John Pike (1613-1688) was a founder of Woodbridge, New Jersey, and a Judge and politician of the early colony of New Jersey.
Pike was born in Wiltshire, England. He came to America with his parents, John Pike (1572-1654) and Dorothy Day, first settling in Newbury, Massachusetts. In 1665, acting on the invitation of Governor Philip Carteret, a number of Newbury residents formed a corporation to settle in Woodbridge, named after Rev. John Woodbridge, a Newbury clergyman. Pike, one of the original nine "associates" (and thereby granted some 300 acres, much more than other freeholders), was "the prominent man of the town" in its early years. He was President of Woodbridge, and in 1671 was appointed to the Governor's Council. After 1675, he was Captain of the militia, and afterward known as Captain Pike.
In 1684, together with his son John, he was convicted of possession of stolen goods, a felony. After his death, the New Jersey assembly passed an Act clearing his name, as well as one allowing his family to sue for defamation.
Pike married Elizabeth FitzRandolph in 1685, although he already had several grown children: John, Thomas, Joseph, Hannah, Ruth - and three others who predeceased him.
Pike is an ancestor of Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779-1813) explorer and army general, after whom Pikes Peak is named. He is also the patriarch of a large clan of modern day Pikes. According to genealogists using DNA analysis, almost 25% of current Pikes in the United States are descendants from his line.
According to Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration vol. 5, pages 463-464 Dorothy Day "probably died between 20 June 1631 (date of father's will) and 28 Mar 1632 (date of mother's will). Since both John Pikes' migrations were in 1635 aboard the James, the son could not have come "... to America with his parents, John Pike (1572-1654) and Dorothy Day..." since his mother had already passed away.
Bio by: Sue McDuffe:)
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