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Samuel (Basse) Bass (bef. 1598 - 1694)

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Deacon Samuel Bass formerly Basse
Born before in Middlesex Parish, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
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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Samuel was christened on Aug 20, 1598 [1]


Samuel Bass and Anne Savell were married 25 APR 1625 at St. Mary's Ch., Saffron Walden, Co., Essex, England.[2]

Samuel Bass, came to New England with his wife Anne, and probably one or two young children, among the first settlers of the Massachusetts colony about 1630, or soon after, and settled in Roxbury. Their names were enrolled among the earliest members of the first church in that town, which was gathered as early as 1632, where they may be seen at this day.

He was admitted freeman, May 14, 1634, and lived in Roxburv until about 1610, when he removed his family to Braintree, Massachusetts. He was admitted a member of the “First Congregational Church,” having been dismissed and recommended to them from the church in Roxbury.

He was chosen and ordained the first deacon of the church in Braintree, which office he held for about fifty years.

Deacon Samuel Bass was a man of strong and vigorous mind and was one of the leading men of the town for many years. He departed this life upon the thirteenth day of Sept., 1694, and was the father and grandfather, and great-grandfather of one hundred and sixty-two children before he died. He was buried at Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts. His Memorial has a photo of his headstone, a brief biography with speculation about his parents and links to those of his wife and children.[3]

Children of Samuel and Anne Bass

  1. Samuel, b. in England; m. Mary Howard.[4]
  2. Mary, b. in England; m. Elder John Capin.[5]
  3. Hannah, b. in England; m. Stephen Paine.[6]
  4. John, b. about 1632; m. Dec. 3, 1657, to Ruth Alden, (daughter of John and Priscilla Alden).[7]
  5. Ruth b. about 1637 m. 1656 David Walsbee [8]
  6. Thomas, m. Sarah Wood.[9]
  7. Joseph, m. Mary[10]
  8. Sarah, m. (1) Deacon John Stone; (2) Deacon Joseph Penniman[11]

eBook - see reference to winthrop society

Deac. Samuel BASS
Born c1600
Died 30 Dec 1694
English Origin Saffron Walden, Essex
Came to New England 1633
With ?
Resided in Roxbury, Braintree 1640
Freeman of MBC May 1634
Occupation farmer
First Spouse Anne SAVELL (1601 - 1693)
Children Samuel, Mary, John, Ann, Thomas, Ruth, Joseph, Sarah[12]

See also: Deacon Samuel Bass b. 1600 d. 30 December 1694

Citing: "Descendants of Deacon Samuel & Ann Bass"; compiled by Charissa Taylor Bass and completed by Emma Lee Walton, 1940. eBook, will pieces

Biography 2

From Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA. 1640-1850 (2001), #342 to #343R:

