Widow Sarah Barnard

Widow Sarah Barnard

Mar­riage record for Widow Sarah Barnard

3 years after her hus­band was fatally wounded in ambush, the widow Sarah Barnard remar­ried on 23 Sep­tem­ber 1698, thus sav­ing her own life 5 years later.

She mar­ried Cap­tain Jonathan Wells, wid­ower, who was cap­tain of the town mili­tia. They lived in a for­ti­fied house, and there­fore sur­vived the Deer­field Mas­sacre of 1704. Both widow and wid­ower brought chil­dren into the mar­riage. 20 years later, in 1718, Sarah’s daugh­ter Rebecca mar­ried Jonathan’s son Jonathan Wells Jr.

Their mar­riage record is half way down the page — it’s hard to read, but names “Capt. Jonathan Wells” and “Widow Sarah Barnard.” Click on the image to see the full size.

Visit the Strong Cottage in Chardstock

On your next trip to Eng­land, you might want to visit the Strong Cot­tage in Chardstock!
Strong Cottage in Chardstock
Jarvis Strong trip 2001
Every year there seems to be one to three peo­ple, groups, or fam­i­lies that are vis­it­ing Eng­land and would like to visit the Chard­stock Strong Cot­tage. This cot­tage was built in the late 1500s, likely for Strongs who later moved to Chard (about 4 miles away).

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