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Abigail Parsons

Female 1690 - 1763  (73 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Abigail Parsons was born on 1 Jan 1690 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts (daughter of Joseph Parsons and Elizabeth Strong); died on 17 Aug 1763 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Family/Spouse: Ebenezer Clark. Ebenezer (son of Deacon John Clark and Mary Strong) was born on 16 Oct 1682 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 27 Feb 1781 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Ezra Clark was born on 4 Apr 1716 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died after 9 Feb 1788 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Joseph Parsons was born about 1647 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (son of "Cornet" Joseph Parsons and Mary Bliss); died on 21 Nov 1729 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 29 Nov 1729, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    "Elizabeth's husband was a fur trader, lawyer, first judge of Hampshire County Court, and a founder of Northampton, MA." [Freeman Family Lines, from the files of Stephen M. Lawson (via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)]

    From the Wikipedia article about Joseph Parsons, Jr.:

    "Joseph Parsons, Jr. (1647-1729) was an early settler and prominent colonial leader in Northampton, Massachusetts. [...]

    "Parsons, Jr. was involved in several business enterprises in and around Northampton, including grist mills, sawmills, and iron. He later became active in politics; in 1696, he was commissioned as one of the four judges on the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas, which at the time included all of Western Massachusetts. He served in this capacity until 1719. Parsons, Jr. also served as a representative in the Massachusetts General Court; he represented Springfield in 1706 and 1708, and Northampton from 1711-1715, 1717, 1721, and 1724. In addition, he held several other minor offices; in 1700, he was appointed as the first town moderator in Northampton history, and he also served as justice of the peace for a number of years.

    "Throughout most of Parson, Jr.'s life in Northampton, Solomon Stoddard was the pastor of the church. However, by 1725 Stoddard was 82 years old and unable to fulfill all of his pastoral duties alone. So, the town voted seven members onto a committee to find a suitable candidate to assist, and upon Stoddard's death, replace him as pastor. Joseph Parsons, Jr. was one of the members of this pastoral search committee, which ultimately chose Jonathan Edwards, whose tenure as pastor would lead to the Great Awakening."

    It's not mentioned in the Wikipedia article, but Joseph Parsons and Elizabeth Strong were also ancestors of early Caltech rocket scientist, JPL co-founder, and Aleister Crowley disciple Marvel Whiteside "Jack" Parsons (1914-1952), famous for having (1) welcomed the pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard into his life, (2) having his wife, yacht, and savings stolen by Hubbard, and (3) later dying as the result of a chemical explosion in his garage.

    Joseph married Elizabeth Strong on 17 Mar 1669 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Elizabeth (daughter of John Strong and Abigail Ford) was born on 24 Feb 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 11 May 1736 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Elizabeth Strong was born on 24 Feb 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (daughter of John Strong and Abigail Ford); died on 11 May 1736 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 12 May 1736, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    Children:
    1. Josiah Parsons was born on 2 Jan 1681 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 12 Apr 1768 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    2. 1. Abigail Parsons was born on 1 Jan 1690 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 17 Aug 1763 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  "Cornet" Joseph Parsons was born before 25 Jun 1620 in Beaminster, Dorset, England (son of William Parsons and Margaret Hoskins); died on 9 Oct 1683 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1618, England
    • Alternate birth: 1617-1618
    • Baptised: 25 Jun 1620, St. Mary's, Beaminster, Dorset, England

    Notes:

    The date of his emigration is unknown. Often claimed to have come in 1635 on the Transport of London, but the "Jo: Parson" on its passenger manifest is alphabetized under John rather than Joseph. He first appears in New England records witnessing a deed on 15 Jul 1636.

    One of the founders of both Springfield and Northampton, Massachusetts, according to Cornet Joseph Parsons, One of the Founders of Springfield and Northampton, Massachusetts, Springfield, 1636; Northampton, 1655, An Historical Sketch from Original Sources, Viz., Town, County, Court, and Private Records, by Albert Ross Parsons. Garden City, New York, 1898.

    A memorial plaque to him and his wife can be found on Bridge Street in Northampton, between Market Street and Pomeroy Terrace. It reads:

    In Memory of
    Cornet Joseph Parsons
    c. 1618-1683
    A founder of Northampton
    and his wife
    Mary (Bliss) Parsons
    c. 1628-1711/12

    From the Find a Grave entry for "Cornet" Joseph Parsons:

    Joseph Parsons received many notations in colonial town records. Young Joseph is mentioned as a witness to a deed on July 15, 1636 in Springfield, MA. The deed was between Joseph Pyncheon and local Indians. The wealthy Pyncheon may have sponsored his young friend (or relative?) in establishing himself in Springfield as well as in Northampton.

