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Edward Bass

Male 17 Jan 1798 (1788) - 1882


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  • Name Edward Bass 
    Born 17 Jan 1798 (1788)  Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 72609298A7E4DF489EA9B56518453B1FC6DC 
    Died 3 Feb 1882  Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bass Point Cemetery, Boone, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      The Death of Edward Bass
      Boone County Democrat 1882
      Last Friday morning at about eight o'clock Edward Bass departed this life at his residence near this city.
      Mr. Bass was one of the early settlers of this county, and has been known far and near as Uncle Ed Bass. His home was one of the land marks to the traveler going still farther west, and known as Bass Point, on the old Fort Dodge and Fort Des Moines Road.
      Mr. Bass was born in Surry County, North Carolina, in the year 1789. His father bore the same name and was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, participating in the Battle of Bunker Hill, and many other of the important contests of the times that tried men's souls. And there are persons still living here who have heard the old man relate the stories of the many battles and skirmishes in which he was engaged in that conflict. After peace was declared the old man settled in North Carolina, where he spent the remainder of his days.
      The subject of this memoir was married at the age of twenty-five to Mary Saffley, and soon thereafter removed to Ash County, North Carolina, where he lived until 1884, when he removed to Owen County, Indiana, where he resided until in the spring of 1854, when he removed to this county, settling on almost the spot where he died. The log cabin is still preserved a few feet in the rear of the present dwelling. Mr Bass was the father of ten children, seven of whom, with their aged mother, survive him. They are Jesse Bass, of Fremont county; Martha Shaffer, relict of the late Peter Shaffer; James Bass, of Webster county; Matilda Cole, wife of Matthew Cole, of Ridgeport; John Bass, and David Bass, of this county, and Sarah Landrith, of Harrison county, this state. He has one sister, Mrs. Racheal Landrith, of Arch County, North Carolina, still living. Mr. Bass's father died in 1840 at the age of ninety-six.
      We might say that Mr. Bass died of old age. Nature had given away to decay in obedience to the will of God that it is appointed for men to die. He has been hale and apparently hearty up to a few months before his death.
      Mr. Bass was a perfect type of our fathers in nearly every respect. It is probable that he never went to school a day in his life. He was industrious, economical, and as Reverend Lewis Doran remarked at his burial, "a man that attends strictly to his own business". He was of even temper, and although he has lived on the frontier nearly all his life, and in localities where most of the controversies were settled by physical combat, Mr. Bass never was in a fight, and never had a serious quarrel with any one, and never but one in a law suit, which was a small matter before a neighboring justice of the peace. He never professed any particular religious faith, but believed and followed the maxim that honesty is the best policy. He never wronged any one, and no man ever could truthfully say that Uncle Ed Bass had malaused him. His house was always a home for those who went about doing good, and his house was the church of the neighborhood for many years, both in Indiana and this state, in those days when there were no churches.
      One by one these old men are disappearing from among us. They have lived to see the times and customs change so fearfully as to scarce be able to recognize this as the world in which they were born.
      Railroads, telegraphs, and steam boats, have obliterated distances. And the whole northwest that was Indian ground when Mr Bass was married, is covered with cities and dotted with farms, the like of which could scarce be dreamed of in his youth. These old men preferred quiet and economy to bustle and speculation, but in the busy world of today there is no rest except under the sod of the valley.

