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Elder John Strong was born between 1605 and 1609 at Chard or Taunton, Somerset(shire), England. He passed away April 14, 1699 at Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, now USA. Some have suggested that his mother was Eleanor Deane. So far no historical evidence has been cited for this alleged relationship.
He married twice. The first marriage was in England, about 1625 to Margery Deane. She was mentioned in her father's will by married name.  She died shortly after arrival in Massachusetts on the Hopewell. One son from this marriage, John Strong, survived.  Anderson believes that the story of her newborn also dying at the end of the voyage may not be factual. 
John Strong married as his second wife Abigail Ford in 1635 at Hingham, Massachusetts. According to Stiles, sixteen children were born to this marriage. . The Great Migration lists only 15 children, omitting Josiah Strong.
The Strong family moved from Dorchester to Hingham to Taunton, Massachusetts, then to Windsor, Connecticut, and finally to Northampton, Massachusetts by about 1659.
John Strong was a tanner by occupation. He held the office of constable at Taunton and Windsor. He was elected ruling Elder of the church at Northampton. John Strong can be credited as being a founder of the following towns: Dorchester, 1630; Hingham, 1636; Taunton, 1638; Windsor, 1646; Northampton, 1659.
From Dwight's History of the Strong Family:
John Strong was born in Taunton, England, in 1605, whence he removed to London and afterwards to Plymouth. Having strong Puritan sympathies he sailed from Plymouth for the new world, March 20, 1630, in company with 140 persons, and among them Rev. Messrs. John Warham and John Maverick and Messrs. John Mason and Roger Clapp, in the ship Mary and John (Capt. Squeb) and arrived at Nantasket, Mass. (Hull), about twelve miles southeast from Boston, after a passage of more than seventy days in length, on Sunday, May 30, 1630.
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, 1643, and 1644. From Taunton he removed to Windsor, CT, where he was appointed with four others, Capt. John Mason, Roger Ludlow, Israel Stoughton, 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, and for several years (1636-1650), Dorchester.
In 1659 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 the town 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." 
According to The Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography:
Elder John Strong the immigrant ancestor of all the known families of this surname in New England and virtually all in this country was born in England at Taunton in 1605 son of Richard Strong The family was originally located in the county of Shropshire England but one of the family married an heiress of Griffith county Caernarvon Wales and went thither to reside in 1545 Of this Welsh branch was Richard Strong who was born in the county Caernarvon in 1561 and in 1590 removed to Taunton Somersetshire England where he died in 1613 leaving besides his son John a daughter Eleanor John Strong lived at London and Plymouth and finally having strong Puritan sympathies and convictions he and his sister came to New England sailing March 20 1630 in the ship Mary and John and landing at Nantasket Hull They settled in Dorchester The sister married Walter Deane a tanner of Taunton Massachusetts previously of Taunton England.
In 1635 John Strong removed to Hingham He was admitted a freeman March 9 1636 He removed to Taunton before December 4 1638 when he was on the list of inhabitants and proprietors there and remained there until 1645 or later was deputy from that town to the general court in Plymouth in 1641 43 44 removed thence to Windsor Connecticut where he was appointed with four others to superintend and bring forward the settlement of the place He settled finally however in Northampton Massachusetts with which his name has been always associated since was one of the first and most active founders and for a full forty years a prominent and influential citizen He prospered in his business as a tanner and husbandman His tanyard was on what is now the southwest corner of Market street near the railroad station He owned some two hundred acres of land in and near Northampton He was elected ruling elder of the church and ordained May 13 1663.
His first wife died on the passage or soon after landing in Massachusetts and about two months later her baby died also He married second in December 1630 Abigail Ford daughter of Thomas Ford of Dorchester Windsor and Northampton and she died the mother of sixteen children July 6 1688 aged about eighty years He died April 14 1699 aged ninety four years He had at the time of his death one hundred and sixty descendants among whom were eighteen children and at least thirty three great grandchildren He made over his lands during his lifetime to his children
Children of first wife
Children of second wife
- 1 John born in England in 1626 died in Windsor February 20 1698
- 2 Infant died in Dorchester in 1630
- 3 Thomas born 163
- 4 Jedediah born May 7 1637 died May 22 1733 aged ninety six years mentioned below
- 5 Josiah born about 1639 died young
- 6 Return born about 1641 died April 9 1726 aged about eighty five years
- 7 Elder Ebenezer born 1643 died February 11 1729 aged eighty six
- 8 Abigail born about 1645 married Rev Nathaniel Chauncy second Medad Pomeroy
- 9 Elizabeth born in Windsor February 24 1647 died May 12 1736 married Joseph Parsons
- 10 Experience born in Windsor August 4 1650 married Zerubbabel Filer of Windsor
- 11 Samuel born August 5 1652 died October 29 1732
- 12 Joseph twin born August 5 1652 died young
- 13 Mary born October 26 1654 at Windsor married Deacon John Clark
- 14 Sarah born 1656 at Windsor married Joseph Barnard of Hadley
- 15 Hannah born May 30 1659 married William Clark
- 16 Hester born June 7 1661 married Thomas Bissell
- 17 Thankful born July 25 1663 married Baldwin
- 18 Jerijah born December 12 1665 died April 24 1754
Transcribed and compiled by Francis F. Spies in 1952. Original mss. is part of R. Stanton Avery Collections, call # MSS VT WEY 20.
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