Life as a Farmer and Early American
Jedediah was a farmer in Northampton until 1709 when, at the age of 70, he moved with his third wife to Coventry, Connecticut, where he spent the remainder of his life.
Jedediah took the Oath of Allegiance on February 8, 1679.
Marriage to Freedom Woodward
Children with first wife, Freedom, are reported to be as follows:
- 1. Elizabeth STRONG,b. 9 Jun 1664, m. Ebenezer Wright
- 2. Abigail STRONG, b. 9 Jul 1666, m. Thomas King.
- 3. Jedediah STRONG, b. 7 Aug 1667, d. 12 Oct 1709, age 42.
- 4. Ford STRONG, b. 2 Sep 1668, d. 1 Nov 1668 as an infant.
- 5. Child Unnamed STRONG, b. 11 Oct 1669, d. 1669 in infancy.
- 6. Hannah STRONG, b. 3 Feb 1670/71, d. 20 Mar 1762, aged 91. She married Benjamin Carter
- 7. Thankful STRONG, b. 15 Apr 1672, married Dea. Thomas Root Jr., d. 16 Apr 1742, aged 70.
- 8. John STRONG, b. 15 Nov 1673, died that same month.
- 9. Lydia STRONG, b. 9 Nov 1675, m. David Lee, d. 16 Jul 1718, Coventry, CT
- 10. Mary STRONG, b. May 1677, died soon after birth.
- 11. Experience STRONG, b. 19 Aug 1678, d. 16 Sep 1678 as an infant.
- 12. Preserved STRONG, b. 29 Mar 1680, married Tabitha Lee.
- 13. John STRONG, b. 10 May 1681, d. 21 Apr 1699, aged 18.
There is also a Sarah Strong listed in WikiTree as the daughter of Jedidiah and Freedom, birthdate 1674. (I have not found references to Sarah in sources as of now, but the date given is feasible. Oesting-1 19:15, 15 May 2014 (EDT))
Freedom Woodward Strong died May 17, 1681, seven days after the birth of John; she had been married to Jedediah for 19 years. An unconfirmed web source speaks of her dying in an accident, but given the timeframe, childbirth complications would have been a likelier cause. Freedom left Jedediah a widower with many children from teens down to a one-week-old infant.
Marriage to Abigail Stebbins
Half a year following the death of his first wife, on December 19, 1681, Jedediah married Abigail Stebbins, who was born September 6 1660. She was the daughter of John and Abigail (Bartlett) Stebbins. They had one child.
The "Strong Family Website" lists Abigail as the widow of one Robert Bartlett, but considering that her mother's maiden name was Bartlett and the book source lists Mary Hart Lee as a widow but not Abigail Stebbins, this is unlikely.
Child with second wife, Abigail:
Marriage to Mary (Hart) Lee
Jedediah was married to Mary for nine years, and living in Coventry, CT, when Mary died in a tragic accident.
Mary died October 10, 1710 from an injury received the previous day, when she had fallen from a horse on which she was riding on a pillion behind her husband. The accident happened at the ford at South Hadley, just after they had started out for Coventry to visit their children. The record reads thus at Northampton: "Oct. 9, 1710, Jedediah Strong, and wife set out early in the morning to visit their children, at Coventry; but when they came against the falls (at S. Hadley) among the broad smooth stones, the horse's feet slipped up and he fell flat on the off side and by the fall killed the woman; though she was not quite dead then, but had life in her until the next day - yet never spoke a word."Jedediah never married again.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Dwight: Page 769-770
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Strong Family of America website, record for Jedediah Strong.
- ↑ Steadman, Thomas: Descendants of Richard, Nathaniel, Robert and Henry Woodward of New England, Page 575
- ↑ Source: Savage, James: A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register.
- ↑ "Elder John Strong and His Descendants"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 "Elder John Strong and His Descendants." The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register. Vol 23, pp 294-296. Boston: NEHGS, 1869. Online at www.americanancestors.org
- ↑ Strong Family on free website.
- ↑ Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010). Northampton - V1, Page(s): 7
- ↑ Transcriber's note: the off (right) side of the horse would be the side that a woman riding pillion would have her back to. If the horse fell to the right and the pillion rider's legs were both on the left side, there would have been no chance of catching the fall with her arms and she would have landed directly on her head.
- ↑ Source: Dimock, Susan W: Births, Marriages, Baptisms and Deaths in Coventry, Connecticut, pg 182
- Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Volume 1 (Google eBook). Lewis historical publishing Company, 1908. Good Source? Bad Source?
- Dwight, Benjamin: The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong of Northampton, Mass., Albany, N. Y.: Joel Munsell 1871. Online as follows: The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Massachusetts, Volume 2
- Savage, James: A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register. By James Savage. Savage, James, 1784-1873., Farmer, John, 1789-1838. Boston: Little, Brown and company, 1860-62. Genealogical Publ Co, Inc., Baltimore. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library, 2005. Online at University of Michigan Digital Library Text Collections. Note: actual page being referenced is unclear. Source is cited for marriage date.
- Steadman, Thomas and Woodward, Norma S: Descendants of Richard, Nathaniel, Robert and Henry Woodward of New England, 1589-1996. Authorized by Norma Slater Woodward, edited and compiled by Thomas R. Steadman. Published by Thomas R. Steadman, 12401 N. 22nd St #H-304, Tampa, FL 33612-4630. Online as follows: Descendants of Richard, Nathaniel, Robert and Henry Woodward of New England
- Dimock, Susan W: Births, Marriages, Baptisms and Deaths in Coventry, Connecticut; copied from the records by Susan Whitney Dimock. The Baker and Taylor Company; Location: New York, New York; Date: 1897. Online as follows: Births, Marriages, Baptisms and Deaths in Coventry, Connecticut. Note: actual page being referenced is unclear.
- Capenter, Amos. A Genealogical History of the Rehoboth Branch of the Carpenter Family in America. Press of Carpenter and Morehouse, Amherst, MA, 1898. Online as follows: A Genealogical History of the Rehoboth Branch of the Carpenter Family in America
- Strong Family of America website, record for Jedediah Strong. www.strongfamilyofamerica.org
- “Vital Records of Northampton, Massachusetts.” Corbin Collection Volume 1: Records of Hampshire County, Massachusetts. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
- Source: Ancestry Family Trees
- "Strong Family", http://www.asmullen.freeservers.com/GreeneGenie/strong.htm Unconfirmed web site.
- Title: Massachusetts Marriages 1695-1910 Name: Family History Library
Notes on Sources
- The sources cited in this profile are from several merges/imports. Some may derive directly from other sources also cited; others may not be specific. However, none have been disproved, and sources have been confirmed where possible. Additional source confirmation/specificity where needed is welcome. Oesting-1 11:41, 16 May 2014 (EDT)
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On August 22, 2014 at 16:33GMT Anne B wrote:
On August 22, 2014 at 16:06GMT Anne B wrote:
Ideally, every fact should have a supporting footnote
I agree with Rhian about removing the Ancestry tree references. I would at least double check to make sure they are accurate.
On May 20, 2014 at 10:47GMT R. G. wrote:
You might like to consider removing the Ancestry family tree sources if the facts are proved by other sources, often a family tree online has no sources so cannot be used as a source, more a finding guide.
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Merge requests pending on all remaining wives. The goal is 3 wives. It may take two weeks of waiting for merges to be completed. Michelle has been working on merge requests for the children. A big thanks to Michelle!!
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