Abt 1610 - 1699
||Elder John Strong  |
||Chard, Somerset, England [1, 2]
||14 Apr 1699
||Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts 
- Governor Caleb Strong, in 1779, wrote the following article about his ancestor, the Elder John Strong. It was noted by Marilyn Maxfield King that this was published in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," Volume 23, in 1869.
"Elder John Strong, was born and lived in England, near Taunton in Somersetshire. His father was, Richard (sic) Strong who died when John was small. His grandfather, who was Roman Catholic lived to be very old, but died before his grandson left England. Elder John came to America in the year 1630 in the ship Mary and John in company with Mr Warham, Maverick, Mason, Clap and arrived at Nantasket on the 30th. of May that year and settled in Dorchester. John married his first wife in England, she died on the passage or short time after arriving, leaving two young children, the youngest of which died in two months after it's mother. John married second to Abigail Ford, a sister of Capt. Clap's wife, at Dorchester in 1635/36. John and second wife moved from Dorchester to Windsor, Ct. and with four others was appointed superintendant of bringing settlers to that place. He lived in Windsor for several years than moved to Nothampton in the year 1659 where he died April 14, 1699 about 94 years of age. He was the first ruling Elder of the Church of Northampton. Abigail Ford Strong died 6 July 1688. A sister (Eleanor) of John's came with him from England and married a man by the name of Dean. John Strong had 16 children besides that which died young."
Although Gov. Caleb Strong believed that Elder John Strong arrived to New England in 1630 aboard the "Mary and John," Elder John may actually arrived on the "Hopewell" in 1635. He was listed as "Jon STRONGE for himself and family, and goods" in the Index to Ships & Passengers to the American Colonies, Exchequer K.R. 1618-1668 copied from Port Book E 190/876/1. The "Hopewell" sailed from Weymouth, 8 May 1635. It is also possible that, as a youth of 20 that he came with the Winthrop Fleet on the Mary & John, later returning to England to and married first wife Margerie DEANE, and permanently emigrating to the Massachussets Bay Colony aboard the Hopewell with members of the Deane family.
Link to the Passenger List of the Hopewell, from the Strong Family Association of America website.
Benjamin Dwight quotes church records from Northampton to explain how he obtained his office and title as Elder John Strong: "After solemn and extraordinary seeking to God for his direction and blessing, the church chose John Strong ruling elder, and William Holton, deacon. They were ordained 13: 3 mo: '63" (or June 13, 1663, O.S., or N.S. June 24, 1663--the year beginning then in March)." (Dwight, p 16).
- (Research):Famous Descendants of Elder John Strong
*Following are some of the notable descendants of Elder John Strong
(1610-1699), All of these people are cousins (or half-cousins) to every descendant of John Strong.
1. Dean Acheson (1893-1897) U.S. Secretary of State under Truman
2. John Adams Jr. (1735-1826) Second U.S. President
3. John Quince Adams (1787-1848) Sixth U.S. President.
4. Louisa May Alcatt (1832-1888) Novelist
5. Horatio Alger Jr. (1834-1899) Novelist
6. Ethan Allen (1738-1789) Revolutionary soldier
7. Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) Reformer & suffragette
8. Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) Author of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ
9. Henry Ward Beecher (1775-1863) Preacher and abolitionist
10. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) Twice U.S. President (22nd & 24th)
11. Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) Actor
12. Schuyler Colfax Jr. (1823-1885) U.S. Vice-President under Grant
13. Samuel Colt (1814-1862) Firearms manufacturer. Inventor of the "Colt 45"
14. Charles Gates Dawes (1872-1933) U.S. Vice-President under Coolidge
15. Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (1872-1933) The 30th. U.S. President
16. George Dewey (1873-1917) Admiral who captured Manila
17. Thomas Dewey (1902-1971) Governo of New York & Presidential candidate
18. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Poetess
19. John Foster Dulles (1888-1959) U.S. Secretary of State under Eisenhower
20. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Philosopher, Essayist, & poet
21. Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) Thirteenth U.S. President
22. George Gallop (1901- )Pollster
23. Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1897) Detective novelist
24. Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) Actress
25. Lillian Gish (1896- ) Actress
26. Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) Author of "Man Without A Country"
27. Nathan Hale (1755-1776) Revolutionary Hero
28. Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) Ninteenth U.S. President
29. Christian Herter (1895-1967) U.S. Secretary of State under Eisenhower
30. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr (1841-1967) Jurist
31. Lamar Hunt (1932- ) Oilman & billionaire
32. Donald L. Jacobus (1887-1970) Genealogist
33. Spencer Woolley Kimball (1895- ) President of Morman Church sine
34. Henry Cabot Lodge II (1902- ) Vice-President candidate
35. Clare Boothe Luce (1903- ) Playwright & Congresswoman
36. Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) Poet &Playwright
37. John Phillips Marquand II (1893-1960) Novelist
38. George McCleeland (1826-1885) Union General. Presidential Candidate.
39. Margaret Mead (1901-1978) Anthropolgist
40. Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899) Founder of the Moody Bible Institute
41. John Pierpont Morgan (1867-1943) Banker
42. Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920) U.S. Vice-President under Harrison.
