The following information on the Burr, Copeland and Bass family histories was received from the international genealogical index of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints and numerous publications of the early American Colonies.
John Bass was born in England on September 18, 1630 and was baptized in Saffron, Waldon, Essex, England. His parents were Samuel Bass and Ann Saville.
The following excerpt is from A Genealogical Dictionary of the first settlers of New England by James Savage.
BASS, JOHN, Braintree, s. of Samuel the first, m. 3 or 13 by rec. Feb.1658, or (as differ. reading of the same numerals for mos. and day would express), 12 May 1657, Ruth, third d. of John Alden, the Mayflower passeng. had John, b. 26 Nov. 1658; Samuel, 25 Mar. 1660; Ruth, 28 Jan. 1662; Joseph, 5 Dec. 1665; Hannah, 22 June 1667; Mary, 11 Feb. 1669, or 70; and Sarah, 29 May 1672. His w. d. 12 Oct. 1674; and he d. 12 Sept. 1716, aged 83.
As can be seen he was a passenger on the Mayflower. He married Ruth Alden February 3, 1657. Ruth was born in 1634 in Plymouth Colony and her parents were John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. There were seven children produced by the marriage. Ruth would have been about 13 years old when she married John who would have been about 27.
He was a wheelwright and died at age 83 in 1716. Ruth died in 1674.
Mary was the sixth child of John and Ruth Bass and was born on February 11, 1669. She married Christopher Webb in 1686. Christopher died of smallpox in 1689/90 at sea off of Nantucket. In April 1694 she married William Copeland. That marriage produced nine children.
William died October 30, 1716 and Mary was appointed administrator of Williams estate December 30, 1716.
Mary again married in 1718 to Ebenezer Spear who died March 21, 1719. Mary died April 10, 1725.
Jonathan Copeland was the fourth child of William and Mary Copeland and was born August 31, 1701.
He married Betty Snell January 14, 1723 and the marriage produced a total of eleven children.
Jonathan was a farmer, tanner and courier and settled in West Bridgewater. He died September 11, 1790.
Joseph Copeland was the fifth child of Jonathan and Betty Copeland. He was born May 9, 1734. Joseph was a farmer and he married Rebecca Hooper September 17, 1760 and the marriage produced nine children.
He entered the military July 30, 1780 and was mustered out 11 days later, August 9, 1780. He was a private in Capt. Eliakim Howard’s Company.
He died January 9, 1811 and is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery.
MARY (POLLY) COPELAND
Mary was the fifth child of Joseph and Rebecca Copeland was born in West Bridgewater March 18, 1772. She married John Burr May 8, 1772. The marriage produced seven children.
No record has been located to indicate when she died.
Martha Burr was the fifth child of John and Mary Burr and was born in Massachusetts February 7, 1804.
She married Linus Root June 6, 1821 and the marriage produced twelve children. Linus died in Bone Gap, Illinois January 28, 1848 and Martha married John Skeavington. She died July 14, 1890 and is buried in the Old Albion Cemetery.
BORN 05/26/1822 OR 04/26/1822
Lois Root was the eldest child of Linus and Martha Root and was born in either Randolph County West Virginia May 26, 1822 or in Upper shear County, West Virginia April 26, 1822. Different source documents have conflicting information.
May 19, 1840 she married Daniel B. Leach in Bone Gap, Edwards County, Illinois. More information can be found in the Leach Family section of this website.
Lois died in Bone Gap, Illinois June 8, 1912.