The following material is from Francis Barnard (ca. 1616–1698) and his Descendants, A Genealogical Study, Part A, by Walther M. Barnard, Version of 09 August 2009, pages 396–399. Used with permission.
John Mahlon Marlin: Another Strong Connection
to Firearms Manufacturing
Walther M. Barnard, Fredonia, NY 14063
Among some of the foremost names in American firearm manufacturing are Browning, Colt, Marlin, Remington, Savage, Smith & Wesson, and Winchester. The founders of at least two of these firms are blood relatives of descendants of Elder John Strong and Abigail Ford through Abigail’s mother, Elizabeth Chard. Eliphalet Remington, Jr. (1793–1861) descended from Elizabeth Chard and her first husband, Aaron Cooke, and Samuel Colt (1814–1862) descended from Elizabeth and her second husband, Thomas Ford. Both were identified as notable kin in an article published by the SFAA Newsletter in October 2000. Their lines of ascent are given in Gary Boyd Roberts’ “The New England Ancestry of H.R.H. The Princess of Wales” (reproduced in Genealogies of Connecticut Families, Vol. III, on Family Tree Maker CD #179 Family History: Connecticut Genealogies #1, 1600s-1800s).
John Mahlon Marlin (1836–1901), founder, president and treasurer of The Marlin Firearms Co., of New Haven, CT is now identified as the husband of a 5th great granddaughter of Elder John Strong, making him a notable spouse of kin. Marlin married Martha Susan Moore8 (Susan A. Barnard7 + Henry Bacon Moore; Samuel Barnard6 + Keziah Thrall; Samuel Barnard5 + Roxana Barnard [first cousin]; Francis Barnard4 + Lucretia Pinney; Joseph Barnard Jr.3 + Abigail Griswold; Joseph Barnard Sr.+ Sarah Strong2; Elder John Strong1 + Abigail Ford).
John Mahlon Marlin was born 6 May 1836 at Suffield, Hartford Co., CT, son of Mahlon and Jennette (Bradford) Marlin. He married Martha Susan Moore on 27 May 1862 in the Rainbow section of Windsor, CT, and ultimately died 1 July 1901 at New Haven, CT. Two sons, Mahlon Henry, born 23 July 1864, and John Howard, born 21 Sept. 1876, lived to maturity. A third son, Burton Lewis, born 14 May 1867, died 12 April 1869, and daughter Jennette Bradford, born 14 May 1867, died 12 April 1869, per Moore, Horace L., 1903, Andrew Moore of Poquonock and Windsor, Conn., and His Descendants: Journal Publishing Co., Lawrence, KS, p. 176.