Dea. Samuel1 Bass and wife and at least two children came to Massachusetts about 1631 or 32.
Samuel Basse was married to Anne Savell 25th April 1625 at St. Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, Co. Essex. His baptism is not on record there but that of Ann Savell is there in the parish register as were also two other children. Ann, daughter of William Savell was baptized 25th April 1601 at Saffron Walden. William Savell also had Elizabeth bapt. 10 Dec.1598 and Susan bapt. 4 June 1609. He also had a son William bapt. 24 Feb.1604/5 since the will of William of Braintree Mass. calls Deacon Samuel Bass his brother. (See Register Vol. 107-198).
Samuel Bass & wife were members of the church at Roxbury at an early date, probably by 1632 though no date is given. He is said to have settled near Hog Bridge there. He was made freeman of the colony May 14,1634.
He received no grant of land in Braintree and must have purchased of someone else. He came here previous to July 6,1640 at which time he was elected the first deacon of the church, having been dismissed and recommended to them from Roxbury (Hancock's Century Sermons, 1739 p.28). His homestead was at the N.W. corner of Granite and Hancock Sts., Quincy and parts of the land on Granite St. remained in the male line of descent until 1951 when Alva Morrison Bass died there single, a space of over 310 years. No records show how this land was acquired.
The Braintree records give the following account of his death: -
"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".
Mrs. Ann Bas, the wife of Deacon Samuel Bas, died the 5th of September 1693, aged 93. So says the town record but the ancient rough gravestone in Hancock Cemetery says Mrs. Ann Bass died 1692 aged 92.
He held numerous town offices, was selectman as early as 1642 and as late as 1673, many years not being recorded in the earliest records, and was Representative twelve years. He is recorded as selectman 1642,1645,8,51,52,53,1670,72, but the records are incomplete in early years.
Samuel Bass and son Thomas Bass both lived in Bogastow or Natick (now Sherborn) for some time in the 1660's as both signed the petition of the inhabitants there to be set up as a separate town May 7,1662 (Mass. Archives 112-136).
In 1672 he sold 140 acres there to John Hull, called himself of "Brantery, yeoman, and wife Ann did not sign the deed", she being aged and blind", says the deed. (S.D. 10-15).
S.P. 13-539: Will of Samuel Bass of Braintry, dated May 11,1694:
To son John 10 a. salt marsh & a woodlot in Captain's Plain already set out to him & my malt house & orchard before it, 1/2 a well, 1/2 kitchen & some lands in Stoney Field he hath in his possession, 1/4 of my upland in the Farme after paying legacies to my two daus. Mary Capen & Sarah Penniman & if there is any marsh after the 10 a. apiece given to my 3 sons, to be son John. To son Thomas 10 a. salt & a woodlot in Captain's Plain already laid out to him, 1/4 of upland at the Farm. To son Joseph 10 a. salt valued at £100, & the house he liveth in & orchard on the back side of it & fresh meadow at E. of it & a bed etc. he lieth upon at £100 and my barne & 2 a. on which it sets reserving liberty for yard room & passage for son John to his barn, and 2 a. at head of the home lot, & 1 a. joining the 2 a. which was John Dassets, being part of a 5 a. lot, & 1/2 my kitchen & 1/2 well & 7 a. in Stoney Field where my cows use to pasture valued at £100, and a woodlot already set out to him at Captain's Plain & stock, and moveables etc. at £100 & 1/4 upland at the Farme, & he is not to sell it away without the approbation of his two brothers & if he have children he may give it to them or if he have need to spend it, he may, for his own comfort & supply and if he marry a wife he may give her £100 of it and the rest to any of his blood relations.
4thly. To Samuel Bass, carpenter, 7 a. pasture in Stony Field & salt he already has in possession & 1/4 part of upland in the Farm, also 1/2 the woodlot in Captain's Plain given my son Joseph & £60 out of Joseph's estate if he have no children nor spend it. To Joseph Bass Jr. £50 out of son Joseph's estate except he have children & spend it, & £40 to my grandson Samuel Bass, cooper, out of Joseph's estate etc, all this after son Joseph's decease. To dau. Mary Capen £40 & to dau. Sarah Penniman £20 out of my upland at the farm & 5 cows. To John Bass Jr. my malt house if he out live his father & 2 a. planting land in Stoney Field & 4 a. pasture about 1/4 a. at his door where barn stands. To my grand daus., excepting Sarah Biling all moveables goods & Hannah Walsbey is to share with them. All remainder of my estate to sons John & Thomas who are to be executors. Witness: Robert Field, William Thayer, Samuel Tompson.
S.P. 18-4 New Series - Witnesses swear to the will Jan.31, 1694/5.
S.P. 13-541, Inventory of Samuel Bass who deceased 30 Dec.1694 apprized Jan.3,1694/5:
House & orchard behind it, fresh meadow at the end of it, with kitchen & well £96.
Malt house & orchard before it etc. £70.
Barn & 2 a. & 2 a. at head of lot & 1 a. bought of John Dosset & 7 a. in Stoney Field.
60 a. in Captain's Plain £90.
6 a. in Stoney Field £18
20 a. at ye Farm at ye 4 score acres
21 a. at ye Farm at Great Island
18 a. at ye Farm at the ox pasture
11 a. in 3 parcels at the farm
4 cows, 8 a. swamp \
Total £942/1/6
Taken by Samuel Tompson, Samuel Penniman, James Brackett Jan.31,1694(5).


