Elder John Stronge comes to New England. Data brought over from original Martha Strong site with her permission.
Elder John & Abigail Strong Gravestone, Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts. Photo by Elizabeth Ann Gilbert.
Elder John Stronge
- Was a Tanner.
- He was born about 1610, in Chard, Somerset, England. He died April 14, 1699, in Northampton, Massachusetts.
- He married before 1634, for his 1st wife, Margery Deane, daughter of William Deane. She died about 1635.
- He married about 1635, for his 2nd wife, Abigail Ford, daughter of Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Chard Cooke. Abigail was baptized Oct. 8, 1619, in Bridport, Dorset, England. She died July 16, 1688, in Northampton, Massachusetts.
- They are buried in the Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts. (See picture above.)
- Elder John and Margery came on the “Hopewell” 1635. Ship
- Abigail Ford came on the “Mary & John”, 1630 with her family. Ship
- By Marjory Deane #1–2
- By Abigail Ford #3–18
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Children by Margery
- 1. John Strong Jr — b. bef. 1634, Chard, England
- 2. Child — d. 2 months old, 1635, Hingham, Massachusetts
Children by Abigail
- 3. Thomas Strong — b. ca. 1636, Hingham, Massachusetts
- 4. Jedediah Strong — b. May 7, 1637, Hingham, Massachusetts, bpt. 14 Apr. 1639, Dorchester, Massachusetts.
- 5. Josiah Strong — d. young.
- 6. Return Strong — b. ca. 1641, Taunton, Massachusetts.
- 7. Ebenezer Strong — b. ca. 1643, Taunton, Massachusetts.
- 8. Abigail Strong — b. ca. 1645, Taunton, Massachusetts.
- 9. Elizabeth Strong — b. Feb. 24, 1647, Windsor, Connecticut.
- 10. Experience Strong — bapt. Aug. 4, 1650, Windsor, Connecticut.
- 11. Samuel Strong — (twin) b. Aug. 5, 1652, Windsor, Connecticut.
- 12. Joseph Strong — (twin) b. Aug. 5, 1652, Windsor, Connecticut, d. young.
- 13. Mary Strong — b. Oct. 26, 1654, Windsor, Connecticut.
- 14. Sarah Strong — b. 1655, Windsor, Connecticut.
- 15. Hannah Strong — b. May 20, 1657, Windsor, Connecticut.
- 16. Hester Strong — b. June 1, 1661, Northampton, Massachusetts
- 17. Thankful Strong — b. June 25, 1663, Northampton, Massachusetts.
- 18. Jerijah Strong — b. Dec. 13, 1665, Northampton, Massachusetts.
- Land granted, 18 September, 1635, for five acres of land on North Street near Ship Street, Hingham, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.
- Freeman on 9 March 1636/37
- House lot on Dean Street west of John Dean house.
- Freeman of Plymouth Colony 4 December 1638
- First Constable, 1638 and 1639, juror 1645.
- 4 February 1647 — “Thomas Thorton al his land formerly recorded in figures is sold to Thomas Ford and John Strong where the particulars fully apperar….”
- This included a house, out house, yards, orchards and gardens containing about two acres, more or less, bounded north and west by the land of Walter Fyler, south by the rivulet, on the east by the highways, and adjoining at the foot of the hill, in the great meadow, one acre and three quarters more or less bounded north by the land of John Mason and east by the land of William Hill [Windsor Register of Deeds]
- Freeman 15 May 1654 of Connecticut.
John Strong was ordained and Elder of the church in 1663.
- 14 October 1660 — John Strong bought from John Webb, a parcel of land lying in the Third square and bounded by land of Richard Lyman on the north and the highway on the south and on the sides bordering the land of David Wilton on the east by Samuel Allyn on the west — Seven acres .
- John Strong bought another parcel from John Webb, a home lot bounded on the highway east and north and the mill trench on the west containing two acres. Part of this was given to his son Samuel.
- John Strong bought another parcel from John Webb, which lies on the south side of Mill River and bounded by the highway east and west, the sides bordering the highway south and Mill River north containing — two acres.
- 15 October 1660 — Northampton granted to him several parcels of land including a tan yard which was bounded on the east and west by the highway, north by Ralph Hutchinson’s land and the common land, and the meeting house hill on the south. John gave this to his son Ebenezer, on 15 December 1688.
- The original tan yard contained one quarter acre. It was on King Street Brook a little north of Hampshire Marble Works. The town by vote directed all hides be taken to him to be tanned at his own price because of his reputation for honesty.
- 15 October 1660 — Northampton granted to him his home lot which was bounded on the highway north and Mill River on the south and bounded on the sides by the land of Capt. Aaron Cooke on the east and Alexander Edwards on the west. John Strong conveyed these parcels to John Webb 18 October 1660.
- The home lot granted to him by Northampton on West Street was nearly opposite the Parson’s Homestead. He sold it to John Webb, and purchased John Webb’s home lot at the corner of Main and South Streets. The property remained in the family for 103 years.
- Northampton granted John Strong another parcel of land in Manham Meadow which butts up on the Great River on the east and Mill River on the west containing four Six acres plus. John gave half of this lot to Ebenezer, 15 December 1688.
[Land records from “Strong Men and Strong Women” by Jeanne Waters Strong]