Seventh Great-Grandfather Thomas Strong, Jr.
Let me start by saying that I only use the designation “Jr.” here because much of what I’ve read uses “Jr.” to distinguish him from his father; I have not seen that he actually used this designation himself. Thomas Strong, Jr. was the oldest child of Thomas Strong and Mary Hewett of Northampton, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was born on November 16, 1661. Thomas became a farmer.
Thomas married Mary Stebbins (daughter of John Stebbins and Abigail Bartlett) on November 17, 1683 in Northampton. Their children (all born in Northampton) were:
- Mary, born August 7, 1684; died August 31, 1684
- Thomas, born August 27, 1686; married Mary _____; ended up living in Coventry, Tolland County, CT
- Eliakim, born September 26, 1688; married Mehitable King on April 13, 1712; died January 24, 1745/46 in Durham, New Haven County, CT
- Mary, born December 29, 1690; married Thomas Alvord, Jr. between 1707 and 1710
- Hewett, born January 27, 1694; died March 25, 1694
- Hewett, born May 1696; married Dinah ____ November 17, 1726 (who died in 1737); then married another wife on April 26, 1739; moved from Durham to New Berlin (New York? or perhaps actually Berlin, Connecticut?) to Farmington, Hartford County, CT; died in what became Durham, Greene County, NY (I am not sure if it was still Freehold at the time of his death.)
- John, born April 25, 1698
- Rachel, born April 15, 1700; married Samuel Robinson March 19, 1724
- Damaris (some records say Tamar), born 1702; married John Camp; died August 25, 1737 in Durham, CT; buried in Old Durham Cemetery
- Hannah, born 1704; married Benoni Hills 1724
- Mercy, born Nov 16, 1707
With all of his family except for Eliakim and perhaps Mary, Thomas moved to Durham, CT “shortly after” 1708. I assume that he continued his trade of farming there. His wife Mary predeceased him on August 8, 1733. He passed away on November 30, 1735, and both are buried in Old Durham Cemetery.