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May 28. 2013 2:53PM

Ocean Born Mary - Londonderry

Legend has it that "Ocean Born Mary" was born at sea on July 28, 1720, to James and Elizabeth Wilson. She was on a ship filled with immigrants that was intercepted by pirates. The pirate reportedly promised not to harm anyone if the Wilsons named their new baby after his mother, or his wife (depending on the version). She moved to Londonderry and married James Wallace in 1742, wearing a silk gown that was presented to her at birth by the privateer. Some versions take the legend even further, stating that the pirate returned two decades later to claim Mary after her husband died, when in fact he lived to be 81. There is a house in Henniker known as the Ocean Born Mary house, but it has no connection to the red-haired baby who was born on a ship and later became known as Ocean Born Mary.


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