Mother-Daughter married Father-Son

Sarah Strong (1656–1733), daugh­ter of Elder John Strong (abt. 1610–1699) and Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688), mar­ried a sec­ond time after her hus­band Joseph Barnard (1650–1695) died. She had been left with 9 chil­dren liv­ing at home and one child was born six months after her husband’s death.

In Sep­tem­ber of 1698, three years to the month after her husband’s death, she mar­ried the wid­ower Cap­tain Jonathan Wells. Together they had the child David, born 31 Jan­u­ary 1700, who died soon.

Rebecca Barnard (1686–1718) was 11 years old when she became part of the com­bined house­hold of Jonathan and Sarah Wells. Jonathan Wells Jr. (1684–1735), son of Jonathan Wells and Hep­z­ibah Colton, was two years older than Rebecca, a teenager liv­ing in their same house­hold. Ten years later, on 13 March 1717/18, they mar­ried. They were not related by blood, but indeed we had mother and daugh­ter marry father and son!

Rebecca, sad to say, died 14 Novem­ber 1718, merely eight and a half months after her marriage.

The rest of this arti­cle quotes ver­ba­tim from Fran­cis Barnard (ca. 1616–1698) and his Descen­dants Part D by Dr. Walther M. Barnard, pages 1019–1020, used with per­mis­sion. This is all the infor­ma­tion he gath­ered about Rebecca, daugh­ter of Joseph Barnard and Sarah Strong.

Rebecca Barnard3 (1686–1718) (Joseph Sr.2, Fran­cis1)

Rebecca Barnard (1686 — ), per Ruth Emily Barnard, per Evans, and per Jones, Matt Bush­nell, 1909, His­tory of the Town of Wait­s­field, Ver­mont: George E. Lit­tle­field, Boston, MA, p. 221

Rebecca Barnard (1686 — 1718), per William Asher Barnard

Rebecca Barnard (1686 Deer­field MA — 14 Nov. 1718), per www.northrim.net/humphri/d0002…

Rebecca Barnard (1686 — 14 Nov. 1718), per FTM WFT Ped. #4509 Vol. 7

Rebecca Barnard (25 Dec. 1686), per SFAA and Dwight, Vol. 2, p. 1465

Rebecca Barnard (25 Dec. 1686 — 14 Nov. 1718), per Edward Car­leton Barnard

Rebecca Barnard (25 Dec. 1686 — 14 Nov. 1718, age 32), per Shel­don, A His­tory of Deer­field, MA, II, p. 65, 358

Rebecca Barnard (25 Dec. 1686 — ), per Bolt­wood, L. M., Genealo­gies of Hadley Fam­i­lies, p. 9, in Judd, Sylvester, 1905, His­tory of Hadley: H. R. Hunt­ting & Co., Spring­field, MA

Rebekah Barnard, d. of Jos. and Sarah, born Dec. 25, 1686, per Vital Records of Deer­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, to the Year 1850, page 27, com­piled by Thomas W. Bald­win, A.B., S.B., mem­ber of the New Eng­land His­toric Genealog­i­cal Soci­ety, Boston, Mass., 1920, repro­duced in Early Vital Records of Berk­shire, Franklin, Ham­p­den, Hamp­shire Coun­ties, Mass­a­chu­setts to about 1850, Search & ReSearch Publ. Corp., Wheat Ridge, CO

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells, Jr. per Edward Car­leton Barnard

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells, Jr., in 1718, per Dwight, Vol. 2, p. 1465

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells, Jr. (ca. 1684 — ), on 3 Mar. 1718, per Edward Stil­son Barnard

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells (1684 — 1735), per William Asher Barnard

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells (20 May 1684 — 7 May 1735), son of Jonathan Wells and Hep­z­ibah Colton, on 3 Mar. 1717/18; Jonathan mar­ried Mary Hoyt on 4 July 1723, fol­low­ing death of Rebecca, per FTM WFT Ped. #4509 Vol. 7

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells, III, son of Jonathan Wells and Hep­z­ibah Colton, 14 Nov. 1718, Mar. 2. 1718. He m2. Mary Hoyt m.3 Mary Edwards. Jonathan was a Ensign in Father Rasle’s War. “Boy Hero” of the fight at Turner Falls; see Story on SFAA Inter­net site. [NOTE: The “Boy Hero” was actu­ally this Jonathan’s father, Jonathan Wells (later sec­ond hus­band of the wid­owed Sarah [Strong] Barnard—WMB)

Rebecca mar­ried Jona. Wells, Jr. ( — ), 13 Mar. 1718, per Jones, Matt Bush­nell, 1909, His­tory of the Town of Wait­s­field, Ver­mont: George E. Lit­tle­field, Boston, MA, p. 221

Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan Wells, Jr., 1718, per Bolt­wood, L. M., Genealo­gies of Hadley Fam­i­lies, p. 9, in Judd, Sylvester, 1905, His­tory of Hadley: H. R. Hunt­ting & Co., Spring­field, MA

Rebecca mar­ried Jona. Wells, Jr. (20 May 1684 — 7 May 1735), son of Jonathan Wells and Hep­z­ibah Colton, 3 Mar. 1717–18; Jonathan mar­ried (2) Mary Hoyt ( — 22 Nov. 1750, age 47), daugh­ter of David Hoyt, 4 July 1723, by whom he had six chil­dren [listed], per Shel­don, A His­tory of Deer­field, MA, II, p. 65, 358. Mar­riage date of Rebecca to Jonathan amended to 13 Mar. from 3 Mar., per Shel­don, A His­tory of Deer­field, MA, II, Appen­dix, p. 397

Rebekah mar­ried Ensign Jonathan Wells, Mar. 13, 1717–8 [inten­tion not recorded], per Vital Records of Deer­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, to the Year 1850, page 158, com­piled by Thomas W. Bald­win, A.B., S.B., mem­ber of the New Eng­land His­toric Genealog­i­cal Soci­ety, Boston, Mass., 1920, repro­duced in Early Vital Records of Berk­shire, Franklin, Ham­p­den, Hamp­shire Coun­ties, Mass­a­chu­setts to about 1850, Search & ReSearch Publ. Corp., Wheat Ridge, CO

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