sarah Nutman; Keziah Baldwin and Joanna Moore
Brother of Mary Walker; Elizabeth Burr; Samuel Prudden, Rev; Abigail Mary Hubbell (Prudden); Sarah Allen, of Milford, New Haven, CT and 7 others

Occupation: reverend
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About Rev. John Prudden

John Prudden, son of Peter Prudden and Joanne Boyce, was b. in Milford, Connecticut on Nov. 9,1645. He died Dec. 11,1725 in Newark, New Jersey.

Wife appears to be Grace Prudden.


  • This was copied before grave stones were removed:

Here lyes ye Body of ye Rev'd Mr. John Prudden, Minister of ye Gospel, who departed this life Dec. 11, 1725, aged 80 years. Nor grace nor favour fill my reins, Soe room for ye there yet remains

Burial: First Presbyterian Churchyard Memorial Garden, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA

Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century (26031)


'Peter Prudden; a story of his life and New Haven and Milford, Conn. (1901)

  • Capt. and Mrs. Willett first resided in New York, and then removed to Rehoboth and Swansea, Mass., where he died in 1674. The record of the letter which received her again into the fellowship of Milford church shows that Mrs. Willett returned shortly after Capt. Willett's death to Milford.
  • Although past sixty years of age Mrs. Joanna Prudden Willett was again sought in marriage and became the wife of the Rev. John Bishop, for fifty years pastor in Stamford, Conn.* He was a few years her junior, a widower with several grown-up children, and with him she lived until her death. Neither the date of this marriage, nor of her death, nor of the place of her burial is known. In a letter from Rev. John Bishop to Increase Mather, written in 1681, he sends his "Greetings" and those of his wife, "who was Mrs. Willet, to good Mrs. Mather."
    • The following is a copy of
      • "Last Will of Joanna, wife of Rev. Peter Prudden."
    • The last will and testament of Mrs. Joanna Bishop, sometime Prudden, late of Milford, now of Stamford in the ....
    • * Rev. John Bishop walked all the way from Boston to Stamford with his Bible under his arm accompanying two men who had been sent to invite him to become pastor of the Stamford church. This Bible is still owned by his descendants. ....
  • Pg. 63
  • The children of Peter Prudden1 and Joanna Boyse1 -- daughter of Rev. John Boyse and Joana Boyse of Halifax,* England:
    • I. Joanna2, born August, 1640, married __ Chittenden.
    • II. Mary2, born Jan., 1641, married Zacheriah Walker as his first wife. ....
    • (1) III. Elizabeth2, born Feb., 1642, baptized 4th of March, 1643. Married, name unknown.
    • (2) IV. Samuel2, born Feb., 1643, died 1685; lived in Milford.+
    • ' V. John2, born Nov., 1645 in Milford, died Dec. 11, 1725, ....
    • VI. Abigail2, baptized Dec., 1647, married Joseph Walker of Stratford, Nov. 14, 1667. Married, second, Richard Hubbell, in 1688. ....
    • VII. Sarah2, born May 12, 1650, married Gideon Allen.
    • VIII. Peter2, born May 26, 1652, died June 10, 1652.
    • IX. Mildred2, born March, 1653, married Lieut. Sylvanus Baldwin, 20th of Sept., 1671, died Jan. 6, 1712. ......
  • Pg. 71
  • 'John Prudden's descendants are numerous in New Jersey, but it has not been within the scope of this work to attempt to secure genealogical records beyond the following taken from the Bi-centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Newark, published by the New Jersey Historical Society in 1866.
  • 'Children of John2 Prudden (son of Peter1) were:
    • 1 John Prudden3 born in Milford in 1675, whose children were :
      • i. Abagail Prudden4, m. Samuel Alling,
      • ii. Joanna Prudden4.
        • Children of Abagail4 and Samuel Alling were : John5, Joseph5 and Prudden5
    • 2 Joseph Prudden3, a deacon, who died in Morris Co., Sept., 1776, aged 84. Children: Joseph4, Isaac4, Peter4, Moses4, Adoniram4, Benjamin4, Keziah4, Rachel4, and Sarah Miller4.
    • 3 Joanna Prudden3 m. Nathaniel Moore.
    • 4 Kezia Prudden3 m. Elnathan Baldwin.
    • 5 Sarah Prudden3 m. James Nutman.
  • _________________________

He was the son of Rev. Peter Prudden and Joanna Boyce. He graduated from Harvard University in 1668. He was a teacher and a pastor. He served the Presybterian Church in Jamaica, New York from 1670-1674, when he then went to serve a two year pastorship with the First Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey. He returned to the Jamaica church in 1676 for 16 more years. He was called again to be the pastor in Newark, New Jersey on 23 August 1692. He married a woman named Grace, by whom he had a son, John Prudden Jr. and mostly likely 4 other children [see next paragraph].

Some sources cite a 2nd wife, named Abigail, as the mother of his last 4 children, Sarah, Joseph, Joanna and Keziah. However, these sources also state that after John married Abigail, they lived in Newark, New Jersey. However, John's first child, Sarah, was born about 1684, making their marriage before 1684. Based on John's pastorship, they would have not lived in Newark, New Jersey until some 8 years later, putting this information in question. There are gaps in the births of John's children: 1675, 1684, 1692, 1692 and 1696. The gap between 1675 and 1684 could lead one to assume a second wife, but then there is the gap between 1684 and 1692 not accounted for. There may have been infant deaths in those gaps not recorded.

If anyone has documentation that proves one way or the other about John having a second wife, Abigail, please contact the manager of this memorial.

John's remains were removed from the old burying ground 23 years after he died to this cemetery. A phone call to the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark in July 2004, indicated that the cemetery at First Presbyterian Church no longer exists and that many of the markers were moved to Fairmount Cemetery in Newark. It is not known whether John's marker was actually moved from First Presbyterian Church Cemetery or not. In addition, the present Newark City Hall now stands where this cemetery once was. This necessitated the removal by the church of any remains in the late 1950's to a mass grave in a memorial garden in a different section of the church grounds. The cemetery had not been maintained for some years and many grave stones were broken or were not legible. The remaining intact headstones were placed in storage in the basement.

Inscription: This was copied before grave stones were removed: Here lyes ye Body of ye Rev'd Mr. John Prudden, Minister of ye Gospel, who departed this life Dec. 11, 1725, aged 80 years. Nor grace nor favour fill my reins, Soe room for ye there yet remains

Rev. John graduated from Harvard in 1668. Was a minister in Newark, NJ and was the founder of the New Jersey branch of the family.

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Rev. John Prudden's Timeline

November 9, 1645
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
November 9, 1645
1st Cong. Ch., Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
November 9, 1645
1St Cong. Ch., Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
November 9, 1645
1st Cong. Ch., Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
November 1645
Age 29
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Age 38
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Age 45
Milford, New Haven, CT
November 4, 1692
Age 46
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States