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  • ID: I8576
  • Name: Nathaniel Basse
  • Prefix: Captain
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 DEC 1589 in London,England 1
  • Event: Baptized
  • _ALT_BIRTH: Y 29 DEC 1589 Church of St. Gabriel,Fenchurch Street,London,Middlesex, England
  • Death: 3 JUL 1654 in London,Middlesex,England 2
  • Event: Buried 3 JUL 1654 St. Alphage,Cripplegate,London,ENG 3
  • Event: Employment Ship's captain
  • Event: Baptized 29 DEC 1589 St. Gabriel Church,London,ENGLAND
  • Note:
    Marriage: Nathaniel Basse married Mary Jordan 21 May 1613, in London, Middlesex, England. "Nathaniell Basse and Mary Jordan was married ye 21 day of May in ye year of our blessed Lord and Saviour 1613." (Family Bible Records)

    Nathaniel died 03 July 1654, in London, Middlesex, England. His wife Mary died in childbirth with their twelfth son, 17 Jan 1630. Nathaniel and Mary had the following children:

    l. Humphrey (b. 15 July 1615 – d. 22 Mar 1622, at the Good Friday Indian Massacre at Basse’s Choice).


    2. Samuel (b. 15 July 1615)

    3. John (b. 7 Sep 1616, in London, Middlesex, England – m. 14 Aug 1638 (Keziah) Elizabeth, dau. of Great Petter, King of the Nansemond Indians–ch. Nathaniel, Keziah, Elizabeth, Jordan, Samuel, William, Richard, John–d. 2 Apr. 1699, Norfolk-Nansemond Co., VA.). John was rescued by friendly Nansemond Indians during the 1622 Indian Massacre.

    4. William (b. 25 Dec 1618, in London, Middlesex, England – m. 20 Sep 1641 Sarah Batton – d. Norfolk, VA).

    5. Anthony (b. 13 Mar 1620, London, Middlesex, England – was in Westmoreland Co., Va. 1654, sponsored by Giles Bren).

    6. Edward (b. 8 May 1622, in London, Middlesex, England, m. about 1644 to Mary Tucker, Norfolk-Nansemond Co., VA, Mary was a Nansemond Indian – d. about 1696 Chowan Co., NC – Edward traded with Showanee Indians in Carolinas). "Edward Basse, sonne of Nathll and Mary Basse yt unregenerated by ye Spirit of God, took in marriage one virtuos Indian maydn by the Christian name of Mary Tucker and went to live amongst the Showanocs in Carolina in 1644 AD. "He went to Carolina in later years in persute of trade and not in 1644. Dyed in 1696 AD. (Family Bible Records)

    7. Anne (b. 9 Oct 1624 – married Thomas Burwell, Jr.). "Anne Basse ye daughter of Nathll and Mary his wife was born in ye yr of Xt. 1624, ye 9 day of 8ber.


    8. Genevieve (b. 9 Oct 1624, 10 minutes after Anne London, Middlesex, England – m. 11 Jun 1640, Peter Knight). "Geneveve Basse ye daughter of Nathaniell Basse and Mary his wife was bornd on ye 9 day of 8ber in ye year of our blessed Lord God 1624, about ten minutes after Anne was born. "Blessed be God for His tender Mercies. Amen" (Family Bible Records)

    9. Richard (b. 27 Aug 1625 London, Middlesex, England).

    10. Gregory (b. 10 Dec 1628 London, Middlesex, England – Came to Virginia 1642, sponsored by Wm. Prior)


    11. George (b. 11 Dec. 1628, several hours after Gregory, London, Middlesex, England – d. 1681 Norfolk – Nansemond, VA).

    12. Son (b. 17 Jan 1629/30 – stillborn (Mother Mary Jordan Basse dies).

    It is believed that Nathaniel Basse brought his children back to London after the 1622 Indian Massacre; however, Nathaniel continued making trips to the colonies.

