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  • ID: I1885
  • Name: Mary BASS
  • Surname: Bass
  • Given Name: Mary
  • _MARNM: Mary Bass, Mary Richardson
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1751 in Bertie County, North Carolina 1
  • Death: 20 Nov 1844 in Halifax County,North Carolina 2 3
  • _UID: CDDAA7EC8351C345A0AA066085BE89C6582E
  • Note:
    MARY BASS was very probably the daughter of BENJAMIN BASS (1722-1802) and his wife MARY BASS (daughter of JOHN BASS & LOVE HARRIS.) Researcher Kianga Lucas, a descendant of the BASS & RICHARDSON families, writes this:
    ****Mary Bass (1757-1844) and her husband Benjamin Richardson (1750-1809) are my 5th great-grandparents and are the main progenitors of the state recognized Haliwa-Saponi tribe. It had been assumed that Mary Bass was the same Mary Bass who was the daughter of Thomas Bass and Thomasine Bunch of Bertie Co. Thomas Bass was a grandson of John Bass (1673-1732). However I no longer believe this to be true. A closer examination of the records as well as DNA cousin matches, shows Mary Bass to have a closer relationship with the Edward Bass (1672-1750) branch of the Bass family. Specifically, I?m looking into Mary Bass being the daughter of either Benjamin Bass (1722-1802) or perhaps Edward Bass Jr (1728-1800) of Granville Co. Both men were sons of Edward Bass (1672-1750). I will update this blog post when I can confirm my research. Please check back again later. ****

    More recently (6/12/2017) Kianga has proven that BENJAMIN BASS' wife, MARY, whose maiden name has previously been unknown, was MARY BASS, daughter of JOHN BASS & LOVE HARRIS. Here is a message from her:

    My theory is that Benjamin Bass (1722-1802) s/o Edward Bass and Lovewell married his first cousin Mary Bass (b. 1722) d/o of John Bass and Love Harris. Check this out - according to John Bass' 1732 will, his daughter Mary Bass received 100 acres of land on the North side of Urahaw Swamp.
    Benjamin Bass' wife is documented as Mary in land deeds and tax lists, but her maiden name has not been documented because no marriage record found.
    On 26 July 1784, Benjamin Bass and his wife Mary sold 100 acres of land on the North Side of Urahaw Swamp. Could this be the same land she inherited from her father?
    Knowing the Basses, it makes perfect sense for Benjamin Bass to marry his first cousin.

    The answer to that is, yes, it does make perfect sense, because, it could hardly be a coincidence for MARY and BENJAMIN BASS to have possession of the same exact land that was willed to JOHN BASS' daughter, MARY. And the land had to have belonged to BENJAMIN's wife, because otherwise, she would not have been involved in the sale of the property in 1784, unless it was her property. Women had no say so in their husband's property, but they did, if the woman brought the property into the marriage.

    MARY BASS (wife of ELIJAH BASS & BENJAMIN RICHARDSON) was originally thought to have been the daughter of THOMAS BASS (1723-1764) & TAMERSON (BUNCH) BASS (daughter of HENRY BUNCH, who died in 1775 Bertie Co.,NC) of Bertie County, North Carolina. And while they are no longer thought to be this MARY BASS parents, the following information is good to know when identifying members of the BASS family.

    THOMAS BASS was the son of JOHN BASS (1700- 1777) of Northampton Co., NC, who owned 16 slaves, most of his children married whites. JOHN BASS was the son of JOHN BASS, b. Dec. 4, 1673 & LOVE HARRIS, married January 8, 1696 in Perquimans Pct, (Old Albemarle Co.) NC. JOHN BASS, SR. was the son of WILLIAM BASS, b. March 29, 1654/ d. Aug. 13, 1741, Norfolk Co., VA & CATHERINE LANIER (d.1691). WILLIAM BASS, was the son of JOHN BASS, b. Sept. 7, 1616 & ELIZABETH, daughter of the Nansemond Indian chief, ROBIN the Elder.
    The actual book reads:

