I thought I would share this interesting pirate tale with you. The story goes that in 1720 a man named James Wilson and his pregnant wife were travelling aboard a ship to Londonderry, New Hampshire.
During the trip the ship was overtaken by pirates. Once the valuables and the men aboard were secured, the pirate chief came across Mrs. Wilson lying in the cabin having just given birth to a baby girl.
The pirate then requested the honour of naming the child in return for leaving the ship, and all aboard, unharmed.
Really, did Mrs. Wilson have a choice!?
The name Mary was given by an unexpectedly emotional pirate, and the ship and all aboard were left undamaged, as was promised.
The pirate captain did return though, bearing a roll of silk to be used for the infant Mary’s future wedding dress.
In 1740 Mary, who was known as Ocean Mary, married Thomas Wallace and the dress she wore was made of the pirate’s silk.
After I found this article I had a quick look at the interweb for some other information but with very little hope that this was anything other than a romantic tale.
Brace yourself, because, unlike most of the unusual stories I find, interestingly it appears Ocean Mary really did exist.
According to Henniker history she is buried in the cemetery at Henniker with pieces of the wedding dress being on display locally.
What a family tale that would be!