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John Strong

Male Bef 1606 - Bef 1699  (< 93 years)


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  • Name John Strong 
    Born Bef 1606  Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1609  Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alternate birth Abt 1610  Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died Bef 14 Apr 1699  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Alternate death 14 Apr 1699  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4043  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2016 

    Father John Strong,   b. Abt 1585, of Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1612  (Age ~ 27 years) 
    Family ID F5610  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail Ford,   b. Bef 8 Oct 1619, Bridport, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1688, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 68 years) 
    Married Bef 1637  Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Strong,   b. 24 Feb 1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1736, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Mary Strong,   b. 26 Oct 1654, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1738, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2017 10:44:36 
    Family ID F1378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1635 on the Hopewell. First at Hingham, then Taunton 1638, Windsor 1647, Northampton 1661.

      From the Wikipedia article about John Strong:

      John Strong (1610-1699) was an English-born New England colonist, politician, Puritan church leader, tanner and one of the founders of Windsor, Connecticut and Northampton, Massachusetts as well as the progenitor of nearly all the Strong families in what is now the United States. Often referred to as Elder John Strong to help tell him apart from his son, John Strong Jr., also present in New England in this same period.

      John Strong was born in England in about 1610 in Chard, Somerset, England and emigrated to Massachusetts with his pregnant wife and a one year old child in 1635 aboard the sailing ship Hopewell. During the 70-day sea voyage, his wife, Marjory Deane (md. 1632) had a baby while they were still at sea. She and their infant child died within two months of their arrival. With a one year old son to take care of, John Strong Jr., in December of 1635 John Sr. married sixteen year old Mary & John (1630) passenger Abigail Ford, daughter of Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Charde. They settled originally in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1635. In 1638 he was made a "Freeman" (eligible to vote in town and colony elections and serve in the church), and went to Taunton, Massachusetts. While in Taunton, Strong represented the town in the General Court of Plymouth Colony for four years, from 1641 to 1644.

      He later moved to Windsor, Connecticut, on the Connecticut River where he was a leading figure in the new Connecticut colony. In 1659 he moved 40 miles further up the river to the Connecticut River town of Northampton, Massachusetts--then a frontier town surrounded by Indians about 100 miles (160 km) inland from Boston. One of the early settlers of the town, he operated a tannery for many years, helped defend the town against Indian attacks during King Philip's War (1675-1676) and also played an important role in town and church affairs.

      In 1661, John Strong was one of the eight men who founded the First Church of Northampton. Of their number, Eleazer Mather, the older brother of Boston minister Increase Mather, was chosen as the first pastor. Two years later, 1663, Strong was ordained an elder of the church. The Puritan pastor Mather died in 1669, and Strong was tasked with finding a suitable minister to replace him. The following year, he and several other church leaders extended a call to Solomon Stoddard, who formally accepted in 1672, and was ordained by John Strong. Stoddard served as pastor for many years, until his death in 1729, and was succeeded by his grandson, Jonathan Edwards, whose subsequent ministry in Northampton would play a major role in the Great Awakening.

      John Strong died on April 14, 1699, at Northampton and is buried at the Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts.

      From famouskin.com:

      John Strong (1610-1699) = Abigail Ford (1619-1688)
      Thomas Strong (1637-1689) = Rachel Holton (1650-?)
      Joseph Strong (1672-1763) = Sarah Allen (1672-1724)
      Joseph Strong (1701-1773) = Elizabeth Strong (1704-1792)
      Benejah Strong (1740-1809) = Lucy Bishop (1747-1783)
      Joseph Strong (1770-1812) = Rebecca Young (1779-1862)
      Eleanor Strong (1805-1863) = John Wood (1785-1848)
      Ellen Wood (1831-1877) = Franklin H. Work (1819-1911)
      Frances Eleanor Work (1857-1947) = James Boothby Burke Roche (1851-1920)
      Edmund Maurice Burke Roche (1885-1955) = Ruth Sylvia Gill (1908-1993)
      Frances Ruth Burke Roche (1936-2004) = Edward John Spencer (1924-1992)
      Diana Frances Spencer (1961-1997) = Charles, Prince of Wales (1948- )
      William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge (1982- )

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-6, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    2. [S390] Freeman Family Lines, from the files of Stephen M. Lawson (via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine).

    3. [S978] American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales by Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984.

    4. [S684] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Thomas Ford of Dorchester, England and Dorchester, Mass." The American Genealogist 16:41, July 1939., says "about 1635".