Posted By:Edna martin
Subject:Re: William Wiley Bass, Sr., of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Post Date:September 09, 2012 at 18:12:51
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Hello All, I, too, am researching William Wiley Bass, Sr, father of William Wiley Bass, Jr, whose son Richard Grover is my husband's grandfather. I am having the same trouble, but if you look at William Bass, Sr. Civil War record (11th Battalion, Lousiana Infantry, Company F), he enlisted in Catahoula in 1862, saying he was 22 years and one month old (as of May 5). He says he was born in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. I can find him in the federal census records in 1880, marrying Elizabeth Smith in 1866 in Catahoula Parish, and Elizabeth Dunn marrying Peter Smith in 1853 (the father of William Smith Bass, William Wiley Bass's half-brother), but I cannot locate him in 1870, 1860 or 1850. The only Bass in Ouachita Parish in 1840 per the census, is Edward H Bass, unmarried. If William Wiley, Sr says he was born in Ouachita Parish in 1840 and Edward H Bass is the only Bass in Ouachita Parish, but he's single, what are we to make of that? Now that I think about it, I didn't look for misspellings of Bass in 1840 and I didn't look to see if this Edward Bass had slaves. Let me know what you think. I have even less family history of these people than you - no Aunt to give me stories. Thanks, emm