    In 1646, Joseph was appointed highway surveyor of Springfield, holding this position in 1653. In 1652, Joseph was elected a Springfield selectman but was living in Northampton, MA by 1655. In December of 1656 in Northampton, Joseph Parsons was elected to the Board of Selectmen. He served as a selectman in 1659, 1664, 1667, and 1670. Joseph served frequently as a juror.

    In 1834, an examination of Northampton records by Dr. Usher Parsons revealed that Joseph Parsons' house lot covered four acres. He bought an adjoining lot and in 1661, was licensed to keep "an ordinary," or house of entertainment in Northampton. Also in 1661, Joseph Parsons was made a member of a committee to lay out the plans of the Meeting House and residence for the Rev. Eleazer Mather, first minister of Northampton. In this same year, Joseph was on a committee to meet with counterparts of Newtown, MA to see to the establishment of a road between Newtown and Northampton; in 1670, Joseph Parsons was made a member of the committee to construct a "Cart bridge" over the Munhan River.

    Joseph Parsons was one of two persons of Northampton licensed to trade with Native Americans. It is supposed that this trade was primarily in furs. A common practice was for a trader to offer money or articles of value in exchange for the promised delivery of furs, which would then be sold at a great mark-up. If the fur delivery was defaulted, land would be exchanged for the debt. Joseph Parsons seems to have obtained much land by this means, including land upon which was established the town of Hadley, MA.

    The 1834 Usher Parsons study reported that Joseph Parsons owned 100 acres at the foot of Mount Tom, at a place called Pascommuck. Joseph Parsons "for half a century remained the richest man in the Connecticut Valley" (manuscript of Dr Holton, family genealogist, quoted in Burt's CORNET JOSEPH PARSONS, 1898, page 93).

    On Nov 26, 1646, Joseph Parsons married Mary Bliss (?-?) in Hartford, CT. They became the parents of 13 children, 5 girls and 8 boys. It seems probable their first three children (Joseph Jr, Benjamin, John) were born in Hartford, as their births were not recorded in Springfield.

    Joseph Jr. was the father of four sons, Ebenezer, Daniel, Moses and David, through whom Joseph Jr and Sr are ancestors of this contributor.

    [...]

    1664, Joseph Parsons was charged with resisting a constable in his lawful duties. Court records indicate that the constable had meant to appropriate oxen belonging to Joseph Parsons for use on a public project, as decreed by county authorities. There followed "Scuffling in the busyness whereby blood was drawn between them." The charge was not denied and Joseph sold an acre and a half to the town in payment of the fine, part of which was abated owing to Joseph's apology.

    Joseph was the plaintiff or defendant in several suits over money owed. Some of these were settled out of court; in some cases, payment was made through the court or a parcel of land would be sold to satisfy the debt.

    Joseph Parson's business records are deposited in the Springfield, MA, library.

    On the 7th of October 1678, the General Court appointed Joseph Parsons, Sr. to be "Cornet of the Troop of Hoarse," Hampshire Co. (Maj. John Pynchon, commander). With this appointment, Joseph was third in command and the color-bearer of the Hampshire Cavalry.

    Joseph Parsons died on October 9, 1683. He was probably buried in the Elm Street cemetery, in Springfield, and in 1848, reburied in a mass grave near the Pine Street entrance to the present Springfield Cemetery, when land within the cemetery was needed for the Hartford-Springfield railroad.

    "Cornet" married Mary Bliss on 26 Nov 1646 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. Mary (daughter of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins) was born about 1628 in Gloucestershire, England; died on 29 Jan 1712 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Mary BlissMary Bliss was born about 1628 in Gloucestershire, England (daughter of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins); died on 29 Jan 1712 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1625, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1626

    Notes:

    From the Find a Grave entry for "Cornet" Joseph Parsons:

    In Dorchester, in 1656, almost 40 years before the witchcraft travesty in Salem, MA, Joseph Parsons filed a lawsuit for slander, seeking damages against Sarah Bridgman, wife of James Bridgman. The suit accused Sarah Bridgeman of calling Mary Bliss Parsons a witch. Sarah Bridgman's child had died and she accused Mary Parsons of causing the child's death. Other neighbors came forward with similar accusations. The quality of the evidence produced against Mary Bliss Parsons is indicated by testimony of Mrs Bridgeman on behalf of an older son, whose knee, being fractured and it being set, the child screamed in great pain that Mary Parsons was pulling his leg off and that he saw her on the shelf; when she went away, a black mouse followed her. Trial resulted in a verdict for Mary Parsons, which prompted the suit for slander, which was won by Joseph and Mary Bliss Parsons. The defendants were order to make a public apology and to pay the plaintiffs' costs: "seaven pounds, one shilling and eight pence."