43. Frederick Olmsted (1822-1920) Designer of Central Park, New York City
44. Anthony Perkins (1932- ) Actor
45. William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) (1862-1910) Short Story Writer
46. Lee Remick (1935- )Actress
47. John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) Oil tycoon & philanthropist
48. Nelson Rockefeller (1908-1978) U.S. Vice-President under Gerald Ford
49. David Rockefeller (1915- )Financier
50. George Romney (1907- ) President of American Motors & Governor of
51. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) Thirty-second U.S. President
52. Harriett Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Abolitionist & Authoress of "Uncle
53. Lowell Thomas (1892-1981) Radio-TV Commentator & Travel Author
54. Bess Wallace ( -1982) Wife of President Harry Truman
55. Gloria Vanderbuilt ( ) Socialite
56. Noah Webster, Jr (1758-1843) Writer of Webster's Dictionary
57. Orson Welles (1915- ) Actor & Producer
58. Paul Dudley White (1886-1973) Physician & Heart Specialist
59. Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) Co-inventor of the airplane
60. Orville Wright (1871-1948) Co-inventor of the airplane
- (Medical):Y DNA Results, FTDNA Haplogroup:
The following website has more details, as well as the ancestral modal values for Elder John Strong and his descendants who have been tested:
The members of R1b are believed to be the descendants of the first modern humans who entered Europe about 35,000-40,000 years ago. Those R1b forebearers were the people who painted the beautiful art in the caves in Spain and France. They were the contemporaries (and perhaps exterminators) of the European Neanderthals. R1b is the most common Y haplogroup in Europe - more than half of men of European descent belong to R1b. Fourteen of the 30 most common haplotypes in the YSTR.org database are typical of R1b.
||Strong Family Tree
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||John Stronge, b. Between 1585 and 1590, Chard, Somerset, England , d. Aft 1612 |
||Mother Of Elder John Strong, b. Aft 1585, d. Yes, date unknown |
||Chard, Somerset, England 
||Margerie Deane, b. Abt 1605, South Chard, Somerset, England , d. Aft 1634, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts |
- John and Margery were also the parents of an infant that died at only a few months of age. (Dwight's History, Vol. I, page 19).
| ||1. John Strong, Jr., b. Bef 22 Jul 1634, Chard, Somerset, England , d. 20 Feb 1697, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut |
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||Abigail Ford, b. 8 Oct 1619, Bridport, Dorset, England , d. 16 Jul 1688, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts |
||Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
| ||1. Thomas Strong, b. Abt 1635-1636, Hingham, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts , d. 3 Oct 1689|
| ||2. Jedediah Strong, b. 7 May 1637, Hingham, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts , d. 22 May 1733|
| ||3. Josiah Strong, b. Abt 1639, Massachusetts , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Return Strong, b. Abt 1641, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts , d. 9 Apr 1726|
| ||5. Ebenezer (Elder) Strong, b. Abt 1643, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts , d. 11 Feb 1728|
| ||6. Abigail Strong, b. Abt 1645, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||7. Elizabeth Strong, b. 24 Feb 1646, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. 12 May 1736|
| ||8. Experience Strong, b. 4 Aug 1650, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||9. Samuel Strong, b. 5 Aug 1652, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. 29 Oct 1732|
| ||10. Joseph Strong, b. 5 Aug 1652, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. Aft 1652|
| ||11. Mary Strong, b. 26 Oct 1654, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. 8 Dec 1738|
| ||12. Sarah Strong, b. Abt 1656, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. 10 Feb 1732|
| ||13. Hannah Strong, b. 30 May 1659, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. 31 Jan 1693|
| ||14. Hester Strong, b. 7 Jun 1661, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts , d. 4 Mar 1725|
| ||15. Thankful Strong, b. 25 Jul 1663, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||16. Jerijah Strong, b. 12 Dec 1665, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts , d. 24 Apr 1754|
||Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (B. 1882 Hyde Park, NY D. 1945 Warm Springs, Georgia)|
The 32nd President of the United States, Democratic Party, 1933-1945, he was greatly admired by Charles Strong, and a distant cousin to boot. This portrait of FDR was purchased by Charles Strong at an Estate Sale, and was proudly hung in the kitchen of his and Pat's homes in Edinburg, Texas, both on 8th and on 15th streets.
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- [S32] Dwight, Benjamin "The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass." (Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, MD 2000), p 15 (Reliability: 3).
- [S407] Strong Family Association of America, Inc "Strong Family History Update, Vol. III: Nine Children of Elder John Strong" 1992, Gateway Press BaltimoreMD, p xxii (Reliability: 3).
- [S32] Dwight, Benjamin "The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass." (Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, MD 2000), p 17 (Reliability: 3).
- [S407] Strong Family Association of America, Inc "Strong Family History Update, Vol. III: Nine Children of Elder John Strong" 1992, Gateway Press BaltimoreMD, p xviii (Reliability: 3).