Bass Family Baptisms 1588-1640 St. Mary's Ch. Saffron Walden Co. Essex, England:

  • Thomas s. Thomas 30 Mar.1596
  • Edward s. Edward 25 Aug.1605
  • William s. Edward 6 Apr.1687
  • John s. Edward 9 Apr.1609
  • Thomas s. Edward 27 Jan.1610
  • Robert s. Edward 18 Jul.1613
  • Philip s. Edward 17 Dec.1615
  • Samuel s. Samuel 11 May 1616
  • Ann dau. William 15 Feb.1628
  • Susan dau. William 6 Mar.1630
  • John s. Samuel 18 Sep.1630
  • John s. John 30 Nov.1634
  • Elizabeth dau. Robert 8 Nov.1635
  • Susan dau. John 12 May 1639


  • Samuel Basse to Anne Savell 25 April 1625
  • William Basse to Mary Nicholls 24 June 1628
  • John Basse to Jane Browne 15 Jan. 1631
  • John Bass to Ellen Hullock 23 April 1644


  • Thomas Basse, 8th Sept. 1591
  • Thomas Basse, the elder, 16 Nov.1622
  • Thomas Bass, 22 Jan.1625


  • Source: CMPOhler Author: Ohler, Clara May Paine, 1862- Publisher: Lima, Ohio 1913 Title: Ancestors and descendants of David Paine and Abigail Shepard of Ludlow, Mass., 1463-1913. An book CMPOhler
  • Source: Bass&Walton Authors: Emma Lee Walton and Charissa Taylor Bass, Title: Descendants of Deacon Samuel and Ann Bass. Published: Freeport, Ill. Wagner Print., 1940 Available at Hathi Trust. Bass & Walton


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Humfrye Basse in entry for Samvell Basse, 20 Aug 1598); citing ST GABRIEL FENCHURCH,LONDON,LONDON,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 394,830.
  2. Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850, Page: 342, 6145, 6154
  3. Source: #CMPOhler Page:230,1
  4. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  5. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  6. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  7. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  8. Source: #Bass&Walton Page: 11
  9. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  10. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  11. Source: #CMPOhler Page:231
  12. [1]

See also: Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives, St Gabriel Fenchurch, Composite register: baptisms 1571 - 1709, marriages 1572 - 1683/4, burials 1571 - 1709, P69/GAB/A/001/MS05293.

Source Information: London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives.

Images produced by permission of the City of London Corporation Libraries, Archives. The City of London gives no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to the City of London, Guildhall, PO Box 270, London, EC2P 2EJ. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.

Source Information: Massachusetts, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.

Source Information: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

Source Information: U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.

Source Information: U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2012. Original data: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

Source Information: Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.

Source Information: Web: Massachusetts, Find A Grave Index, 1620-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. accessed 4 February 2013.

Source Information: London Metropolitan Archives, St Gabriel Fenchurch, Composite register: baptisms 1571 - 1709, marriages 1572 - 1683/4, burials 1571 - 1709, P69/GAB/A/001/MS05293. baptism of Samuel Basse showing father as Humfrye Basse

Books: 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

Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640-1793

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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On 1 Jul 2018 at 14:08 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

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.

On 1 Jul 2018 at 13:53 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:

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.

On 1 Jul 2018 at 12:37 GMT Charles Patterson wrote:

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.

On 17 Sep 2017 at 18:38 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

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.

On 28 Oct 2015 at 18:31 GMT US Presidents Project WikiTree wrote:

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

On 22 Sep 2015 at 00:38 GMT US Presidents Project WikiTree wrote:

Basss-1 and Basse-112 appear to represent the same person because: BASSS is an incorrect spelling and should be merged into Basse

On 16 Dec 2014 at 19:22 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Donna, could you upload the baptismal record to his page ? That would be great . Thanks !


On 16 Dec 2014 at 19:10 GMT Anonymous Andersen wrote:

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.

On 16 Dec 2014 at 19:00 GMT Anonymous Andersen wrote:

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.

On 12 Dec 2014 at 15:09 GMT David Higgs wrote:

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.

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