I have received several emails and phone calls regarding my writings on the Bass family heritage. There have been none when I vary to other families, religious movements or church histories.
My commitment is to the Bass family tree and the Bass heritage. Its history is interesting enough to keep readers wanting more. Even my columns of my four months work in Yellowstone National Park in 1992 gained the following as the Bass writings.
William E. Bass ( born 1837 ; died May 5,1863) was in the battle at Chancellorsville, Va. , and died on the battlefield. His body never made it home. Margaret Bass Gore related this information to her grandson Jimmy Earl Sutton who has written a booklet, “William and John: Brothers Together In War.”
William’s wife, Mary Jane Carr ( deceased 1907), conceived a child which family stories state William never saw. The child was born Feb. 10, 1862 and named John Robert Bass after his twin bothers , John and Robert. John was in the Chancellorsville battle with his older brother William. William never returned home. John , later known as “Pond” John, came home wounded and shell shocked. Joseph was killed at Gettysburg, July 1, 1864. Robert, my great-grandfather, was not called to serve. He had two brothers killed and one wounded
I have learned through talking with others, and research, it is highly unlikely William was buried at Arlington National Cemetery as once thought. Soldiers returning from the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. in July 1864, a year after the Chancellorsville battle of May 1863, observed bodies laid over the battlefield at Chancellorsville, Va. Some had been covered, others had not. This war has been called the War between the States,” “Civil War,” and many other names. Without any doubt it took more American lives than any. It was a long, hard, hand-to-hand fighting battle that has left a scar that is still healing.
I would like to share with you a poem that was written by a friend , Phil Clutts of Charlotte,, and I in April, 1997 and read by me at the Bass Reunion that same year. It was read at this year’s reunion on April, 27, 2014 by Harold Bass, Master of Ceremonies . Harold is a Sampson County native, now residing in Wilkesboro, NC.
A Century’s Bond
Dec. 29,1897-Dec. 29, 1997
It was a century ago this year, as we’re gathered today to remember, that Joe and Josephine Bass were married in the month of December. Thank you so much for coming, in tribute to both of these ” Joes”, as descendants and loved ones can see, their bond, through their family, still grows. Nine children were born of this union, blessed events on every odd year, Aunt Sally Vick will never forget those times, and the memories so dear. Farmers in Sampson and Duplin, working hard , they soon figured out, whether it was kids or crops they were raising, the outcome was always in doubt! Gathered here we would all like to think that the Basses have a view from above and would warmly say to us all, ” Share the joy of this family’s great love”. So enjoy the day and each other , take pride in honoring this pair, and take time , as they’d hope you would do, to show your loved ones today that you care.
It should be noted, Aunt Sally Vick was the youngest and only child living at the time this was written.