Samuel Basse
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Samuel Basse (abt. 1600 - 1694)

Deacon Samuel Basse aka Bass
Born about in Saffron Walden, Essex, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 25 Apr 1625 in Saffron Walden, Essex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Braintree, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Contents

Disputed Origins

Humphrey Basse and Mary (Buschier) Basse have been disconnected as the parents of this profile's Samuel Basse. Please see the "Parentage" section of the biography for an explanation. If in the future, new reliable research indicates the relationship, they may be reconnected following collaboration in the comments section. Thank you.

Biography

This is the profile for Samuel Basse/Bass who first appeared in New England in Roxbury in 1633 and later lived in Braintree.

Origin

Samuel's place of orgin was first determined to be Saffron Walden, Essex, England by the venerable Braintree genealogist Waldo Chamberlain Sprague. From the 1669 will of William Savell, which referred to Samuel Bass as his brother,[1] Sprague knew that the maiden name of Samuel's wife was probably Savell (or a spelling variant thereof). Then, in 1951, he found an entry in Boyd's Marriage Indexes for the marriage in 1625 in Saffron Walden of a Samuel Bass and an Anne Savell. His suspicions that this was the marriage record for Samuel and his wife Ann were confirmed by a search of the Saffron Walden parish registers, which, in addition to finding an entry for the marriage of Samuel Basse to Anne Savell on the 25th of April 1625, also found entries for the baptisms of Anne and her brother William Savell and Samuel and Ann's sons Samuel and John.[2]

Parentage

Samuel's parentage has not been determined. Neither Sprague's research nor subsequent examinations have found a baptismal record for him in the Saffron Walden parish registers. Two theories of Samuel's parentage are popular on online genealogies of the Bass family: one is that Samuel was the son of a Humphrey Basse and Mary (Buschier) Basse of London and the other is that he was the son of a Benjamin and Mary Basse of Saffron Walden. Some genealogies even blend the theories and say that Samuel was the son of a Humphrey Benjamin Basse who was born in Saffron Walden and died in London.

There is ample evidence of the existence of a Humphrey Basse of London, as well as the fact that he had a son named Samuel. However, (1) no evidence has been found that connects Humphrey Basse of London or his son Samuel to Samuel Basse of Saffron Walden or the Saffron Walden area of Essex generally, (2) Humphrey's son Samuel was baptized in London in 1598,[3] which would mean that, if he was the same person as this profile's Samuel, he was 96 when he died, (3) Humphrey's older son, Nathaniel Basse, was an early settler of the Virginia Colony[4] and a colony roster shows that his brother Samuel was living with him in Virginia as of February 16, 1624/5,[5] a mere two months before the marriage of this profile's Samuel Basse in Saffron Walden, (4) this profile's Samuel Basse did not name any sons Humphrey, Nathaniel, Richard or Luke (the names of Samuel of London's father and brothers) and (5) there is lots of evidence of Basse families in the Saffron Walden area, suggesting that this profile's Samuel Basse was probably the son of one of them. It thus seem highly unlikely that this profile's Samuel Basse was the same person as Samuel Basse, the son of Humphrey Basse of London.

The other theory popular in online genealogies of the Bass family is that this profile's Samuel Basse was the son of Benjamin and Mary Basse of Saffron Walden. The fatal flaw with this theory is that there is absolutely no evidence that there was a Benjamin Basse (or Humphrey Basse or Humphrey Benjamin Basse) in or near Saffron Walden in the relevant time period.

The records in "Research Notes" below indicate a number of Basse families living in the Saffron Walden area since at least the mid-1500s. Based on the fact that Samuel named his second son John and third son Thomas and his eldest daughter Mary, it is somewhat likely that Samuel's father's name was John or Thomas. It is therefore possible that Samuel was the son of one of the one of the John Basses or Thomas Basses who were buried in Saffron Walden in 1622-1628, but no evidence linking him to any particular one has been found.

Date and Place of Birth

The entry for Samuel's death in the Braintree vital records states that Samuel was "aged 94" when he died on December 20, 1694,[6] which would mean that Samuel was born about 1600. Stated ages of the elderly at death were often in accurate and exaggerated during that time period. However, the fact that Samuel was married in 1625 and Samuel's wife was baptized in 1601, indicates that a date of birth about 1600 is quite reasonable.

