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REMEMBER: In North America, the month of September 1752 was exceptionally short, skipping 11 days, when the Gregorian Calendar was adapted from the old Julian one, which didn't have leap year days.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Grandmother without a surname

Sarah Bass, my four times great grandmother, was either a Stevens or a Farmer. There was a document where a Sarah Farmer married an Edward Bass, but I can't locate it now...and several other Ancestry trees say her name was Stevens, but without anything to document it.

The marriage to Edward may have taken place in 1781 or 1800.  Their children's birth dates are all mixed up. At one point it looked as if Sarah had been born in 1766, and had son John in 1775 (age 9).  That is when I started looking on other trees to find possible birthdates that were different for one or the other of them...such that Sarah would have been within the ages of 14-50 for all her children's births.  I actually moved John's birthday from 1775 to 1780, (which were among the choices others had) and his mother Sarah back to 1758 on my tree. A few of the other Bass trees have those dates, but they also don't have anything to prove the dates they are using!

Apparently the frontier of North Carolina in this period didn't include keeping records of birth dates, and only when property was in conflict for surviving children did the death records become part of the court system.  So there are the many probate records for these families.

If Sarah Bass had been a daughter of James W. Farmer 1707-1761, and Mary Farmer 1721-1768, her family had a coat of arms from England coming to Virginia in its earliest settlement days.

I have several Farmer generations on the tree, but since there's nothing to say she really was a Farmer, I'll not look further at this time.  BUT, there is another marriage into the Bass family of a woman named Farmer, so maybe that time there's something to substantiate it.  I'm looking at that soon.

P.S. That other woman from the Farmer family wasn't definite as any relation to this Sarah Bass' family.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Edward Bass 1754-1802

Great times four grandfather, from Johnston and Wayne County, NC.

NOT Edward Bass
This is a typical outfit that a man in 1770 would have worn.  You've probably seen many other costumes which include knee beeches and hose, as leading into the American Revolution.  But when working on his land, I think this would have been more likely.

The family tree has gone into a mess about all the Bass children/uncles/and grandparents.  Edward Bass will be my focus for this post.

Four family trees give his birth dates as 1752, 1754, 1761 or 1762. They do agree he was born in Johnston County, North Carolina. I believe he had 8 siblings, four brothers and four sisters.

He married a woman named Sarah. I saw a document of an Edward Bass marrying Sarah Farmer, but now I can't find it on my Ancestry documents. (Don't you just hate that when you know you saw it, but where is it now?) Anyway, that is all that would have had her be of that family, and my ancestry tree had that just fine until I looked at a bunch of other trees.  They say Sarah was Sarah Stevens.

So I'm glad that I won't be trying to follow her family at this time, either the Farmers or the Stevens.  We do know she was Sarah Bass at the time of her husband's death, 1802 and her own, 1826 because of all the difficulty in settling the estates.

By 1768 this Bass family apparently lived in Wayne County, rather than Johnston County NC.  The records of the births of their children give us that well as some census reports.  (Of course I'm not absolutely sure when or where some of these children were born.)

It is likely that he fought/contributed goods to the American Revolution. His survivor's pension was denied, but I don't know who applied for it or what it said, only a notation that he served 9 months.

As he died in 1802, apparently the will that had been probated was later contested by his daughters (and their husbands) who stated that they had been underage at the time of his death, and that Sarah, their mother had also died in 1826 and thus the land that she inherited from the contested will should also be divided to include these two daughters. I think that's a summary of the claims, but it isn't very clear.

The rest of many pages of court documents don't give answers, but just more questions.

I'm glad that other descendants are just as confused as I am, but hope someone can make sense of who was related in what way to whom.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

A.G. Swasey Sr. (1784-1861)

Here's the latest information about Capt. Swasey.

My GGG Grandfather, Captain Alexander G. Swasey Sr, was born on Sept. 10 in 1784 in Swansea, Bristol County, MA.

I just found (well a few weeks ago) a newspaper clipping which another relative posted to Ancestry.  It's a tiny bit of information but interesting to add to my "facts" about my GGG Grandfather.

On Nov 29, 1924, the Newport Mercury (newspaper) published in its column, "Seventy Five Years Ago," the following tidbit, dated Dec 1.

