John Bass Sr.
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John Bass Sr. (bef. 1630 - 1716)

Capt. John Bass Sr.
Born before in Saffron Walden, Essex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 3 Feb 1657 in Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married 21 Sep 1675 in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Died after age 85 in Braintree, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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John Bass son of Samuel and Ann Bass was born about 1630.

Christening: Anderson's Great Migration[1] and his source[2] state that John was bpt 18 Sep 1630 at St Mary's, Saffron Walden, ESS, England. However, two separate independent readers have noted the baptism as 18 Oct 1630 (not Sept), son of Samuel and Ann, at St. Mary the Virgin, Saffron Waldon.[3][4]

In 1657 he married Ruth Alden daughter of John and Priscilla Mullins Alden. He was a wheelright and maltster. After Ruth's death in 1674, he married Anne, widow of Samuel Sturtevant.[5][6]

John died in 1716 and was buried at Hancock Cemetery, Quincy. His Memorial has photos, a brief biography and links to those of his parents, wife and children.

He was a wheelwright. He was elected fenceviewer 1695, tithingman 1701, constable 1710 but refused it.

S.P. 19-202: Will of John Bass of Braintree, wheelwright, Jun.25,1716 - Oct.22,1716:
To son John who is to be executor 1 acre called calf pasture & all other estate not here disposed of to him for life, then to his son John or the next heir if he does not survive. To son Samuel all lands at Stand Brook in Salter's Farm, part of the four score acres & half my land at Rye Island (whole is 10 acres) on the N. side and a strap of land in the house lot in Salter's Farm near 2 a. of the plain lot as far as the fence goes etc. To son Joseph I have already given his full part and add 5/. To two daughters Mary Copeland & Sarah Thayer 1 acre each salt marsh for life, then to son John etc. and £10 and the household moveables. To grand daughters that are children of my two deceased daughters Ruth & Hannah 10/ each, at age. To grandson John Bass a spot of land where he built a house, 1/2 my barn etc. Witness: Susanna Webb, Jonathan Webb, Benjamin Webb.
19-270 Inventory of John Bass Feb.11,1716 by Solomon Vesey, John Cleverly, Peter Adams:
14 acres in Captains Plain
10 a. in pasture & Stoney field
1 lot in the 600 acres
1 share in the Pine Swamp
10 a. at Rye Island
4 a. in the Farm
S.P. 8-326-7 New Series: Joseph Bass & Ephraim Thayer object to probate of will of John Bass 1716 & say he was insane and non - compos etc. Oct.22,1716. Several reasons given in petition.

Marriage 1

3 DEC 1657 Braintree, Norfolk, Ma[7]
3 Feb 1657/58 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts[1]
Wife: Ruth Alden

Marriage 2

21 Sep 1675 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts[1]
Wife: Hannah (______) widow of Samuel Sturtevant.

Children of Ruth and John Bass

  1. John Bass b. 1658 m(1) Abigail Adams, m(2) Rebecca Savil[8]
  2. Samuel Bass b. 1660 m(1) Mercy Marsh, m(2) Mary Adams, m(3) Bethia Nightingale[8]
  3. Ruth Bass b. 1662 m. Peter Webb[8]
  1. Joseph Bass b. 1665 m(1) Mary Belcher m(2) Louis Rogers[8]
  1. Hannah Bass b. 1667 m.(as his second wife) Joseph Adams[8]
  2. Mary Bass b. b. 1669 m(1) Christopher Webb m(2) William Copeland[8]
  3. Sarah Bass b. 1672 m. Ephraim Thayer[8]
  4. Philip Bass
He passed away in 1716.


AFT 23 SEP 1716 Hannock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995. Page 125. NEHGS Member link.
  2. Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. Notes on the English Origin of Dea. Samuel Bass and and William Savil of Braintree, Mass. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 107:220 (1953)
  3. Search at with appropriate parameters
  4. Essex, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2019. Original data: Essex Church of England Parish Registers, Essex County Council, Chelmsford, Essex, England." link
  5. Bass&Walton, Descendants of Deacon Samuel and Ann Walton, Page 5, 8
  6. This follows Bass&Walton, however, place of birth is given as Roxbury by them. entry 15 July 2013 by Phil Smith.
  7. Sprague, Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, Page 123
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Bass&Walton, Descendants of Deacon Samuel and Ann Walton, Page 8
  • Manning, George A., Copeland Cousins

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Sprague, and Bass and Walton do not appear to cite a source for date of death. It might be mentioned in the diary of Samuel Sewall, but I could not find vol. 3. I also could not verify the burial date of “ AFT 23 SEP 1716” - I assume that comes from Bass (1904), which has a different death date than the other 2.
posted by M Smith
Have you checked Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640-1793 I believe if Sprague doesn't mention a source, he's usually using the town records.
posted by M Cole (The chronology does not lend itself to confidence)

Consideration might be given to removal of the burial date.

posted by M Smith
The Ancestry entry "

Essex, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2019. Original data: Essex Church of England Parish Registers, Essex County Council, Chelmsford, Essex, England." link also shows this to be 18 Oct 1630 . I double checked Anderson and the original NEHGR 107:220 which both say Sept. but I suspect it's an error and Oct. is correct. We could just say 1630, and mention both in the text.

posted by Anne B
John Basse, son of Samuell & Anne, is shown on FreeReg UK as baptized on 18 _October_ 1630 at Saffron Walden. See .
posted by Christopher Childs