Samuel's place of birth is uncertain. However, since he was married in Saffron Walden and lived there until he emigrated and since there were a number of Basse families living in Saffron Walden and the surrounding area, it is probable that Samuel was born in or near Saffron Walden, Essex.

Marriage and Residency in Saffron Walden

Samuel married Anne Savell on April 25, 1625 at St. Mary the Virgin church in Saffron Walden.[7][8][9] As established by the baptisms of three of their children at St. Mary the Virgin in 1626, 1630 and 1632, Samuel and Anne continued to live in Saffron Walden until they emigrated to New England in 1633. No records for Samuel have been found in England apart from the record of his marriage and the baptisms of three of his children.

Immigration to New England

Samuel and his family immigrated to New England in 1633.[8] The record of the baptism of daughter Ann on October 25, 1632 shows that they were still in England in the fall of 1632.[10] Their arrival in New England in 1633 is suggested by the fact that their entries in Rev. John Eliot's list of members of the Church of Christ at Roxborough (Roxbury), although not dated, are sandwiched between other entries that are dated 1633.[11] Their arrival before 1634 is further supported by a Massachusetts Bay Colony record showing that Samuel took the Oath of Freeman on May 14, 1634,[12] which is probably too early in 1634 for him to have arrived in that year.

The entries with which Samuel and Ann are grouped in Rev. John Eliot's list of members of the Church of Christ at Roxborough indicate that they came over with a group of other families from Essex. Their entries are followed by those of Nicholas Parker and his wife Ann, who were also from Saffron Walden, and preceded by those for William Cornewall and his wife Joane, who were from Fairfield, Essex, about 25 miles southest of Saffron Walden.

Residency in Roxbury

Although Samuel and his family resided in Roxbury from the time of their arrival in New England in 1633 until their removal to Brainree in 1640, few records relating to them during that time period have been found. There are no Roxbury town records prior to 1647.[13] Although children Thomas, Ruth and Joseph were no doubt born during the time of Samuel's residency in Roxbury, no records of their births exist. Besides Rev. John Eliot's list, only three New England records have been found for Samuel prior 1640. One is a Massachusetts Bay Colony record showing that he took the Oath of Freeman on May 14, 1634.[12] The other two are related to each other: a Quarter Court in Boston record showing that Samuel was fined £5 for contempt on December 4, 1638 (no explanation of the basis for the charge)[14] and a Quarter Court record show that, upon Samuel's petition, his £5 fine was remitted to him on March 3, 1639/40.[15] According to Sprague, Samuel "is said to settled near Hog Bridge [in Roxbury]."[16]

Residency in Braintree

Samuel moved from Roxbury to Braintree in 1640.[8] The earliest evidence of his removal to Braintree comes from Rev. John Hancock's 1739 "Second Sermon On compleating the first Century since the Gathering of it," which states that "Mr. Samuel Bass, having dismiss'd and recommended to [the Church in Braintree] from the Church in Roxbury [was ordained as the first Deacon of the Church in Braintree on] July 5 1640."[17] Samuel continued to serve as a deacon of the Braintree church for over 50 years, until his death.[6]

Samuel was one of the leading men of Braintree from the time of his arrival and until well into his 70s. He was one of three men appointed by the General Court as magistrates to settle small claims (less than 20 shillings) in Braintree in 1641, 1643 and 1649.[18] (The profile for Samuel in Great Migration Begins states that his appointment in 1641 was to perform marriages and keep records at Braintree and that, as a result, Samuel was the first Braintree town clerk.[8] However, that is inconsistent with the list of Braintree town clerks given by Bates[19] and appears to be a misreading of the original record.[20]) Samuel was also either the sole deputy, or one of two, deputies for the town of Braintree at the Massachusetts Bay Colony General Courts (the meetings of the colony government) in June 1641, September 1642, May 1643,  March 1643/4, May 1645, May 1649, May 1652, May 1654, May 1657, May 1659, May 1663, May 1664 and August 1664.[18] The Braintree town records edited by Bates indicate that Samuel was a Braintree town selectman in 1642, 1645, 1646, 1651, 1652, 1653, 1670 and 1672 (old style calendar years) and, given the incomplete nature of the records, may have been a selectman in additional years as well.[21] Samuel continued to be appointed to committees on behalf of the town of Braintree until at least 1677.[18]

