The following is a “bare bones” account of the children of Elder John Strong. There are numerous resources on and off the internet about each one and their own lives.
As stated in my previous post, John’s first wife was Margery Deane and their son was also named John, born sometime between 1625 and 1633 in England. He married Mary Clark on November 26, 1656 in Windsor, Connecticut. After her death on April 26, 1663, he subsequently married Elizabeth Warriner in 1664. He died on February 20, 1697/8 in Windsor.
The children of John Strong and Abigail Ford were:
- Thomas, born in the mid- to late-1630s, probably in Hingham, Massachusetts Bay Colony; married Mary Hewett on December 5, 1660 (who died February 20, 1770/71); married Rachel Holton on October 10, 1671 in Northampton, Massachusetts Bay Colony; died October 3, 1689 in Northampton.
- Jedidiah, born May 7, 1637 in Hingham; married Freedom Woodward on December 18, 1662 (some records say November 18, 1662) (who died May 17, 1681); married Abigail (Bartlett) Stebbins on December 28, 1681 (who died on July 15, 1689); then married Mary (Hart) Lee on January 5, 1691 (who also predeceased him on October 10, 1710); died May 22, 1733 in Coventry, (probably Hartford County), Connecticut.
- Return, born circa 1641 in Taunton; married Sarah Wareham on May 11, 1664; then married Margaret Newberry on May 23, 1689; died April 9, 1726 in Windsor, Hartford County, CT; buried in Palisado Cemetery in Windsor.
- Ebenezer, born 1643 in Taunton; married Hannah Clap on October 14, 1668 in Northampton; died February 11, 1729 in Northampton; buried at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.
- Abigail, born 1645 in Taunton; married Nathaniel Chauncey on November 12, 1673 in Northampton; then married Medad Pomeroy on September , 1686 in Northampton; died 1704.
- Elizabeth, born February 24, 1647 in Windsor, Connecticut; married Joseph Parsons March 17, 1668/69 in Northampton; died May 12, 1736 in Northampton; buried at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.
- Experience, born August 4, 1650 in Windsor; married Zerubbabel Filer on May 27, 1669 in Windsor; died 1714.
- Samuel (twin to Joseph), born August 5, 1652 in Windsor; married Esther Clap on June 19, 1684 in Northampton, then married Ruth (Sheldon) Wright on October 28, 1698 in Northampton; died October 29, 1732.
- Joseph (twin to Samuel), born August 5, 1652 in Windsor; died young.
- Mary, born October 26, 1654 in Windsor; married John Clark on March 20, 1678/9 in Northampton; died December 8, 1738 in Northampton; buried at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.
- Sarah, born 1656 in Windsor; married Joseph Barnard on January 13, 1675 in Northampton, then married Jonathan Wells on September 23, 1698; died February 10, 1733 in Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; buried at Old Deerfield Burying Ground in Deerfield.
- Hannah, born May 30, 1659 in Windsor; married William Clark (brother of John Clark who married Mary Strong) on July 15, 1680 in Northampton; died January 31, 1683/84 in Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut; buried at Old Cemetery in Lebanon.
- Hester, born June 7, 1661 in Northampton, Massachusetts Bay Colony; married Thomas Bissell on October 15, 1678 in Northampton; died March 4, 1726 in Windsor, Connecticut.
- Thankful, born July 25, 1663 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony; married Jonathan Baldwin by 1695; died March 5, 1726 in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut; buried in Milford Cemetery in Milford.
- Jerijah, born December 12, 1665 in Northampton; married Thankful Stebbins (daughter of Abigail, Jerijah’s sister-in-law) on July 18, 1700 in Northampton; died April 24, 1754 in Northampton.
If you are descended from any one of these families, then I say: Hello, Cousin!
Thomas Strong, like his father, was one prolific man. Again, the following information is to the best of my knowledge. Thomas and Mary Hewett’s children (all born in Northampton) were:
- Thomas, born November 16, 1661; married Mary Stebbins, November 17, 1683; died November 30, 1735 in Durham, New Haven County, CT
- Maria, born August 31, 1663; married Samuel Judd; died May 18, 1751
- John, born March 9, 1664/65; never married; died May 21, 1699 in Deerfield, Hampshire County, MA
- Hewett, born December 2, 1666; never married; died before September 29, 1689 (Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight states in “The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong” that he was one of the first settlers of Durham, CT. However, Durham was not even settled until 1699, so this cannot be true.)
