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Early BASSes in Knox Co., IN

Our work in compiling the ancestry of this line of the BASS family is still in progress. I have tried to provide all of the tidbits I have found on our early BASS family in the hopes that something will ring a bell to locate our long lost ancestors.

This is a work in progress. If you have Bass information that you would like to contribute, please let me know.

Compiled by Becky Bass Bonner, third great granddaughter of Etheldred T. Bass. If you notice anything among these pages that rings even the tiniest bell, we would be most appreciative to hear from you! Last updated 8 February 1998.
First Generation

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1. BASS.

We are still searching for our BASS ancestors who were pioneers of the Northwest Territory in Vincennes, Knox Co. IN and fitting together the pieces of this puzzle. This group of BASSes were the first BASSes to arrive in Indiana arriving between 1797 and 1806 from Bullitt Co., KY.

The 1807 Territorial census of Knox Co. indicates there were three BASS Heads of Household:
Mathew
Drueah [Drury]
Etheldred T.

To this list of early BASS settlers, we can add James, William, Delilah, and Sally BASS who were known to be in Vincennes all by 1811.

Mathew and Drury rapidly disappear from the records in Indiana with no wills or probate records identified in Vincennes. Where did they go? Mathew returned to Bullitt Co. KY and I am still searching for Drury.

We do not know where our BASS ancestors came from. Interestingly, later arrivals of BASSes to Indiana (primarily from NC) did not include Knox, Pike or Gibson Counties. This makes you wonder if their ancestry lies elsewhere. Etheldred's wife Catharine was b Tennesee or NC. Etheldred's next door neighbor Jacob Tevebaugh was from Hampshire VA arriving in Vincennes as early as 1796 and he had TEVEBAUGH kin in Kentucky. The PANCAKE family also was from Hampshire/Hardy Co. VA and have marriages with the TEVEBAUGH family. James BASS estate settlement of 1815 mentions his black horse fetched from Woodford KY. See Census Records for an account of BASS in Indiana.

Children:

2 i. Etheldred T. "Dred" BASS

3 ii. William T. BASS

? James BASS


Second Generation

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2. Etheldred T. BASS.

Son of BASS. Died 1818189 in Knox Co., IN. Residence Knox Co., IN. Sources189.

Parents of Etheldred have not yet been identified.

Mathew BASS was in Vincennes IN 1807 - and may be a brother of our Etheldred. Note also that two Drury BASSes also of Northhampton Co., NC were son and grandson of John BASS whose Will is dated 14 June 1777 - interesting note also that John WEBB is a witness on this Will. It is possible that the Drury BASS who was in Vincennes in 1807 is a cousin or uncle of our Etheldred.

Etheldred may be the son of James BASS where in 1815 Knox Co., IN there is a Bond document with Etheldred T. Bass, admin., John Thickston, Wm. Bass. I have a copy of this will but it does not indicate the relationship of Etheldred. James and William BASS fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe where they are on the Roll of Company of Mounted Riflemen of the Indiana Militia from October 25, to November 19, 1811.

1807 BASS in Territorial Census IN

Drueah - Knox Co.
Etheldred F (T?) - Knox
Mathew - Knox

1810 BASS, John - Indiana, Harrison Co., Exeter Twp. from CD #311

1820 Census INDIANA BASS
Howel 120001-33010-0100 Gibson 236
Chatharine 110100-00010-0000 Knox 91
William 000010-10010-0100 Knox 91
Arthur 000020-20100-0100 Washington 209
Reuben 000000-00000-0400 Washington 212

I suspect that Etheldred had the following relatives probably sibs: Sally BASS m. David WEBB July 12, 1818--Knox co., IN and William BASS who lived next door to Catharine. Is this the same William T. Bass who married Dorothy Pancake--Dec 8, 1810--Knox co., IN. Delila BASS who bought some of James BASS property in estate sale of 1815 is probably his wife Delila PATTERSON that married James BASS in Bullitt Co. KY.

Will of Etheldred T. Bass leaving his estate to his unnamed wife and children dated and signed 12 Aug 1815, witnessed by William Bass and recorded in 1818 Knox Co., IN. Also in 1818 Knox Co., IN Bond document Catherine Bass, widow, Jacob Thorn, Jacob Pancake, and William Bass. Appraisement, sale bill. Will mentions but does not name children. Bills, receipts. 28 pgs.

Knox Co., IN - Marriages to Mar. 1836

WEASE, John JERROLD, Polly lic 1810 Jul 17
BASS, William T PANCAKE, Dorothy 1810 Dec 08
WEBB, David BASS, Sally 1818 Jul 12
WRIGHT, William BASS, Catherine lic 1825 Mar 04 of Pike Co. widow
OWENS, Thomas BASS, Dorothy 1827 Jul 01
BASS, Small WEASE, Sally 1829 Nov 20

Pike Co., IN - Marriages prior to 1850 [children of William T. BASS I think]

COLEMAN, Page M to Mary T BASS 1835 Aug 11
COLEMAN, Samuel D to Charlotte BASS 1837 May 11

Note: There is an Ethelred BASS in Wilson Co. TN 1860 Census age 71 who served in the War of 1812. Nancy BASS age 40 is also in the household. I think he is the son of Theophillus BASS who is son of Jacob BASS.

The Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers from NC include:

AaronDrew JohnSion
AndrewDruryJonathan Theophilus
Andrew Dr.EdwardMathew Timothy
ArthurEdwardMoses Uriah
BenjaminEsauPhilip Will
BrittainHardyRasha William
BurwellIsaacReuben Willis
CouncilJacobRichard Wright
DredJethroRichard Dr.

Notes: Philip named a son Dred and this family moved to Missouri after Philip died. Theophilus named a son Etheldred and they moved to Wilson Co., TN. I still have not determined where the name Dred was first used, but it is obviously a family name among certain BASSes.

Research: from James L. Hazelton
2912 Missouri Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

The original probate packets are in the Lewis Historical Library at Vincennes University. They offer to copy them for a fee was theirs. Write to:

Lewis Historical Library-LRC 22
Vincennes University
Vincennes, IN 47591

data follows:

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1807 Territorial Census of IN, pg 17 (Knox Co.)

Mathew BASS

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Drueah BASS

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Ethelred BASS

1809 Knox Co., IN Terr. Voters List
BAY, Etheldred Harrison Township

1820 Census of Knox Co., IN
BASS, Catherine 91 110100 00010
BASS, William 91 000010 10010
WEBB, David 91 000010 10100

1830 Census of Knox Co., IN
WEBB, David 271- 4 1000110000000 2200100000000

1830 Census of Pike Co., IN
WRIGHT, William 360/718-13 0010000010000 0000001000000 Madison Twp
OWENS, Thomas 360/718-14 0000100000000 0010010000000 Madison Twp
BASS, Small 367/732-15 0101100000000 1011000000000 Washington Twp

1840 Census of Pike Co., IN
COLEMAN, Page M 246/480/06-19 2000010000000 2000100000000
COLEMAN, Samuel 238/464/14- 5 1000100000000 1001000000000
WRIGHT, William T. 245/478/07-18 0000300001000 0011000100000

1850 Census of Pike Co., IN
(In Household of of James W. BASS)
WRIGHT, Catherine 67 F Tenn

1850 Census of Gibson Co., IN
BASS, Howel 88 M Farmer NC

These suggest to me that they may have originated in NC with stops in TN and/or KY.

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Knox Co., IN - Marriages to Mar. 1836
WEASE, John JERROLD, Polly lic 1810 Jul 17
BASS, William T PANCAKE, Dorothy 1810 Dec 08
WEBB, David BASS, Sally 1818 Jul 12
WRIGHT, William BASS, Catherine lic 1825 Mar 04 of Pike Co. widow
OWENS, Thomas BASS, Dorothy 1827 Jul 01
BASS, Small WEASE, Sally 1829 Nov 20

Pike Co., IN - Marriages prior to 1850
COLEMAN, Page M Mary T BASS 1835 Aug 11
COLEMAN, Samuel D Charlotte BASS 1837 May 11

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Woodhull. Old Town Cemetery, Petersburg, IN. From a record copied in the 1930's. There were very few stones in 1980.

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BASS, Joseph B., d. 4-1-1819 - 4 yr 10 mo 15 da - son of J. W. & A. Bass

(1819 could easily have been 1849)

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BASS, Eliza A., 12-12-1812 - 8-3-1815 (These could also be in the 1840's,

since Petersburg didn't exist at these dates. She might belong to Small and Sarah.)

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"Indiana Land Entries, Vincennes District, 1807-1877", by Margaret R. Waters, pg 212, James William Bass of Pike Co. purchased the SE quarter of the SE quarter of Section 18 in T1N R7W in 8 Jan 1849.

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Knox Co., IN -- Probate Abstracts (from "Northwest Territory Trail Tracer" between 1989 and 1996. Probates housed in Lewis Historical Library, Vincennes University

This is the beginning in a series of abstractions of early probates we have housed in our library here. Copies of most of these are obtainable for copying fee and postage. Please write concerning your request.

BASS, JAMES

Box 4, 1815

Bond document Etheldred T. Bass, admin., John Thickston, Wm. Bass.

Inventory, sale bill, accounts, bills. 17 pgs.

FLORA (FLORER, FLOREI), JOHN

Box 6, 1816

Bond document Wm. Florer, Walter Wilson, Etheldred Bass. Wife, Elizabeth.

Inventory and appraisement, sale bill, receipts. 8 pgs.

TEVEBAUGH, JACOB

Box 6, 1816

Will names sons, Sollomon, George, Abraham, Nimrod and Jacob, the younger.

Daughters, Mary, Barbary, Druey (youngest) and Massa; wife, Mary. Witnesses Ethn. Bass and Philip Wease. 3 pgs.