According to Sprague, Samuel's homestead was at the N.W. corner of Granite and Hancock Streets in what is now Quincy, and parts of the land on Granite Street remained in the male line of descent until 1951.[16]

At least while living in Braintree, Samuel was a yeoman (farmer). He was described as such in a 1672 deed.[22] A Braintree town record from February 1656/7 regarding laying out a road refers to it as "the way as Deacon Bass brings out his corne".[23] In April 1677, Samuel sued Joseph Belcher for failure to pay for malt that Samuel had delivered to him.[24] Samuel's estate included farm land, orchards, pasture land, a malt house, 4 cows and a barn.[25]

Children

Samuel and his wife Ann had the following children:

  1. Samuel, bpt. May 11, 1626 at St. Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden, Essex, England,[26] m. by 1653 (and probably a few years earlier) Mary Howard,[8] d. by 1653[8]
  2. Mary, b. about 1628 in Saffron Walden,[8] m. September 20, 1647 John Capen[8]
  3. John, bpt. October 18, 1630 at St. Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden,[27] m. 1st February 3, 1657/8 Ruth Alden in Braintree,[8] m. 2d September 21, 1675 Hannah (Unknown) Sturtevant in Braintree[8]
  4. Ann/Hannah, bpt. November 25, 1632 at St. Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden,[10] m. 1st November 15, 1651 Stephen Paine in Braintree,[8] m. 2d September 13, 1692 Shadrach Wilbore in Taunton[8]
  5. Thomas, b. about 1635 in Roxbury, m. October 4, 1660 Sarah Wood in Medfield, m. 2d November 30, 1680 Susanna (Bate) Blanchard in Braintree[8]
  6. Ruth, b. about 1637 in Roxbury, m. September 24, 1656 David Walsbee in Braintree[8]
  7. Joseph, b. say 1639 in Roxbury, m. Mary ______[8]
  8. Sarah, b. April 26, 1643 in Braintree (record erroneously gives her name as Mary), m. 1st by 1663 John Stone, m. 2d May 10, 1693 Joseph Penniman in Braintree[8]

Wife's Death

Samuel's wife, Ann, died in either 1692 or 1693. The Braintree records state:

Mrs Ann Bas, the wife of Decon Samuel Bass, died the 5th of September 1693, aged 93[6]

However, according to Sprague, Ann's ancient (although possibly not original) gravestone in Hancock Cemetery states that she died in 1692 aged 92.[16]

Will; Death; Estate

Samuel made his will on May 11, 1694. In his will, he made bequests to sons John, Thomas and Joseph, daughters Mary Capen and Sarah Penniman, grandsons Samuel Bass, carpenter (son of deceased son Samuel), Joseph Bass Jr (son of son John) and John Bass Jr (son of son John), all his granddaughters (not named) excluding Sarah Billing, and Hanah Walsbey (probably the step-daughter of daughter Ruth). He named his sons John and Thomas as executors.[25] A full transcription of the will can be seen at: Will of Samuel Basse.

Samuel died on December 30, 1694. The Braintree records state:

Deacon Samuel Bass, aged 94 departed this life upon the 30th day of December, 1694, who had been a Deacon of the Church of Braintree for the space of above 50 years and the first Deacon of that church, and was the father and grandfather and great grandfather of a hundred and sixty and two children before he died, the youngest whereof was Benjamin Bas, son of Joseph Bas and Mary his wife born seven days before his Death.[25]

Samuel's ancient gravestone in Hancock Cemetery states:

HERE LYETH Ye
BODY OF SA-
MUEL BASS
AGED 94
DEPARTED
THIS LIFE
1694[28]

The inventory of Samuel's estate was taken on January 3, 1694/5 by Samuel Tompson, Samuel Paniman and James Brackett and totalled £942-1-6, including his house and related orchard, kitchen and well (£96), a malt house and related orchard, kitchen and well (£70), a barn with related property (£100), 174 acres in other parcels (£625), 4 cows (£10), clothing and household items.[25]

On January 31, 1694/5, Samuel's will was sworn to by witnesses Robert Feild, William Thayer and Samuel Tompson and the inventory to his estate was sworn to by executors John Bass and Thomas Bass.[25]

