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Mary Clark (Strong)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Strong, the Elder and Abigail Strong
Wife of Dea. John Clark
Mother of Noah Clark; Nathaniel Clark; Ebenezer Clark; John Clark, of Northampton; Rebecca Baker and 6 others
Sister of Jedediah Strong, Sr.; Thomas Strong, Sr.; Josiah Strong; Return Strong, Sr.; Ebenezer Strong, Sr and 10 others
Half sister of John Strong, Jr.; Infant Strong and Jacob Strong

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About Mary Clark

Birth: Oct. 26, 1654 Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA Death: Dec. 8, 1738 Northampton Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA

Mary, daughter of John & Abigail (Ford) Strong, was born at Windsor 26 Oct 1654. She married at Northampton, 20 Mar 1678/9 John Clark.

Find A Grave contributor Kevin Avery adds: From Massachusetts VR Died Dec 8,1738 at Northampton, Hampshire Co, Mass.


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Parents:
 John Strong (1610 - 1699)
 Abigail Ford Strong (1619 - 1688)

Spouse:
 John Clark (1651 - 1704)*

Children:
 John Clark (1679 - 1768)*
 Nathaniel Clark (1681 - 1767)*
 Ebenezer Clark (1682 - 1781)*
 Increase Clark (1684 - 1775)*
 Rebeckah Clark Baker (1687 - 1774)*
 Abigail Clark Cook (1692 - 1766)*
 Josiah Clark (1697 - 1789)*
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Burial: Unknown


Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Dec 01, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 81320770

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Sometimes referred to as "Sgt. John Clarke", but more usually as "Deacon John", he was a much respected and useful man in both town and church affairs. In 1691, he was the sixth man chosen as Deacon of the First church and served 14 years until his death. Deac. John was first elected Selectman in 1689 and served in that office in 1692, 1693, 1696, 1698 and from 1700 until his death. He also served on numerous committees and was a Deputy to the General Court from 1699 to 1703. It is said, that Deac. John died from fatigue and cold from a SNOWSTORM on his way home from Boston. At that time, a trip to Boston on horseback was about a week's journey. Deac. John's children were all unmarried at the time so his death was a heavy blow to the family as well as to the church and community. He may have been in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, to inspect land inherited by his wife, Mary Strong. Based on his will, he was also a farmer.

[From Dave Clark's web site] John2 CLARK Deacon (William1 CLARKE) (#114) was born in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA 1 May 1651. John died 3 Sep 1704 in Windsor, Hartford, CT, at 53 years of age.

He married twice. He married Rebecah COOPER Northampton, Hampshire, MA, 12 Jul 1677. (Rebecah COOPER is #116.) Rebecah was born in Springfield, Hampden, MA 15 May 1657. Rebecah was the daughter of Thomas COOPER Lt. and Sarah (Cooper) RUSSELL. Rebecah died 8 May 1678 Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at 20 years of age. Rebecca was the daughter of Capt. Thomas Cooper and Sarah Russell. When Capt. Cooper was killed in the Indian attack on Springfield Massachusetts in 1675, his widow Sarah, fled to Northampton, and there married Lt. William Clarke over a year later.

John (Deacon) Clark was William's son, and therefore Sarah's stepson. Rebecca died from complications of childbirth, when their only child Sarah, was born on 20 Apr 1678 in Northampton. Rebecca was not yet 21 years old.

Deacon John married Mary Strong, daughter of Elder John Strong, the following year.

He married Mary STRONG Northampton, Hampshire, MA, 20 Mar 1679. (Mary STRONG is #117.) Mary was born in Windsor, Hartford, CT 26 Oct 1654. Mary was the daughter of John STRONG Elder and Abigail FORD. Mary died 8 Dec 1738 Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at 84 years of age. The following was provided by Virginia Lagarias, taken from an unpublished manuscript compiled by Edith M. Clark Nyman. References: Warner Ancestry, Antiquities, Historicals and Graduates of Northampton; Hampshire Co. Probate Court - #32

It is not known where Deacon John Clark lived and brought up his family, but probably, in the house later known as the Upham House, halfway between Pres. Seelyes' and Mr. Maltby's.

He inherited the southern six acres of Lt. William's homelot, but at that time, he was already the father of 8 children.

Sometimes referred to as "Sgt. John Clarke", but more usually as "Dea. John", he was a much respected and useful man in both town and church affairs. He was first elected Selectman in 1689 and served in that office in 1692, 93, 96, 98 and from 1700 until his death. He also served on numerous committees and was a Deputy to the General Court from 1699 to 1703. In 1691, he was the sixth man chosen as Deacon of the First church and served 14 years until his death.