    The first English settlement in the area known by the Indians as Warrosquoake (Isle of Wight Co., Virginia) was made by Captain Christoper Lawne, Sir Richard Worsley, Knight & Baronet, and their associates NATHANIEL BASSE, Gentleman, John Hobson, Gentleman, Anthony Olevan, Richard Wiseman, Robert Newland, Robert Gyner and William Willis.

    They arrived at Jamestown with one hundred settlers on 27 April 1619 in a ship commanded by Captain Evans. They immediately settled on the south side of the Warrosquoake River (James River) and established the plantation "Warrosquoake", to be known as "Lawne's Creek". When their patent was confirmed it was to become known as the "County of Isle of Wight".

    NATHANIEL BASSE and others undertook to establish another plantation in the same neighborhood, to the east, known as "Basse's Choice" situated on the Warrosquoake River (James River) and Pagan Creek. His patent was received 21 Nov 1621 for 300 acres plus 100 acres of marshland. The houses on Captain Basse's plantation were being built when at midday on Good Friday, 22 Mar 1622, the Indians attacked the settlers killing 347 of the 1240 English inhabitants in the 80 settlements on the north and south sides of the river (James). 26 at Isle of Wight were among those killed. The settlers made a valiant defense of themselves with guns, axes, spades and brickbats. It is thought that Nathaniel and his wife, Mary, were in England at the time, and some of the children were at "Basse's Choice" with a nurse. The story is told that five-year old JOHN was one of the children that escaped and was rescued by some friendly Nansemond Indians! His older brother Humphrey died that day. A 1622 passenger list for the ship "Furtherance," from London, arrived in Virginia, lists Nathaniell Basse, age 35. Many ships at that time considered passengers as cargo and did not list their names. Some ships listed the names of the men on board but did not list women and children.

    A census taken 16 Feb 1623/24 shows a total of 53 persons living at "Worwicke-Squeak" and "Basse's Choice". Nathaniel Basse and Samuell Basse were among those listed. Capt. Nathaniel Basse, Samuel Basse and William Basse are also found living among the list of 1,033 Early Pioneers of 1624. They are listed as living at Basse Choise, sndx no. B200.

    Nathaniel was appointed to the House of Burgesses at the first Legislative Assembly representing Warrosquoake (Isle of Wight) for 1623/24. He was again a member of the House of Burgesses in Oct 1629 and 1631, appointed to Harvey's Council 1631/32 and a member of the Great Council 1631/32. On 6 Mar 1631/32 Nathaniel was commissioned to "trade between 34 and 40 N Latitude, England, Nova Scotia and West Indies to invite inhabitants hither". (If they were tired of cold and damp!) Nathaniel was also commissioned to trade to the Dutch Plantation and Canada. He was given power of Justice of Peace. (Virginia Council & General Court Records 1626-1634)

    Basse's Choice originally called for 300 acres but its acreage was closer to 400. Mr. Peter Knight married to Nathaniel's daughter Genevieve, patented 150 acres of the same in 1640 and 255 acres in 1643. Peter Knight sold the tract to John Bland, an eminent London Merchant.

    Nathaniel Basse was buried 3 July 1654 in the Church of St. Alphage, Cripplegate, London. Mary, his wife, had died 17 Jan 1630, with the birth of a stillborn son. After Nathaniel's death in 1654, the General Assembly of Virginia in 1659/60 ordered Mr. Wm. Drummond as agent of the Co-heirs of Nathaniel Basse to pay to Theodorick Bland of Westover, 2500 lbs tobacco in settlement of a suit affecting the land.

    Pp. 545-552, (March, 1659-60---11th of Commonwealth) WHEREAS Mr. Theodorick Bland petitioned...for damages in a case...against Mr.William Dromond who was attornie of the Coheires of Basse,...

