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Pynchon, John

Pynchon, John pĭn´chən [key], c.1626–1703, American colonist and merchant, b. England son of William Pynchon. He emigrated to Massachusetts Bay colony with his father in 1630. When his father returned to England in 1652, young Pynchon acquired a profitable business and an influential position in Springfield. He established trading posts at Westfield, Northampton, Hadley, Hatfield, and Deerfield and held a number of public offices.

See J. C. Pynchon, Record of the Pynchon Family in England and America (1885 rev. by W. F. Adams, 1898).

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