Strong, Elder John

Strong, Elder John

Male 1605 - 1699  (94 years)

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  • Name Strong, John  [1
    Prefix Elder 
    Born 1605  Taunton or Chard, Somerset, South West England, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Apr 1699  Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I26120  Sackett
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2018 

    Father Strong, Richard,   b. 1561, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1613, Taunton, Somerset, South West England, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Children 2 children 
    Family ID F19347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Deane, Margery,   d. 1630 
    Married Abt 1631-1632  Chard, Somerset, South West England, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Strong, John,   b. 1626, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1698, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Strong, Infant,   b. 1630,   d. 1630, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F9354  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ford, Abigaile,   b. 18 Oct 1619, Dorset, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1688, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 30 Dec 1635  Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Strong, Jedediah,   b. 7 May 1637, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1733, Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     2. Strong, Thomas,   b. May 1638, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1689, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     3. Strong, Josiah,   b. 1639, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Strong, Return,   b. 1641, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1726, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +5. Strong, Ebenezer,   b. 1643, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1729  (Age 86 years)
     6. Strong, Abigail,   b. Abt 1645,   d. 15 Apr 1704  (Age ~ 59 years)
    +7. Strong, Elizabeth,   b. 24 Feb 1647, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1736, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Strong, Experience,   b. 4 Aug 1650, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1715, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     9. Strong, Joseph,   b. 5 Aug 1652, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. WFT Est 1653-1742, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     10. Strong, Samuel,   b. 5 Aug 1652, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1732  (Age 80 years)
     11. Strong, Mary,   b. 26 Oct 1654, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1738  (Age 84 years)
     12. Strong, Sarah,   b. 1656, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1733, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     13. Strong, Hannah,   b. 30 May 1659, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1694  (Age 34 years)
     14. Strong, Hester,   b. 1 Jun 1661, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1726, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     15. Strong, Thankful,   b. 25 Jul 1663, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. WFT Est 1691-1757  (Age 93 years)
     16. Strong, Jerijah,   b. 12 Dec 1665, Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1744  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F9351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1605 - Taunton or Chard, Somerset, South West England, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, John - 1626 - England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1631-1632 - Chard, Somerset, South West England, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Dec 1635 - Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Jedediah - 7 May 1637 - Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Thomas - May 1638 - Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Josiah - 1639 - Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Return - 1641 - Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Ebenezer - 1643 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Elizabeth - 24 Feb 1647 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Experience - 4 Aug 1650 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Joseph - 5 Aug 1652 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Samuel - 5 Aug 1652 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Mary - 26 Oct 1654 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Sarah - 1656 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Hannah - 30 May 1659 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Hester - 1 Jun 1661 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Thankful - 25 Jul 1663 - Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Strong, Jerijah - 12 Dec 1665 - Windsor Township, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Apr 1699 - Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • ELDER JOHN STRONGE - Tanner -B. abt. 1610, Chard, Somerset Eng., d. 14 April 1699, Northampton, Ma. M. 1) bef. 1634, Margery Deane, dau. of William Deane, d. abt. 1635. 2) abt. 1635, Abigail Ford, dau. of Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Chard Cooke, bpt. 8 Oct. 1619, Bridport, Dorset, Eng., d. 16 July 1688, Northampton, Ma.. They are bur. Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Ma.

      There is no hard evidence to prove that the information about John Strong coming to New England in 1630 on the "Mary and John" is absolutely accurate. However; the Strong family tradition is the source this, and it can be assumed that it is reasonably close to the facts.

      It is claimed that John Strong came to New England as a young man on the ship "Mary and John" in 1630. After a short stay in New England he returned to England where married Margery Deane, probably in 1631 or 1632. They apparently were living in England in 1634 when his wife was mentioned in her father's will. In 1635 John and his family returned to Mass where his wife died shortly after their arrival. After the death of his wife, he went to Dorchester, Mass. to renew his acquaintance with the Ford family. This led to his marriage to Abigail Ford who was about 16 at the time.

      After a short time in Dorchester, he moved to Hingham, Mass. By 1638 he was in Taunton, Mass. and in 1645 he was in Windsor Conn. Finally in 1659 at the age of 54 he settled in Northampton, Mass.

      HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS:

      Land granted, 18 September, 1635, for five acres of land on North Street near Ship Street, Hingham, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.
      Freeman on 9 March 1636/37

      TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS:

      House lot on Dean Street west of John Dean house.
      Freeman of Plymouth Colony 4 December 1638
      First Constable, 1638 and 1639, juror 1645.

      WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT:

      4 February 1647 - "Thomas Thorton al his land formerly recorded in figures is sold to Thomas Ford and John Strong
      where the particulars fully apperar...."
      This included a house, out house, yards, orchards and gardens containing about two acres, more or less, bounded north and west by the land of Walter Fyler, south by the rivulet, on the east by the highways, and adjoining at the foot of the hill, in the great meadow, one acre and three quarters more or less bounded north by the land of John Mason and east by the land of William Hill ---[Windsor Register of Deeds]
      Freeman 15 May 1654 of Connecticut.

      NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS:

      John Strong was ordained an Elder of the church in 1663.
      Lands -
      14 October 1660 - John Strong bought from John Webb, a parcel of land lying in the Third square and bounded by land of Richard Lyman on the north and the highway on the south and on the sides bordering the land of David Wilton on the east by Samuel Allyn on the west - Seven acres .

      John Strong bought another parcel from John Webb, a home lot bounded on the highway east and north and the mill trench on the west containing two acres. Part of this was given to his son Samuel.

      John Strong bought another parcel from John Webb, which lies on the south side of Mill River and bounded by the highway east and west, the sides bordering the highway south and Mill River north containing - two acres.

