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John Hicks Bass

Male 1821 - 1898  (76 years)


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  • Name John Hicks Bass 
    Born 15 May 1821  Putnam County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 45EB01693742344EB4BA40CB4C9CC66622CB 
    Died 8 Jan 1898  Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Memoirs of Georgia, Muscogee County
      John Hicks Bass
      John Hicks Bass, County Commissioner of Muscogee County, Georgia, was born in Monroe County, Georgia in 1821. His paternal grandfather was John H. Bass, who was a native of Virginia. He married in Virginia and came to Georgia and settled in Hancock county, where he died about 1852. The father of John Hicks Bass was Eden Bass, a native of Hancock county, and born in 1777. He was a merchant in Troup county, Georgia, for many years. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 and married a Miss Nancy Clay. They had eleven children, of whom nine lived to maturity and two now survive: John H.; Rebecca E., widow successively of William L. Stanley and J.W. Sappington, both of Columbus. John Hicks Bass had two brothers who saw military service, viz.: Robert L., a soldier in the Creek war in 1836 , and Maston G., a major in Colonel John Brownâ??s regiment, Confederate States Army, and killed at Richmond. In 1828 J.H. Bass removed with his parents to Troup county, Georgia, and lived there and in Chambers County, Alabama, until 1841. He received his entire education in Troup county, and left school at the age of seventeen, working on his fatherâ??s farm until he had arrived at the age of twenty. In 1841 he removed to Columbus, and entered the City hotel, kept by his father, and clerked there four years. Then he and his brother, Robert L. (deceased), took charge of the Oglethorpe hotel and conducted it until October, 1860. In 1857 they also bought and opened another hotel called the Perry house and conducted that also until the war began, when they were compelled to close it. In 1861 J.H. Bass bought an interest in the â??Columbus Timesâ? and ran that paper throughout the war; and was in the House guards during the last year of the war but saw no active service. After the war he commenced to farm and still follows that pursuit. He has large farming interests in Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties, and produces about 400 bales of cotton annually. Mr. Bass is a member of the board of directors of the Third National Bank and of the Hamburger cotton mills, Columbus. He has served as an alderman, and has been County Commissioner for twelve years. He is a demitted Mason and affiliates with the Presbyterian church. He was happily married in 1854 to Frances E., daughter of the late Archibald McGruder, a native of Georgia, and an old and respected resident of Chattahoochee county, who died in Muscogee county, 1865. This union has been blessed by the birth of several children: Dr. A. C. Bass, of Columbus, Georgia; Jennie B., wife of V.M. Brown, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Roberts S., wife of James A. Lewis, of Columbus.

      Columbus Daily Enquirer
      December 22, 1896
      Mr. John Hicks Bass
      (Includes drawing of Mr. Bass)
      Mr. John Hicks Bass, the subject of the sketch, was born in Monroe County, this state, on the 15th of May, 1821, and at the age of 20 years came with his parents to this city, where he has resided continuously since. He is the oldest hotel man in the state, and it has only been in recent years that he has not been in the hotel business.
      Forty-six years ago he was proprietor of the City Hotel, which he ran most successfully for four years, when he took charge of the Oglethorpe house, and subsequently purchased the Perry House, now Hotel Vernon, which he ran for over twenty years. Finally, after so many years in the hotel business, he launched out as a planter, and to say he has made a success, is putting it small, as he is today one of the largest cotton planters in the state, and foremost among property owners.
      Thirteen years ago Mr. Bass was elected to the Board of County Commissioners, and has held his place in that important body until the present day.


      Newspaper unknown, 11 January 1898
      Mr. Bass At Rest
      His Remains Laid Away Sunday Afternoon at 3:30 O?clock

      The funeral of the late Mr. John H. Bass took place from the family residence at 3:30 o?clock Sunday afternoon. An immense concourse of sorrowing friends gathered to pay their last sad respects to the memory of the beloved dead. The funeral serices were conducted by Dr. Dowman, pastor of St. Luke, and Dr. Wynn, pastor of St. Paul. The handsome casket was covered with lovely floral designs in which the favorite flowers of the deceased were used.
      The interment took place at Linwood cemetery, and a large concourse of sorrowing friends followed the remains to the grave. The following named gentlemen acted as pall bearers:
      Mr. O.S. Jordan, Mr. John Blackmar, Capt. J.W. Murohey, Mr. L. G. Levy, Colonel W.L. Tillman, Mr. L.F. Garrard, Mr. William Beach and Mr. Charles A. Lovelace.

    Person ID I48372  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2020 

    Father Charles Eaton Bass, Sr.,   b. 18 Oct 1796, Brunswick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1843, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Nancy Clay,   b. 7 Jan 1799,   d. 30 Oct 1877  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F17234  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Emma (Fannie) Magruder,   b. 23 Oct 1834,   d. 30 Apr 1904, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1854  [1
    Children 
     1. Roberta Stella Bass,   b. 17 Nov 1855,   d. 26 Apr 1864  (Age 8 years)
     2. Doctor Archibald Cleghorn Bass,   b. 8 Dec 1857,   d. 14 May 1907  (Age 49 years)
     3. Jennie Beacher Bass,   b. 27 Jun 1864
    +4. Robena Hicks Bass,   b. 17 Jul 1866,   d. 1 Aug 1932  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F17256  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S25] Family Bible Record.