I had to read the entire page, which had editorials and ads, as well as death notifications...until I finally found Capt. Alexander G. Swasey's name!  After the listing of the 761 pound hog!  And it was more news of the resignation of James Horswell, Esq. where Capt. Alexander was appointed in his place.

But I think being the Permanent Inspector of the Port might have been pretty important.  After all Newport RI was a port, and Capt. A. G. Swasey had not only been a seaman, but probably had had a hand in building many ships that were sailing through it.

He was a noted wood carver, including the eagle which was displayed in the 1964 New York World's Fair in the Rhode Island pavilion.  I went to that fair, and may have seen that beautiful carving.  I just got a reminder of the artistic talents of our family.

Newport Mercury and Local News, Sept 4, 1964

My fourth cousin, also his ggg-grandaughter, visited the history museum and took these photos, Linda Clark.

Though the news article's description says the eagle is holding a small cannon in his talons, I can't figure that out.  I note that there are some other significant symbols on it though. It was carved in 1840.

His first wife Ruth Woodward died in 1842, and he remarried about 8 months later to Delaney Hines.

I like that his bones lie next to Ruth Woodward (it doesn't say Swasey on her grave) and then Delaney Clark (also no Swasey) and then one of his sons, Joseph Swasey who died in 1843.  He lived until 1861, and Delaney Clark (Hines Swasey) died in 1859, having been also married to a Mr. Hines at some point. Her marriage certificate to A.G. Swasey calls her Delaney Hines.

The last census that Delaney was in was 1850, where her birth was about 1805. In that census A.G. and Delaney had Ruth Swasey (age 21) living with them, and Sarah Lyon (could be a mispelling) age 55. 21 year old Ruth would go on to marry William James and be my cousin's ancestor.  But who was Sarah Lyon age 55?

There was actually a mother-in-law named Amy Lyon Hammet, whose son married Sarah Swasey, daughter of A.G.and Ruth Swasey.  But she would have been quite a bit older than 55 in 1850, since her birth was in 1782, making her near 77.  And since she had a daughter living still in 1850, and being named Amy Lyon Hammet, not Sarah Lyon...though she was alive in 1850 still, I think she wouldn't have been living with the Swaseys.  That was a big stretch.

And A.G. and Ruth's daughter, Sarah Swasey Hammet was only 23 in 1850. So whoever was of the same generation as A.G. and Ruth living with them, will remain a mystery.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

John Bass' siblings of Wayne County NC

John had about 6 siblings who lived until adulthood.

One thing I find may change my records is his owning land and being on a census, which tells me a birth was possibly earlier than I thought, because several of these titles for land would belong to 3-8 year olds otherwise, (was that legal?)

I'm currently trying to find out why Ancestry has two of his brothers named William!  One was supposedly born in 1792, and one in 1796. The 1792 William apparently lived until 1884.  The other William Bass (both sons of Edward and Sarah Bass on the same Ancestry trees) lived until 1858.  There are lots of records (some on both of their trees) and yet only one apparently married, and neither had any children, according to the will of the one who was married.  He fought in the War of 1812, and his wife got his pension from that war. I also have grave markers for that William and his wife, Nancy Maria Brogden Bass, in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina.

I wonder what the relationship was between these two men, or if they were the same person who somehow got statistics jumbled.  There's no way to tell any difference on census or war records, except where a birth date is also clearly given.  And once the Ancestry trees publish that a man is the child of certain parents, it's harder than heck to figure out if maybe he was a cousin.

I'm fortunate that some of my current cousins who are working on the same ancestors, sometimes make comments that help me figure out some relationships.

For now I'm going to combine these 2 Williams...and let the details sort out somewhere down the line.  With all that paper work of probates and wills, it's probable that the real William may have written more than one will (thus the use of many photo copies of his signature, and statements attesting to its validity.)

Oh dear, I just found out there are also apparently two Richard Bass' listed in Ancestry, as brothers of John Bas. I thought the one most likely had been the one who also died in Perry County AL. However, there's a document (details below) stating he lived in Tennessee and died around 1802, and had at least 3 heirs.  The other Richard doesn't have any heirs, nor a wife indicated. So (for now) scratch him, and bring back all the Tennessee Richard's information.