    But the matter did not end there.

    Nineteen years later, in 1675, Mary Parsons was again accused of witchcraft when Sarah Bridgman herself died. These accusations, made by the father and the husband of the deceased, prompted the prosecution of Mary Bliss Parsons. Mary was indicted by a grand jury and imprisoned in Boston for several months and then put on trial. Her ordeal included the examination of her person by "Soberdized, Chast women to make Diligent Search upon ye body of Mary Parsons, whether any marks of witch craft might appear." She was acquitted.

    Such allegations as were made against Mary Bliss Parsons, by neighbors of long standing, living within minutes of one another's homes, treating with one another virtually every day, parents of families, whose children would have know one another in every aspect of small town life--such life-threatening denunciations must surely have sundered many friendships and provoked the deepest of bitter feelings. Dorchester, after 1656, like Salem after 1691, could not have been a happy place. In this, the first American generation, the Puritan experiment had turned toxic within itself.

    Children:
    1. 2. Joseph Parsons was born about 1647 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 21 Nov 1729 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    2. Mary Parsons was born on 27 Jun 1661 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 23 Aug 1711 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 6.  John Strong was born before 1606 in Chard, Somerset, England (son of John Strong); died before 14 Apr 1699 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1609, Chard, Somerset, England
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1610, Chard, Somerset, England
    • Alternate death: 14 Apr 1699, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    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.

    John Strong (1610-1699) = Abigail Ford (1619-1688)
    Ebenezer Strong (1643-1729) = Hannah Clapp (b. 1646)
    Ebenezer Strong (1671-1729) = Mary Holton (1680-1705)
    Mary Strong (1701-~1770) = Benjamin Sheldon (1697-1773)
    Mary Sheldon (1731-1805) = Joseph Lyman, Jr. (1731-1804)
    Joseph Lyman III (1767-1847) = Anne Jean Robbins (1789-1867)
    Catherine Robbins Lyman (1825-1896) = Warren Delano, Jr. (1809-1898)
    Sara Delano (1854-1941) = James Roosevelt (1828-1900)
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

    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- )

    John Strong (1610-1699) = Abigail Ford (1619-1688)
    Jedediah Strong (1637-1733) = Freedom Woodward (1642-1681)
    Preserved Strong (1680-1765) = Tabitha Lee (~1677-1750)
    Elizabeth Strong (1704-1792) Joseph Strong (1701-1773)
    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- )

    John married Abigail Ford before 1637 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Abigail (daughter of Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Chard) was born before 8 Oct 1619 in Bridport, Dorset, England; died on 6 Jul 1688 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Abigail Ford was born before 8 Oct 1619 in Bridport, Dorset, England (daughter of Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Chard); died on 6 Jul 1688 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 8 Oct 1619, Bridport, Dorset, England

    Children:
    1. Thomas Strong was born in 1637 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died on 3 Oct 1689 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    2. Jedediah Strong was born on 7 May 1637 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 22 May 1733 in Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut.
    3. Abigail Strong was born about 1645 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts; died on 15 Apr 1704 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    4. 3. Elizabeth Strong was born on 24 Feb 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 11 May 1736 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    5. Mary Strong was born on 26 Oct 1654 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 8 Dec 1738 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    6. Hannah Strong was born on 30 May 1659 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William Parsons was born about 1575 in Beaminster, Dorset, England; died on 19 Mar 1654 in Beaminster, Dorset, England; was buried in St. Mary of the Annunciation Churchyard, Beaminster, Dorset, England.

    William married Margaret Hoskins on 15 Nov 1602 in Beaminster, Dorset, England. Margaret (daughter of Robert Hoskins and Margaret) was born in 1580 in Beaminster, Dorset, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Margaret Hoskins was born in 1580 in Beaminster, Dorset, England (daughter of Robert Hoskins and Margaret).

