was william bass b/1676 in North Carolina wed twice?

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William Bass born 1676 who was son of William Bass born 1654 and Catherine Lanier, was William 1676 married more than twice?  If so, who were his wives?  Thank you for any info you can give me.

Louise Bass Demmons
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The best source on the Bass families of the south is Albert D Bell's book Bass Families of the South, which you can read on line here: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89062852793;view=1up;seq=242 he does not record more than one wife, and that wife was Catherine Lanier.

On the other hand the male descendants of William Basse belong to haplogroup A, which is the haplogroup of the San people of South Africa.

The descendants of his other sons, and of his brother, belong to haplogroup R1b1.. which is Celtic, ("aboriginal" British)

It is thought that William Basse was not born son of John Basse, but a freed indentured servant or slave that took up the Bass surname.

On the other hand William2, son of William1 grandson of John Bassemarried Sarah Lovina/ Leviner on 20 April 1729 [Bell, Bass Families of the South, Chapter on Nansemond Indian Ancestry of Some Bass Families, 15]. Sarah was a mulatto, however she contributed mtDNA, not YDNA.  Sarah was the "Molatto" daughter of John Nicholls' "Negro" slave Jean Lovina. Sarah received 200 acres on Western Branch of Elizabeth River by her master's 11 November 1696 Norfolk County will, proved 17 May 1697 [WB 6, fol.95a-96]

See http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/bailey-berry.htm​ under Bass



I inadvertently hit comment before I finished.

Following is from a correspondence with Paul Heinegg, author of Free African Americans linked above:

"The branch of the Bass family that remained in Norfolk County, Virginia, descend from William Bass who obtained a certificate of Indian ancestry in Norfolk County in 1797. He was the great-great grandson of John Bass and an Indian woman and the grandson of Sarah Lovina, a “mulatto” woman freed by Captain Nicholls’ Norfolk County will. Since Nicholls gave her and her “mulatto” brother land, it would seem he may have been her father. Sarah’s slave mother remained a slave under the will. If Sarah’s mother were white and father African, she would have been free and have no need for emancipation under the will.

Branches of the family that moved from Norfolk to North Carolina had no connection to Sarah Lovina. However, if a free African American male had an illegitimate child by a free Bass woman (many such documented cases in the records), her descendants would have had the Bass name and African DNA."

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