Massachusetts Bay House of Representatives, 1703 The following Representatives took the oaths appointed, and repeated and subscribed the Declaration: County of Hampshire John Hitchcock, Springfield John Clarke, Northampton Eliezar Frarey, Hatfield Thomas Hovey, Hadley Capt. Isaac Phelps, Westfield

J.R. Trumbull in his "History of Northampton" - "As to longevity and rapid increase, he was the father of the most remarkable family probably ever reared in Northampton Of his 12 children, only 1 died young. The remaining 6 sons and 5 daughters all married and all outlived their mates. 3 sons lived past 80 years and 3 past 90.

When his widow, Mary, died she left 83 grandchildren. His sons and their spouses, with the exception of Nathaniel, are buried inside the main gate of Bridge St. Cemetery, between the main cemetery roadway and the Bates Tomb. The stones, except Noah's are all standing and readable at this time (1977).

Dea. John died at Windsor, Ct. Sept. 3, 1704 from fatigue and cold taken in a SNOWSTORM on his way home from Boston. At that time, a trip to Boston on horseback was about a week's journey. His children were all unmarried at the time so his death was a heavy blow to the family as well as to the church and community. (This record has been repeated in every genealogy that I have read about Deacon John. I must really strain my imagination to think of a snowstorm in early September in that part of New England. It HAD to have been a truly freak storm.)) Since there is no record of John Clark ever living in Windsor, he may have stopped there to inspect land inherited by his wife, Mary Strong.

On 12 Oct 1704, his widow and sons, John & Nathaniel, filed an inventory of his estate which included 13 parcels of land valued at L488-10. This included his house and homestead, and the Joshua Carter lot willed to him by his father and land in Lebanon, Ct. His personal estate valued at L161-9 included 2 oxen, 4 cows, 10 steers, 3 heifers, 3 horses, a mare, colt, sheep and a long list of household goods and furniture. The estate was owed L24-07-05 and owed debts which totaled L43-19-07. The net estate value was L630-06-05. (Hampshire Co. Probate Court # 32:1)

Even though Deacon John spelled his name CLARKE, most, if not all, Northampton records do not have the 'e' on them. I don't know if this had become the fashion at that time, or if it was caused by the vagaries of the recorders. In any case, the names of all of Deacon John's children were recorded in the VR's without the 'e', and from that point on, only the children of Deacon John's brother, William, who had removed to Lebanon, CT, retained the 'e'. This continued for many generations in the Connecticut CLARKE lines, and in fact, still continues among several lines there today.

In her manuscript, Ms. Nyman refers to the burial plot in Bridge St. Cemetery, but on my last trip there, I could not locate a stone for Deacon John, although there are several in that location that are so badly worn as to be unreadable.

[Info. on Wills made from Dave Clark's Site. It is at http://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/DaveClark/CLARK/index.htm.] [OF Deacon John Clark's Will] On Oct 12, 1704, his widow and sons, John & Nathaniel, filed an inventory of his estate which included 13 parcels of land valued at L488-10. This included his house and homestead, the Joshua Carter lot willed to him by his father and land in Lebanon, Ct. His personal estate valued at L161-9 included 2 oxen, 4 cows, 10 steers, 3 heifers, 3 horses, a mare, colt, sheep and a long list of household goods and furniture. The estate was owed L24-07-05 and owed debts which totaled L43-19-07. The net estate value was L630-06-05. Hampshire Co. Probate Court # 32:1

John married Mary Strong, daughter of John Strong the Elder and Abigail Ford, on 20 Mar 1679 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Mass. (Mary Strong was born on 26 Oct 1654 in Taunton Manor, Mass. and died on 8 Dec 1738 in Windsor, Conn..)

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http://strongfamilyofamerica.org/strong/mary.html

http://www.holcombegenealogy.com/data/p195.htm#i9723

Mary Strong

b. 26 October 1654, d. 8 December 1738

Mary Strong|b. 26 Oct 1654\nd. 8 Dec 1738|p195.htm#i9723|Elder John Strong|b. c 1605\nd. 14 Apr 1699|p185.htm#i9218|Abigail Ford|d. 6 Jul 1688|p185.htm#i9219|||||||Thomas Ford|b. c 1590\nd. 28 Nov 1676|p190.htm#i9484|Elizabeth Charde||p190.htm#i9485|

    Mary Strong was born on 26 October 1654 at Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Elder John Strong and Abigail Ford. Mary Strong married Deacon John Clark, son of Lieut. William Clark and Sarah (?), on 20 March 1679. Mary Strong died on 8 December 1738 at age 84.