      15 October 1660 - Northampton granted to him several parcels of land including a tan yard which was bounded on the east and west by the highway, north by Ralph Hutchinson's land and the common land, and the meeting house hill on the south. John gave this to his son Ebenezer, on 15 December 1688.

      The original tan yard contained one quarter acre. It was on King Street Brook a little north of Hampshire Marble Works. The town by vote directed all hides be taken to him to be tanned at his own price because of his reputation for honesty.

      15 October 1660 - Northampton granted to him his home lot which was bounded on the highway north and Mill River on the south and bounded on the sides by the land of Capt. Aaron Cooke on the east and Alexander Edwards on the west. John Strong conveyed these parcels to John Webb 18 October 1660.

      The home lot granted to him by Northampton on West Street was nearly opposite the Parson's Homestead. He sold it to John Webb, and purchased John Webb's home lot at the corner of Main and South Streets. The property remained in the family for 103 years.

      Northampton granted John Strong another parcel of land in Manham Meadow which butts up on the Great River on the east and Mill River on the west containing four Six acres plus. John gave half of this lot to Ebenezer, 15 December 1688.
      ---[Land records from "Strong Men and Strong Women" by Jeanne Waters Strong]
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      The following is taken from Volume 8 of "The search for the passengers of the Mary and John"

      During John Strong's 40 years in Northampton, he was honored and trusted above most men in secular and religious matters. He was deeply religious. So great was the confidence in his honesty and integrity the town voted that all hides should be taken to him to be tanned, at his own price. He was a tanner by trade, and he built the first tannery there.He was also a husbandman (farmer), and he owned 200 acres around Northampton. In 1663 he was elected ruling elder and was ordained.

      The purity of his private life, the consistency of his Christian character, his experience in worldly affairs, and his general intelligence, pointed to him as a proper person to fill the position of ruling elder, which position was second only to that of pastor. He was one of the 6 Dorchester men who were heartily welcomed to Northampton for their character and skills. He was one of the seven pinllars of the church there. By his second wife John had 15 children and when he died at the age of 94, he had 160 descendents.
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      For the latest research on the Strong family visit the website of the Strong Family Association (SFA).

  • Sources 
    1. [S2058] The history of the descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass, Bejamin Woodbridge Dwight, (J. Munsell), 15-18 (Reliability: 2), 30 Nov 2018.
      p. 15: "The Strong family of England was originally located in the county of Shropshire. One of the family married an heiress of Griffith, of the county of Caernarvon, Wales, and went thither to reside in 1545. Richard Strong was of this branch of the family, and was born in the county of Caernarvon in 1561. In 1590 he removed to Taunton, Somersetshire, England, where he died in 1613, leaving a son John then eight years of age, and a daughter, Eleanor. The name is stated in one record, on what authority the writer knows not, to have been originally McStrachan and to have gone through the following changes: McStrachan, Strachan, Strachn, Strong. John Strong was born in Taunton, Eng., in 1605, whence he removed to London and afterwards to Plymouth. Having strong Puritan sympathies he sailed from Plymouth to the new world, March 20, 1630, in company with 140 persons, and among them Rev. Messrs. John Warnham and John Maverick and Messrs. John Mason and Roger Clapp, in the ship Mary and John (Capt. Squeb) and arrived at Nantucket, Mass. (Hull), about twelve miles southeast from Boston, after a passage of more than seventy days in length, on Sunday, May 30, 1630. The original destination of the vessel was Charles river; but an unfortunate misunderstanding which arose between the captain and the passengers, resulted in their being put summarily ashore by him at Nantasket. After searching for a few days, for a good place in which to settle and make homes for themselves, they decided upon the spot, which they called Dorchester, in memory of the endeared home in England which many of them had left, and especially of its revered pastor, Rev. John White, 'the great patron of the emigration,' who had especially encouraged them to come hither.

      "The grandfather of Elder John Strong was, as tradition informs us, a Roman Catholic, and lived to a great age . . . ."

      p. 16: "Eleanor Strong came with her brother John to this country, when he was but twenty-five years of age, and she was probably several years younger, and married Walter Deane, a tanner, of Taunton, Mass., previously of Taunton, Eng., and became the mother of four sons and one daughter. He was born about 1617, and was a prominent man in the affairs of his new home. Her descendants have been numerous and highly respectable. For various accounts of some of them see N. E. Gen. Register, published at Boston in several volumes, in various places.

      "In 1635, after having assisted in founding and developing the town of Dorchester, John Strong removed to Hingham, Mass., and on March 9, 1636,took the freeman's oath at Boston. His stay at Hingham was short, as on Dec. 4, 1638, he is found to have been an inhabitant and proprietor of Taunton, Mass., and to have been made in that year a freeman of Plymouth Colony. He remained at Taunton, as late at any rate as 1645, as he was a deputy thence to the General court in Plymouth, in 1641, '3, and '4. From Taunton he removed to Windsor, Ct., where he was appointed with four others, Capt. John Mason, Roger Ludlow, Israel Stoughtton, and Henry Wolcott, all very leading men in the infant colony, 'to superintend and bring forward the settlement of that place,' which had been settled a few years before (1636) by a portion of the same colony that with him had founded Dorchester. Windsor was in fact called at first, for several years (1636-1650), Dorchester.

      "In 1639 he removed from Windsor to Northampton, Mass., of which he was one of the first and most active founders, as he had been previously of Dorchester, Hingham, Taunton, and Windsor. In Northampton he lived for forty years, and was a leading man in the affairs of teh twon and of the church. He was a tanner and very prosperous in his business. His tannery was located on what is now the southwest corner of Market and Main streets near the rail road depot. He owned at different times, as appears by records in the county clerk's office, some two hundred acres of land in and around Northampton.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    2. [S136] Broderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #4458.


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