My STRONG line ties into one of America's most well-connected family trees. It is through this line that I am related to such notables as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George W. Bush, Princess Diana, J. Pierpont Morgan, Bess Wallace Truman, and Nathan Hale, to name a few. I'm also related to fellow geneablogger, TK, of Before My Time.
Stories and History:
Ahnentafel #7860 - George STRONGE (1556 - 1635/6) - born and died in Chard, Somersetshire, England. Apparently also lived in Chardstock.
Ahentafel #3840 - John STRONGE (c. 1585 - 1613) - married Eleanor DEANE in 1609 in Chard
Ahnentafel #1920 - Elder John STRONGE (c. 1605 - 1699) - born in Chard, he married first before 1634 to Margaret DEANE, a maternal relative. He emigrated with his wife and two young children to Massachusetts as part of the Great Migration on the Hopewell. Margery died soon after. He then married Abigail FORD around 1635/6, and together they had 15 children. He first lived in Hingham and then Taunton, Massachusetts. Later her moved to Windsor, Connecticut. Finally he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where he was ordained an elder of that church in 1663. He was a tanner.
Ahnentafel #960 - Samuel STRONG, Sr. (1652 - 1732) - twin to Joseph, who died young; born in Northampton; married 1684 to Esther CLAPP (d. 1698): eight children. Married 1698 to Ruth SHELDON: four children. "On Aug. 10, 1711, he and his son Samuel Jr., took a team of horses out of Northampton to a meadow to get a load of grain. They soon were ambushed by three Indians. When the townspeople rushed there they found young Samuel dead and the father gone. Samuel Sr. had been wounded and taken prisoner. He was taken to Canada but later returned home. He arrived home on a Sabbath and entered the meeting house to the surprise and joy of the congregation." Also lived in Dorchester, MA.
Ahentafel #480 - Josiah STRONG, Sr. (1705 - 1761) - Removed to Connecticut and is found in Colchester, Litchfield, and more notably, Sharon. Married Elizabeth FOWLER (1704 - 1731) c. 1728: two children. Married Hannah SMEDLEY in 1734: eight children. Died in Sharon due to small pox.
Ahnentafel #240 - Josiah STRONG, Jr. (1729 - ?) - born in Colchester, CT; married Eleanor WHITE (b. 1733) in 1753: seven children. Josiah served in the Revolutionary War as a private in the Company of Householders out of Sharon, CT.
Ahnentafel #120 - Joel STRONG (1764 - 1857) - Born in Sharon; married Amelia CURTIS (1772 - 1842) in Kent, CT: three sons. Removed to what is now Schenectady Co., NY and later Candor, Tioga Co., NY, where he died.
Ahnentafel #60 - Zeri STRONG (1807 - 1872) - Born in what is now Schenectady Co., NY; removed to Cattaraugus Co., NY. Married Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846) c. 1835: five children. Lived in Ontario and Tompkins Counties, NY before settling in the Town of Candor, Tioga Co., NY. Married Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 - aft. 1880) c. 1846: five children. Zeri's first two children, Ambrose J. and George Washington STRONG served in Co. G, 137th NY Infantry during the Civil War. Both died while serving; Ambrose in Stevenson, AL from disease, and George in Gettysburg during that battle.
Ahnentafel #30 - Charles Frisbe STRONG (1852 - 1921) - born in Candor; married Mary Lucy WRIGHT (1859 - 1946) in 1873: 10 children. Moved back and forth between Tioga Co., NY and Western Michigan (Newaygo, Kent, Ottawa Counties) several times. Finally headed west, spending time in Fiske, Saskatechewan and then in Clapsop and Marion Counties, OR, settling in Hubbard in the last county. Died in Portland, OR after an operation.
Ahnentafel #15 - Lillian Fern STRONG (1897 - 1967) - read her AnceStory here.
Ahnentafel #7 - Ruth Lillian HOEKSTRA (1919 - 2001) - my maternal grandmother; read her AnceStory here.
Ahnentafel #3 - my mother (living)
Ahnentafel #1 - myself
More about the STRONG family:
1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): STRONG ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)
2. Some STRONG obituaries
3. Posts about STRONG ancestors and relatives on this blog
4. Some scanned STRONG photos
5. Some scanned STRONG documents
6. The HOEKSTRA-STRONG Family Record Book (only partly scanned)
7. The Strong Family Association of America, Inc. website.
My STRONG immigration trail:
Locations listed are modern names and borders.
Somersetshire, ENG > Plymouth Co., MA > Bristol Co., MA > Hartford Co., CT > Hampshire Co., MA > Suffolk Co., MA > Hampshire Co., MA > New London Co., CT > Litchfield Co., CT > Schenectady Co., NY > Ontario Co., NY > Tompkins Co., NY > Tioga Co., NY > Newaygo Co., MI > Tioga Co., NY > Kent Co., MI > Ottawa Co., MI > Kent Co., MI > Saskatchewan > Clapsop Co., OR > Marion Co., OR > Kent Co., MI > AK > Stevens Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA