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John Strong (1605 - 1699)

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Elder John Strong
Born in Chard, Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about in Dorchester, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Puritans, in America | 17th Century American Immigration | Original 46 Purchasers of Taunton | Hartford County, Connecticut | Founders of Windsor | Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Also found Birth Place Taunton, Somersetshire, England

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. [1] She died shortly after arrival in Massachusetts on the Hopewell. One son from this marriage, John Strong, survived. [2] Anderson believes that the story of her newborn also dying at the end of the voyage may not be factual. [3]

John Strong married as his second wife Abigail Ford in 1635 at Hingham, Massachusetts. According to Stiles, sixteen children were born to this marriage. [4]. The Great Migration lists only 15 children, omitting Josiah Strong.[5]

Husband: John Strong
Wife: Abigail Ford
Child: Thomas Strong
Child: Jedediah Strong
Child: Josiah Strong
Child: Return Strong
Child: Ebenezer Strong
Child: Abigail Strong
Child: Elizabeth Strong
Child: Experience Strong
Child: Joseph Strong
Child: Samuel Strong
Child: Mary Strong
Child: Sarah Strong
Child: Hannah Strong
Child: Hester Strong
Child: Thankful Strong
Child: Jerijah 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.[6]


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." [7]


According to The Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography:[8]

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

1 John born in England in 1626 died in Windsor February 20 1698
2 Infant died in Dorchester in 1630
Children of second wife
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


  1. Great Migration VI p586
  2. Ibid p584
  3. Ibid p587
  4. Stiles p743
  5. Great Migration VI p584-6
  6. "Dwight's History of the Strong Family", orig. Albany 1871; reprinted Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1984.
  7. "Dwight's History of the Strong Family", orig. Albany 1871; reprinted Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1984.
  8. Hart, Samuel, ed. Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography: Genealogical-memorial; Representative Citizens, Volume 4, American Historical Society, Connecticut, 1917.

  • Source: Robert Charles Anderson, "John Strong", The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Vol VI, Boston, New England Historic Genelogical Society 2009. pp.581-588
  • Source: Stiles, Henry R.. The History of Ancient Windsor, The New Hampshire Publishing Company, Somersworth, New Hampshire, 1976. Originally published in 1892. Vol. 2, pp. 743 - 748.
  • Source: "The Early Strongs of Windsor, Conn.", by Donald Lines Jacobus, M.A., F.A.S.G., The American Genealogist, Vol 35, January 1959, p. 1 - 6., online at
  • Source: "The Corrector Corrected", by Donald Lines Jacobus, M.A., F.A.S.G., The American Genealogist, Vol 35, January, 1959, p. 151, 180. Online at
  • "Thomas Ford", The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995) pp 688 - 690.
  • Source: "Elder John Strong and his Descendants" by Edward Strong, M.D., NEHGR, Vol 23, P294 - 296, July, 1869.
  • Source Ancestry Family Trees, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA): The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2011) Vol. II, p. 1469.
  • Source: Title: Maltby 08282011.FTW 14 Apr 1699: At time of death 160 descendants. Letter from Frederick T. Strong [co-author, 1996 NEHGS article re Hubbell Steevens] to Richard R. Wilson, March 1998: "For many years it has been stated that John Strong as a young unmarried man arrived in 1630 on the Mary & John and then went back to England to marry. This has never been proved. "We do know he came on the ship "Hopewell," arriving 8 May 1635 Weymouth: 'Jon Strong for himself and family and goods.' "His first wife and infant died about 1635 at Hingham or Taunton, Massachusetts."
  • Source: Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Gale Research, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009 .Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009.
  • Source: Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections,

Transcribed and compiled by Francis F. Spies in 1952. Original mss. is part of R. Stanton Avery Collections, call # MSS VT WEY 20.

  • Source: "Researches among Funeral Sermons," 1854, vol. 8, pp. 180-183.
  • Source: S-1312957257 Repository: #R-2138324762 Title: Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland Note: APID: 1,48158::0
  • Source: S-1360332827 Repository: #R-2138324762 Title: Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620-1988 Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).Original data: Town and C Note: APID: 1,2495::0
  • Source: S-2040986388 Repository: #R-2138324762 Title: Family Data Collection - Births Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Note: APID: 1,5769::0
  • Source: S-2044308291 Repository: #R-2138324762 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passeng Note: APID: 1,7486::0
  • Source: S-2052658091 Repository: #R-2138324762 Title: The history of the descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. Author: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Dwight, Benjamin Woodbridge,. The history of the descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass.. Albany: J. Munsell, 1871.Original data: Dwight, Benjamin Woodbridg Note: Preceding t.p. of v. i, miscellaneous geneal. data etc. tipped in. APID: 1,11027::0
  • Emery, Samuel Hopkins. "History of Taunton Massachusetts", Syracuse, NY, D. Mason & Co., 1893.

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On 30 Mar 2017 at 13:02 GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

If no one objects, I would like to remove the fanciful, undocumented and long-in-the-tooth "biography #3" from this profile, which is rather long as it is.

On 3 Feb 2017 at 19:59 GMT Halsey Bullen wrote:

A pair of comments on Deane-47 may be of interest. They are about the timing of Elder John Strong's arrival, and about the mother of Thomas, his second surviving son.

On 4 Mar 2016 at 03:27 GMT Kat (Watson) Prawl wrote:

Strong-2487 appears to be the same person as Strong-58 because of same spouse, similar birthdate.

On 13 Sep 2015 at 08:18 GMT Carole Partridge wrote:

Strong-562 and Strong-58 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, birth year, birth location.

On 14 Dec 2013 at 08:32 GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

I posted this on John Strong's father's page, but I suppose it should be repeated here. I don't think there is any evidence that Elder John Strong's mother was Eleanor Deane, and I don't think there's any evidence that his grandmother was Ann Bond. Both of these appear to be internet fantasies. I'd like to propose this website (1) and this website (2) as touchstones for what is actually known about the Strong family in England.

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