Maclin Bass had an interesting past. He grew up in the Southside of Virginia, a son of Henry Bass and his unknown first wife. Henry Bass died in Greensville Co, VA in 1785, leaving his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Rivers, as administrator of the estate. Maclin Bass, probably the oldest child, had to sue his step-mother for his rights in the estate, leaving a paper trail of parentage. Maclin Bass married Elizabeth Watson October 18, 1792 in Greensville Co, VA, and took up residence in adjacent Sussex Co, VA. In 1799 he moved across the state line to Halifax Co, NC. Elizabeth died there; and he took a 2nd wife, Sarah Elizabeth Pasteur. That marriage obviously proved to be an unhappy one. She did not make the eventual move to Haywood Co, TN, and was graphically written out of Maclin Bass' Last Will & Testament.
Early Bass history began in the coastal Virginia Tidewater. For many years Bass historians claimed descent from one single 17th century Bass immigrant who immigrated from London to the Colony of Virginia in 1619. In later years a contrarian point of view has emerged which points to inconsistencies in records attributed to the immigrant Nathaniel Basse. Was there more than one individual by that name in the earliest days of Colonial Virginia? This researcher is still exploring the possibilities.
Henry Bass was the son of Charles Bass, who died in Southampton Co, VA in 1780. Charles Bass' parentage has not yet been definitively proven. Some researchers attribute him to being the oldest child of Richard Basse (grandson of the above mentioned Nathaniel Basse) and his wife Jane Bryant of Nansemund. But that relationship, although possible, is not probable. If our Charles Basse was the son of Richard and Jane (Bryant) Basse, he would have been 99 years old at death. This seems a very unlikely possibility in 18th century Virginia.
Since Charles Bass was living in Southampton adjacent to what may have been Richard Basse's son James Bass, there is a greater likelihood that Charles of Southampton was a grandson of Richard & Jane (Bryant) Basse. Earlier records exist for a Charles Bass in the area of Isle of Wight County that became Southampton County and in Surry County. Could our Charles Bass have been a son of the earlier Charles Bass? Or was he instead, a son of James Bass who he was living adjacent to? Documentation that would prove the parentage of Charles Bass of Southampton Co, VA would be greatly appreciated.
Descendants of Charles Bass
Generation No. 1
1. Charles1 Bass died before December 14, 1780 in Southampton Co, VA1.
Children of Charles Bass are:
Generation No. 2
2. Henry2 Bass (Charles1)1 died before August 25, 1785 in Greensville Co, VA2. He married (1) Unknown before 1763 in Virginia. He married (2) Elizabeth Rivers December 23, 1778 in Brunswick Co, VA4, daughter of William Rivers.
Children of Henry Bass and Unknown are:
Children of Henry Bass and Elizabeth Rivers are:
3. Hardiman2 Bass (Charles1)11,12. He married Ann13.
Children of Hardiman Bass and Ann are:
4. Charles2 Bass (Charles1)16. He married Ann.
Children of Charles Bass and Ann are:
5. Arthur2 Bass (Charles1)21. He married Agniss Morris Bef. August 07, 1759 in Sussex Co, VA22.
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 2, p. 77. 18 May 1793. Arthur & Aggy Bass, his wife, of Sussex Co, VA to Drury Jordan of Greensville Co, VA. 100 lbs. VA. 100 acres in Greensville Co, VA Wit: Willis Jordan, Taber Morris, Thomas Bass
Child of Arthur Bass and Agniss is:
8. Tabitha2 Bass (Charles1)24.
Child of Tabitha Bass is:
Generation No. 3
9. Maclin3 Bass (Henry2, Charles1) was born 1755 - 1764 in Virginia25,26, and died March 17, 1837 in Haywood Co, TN27,28. He married (1) Elizabeth Watson October 18, 1792 in Greensville Co, VA29,30, daughter of Alexander Watson and Edith. She was born 1770 - 1771 in Brunswick Co, VA31, and died 1810 - 1818 in Halifax Co, NC. He married (2) Sarah Elizabeth Pasteur November 20, 181832,33, daughter of Charles Pasteur and Martha McKinnie. She died Aft. August 184534.