    "John Basse married a dauter of ye King of ye Nansamund Nation by name Elizabeth in Holy Baptism and in Holy Matrimonie ye 14 day of August in ye yeare of Our Blessed Lord 1638..."
    The entire book can be read at the NC State Archives, which I strongly urge interested researchers to read since it clarifies the incorrect lineage that has been perputrated for many years:
    BASS FAMILY; (*Note that this info is incorrect about John Bass' wife's name, it was ELIZABETH, not anything else. DW).
    The Bass family descended from John1 Bass of Norfolk County, Virginia, who married Keziah Elizabeth Tucker, an Indian. She was the daughter of Robin the Elder, a Chief of the Nansemond Indian tribe, who had been Baptized a Christian. Most of their children married whites and became part of the white community. However, many descendants of their son William Bass married African Americans and became part of that community. William Bass's son, William Bass, remained in Norfolk County and married an African American. Two other sons, Edward and John Bass, moved to North Carolina and probably married African Americans as did most of their descendants.

    (*above paragraph from Paul Heinegg's website: )

    *****Note by DW: Although the info that Paul quotes is from the book by Albert Bell, "Bass Families of the South", much of the genealogy listed in it has been in dispute, most notably is that the actual entry from a Prayer Book, not a family bible, shows this:
    "John Basse married a deftar of Ye King of Ye Nansamund nation by name, Elizabeth in Holy Baptism and Holy Matrimonie...".

    The name of TUCKER was later brought into the family by John's brother, Edward BASS, who married Mary TUCKER. More can be read about this here:

    There is an additional very informative page about the origins of the BASS family in America, which was originally on Geocities, but since that site has gone out of business, it is archived here:

    It includes a letter written in 1999 from Fred Bright of the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association with definitive information that NATHANIEL BASS, son of HUMPHREY BASS was NOT the ancestor of the American BASS Family, since he died without any children and that his estate went to his brother and sisters. A portion of that letter is quoted here:

    "However, since then, the Jamestown Society have found out (as we knew) that Nathaniel Basse, Son of Humphrey had no children and his bachelor brother and sisters inherited his estate. We also know that he forced a lot of lines and crossed them to make things work out the way he wanted. He crossed the lines of John and Edward Basse and made things fit when they didn't. He made some major errors when he tried to make a line for Richard Bass. That's another story. We have the court documents to back up all our claims. However, this doesn't seem to do much good to those who don't want to believe the truth. There were documents in our own tribal records which would prove Bell was wrong if someone had taken the time to do the original research. Fortunately, Lea and Patti did it on their own and put it all together. It took a lot of their time and money, plus a trip across the ocean,to get to the bottom of it all.
    We have exploded the Keziah Tucker myth as well as the Richard Basse myth, but many still refuse to recognize the truth. Lea Dowd, Patti Sylvestri and myself have been the brunt of a lot of hate mail because we have been working on establishing correct lines for the tribe. Bell failed to follow the movement and trails of our tribe in the early years and that's one of the problems he had when he was doing his work. One thing sticks in my mind. In the Bell book, he published a copy of the front page of the prayer book. We know he had his hands on the book. Yet, he failed to publish a copy of the written page which gives the correct name of Elizabeth, the Christianized Nanesemond Indian, who married John. Yet he quoted her name as Keziah Tucker so he could connect the lineage of Edward Basse's because Edward married Mary Tucker, a Chowanoac Indian. The false connection made it look real good, like maybe Elizabeth was Mary's kinfolk. It looked good on paper, but so did the Richard lineage until you find out that his first wife was still living when he was supposed to be married to a later wife who presented him with a son when he was 61 plus years old. Not likely. Unless he was a very virile bigamist. The truth can be found in Lea and Patti's manuscripts which are well documented and sourced. If you are really interested in the truth, you will find it there. Hopefully, the truth about Richard Bass will soon be found. Until then, we leave the nay sayers and nonbelievers to themselves."