Surname Spelling

Although the family surname was eventually spelled Bass, that spelling was not settled upon until after Samuel's lifetime. In Saffron Walden records, the surname was consistently spelled Basse.[18] Rev. John Eliot's list of members of the Church of Roxborough also spells it Basse.[11] The records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony generally spelled the surname Basse, but occasionally spelled it Bass.[18] The Braintree town records generally spelled the name Base up until at least 1677, but also sometimes spelled it Bass or Bas, with the latter two spellings more common in the later years.[29] In Samuel's will (certainly written by a scrivenor, not Samuel), his surname is initially spelled Bass, but later references spell it Bas, and his signature (in shaky script) appears to be Basse or Base.[25] The remainder of his estate records spelled his name Bass.[25] The spelling of Basse, however, may well have continued to be preferred by family members themselves at least until 1700, as an agreement by the inhabitants of Braintree dated January 1697/8, was signed by Samuel Basse, cooper, Samuel Basse, carpenter, John Basse Junr, and John Basse Senr.[30]

Chronology of Records

  • 1625. Samuell Basse and Anne Savell married the 25th of April 1625 at St. Mary the Virgin church in Saffron Walden[7]
  • 1626. Samuell the sonn of Samuell Basse and of Ann his wife baptized on the 11th of May 1626 at St. Mary the Virgin church in Saffron Walden[26]
  • 1630. John the sonne of Samuell Basse and of Anne his wife baptized on the 18th of October 1630 at St. Mary the Virgin church in Saffron Walden[27]
  • 1632. Ann the daughter of Samuell Bass and of Ann his wife baptized on the 25th of October 1632 at St. Mary the Virgin church in Saffron Walden[10]
  • 1633. Samuel Basse and Ann Basse the wife of Samuel Basse admitted to the Church of Christ at Roxborough[11]
  • 1634. Samuel Basse was among the men who took the Oath of Freeman on May 14, 1634[12]
  • 1638. At a Quarter Court held at Boston on December 4, 1638, Samuell Basse, for his contempt, was fined £5[14]
  • 1639. At a Quarter Court held at Boston on March 3, 1639/40, Samu: Basse his fine of £5, upon his petition, was remitted to him[15]
  • 1640. Mr. Samuel Bass, having dismiss'd and recommended to [the Church in Braintree] from the Church in Roxbury [was ordained as the first Deacon of the Church in Braintree on] July 5 1640[17]
  • 1641. Samu: Basse was one of the deputies at a General Court of Elections held at Boston on June 2, 1641[31]
  • 1641. At the General Court held at Boston on June 2, 1641, Alex: Winchester, Rich: Right and Sam: Basse were appointed to order small claims at Braintree[20]
  • 1642. Sam: Basse was one of the deputies at a General Court of Elections held at Boston on September 8, 1642[32]
  • 1643. Sarah (misrecorded as Mary), the daughter of Samuel Bass, born April 26, 1643[33]
  • 1642. Sam: Basse was one of the deputies at a General Court of Elections held at Boston on May 10, 1643[34]
  • 1643. At a General Court of Elections held at Boston on May 10, 1643, Samu: Basse, James Penniman and Alexander Winchester were appointed to end small businesses at Braintree under 20 shillings[35]
  • 1644. Sam: Basse was one of the deputies at a General Court held at Boston on March 7, 1643/4[36]
  • 1645. Sam: Basse and Peete Bracket were the deputies for Braintree at a Court of Election held at Boston on May 14, 1645[37][38]
  • 1645. On June 16, 1645, Sam: Basse was dismissed from ye occasions of the House of Deputies till ye 3 day next at 8 in ye morning[39]
  • 1645. On October 2, 1645, Mr Allen and Sam: Basse, on their urgent occasions, was dismissed from ye service of the House of Deputies till ye 2d day next at one of ye clocke[40]
  • 1649. Capt Wm Ting and Mr. Sam: Basse were the deputies for Braintree at a General Court of Election held at Boston on May 2, 1649[41][42]
  • 1649. At a General Court of Election held at Boston on May 2, 1649, at the request of the town of Braintree, Capt Wm Ting, Samu: Basse and Stephen Kingsley were appointed to end small causes there according to law for the year[43][44]
  • 1649. At a General Court of Election held at Boston on May 2, 1649, a report by a committee consisting of Thomas Holbrooke, Henry Kingman and Nathaniell Addams of Weimouth and Stephen Kingly and Samuell Basse of Braintree, for the laying out of the country road between Weimouth and Dorchester, was approved[45]
  • 1652. Stephen Kingsley and Samuel Bass were the deputies for Braintree at a Court of Election held at Boston on May 27, 1652[46]
  • 1654. Samuell Basse was the deputy for Braintree at a Court of Election held at Boston on May 3, 1654[47][48]
  • 1655. At a General Court of Election held at Boston on May 23, 1655, Capt Lusher, Capt Savage, Mr Collicott, Mr Wm Parkes, Thomas Dyer and Deacon Bass were appointed to a committee to determine whether to erect a bridge at Naponsit River near Mrs Stoughtons mill and, if so, to agree with workmen for the same[49][50]
  • 1657. Samuel Basse was the deputy for Braintree at a Court of Election held at Boston on May 6, 1657[51][52]
  • 1658. At two meeting on March 28, 1658/9, the inhabitants of Braintree agreed to allow Deacon Base to exchange some of his land in Captaines Plain for 12 rods of the Town's Common.[53]
