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Jedediah Strong (1637 - 1733)

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Jedediah Strong
Born in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Husband of — married in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Coventry, Tolland, Connecticutmap
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Categories: Puritans, in America.




Jedediah Strong was born May 7, 1637 to Elder John Strong and Abigail (Ford) Strong of Northampton, Massachusetts. He was baptized April 14, 1639.[1][2]

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.

In addition to working as a farmer, between 1677 and 1679 he was paid 18 shillings a year to blow the trumpet every Sunday that summoned people to church.[1] and he was made constable in 1683.[1]

Jedediah took the Oath of Allegiance on February 8, 1679.[3]

Marriage to Freedom Woodward

Jedediah Strong married Freedom Woodward November 18, 1662.[1][4][5] They had thirteen children, many of whom died as infants or young adults.

Children with first wife, Freedom, are reported to be as follows:[1]

1. Elizabeth STRONG,b. 9 Jun 1664, m. Ebenezer Wright[6]
2. Abigail STRONG, b. 9 Jul 1666, m. Thomas King.[6]
3. Jedediah STRONG, b. 7 Aug 1667,[6] 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[6]
7. Thankful STRONG, b. 15 Apr 1672, married Dea. Thomas Root Jr.[6], 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.[6]
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,[1][2] seven days after the birth of John; she had been married to Jedediah for 19 years. An unconfirmed web source[7] 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.[1] They had one child.

The "Strong Family Website" lists Abigail as the widow of one Robert Bartlett,[2] 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:

14 John Strong.[6]
15. Mary born 1683. She married Ebenezer Pixley[1][2] on April 18, 1711.[6]

Abigail died July 15, 1689,[1][2] having had only seven years with Jedediah. She left her five-year-old daughter Mary behind and Jedediah was a widower again.

Marriage to Mary (Hart) Lee

After the death of his second wife, he married the widow Mary (Hart) Lee January 5, 1691/2.[1][2][8]. They had no children together.

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[9] 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."[1]
Jedediah never married again.


Jedediah Strong died 22 May 1733, aged 96. He lived at that time in Coventry, CT and had lived there for 24 years at the time of his death.[1][10]


  1. 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Strong Family of America website, record for Jedediah Strong.
  3. Steadman, Thomas: Descendants of Richard, Nathaniel, Robert and Henry Woodward of New England, Page 575
  4. 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.
  5. "Elder John Strong and His Descendants"
  6. 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
  7. Strong Family on free website.
  8. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010). Northampton - V1, Page(s): 7
  9. 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.
  10. Source: Dimock, Susan W: Births, Marriages, Baptisms and Deaths in Coventry, Connecticut, pg 182

Images Attached

  • 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?


  • 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.

Online Sources

  • “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. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
  • Source: Ancestry Family Trees

Other Sources

  • 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 22 Aug 2014 at 16:33 GMT Anne B wrote:

I realize you didn't upload the photos of pages, but they should be properly cited also. I've done the first one for you. (At the photo and in the bio) I'm also inclined to remove the photo of the cover, because I think, it looks like modern cover art, and as such might have a copyright.

On 22 Aug 2014 at 16:06 GMT Anne B wrote:

Hi Bethany, I have no idea if your waiting to hear from us at profile improvement. So I've taken a look. I moved the <references section (it doesn't need a heading Footnotes) to just below the Sources headline, per current style guidelines. You also had a footnote referring to the New England Hist & Gen Register, which without a volume and page # is useless. So I took a look at American Ancestors to see if I could find what it refered to. Theres an article on Jedediah's father, listing his children and Jedediah's children. I've taken the article and used it as a footnote #6 to support your information.

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 20 May 2014 at 10:47 GMT R. (Geleick) G. wrote:

See the Sources guidlines for the formatting of the Sources section, particularly the footnotes. Otherwise it is looking good.

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.

On 23 Sep 2013 at 14:43 GMT Michelle (Gerard) Hartley wrote:

Hi Becky,

could you add me to the trusted list? Regards, Michelle

On 23 Sep 2013 at 14:42 GMT Michelle (Gerard) Hartley wrote:

So, his birthdate is incorrect? It's not 1637? or are we talking about another Jebidah? Such as his father who is listed birthdate is 1605. THanks!

On 23 Sep 2013 at 14:39 GMT Michelle (Gerard) Hartley wrote:

Just sent you an e-mail. Just disregard! didn't read you post below before I sent it.

On 11 Sep 2013 at 16:01 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

CLEAN UP Progress 9/12/13 2:30 P.M.

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!!

On 11 Sep 2013 at 15:46 GMT Michelle (Gerard) Hartley wrote:

Can anyone help clean this profile up? There are 13+ spouses.

Jedediah is 13 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 18 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 13 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 12 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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