    I suggest that anyone doing true research to visit the above mentioned websites and to read through the documents in order to get a proper reading of the BASS ancestry. Anyone trying to prove descendancy from these families should be very interested in learning the truth and I strongly advise them to follow up on all of this.
    A theory that I have had in recent months about MARY's parentage was discussed a couple of weeks ago with gen-buddy Kianga Lucas, and she and I both agree that MARY may have actually been closer related to BENJAMIN BASS than previously thought. The common names of her and BENJAMIN RICHARDSON' s children, for instance, ABSALOM and HARDY, were also the names of sons of BENJAMIN BASS, who had


    MARY was previously married to ELIJAH BASS (1743- Sept. 8, 1781), before she married BENJAMIN RICHARDSON. ELIJAH was the son of JOHN BASS (1716 -before 1748). MARY BASS & ELIJAH BASS were apparently cousins through their great-grandparents, WILLIAM BASS & CATHERINE LANIER.

    (From ORPHAN BONDS of Granville County,NC)
    February 4, 1781 ? Bass, the following children: John, 9 years old, Phatha, 6 years old, Sarah , 4 years old, and David, 2 years old. Orphans of Elijah Bass, bound to Benjamin Bass to become planters.

    MARY may have stretched the truth a bit about ELIJAH BASS dying at Eutaw Springs because the above Court record clearly shows that he was dead prior to the date of the Battle, which was September 1781.

    If the ages of these children are correct, that means that only the last two, SARAH, b. 1777, and DAVID, b. 1779, were those by MARY BASS.
    According to Paul Heinegg's website, Free African Americans of North Carolina, etc., JOHN BASS married OLIVE RICHARDSON, December 8, 1798 Granville Co.,NC; SARAH BASS married JOHN RICHARDSON, March 22, 1802 Granville County, NC; however, there is a question about that because that is the same marriage that is attributed to another SARAH BASS.

    (Note: OLIVE RICHARDSON was the daughter of WILLIAM RICHARDSON who died about August 1798 Halifax Co.,NC)

    Revolutionary War Pension File
    Richardson, Benjamin Number: W4061

    This woman?s former husband Elijah Bass was killed at the battle of Eutaw Springs
    North Carolina
    widow of BENJAMIN RICHARDSON who was a Private in the Revolution
    Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 23 Dollars 33 Cents per annum to Commence on the 4th Day of March 1843 and 20th November 1844.
    Certificate of Pension Issued the 29th Day of June 1855 and sent to T. LUMPKIN, Present.
    [Acts of March 3, 1843 and June 17, 1844]
    Recorded in Book A,
    Vol. 2, Page 160.

    form. wid of ELIJAH BASS, NC, July 4, 1836

    State of North Carolina,
    Halifax County

    On this 11th day of October 1841 personally appeared before me John Alston one of the acting magistrates and a member of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in and for said County (it being a Court of record) Mary Richardson a resident of said County aged ninety years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th 1836 and the act explanatory<?> of said act passed March 3, 1837 and the act entitled An act granting half pay and Pensions to certain Widows passed July 7th 1838.
    That she was married to Elijah Bass who was a private in the Army of the Revolutionary War in the North Carolina line that he served as such for the period of two and a half years and Enlisted under Captain Bailey of the tenth Regiment. She further declard that she was married to the said Elijah Bass on the 14th day of February 17 hundred & Seventy seven. That her husband the aforesaid Elijah Bass died (or was killed) in the aforesaid War at the Battle of Utaw Springs on the 8th day of September 17 hundred & Eighty one. That she was afterward (to wit) on the 14th day of February 17 hundred & Eighty three married to Benjamin Richardson who was a private in the North Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary War who served as such for the period of twelve months under Capts. Joel Wren<?> John White Jadan Harris & other officers. That he went out of Halifax & Warren Counties and served as a Militia Soldier in the Year 17 hundred and Eighty and a part of Eighty one.
    She further declares that her said husband Benjamin Richardson died on the 14th July 18 hundred & nine. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the 1st day January 17 hundred & ninety four viz at the time above stated. She further says on her oath that she has no documentary evidence in support of her claim to a pension.
    Sworn to and Subscribed on the day and year above written before.
    John Alston J.P.