  • 1659. Mr Samuell Basse was the deputy for Braintree at a Court of Election held at Boston on May 11, 1659[54]
  • 1659. At a Court on May 28, 1659, in answer to the petition of Samuel Basse, the town of Braintree having petitione for a new plantation, it was ordered that the petitioner, with his sons, may have liberty to join with those of their neighbors which will carry on such a work, with allowance of 150 acres within the bounds of said plantation, more than his just proportion with the rest of their neighbors.[55]
  • 1659. At the second session of the General Court held at Boston on October 18, 1659, in a case betwene Richard Brackett and Samuell Basse, of Braintrie, on behalf of the town, against John Andrews and Benjamin Phippeny, for giving John Frizell so much liquors as made him druncke & occasioned his miserable freizing, the Court found for the defendants.[56]
  • 1663. Samuel Basse was the deputy for Braintree at a General Court of Election held at Boston on May 2, 1663[57]
  • 1664. Mr Samuel Bass was the deputy for Braintree at a General Court of Election held at Boston on May 18, 1664[58]
  • 1664. Mr Samuel Basse was the deputy for Braintree at a General Court of Election held at Boston on August 3, 1664[59]
  • 1667. By deed dated January 15, 1666/7, Richard Wharton of Boston, merchant, and Samuel Broadstreet of Boston, physician, for £1,900, sold to Deacon Samuell Bass, Edmund Quinsey, Gregory Belcher, William Savell and Joseph Crosby, all of Braintry, all that farm in Braintree that did belong to Capt. William Tyng, deceased, known by the name of Salters farm.[60]
  • 1668. On April 26, 1668, Joshua Fisher reported that he had laid out to Deacon Samuel Basse, in right of Richard Stacy, 40 acres of land lying on the north side of the Charles River, near Nicholas Wood's farm[61]
  • 1669. Last Will and Testament of William Savell, dated February 19, 1668/9 named son John Savell and Brother Samuel Bass as co-executors; the will was probated on July 29, 1669 by Deacon Samuel Bass, who renounced his executorship.[1]
  • 1670. By deed dated October 28, 1670, Deacon Samuel Bass of Brantery, in consideration of £16, sold to John Ruggles of the same town, 2 acres of salt marshing lying in the farm known as Salters farm.[62]
  • 1671. At a session of the Suffolk County Court on Octob3r 31, 1671, Branty Towne beeing presented for insufitiency of the Bridge over Manaticott River, Deacon Bass appeared for the town and declared publiquely in Court that it was mended.[63]
  • 1672. By deed dated August 29, 1672, Samuel Bass of Brantrey, yeoman, for £50, sold to John Hull of Boston, goldsmith, landat Bagastow near the Town of Meadfield. The deed was signed by Samuel Bass for himself and Ann his wife, "Shee being aged & blind").[22]
  • 1673. Sam: Bass was a member of the Grand Jury at a Suffolk County Court held at Boston on July 29, 1673.[64]
  • 1674. Samll Bass was a member of the Grand Jury at a Suffolk County Court held at Boston on January 26, 1674.[65]
  • 1675. At a Braintree town meeting on January 20, 1674/5, Capt. Rich. Brackit, Deacon Sam. Base, Edm. Quinsey, Robert Tweles and Joseph Crosby were chosen as a committee to consider the proposals of Lieut John Holbrook and Christopher Webb about the mill that had been demolished by fire.[66]
  • 1675. Deacon Sam. Bass was a member of the Grand Jury at a Suffolk County Court held at Boston on July 27, 1675[67]
  • 1677. At a session of the Suffolk County Court on April 24, 1677, in a law suit by Samuel Bass Senior against Joseph Belcher for £4.10 due for malt received by Belcher, the jury found for the plaintiff[24]
  • 1677. At a Braintree town meeting on October 29, 1677, Samuel Base Sr., Capt. Rich: Brackit, Sam: Tompson, Christo: Web and Edm Quinsey were appointed to a committee to treat with the heirs of Mr. John Wilson, formerly pastor of the old church in Boston regarding the dispute between the town of Braintree and the tenents of the farm.[66]
  • 1678. The list of persons of Brantery who took the Oath of Allegiance in 1678 included Samm: Bass, Samm: Bass Jr,Samm: Bass Sr, Tho. Bass, Joseph Bass, John Bass Senr, and John Bass Jr.[68]
  • 1682. By an agreement dated February 18, 1681/2, Samuel Bass Senr, John Savells, executor of the will of William Savell decd, Joseph Crosby, Edmond Quinsy, and Josiah Belcher, John Belchar and Alexander Marsh heirs of Gregory Belchar, all of Braintree, confirmed the division of Salters farm that has previously been made, with Samuel Bass having 1/4, William Savell 1/4, Joseph Crosbey 1/4, Edmond Quinsey 1/8 and Gregory Belchar 1/8.[69]
  • 1682. By deed dated February 18, 1681/2, Samuel Basse Senr, Joseph Crosbey and John Savell, executor to the will of William Savell, all of Braintry, in consideration of a parcel of land given them by Lieut. Edmond Quinsey of Braintry, granted to Edmond Quinsey 32 acres of land in Salters farm formerly bought by Edmond Quinsey, Samuel Basse, Joseph Crosbey, William Savell decd and Gregoary Belchar decd.[70]
  • 1693. Mrs Ann Bas, the wife of Decon Samuel Bass, died the 5th of September 1693, aged 93[6]
  • 1694. Samuell Basse made his will on May 11, 1694.[25]
  • 1694. Deacon Samuel Bass, aged 94 departed this life upon the 30th day of December, 1694[6]