      The Biographical Record of Webster County, Iowa
      James Bass
      Prominent among the citizens of Webster County who have witnessed the marvelous development of this section of the state in the last half century, and how have, by honest toil and industry succeeded in acquiring a competence, and are now able to spend the sunset of life in quiet and retirement, is the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch. For many years he was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits, but is now living a retired life in Dayton.
      Mr. Bass was born in North Carolina April 27, 1832, a son of Edward and Mary (Saffley) Bass, who were of German descent. His paternal grandfather fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War, and participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill. From North Carolina the family removed to Indiana when our subject was three years old, and in 1855 his parents came to Iowa, purchasing a farm of two hundred and forty acres of land in Boone county and later forty acres of timber land. The father, was was born January 17, 1789, died February 3, 1883, and the mother passed away July 15, 1886.
      This worthy couple were the parents of the following named children: Jesse married Polly Landreth and both died in Boone County; Patsey became the wife of Fennel Landreth and both are now deceased; Hannah married Thomas Landreth and they spent their last days in Webster County; Matilda is the widow of Matt Cole and makes her home at Mineral Ridge; Betsey married David Spark, of Boone County, and both are now deceased; James is the next of the family; John married Maggie Getzman and lives in Ogden, Boone County; Sarah first married Jesse Maguire and second David Landreth and died at Missouri Valley Junction; David married Maggie Conrad and they reside near Boone; and Rachel, deceased, was the wife Cyrus Haller.

      1901 Boone County History Book
      John Bass
      The history of the pioneer settlement of Boone County would not be complete without an account of the life of Mr. Bass, who from the early development of this portion of the state has been a prominent factor in its establishment, growth and improvement. When the county was cut off from the advantages and conveniences of the older east by lack of railroad communications, he made his way thither and through a long period was identified with agricultural interests, reclaiming a tract of wild land for purposes of cultivation. He arrived in the year 1854, coming to Iowa from Indiana. He is a native, however, of Surrey County, North Carolina, and a son of Edward and Pollie (Sackley) Bass. His father was a native of Kentucky but removed thence to North Carolina, where he remained until 1835, when he became a resident of Owen County, Indiana, There he engaged in farming until 1854, when he came with his family to Boone County, Iowa and purchased farm two miles north of Boonesboro. The tract was then partially covered with native timber but he cleared away the trees and carried on agricultural pursuits there until his death, which occurred in 1884, when he was eighty-four years of age. Three sons and a daughter of the family are still living: James, now a retired farmer of Dayton, Iowa; Tillie, the widow of M. R. Cole, a resident of Boone County; David M. a farmer residing near Boone, and John of this review.

      1902 Boone County History Book
      David M. Bass
      A native of Indiana, Mr. Bass was born in Owen County, on September 6, 1840 his parents, being Edward and Mary (Bessler) Bass, both of whom were born in North Carolina. In the year 1854 the father became a resident of Boone County, Iowa, and purchased a farm near the one upon which our subject now resides. He was a very industrious and hard working man and always devoted his life to agricultural pursuits. From the time he arrived in Iowa until his death he remained continuously upon one farm, there dying at the age of 82 years. His wife survived him and almost 92 years of age at the time of her demise. In their family were ten children, who reached years of maturity, while four are still living: Mrs. Matilda Cole, James B, John and David M. Those who have passed away are Jessie, Sarah, Hannah, Betsey, Martha and Rachael.

      1840 Federal Census of Grayson Township, Owen County, Indiana
      Edward Bass 2100001-1211001
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    Person ID I37974  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2021 

    Father Edward Bass,   b. Dobbs County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1847, Ashe County or Alleghany County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Hannah Moon,   b. Chatham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1836, Ashe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1781 
    Family ID F13421  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary (Polly) Saffley,   b. 5 Sep 1800, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1886, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Jesse Franklin Bass,   b. 22 Jul 1820, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1885, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Martha (Patsy) Bass,   b. 8 Dec 1822, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hannah Bass,   b. 10 May 1825, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1864, Yell Township, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     4. Matilda Bass,   b. 4 Jul 1827, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Elizabeth Bass,   b. 28 Feb 1830, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. James Edward Bass,   b. 27 Apr 1832, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1916, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +7. Jonathan (John) Bass,   b. 2 Sep 1834, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1915, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     8. Sarah Bass,   b. 22 Jul 1837, Owen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. David Martin Bass,   b. 6 Sep 1840, Owen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1911, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     10. Rachel Bass,   b. 6 Jan 1845, Owen County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F13435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart