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Grandpa Need­ham Dier­lam and Bev­erly Dier­lam, 1932

One ques­tion I’m con­stantly fac­ing is, “Now that I have all these pho­tos scanned, what in the world do I do with them?” I have rel­a­tives who say they would love to see them. But it takes far more work to get the pho­tos to them!

Now that they are com­puter files, I can email them out, a few at a time. I can post them on my web site or on Face­book. These days you can cre­ate cof­fee table books, cal­en­dars, etc. All of those things take time, and there­fore, chances are they won’t actu­ally hap­pen. At least, in my case, not soon!

I have found the @Dropbox ser­vice is a great (and free!) mech­a­nism for file shar­ing amongst friends and rel­a­tives. Let me take a moment and explain Drop­box from this stand­point, because we’re going to be doing the same thing with Win­dows Live Mesh. Drop­box, accord­ing to Wikipedia, has over 50 mil­lion users. It’s a mature, reli­able, and securely encrypted service.

The orig­i­nal idea with Drop­box is that you use it for your­self. You install Drop­box on each of your com­put­ers (includ­ing your phone), and every­thing in your Drop­box fold­ers is always avail­able to you, on every com­puter. You can also use a web browser and obtain your files through their web site. It’s quite handy!

The free ver­sion of Drop­box has lim­its, some­where between 4 GB and 21 GB of file space. That is an awful lot of space for day-to-day usage. On the other hand, when you begin mak­ing thou­sands of high-resolution scans of pho­tos and old hand-written doc­u­ments, you run out of Drop­box space in a hurry!

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Francis Barnard Jr. House

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 558–559. Used with permission.

Francis Barnard Jr. House

Fran­cis Barnard Jr. House

Fran­cis Barnard Jr. (1741–1828), a vet­eran of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, is the great-grandson of Joseph Barnard and Sarah Strong.

Fran­cis Barnard Jr.’s house, 68 Adams Road, Bloom­field, was built ca. 1770, and, as of 1998, appears to be in good con­di­tion and occupied.

Fran­cis Barnard…was born within the present lim­its of Bloom­field, Conn., here passed his life in farm­ing, and died about 1830. He was thrice mar­ried, (first) to Eliz­a­beth Phelps, (sec­ond) to Chloe Mills, and (third) to Diodema Brown…”—Com­mem­o­ra­tive Bio­graph­i­cal Record of Hart­ford County, Con­necti­cut, p. 1308.

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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Seven Barnard Brothers: Revolutionary War Service

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 50–54. Used with permission.

Ser­vice in the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War

Francis Barnard House Historical Marker

Fran­cis Barnard House His­tor­i­cal Marker

The house of Lt. Fran­cis Barnard, 174 Dun­caster Road, built 1760, is one of the his­toric houses listed (p. 264) in The Win­ton­bury His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, 1983, From Win­ton­bury To Bloom­field: Win­ton­bury His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, Bloom­field, CT. “A sign on the front of the house for many years read: ‘From this house went forth seven sons to fight in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.’” A pho­to­graph of the sign, with all let­ters in cap­i­tals, is given on p. 47 of that publication.

The evi­dence and cita­tions for ser­vice in the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War by the seven sons of Fran­cis are treated col­lec­tively here. The two prin­ci­pal sources are Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, Hart­ford, CT, 1889, and Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, Abi­gail Phelps Chap­ter, National Soci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, Sims­bury, CT, 1982.


1775: At LEX. Alarm.” CMWR, p. 21, per Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 40

Three days ser­vice. Included in the “List of the Men who marched from the Con­necti­cut Towns ‘for the Relief of Boston in the Lex­ing­ton Alarm,’ April, 1775”—per CMWR, p. 21.

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The Early Barnard Settlers: Francis Barnard

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 2–10. Used with permission.

Fran­cis Barnard1 (ca. 1616–1698)

Fran­cis emi­grated from Eng­land, arrived in Mass­a­chu­setts (as did sev­eral other unre­lated Barnards), and was among the early set­tlers of Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut (cer­tainly by 1644, per his mar­riage there), and Hadley and Deer­field, Mass­a­chu­setts (1659 and 1673, respec­tively). Prior to the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War (1775–1783), his descen­dants resided prin­ci­pally in Mass­a­chu­setts and Con­necti­cut. There­after, some removed to Ver­mont, and many migrated west­ward, set­tling mainly in New York, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio, Indi­ana, Illi­nois, Michi­gan, and Wis­con­sin (or the ter­ri­to­ries that sub­se­quently formed these states). Many Loy­al­ists (“Tories”) removed to Nova Sco­tia and Lower Canada (Ontario) dur­ing and imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. Today descen­dants of Fran­cis live through­out the United States and Canada.

Fred­er­ick Adams Virkus, edi­tor, Immi­grants to Amer­ica Before 1750: An Alpha­bet­i­cal List of Immi­grants to the Colonies,before 1750, com­piled from offi­cial and other records (orig­i­nally pub­lished Chicago, 1929–1932; exerpted from The Mag­a­zine of Amer­i­can Geneal­ogy, Sec­tion IV, Num­bers 1–27, Bal­ti­more: Genealog­i­cal Pub­lish­ing Co., 1965, p. 169), gives the fol­low­ing for Fran­cis and his imme­di­ate descen­dants [for­mat­ted for eas­ier read­ing online]:

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The Early Barnard Settlers: Introduction

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, page 1. Used with permission.