Research Notes

Basse/Bass records 1560-1640 St. Mary's Ch. Saffron Walden Co. Essex, England. Images of the parish registers are available at https://www.essexarchivesonline.co.uk/ ; the registers are indexed on findmypast.com (no images).

Baptisms:

  • Agnes, d. of John, bpt. 4 Feb 1581
  • Thomas, s. of Thomas, bpt. 30 Mar 1596
  • Edward, s. of Edward, bpt. 25 Aug 1605
  • William, s. of Edward, bpt. 6 May 1607
  • John, s. of Edward, bpt. 9 May 1609
  • Robert, s. of Edward, bpt. 18 Jul 1613
  • Phillip, s. of Edward, bpt. 17 Dec 1615
  • Samuel, s. of Samuel, bpt. 11 May 1626
  • Joane, d. of Nicholas, bpt. 1 April 1627
  • Anne, d. of William, bpt. 15 Feb 1628
  • Susan, d. of William, bpt. 6 Mar 1630
  • John, s. of Samuel, bpt. 18 Sep 1630
  • Ann, d. of Samuel, bpt. 25 Oct 1632
  • Jane, d. of John, bpt. 1 Nov 1632
  • John, s. of John, bpt. 30 Nov.1634
  • Elizabeth, d. of Robert , bpt. 8 Nov 1635
  • Susan, d. of John, bpt. 12 May 1639
  • Robert, d. of Robert, bpt. 31 May 1640

Marriages:

  • John Basse to Agnes Sutton 9 Jul 1576
  • Thomas Swallowe to Margaret Basse 12 Aug 1577
  • John Minor to Mary Basse 3 May 1591
  • John Basse to Margarett Bonnar 26 Jun 1602
  • John Basse to Jane Cookes 19 Sep 1603
  • Thomas Arnold to Susanna Basse 1 July 1610 (daughter of John Basse who made 1626 nuncupative will)
  • John Malyn to Anne Basse 17 Sep 1610 (daughter of John Basse who made 1626 nuncupative will)
  • William Rand to Susan Basse 20 Oct 1614
  • Samuel Basse to Anne Savell 25 April 1625
  • William Lyon to Sarah Bass 6 Jan 1626/7
  • William Basse to Mary Nicholls 24 Jun 1628
  • John Basse to Jane Browne 15 Jan 1631/2