    Mary Richardson (her mark)

    State of N. Carolina
    Halifax County
    I hereby certify that Mary Richardson who hath this day sworn to and subscribed to the foregoing declaration is unable by reason of bodily infirmity to attend Court to make her said declaration that she is credible person
    Given under my hand & seal this 11th day October 1841.
    John Alston J.P.

    I, John King of the County of Franklin, North Carolina do hereby Certify upon Oath that I was well acquainted with Elijah Bass, who was a Soldier of the Revolution, and that the said Bass enlisted for two & half years in the Spring of 17Hundred & Seventy Nine, at which time he went into the Army of the Revolution in the North Carolina line. He enlisted under Captain Bailey & Served as a Soldier until the 8th day of September 1781 - at which time the said Bass was killed in the Battle of Eutaw Springs.
    I further certify that the said Elijah Bass was married to Mary Bass, about two years before the said Bass enlisted as above, and that Mary, his widow, was afterwards (to wit) in the year 1783 married to Benjamin Richardson, who, I have always understood was a Militia Soldier, but I know nothing of his Services - the said Benjamin Richardson & the said Elijah Bass always while they lived with their wife the said Mary lived together as husband and wife, after their marriage to her up to the times of their death[s].
    The said Benjamin Richardson died about 30 years ago and Mary his widow is now a widow & has never married since the death of her said husband Benjamin Richardson.
    Given under my hand this 13th day of December 1841.
    John King ("X "his mark)

    Wit: J. Williams, JP
    State of North Carolina, Franklin County
    This day, John King (who is One Hundred & four years old Revolutionary Pensioner) came before me Joseph J. Williams one of the acting Magistrates in & for said County and made oath to the within Certificate & subscribed the same before me.
    Given on the my hand & seal this 13th day of December A.D. 1841.
    J. J. Williams, JP

    North Carolina, Warren County
    I Certify on oath that I was well acquainted with Elijah Bass & his wife Mary, That they were married before the year 1780 - and that he Elijah Bass was a Soldier of the Revolution in the N.C. line. That I have been credibly informed that he served upwards of two years which I believe but do not know that he did of my own knowledge. But I do know that he served as a Soldier in the Army from the 1st day of May 1781 to the 8th day of September 1781 at which time the said Bass was killed at the Battle of Eutaw Springs.
    I know that the said Bass went off into the Army & remained off about two years, before I joined the Army myself which was on the first day of May 1781. I also Certify that Mary Bass his widow some short time after the war was over, married Benjamin Richardson, and that Richardson, died upwards of 30 years past - and the said Mary has remained a widow ever since. I further certify that the said Benjamin Richardson, was a soldier in the Militia, for three months, in the Revolution under Captain Joel Wren, commencing in the month of September 1780 & served out the same.
    David King ("X" his mark)

    North Carolina, Warren County
    I Francis Riggan of the County of Warren & State aforesaid, Aged 78 years, do hereby Certified on oath, that I know Benjamin Richardson, who was a Militia soldier in the Revolution in the North Carolina service and that the said Richardson<??> did serve as such for six months to my own Knowledge. He first on the 10th day of February 1781 substituted himself to serve three months, in the place of Ebenezer Riggan, and Captain Jordan Harris' Company, & he did serve ou the same. Afterwards, to wit, on or about the 10th day of August 1781, the said Benjamin Richardson was drafted for three months or more and Captain John White's Company, & served out the same - making six months service a Militia Soldier, to my own personal Knowledge. But I have every reason to believe that the said Richardson had served three months previous to the 10th day of February 1781 - but I do not know the fact.
    I further Certify that Mary Richardson, is the widow of the Identical Benjamin Richardson above named.
    Francis Riggan

