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On March 20, 1630, the ship Mary and John departed Plymouth, England. The great fleet of fourteen ships and 1500 emigrants, the “Winthrop Fleet,” were bound for New England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The ship Mary and John, Captain Squeb, Master, landed at Nantasket, Massachusetts on May 30, 1630.
Strong family tradition, based on the account written by Governor Caleb Strong in 1777, maintains that Elder John Strong was a passenger on Mary and John in 1630. No definitive records exist, and therefore we have no contemporary proof of who was or was not aboard Mary and John in 1630.
Rev. Sydney Strong in the Hampshire Daily Gazette, April 5, 1934, Northampton, MA, has this to say:
Considering the community, the character of the people involved, their close and intimate relations, it is not possible for me to conceive how an idea like John Strong coming in 1630, with Warham, etc. could get into the mind of Gov. Strong, unless it was a fact. There were people in Northampton for 100 years who would be able to correct a story that John Strong came in 1630, with the Mary & John company, if it weren’t true.
(From Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, Vol. 2, by Burton Spear.)
We do have the passenger list for the ship Hopewell, John Driver, Master for Massachusetts Bay of New England. Hopewell departed Weymouth, England, on May 8, 1635. The passenger list includes “Jon Stronge for himself, family, goods and food.” (Book 58B, Index of Ships and Passengers to the American Colonies, Exchequer K. R. 1618–1668 copied from Port Book E 190/876/1, Strong Family Newsletter, Jeanne Waters Strong.)
We do know that Elder John Strong lived in Hingham, MA, in 1635; Taunton, MA, in 1638; Windsor, CT, in 1646; and Northampton, MA, in 1659. John Strong, Walter Deane, and John Deane were admitted freemen of the Plymouth Colony on December 4, 1638. Elder John Strong’s wife Margerie (Deane) Strong and infant died about 1635, at Hingham, MA, or Taunton, MA. We know that Elder John Strong married about 1632 in England, Margerie Deane, daughter of William Deane.
It is therefore likely that Elder John Strong, as a youth about 20 years old, came with the Winthrop Fleet on the Mary and John in 1630. He returned to England. With his family, and the families of Walter and John Deane, he permanently emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard Hopewell in 1635.
Fortunately, John Strong at about age 25 married again. He married in 1635 at Dorchester, MA, Abigail Ford, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Charde) Ford. Abigail was baptized October 8, 1619 at Bridport, Dorset, England, and died July 16, 1688 at Northampton, MA. I say “fortunately,” because if it were not for John and Abigail’s sixteen children, there might be no Lady Diana, Prince William, Prince Harry, or me!
(All of the above genealogical information is quoted from Strong Family History Update Volume I.)
(generation #1) H. R. H. The Princess of Wales, Lady Diana Frances Spencer (1961–1997) descends from two sons of Elder John Strong and Abigail (Ford) Strong as follows.
(generation #2) Thomas Strong (ca. 1635–1689), son of John and Abigail Strong, in 1671 married Rachel Holton (ca. 1650-?), daughter of William Holton. Meanwhile, Jedediah Strong (1637–1733), son of John and Abigail Strong, in 1662 married Freedom Woodward (1642–1681), daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Woodward. Jedediah was a farmer in Northampton and during the years 1677–9 was paid 18 shillings a year for blowing his trumpet on Sunday to summon people to meetings, since the town had no bell. On May 31, 1674, Martin Smith of Pocumtuck, was fined 20s for trying to kiss Freedom (Woodward) Strong on the street. She was 32 at the time and the mother of 8 children. Her father, Henry Woodward, was a physician and was licensed to sell wines and liquors and had a grist mill in Northampton.
(generation #3) Joseph Strong (1672–1763), son of Thomas and Rachel Strong, in 1694 married Sarah Allen (1672–1724), daughter of Nehemiah Allen and Sarah Woodford. Meanwhile, Preserved Strong (1680–1765), son of Jedediah and Freedom Strong, in 1701 married Tabitha Lee (ca. 1677/78–1750), daughter of John Lee and Mary Hart. Both couples married in Northampton, MA or possibly Coventry, CT.
(generation #4) Captain Joseph Strong (1701–1773), son of Joseph and Sarah Strong, in 1724 married Elizabeth Strong (1704–1792), daughter of Preserved Strong and Tabitha Lee. Captain Joseph Strong and his wife Elizabeth Strong were both great-grandchildren of Elder John Strong and Abigail Ford, and thus second cousins of each other. They married in Northampton, MA.
(generation #5) Deacon Benajah Strong (1701–1773), son of Captain Joseph and Elizabeth Strong, in 1769 married Lucy Bishop (1747–1783). They married in Coventry, CT.
(generation #6) Dr. Joseph Strong (1770–1812), son of Deacon Benajah and Lucy Strong, in 1796 married Rebecca Young (1780–1862), daughter of Captain Peter and Eleanor Young. They married in Philadelphia, PA.
(generation #7) Eleanor Strong (ca. 1802/3–1863), daughter of Dr. Joseph and Rebecca Strong, in 1823 married John Wood (1785–1848). They married in Chillicothe, Ohio.
(generation #8) Ellen Wood (1831–1877), daughter of John and Eleanor Wood, in 1857 married Frank Work (1879–1911), son of John Work and Sarah Duncan Boude. They married in New York, NY.
(generation #9) Frances Eleanor Work (1857–1947), daughter of Frank and Ellen Work, in 1880 married The Hon. James Boothby Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy (1851–1920). They married in New York, NY.
(generation #10) Edmund Maurice Burke Roche (1885–1955), son of James and Frances Burke Roche, in 1931 married Ruth Sylvia Gill (b. 1908). They married in Bieldside, Aberdeen, Scotland.
(generation #11) The Hon. Frances Ruth Burke Roche (b. 1936), daughter of Edmund and Ruth Burke Roche, in 1954 married Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 8th Earl Spencer (b. 1924). They were married in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
(generation #12) Lady Diana Frances Spencer (1961–1997), daughter of Edward and Frances Spencer, in 1981 married H. R. H. Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales (b. 1948), son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They were married in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England.
(generation #13) Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge (b. 1982), son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, in 2011 married Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (b. 1982), daughter of Michael and Carole (Goldsmith) Middleton. They married in Westminster Abbey, London, England.