Children of Maclin Bass and Elizabeth Watson are:
Child of Maclin Bass and Sarah Pasteur is:
11. Rebecca3 Bass (Henry2, Charles1) was born Bef. 1765, and died before 1810 in Halifax Co, NC. She married Thomas Kirby69 January 16, 1787 in Southampton Co, VA70, son of Richard Kirby. He died in Halifax Co, NC.
Children of Rebecca Bass and Thomas Kirby are:
12. Susannah3 Bass (Henry2, Charles1) was born Aft. 1764. She married (1) William Andrews December 20, 1793 in Greensville Co, VA72. She married (2) Unknown Short Aft. 1794.
Child of Susannah Bass and William Andrews is:
13. Lydia3 Bass (Henry2, Charles1) was born Aft. 1764. She married Jesse Abernathy January 08, 1801 in Greensville Co, VA72.
Child of Lydia Bass and Jesse Abernathy is:
1. Blanche Adams Chapman, Wills &
Administrations of Southampton County, VA 1749-1800, (Genealogical
Publishing Co, 1980), 82.
Charles Bass Legal Records
Charles Bass Jr. (of Isle of Wight County) Land Patent - Isle of Wight County, 24 March 1725; Virginia Land Office Patents No. 12 1724 - 1726 pp 438-439; Description - 135 acres on the South side of Nottaway river, and on the South side of the Three creek. Adjoining the land of William Seward.
Southampton Co, VA Deed Book 1, p. 26, 8 Nov. 1749. This indenture 8 Nov. 1749 between James Bass and Mary Bass his wife of the county of Southampton of the one part and John Thorp of the county aforesaid Witness that James Bass and Mary his wife for the sum of 80lb 13-1 current money of Va., paid by John Thorp, hath granted, bargained and sold to John Thorp a certain tract of land in Southampton County on the south side of three creeks bounded etc. to a corner of Charles Bass Jr. his land, then south to a black oak, thence by Charles Bass' land to the head of the north prong of Herbert's Branch, to a red oak, to the Rock Branch, then to Henry Ivey's line, to Rock Branch, to three creeks etc. Wit: Jas. Ridley, Wm Binum, and Arthur Taylor. Signed: James (X) Bass
Southampton, Va Deed, 11-8-1749 James & Mary Bass sold to John Thorpe...land on Side of Three Creeks, adj Charles Bass, Henry Ivey, Rocky Branch, Page 26: JAMES BASS and wife Mary to JOHN THORPE dated 8 Nov 1749
Sussex Co, VA Deed Book A, p. 281. 2 March 1758. Charles Bass of Brunswick County to George Ivey of Southampton Co, VA. 50 acres on north side of Three Creeks. (Sussex County, Virginia Deed Books A-E 1754 - March 1779 By William Lindsay Hopkins)
Charles Bass Land Patent, Southampton County, August 10, 1759, Virginia Land Patents 1623 - 1774 Vol. 34 p 343. Charles Bass, 475 acres in Southampton County on south side of Nottoway River and on south side of Three Creeks (near James Bass's land) for 36 shillings.
Southampton Co, VA Deed Book 5, p. 91. 13 January 1774. Indenture between Charles Bass of Southampton Co, VA and William Andrews of the said county. 16 acres in St. Luke's Parish near Three Creeks beginning at Moses Thorpe's line. Witness: Moses Thorp, Wm P. Rawling, George Erby.
