|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1798|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1882|
age 84y, 16d. Boone Standard 11 Apr 1888
The Death of Edward Bass
Boone Co Democrat 1882
Last Friday morning at about eight o'clock Edward Bass departed this life at his residence near this city.
Mr Bass was one of the early settlers of this county, and has been known far and near as Uncle Ed Bass. His home was one of the land marks to the traveler going still farther west, and known as Bass Point, on the old Fort Dodge and Fort Des Moines road.
Mr Bass was born in Surry county, North Carolina, in the year 1789. His father bore the same name and was a soldier in the war of the revolution, participating in the battle of Bunker Hill, and many other of the important contests of the times that tried men's souls. And there are persons still living here who have heard the old man relate the stories of the many battles and skirmishes in which he was engaged in that conflict. After peace was declared the old man settled in North Carolina, where he spent the remainder of his days.
The subject of this memoir was married at the age of twenty-five to Mary Saffley, and soon thereafter removed to Ash county North Carolina, where he lived until 1884, when he removed to Owen county, Indiana, where he resided until in the spring of 1854, when he removed to this county, settling on almost the spot where he died, The log cabin is still preserved a few feet in the rear of the present dwelling. Mr Bass was the father of ten children, seven of whom, with their aged mother, survive him. They are Jesse Bass, of Fremont county; Martha Shaffer, relict of the late Peter Shaffer; James Bass, of Webster county; Matilda Cole, wife of Matthew Cole, of Ridgeport; John Bass, and David Bass, of this county, and Sarah Landrith, of Harrison county, this state. He has one sister, Mrs Racheal Landrith, of Arch county, North Carolina, still living. Mr Bass's father died in 1840 at the age of ninety-six.
We might say that Mr Bass died of old age. Nature had given away to decay in obedience to the will of God that it is appointed for men to die. He has been hale and apparently hearty up to a few months before his death.
Mr Bass was a perfect type of our fathers in nearly every respect. It is probable that he never went to school a day in his life. He was industrious, economical, and as Rev Lewis Doran remarked at his burial, "a man that attends strictly to his own business." He was of even temper, and although he has lived on the frontier nearly all his life, and in localities where most of the controversies were settled by physical combat, Mr Bass never was in a fight, and never had a serious quarrel with any one, and never but one in a law suit, which was a small matter before a neighboring justice of the peace. He never professed any particular religious faith, but believed and followed the maxim that honesty is the best policy. He never wronged any one, and no man ever could truthfully say that Uncle Ed Bass had malaused him. His house was always a home for those who went about doing good, and his house was the church of the neighborhood for many years, both in Indiana and this state, in those days when there were no churches.
One by one these old men are disappearing from among us. They have lived to see the times and customs change so fearfully as to scarce be able to recognize this as the world in which they were born.
Railroads, telegraphs, and steam boats, have obliterated distances. And the whole northwest that was Indian ground when Mr Bass was married, is covered with cities and dotted with farms, the like of which could scarce be dreamed of in his youth. These old men preferred quiet and economy to bustle and speculation, but in the busy world of today there is no rest except under the sod of the valley.
Mary Saffley Bass (1800 - 1885)
Jesse F. Bass (1820 - 1885)*
Matilda Bass Cole (1824 - 1905)*
Hannah Bass Landreth (1825 - 1864)*
Elizabeth Bass Sparks (1830 - 1871)*
James Nattie Bass (1832 - 1916)*
Jonathan Bass (1834 - 1915)*
David Martin Bass (1840 - 1911)*
Bass Point Cemetery
Created by: Burt
Record added: Nov 26, 2007
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