John Mahlon Marlin: Another Strong Connection to Firearms Manufacturing

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

John Mahlon Marlin

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.

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Village of Barnards

Walther M. Barnard in Village of Barnards

Dr. Walther M. Barnard (1937–2010) in Vil­lage of Barnards

Here is a photo which I took 5 August 2007 of Dr. Walther M. Barnard in the Vil­lage of Barnards, Arm­strong County, Pennsylvania.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

William and Kate Wedding

The British royal fam­ily on Buck­ing­ham Palace bal­cony after Prince William and Kate Mid­dle­ton were mar­ried. Kate wears a wed­ding gown by Sarah Bur­ton. Photo dated 2011-04-29 16:31 (UTC). Used with per­mis­sion from the Wikipedia arti­cle.

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.)

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Dick Clark and the Seven Sons

From this house went forth seven sons to fight in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.” This sign remained on the wall of the Fran­cis and Lucre­tia Barnard house, one of the old­est homes in Bloom­field, Con­necti­cut. Dick Clark is one of Fran­cis and Lucre­tia Barnard’s descen­dants. When I learned that from my cousin last night, I took a look at Dick Clark’s geneal­ogy, and dis­cov­ered he too descends from my Fran­cis and Lucre­tia Barnard!

I knew about the Seven Sons, so searched around the Web for pho­tos of the house. I found a new cousin, Amy Po (Amy Pol­lien) who grew up very close to the Barnard house. First, let’s remind you who Dick Clark is, then we’ll share some of Amy’s mem­o­ries, and close out with Mark Twain.

Accord­ing to WikiPedia:

Richard WagstaffDickClark (Novem­ber 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an Amer­i­can radio and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, best known for host­ing television’s longest-running vari­ety show, Amer­i­can Band­stand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyra­mid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which trans­mit­ted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions worldwide.

179px Dick Clark American Bandstand 1961

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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.”