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Re: William Wiley Bass, Sr., of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Posted by: Faye Patterson (ID *****7006) Date: January 11, 2012 at 09:40:41
In Reply to: Re: William Wiley Bass, Sr., of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana by Thomas Kerwin of 18896

Thanks for your help; however, I have the same "unsourced" information. Now, I am trying to find documentation to actually prove the father of William Wiley Bass, Sr. Family sources had originally thought that James Franklin Bass and Millie Groves were his parents due to family stories that referred to the grandmother as "Millie." However, I have been strongly assured by descendants of James Franklin and Emily Groves Bass that there were only 10 children and no "William."

Given the ancestors of James Franklin and the use of names in our family as I listed in the previous post, it seemed like a strong connection to me, but I cannot find any support for William Wiley being the son of James Franklin Bass and Mille Groves Bass. Any help with that would be appreciated.

I hope I did not give the impression that my referencing "step-children" meant it came from the Census. Family information supports that William Wiley Bass, Jr., and Smith Bass (who appears as 18 years old in the 1880 Census) were step-brothers. Smith Bass was born in 1862, prior to William Wiley, Sr.'s marriage to Elizabeth Dunn Smith in 1866. I have an aunt (grand-daughter of William Willey, Jr., and great-grandaughter of William Wiley, Sr.) who gave me that information. I am hoping that any additional family info I can provide will catch the attention of someone who is part of the family and may be able to help me to sort out the information.

The 1880 Census and the 1900 Census give the information that parents of William Wiley, Sr., were born in Mississippi. James Franklin Bass was born in Louisiana.

I do believe that William Wiley Bass, Sr., is related to James Franklin's family since they also came to Louisiana from Mississippi. I just need documentation or strong support for the connection.


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