    North Carolina
    Warren County

    We do certify that we are well acquainted with Francis Riggan who hath this day sworn to & subscribed the above certifcate before as that he is a credible man & to be believed on Oat given under our hands & Seals this 19th day of March 1842.
    T. J. Judkins, JP
    Jno. P. Shearin, JP

    State of North Carolina

    I Marcellus J. Montgomery, Clerk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Warren County in said State do certify that Thomas J. Judkins and John P. Shearin, whose signature appear to the foregoing affidavits of David King & Francis Riggan and were acting Justices of the Peace in & for said County & State at the time of signing the same & that full faith & credit are due to their official acts as such. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal of office, at office in Warrenton this 2nd day of April A.D. 1842.

    M. J. Montgomery, Clk

    North Carolina Warren County I Francis Riggan of the County of Warren & state of North Carolina aforesaid, aged 78 years do hereby certify on oath that I know Benjamin Richardson who was a Militia soldier in the Revolution, the N. Carolina service and that the said Richardson did serve as such for six months to my own knowledge, fi rst on the 10th day of February 1781. Substituted himself to serve 3 months in the place of Ebenezar Riggan in Capt. Jordon Harris Com. Pay & he did serve out the same. Afterwards to Wit on or about the 10th day of August 1781 the said Benjamin Richardson was dr afted for 3 months more in Capt. Jno. White's Company & served out the same - making six mont hs service as a militia soldier, to my own personal knowledge. Capt. John White's Tours (3 months each): 1780 - marched troops from Warren county, N.C. to Halifax town, the rendezvous point; another officer he was with was named Major Agrippa Nichols - from thence to Raleigh and from there started for Camden S. Carolina where he joined Gates Army. Unit was not in the Battle of Gates' Defeat but near by, close to the Yadkin River detailed to duties with baggage wagons. 10th of February 1781 - marched troops from Warren County N.C. to Guilford Court house; comp any was ordered to march in front of the main army at Battle at Guilford. General Green was c ommanding the battle and Capt. White's company was a part of General Eaton's Regiment in firs t line of American forces. 10th of August 1781 - ?

    Halifax County, N.Car
    March 12,th, 1853

    We the only surviving children and heirs at law of Mary Richardson the deceased, who was formerly the widow of Elijah Bass deceased Soldier of the Revolution, request you to allow W. Thos. Lumpkin of Washington City D.C. the liberty to examine our deceased Mother?s declaration and all the testimony on file in your office, relative to her claim for a pension on account of the Revolutionary services of her first husband the aforesaid Elijah Bass, and when the pension certificate is issued for the amount of pension money due us, who are the only surviving children & heirs at ???? of the said Mary Richardson deceased. Please deliver it to the said W. Thos. Lumpkin for us.

    Hon. James R. Heath
    Commissioner of Pensions Very Respectfully,
    Washington City D.C.
    Witness Lewis Shearin(signed) Hardy Richardson (his mark)
    Witness Richard Hamtet(signed) Lucy Evans <surname written over>(her mark)
    Witness Edward King (signed) Absalom Richardson (his mark)
    Jessee Richardson (his mark)

    State of North Carolina,
    Halifax County

    Came before me James W. Faucett, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Halifax aforesaid, Willie Qualls and William ???? resident of the said County of Halifax, who being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that the were well acquainted with Mary Richardson the wife of Benjamin Richardson deceased, reputed and believed to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War - that the said Mary Richardson lived and died in the county aforesaid, in the year A.D.. 1844 - that the said Mary Richardson left three children who are now living, Jesse Richardson, and Lucy Evans, formerly Lucy Richardson, now residing in the County aforesaid, and Absalom Richardson, a resident of the adjoining County of Warren.
    Willie Qualls (his mark)

