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The Basse family were among the earliest settlers of Virginia.  Captain Nathaniel Basse was an influential leader of the Jamestown settlement.  His father Humphrey Basse, a draper (cloth merchant) of London, was christened 29 Dec 1589 in St. Gabriel Church, London, England.  Humphrey's wife Mary Bouchier was born Abt 1568 in Roanne, Lorie, France.  The Bass family were members of the Church of England and 14 of their 15 children were baptized in St. Gabriel's and St. Helen's Bishopsgate in London. Humphrey and Mary died within a month of each other and are buried in the Nunnery at St. Helen's, Bishopgate, London, England. The nunnery was destroyed by fire in 1799.

2 of the sons of Nathaniel Bass were married to Native American women.  John married Elizabeth, a Nansemond 8/14/1638.  Edward married a Chowanoke named Mary Tucker about 1644.  Anyone who has found the Bass name in their family tree has aspired to be descended from Nathaniel.  Many have sought to make the connection to John and Elizabeth and the modern Nansemond tribe.  Outside of the son of Pocahontas, the children of John and Elizabeth were the earliest recorded bi-racial children in the colony.

As often happens in family studies, we have had more than a few "aha" moments.  None has been more surprising than the Haplogroup A results of men who descend from men who culturally and socially appeared to be the descendants of William 1654-1741 (John, Nathaniel, Humphrey).  We only have results from sons of William's son John, but all of those have come back Haplogroup A.  This means that either William or his son John's biological father was not a Bass.  This is an amazing result to say the least.  A is the oldest and rarest haplogroup.

Of course we have other Bass families with completely different origins.  We have an early Isle of Wright family.  We have the descendants of Rice Bass, a notorious Loyalist and rabble-rouser of the Revolution in Duplin Co, NC.  Rice and his brother moved to Cumberland Co, NC.  His descendants moved on to Georgia and then on to Florida.

Anyway, we hope that you join the crowd here and maybe learn something about your family.  Feel free to join the discussion at the Bass Surname DNA Study on Facebook.  I'm Marcia at rivermet@aol.com.  If I can help you let me know.