BASS, ETHELDRED

Box 7, 1818

Bond document Catherine Bass, widow, Jacob Thorn, Jacob Pancake, and William Bass. Appraisement, sale bill. Will mentions but does not name children. Bills, receipts. 28 pgs.

BASS, WM. T.

Box 11, 1824

Bond document Dorothy Bass, Jacob Pancake, James Thorn. Inventory, sale bill, debts. Document dated 1843, Thomas Owens, admin., names Samuel Coleman in right of wife, Charlottie Coleman and Page M. Coleman in right

of wife, Mary T. Coleman. (Both these Bass marriages occurred in Pike Co., IN.) 14 pgs.

SMALL, JOHN (Too large to photocopy)

Box 9, 1821

Will names wife, Polly, children William, Thomas and Angelina. Mark Barnet; Robert Buntin & Samuel T. Scott, executors, April, 1817. Polly & William Small appointed new admin. 1821, after death of Mark Barnet. Bond document

Polly & Wm. M. Small, Samuel Emison & Christian Graeter. Inventory, sale bill, accounts, receipts. Angeline Brown "daughter and sole heir" May 15, 1842. Over 100 pgs.

BROWN, JOSEPH

Box 24, 1838

Bond document Angeline Brown, Abner T. Ellis & James P. Drake. Angeline Brown, widow. Document lists William Brown, Edmund Brown, Joseph Thornton Brown, John Small Brown, Robert Henry Brown, heirs of Joseph Brown and "not residents of Indiana." Inventory, sale bill, receipts, bills. 38 pgs.

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Notes:

* Small BASS was referred to, at least once, as Small Mouth BASS, so Small may not by a family surname.

* Sally WEASE, who married Small BASS, was the eldest child of John WEASE and Mary Jerrell/Jerrold. The WEASE family owned land in both Knox and Pike counties.

* Mary JERRELL was the eldest child of Walter FITZGERALD/JARREL/JERRELL and Sarah Fields DEDMAN who were married 30 Nov 1792 in Bourbon Co., KY. Sarah was the elder daughter of Samuel and Mary DEDMAN. Walter JERRELL died in a hunting accident in Nov 1813.

* Samuel Dedman COLEMAN was the son of Sarah JERRELL (born DEDMAN) by her second husband Henry COLEMAN.

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One company in "The Army that fought the Battle of Tippecanoe, Nov. 7, 1811", from "Pioneer History of Indiana", by Col. William M. Cockrum; Oakland City, Indiana, 1907; pp 284-5

Roll of Company of Mounted Riflemen of the Indiana Militia.

From October 25, to November 19, 1811.

David Robb, Captain Commanding.
Joseph Montgomery, Lieutenant.
John Waller, Ensign.
Elsbery Armstrong, Sergeant.
William Maxidon, Sergeant.
Ezkial Kite, Corporal.
George Anthees, Corporal.
Bryant Harper, Trumpeter.
Privates Privates
Amb. DeckerJohn Za Orton
James TweedleAmstead Bennett
William PetersStewart Cunningham
Frances HallBooker Shields
William TweedleJohn Slaven
John Severns jr.James Langsdown
Thomas SullivanJesse Music *
Daniel Fisher *William Alsop
Joseph GarressThomas C. Vines
Edwark Buttner *Samuel James
Thomas ShouseFrederick Rell
James Robb, severely woundedJonah Robinson
Isaac RogersJohn Rogers
James BassGeorge Leech jr.
David MillsThomas Givins
John BlackWilliam Carson
George LittonDavid Knight
William DowningThomas Jordon, Transferred to Dubois Company
James BlanckesWilliam Bass
James MinorHugh Shaw
Peter CartrightDavid Lilley
Thomas GarressJames Ashbury *
David TobinRobert Wilson
John RiggsJohn Christ
Thadeus DavisKader Powell *
Thomas P. VampitThomas Dunn
John CrawfordJacob Kertner
William AskinsJohnathan Humphrey
Alex Maken, badly woundedWilliam Witherhold
Moses SandridgeDavid Edwards
John DragooSamuel Hamilton
Robert TennesonRichard Potts
Joseph RightGeorge Robinson, severely wounded
Thomas West

* killed Nov. 7, 1811.

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Knox Co., IN - Census, 1850

Page 245

1343 1343 Brown, Angeline 47 f IND

Yaker, Minney 18 f GER

(she is missing in 1860)

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Etheldred T. BASS married 20 Sep 1797 Catharine PANCAKE in Bullitt Co. KY. Born 1775/1783 in TN/NC. Catharine Died After 1860. Residence TN/NC> Knox Co., IN > Pike Co., IN > Dade Co., MO. Sources 188.

Do not know who is the older man on the 1820 Census with Catharine.

Chatharine 110100-00010-0000 Knox 91

The widow Catharine BASS m. William WRIGHT of Pike Co., IN 4 Mar 1825. Catharine lived with her son James as she appears on the 1850 and 1860 census in his household. 1850 Census records state she is born TN while the census of 1860 states NC. We need to find her will and expecially see if she mentions Small BASS as we cannot find Small after 1860.

