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Elder John Strong

Male Abt 1610 - 1699


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  • Name  Elder John Strong  [1
    Prefix  Elder 
    Born  Abt 1610  Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Apr 1699  Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • 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.

      http://www.strongfamilyofamerica.org/strong/hopelist.html

      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. Believed to be accurate, but not verified.

      http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/STRONG/2001-08/0998909895

      1. Dean Acheson (1893-1897) U.S. Secretary of State under Truman
      2. John Adams Jr. (1735-1826) Second U.S. President
      3. John Quincey Adams (1787-1848) Sixth U.S. President.
      4. Louisa May Alcott (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. L. 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
      1973
      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
      Michigan
      51. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) Thirty-second U.S. President
      52. Harriett Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Abolitionist & Authoress of "Uncle
      Tom's Cabin
      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:

      R1b1c

      The following website has more details, as well as the ancestral modal values for Elder John Strong and his descendants who have been tested:

      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~donegalstrongs/dnaresults.htm

      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.
    Person ID  I15545  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified  17 Aug 2014 

    Father  John Stronge,   b. Between 1585 and 1590, Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1612 
    Mother  Mother Of Elder John Strong,   b. Aft 1585,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Abt 1609  Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID  F5999  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Margerie Deane,   b. Abt 1605, South Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1634, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1634 
    • 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).
    Children 
     1. John Strong, Jr.,   b. Bef 22 Jul 1634, Chard, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1697, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Strong, Eld. John-Transcription of Will, written 14 Feb 1696, proved 23 Aug 1699
    Strong, Eld. John-Transcription of Will, written 14 Feb 1696, proved 23 Aug 1699
    Transcription of Will as published in the Strong Family Association of America Newsletter. Assumed to be an accurate transcription of the original, but has not been verified.
    Last Modified  28 Apr 2012 
    Family ID  F5997  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Abigail Ford,   b. 8 Oct 1619, Bridport, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1688, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1636  Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Strong,   b. Abt 1635-1636, Hingham, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1689
     2. Jedediah Strong,   b. 7 May 1637, Hingham, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1733
     3. Josiah Strong,   b. Abt 1639, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Return Strong,   b. Abt 1641, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1726
     5. Ebenezer (Elder) Strong,   b. Abt 1643, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1728
     6. Abigail Strong,   b. Abt 1645, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Elizabeth Strong,   b. 24 Feb 1646, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1736
     8. Experience Strong,   b. 4 Aug 1650, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Samuel Strong,   b. 5 Aug 1652, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1732
     10. Joseph Strong,   b. 5 Aug 1652, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1652
     11. Mary Strong,   b. 26 Oct 1654, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1738
     12. Sarah Strong,   b. Abt 1656, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1732
     13. Hannah Strong,   b. 30 May 1659, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1693
     14. Hester Strong,   b. 7 Jun 1661, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1725
     15. Thankful Strong,   b. 25 Jul 1663, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     16. Jerijah Strong,   b. 12 Dec 1665, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1754
    Documents
    Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (B. 1882 Hyde Park, NY D.  1945 Warm Springs, Georgia)
    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.
    Strong, Eld. John-Transcription of Will, written 14 Feb 1696, proved 23 Aug 1699
    Strong, Eld. John-Transcription of Will, written 14 Feb 1696, proved 23 Aug 1699
    Transcription of Will as published in the Strong Family Association of America Newsletter. Assumed to be an accurate transcription of the original, but has not been verified.
    Last Modified  28 Apr 2012 
    Family ID  F5998  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1610 - Chard, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1636 - Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Apr 1699 - Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [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).

    2. [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).

    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).

    4. [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).