Cuff Bass

Living in Pomfret, Windsor County, with 1791 census listing of five other free persons.

Living in Sharon, Windsor County, with 1800 census listing of eight other free persons.

He probably was married to Sarah Smith 1 Sept. 1785 in Windham, Windham Co., CT. 

The book, Pomfret, Vermont, by Henry H. Vail (1930), Vol. 1, p. 327, says “Cuff Bass was the only free colored man among the early settlers.  He came from Wilmington, CT [I have not been able to find a Wilmington, CT], and on July 2, 1788, bought of Darius Sessions for £37 the southern part of #48, First Division.”  Vol. 2, p. 439, shows:

Bass, Cuff, and his wife Sally, the early Negro settler, recorded children:

Sally, born 18 Mar. 1790, died 23 Mar. 1792

Asa, born 25 Apr. 1792

Rhoda, born 3 July 1794