    Notes:

    "The last payment made to [William Parsons] was on 19 February 1653/4, after which payments were made to the widow Parsons from 19 March 1653/4 through 15 April 1655. On the last date the widow Parsons was marked 'in siknes,' so she probably died soon after. Whether this widow was Margaret Parsons cannot be determined." ["Were Joseph and Benjamin Parsons and David Wilton of Beaminster, Dorset, England, the New England colonists?" by Gerald James Parsons. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1989, v. 143, pp. 101-119.]

    Children:
    1. 4. "Cornet" Joseph Parsons was born before 25 Jun 1620 in Beaminster, Dorset, England; died on 9 Oct 1683 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  Thomas Bliss was born about 1590; died before 14 Feb 1651 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1649

    Notes:

    First appears in Hartford around 1639. Not to be confused with the Thomas Bliss of Braintree and Rehoboth. His name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford.

    From Michel L. Call and Gary Boyd Roberts, "Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library Acquired by NEHGS," 1985:

    "According to [Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library] projections, the largest family in America today is the posterity of Robert White (b. ca. 1560) & Bridget Allgar, with a Mormon posterity of 430,000 and an American posterity of 29 million. The next five families are Edward Griswold and Margaret, Joseph Loomis and Mary White (daughter of Robert and Bridget above), Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread, Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Charde, and Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins, each with a Mormon posterity of 270,000 and an American posterity of 18 million."

    Thomas married Margaret Hulins on 18 Oct 1621 in St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. Margaret (daughter of John Hulins and Margaret) was born about 1600 in of Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England; died on 28 Aug 1684 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Margaret Hulins was born about 1600 in of Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England (daughter of John Hulins and Margaret); died on 28 Aug 1684 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1595, of Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

    Children:
    1. Samuel Bliss was born in 1624 in England; died on 23 Mar 1720 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    2. 5. Mary Bliss was born about 1628 in Gloucestershire, England; died on 29 Jan 1712 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    3. Sarah Bliss was born about 1638; died on 27 Sep 1705 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  5. 12.  John Strong was born about 1585 in of Chard, Somerset, England (son of George Strong); died in 1612; was buried on 14 Jul 1612 in Chard, Somerset, England.
    Children:
    1. 6. John Strong was born before 1606 in Chard, Somerset, England; died before 14 Apr 1699 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

  6. 14.  Thomas Ford was born before 1591 in Dorchester, Dorset, England; died on 28 Nov 1676 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1589, Dorset, England
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1590, England
    • Alternate death: 9 Nov 1676, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Emigrated 1630 on the Mary and John. First at Dorchester, then Windsor 1637, Northampton 1672. Deputy to Connecticut General Court twice in 1638, and in 1639, 1640, 1641 (marked absent), 1644, 1654.

    "According to [Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library] projections, the largest family in America today is the posterity of Robert White (b. ca. 1560) & Bridget Allgar, with a Mormon posterity of 430,000 and an American posterity of 29 million. The next five families are Edward Griswold and Margaret, Joseph Loomis and Mary White (daughter of Robert and Bridget above), Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread, Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Charde, and Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins, each with a Mormon posterity of 270,000 and an American posterity of 18 million." [Michel L. Call and Gary Boyd Roberts, "Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library Acquired by NEHGS," 1985.]

    "It is possible [Thomas Ford] was the son of John FORD III and Joan BECK (m. Feb. 3, 1583, Piddlehinton, Dorset, England), and nephew of Thomas FORD, merchant of Dorchester who died Jan. 20, 1610/11. The latter's will, proved May 8, 1611 names, among others, his brother John, and "Thomas, son of my brother, John FORDE." [Freeman Family Lines, from the files of Stephen M. Lawson (via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)]

    *****

    Thomas Ford (1591-1676) = Elizabeth Chard (1587-1643)
    Abigail Ford (1619-1688) = John Strong (1610-1699)
    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- )

    Thomas married Elizabeth Chard on 19 Jun 1616 in Bridport, Dorset, England. Elizabeth was born in in Dorset, England; died on 18 Apr 1643 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  7. 15.  Elizabeth Chard was born in in Dorset, England; died on 18 Apr 1643 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. Joanna Ford was born before 8 Jun 1617; died on 29 Jun 1695 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried in King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
    2. 7. Abigail Ford was born before 8 Oct 1619 in Bridport, Dorset, England; died on 6 Jul 1688 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    3. Hepzibah Ford was born before 15 May 1625; died on 11 Apr 1683 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.