Joining the Family

Annual Mem­ber­ships are avail­able as well as Life­time Memberships

Mem­ber­ship Includes:

  • Four Newslet­ters pub­lished through­out the year
  • Use of the Lend­ing Library
  • Inclu­sion in the Mem­ber­ship Directory
  • Many other benefits

To join, con­tact the Mem­ber­ship Sec­re­tary by mail or click on the line below to send an e-mail message:

Con­tact the Mem­ber­ship Secretary

Our Objectives

The Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica exists to:

  • Pro­mote the recog­ni­tion of our heritage
  • Pro­vide a means of learn­ing more of our forebears
  • Pro­mote friend­ships among the diverse Strong family
  • Obtain and/or pre­serve arti­facts of our heritage
  • Pass on all of the above to suc­ceed­ing generations

About Us

The Mary & John

Click on the pic­ture to go to the “Ships Page”

The Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica, includ­ing over 700 mem­bers from at least 46 States, Canada, and Aus­tralia, is pleased to wel­come you to our fam­ily Web­site. This por­tion of our web­site is designed specif­i­cally to keep our mem­ber­ship informed of on going activ­i­ties, reunions, and projects cur­rently under­way, as well as to pro­vide a num­ber of links to other Strong Fam­ily sites with more exten­sive genealog­i­cal information.

As one of the old­est fam­i­lies in Amer­ica, we take great pride in shar­ing infor­ma­tion about our her­itage with you. We rec­og­nize the need of an Inter­net pres­ence to help more peo­ple world­wide become aware of our exis­tence. Our con­stant desire to locate more mem­bers of our very exten­sive fam­ily and invite them into our asso­ci­a­tion is bound­less. The pride and sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing one’s “roots” is truly a reward­ing expe­ri­ence and we wel­come all Strong descen­dants who are inter­ested to par­tic­i­pate in this endeavor with us.

We cor­dially invite you to view our site at any time, now and in the future, for ref­er­ence to our Strong Fam­ily Association’s con­tin­u­ing efforts.

The Ships Page

Data brought over from orig­i­nal Martha Strong site with her permission:

MARY AND JOHN — 1630

Mas­ter Thomas Squeb

Sailed from Ply­mouth, 20 March 1630.

The day of the sail­ing was the Sat­ur­day before Palm Sunday.



Landed Nan­tas­ket, Mass­a­chu­setts, 30 May, 1630.

400 tons.

140 pas­sen­gers

40 — 50 crewmen

Ship owned by Roger Ludlow

The ship was sup­pose to land at the Charles river but Capt. Squeb refused to nav­i­gate the Boston Har­bor, prob­a­bly because of its islands, sand­bars and shoals. He had the pas­sen­gers dis­em­bark at Nan­tas­ket Point.

June 1630 — John Winthrop sent for Capt. Squeb at Nan­tas­ket, where the “Mary and John” lay. He did not record what was said. “[John] Winthrop seemed to think he had ‘ended [the] dif­fer­ence between him [Capt. Squeb] and the pas­sen­gers’, in token of which Cap­tain Squeb gave the order for a salute of five guns in the govenor’s hon­our and it was said that Squeb later paid com­pen­sa­tion to [Roger] Lud­low.” [Dorset Pil­grims, Frank Thistleth­waite, p.76]

There is no offi­cial pas­sen­ger list of the Mary & John.

Syn­thetic Pas­sen­ger List of Pos­si­ble Passengers

HOPEWELL — 1635

Mas­ter John Driver

Sailed from Wey­mouth, 8 May 1635.

Offi­cial Pas­sen­ger List. (Ref: Port Book E.190/876/1 Pub­lic Record Office, Chancery Lane, London)

Click here to visit the Mary and John Web­site of Bur­ton W. Spear

The Strong Family Coat of Arms

Strong Family Crest The Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion Coat of Arms (The Strong Crest) was approved by the SFAA Direc­tors at the SFAA Annual National Mem­bers’ Meet­ing in August 1977 as the Offi­cial Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion Coat of Arms (Crest). This came about after much research into the back­ground by sev­eral of the more knowl­edge­able SFAA mem­bers. From this infor­ma­tion, a young SFAA mem­ber artist, James Horner Strong of Arling­ton, MA painted this crest which was sub­se­quently approved by the SFAA Direc­tors. The ani­mal in the SFAA Crest is a wyvern or eagle. Most Amer­i­can ref­er­ences list it as an eagle. It bears a close resem­blance to the ani­mal in the Taunton City, Som­er­set, Eng­land crest which is a wyvern.

The Latin motto, “Ten­tanda Via Est” was approved by the SFAA Direc­tors to be the SFAA motto with the trans­la­tion to be: “The way is to be tried.”

Spouses of Descendants of Elizabeth Chard and Aaron Cooke

Spouses of Descen­dants of Eliz­a­beth Chard and Aaron Cooke:

  • John David Drum­mond (1907– ), 17th Earl of Perth, British Colo­nial Sec­re­tary (1957–1962)
  • John Mar­shall Har­lan II (1899–1971), U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice (1955–1971)
  • Abbott Lawrence Low­ell (1856–1943), pres­i­dent of Har­vard University
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfel­low (1807–1882), poet
  • Joseph Smith (1805 — 1844), Amer­i­can prophet whose “revealed” writ­ings, along with the Bible, pro­vide the the­o­log­i­cal foun­da­tion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
  • Josiah Royce (1855–1916), ide­al­ist philoso­pher and educator
  • Yves Tan­guy (1900–1955), French-born U.S. sur­re­al­is­tic painter
  • Robert Penn War­ren (1905–1989), poet, nov­el­ist, critic, and first poet lau­re­ate in U.S.

George Stanley McGovern

Spouses of Descen­dants of Eliz­a­beth Chard and Aaron Cooke

George McGovern

George Stan­ley McGov­ern (1922-), U.S. Sen­a­tor from South Dakota, and Demo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 1972