They had the following children:

4 i. Small BASS (NOT PROVEN SON)

5 ii. James William BASS Dr., Capt C.S.A.

3. William T. BASS.

Son of BASS. Died 1824 in Knox Co., IN. Sources NOT PROVEN BROTHER Of ETHELDRED T. BASS.

William is listed on the Roster of soldiers who fought in the Battle Tippecanoe along with James BASS. James and William both fought in the War of 1812 in the Indiana mounted Militia but were in different companies.

He married Dorothy PANCAKE.

Marriage record Knox Co., IN: OWENS, Thomas BASS, Dorothy 1827 Jul 01

This is probably the widow Dorothy BASS who remarried Thomas Owens. It is possible that this marriage record is their daughter - see estate papers.

They had the following children:

6 i. Charlotte BASS

7 ii. Mary T. BASS


Third Generation

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4. Small BASS.

Son of Etheldred T. BASS & Catharine PANCAKE. Born About 1806 in IN. Occupation Justice Of Peace, Petersburg, IN. Residence Knox > Pike Co., IN. Sources190 NOT PROVEN Son Or Brother Of James.

!NOT PROVEN SON or brother of James W. but he is the right age to be the other son on the 1820 census of Catharine BASS.

Small BASS (JP of Petersburg, Pike Co.) was also born IN about 1806 (witness on a dour of our James W BASS b. 1818 IN and Angeline BROWN b. 1818 IN/PA). Is he related to John SMALL??

Probate records involving property of James W. and Angeline BASS appear to be perhaps a dour deeded to BASS by Samuel and Charlotte Coleman. Other names mentioned in the document (very difficult to read this copy) are David WILSON and John PANBROOK. Both James and Angeline signed the document and was witnessed by Small BASS J.P. of Petersburg, IN. Small appears on the IN Census beginning in 1830 Pike Co., Knox Co. in 1840 and back in Pike in 1850. Wondering if he is related to John SMALL a delegate from the Northwest Territory that nominated Wm. Henry HARRISON to Congress.

He married Sally WEASE, daughter of John WEASE & Mary JERRELL/JERROLD, 20 Nov 1829 in Knox Co., IN. Sources190.

* Sally WEASE, who married Small BASS, was the eldest child of John WEASE and Mary Jerrell/Jerrold. The WEASE family owned land in both Knox and Pike counties.

* Mary JERRELL was the eldest child of Walter FITZGERALD/JARREL/JERRELL and Sarah Fields DEDMAN who were married 30 Nov 1792 in Bourbon Co., KY. Sarah was the elder daughter of Samuel and Mary DEDMAN. Walter JERRELL died in a hunting accident in Nov 1813.

* Samuel Dedman COLEMAN was the son of Sarah JERRELL (born DEDMAN) by her second husband Henry COLEMAN.

5. James William BASS Dr., Capt C.S.A.

Son of Etheldred T. BASS & Catharine PANCAKE. Born About 1818 in IN. Occupation Farmer. Residence Knox >Pike Co, IN >Dade Co, MO > Cheneyville, Rapides Pa, LA. Sources 117.

It seems likely that our BASS Family is from North Carolina where there are about 78 Bass families in many counties as early as 1810. Given names there include Samuel, Benjamin, James, Moses, and William. Wayne County seems to have the largest concentration. The 1810 Census for NC give us some good candidates for father of our James where we find James and William in Northhampton and Samuel and Simon in Halifax. Note that a William appears in Knox Co., IN in 1820 and a Simon appears in IN and LA in later census records. There is a Benjamin Sr. and Ben Jr. in Granville Co., NC where also resides John WEBB family as early as 1785. Another Interesting findinging is HOWELL prominent in Granville Co., NC - and there is a Howell BASS in Gibson Co., IN 1820. If these are our ancestors, they most likely moved to Indiana between 1810 and 1818. There are only 5 Bass families in Indiana in 1820 Howel Bass in Gibson Co., Chatharine and William in Knox, and Arthur and Reuben in Washington Co. Only Chatharine and Howel have a son under age 10.

Among historical records, we find Capt. Nathaniel Basse who came to America in 1619 in the James River area, helped start a settlement at Lawne's Creek, and had a plantation called "Basse's Choice". Descendents of Nathaniel went south to the Black Creek area of North Carolina [see "The Bass Family of Black Creek North Carolina" compiled by James Albert Bass & James Albert Bass Jr.] 165

James William Bass of Pike Co. purchased the SE quarter of the SE quarter of Section 18 in T1N R7W in 8 Jan 1849. 208 James and his wife Angeline are found on the 1850 Census, Washington T. Madison TWP, Pike Co. IN where James is a farmer with the value of his real estate owned listed at $3,000. It appears he has a either a hotel or a large boarding house with 15 other individual over the age of 21 (except one Jane Morris age 10) who are not members of his immediate family.

