(Writer’s note: This column, written twice monthly, will serve both reader and writer. The reader will benefit by learning more about their family history. The writer will benefit by receiving your knowledge about your and their family. I like to call it sharing.)
The Bass family in Sampson County has over 125 listed in the Sampson County phone book. That does not include children, and those that may have unlisted or no number. Surrounding counties have many also.
Many of them are descendants of John Bass born in Norfolk, Virginia, son of Nathaniel Bass and Mary Jordon who came from England. Nathaniel and Mary were blessed with several children. Many of them moved from Virginia to North Carolina. Here many settled in Bertie, Nash, Duplin, Wayne and Sampson County. Here they found wonderful fertile land to plant their crops, raise livestock and raise their children. Raised them, they did in abundance. As the column continues you will learn the large numbers in their families , Be “fruitful and multiply was carried out in Sampson and surrounding counties.
You will learn of their struggles to survive , the happiness they shared with others ,as you read these columns. The writer has done a lot of research, and doing more everyday. Others have contributed greatly in the Bass research. I would like to name a few. Some native Sampsonians like Peggy Carr, Stanley Carr, Debra Bass, Curtis Anders, Joel Rose, Ron Brewer,and others. Outside the county are Bud King, Lola Lee Bass, several cousins like Harold Bass in North Wilkesboro, NC. Lucille Lee Nunnery, Peggy Lee Hairr, both of Clinton , and several Bass families in Texas ,and beyond. The help and sharing has been ,and continues to be, heart warming. Without them I would be like the old parable ” up the creek without a paddle. ” Thank goodness I have two strong paddles and backups, if needed.
Look forward to hearing from you through the reliable Sampson Independent or other means.