The World of Grandpa Don

The Bass Family  

Our Bass heritage begins in England and connects us to John Alden & Pricilla Mullins as well as the Copeland and Thayer families.

This is their story, as I know it.

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In England

Benjamin Humphrey Bass (1565-1616) and his wife Mary Buschier (1565-1616) lived and died in London England. They were my 9th great grandparents. One of their children, Samuel Bass emigrated to the  Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1634 with his wife Anne Saville and the four of their children who had been born in England. These were Sarah, Samuel, Mary, and John. Other members of the Bass family immigrated to Virginia.

For a listing of the Ancestors of Samuel Bass see Ancestors.

In America

The ship Mayflower arrived and discharged its passengers at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620, the place of the first New England settlement. In 1630 the town of Boston was founded, providing an excellent harbor.


Generation 1

Samual Bass (1600-1694) & Anne Saville (1601-1693)

Samuel Bass and his wife Anne Saville arrived in Massachusits in 1634 with their first four children. They subsequently had 5 additional children: Joseph, Thomas, Ruth, Benjamin and Sarah. Little is known of the family but of note is that they were long lived.  Anne lived to 92, dying in 1693 and Samuel died at age 94 in 1694 .


Generation 2

John Bass (1630-1716) &
Ruth Alden (1634-1674)

John, the son of  Samuel and Anne, was born at Saffron Walden, Essex, England in 1630 and emigrated with his parents. He married Ruth Alden, the daughter of John Alden and Pricilla Mullins of Mayflower fame. Thus, their descendants, including myself, are descended  from Mayflower passengers.

The couple had 7 children between 1662 and 1672; John, Samuel, Ruth, Joseph, Hannah, Mary, and Sarah, Ruth Alden Bass died at the age of 40 on October 12, 1674. John Bass died 12 Sep 1716 at age 86.


Generation 3

Mary Bass (1668-1725) &
William Copeland (1656-1716)

Mary Bass first married Christopher Webb on 24 Mar 1686. They had 8 children between 1686 and 1690 including, if our records are correct, a set of triplets.  Christopher died in 1690 at the age of 24.

Mary then married William Copeland who had been born 15 Sep 1656 and was the son of Lawrence Copeland (1599-1699) and Lydia Townsend (1630-1688). They were the parents of 11 children.

To follow this family line go to Copeland Family.

Thomas Bass (1635-1720) &
Sarah Wood (1642-1674)

Thomas, also a son of Samuel and Anne, was born at Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, in 1635. He married Sarah Wood on 04 Oct 1660. She was the daughter of Nicholas Wood and Mary Pidge, immigrants from England.

The couple had 7 children between 1661 and 1671. The first, a daughter, died at birth. The others were Abigail, Samuel, Sarah, Mary, John and Mehitable. Sarah is reported to have died on 12 Oct 1674. However, this is before the birth of the last two children, 1675 and 1677, and so there is obviously an error in dates. Thomas died 08 Jan 1720 at Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts


Generation 3

Sarah Bass (1670-1719) &
Josiah Thayer (1670-1728)

Sarah Bass, born 07 Feb 1670 at Medfield, Massachusetts married Josiah Thayer in 1690.

To follow this family line go to Thayer Family.


These two family lines continue on separate paths to about 1877 when Harvey Louis Copeland married Jennie Marcia Thayer. They were my grandparents.



Cousins & Stuff

A DNA match was made to a person only known to me as "mcinnyluwho". The  Elizebeth Bass (1728-1804) of his tree is apparently my 3rd cousin 6X removed. Her 2nd great grandfather, Samuel Bass (1600
-1694 is my 8th great grandfather. He was born in Walden, Essex, , England and arrived at Roxbuty, Massachusits in 1625. His son Samuel led to his Bass family. I am descended through two of his
sons, Thomas & John. See Relationship Chart. To make things even more interesting, "mcinnyluwho" is also related to me through the Copeland Family.

Grandpa Don Plefka
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
Feb 27, 2013
Rev Mar 26, 2013


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