The record enumerated on 30 July 1850 appears as follows:

p. 29 dwelling 377 family 377
James W. BASS 32 M Farmer value 3000 b. IN


Probate records involving property of James W. and Angeline BASS appear to be perhaps a dour deeded to BASS by Samuel and Charlotte Coleman. Other names mentioned in the document (very difficult to read this copy) are David WILSON and John PANBROOK. Both James and Angeline signed the document and was witnessed by Small BASS J.P. of Petersburg, IN. Small is interesting as he appears on the IN Census beginning in 1830 Pike Co., Knox Co. in 1840 and back in Pike in 1850 and is probably a brother of our James. Wondering if he is related to John SMALL a delegate from the Northwest Territory that nominated Wm. Henry HARRISON to Congress.

A possible cousin of our James is William D. Bass b. Aug 2 1822 (Pike Co. IN) d. Oct 18 1906 married 1) Elizabeth A. ____, m. 2) Rachael Skelton. They and their descendants remained in IN and are buried in Log Creek Church Cemetery, Lockhart Twp. Pike Co. IN. 164

The family story is that the Bass's were from in Vincennes IN - and may have been a launching place for the Bass family. Indeed the family legend is correct as James and Angeline are found there with son David W on the census in 1850. It is thought that the migration path might have been west from Vincennes to St. Louis then down the Mississippi River to Louisiana.

James moved his family from Indiana sometime before 1860 as we find James W. with his two sons, David W. and Alfred, Catharine Wright age 85 and Isabella Bass age 25 in Dade Co., MO 1860 census. Where is Angeline? Catharine was living with them in 1850 in IN and continues to reside in his household. The census records are conflicting: age 67 in 1850 birthplace is listed as TN while in 1860 she is age 85 with birthplace NC. She could be old enough to be his mother or grandmother. Where did Isabella come from? She is too old to be a daughter. Did James anticipate the outbreak of the Civil War and being a plantation owner, wanted to get South perhaps even with intentions to join up as we will see that the ink hadn't even gotten dry from the census when James is enlisting in the CSA. Angeline, a proven business woman, perhaps stayed behind to wrap up the estate with plans to join them later. A James W. Bass enlisted in the Confederate Army mustered at Camp Moore (near Kentwood in Tangipahoa Parish) Aug 18, 1861 as a private in Capt. John A. Dixon's Company (Southern Sentinels) of the 12th Louisiana Infantry. He must have received a field promotion to Captain as we find muster rolls that show he was captured at Island No. 10 on April 7, 1862 and taken to Gratiot Street Military Prison, St. Louis, MO. He contracted Typhoid Pneumonia while a prisoner and is recorded on the rolls of the U.S.A. Hosp. Steamer Empress and sent back to St. Louis Apr 26. The notation on this record is "2nd trip from New Madrid to Island No. 10". He was transferred to Alton Military Prison for exchange Sept 7, 1862 and from Alton to Vicksburg on Sept 23, 1862. He was discharged Oct. 23, 1862.

There is another James Bass who enlisted at Camp Moore 5 days prior to our James in Co. K 12th Louisiana Inf. This James is reported as killed at the battle of Baker's Creek in 1863. There is a James Bass on the 1860 Census in Rapides Pa. Alexandria - is this the other James of the Civil War? His neighbors include Eli, Jeremiah, and Emily BASS. Also in Rapides Pa are Gilbert, Josiah, Aaron, Levi, Jerry, Amelia, and Louis BASS. A very rich plantation owner James Bass lives in Carrol Pa. in 1860 valued at a total of $226,000. The relationship of these Basses and the multitude of other Basses in LA during this time period, if any, is unknown at this time.

Our James W. Bass appears on the 1870 Census Louisiana in Cheneyville, Rapides Parish owner of a plantation valued at $25,000. Angeline has rejoined him where her birthplace is listed as PA but in 1850 her birthplace was recorded as IN. James' son DW and his wife Jane are living with them where David's occupation is listed as managing the plantation. John Beale, a farm laborer, age 22 b. England and James Brooks, a machine engineer, age 36 b. in Missouri are in the household. Also in the household are Benjamin Georgiana age 15 b. in LA and Washington Miles age 54 b. in GA enumerated as black domestic servants.

William Bass age 10 lives nearby in the household of Zachariah Townsend age 21 all born LA. I believe his mother to be Nancy Jane BASS perhaps by a previous marriage as a Nancy Jane BASS m. Zacharaiah Townsend in 1869.

He married Angeline BROWN, 4 Apr 1841 in Knox Co., IN. 149 Born About 1818 in Prob Vincennes, Knox Co., IN. Residence Burrough, Vincennes, Knox & Pike Co., IN. Sources 117.

