Ocean Born Mary Legend
Ocean Born Mary Legend is based in
Ocean Born Mary was
born at sea to James and Elizabeth
Wilson on July 28, 1720. She was on a ship filled with immigrants
that was intercepted by pirates. One of the pirates promised not to harm anyone if the
Wilsons named their new baby girl after his mother or
his wife (depending on the version of the legend).
Mary got older and moved to
Londonderry NH. She married James Wallace in 1742,
wearing a silk gown that was given to her the day of
birth by the privateer.
Some versions of the
Legend of Ocean Born Mary take the
legend a little further and state that the pirate
returned two decades later to claim Mary after her
husband died. Other versions of the legend state the
Mary's husband lived to be 81 years old.
The house above is the
Ocean Born Mary House in Henniker NH. Although it is known as the
"Ocean Born Mary
House," there is no connection to the red-haired
baby who was born on a ship and named after a pirates
mother that later became known
as Ocean Born Mary.
New Hampshire Legends, Mysteries and Folklore