The Early Barnard Settlers

Emi­grat­ing from Eng­land, Barnards were among the ear­li­est set­tlers of New Eng­land. Although none were pas­sen­gers on the Mayflower which arrived in Decem­ber, 1620, bear­ing the Pil­grims which set­tled at Ply­mouth, Mass­a­chu­setts, Barnards were immi­grat­ing within 14 years to New Eng­land. List­ings of Barnard arrivals there in 1620 have been pub­lished, but these appear to be errors; they include arrivals to Con­necti­cut and Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts, some years before these local­i­ties were settled.

The fol­low­ing are listed as arriv­ing in 1620, as cited in Banks, Charles Edward, Topo­graph­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of 2885 Eng­lish Emi­grants: Bal­ti­more; Genealog­i­cal Pub­lish­ing Co., 1957 (all from Barnard, Roy, The New World Book of Barnards: Halbert’s Fam­ily Her­itage, Ohio, 1997, p. 51–52):

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Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard

Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard

Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard

The head­stone says, Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard. Who would know she was mar­ried at 16, mother at 17, widow at 18? Years later but still in her early 20s she became the wife of George Allen Barnard, and together they became my great-great-great grandparents.

How did she feel, in barely-settled Kit­tan­ning, widow and mother at only 18? Her mother had died, and her step-mother was barely older than she.

I won­der if she saw lit­tle but a hope­less life before her. She lived 81 years, and her son lived to be 98. I like how her memo­r­ial dom­i­nates the sky­line at Glade Run Pres­by­ter­ian Church ceme­tery, Day­ton, Arm­strong County Pennsylvania.

7. George Allen Barnard (1809–1885) was the son of George Barnard and Sally Higley. Rosanah John­ston (1814–1896) was the daugh­ter of David R. John­ston and Isabella Robin­son.

6. George Barnard (1782–1862) was the son of Fran­cis Barnard Jr. and Chloe Mills.

5. Fran­cis Barnard Jr. (1741–1828) was the son of Fran­cis Barnard Sr. and Lucre­tia Pinney.

4. Fran­cis Barnard Sr. (1719–1789) was the son of Joseph Barnard Jr. and Abi­gail Griswold.

3. Joseph Barnard Jr. (1681–1736) was the son of Joseph Barnard Sr. and Sarah Strong.

2. Joseph Barnard Sr. (ca. 1650–1695) was the son of Fran­cis Barnard and Han­nah Meru­ell. Sarah Strong (1655/56–1732/33) was the daugh­ter of Elder John Strong and Abi­gail Ford.

1. Fran­cis Barnard (ca. 1617–1697/98). Han­nah Meru­ell (ca. 1627-ca. 1675). Elder John Strong (1605–1699). Abi­gail Ford (1608–1688).

Webmaster comes out of Hibernation

Home Sunrise

Return­ing from Hibernation

If you skip a para­graph or three, you’ll move straight to my thoughts on how we can be of greater ser­vice to our new online-connected generations.

The 21st Century

Three years ago I vol­un­teered as Interim Web­mas­ter. That part was easy, thanks to the gra­cious help of our pre­vi­ous web­mas­ter! For the record, I donate to SFAA the cost of domain reg­is­tra­tions, and the cost of commercial-grade server space and band­width. To me it’s all part of the package.

Upon being named per­ma­nent Web­mas­ter, I quickly con­sol­i­dated my empire, declar­ing myself to be the Grand High Hered­i­tary Web­mas­ter of the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. It’s a legit­i­mate title, since most of my best “web­mas­ter­ing” ideas come from our son Jakob Barnard.

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Mother-Daughter married Father-Son

Sarah Strong (1656–1733), daugh­ter of Elder John Strong (abt. 1610–1699) and Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688), mar­ried a sec­ond time after her hus­band Joseph Barnard (1650–1695) died. She had been left with 9 chil­dren liv­ing at home and one child was born six months after her husband’s death.

In Sep­tem­ber of 1698, three years to the month after her husband’s death, she mar­ried the wid­ower Cap­tain Jonathan Wells. Together they had the child David, born 31 Jan­u­ary 1700, who died soon.

Rebecca Barnard (1686–1718) was 11 years old when she became part of the com­bined house­hold of Jonathan and Sarah Wells. Jonathan Wells Jr. (1684–1735), son of Jonathan Wells and Hep­z­ibah Colton, was two years older than Rebecca, a teenager liv­ing in their same house­hold. Ten years later, on 13 March 1717/18, they mar­ried. They were not related by blood, but indeed we had mother and daugh­ter marry father and son!

Rebecca, sad to say, died 14 Novem­ber 1718, merely eight and a half months after her marriage.

The rest of this arti­cle quotes ver­ba­tim from Fran­cis Barnard (ca. 1616–1698) and his Descen­dants Part D by Dr. Walther M. Barnard, pages 1019–1020, used with per­mis­sion. This is all the infor­ma­tion he gath­ered about Rebecca, daugh­ter of Joseph Barnard and Sarah Strong.

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Alternate copies of Sarah Strong Barnard’s Birth Records

Children of Joseph and Sarah Strong Barnard

Chil­dren of Joseph and Sarah Strong Barnard

Click on either image to see it full size. Both images were taken from the Deer­field Vital Records col­lec­tions at the Wis­con­sin His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin. The two records were from dif­fer­ent books. Each of the books was sorted dif­fer­ently from the other. How­ever, it appears clear that both were copied from the same orig­i­nal “Old Book” of Vital Records for Deer­field, Massachusetts.

Both had their own page num­ber­ing sys­tems, but both also label this entry as “Page 2.” Joseph Barnard was the first Town Clerk of Deer­field. It appears that the orig­i­nal Old Book had one page allo­cated to each fam­ily. When a new fam­ily had their first child, they got listed on the next empty page of the Old Book. Since Joseph prob­a­bly cre­ated the book, he nat­u­rally started the book with his own fam­ily on page 2.

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