Wife: Lydia Standish (6)
(Summary) Born about 1631. Was made a freeman 1657; was enlisted trooper under Capt John Mason 1657-8; active in town affairs; He died 27 Jun 1677, ae 46; estate 911 pounds. He was probably a merchant as in Dec 1662, one Samuel Edsall of New Amsterdam gave him a due bill for 14 pounds, payable in "trading cloth" at 9s. per yard, and "Osenbridge at 20d. per yard, to be paid by the last of the following April, if Benfield (prob. the master of some trading vellel) come to the Manattans (Manhattan)". S.W.A.supposes this John Belden to have been the one who was licensed to be a tavern keeper, in Wethersfield, in 1673, as the only two other Johns of the same name were aged respectively only 15 and 25. He also thinks this was not the John who removed to Norwalk, CT.
"... states baptised Feb 8, 1634, Heptonstall, Yorkshire, England. Wethersfield records indicate he died in 1677 at age 46, suggesting that his birth was 4 years earlier, but on Feb 16, 1661, John of Wethersfield deposed that he was age 27. Freeman May 21, 1657, soldier in colonial wars, constable 1660, juror 1662, and tavern keeper 1673..."
Revised: November 26, 2016