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Bennett Bridges Bass

Male 1808 - 1866  (57 years)

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  • Name Bennett Bridges Bass 
    Born 17 Feb 1808  Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1866  Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Descendants of Hogg Family led Eventful War-era Lives
      The Andalusia Star-News, Saturday, May 24, 1997 ? Page 5A (Excerpt)

      Elizabeth Hogg was born c1818, and she married Bennett B. Bass around 1836 while they were living in the Conecuh River community of Covington County. Bennett Bass was born in Georgia, c1808. His father, Wilson Bass, had moved to what is now Covington County before 1820, and settled in the Conecuh River community.
      Bennett Bass was a very industrious young man, and he quickly established himself as one of Covington County?s largest land owners and stock farmers, but he never owned any slaves.
      The 1850 Agricultural Census of Covington County showed that Bennett Bass owned 60 acres of improved land and 40 acres of unimproved land. At that time, he owned four horses, 100 milk cows, two oxen, 100 other cattle, 13 sheep and 100 hogs. In 1849, he harvested 400 bushels of corn and 200 pounds of rice. BY 1860, he had increased his land holdings to 2,200 acres with 115 of those acres being cleared. He then owned three horses, six mules, 60 milk cows, 10 oxen, 220 other cattle, 300 sheep, and 200 hogs. In 1859, he harvested 400 bushels of corn, two bales of cotton and 1,000 pounds of wool.
      Bennett Bass was always opposed to the secessionist movement and in politics he was a strong supporter of Alfred Holley. During the Civil War he moved most of his livestock to Walton County, Fla., and was accused by the Confederate Army of selling cattle to the Union Forces at Pensacola. In March, 1864, the Confederate Army was ordered into Covington County, Ala. and Walton County, Fla. with orders to confiscate all the cattle owned by Alfred Holley, Bennett Bass and other Union supporters. The Army was also given orders to meet out summary punishment to anyone resisting their actions.
      On March 7, 1864, a Confederate force of approximately 400 men moved into Covington County, with orders to round up deserters, conscript resistors, and cattle owned by Union sympathizers. They first tried to capture Alfred Holley, but he escaped and went to the home of Bennett Bass in Walton County. The soldiers then moved into Walton County, and within two weeks they had captured and hung seven citizens of that county who were supposedly resisting arrest.
      On March 18, 1864, the Confederate forces caught Alfred Holley and five members of the Bass family who were in a skiff trying to cross Boggy Bayou and get to the Union Line. The soldiers fired on the men in the skiff, killing two of Bennet Bass? sons, Wilson and James Hilliard; and his brother, William Riley Bass.
      It should be pointed out that William Riley ad Wilson Bass were deserters from the Confederate Army, but James Hilliard Bass was only sixteen years old at the time. Before this incident occurred, another of Bennett Bass?s sons, Holland M. Bass, and his nephew, Elias Ramar, as well as the youngest son of Alfred Holley had already enlisted in Company B, of the 1st Florida Union Cavalry Regiment. Thus the victims were not entirely innocent.
      Bennett Bass remained in Walton County, Fla, after the War and he died there in the 1870s. After her husband?s death, Elizabeth (Hogg) Bass returned to Covington County and when she died she was reported to have been buried in the Conecuh River Baptist Church Cemetery, but there is no marker on her grave.
      Bennett and Mary Elizabeth (Hogg) Bass reared the following ten children: Mary b 10/12/1838, m1 William Teel, m2 John Wilson Ramar; Wilson b 2/17/1840, m Elizabeth Jane Teel, killed on 3/18/1864; Nancy Jane b 3/2/1842, m James Teel; Levina, b 1/23/1843; Holland Middleton, b 12/21/1845, m. Christine Ward; James Hilliard, b 4/25/1847, killed on 3/18/1864; Bennett B. Jr., b 1/13/1849, m1 Julia Paget, M2 Mary F. Paget; Elizabeth b 10/14/1850, m Jacob D. Ramar; Martha Jane b 2/13/1852, m. George Parrish; and William Riley, b 5/18/1854, m Nancy Jane Ward. Eight of these ten children gave Bennett and Elizabeth Bass 66 grand children.
      Many of Bennett Bass?s children and grand children reared families in the southwestern part of Covington County, and hundreds of their descendants, and possibly as many as 1,000 currently reside in the county.

      Charleston Mercury, South Carolina, Monday, December 19, 1859
      Matrimony By Wholesale

      In the Southwestern (Ala.) Baptist, we find the following announcement:
      ?About eight miles southeast from Andalusia, on Thursday, October 16th, were married at the residence of B.B. Bass, by G.A. Snowden, Judge of Probate, James Teel to Nancy Bass, William Teel to Mary Bass, and Wilson Bass to Jane Teel; James, William, and Jane Teel, are all sons and daughter of John and Ann Teel; Wilson, Nancy and Mary Bass, are all daughters and son of B.B. and Elizabeth Bass, all of Covington County, Alabama. The above connubial attachments were all formed, and but one ceremony delivered ? a nuptial phenomenon perhaps unequalled in this State or the South.?

    Person ID I34975  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2020 

    Father Wilson Bass,   b. 1785, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, Covington, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Jane Teel,   b. 1790,   d. 1850  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F12558  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Hogg,   b. 1818,   d. 1870  (Age 52 years) 
     1. Mary Bass,   b. 1838,   d. 1912  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Wilson Bennett Bass,   b. 17 Feb 1840,   d. 1864  (Age 23 years)
     3. Nancy Bass,   b. 1842,   d. 1916  (Age 74 years)
     4. Lovina Bass,   b. 1843,   d. 1866  (Age 23 years)
    +5. Holland Middleton Bass,   b. 21 Dec 1845, Andalusia, Covington County, ALabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1934, Okaloosa County, Florida. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     6. Hillard James Bass,   b. 1847,   d. 1864  (Age 17 years)
    +7. Bennett Bridges "Shug" Bass,   b. 15 Jan 1848, Covington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1930, Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     8. Elizabeth Bass,   b. 1850
     9. Martha Jane Bass,   b. 1852,   d. 1943  (Age 91 years)
    +10. William Riley Bass,   b. 28 May 1854, Andalusia, Covington County, ALabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1933, Covington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F12559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart