Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #6 from Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg)

State Maryland
County (Primary) Somerset
Other Counties Kent, Talbot
Family Name Bass
Family History Notes 1. Sarah Bass, born in 1664, was the "Mallatto" daughter of a white woman and a "negro man," the servants of John White of Virginia. Sarah was about eight years old on 13 August 1672 when John White brought her into Somerset County Court to have her bound to him as an apprentice. She agreed to serve him until the age of twenty-one, and he gave her a cow and calf and their increase on the condition that she serve her full term [Archives of Maryland 87:155]. She may have been the ancestor of i. Griffin, head of a St. Jones Hundred, Kent County, Delaware household of 15 "other free" in 1800 [MD:44]. He married Nicey/ Unicy Durham, widow of Daniel Durham before 28 April 1801 when Daniel's Kent County, Delaware will was proved [de Valinger, Probate Records of Kent County]. ii. Phil, head of a Talbot County household of 4 "other free" in 1800 [MD:547].
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