Robert Bass, 1842-1905, and Eliza Caroline King , 1848- 1903, parents of Joe Bass, were married in 1875. He was 33 and she was 32. They were married for 25 years. Robert had a brother, Joshua, and two sisters, Ketty and Anna. Robert’s twin brother was John , known in the community as “Pond” John because he would walk around the pond on the farm many times a day. He suffered from being shelled shocked while serving in the Army during the Civil War.
Robert, my grandfather, and his twin brother, John were completely different — one seeing battle in the war, the other not, made a huge difference. I have heard many stories from Margaret Gore, Stanley, and Peggy Carr about the turmoil “Pond ” John experienced until his death in 1909 at the age of 67. Today his turmoil would be called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Robert never served in the Army, probably because he had already lost two brothers in Civil War battles. He may have been exempted.
“Brothers In The War Together,” written by Jimmy Earl Sutton of Sampson County in July 2013 tells the story of William Everett, and John Bass. William was killed at Chancellorsville; John survived, but with deep mental scars. William is believed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This has not been confirmed by Jimmy Earl or me. This confirmation will be done before the Bass Family Book is completed.
While on leave before the battle at Chancellorsville, Va., William Everett and his wife Mary Jane Carr (deceased 1907 ) conceived a boy, John Robert Bass, named after the twins, on Feb. 10, 1862, and died in 1930 at the age of 68. The wood grave marker for John I. Bass, the wounded warrior (“Pond” John ) was carved by John Robert. This hand carved marker was removed from a overgrown cemetery in the 1990’s at the request of Margaret Gore and has been proudly placed at the Sampson County Historical Museum by Jimmy Earl Sutton where it can be seen by the public. I recently visited Jimmy at his home near Bass Town. His health is failing, but his love of family and history is well. He, with the help of Margaret Gore, have done wonders to help keep the Bass Family history alive.
Margaret would be proud of her siblings, cousins, nephews , and many others that have carried on her love of family history. She lived in the all brick home about 8 miles north of Clinton on highway 701. Mother to John Paul Gore ,daughter, Merriram. Her husband Wellie was a successful farmer They lived near the Odom family, another family with strong Bass ties. Peggy and Stanly Carr, and their mother Lottie have deep interest in Bass history and have talked with Margaret many times. Margaret and Lottie were sisters. I remember Miss Lottie coming to my father’s store barefooted. You see, my mother, who loved to go barefooted, and Lottie were related. To this day going barefooted is a way of life for the Bass’s. You will see some of the women at the Bass reunion slip off their shoes. They will slip them back on when they head outside, before walking on the paved or rock parking lot.
It is Bass Reunion time at Plainview Free Will Baptist Sunday April 27, at high noon. ” Free Will” , a good name for many Bass’s who have a free and open mind to pursue their beliefs, and passions. Anna and I plan on being there to share some of my family history with others. Prior to this event, Anna and I will be visiting friends at Wrightsville Beach with plans to have some good seafood at Oceanic Restaurant prior to the reunion. Good food there and at the family reunion.
The next column will delve deeper into the family history. The tree will begin to be even more fascinating with it’s larger twisting limbs and mysterious stories.