Family:John Strong and Hannah Smith (2)

Facts and Events
Marriage[1][2] 26 Nov 1686 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

John Strong's Third Wife

"Descendants of Elder John Strong, by Benjamin W. Dwight, states that John Strong, Jr., (son of Elder John Strong), b. 1626, m. Nov. 26, Mary Clark. She d. April 28, 1663, and he m. 1664, for a second wife, Elizabeth Warriner. She d. June 7, 1684. No mention is made of a third wife. On the same page (p. 20) it states that Sgt. John Strong, son of John Strong, Jr., b. 25 Dec. 1665, m. Nov. 26, 1686, Hannah Trumbull of Suffield, Conn., daughter of Deacon John Trumbull. It is stated in Early Settlers of Rowley, by Blodgette and Jewett (1933) p. 399, that Joseph (not John) Trumble, m. 6 May 1669, Hannah, daughter of Hugh Smith, and moved to Suffield, Conn., and "It was his widow, Hannah, who married John Strong, not his daughter, as shown by the following extract from the Rowley Church Record, 'Hannah Strong sometime the wife of Joseph Trumbl & daughter to Br. Smith now wife of Goodm: Strong dismissed to the Church of Xst at Winsor Novemb 1 1687.' " The fact is that Sgt. John Strong did not marry Hannah Trumbull, but that his father, John Strong, Jr., married the widow Hannah Trumbull as stated in Early Settlers of Rowley. This marriage took place Nov. 26, 1686, the date assigned by Dwight to the marriage of the son, Sgt. John. This date, it will be noted, was two years after the death of John Jr.'s second wife, and likewise after the death of Joseph Trumbull. Dwight mistook the marriage of the father for that of the son. … The proof of these facts may be found in … wills, published in Manwaring's Early Connecticut Probate Records. In Vol. I, p. 588-9, concerning the Estate of John Strong, who died 20 Feb. 1697/8, there is found an agreement, signed on 3 March 1697/8 between Hannah Strong, late wife of John Strong, late of Windsor, dec'd and "mother-in-law" of his sons John and Jacob Strong. This shows that at at his decease John Strong, Jr., had a wife, stepmother of his sons, named Hannah. With the extract above quoted, from the Rowley Church Records, this makes certain that John Strong, Jr., married a third time, Hannah (Smith) Trumbull, widow of Joseph Trumbull."[2]

  1. Windsor Vital Records, in Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 55:353.

    STRONG, John, of Windsor, m. Hana TRUMBLE, of Suffield, Nov. 26, 1686.
    STRONG, John, of Windsor, m. Hannah TRUMBLE, of Suffield, Nov. 26, 1685* *("1689?).

  2. 2.0 2.1 Pitman, H. Minot, "Strong Wives", in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,, 12 [1935] : 76-77, Oct 1935.