John's brother Richard Bass moved to Tennessee apparently (as mentioned in the probate documents of the father Edward Bass in 1802-1807.)  I'll include the description of that document here, because it names relationships of all of John's family at that time, even though it pertains to his grandfather.
Edward died in 1802 intestate leaving heirs at law: wife Sarah who has died during probate yrs.; son John Bass who died leaving issue Uriah, Mary, Betsy, Sally, Ann, Keziah, and Richard all living in AL early during probate; son Andrew Bass living in Johnston and Wayne NC; son William Bass of Wayne NC; son Uriah Bass who died as minor during probate without issue; son Richard Bass of Tennessee who died during probate leaving issue Elizabeth Bass Boyte (Thomas), Sally Bass Jacobs (Wm.), and Edward Bass all of TN; daughter Mary Bass a minor in 1802 who has married Britton Hood; and, daughter Keziah Bass a minor in 1802 who has married John Cox. The latter 2 girls are petitioning against the estate as they were young and not aware of their rights in 1802 so the property is being re-evaluated and divided in 1826.
Using John's father Edward's document, we know his siblings were:

Andrew (Johnston and Wayne Counties NC)
Wiliam (Wayne NC)
Uriah "who died as a minor during probate without issue" (between 1802-1826)
Richard of Tennessee "who died during probate" between 1802-1826
Mary "Polly" Bass Hood 1785-1850 (noted as being a minor in 1802)
Keziah Bass Cox 1785-bef. 1850 (also noted as being a minor in 1802)

And while looking at a site for Andrew Bass, up popped a "Find a Grave" site for (believe it or not!) yet another Richard Bass who died in another NC county, and is buried there in the Bass Cemetery in 1866, here's the link...but I don't know how he's related, and he's certainly not the one in Tennessee.

I am using these birth and death dates, but must remind you (and myself) that they aren't written in stone (unless they were on a headstone.)

Andrew Bass (1797- probaby died around 1836 in Perry County AL)

"5 Jul 1839  Joseph Vanderslise, Rynard/Renard Vanderslise, and Uriah Bass sign for Andrew Bass estate. Joseph Vanderslise appointed guardian for Sarah, Keziah, and Jerusia Bass, minor heirs of Andrew Bass"
I don't know who his wife was, but these 4 daughters were given guardianship following his death.
But WAIT. The Johnston County NC census has Andrew Bass with a household of 9 with only one male age 50-59, (which is about 10 years high for him). There is also a census of Andrew Bass for 1800 and 1820 in Johnston County NC, and nothing that indicates he lived in Perry County AL in 1826 -30 when he may have died leaving 3-5 daughters.
It's possible that was another Andrew Bass...
And back in Wayne County NC in 1826...
Ezekiel Holloman estate 1832 Wayne NC p4 of 23 - in estate on this page are John E Becton, Ezekiel Smith, Ezekiel Holloman, Andrew Bass, Abner Holloman, and Elijah Lancaster.

So it appears some Andrew Bass was alive in 1832 in Wayne NC.

And this estate of Ezekiel Holloman has lots of documents, including one that says:
Ezekiel Holloman's daughter Anna was wife of Andrew Bass, so now I have a name for his wife.

There is another estate settlement which Andrew Bass purchased some of the inventory dated 1825, interestingly enough for a deceased John Bass. I don't think it was my grandfather, who was said in other documents to be living in Alabama.

OK, there were others who were cousins and uncles in this family.
And I am sorry, but I've never seen such a mess of spaghetti of family lines.

I have nothing on my tree saying there was an Ezekiel Holloman related to my great times three grandmother, Julian A. Holloman Bass Green. But her children are named as those of her recently deceased husband John, so she must have been related to him, whoever he was.

Since I had planned to put in about an hour a day, getting through the Bass siblings, and then back to the fun which had happened in Virginia, I have just thrown in the proverbial towel. No more pulling out my hair trying to read all those pages of documents.

I have listed the siblings. There may have been more, or less.  I can't really tell.
And now on to the father of John Bass...Edward Bass 1754-1802.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

John Bass 1780-1822

My great times three grandfather, who moved from Wayne County, NC to Perry County, Alabama.  His family had farmed (maybe plantation stye) for several generations in the eastern area of North Carolina.    I've mentioned before how the Bass family was connected to the formation of Wayne's a quote from Wikipedia.