    The foresaid declaration affidavit was sworn to and subscribed by Willie Qualls and ???? ????<difficult to read> deposed on this 13th day of April A.D. 1855 and I certify that I know the affidavit to be credible persons and that I have no interest whatsoever in this claimant<?>

    State of North Carolina
    Halifax County

    I William W. Daniel Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the County of Halifax and State aforesaid do hereby certify that James w. Faucett before whom the foregone affidavit was made, is and was at the time of signing the same an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Halifax duly commissioned and qualified as such and that full faith and credit is due thereto.
    In testimony whereof I hereunto salesante<?> my name and affix the seal of my office this the 14th day of May A.D. 1855.
    Wm.W. Daniel, Clerk

    I know William Qualls well both of having been raised in this county & having been acquainted I may say from our boyhood. He is a worthy man & his statements would rely upon as soon as any man of my acquaintance. Mr. Wood, the other affiant is the son of an old revolutionary soldier whom I well know whose name was Wm. Wood. I do not know that I would know his son if I were to see him having grown up while my time was spent mostly at Washington, but I hear that he is a man of good character & I know the neighbourhood in which both he & Mr. Qualls live in that in which the Richardson family lived & in which Hardy Richardson the son Mary Richardson died a short time since and at whose house his mother lived & died. Knowing these facts & having understood from Rhesa Richardson a client of mine in a matter of law respecting some property due which he claims that Mary Richardson died about the time stated by affiants at her son?s Hardy?s now dead himself, in a needy & dependent condition but for the assistance of her son, I can confidently assure the Department that Mary Richardson mention in the affidavit and who I understand was the widow of Benj. Richardson a revolutionary soldier died about the time stated by affiants that there can be no doubt whatsoever about her death. The Richardsons are a family of fine persons of color & generally are industrious & well behaved people.

    JRJ Daniel (signed)

    Halifax NC
    May 24, 1855
    4 5
  • Change Date: 4 Oct 2017 at 20:52:37

    Marriage 1 Elijah BASS b: ABT 1743 in Northampton County, North Carolina
    • Married: 14 Feb 1777 in Bute County, North Carolina 6 7
    • Note: MARY BASS-RICHARDSON testified that she was married to the said Elijah Bass on the 14th day of February 17 hundred & Seventy seven.
    1. Has Children Sarah BASS b: 1777 in Granville County, North Carolina
    2. Has No Children David BASS b: 1779 in Granville County, North Carolina

    Marriage 2 Benjamin RICHARDSON b: ABT 1750
    • Married: 13 Feb 1783 in Granville County,North Carolina 8 9 10
    1. Has Children Jesse RICHARDSON b: ABT 1784 in Halifax County,North Carolina
    2. Has Children Hardy RICHARDSON b: ABT 1788 in Halifax County,North Carolina
    3. Has Children Absalom RICHARDSON b: 1790 in Halifax County,North Carolina
    4. Has Children Nancy RICHARDSON b: ABT 1795 in Halifax County, North Carolina
    5. Has No Children Sallie RICHARDSON b: ABT 1800 in Halifax County, North Carolina
    6. Has Children Lucy RICHARDSON b: 1805 in Halifax County,North Carolina

    1. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Page: 1810 Halifax County,North Carolina,Image 22:
    2. Title: Other--
      Page: Free African Americans of North Carolina,Virginia and South Carolina
      Note: by Paul Heinegg
      Under RICHARDSON family:
      She died 20 November 1844 according to an affidavit by Willis Qualls, the brother of the man who made her coffin.
    3. Title: Other--
      Page: U.S.Pensioners 1818-1872 (

