Ruth (Alden) Bass
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Ruth (Alden) Bass (abt. 1637 - 1674)

Ruth Bass formerly Alden
Born about in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 3 Feb 1657 in Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 37 in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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There is no birth or baptismal record for Ruth Alden, daughter of John Alden and his Wife Priscilla Mullins. Dates vary, about 1634/5 from Mayflower Increasings;[1] about 1637 based on marriage in 1657 from the 1999 Mayflower Families;[2] also 1643 from the website.[3] She was probably born in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony where the family moved in 1632.

Ruth Auldin married John Basse, in Braintree, Massachusetts, by "Mr. Jno Auldine of Duxbery," 3 Feb 1657.[4][1][5] A transcription error was made and a date 13 Feb 1657 was in the "Early Records of Boston published in Vol 12 of New England Historical and Genealogical Register[6]

She passed away on October 12, 1674 at Braintree, Massachusetts.[7][1]

There is a modern memorial to the Bass family in the Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, US[8] Mary is probably not buried there.


  1. John Bass b. 1658
  2. Samuel Bass b. 1660
  3. Ruth Bass b. 1662
  4. Joseph Bass b. 1665
  5. Hannah Bass b. 1667
  6. Mary Bass b. 1669
  7. Sarah Bass b. 1672

Ruth's descendents include presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Research Notes

Alternate birth dates, with no or questionable sourcing
November 28, 1636
28 NOV 1634, Duxbury[9]
22 Jun 1637

There is no child Philip Bass recognized by the Mayflower Society


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Increasings 2nd edition. (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing co., 1995) p. 4+ Link at Ancestr ($)
  2. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. Volume 16 Part 1 Family of John Alden (1999)
  3. website: Descendants of John Alden, Second Generation, Sarah Alden. (Link via Wayback Machine, capture date 14 May 2021.)
  4. Records of the town of Braintree, 1640-1793. (Randolph, Mass., D.H. Huxford, printer, 1886) p. 716
  5. Mayflower Families through five Generations. John Alden (Vol 16, part 1, page 45, dated 2002)
  6. "Early Records of Boston." Brantrey Marriages. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 12:347 Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  7. Bates, Samuel A. Records of the Town of Braintree. 1640-1793. 1886. p. 640. Link to page at
  8. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 January 2022), memorial page for Ruth Alden Bass (28 Nov 1637–12 Oct 1674), Find A Grave: Memorial #13499872, citing Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Nat Woo (contributor 48195282) .
  9. Source: #S431
  • Source: Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford and Williams, Alicia Crane, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol 16 Part 1 of 3, John Alden, Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002. P45-47.
  • Source: Genealogy of Mary Jane Bradway, Married Asa Rufus Snow Compiled by Kearney W. Greenwald and wife Frieda Greenwald rom Research by Bette Bradway, a professional genelogist worker.
  • Source: Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850 Author: Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB Publication: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3.
  • Source: K. Alan & Roberta J. Streeter - Genealogy Research Assistants, New England Connections established 12 July 1996 - Our Mayflower Passangers. This site created and maintained by Robert H. Streeter - E-mail to [email address removed], James A. Streeter - E-mail to [email address removed]. K. Alan & Roberta J. Streeter - Genealogy Research Assistants CONT Copyright © 1996,1997 by Robert H.
  • Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.

Original data:

  • Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Volumes 1 & 2. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992.

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578 FindAGrave - Different death date
I am related to Ruth Alden Bass. I have done DNA and uploaded it to Gedmatch also Where do I put it in? Also have Sargent DNA from Amesbury, MA
posted by Jean Bagley
Children need to be resolved
Alden-2200 and Alden-1 appear to represent the same person because: It appears that Alden-2200 is a duplicate of Alden-1, Ruth Alden who married John Bass. If this is the case, could you complete a merge?

Thank you, Krista Robinson

posted by Krista Robinson
Alden-2181 and Alden-1 appear to represent the same person because: This is the same person - birth dates are not same, but similar. Spouses same, parents same.
posted by Jane (Harriss) Naus

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