Wayne County was established during the American Revolutionary War on November 2, 1779 from the western part of Dobbs County. It was named for "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a general in the war. The act establishing the County provided that the first court should be held at the home of Josiah Sasser, at which time the justices were to decide on a place for all subsequent courts until a courthouse could be erected. By 1782 the commissioners were named. In 1787 an act was passed establishing Waynesborough on the west side of the Neuse River, on the land of Doctor Andrew Bass. The courthouse was built here.
Dr. Andrew Bass was John Bass' grandfather's brother (or his great uncle.) We'll talk about him further along in our tree.

Anyway, John was (probably) the oldest son of Edward Bass (1754-1802) and Sarah Farmer (maybe Stevens) Bass (about 1758 - 1826). There seems to be nothing substantiating that his mother belonged to either family Farmer or Stevens.

John' birth is recorded in different trees as either 1775, or 1780 or even as late as 1785. If so, he might not have been the oldest.  If he was born in 1775 (which is based on what?) his mother could not have been born in 1766, as several trees list.  So I've tentatively moved her birth back to about there wasn't anything that proved 1766 was definite. Actually another Ancestry member gave her a 1756 birth. But back to John. I've thought long and hard and decided to go with the mean birth date, of 1780.

John married Julian (Julia A.) Holloman in 1805 in Wayne County NC.  Their first son was born there in 1806. But by 1808, his daughter was born in Alabama, and then the next one also probably in 1809-10. However he is on the census again in Wayne County NC, in 1810, and his next child is born in NC in 1810. But the next two are born in Alabama.  His last child, Richard, was born in Jan 1819 in Alabama (to become my great great grandfather.)

John moved to Perry County, AL, where many land grants were being given for those who served the US in one war or another.

But John had his 7 children by 1819.  Then he died in 1822 (or 1820 according to some of the petitions against his estate.)  Nothing indicates how he died at whatever young age he had been. Apparently he was in debt. And many of those who purchased the items that were inventoried of his estate were actually relatives of his and his wife's.  The list of items is available as well as how much was collected.  And the death of his mother in 1826 also left probate courts trying to figure out who inherited what from her estate back in North Carolina, as well as his father, Edward Bass' estate from when he died in 1802. The same relatives (Holloman, Bass and Green) show up in documents in NC courts.

Unfortunately the documents aren't always clear as to who was related to whom in what manner.  I'll keep wading through them, and maybe have to make some changes again on my own tree.

It is so helpful, and I wish I could thank them all, to have current cousins on Ancestry who figure things out from all the documents, and write summaries of them. What a great help to me.

Note: I noticed I perpetuated an incorrect date, but have now changed it, that it is assumed John Bass died in 1822.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Julian (Julia A.) Holloman Bass Green (1785-1861)

Dear Grandmother with 3 greats, Julian/Julia Ann...she had many children, and two husbands, and had to deal with court cases following the death of her first husband, not only about her property but even the guardianship of her younger children.

Her father, Thomas Holloman/Holleman, had been born in Virginia, but apparently left there and settled in North Carolina about the time he married in 1772, to a woman named Emaline but we don't know her family name.  Julian was the 3rd of their 5 children born in 1785. Grandfather Thomas Holloman/Holleman died between 1786 and 1804 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC.

Though she had many uncles (and aunts) who were from Thomas Holloman's family, I have been looking for those who also immigrated with Thomas to North Carolina, and even some who might have gone to Alabama when Julian and her family did.  So far I haven't had much luck.

So there were other Hollomans who signed those court documents, and they must have been related

I've found a hand written document (1832) stating a Silas Holleman was administering the estate of Ezekiel Holleman, including a debt to Jetson Green. That estate was in Wayne County, NC, but I haven't found any connection between Silas nor Ezekiel Holloman to our family...besides of course that Jetson Green married Julian.

I am pretty certain her first husband, John Bass died in 1822, or maybe late 1821...because all kinds of court documents start with bills against his estate and inventories of it in early 1822.