Children of Mary Strong and Deacon John Clark

   * John Clark Jr.+ b. 28 Dec 1679, d. 3 Aug 1768
   * Ebenezer Clark+ b. 18 Oct 1682, d. 27 Feb 1781

Citations

  1. [S84] Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight Elder John Strong, Vol. II:Pg. 1439.

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"Mary - b. Oct. 26, 1654, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT; d. Dec. 8, 1738, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. Married Mar. 20, 1679, Northampton, MA to Dea. John CLARK (b. 1651; d. Sep. 3, 1704), son of William and Sarah. Children: Dea. John married Elizabeth COOK; Nathaniel married Hannah SHELDON; Ebenezer married Abigail PARSONS (ancestors of Bess TRUMAN); Increase married Mary SHELDON; Mary married Benjamin EDWARDS; Rebecca married Capt. John BAKER; Experience married Daniel NASH; Abigail married Dea. Noah COOK, Jr.; Noah married Eunice DICKINSON;Thankful did not marry; and Josiah married Thankful SHELDON. "

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ID: I09872

Name: Mary Strong

Sex: F

Birth: 26 OCT 1654 in Windsor, Hartford, Conn.

Death: 8 DEC 1738 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.

Note:

Mary STRONG (John1) was born in Windsor, Hartford, CT 26 Oct 1654. Mary died 8 Dec 1738 in Windsor, Hartford, CT, at 84 years of age.

She married John CLARK Deacon Northampton, Hampshire, MA, 20 Mar 1679. John was born in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA 1 May 1651. John was the son of William CLARKE Lt. and Sarah ?. John died 3 Sep 1704 in Windsor, Hartford, CT, at 53 years of age. The following was provided by Virginia Lagarias, taken from an unpublished manuscript compiled by Edith M. Clark Nyman. References: Warner Ancestry, Antiquities, Historicals and Graduates of Northampton; Hampshire Co. Probate Court - #32:1

It is not known where Deacon John Clark lived and brought up his family, but probably, in the house later known as the Upham House, halfway between Pres. Seelyes' and Mr. Maltby's. He inherited the southern six acres of Lt. William's homelot, but at that time, he was already the father of 8 children.

Sometimes referred to as "Sgt. John Clark", but more usually as "Dea. John", he was a much respected and useful man in both town and church affairs/ He was first elected Selectman in 1689 and served in that office in 1692, 93, 96, 98 and from 1700 until his death. He also served on numerous committees and was a Deputy to the General Court from 1699 to 1703. In 1691, he was the sixth man chosen as Deacon of the First church and served 14 years until his death.

As to longevity and rapid increase, he was the father of the most remarkable family probably ever reared in Northampton. Of his 12 children, only 1 died young. The remaining 6 sons and 5 daughters all married and all outlived their mates. 3 sons lived past 80 years and 3 past 90. When his widow, Mary, died she left 83 grandchildren. His sons and spouses, with the exception of Nathaniel, are buried inside the main gate of Bridge St. Cemetery, between the main cemetery roadway and the Bates Tomb. The stones, except Noah's are all standing and readable at this time (1977).

Father: John Strong b: ABT 1609 in Chard, Somerset, England

Mother: Abigail Ford b: 8 OCT 1619 in Bridport, Dorset, England

Marriage 1 John Clark b: 1 MAY 1651 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass.

Married: 20 MAR 1679 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.

Children

John Clark b: 28 DEC 1679
Nathaniel Clark b: 13 MAY 1681
Ebenezer Clark b: 18 OCT 1682
Increase Clark b: 8 APR 1684
Mary Clark b: 27 OCT 1685
Rebecca Clark b: 22 NOV 1687
Experience Clark b: 30 OCT 1689
Abigail Clark b: MAR 1692
Noah Clark b: 28 MAR 1694 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.
Thankful Clark b: 18 FEB 1696
Josiah Clark b: 11 JUN 1697


            
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Mary Clark's Timeline

1654
October 26, 1654
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
1673
January 15, 1673
Age 18
Ipswich, Massachusetts
1679
March 20, 1679
Age 24
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
December 28, 1679
Age 25
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
1681
May 13, 1681
Age 26
Northhampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1682
October 18, 1682
Age 27
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1682
Age 27
Northampton, Hampshire, MA, USA
1685
December 27, 1685
Age 31
Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA
1687
November 22, 1687
Age 33
Northampton,Hampshire,Massachusetts,USA
1689
October 30, 1689
Age 35
Northfield, Hampshire, MA