Angeline Brown sold a plat of land in the Burroughs of Vincennes, Knox Co., IN on 28 Sep 1839 to John Moore for $1,800 the payments being made in installments of $500 each over a three year period plus interest for a total of $2,000. The final deed and transfer was made on 8 Apr 1842. Angeline signed and sealed the documents of record. She is referred to as Miss Angeline Brown suggesting that she is unmarried. Perhaps she inherited this land. However, comparison of the signatures of this Angeline, the Angeline in the estate papers of John SMALL, the Angeline who was adm of Joseph Brown and the Angeline BROWN who m. James W. BASS all apprear the identical

Interesting that John SMALL made his daughter Angeline BROWN sole heir to his estate. Angeline BROWN was a widow by 1838 and the wife of Joseph BROWN. Wondering if they had a daughter named Angeline that might have been our Angeline. The naming of Joseph B. BASS son of James W. and Angeline, is consistent with this theory. I now have a copy of the will of Joseph BROWN and other documents signed by his wife Angeline .... the signature of this Angeline appears identical to our own Angeline - are they the same person? This obviously needs further research.

They had the following children:

8 i. David Webb BASS

9 ii. Alfred BASS

10 iii. Joseph B. BASS

6. Charlotte BASS

. Daughter of William T. BASS & Dorothy PANCAKE. Residence Knox Co., IN.

She married Samuel D. COLEMAN, 11 May 1837 in Pike Co., IN. Residence Knox Co., IN.

7. Mary T. BASS.

Daughter of William T. BASS & Dorothy PANCAKE. Residence Knox Co., IN.

She married Page M. COLEMAN, 11 Aug 1835 in Pike Co., IN. Residence Knox Co., IN.


Fourth Generation

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8. David Webb BASS.

Son of James William BASS Dr., Capt C.S.A. & Angeline BROWN. Born 2 Aug 1842 in IN. Died 2 Oct 1908 in Lone Pine, LA. Buried in Griffin Cemetery, Lone Pine, LA. Occupation CSA; LA State Legislature. Residence Pike Co. IN & Lone Pine, LA. Sources 23, 117.

D.W. served in the Louisiana State Legislature for several years and was a doctor in LA, and according to family legend attended medical school in Indiana (but he did not finish). He migrated from IN south, around the civil war time, down the Mississippi and settled around Bunkie at Eola, LA. He enlisted in the Confederate Army March 1, 1862 mustering in Tulip AR in Co. E, 2nd Reg. Arkansas Calvary. He was paid for use of his horse but the records are very difficult to read. His brother Alfred Bass is probably the Alfred on the rolls of Co. F, 5th Mississippi Calvary. We don't know what happened to Alfred as he does not appear with his family in Louisiana in 1870.

David was managing his father's plantation in 1870 Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, LA after the recent unpleasantness.

In search of other possible Civil War records we find unknown Basses in the master index:

For Union Indiana:

James H. Bass G Co. 65Inf 1st lt

For the South:

James Bass Co. A 12th LA Infantry

More research needed to determine if any of these Basses are our relatives.

He married Jane Elizabeth WALL, daughter of (____?) WALL. Born 2 Mar 1852. Died 3 Aug 1914 in Lone Pine, LA. Residence Lone Pine, LA. Sources 23.

They had the following children:

11 i. James (Jim) BASS

12 ii. May BASS

13 iii. Alice BASS

14 iv. Alfred BASS

15 v. Lillian BASS

16 vi. Samuel Benjamin BASS

17 vii. Gracie BASS

9. Alfred BASS.

Alfred Bass
Son of James William BASS Dr., Capt C.S.A. & Angeline BROWN. Born About 1844 in IN. Residence Pike Co., IN. Sources 117.

Alfred BassWe don't know what happened to Alfred. He was with his father in Dade Co. MO in 1860 and is probably the Alfred on the CSA Muster Rolls Company F, 5th Mississippi Calvary. He never made it home to Louisiana after the war and was never heard from again.

10. Joseph B. BASS.

Son of James William BASS Dr., Capt C.S.A. & Angeline BROWN. Born 17 May 1844 in Prob Vincennes, Knox Co., IN. Died ? 1 Apr 1849 in IN 207. Buried in Old Town Cemetery, Petersburg, IN. Residence Knox Co., IN. Sources 117.

Fifth Generation

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11. James (Jim) BASS.

Son of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Born ? . Sources 23.

James' wife and their son named DW had tuberculosis. Aunt Gracie took him in to help out. She took TB and died very young.

Children:

18 i. D. W. BASS

12. May BASS.

Daughter of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Sources 23.

She married Charles Wilson AVERRE, About 1896. Died 1915. Residence Beaumont,TX. Sources 23, 104.

He worked as chief fireman for the large sawmill in Leesville, LA and was volunteer fireman as well for the city. He was killed when their home on west Mechanic St. burned in 1915.

They had the following children:

19 i. Elenor AVERRE

20 ii. Lillie May AVERRE

21 iii. Charles Wilson AVERRE Jr.

22 iv. T. B. AVERRE

23 v. A. E. AVERRE

13. Alice BASS.

Daughter of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Died 1967 in Monroe, LA. Buried in Oakdale, LA?. Residence Oakdale, LA. Sources 23.