      MARY RICHARDSON (widow of BENJ.) - Rank: Private
      Half Yearly Allowance: 17.66 1/4
      Commencement: March 4, 1841
      Paid thru September 1844
      Dec'd November 20, 1844 & Paid in Full 1855
    4. Title: Other--
      Page: Free African Americans of North Carolina,Virginia, and South Carolina
      Note: by Paul Heinegg.
      Under RICHARDSON family:
      "BENJAMIN RICHARDSON, born perhaps 1750, received a grant for 120 acres in Halifax County near WILLIAM RICHARDSON, and the county line on 16 May 1780 (DB 17:1) He married MARY BASS, widow of ELIJAH BASS, 13 February 1783 Granville County bond with PHILIP PETTIFORD as bondsman. She was also called MARY BASS on her 13 February 1777 Bute County marriage bond to ELIJAH BASS (M804-2038, Fram 0533). BENJAMIN & MARY were married on 14 February, the day after the bond was posted, according to her 11 October 1841 application for his Revolutionary War pension."
    5. Title: Other--
      Note: : Mary Richardson, formerly widow of Elijah Bass State: North Carolina Location: --, Halifax Reason: For proof of identity of claimant's husband with the soldier of the 10th regiment, continental line, North Carolina.
    6. Title: Other--
      Note: See NOTES Section of file of MARY BASS.
      Also, according to the copy of the Marriage Bond, not dated, the bond was secured by Elijah Bass & Richard Scott.
    7. Title: Marriage Index or License

      North Carolina, Bute County

      Know all men by these presents, that, we ELIJAH BASS & RICHARD SCOTT of that County & State aforesaid, are held & firmly bound unto RICHARD CASWELL, Esq., Governor of North Carolina ? in the sum of Five hundred pounds ? current money of the said State, for which payment well & truly to be made. We bind ourselves, ours & each of our Heirs, jointly & severally, firmly by their presents signed & sealed by us Thirteenth day of February Seventeen hundred & Seventy seven.
      The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is shortly a marriage expected to be solemnized between the above bound ELIJAH BASS & MARY BASS.
      Now if there shall be no lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage, the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force & effect.

      Teste ELIJAH BASS (seal)
      JNO HARWELL RICHARD SCOTT (?X? his mark) (seal)

      State of North Carolina
      I, MARCELLUS J. MONTGOMERY Clerk of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for Warren County in said State do certify that the above is a true & perfect copy of the Marriage Bond of ELIJAH BASS as appears of Record in my office ? excepting the date which in the original are in plain figures thereso ?13 February, 1777?. In testimony whereof <part of phrase blocked by seal> to set my hand & affix my seal of office in Warrenton this 2nd day of Apl. A.D. 1842.

      M. J. MONTGOMERY, Clk.
    8. Title: Marriage Index or License
      Note: Bass Richardson, Mary Benjamin Bass, Mary Richardson, Benjamin 13 Feb 1783 North Carolina Granville County
    9. Title: Marriage Index or License
      Page: "Marriages of Granville County,North Carolina 1753-1868" (
      13 February 1783
      PHIL. PATTEFORD, Bondsman
      ELISABETH SARCY, Witness
    10. Title: Marriage Index or License


      We the subscribed do acknowledge to owe to ALEXANDER MARTIN esq. Governor of the State of North Carolina & to his successors in office the sum of five hundred pounds to be levied of our goods to be levied of our goods & chattels respectively But to be void on Condition that no lawful cause shall hereafter appear to obstruct a marriage intended between BENJAMIN RICHARDSON and MARY BASS ? to perform which Marriage the said BENJAMIN RICHARDSON hath obtained a license bearing even date with these presents sealed with our seals & dated the 13 day of February A.D. 1783

      Signed sealed & delivered BENJAMIN RICHARDSON (?X? his mark) (seal)
      in presence of PHILA PATTEFORD (seal)

      North Carolina
      Granville County

      I JAMES M. WIGGINS Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County and State aforesaid duly certify that the foregoing is a full text and perfect copy of the Marriage Bond of BENJAMIN RICHARDSON as appears of record in my office.
      In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed the seal of my office at Oxford the 3rd day of December A.D. 1841.

      JAS. M. WIGGINS, Clerk

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