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By Robert Lindsay Contributing columnist



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In my attempt to complete my columns on the Bass heritage, I will summarize what has been published. There will be some additions. I don't want to uncover all before the Bass book is published.


As I have stated before, most of my Bass ancestors came to this country from England on the ship “Futherance.”


Prior to England they were in Normandy, France. This is where the name Basse' came from. There were 54 Basse family members on board. The ship sailed from London and arrived in Virginia in 1619. Nathaniel Basse and his wife Mary Jourdan, both born in England were passengers. He later became a ship captain, and had returned to England for supplies when the Nansemond Indian tribe attacked Basse Plantation, ( known as Basses Choice).


A Virginia historical marker outside of Smithfield was erected designating the place on the James river . This Indian uprising and killing spread throughout the Virginia coastal area killing all but one person at Basses Choice, that was John Bass who was approximately 7 years old. When Nathan returned from England, the Indians did not return Nathan's son, John. He was raised by the Indians, and later dated an Indian girl named Keziah. He was 21, she was 18 when they married. Nathaniel later became a legislator in the House Of Burgesses in Williamsburg, capital of Virginia. John and Elizabeth Tucker ( her Christian name) had seven children. Some of them settled in upper eastern NC. Some of their descendants move don down to Sampson and surrounding counties.


I have been told by a Sampson County farmer, business man, tractor dealership owner, named Brantley Sutton, my grandfather Joe Bass was an excellent farmer. He moved many times. He never owned a farm, but always a tenant. Thinking the grass was greener elsewhere. I have followed and studied the census for Duplin, Sampson and Wayne counties. He and his wife, Josie moved 12 times. He died at age 56. She at 54. They moved about every 3 years.


Anna and I have moved 14 times. (Must be in the Bass genes. Not the Lindsay's.) He and Josie Odom had 10 children. The majority of their children remained in Sampson County. Only two, Lorene and Mary, left for greener pastures, one to Charlotte, the other to Florida. They found the pastures to be greener. I am still searching for more information on my great-grandfather Robert and his twin brother John. I have learned Robert never served in the Confederate Army. His twin brother John did, and was wounded twice. Once at Chancellorsville, Va., and once at Manassas, Va. Two brothers were killed, William at Chancellorsville and Charles at Gettysburg, Pa. A younger brother Joshua was at home.


I will close by giving my personal opinion on wars. The Civil War was a fight for freedom from slavery. Slavery lost; freedom won. World War I and II were also for freedom. All our freedoms were in extreme danger of being lost to the German and Japanese empires. We won. Evil empires lost. The others, I felt were no threat to my freedom.


I served in the Korean War. It ended by dividing Korea into two countries, North and South Korea. Vietnam ended as a united country, with us the loser, but our freedom still intact. The Middle East wars have yet to be determined. There will always be wars, but diplomacy and negotiation is by far a much better way to settle wars. The fighting men and women who fought ,and died for our freedom know this, yet some hawks think differently.


Somewhere it is said Blessed are the Peacemakers, they shall inherit the earth. This I believe.

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