In later years Alice was living in a nursing home in Monroe, LA near her son Ralph.

She married (____?) DORMAN. Sources 23.

They had the following children:

24 i. Roy DORMAN

25 ii. Ralph DORMAN

26 iii. Pauline DORMAN

14. Alfred BASS.

Son of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Born 1877. Died Jan 1936 in Winfield, LA. Residence Winfield, LA. Sources 23.

Alfred had 3 sons Herbert, Herman, and Floyd. The oldest daughter named Lilian, lived in Winfield, LA.

Children:

27 i. Herbert W. BASS

28 ii. Herman BASS

29 iii. Floyd BASS

30 iv. Bunah May BASS

31 v. Lillian BASS

15. Lillian BASS.

Daughter of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Born 23 Jun 1879 in Lone Pine, LA. Died 15 Feb 1966 in Little Rock, AR. Buried in Lone Pine, LA. Residence Lone Pine, LA; Lone Pine, LA. Sources 23.

She married W.N. BEAULIEU, son of Alfred BEAULIEU, 1912 in Oakdale, LA. Born 29 Nov 1891 in Falls City, NE. Died Mar 1962 in Star City, AR. Residence Falls City, NE; Star City, AR. Sources 23.

They had the following children:

32 i. Dorothy BEAULIEU

33 ii. Helen Lyle BEAULIEU

16. Samuel Benjamin BASS.

Son of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Born 20 Dec 1882. Died 27 Nov 1951 in Campti, LA. Buried in Campti, LA. Occupation Lumberman, Tourist Crt, Service Sta, Cafe Owner. Residence Campti, LA. Sources 23, 25, 18.

Samuel was the keeper of the Bass family bible which was destroyed in a fire. The single most important thing to him in that house was the bible. He tried desparately to save it when the house caught on fire. The flames were too great and he could not get to it. He sat out in the front yard watching the house burn and wept over the loss of the family bible.

Samuel was a business man making most of his money in the pulp wood business. He had four logging trucks buying timber all around the area of Campti. They would cut the trees close to the ground, remove the limbs, load them on the trucks and take them to the railroad where they were transported to Spring Hill where the paper mill was located. The trees had to be at least 4 inches at the base and 2 inches at the top in order to be processed by the machines at the paper mill. During the war it was very difficult to get parts to maintain the trucks but somehow he managed to keep them running sometimes travelling great distances to get the parts.

Sam tried many different businesses to make a living including truck farming, cotton, and even raising chickens. All were unsuccessful as the market fell just about the time the had a product to sell. The truck farm was on land inherited by his wife Buena near Campti. They lost the land when his crop did not bring enough money to pay the notes. He experimented with cotton farming and divided his crop into two parts. One part he fed fertilizer while the other did not. A photograph taken in 1924 shows him standing in the cotton field, the fertilized cotton on the left is much healthier and produced more cotton than the unfertilized crop on the right.

Sam liked to live high. He loved nice clothes and nice shoes buying only the finest when he had the money. He bought all the women, his wife and daughters, fur coats while shopping in Shreveport. He built a fine two story house on several acres in Campti and had a cafe, filling station and motel court. James took over the lumber business and Bubba took the filling station when Sam got sick.

Once James told us his dad's occasional rebellion around Christmas time when he would slip off and have a drink. They had quite a puritan household, but they used to sell beer at the cafe, Mrs. Bass would not serve, but would take the order.

Sam liked politics......and Long was his favorite. He had a lot of relatives in Winnfield where Huey P. Long is from. He was sheriff of Campti several times, and mayor once. Mama said, a big fish in a little pond. Sam had many powerful friends in Washington DC as well as Louisiana. Once James wrote home while in the service about blacks being moved into the barricks with the desegregation act. His dad went into orbit calling his friends and raising cain. The next day, they moved the blacks out of the barricks. The base commander called James in and said, "If there is something here you don't like, PLEASE come tell me. And ... Please don't write home about it."

He was a large man, like his son Bubba. He died of cancer of the pancreas in 1951. Cancer came on him quite suddenly and in a few months he was gone. James stayed with his father during this time. He described him as turning yellow, and hoped no one would send any yellow flowers.

Medical: cancer of the pancreas

Research: possibly related to some Bass's in Western MS that had a pecan grove. Only 2 Bass brothers in Shreveport & Bossier City in 1967 phonebook may have a distant relation to us.

He married Lillian Buena CORLEY, daughter of James Marion CORLEY & Emma Marion LONG, 22 Dec 1909. Born 31 Jul 1886. Baptism in Baptist. Died 22 Dec 1977 in Campti, LA. Buried in Campti, LA. Residence Campti, LA. Sources 2, 18.

