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Mary (Upton) Stearns (abt. 1673 - abt. 1763)

Mary Stearns formerly Upton aka Stearns
Born about in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and
Wife of — married about 1705 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
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Mary Upton has been given several varying birth dates: 1655, 1673, 1665. No source has been given for any date, and remains uncertain. It has been suggested that she was the last child born to parents John Upton and his wife, Eleanor, in Danvers, Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Tradition has Eleanor's last name as Stuart, and her birth in Scotland. However, there is no evidence to confirm that tradition. Verification of her given name comes from John Upton's 1697 will. Mary, unmarried, is also named in her father's will; however, her age is not given.[1] It has been presumed that she was the last child born. Her brothers and sisters were born about every year and a half between 1654 and 1671. Her sister Anne's birth date is unknown. Based on her 1684 marriage, her birth is placed between their brother Samuel, born October 1664 and their sister Isabel, born January 1667, for the reason that Anne married in 1684. Mary's birth then has to logically fall after Francis's July 1671 birth date.[1] 1673, failing a sourced date, seems an appropriate estimate, given her 1705 marriage.

Mary Upton married Shubael Stearns, as his second wife, sometime after 27 April 1705: "Upton, Mary, of Reading, and Shubal Sterns, int. [Intention] 27 April 1705.”[2] She must have been his second wife, as all of his children were born before their marriage.

The profile reports that Mary died in 1763; there is no source given to confirm that date. However, we know that she was living on 19 November 1733, the date of her husband's will, as she was one of the executors and devisees of Shubael Stearns Sr.[3]

NOTE REGARDING MARY UPTON'S MARRIAGE TO SHUBAEL STEARNS There are two Mary Uptons who could have reasonably married Shubael Stearns. There has been confusion concerning which Mary Upton it was. One is the subject of this profile. The other Mary Upton: “Mary, daughter of John, born 25 May 1685.” [4] She also would have been an appropriate age to wed in 1705. However, she was our Mary's niece, daughter of her older brother John. She married Samuell Makintire, of Reading 15 October 1706.[1] One last question remains: which Shubael Stearns did she marry - father or son of the same name? That question is easily answered. Shubael the father was a witness to her father's will; it is likely they were acquainted. Moreover, Shubael the son married Rebecca Lariby 28 December 1704 in Kittery, Maine, so he did not marry our Mary.[5]

Mary was born about 1655. She was the daughter of John Upton. She passed away about 1763.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Vinton, John Adams; ‘’The Upton Memorial : a genealogical record of the descendants of John Upton, of North Reading, Mass. ... together with short genealogies of the Putnam, Stone and Bruce families’’ (Bath, Maine; Private printing at office of E. Upton & Son; 1874). Available through Internet Archive: ( Pages 7; 18-25; 27.
  2. ’’Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850’’ (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). See copy of record at subscription site.
  3. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts (County of Essex). ( subscription site.
  4. ‘’Massachusetts Vital Records’’. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Massachusetts Vital Records Project (online database accessed 4 October 2017) County of Middlesex, Reading – Births, Volume 1, page 236.( See record.
  5. Van Wagenen, Avis (Stearns) Mrs.; Genealogy and Memoirs of Charles and Nathaniel Stearns, and their descendants (Syracuse, N.Y.; Courier Printing Co.; 1901); Available through Internet Archive: ( Volume 2, page 41.
  6. A source for this information is needed.

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Upton-383 and Upton-1200 appear to represent the same person because: These appear to be duplicates.
posted by Timothy Upton
Uoton-1 and Upton-383 appear to represent the same person because: Uoton-1 was created in error as a misspelling. It should be merged into the lowest profile for Mary Upton, which is Upton-383. Once that merge is complee, the Upton-1198 (created by the creator of Uoton-1) should also be merged into Upton-383, to get the Mary Uptons rolled into one.
posted by Jim Parish
I believe there were two Mary Uptons in this family, but have not found concrete proof. In the Fathers will, John Upton leaves part of his estate to Mary so I think this may be the correct dates for the Mary who lived more than the two years of age. If anyone has this Mary's birth records anywhere I would appreciate your sharing. This family is a mistry to track down.
posted by Alana (Jackson) Garber

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