My previous column attempted to determine which of the many Thomas Basses were my ancestor. With the help of many other researches, I, and other researchers, (not all ), have concluded my Thomas was born in 1719 , his wife was Susanna (Sophia) Cordwainer. They were married in 1739. Thomas’s parents were Richard and Mary (Burwell) Bass. There were many Bass family members marrying Indian family members during this period. My great-grandfather Robert’s second wife was Missoura Strickland, supposedly an Indian from the Herring township of Sampson County. She was born in 1876 . She was from a family of five children. Her mother Maola was head of the household in the 1910 census of Sampson County. Missoura had four brothers, Luther, Marmian F., Harvy, and John D. Some neighbors were Peter Tyndall, and Henry Sessions. According to their marriage license, Robert and Missoura Bass were wed May 11, 1905, recorded July 4, 1905, by J.H. Parker, Justice of Peace, at the home of Benjamin Jones in the township of Herring , Sampson County, NC. Witnesses were A.G. and Willie Herring and J.R. Strickland, living in the Herring township. She was 22 years old. He was 63 . Robert was buried in the Alexander Herring family cemetery at Beamon Crossroads. The cemetery was created by Jeff Hubbard. Record added June 14, 2012.
Robert’s first wife was Eliza Caroline King. They were married for 25 years. According to my Aunt Sallie Vick Bass Shipp, Robert “left his first wife and took up with an Indian woman.”Robert died at 68 years of age. He and Missoura were married for five years. It is unknown at this time if they had children. It is interesting to learn the marriages between Bass family members and Indian family members. They go back to March 22,1622 when the Nansemond Indian Tribe massacred the Bass plantation and took John Bass at age 8, as prisoner, raised him ,and later he married the Indian chief’s daughter.
The Civil War brought heartbreak to many families in Sampson County. John Silas and Emily Bass lost two sons. William, in the battle at Chancellorsville, Va. ,and Charles at the battle in Gettysburg, Pa. John , another son, was wounded at Chancellorsville. This can be read in a short book written by Jimmy Earl Sutton, grandson of Margaret Gore. Margaret was a well read lady of the Bass family. I interviewed her a couple of times in the 60’s and 70’s
One can only imagine the heartbreaks and hardships brought to the parents and families. John Silas died in1885 at the age of 83. Remarkable that he lived for 20 years after the war ended. Try to imagine, or understand, his and his wife’s feelings. He never owned a slave yet gave two sons to a war to free the slaves. It is beyond my comprehension .
I expect to finish my columns on the Bass family in the next couple of weeks. It has become hard to confirm information that is factual. I try to confirm my sources with several other writers, and people before sending it to The Sampson Independent. Hopefully, I will have additional confirmed information for the Bass book. With that said, I am asking the Bass family, and others familiar with the family to submit their narratives and pictures. I have begged and pleaded long enough. If the book is to be published, and it will be, it is time to complete the gathered information, and publish. Anyone who may know a publisher is welcomed to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (704) 264-6513. You may also contact me through the Sampson Independent Newspaper.
I plan to be in Sampson County the last week in July for the Lindsay reunion. I plan to meet with editor Sherry Matthews, and talk about writing a column on the Lindsay family heritage while I’m there.