Burials:

  • Richard, s. of William, 7 Sep 1560
  • Agnes, w. of John, 31 Oct 1572
  • Mary, d. of John, 4 Mar 1578/79
  • Tymothie, d. of John, 14 Jun 1581
  • John, s. of John, 16 Mar 1585/6
  • Agnes, w. of John, 2 Apr 1586
  • Thomas, s. of Thomas, 3 Sep 1591
  • Thomas, s. of Edward, 20 Jan 1615/6
  • John, 15 Apr 1622
  • Thomas, 16 Dec 1622
  • Thomas, the elder, 16 Nov 1622
  • Thomas, 22 Jan 1625/6
  • John, 27 Nov 1628
  • Susan, widow, 14 Jul 1634
  • Elizabeth, d. of Robert, 11 Nov 1635
  • John, s. of John & Jone, 19 Jul 1635
  • Mary, d. of William & Mary, 2 Apr 1636

A search on essexarchiveonline.co.uk in November 2020 found the following records related to Basse/Bass in the Saffron Walden area in 1560-1640:

  • 1576 - Will of Margery Basse of Springwell in Little Chesterford (no image or transcription online)
  • 1590 - Will of John Basse of Springwell, Little Chesterford - Bequeathed entire estate to daughter Agnes Basse. Witnessed by John Basse.
  • 1605 - John Basse of Walden for engrossing corn growing, to wit, 10 acres of wheat worth £20, 10 acres of barley worth £15 and 4 acres of peas worth £5.
  • 1605 - Indenture by Thomas Basse of Walden, Essex, Maultster
  • 1608 - Will of William Basse of Little Chesterford. Mentions daughter Margaret Basse, son Daniel Basse, wife Francys. Witnessed by John Basse
  • 1610 - Warrant of Robert Basse, gentleman, steward of the half hundred, at Langley.
  • 1626 - Nuncupative will of Thomas Basse of Walden, yeoman. Left estate to wife Sara. Witnessed by Margaret Basse.
  • 1628 - Will of John Basse of Springswell, Walden, yeoman. Mentions wife Margaret, daughter Ann Malin, grandchild Thomas Arnold, grandchild Ann Malin.

Additional Basse/Bass baptism within 10 miles of Saffron Walden in 1590-1610 (all in Little Chesterford):

  • Elizabeth, daughter of John and Agnes, bpt. 17 Nov 1591 in Little Chesterford
  • Richard, son of John and Agnes, bpt. 7 Dec 1595 in Little Chesterford
  • Jane, daughter of John and Jane, bpt. 18 Nov 1604 in Little Chesterford

Also, Edward Basse and Joan Woodes were marrie 20 Sep 1604 in Little Chesterford. The bottom of the pages in the Little Chesterford register is missing during the time period.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers. File 501. Link to record at americanancestors.org.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. "Notes on the English Origin of Dea. Samuel Bass and William Savil of Braintree, Mass." New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol. 107 (1953). pp. 218-220. Link to article at americanancestors.org.
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See also:

  • Bass, Charissa Taylor, Walston, Emma Lee. Descendants of Deacon Samuel and Ann Bass. 1940. pp. 1-5. Link to pages at hathitrust.org
  • Ohler, Clara May Paine. Ancestors and descendants of David Paine and Abigail Shepard of Ludlow, Mass., 1463-1913. 1913. pp. 230-231. Link to pages at archive.org
  • A Gazetteer of the state of Massachusetts: with numerous illustrations on wood and steel
  • English Origins of New England Families, vol. III
  • History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters
  • The Compendium of American Genealogy, Volume 4, Volume 7
  • Muno, Patricia Thayer. The Thayer - Tayer - Theyer Families of Gloucestershire, England. 1500 - 1660. Thayer family History Society, Braintree, MA.


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Robin et al - Unless anyone has any objections, I plan on revising his bio this week (to coincide with my 1 week subscription to the Essex Record Office) to add a Disputed Parentage section, create 1 bio (rather than the current 2), and upgrade the sourcing, similar to profile for Rev. James Noyes.
posted by Chase Ashley
edited by Chase Ashley
As the PGM project is the lead on this profile, let's wait until they weigh in....
posted by Robin Lee
Thank you Robin,

Chase's sourcing technique was fully discussed previously in the internal PGM googlegroup, as well the two of us have emailed recently. Plus, we have not heard any objection from the additional Profile Manager. So PGM project gives a thumbs up for Chase to work on this profile as he described in his original comment (above). Thank you, Chase.

