This might answer your question.
Read the second court finding. Jerusha Bass,wife of William son of Willis. Willis is a surname that became a given name via marriage, and as such was passed down through the generations, as was the custom of the time.
My great great grandmother was Jerusha Bass, and I once thought that Jerusha mentioned below was kin, however my Jerusha was born in NC 1827 and had sisters, Talitha, Keziah, Piety and Sarah. Apparently the Bass's (all branches) were addicted to biblical names for girls and for boys, Andrew, Richard, John, Uriah, so many in fact, that sloppy researchers tend to conflate many into one.
On July 15, 1833 the Quality Superior Court of Norfolk County entered the following minutes:
"The Court doth certify upon satisfactory evidence of white persons Produced before it, that Asa Price, Wright Perkins, Nathan Perkins, Pricilla Perkins, Nelson Bass, Willis Bass, Andrew Bass, William Bass son of William Bass, Joseph Newton, and Henry Newton, & Allen Newton, Polly Newton, Sally Newton, & Hestor Newton are not free-Negroes or Mulattoes, but are of Indian descent and that each of them have a certificate separately thereof …"
Again on July 20, 1833, the same Court again addressed the issue of certain persons' race:
"The Court doth certify upon satisfactory evidence of white persons Produced before it that Andrew Bass and Lavina his wife, Elizabeth Bass wife of William Bass son of William Bass, Jemima Bass Sr., Peggy Bass, Jemima Bass Jr., Elizabeth Lidwin, Mary Anderson, Priscilla Flury, Jerusha Bass the wife of William the son of Willis, Frances the wife of James Newton, Lucy Trummel wife of William Trummel, Andrew Bass Jr., Patsy Bass, William Bass, William Newton, Betsy Weaver, Nancy Weaver, and Sally Weaver, that they are not Free Negroes or Mulattoes, but are of Indian descent and that each of them have a certificate separately thereof…"
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