Southampton Co, VA Will Book 3, p. 307. 14 December 1780. In the name of God Amen, I Charles Bass of the County of Southampton being sick and weak of body but sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following manner, Viz. After my Funeral expenses are defrayed and just debts paid I dispose of my worldly goods both real and personal which it hath pleased Almighty God of his Mercy and goodness to bestow on me as follows. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Henry Bass and to his heirs forever all the part of my land lying on the south side of the road leading from Southampton Courthouse to Hicks Foard containing as is estimated two hundred acres, be the same more or less. Item. I lend unto my son Hardiman Bass during his natural life a part of my land bounded as follows, to wit beginning at the main run of the Three Creeks where the dividing line between Jeremiah Thorp and myself strikes the Creek, thence up the said Creek to the mouth of the Beaver pond from thence down a run which runs through the low grounds called the back run to within one hundred yards of the said Jeremiah Thorpe line aforesaid, thence a straight course to two noted pines which lies down, lately fell asunder within a few steps of the Meadow Branch, thence to the Meadow Branch and up the same to the meadow from thence a straight line to the corner tree of the said Jeremiah Thorpe's land near the Meadow then down the said Jeremiah Thorp's line to the beginning, imagined to be One hundred acres be the same more or less, provided my said son Hardiman Bass should depart this life before the death of his wife Ann Bass then I lend the said land to the said Ann Bass during her widowhood, I give and bequeath to my Grandson Roger Bass and to his heirs forever the last mentioned parcel of land of one hundred acres after the encumbrances above is removed. Item. I give and bequeath to my neighbour Moses Thorp twelve acres of my land to him the said Thorpe and to his heirs forever beginning where the line which divides the said Thorp's land from mine strikes a run called the back run of the Three Creeks, thence down the said back run until opposite to the corner of my old field, thence to a Poplar standing in the Hedgerow near the cartway between the said Thorp's house and my house, thence to a Branch which divides the said Thorp's land and mine and down the said branch to the beginning. Item. Item. I lend unto my son Charles Bass during his natural life the remaining part of my land which I imagine is one hundred and fifty acres and should my said son Charles depart this Life before his wife dies then I give the use of the said last parcel of land to my said son Charles's wife Ann Bass during her widowhood. Item. I give to my Grandson Edwin Bass and his heirs forever the said parcel of land which I have given his father Charles Bass the use of during Natural Life and his mother during her widowhood as the case may be, after the two encumbrances are at an end, but should the said Edwin depart this Life before the said two encumbrances are removed then I give the said parcel of land to his Brother Dixon Bass and to his heirs forever but should the said Dixon likewise die under the same situation and circumstances, then on the said terms I give to his Brother Howell Bass the said parcel of land last mentioned to him the said Howell Bass and to his heirs forever. Item. I give to my Grandson Dixon Bass my middling sized Pott and Hooks. Item. My will and desire is that my Burial place belonging to the parcel of land I have lent to my son Charles Bass to the bigness of fifteen yards square shall be reserved for a family buryal place and I do not give the said burial place to any person whatsoever, notwithstanding the before bequests. Item. My Will is that all the remainder part of my Estate in whatsoever manner it lyeth or may be found, except a quarter of Beef Moses Thorp owes me which I give to my son Charles and cloth for bedticking and boulster which said Moses Thorp owes me which I give to my daughter Mary Matthews, shall be sold to the highest bidder for ready money and the money arrising from the said sale to be equally divided between my sons Arthur Bass, Newit Bass, and my daughter Mary Matthews & my Grandson Jordan Bass, son of my Daughter Tabitha Bass. Item. I do nominate and appoint my sons Henry Bass & Charles Bass & my son in law Arthur Matthews my whole and sole Exors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I do hereby set my hand and affix my seal this Eleventh day of September 1780. W: Joshua Nicholson, Jeremiah Thorp, John Ivey. At a Court held for the County of Southampton the 14th Day of Decr 1780 This Will was proved in Court by Arthur Matthews the Court therein approved by the Oaths of Joshua Hardin, Jeremiah Thorp, two of the Witnessed thereto and ordered to be Recorded on the motion of the sd ? who made Oath according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate in due form giving Security when responsible. Sam Kello Cl
Southampton Co, VA Deed Book 6, p. 225, 10 June 1784. Indenture between Henry Bass & Elizabeth of Greensville Co. and Charles Portlock, land in Southampton Co. for 100 lbs 200 acres now in his possession, in Jeremiah Thorp's line, on south side of a road leading from Hicksford to Southampton Court House, then by Thorp's line, to a corner of James Bass land, now Robert Wilkins, thence to Wilkins line 246 poles, being a patent of 475 acres of land granted to Charles Bass bearing date 10 Aug. 1759, and by him left to said Henry Bass his heir, as his portion of the land & Henry Bass & Elizabeth, his wife sell this 200 acres. Signed: Henry Bass, Elizabeth Bass
Henry Bass Legal Records
Greensville Co, VA Public Claims: October 10, 1781, Received of Henry Bass at Four Several Dates Thirteen Barel One Bushel & three packs of Corn for the Continental Uses. Signed: Walths Mills, Wm Tomlinson. John Hamilton AC, C. G.