Do either the US President's project to the other profile manager have a comment/disagree prior to detaching the parents?

Cheryl PGM Leader

I now see that the US president's project has already applied and agrees with you Chase.

Please proceed with your work here. Thank you.

I'm still working on the profile, but I finished the discussion of Parentage, so OK to detach his parents.
posted by Chase Ashley
inaccurate parents detached. Disputed Origins paragraph on this profile. Notes on profiles of parents.
I have doubts that Samuel was the son of Humphrey Basse of London. Humphrey did have a son named Samuel, but: (1) Humphrey of London's son Samuel was baptized in 1598, which would mean that this Samuel was 96 when he died, not 94, which itself was probably an exaggeration, (2) Humphrey of London's son Samuel emigrated to the Virginia Colony with his older brother Nathaniel in 1622, (3) there is no evidence connecting the Basse's of London to Saffron Walden, (4) this Samuel did not name any sons Humphrey, Nathaniel, Richard or Luke (the names of Samuel of London's father and brothers), and (5) there were Basses living in Saffron Walden and Little Chesterford, Essex in 1590-1620.
posted by Chase Ashley
edited by Chase Ashley
The US Presidents Project agrees. The US Presidents Project sources indicate that the parents of Samuel are Undiscovered at this time. In fact, there are current investigations that indicate his birth is closed to 1616, which would make his age at death, 78.
posted by Robin Lee
1616? I'm not sure I see that. That would be inconsistent with the Saffron Walden records, and even 1606 seems a bit late for some of the New England records referenced by Anderson - eg daughter's marriage in 1647.
posted by Chase Ashley
Sorry, typo...1606...you are correct....
posted by Robin Lee
Robin - I curious as to what evidence has been found to suggest that Samuel was born about 1606.
posted by Chase Ashley
It was a discussion/blog at the Adams Family Association site....let me see if I can find the link, again.

While searching, I decided to set up a research page for Samuel.... https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Research_Notes_on_Samuel_Basse

posted by Robin Lee
edited by Robin Lee
Please add a disputed origins section that summarizes the issue and links to the disputed parents. Then we can detach them.

Also, the sources in this profile could benefit from a cleanup.

posted by Jillaine Smith
The two Samuel profiles are clearly intended to be the same child. Many secondary sources (e.g. Cutter) identify the Samuel who died 9 August 1690 as the son. Anderson shows this to be incorrect. The two profiles should have been merged with a note in the biography stating he did not die in 1690 as often found.
posted by Joe Cochoit
duplicate children are usually the result of merges. Rather than just jettison Bass-4232 maybe we should explore how to merge him with the other Samuel.
Bass-4232 was never a child of my great uncle Deacon Samuel Bass and it makes no sense for there to be 2 children named Samuel in the same family. Please do not add 4232 again.
posted by Charles Patterson
Bass-3547 and Basse-112 appear to represent the same person because: identical death and wife, data on Bass-3547 is unsourced and should not be used.
posted by Robin Lee
Bass-2271 and Basse-112 appear to represent the same person because: based on the many, many dates listed in Bass-2271, there are dates and places that match Basse-112 exactly. As Basse-112 is well sourced, let's keep the last name at birth as Basse
Basss-1 and Basse-112 appear to represent the same person because: BASSS is an incorrect spelling and should be merged into Basse
Donna, could you upload the baptismal record to his page ? That would be great . Thanks !

Maggie

posted by Maggie N.
Basse-112 and Bass-2077 do not represent the same person because: They are two different people, from two different Bass families, related but not the same people.
posted by [Living Andersen]
Bass-134 and Basse-112 do not represent the same person because: Basically because my research proves that Samuel is the son of Humphrey Bass, I have a copy of his Baptismal Record. From what I understand the Humphrey Basse family is somehow related to the Basses of Saffron, Waldron, Essex, England.
posted by [Living Andersen]
Bass-134 and Basse-112 appear to represent the same person because: These are very similar, same dates, same spouse. The father's name is different.
posted by David Higgs

Rejected matches › Samuel Harvey Bass