One bill against the estate was a final bill to the Orphans Court of Perry AL for $5000 for guardianship of the young orphans...including Richard (Dick) Bass my great great grandfather. The signatures on that document include a Robert Smith (probably the attorney) on Dec 23, 1826 on behalf of Samuel H. Nelms, guardian of "Elizabeth, Mosely Ann, Sarah, Keziah, and Richard Bass."

Another bill states someone has visited in Oct, Nov. and Dec. of 1822 and wishes payment in Feb. 1823 of $36.25 signed by Daniel Long. Julian Bass swore that these visits did occur, and she signed the form "Julian Bass." (Many of the notations are in a kind of shorthand.)

On "Jan 31, 182, Daniel Long received the --?--  record in full of Capt. Samuel H. Nelms." This is the cover sheet for several other records that are in microfilm files of Perry County AL. One is the list of slaves, and who apparently owned them, several are Julian Bass' property.

I haven't found anything giving the spelling of my great times 3 grandmother's name as Julia Ann, so I'm going through my ancestry files and changing it to Julian. However, in 1850 she was head of her household in Union Parish, LA, and listed her name as Julia A. Green. She had living with her an overseer, 25 year old S(?) Freeman and his wife and 4 children. (It doesn't have any designation as to whether the Freemans were white or black, however.) She has none of her own family with her household. Though there were farmers listed on the same census sheet, several listed their occupation as "overseer."  This suggests a plantation style kind of farming to my mind.

And the 1850 Slave Schedule for Union Parish does list 9 black people that belonged to Mrs. Julia A. Green.

Her last census listing in 1860 has her being about 70 years old, living in Point Jefferson, Moorehouse, LA. The family head is 56 year old C. T. Barton, farmer, who is married to Elizabeth Bass Barton (Julian's daughter) who is 46 now.  There are 4 Barton children, and a 54 year old Daniel Barton (no occupa.) as well as a 25 year old C. T. Barton who lists himself also as a farmer. There is also a farm manager in the household.

C. T. Barton Sr. was Claude (say Cloud) Thrasher Barton. He lived until 1880, but his little brother Daniel Barton died in 1870, and Elizabeth, his wife, died in Oct. 1860.

So this is a very early photo (prior to 1860) of them. I've talked more about them here on this blog, and will mention them again next week.

Julia A (Julian) Bass Green died March 11, 1861 in Moorehouse Parish, LA.

What had happened to Jetson Green? He died of pneumonia in Union Parish LA in Dec. 1849, just before that census when Mrs. Julia A. Green was still running her plantation/farm.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Col. Richard Bass' sister Polly Bass Larkin

Here's that petition in 1822 following the death of John Bass, leaving these children and a lot of debts, but also a lot of land and widow Bass...

"your petitioners would further state that the children of John Bass decd are Uriah aged 17 yrs, Polly aged 15 yrs, Elizabeth aged 13 yrs, Molsey Ann under 13 yrs, Sarah under 12 yrs, Keziah under 10 yrs, & Richard under 9 yrs..." Juliann Bass, Maliki Holloman

The oldest daughter, Mary Jane (Polly) Bass married Dr. Samuel Jones Larkin in 1827.

By 1850 they, as well as so many of the rest of the family, moved to Union Parish LA, where in 1850 yellow fever claimed the life of Polly's sisters Kesiah and Mosley (Molly Ann.) 

They settled in Moorhouse LA, and her mother was living there also until her death in 1861.

There were 5 Larkin children born, and Polly died in 1862, and has a nice tall memorial stone (perhaps shared with other family members.)

Their children were:
John Robert Larkin 1834-1869
William J. Larkin 1837-1859
Porter Jones Larkin 1839-1878
Milton King Larkin 
Mary Narcisa Larkin 1844-unknown

Just a footnote to the Larkins. In the 1870 census another male child was listed living with Samuel Larkin (probably his grandfather) but someone didn't read about the two Larkins in their 20s, and attributed this boy to being the son, rather than probably a grandson of Samuel Larkin.  That's how people are given strange relationships. I noticed right away (one of the first things I check in families) that Mary Jane Bass Larkin wasn't in child bearing age in 1870...and she'd died in 1862 anyway! Genealogy sure keeps one one your toes.