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Mary (Bass) Spear (1669 - 1725)

Mary Spear formerly Bass aka Copeland, Webb
Born in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 24 Mar 1686 (to Mar 1689) in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Wife of — married 13 Apr 1694 (to Oct 1716) in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Wife of — married 1718 (to 21 Mar 1719) in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
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Died at age 56 in Randolph, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Mary Bass. Born on 11 Feb 1669 in Braintree, MA. Mary died on 10 Apr 1725; she was 56. Buried in Randolph, MA.[1]

On 24 May 1686 when Mary was 17, she first married Christopher Webb, son of Christopher Webb (18 Nov 1630-30 May 1694) & Hannah Scott (ca 1635-20 Dec 1718), in Braintree, MA. Born on 25 Mar 1663 in Billerica, MA. Christopher died in Mar 1690.

Their children:[1]

  1. Hannah Webb b. 16 Dec. 1686; d 1725
  2. Sarah Webb, b. 10 Dec 1688
  3. Christopher Webb, b. 19 Aug 1690

Christopher died at sea off Nantasket with smallpox.

On 13 Apr 1694 when Mary was 25, she second married William Copeland, son of Laurence Copeland & Lydia Townsend, in Braintree, MA. Born on 15 Nov 1656 in Braintree, MA. William died in Braintree, MA, on 30 Oct 1716; he was 59.

Their children:[1]

  1. William Copeland, b. 7 March 1694/5
  2. Ephraim Copeland, b. 1 Feb. 1697
  3. Ebenezer Copeland, b. 16 Feb. 1698[/9]
  4. Jonathan Copeland, b. 31 Aug. 1701
  5. David Copeland (15 Apr 1704-15 Apr 1750)
  6. Joseph Copeland (18 May 1706-26 Jan 1793)
  7. Benjamin Copeland (5 Oct 1708-20 Oct 1790)
  8. Moses Copeland, b. 28 May 1710
  9. Mary Copeland, b. 28 May 1713

ca 1718 Mary third married Ebenezer Spear, son of George Spear (-21 Mar 1719) & Mary Heath (ca 1627-7 Dec 1674). Born on 3 Aug 1654 in Braintree, MA. Ebenezer died in Braintree, MA, on 21 Mar 1719; he was 64.

Citations; [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Woodsworth-Barnes, Esther L. and Alicia C. Williams, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 16, Part I, Family of John Alden, (Plymouth:GSMD, 2002), Page 144:
    #51. MARY3 BASS (Ruth2 Alden, John1.) was born at Braintree, 11 12th month [February] 1669 (VR, 647); died 10 April 1725, buried Randolph (Braintree Old, 161). ...
    Page 145:
    Children of Christopher and Mary (Bass) WEBB, born at Braintree (VR. 664-66), baptized at Braintree (NEHGR, 59:274):
       i. HANNAH,4 b. 16 Dec. 1686, bp. 19 7th mo. [Sept.] 1697: d. 1725; unm. (Giles Mem, 503).
    287. ii. SARAH, b. 10, 10th mo. [Dec.] 1688, bp. 19 7th mo. [Sept.] 1697; m. SAMUEL ARNOLD.
    288. iii. CHRISTOPHER, b. 19 Aug. 1690, posthumous; m. ANNE WHITE.
    Page 145:
    Children of William and Mary (Bass) COPELAND, born at Braintree (VR, 672, 676, 680, 684-85, 688-89, 696; NEHGR, 59:274, 360, 362, 364):
    289. iv. WILLIAM, b. 7 March 1694/5, bp. 19 7th mo. [Sept.] 1697; m. MARY THAYER.
    290. v. EPHRAIM, b. 1 Feb. 1697, bp. 19 7th mo. [Sept.] 1697; m. MARY VERIN/VERIEN.
    291. vi. EBENEZER, b. 16 Feb. 1698[/9], bp. 9 2nd mo. [April] 1699; m. DEBORAH WHITE.
    292. vii. JONATHAN, b. 31 Aug. 1701, bp. 7 7th mo. [Sept.] 1701; m. BETTY SNELL.
    293. viii. DAVID, b. 15 April 1704, bp. 4 4th mo. [June] 1704; m. ELIZABETH BENT.
    294. ix. JOSEPH, b. 18 May 1706, bp. 15 4th mo. [June] 1706; m. ELIZABETH TOLMAN.
    295. x. BENJAMIN, b. 5 Oct. 1708; m. SARAH ALLEN.
       xi. MOSES, b. 28 May 1710; n.f.r.
    296. xii. MARY, b. 28 May 1713; m. EPHRAIM JONES.
  • Vern Raymond Spear in the book "The descendants of George Spear who settled at Braintree Massachusetts 1642-1988"
  • Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA. 1640-1850 (2001). Page 132 Text: "Children of John Bass [son of Samuel] and Ruth Alden [ dau. of John & Priscilla (Mullins) Alden of Duxbury] (all born in Braintree: Mary 11 Feb 1669(70) m. 1st May 24 1686, Christopher Webb Jr.; m. 2nd Apr. 13 1694, William Copeland; m. 3rd 1718, Ebenezer Spear"
  • Source: S2853013008 Repository: #R2852704208 Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was deriv Note:


  • WikiTree profile Bass-326 created through the import of The Sammons Family Tree.ged on Jun 9, 2011 by Steve Sammons. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Steve and others.
  • Thanks to Charles Seamon for starting this profile.

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Basse-259 and Bass-8 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse
posted by M Cole
Is the middle name Alden right? I believe 1669 is a too early for middle names?
posted by M Cole
Can Bass-8 & Bass-4482 be merged according to WikiTree protocol for a gal with three husbands; Please !!!!


posted by [Living Miller]
Please add your primary sources for the parents shown.
posted by Robin Lee
Bass-326 and Bass-8 appear to represent the same person because: Bass-326 was generated by a GED file input, very little information or sources.
posted by [Living Arms]
Bass-8 and Bass-3163 appear to represent the same person because: Same person adding her third husband
posted by [Living Zimmerman]
Bass-3134 and Bass-8 appear to represent the same person because: same husband, dates look similar, no sources on 3134 to prove dates on Bass-8 are not correct, please merge, and thanks for improving Wikitree.
posted by Robin Lee

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