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Ruth Bass (Alden)

Also Known As: "Ruth Alden", "Ruth ALDEN", "Ruth Bass", "Ruth Alden* Mayflower"
Birthplace: Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
Death: October 12, 1674 (39)
Braintree, Suffolk County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Alden, "Mayflower" Passenger and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, “Mayflower” passenger
Wife of John Bass, Sr.
Mother of John Bass, Jr.; Deacon Samuel Bass; Ruth Webb; Joseph Bass; Mary Spear and 3 others
Sister of Elisabeth Pabodie; Capt. John Alden; Sarah Standish; Joseph Alden; Capt. Jonathan Alden and 4 others

Occupation: Had 7 children
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About Ruth Bass

Ruth Alden (born abt 1637 - died 12 Oct 1674) was the sixth or quite possibly the seventh born child of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden who came to America on the Mayflower in the year 1620. Her parents married in Plymouth, Mass. in 1622 or 1623 and it was the first European-American wedding to take place. They are buried in the small town of South Duxbury that is north of Plymouth, at an old pioneer cemetery called Miles Standish Burial Ground. It is located south of where they settled in the town of Duxbury, on their 169 acre farm.


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 Alden Kindred Website. 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.[3][1][4] 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[5]

She passed away on October 12, 1674 at Braintree, Massachusetts.[6][1]

There is a modern memorial to the Bass family in the Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, US[7] 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

Her husband John Bass married second to Hannah, widow of Samuel Sturtevant.

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

Alternate birth dates, with no or questionable sourcing

November 28, 1636
28 NOV 1634, Duxbury[8]
22 Jun 1637

There is no child Philip Bass recognized by he Mayflower Society


    1. Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Increasings 2nd edition. (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing co., 1995) p. 4+ Link at Ancestr ($)
    2. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. Volume 16 Part 1 Family of John Alden (1999)
    3. Records of the town of Braintree, 1640-1793. (Randolph, Mass., D.H. Huxford, printer, 1886) p. 716
    4. Mayflower Families through five Generations. John Alden (Vol 16, part 1, page 45, dated 2002)
    5. "Early Records of Boston." Brantrey Marriages. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 12:347 Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
    6. Bates, Samuel A. Records of the Town of Braintree. 1640-1793. 1886. p. 640. Link to page at
    7. 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) .
    8. Source: #S431
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
    14. 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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Ruth Bass's Timeline

November 28, 1634
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
November 26, 1658
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
March 25, 1660
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
January 28, 1663
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America

Ruth Bass married Perter Webb. They had a daughter Priscilla Webb b: Sept. 1, 1697 d: April 3, 1731. she married Samual Hayden son of Nehemiah Hayden & Hannah Neale. Ruth Bass Webb died June 5, 1699

October 5, 1665
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, Colonial America
June 22, 1667
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
February 11, 1669
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
March 29, 1672
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
December 1673
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America