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 1, p. 242, 24 November 1785. Priscilla Bass Orphan of Henry Bass made choice of Charles Portlock for her Guardian he having with William Massenburg and William Blunt his Securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond according to Law.
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 1, p. 242. 24 November 1785. Susanna Bass Orphan of Henry Bass made Choice of William Massenburg for her Guardian he having with Charles Portlock and William Blunt entered into and acknowledged their Bond according to Law.
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 1, p. 247. 24 November 1785. Sarah Clifton is apponted Guardian to Lydia Bass Orphan of Henry Bass, she having with Cordey Clifton her Security entered into and acknowledged their Bond according to Law.
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 1, p. 355-356. 28 February 1788. Benjamin Woodruff is appointed Guardian to Rhoda Bass and Polly Bass Orphans of Henry Bass deceased he having with George Woodruff and Owen Davis his securities entered into and ackowledged this bond in the penalty of five hundred pounds conditioned as the Law directs.
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 2, p. 11. 25 March 1790. Ordered that Maclin Bass pay John Rivers seventy three pounds of Tobacco for attending one day and traveling sixteen miles as at witness for him against Henry Bass's Administrator according to Law.
Greensville Co, VA Deed Book 1, p. 358
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 2, p. 13. 25 March 1790. Maclin Bass, Plt against Benjamin Woodruff and Elizabeth his wife, Adminitrix of Henry Bass, deceased. This day came the Plt by his attorney and thereupon came a Jury to wit JohnCamp, Alexander Madell, Hirschia Mabry, Daniel Walton, Isham Gilliam, Thomas Hall, Andrew Jeters, Abner Hill, William Tomlinson, Samuel Davis, Peter Butts, and John Morris who were elected, tried and sworn well and truly to engineer of Damages in this suit upon their oath do say that the Plt hath sustained damages by occasion of the trower and conversion in the Declaration mentioned to twenty six pounds six shillings and two pence besides his Cash. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plt recover against the Deft the said twenty six pounds six shillings and two pence his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by in this behalf appended if so much thereof the said defts have in their hands to be administered of the Goods of the said Intesate to be levied, if not, then the Costs to be levied of the proper Goods and Chattels of the said Defts in mercy.
Greensville Co, VA Order Book 2, p. 33. 28 May 1790. Benjamin Woodruff and Wife, Adminitrix of Henry Bass Plt against Samuel Davis and John Morris, Defts, In Debt.
Descendants of Henry Bass qualify for membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution based on his Patriotic Service.
Maclin Bass Census & Legal Records
Sussex County, VA Personal Property, Tax of Maclin Bass charged to
Maclin Bass' daughter Nancy W. Bass married, as his 2nd wife, William W. Hail. The history of that family can be found in the Hail Family section of this Web Site.
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