A fine woman. Very religious, Sunday school teacher, elder in the Campti Baptist church. She liked to cook, sew, and have company. Her husband's sisters, Lillie and Alice, and her brother Edgar lived with her, after they retired. Later she moved to Miami, Coral Gables, FL and helped her daughter, Natalie, keep house, then she moved for awhile to Washington state, with her other daughter, Lib. She came home to Campti, and lived in one of the cottages on the property, then the nursing home in Coushatta. She helped Natalie, and John finish their teaching degree, giving them room & board, and taking care of their children. She helped Bubba, by giving him the business. A good woman all the way around. She came to Shreveport and helped James and Jo when her grandson David had polio. She cooked and watched the children while they went to the hospital. When she moved to Washington, she gave James and Jo what furniture they wanted. It is still in the family at Becky's, except for 2 little parlor chairs, Natalie came and got and a cedar chest that Linda got. 18

Medical: She never had any serious illness that I am aware of, just old age.

They had the following children:

34 i. Edmund Benjamin "Bubba" BASS

35 ii. Elizabeth (Lib) BASS

36 iii. Natalie BASS

37 iv. James David BASS

Top row left: Natalie BASS Faith (pregnant), Edmund Benjamin BASS, Elizabeth BASS Reppond, James David Bass. Bottom row: Samuel Benjamin BASS, wife Lillian Buena CORLEY Bass.

17. Gracie BASS.

Daughter of David Webb BASS & Jane Elizabeth WALL. Died SeeNotes. Sources 23.

Gracie took in her nephew D.W. Bass who had tuberculosis to help out her brothers family. She took tuberculosis and died young of this terrible disease.

She married (____?) LAVERGNE. Sources 23.

They had the following children:

38 i. Aaron LAVERGNE

39 ii. Melva May LAVERGNE

Reference Note 2

Corleys Corleys Corleys compiled by Lilliane Corley

Reference Note 18

Josephine Lindsay Bass, 216 Beach Park Lane, Cape Canaveral, Fl 32920-5003.

Reference Note 23

Letter from Dorothy Goodrich dated July 14, 1995.

Reference Note 25

Interview with James Bass, son of Samuel B. Bass - 1995 by Rebecca Bass Bonner.

Reference Note 104

Charles Averre email: CAVERRE@PPENT1.PPATH.NCSU.EDU

Reference Note 117

1850 FederAL Census, Pike Co. IN, p 29 family 377

Reference Note 149

Marriage record Book 10 p. 100, Knox Co., IN by J Hiland , J.P.

Reference Note 164

Scott & Bonnie Allen <bandbox@alpha.comsource.net>

Reference Note 165

George Bass, Jacksonville, FL Email: glb12@earthlink.net

Reference Note 188

1820 Census Knox Co., IN

Reference Note 189

Will of Etheldred T. BASS leaving his estate to his unnamed wife and children dated and signed 12 Aug 1815, witnessed by William Bass and recorded in 1818 Knox Co., IN.

Reference Note 190

James L. Hazelton Email: <hazelton@lascruces.com>

Reference Note 207

Tombstone record copied in the 1930's recorded as 1819 but more likely 1849. There were very few stones in 1980.

Reference Note 208

"Indiana Land Entries, Vincennes District, 1807-1877", by Margaret R. Waters, pg 212.

Index

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AVERRE, A. E. 23
AVERRE, Charles Wilson Jr. 21
AVERRE, Charles Wilson, spouse of 12
AVERRE, Elenor 19
AVERRE, Lillie May 20
AVERRE, T. B. 22
BASS, 1
BASS, Alfred 14
BASS, Alfred 9
BASS, Alice 13
BASS, Bunah May 30
BASS, Charlotte 6
BASS, D. W. 18
BASS, David Webb 8
BASS, Edmund Benjamin "Bubba" 34
BASS, Elizabeth (Lib) 35
BASS, Etheldred T. 2
BASS, Floyd 29
BASS, Gracie 17
BASS, Herbert W. 27
BASS, Herman 28
BASS, James (Jim) 11
BASS, James David 37
BASS, James William Dr., Capt C.S.A. 5
BASS, Joseph B. 10
BASS, Lillian 15
BASS, Lillian 31
BASS, Mary T. 7
BASS, May 12
BASS, Natalie 36
BASS, Samuel Benjamin 16
BASS, Small 4
BASS, William T. 3
BEAULIEU, Dorothy 32
BEAULIEU, Helen Lyle 33
BEAULIEU, W.N., spouse of 15
BROWN, Angeline, spouse of 5
COLEMAN, Page M., spouse of 7
COLEMAN, Samuel D., spouse of 6
CORLEY, Lillian Buena, spouse of 16
DORMAN, (____?), spouse of 13
DORMAN, Pauline 26
DORMAN, Ralph 25
DORMAN, Roy 24
LAVERGNE, (____?), spouse of 17
LAVERGNE, Aaron 38
LAVERGNE, Melva May 39
PANCAKE, Catharine, spouse of 2
PANCAKE, Dorothy, spouse of 3
WALL, Jane Elizabeth, spouse of 8
WEASE, Sally, spouse of 4

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