- Elder John Strong, who was born in the early 1600s in England. He had two children with his first wife, Margery Deane. She died soon after the family arrived in New England on the Mary and John in 1630, and their infant died soon after. John married Abigail Ford in December 1630, and with her he had sixteen more children. He was 94 at the time of his death, 14 April 1699, and had at least 160 descendants. John and Abigail were my ninth great-grandparents.
- Jedediah Strong, born 7 May 1637 in Massachusetts. He was christened at Dorchester on 14 April 1639. He married Freedom Woodward on 18 November 1662. He died in Coventry, Connecticut on 22 May 1733 at the age of 96, another long-lived Strong man. Jedediah and Freedom were my eighth great-grandparents.
- Thankful Strong, born 15 April 1672 in Northampton, Massachusetts. She married Thomas Root on 4 March 1691. They had thirteen children, but five died in infancy. She died 16 April 1742 in Coventry, Connecticut. Thankful and Thomas were my seventh great-grandparents.
Spear, on the other hand, cites The Strongs of Strongsville by Albert Strong, 1931:
"...There is no evidence of a Richard Strong in Taunton, Somerset. He [Albert Strong] suggests an explanation to this apparently mistake tradition. In 1777, one of John Strong's descendants, Caleb Strong, Governor of Massachusetts, gave an account, stating the Elder John's father was Richard Strong. Albert Strong suggests the name of John's native place, as shown in some ancient writing was mistaken for his father's name. The final syllable of the name "Richard" is "Chard". Possibly a blurred or ilegibly written account of "John Strong of S:chard" was read as "John Strong of Richard", instead of "John Strong of South Chard", where he apparently originated. The tradition that he came from "Taunton" may be that the name of that town was mentioned in the early families because it was the largest town near South Chard, about 12 miles away. Also, when John Strong came in 1635, on possibly his second crossing, he lived in Taunton Mass.Spear gives this "provisional ancestry:"
- George Strong, whose will, dated 1627 and proved 1635 in Chard, Somerset, mentions a grandson named John.
- John Strong, Sr., who was married at Chard in 1609. He died in 1613 at Chard, long before the death of his father. John's will mentions a son named John and an as-yet-unborn child.
- Elder John Strong, whose sister Eleanor is said to have emigrated with him. Spear suggests that Eleanor may have been the as-yet-unborn child in the will mentioned above.
Dwight, Benjamin W. The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell, 1871.
Spear, Burton W. Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630. Toledo, Ohio (5602 305th St., Toledo 43611): B.W. Spear, 1985 and 1987.
Messier, Betty Brook, and Janet Sutherland Aronson. The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut. Coventry, Conn. (1712 Main St., Coventry 06238): 275th Anniversary Committee, 1987.
My Strong cousin Miriam, of Ancestories, advises me that Dwight's theory has been disproven and George Strong is believed to be the correct ancestor. In addition, she's shared a link to The Strong Family Association of America. Thanks, Miriam!