The Ships Page

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


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


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

Rutherford B. Hayes

Descen­dants of Eliz­a­beth Chard and Aaron Cooke

Rutherford B. Hayes

Ruther­ford Bir­chard Hayes (1822–1893), 19th U.S. President

He serves his party best who serves the coun­try best.”

Descendants of Elizabeth Chard and Aaron Cooke

Descen­dants of Eliz­a­beth Chard and Aaron Cooke:

  • Arthur Twin­ing Hadley (1856–1930), econ­o­mist and pres­i­dent of Yale Uni­ver­sity (1899–1921)
  • Henry Lee Hig­gin­son (1834–1919), banker, founder of the Boston Sym­phony Orches­tra, and Har­vard benefactor
  • Thomas Went­worth Hig­gin­son (1823–1911), reformer, essay­ist, Colonel of the 1st black Union regiment
  • John Phillips Mar­quand II (1893–1960), novelist
  • William Syd­ney Porter (“O. Henry”) (1862–1910), short story writer
  • William Williams (1731–1811), signer of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Independence
  • Eliphalet Rem­ing­ton, Jr. (1793 — 1861), inven­tor and firearms manufacturer
  • Fred­eric Sack­rider Rem­ing­ton (1861–1909), painter, illus­tra­tor, and sculp­tor noted for his real­is­tic por­trayal of life in the Amer­i­can West
  • Noah Web­ster, Jr. (1758–1843), lex­i­cog­ra­pher and com­piler of Amer­i­can Dic­tio­nary of the Eng­lish Language

Harry S. Truman

Spouses of Descen­dants of John Strong and Abi­gail Ford

Harry S. Truman

Harry S Tru­man (1884–1972), 33rd Pres­i­dent of the United States

As Pres­i­dent, Harry Tru­man made some of the most cru­cial deci­sions in history

Spouses of Descendants of John Strong and Abigail Ford

Spouses of Descen­dants of John Strong and Abi­gail Ford:

  • Lewis Har­court, 1st Vis­count Har­court (1863–1922), British colo­nial sec­re­tary (1910–1915)
  • John Loudon McAdam (1756–1836), British road engi­neer who invented process of mak­ing a road­way of bro­ken stone (macadamization)
  • Ben­jamin Peirce (1809–1880), math­e­mati­cian and astronomer
  • Thomas For­tune Ryan (1851–1928), financier and trac­tion magnate
  • Joseph Story (1779–1845), Har­vard law pro­fes­sor and asso­ciate jus­tice of U.S. Supreme Court(1811–1845)
  • Jack Isadore Straus (1900-), pres­i­dent and chief exec­u­tive offi­cer, Macy’s Depart­ment Store
  • Henry Cabot Lodge (1850–1924), Repub­li­can U.S. sen­a­tor (1893–1924) who led the suc­cess­ful con­gres­sional oppo­si­tion to the U.S. par­tic­i­pa­tion in the League of Nations fol­low­ing World War I
  • Thorstein Bunde Veblen (1857–1929), econ­o­mist and social theorist
  • Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales (1948-)