    From another web site:
    Capt. BASSE first arrived in VA on 27-Apr-1619 in a ship commanded by Capt. Evans. He married Mary JOURDAN whose father arrived from France on the "Sea Venture" in 1607. Nathaniel returned to England, married Mary
    and then he once again immigrated to Virginia in 1622 on the Furtherance as one of the Adverntuers of the Virginia Company, arriving on the Furtherance. For his importation of settlers he received patents to 300 acres of land at "Basses Chose" on the south side of the James River 14 miles downriver from Hogg Island. The place was originally called Warrosquyoake County, but the name was changed to Isle of Wight County in 1637.

    There is considerable dispute about the subsequent history of Nathaniel. The List of the Living" drawn up after the 1622 Indian massacre lists a William Basse and a Mrs. Basse as living at "Jordan's Journey," several miles upriver in Charles City County, now Prince George County. There is a sermon, labelled "Nathaniel Bass' book" in the Virginia Archives that gives a wife and children of Nathaniel as published in Austin, Virginia Bibles. However, there is also a deposition on file in the Lord Mayor's Court at London on 30-Aug-1654 stating that Nathaniel was "lately deceased without issue in Virginia" The sermon record lists a William Bass as son of Nathaniel. Since the 1623/24 muster of inhabitants at Basses Chose does not list William and since Ed. Bass' "Bible" in the state archives gives a subsequent marriage date for William, there is a strong suggestion that the William Basse at Jordan's Journey was Nathaniel's son, then living with his mother. The assumption that the Wm. Basse at Jordan's Journey was the son of Nathaniel Basse and Mary Jordan is supported by Bell in his treatise on the Southern Bass families where he states that Mrs. Basse is "reputed to have been" the daughter of Samuel Jordan and wife of Nathaniel Basse. (page 22)

    All of this weaves a somewhat confusing and tangled history of the early Bass line, highly suggestive, but open at points to controversy. The source for the "no issue" report is Coldham, Complete Book of Immigrants at 274 (Baltimore, 1988) Boddie, 17th Century Isle of Wight, says that the last record of Nathaniel Basse in the records of the Virginia Company is that he left Virginia in 1631 for New England. Before leaving he was a Burgess.
  • Change Date: 27 MAY 2003 at 21:42:25

    Father: Humphry Basse b: Abt 1565 in England
    Mother: Mary Buschier b: Abt 1568 in England

    Marriage 1 Mary Jordan b: in England
    • Married: 21 MAY 1613 in London,Middlesex,England 4
    1. Has No Children Humphrey Basse b: 15 JUL 1615 in London,Middlesex,England
    2. Has No Children Samuel Basse b: 15 JUL 1615 in London,Middlesex,England
    3. Has No Children John Basse b: 7 SEP 1616 in London,Middlesex,England
    4. Has No Children William Basse b: 25 DEC 1618 in London,Middlesex,England
    5. Has No Children Anthony Basse b: 13 MAR 1619/1620 in London,Middlesex,England
    6. Has No Children Edward Basse b: 8 MAY 1622 in London,Middlesex,England
    7. Has No Children Mary Basse b: 14 JUN 1623 in Virginia
    8. Has No Children Anne Basse b: 9 OCT 1624 in London,Middlesex,England
    9. Has Children Genevieve Basse b: 9 OCT 1624 in London,Middlesex,England
    10. Has No Children Richard Basse b: 27 AUG 1625 in London,Middlesex,England
    11. Has No Children Gregory Basse b: 10 DEC 1628 in London,Middlesex,England
    12. Has No Children George Basse b: 11 DEC 1628 in London,Middlesex,England
    13. Has No Children Son Basse b: 17 JAN 1629/1630

    1. Title: LDS Ancestral File (HB5T-NL); Don Stevens online gives 1584
      Abbrev: LDS Ancestral File (HB5T-NL); Don Stevens online gives 1584
    2. Title: Don Stephens online
      Abbrev: Don Stephens online
    3. Title: Bell, Bass Families of the South
      Abbrev: Bell, Bass Families of the South
    4. Title: Nathaniel Bass Bible, Accession # 26371, Virginia State Archives
      Abbrev: Nathaniel Bass Bible, Accession # 26371, Virginia State Archives
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