- Asahel, born November 14, 1668; married Margaret Hart; died October 8, 1739 in Farmington, Hartford County, CT; buried in Memento Mori Cemetery in Farmington
Thomas and Rachel Holton’s children (all born in Northampton) were:
- Joseph, born, December 2, 1672; married Sarah Allen; died December 23, 1763 in Coventry, probably Hartford County (now Tolland County), CT; buried in Nathan Hale Cemetery in Coventry, although it must not have been known as such when Joseph was buried. (In fact, Nathan Hale was Joseph’s grandson. Another famous descendant of Joseph was Princess Diana, whose ancestry back to Joseph is best outlined here – thanks to Barbara Poole of the “Life From the Roots” blog.)
- Benjamin, born 1674; never married; died August 27, 1755 in East Guilford (what is now Madison), New Haven County, CT; buried in Hammonasset Cemetery in Madison
- Adino, born January 25, 1676; married Eunice Johnson; died December 31, 1749 in Woodbury, Fairfield County (now Litchfield County), CT; buried in South Cemetery in Woodbury
- Waitstill, born 1677/78; married Mindwell Bartlett; died November 13, 1762; buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire County, MA
- Rachel, born July 15, 1679; married Miles Dudley January 23, 1705/06
- Selah, born December 23, 1680; married Abigail Terry; died April 8, 1732 in Brookhaven (what is now Setauket), Suffolk County, NY; buried in Saint Georges Manor Cemetery in Setauket
- Benajah, born September 29, 1682; some trees indicate several marriages, but I haven’t explored them at this time
- Ephraim, born January 4, 1685; died in Milford, New Haven County, CT
- Elnathan, born August 20, 1686; died May 22, 1727 in Woodbury, Fairfield County (now Litchfield County), CT
- Ruth, born February 4, 1688; married William Dudley (brother of Miles, who married Rachel Strong); died September 18, 1763; buried in Old North Cemetery in Guilford, New Haven County, CT
“The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong” states that a daughter named Submit Strong was born February 23, 1690, but Mr. Dwight does not state where he may have obtained this information. (Perhaps she is actually a daughter of Thomas, Jr.?) There is some conflicting data about her on FamilySearch’s International Genealogical Index (IGI), so that is not even worth repeating.
1703 New England and New York. Thomas Strong’s children settled all over New England and New York. Courtesy The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
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.
Eliakim Strong was born on September 26, 1688 in Northampton, Hampshire County, MA, the third child & second son of Thomas Strong, Jr. and Mary Stebbins. Like many of his Northampton family members, he was a member of Northampton First Church.
Eliakim married Mehitable King (daughter of John King and Mehitable Pomeroy) on April 13, 1712 in Northampton. He was a farmer in there from at least 1712 – 1725, then in Durham, New Haven County, CT starting from sometime between 1725 and 1730. He joined his father Thomas Strong, Jr., who already moved to Durham in 1708.
Eliakim and Mehitable’s children were:
- Catherine (or Katherine), born January 8, 1713 in Northampton; married Bryan Rosseter September 2, 1736 in Durham; after Bryan’s death in 1755 married Gideon Leete in Durham; died April 11, 1778 and is buried next to her first husband in Old Durham Cemetery
Katherine (Strong) Rosseter grave. Author’s collection.
Bryan Rosseter grave. Author’s collection.
- Mehitable, born September 5, 1715 in Northampton; married Aaron Alvord, November 6, 1739 in Durham; they seem to have moved to Torrington, Litchfield County, CT between 1755 and 1760
- Eliakim, born March 7, 1720 in Northampton; married Hannah Seward, June 4, 1751 in Durham; moved to Freehold, Greene County, NY (which is now Durham, NY); died 1800 in Freehold, NY
- Thomas, born November 17, 1722 in Northampton; married Phebe Seward January 16, 1746 in Durham (more about them here)
- Hewett (died young)
- Experience, baptized January 3, 1730/31, probably in Durham; married Noah Norton, December 29, 1757 in Durham
- Mary, born September 8, 1734 in Durham; married Rowland Rosseter, April 11, 1753 in Durham; died November 17, 1799; buried in Old Durham Cemetery
Eliakim died January 24, 1744 in Durham and is buried in Old Durham Cemetery. Many online trees suggest that his wife Mehitable died in 1778. I assume that she also is buried at Old Durham Cemetery.