Moses N. Bass married Elizabeth ?
He was born abt. 1710-20.
He was the son of John Bass and Love Harris.
He died in 1784 (per Write Bass admin of estate)(will written in 1777) at SC Death and birth date from Gen Forum message #1325. Will dated Feb 28 1777 filed in Prince George Parish, Georgetown District, SC
1732 Jan 18 – Moses Bass received land on the north side of Bear Swamp in by his father’s will in Bertie Co, NC:
18 January 1732 at NC at age 58 The will of John Bass reads as follows (the print is small and difficult to read making a number of gaps):
- In the name of God amen I John Bass being sick and weak of body Butt of Sound Senses and memory Thanks be to God Do make and Ordain this to be my Last will in manner and form following —
- First and Imprimis I give and Bequeath to my son Edward Bass my manor plantation whereon I now live to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for Ever But except that the use and liberty of said plantation for my loving wife Mary for her lifetime for use in bringing up my small children.
- I give William Bass my land at ye Beaver Dam south through the swamp __ to a dividing line.
- Item I give to my Grandson Aaron Johnsone one hundred acres of land more or less north side of Uriah Swamp if it is not (?Pote ye Broad wock north Jake in away of ye swamp?)
- Item I give unto my Loving Daughter Joudath Canady 100 acres of land more or less lying on ye south side of Urah Swamp adjoining James Hutchisons line to her and he heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten forever.
- Item I give to my loving friend Daniel Wharten Burbogg fifty acres of land lying on ye north side of ye Quater Swamp and Beginning at Toneys path south down ye said swamp across the first Branch to him and his heirs forever.
- Item I give unto my loving daughter Sarah Anderson one hundred acres of land more or less lying on ye north side of Uriah Swamp the most convenient land to the plantation whereon she now lives but not any part of ye said swamp but only ye tract toward Hutchinson line for ye complement as far as ye Branch to her and ye hears of her obdy Lawfully begotten forever.
- Item I give to my loving Daughter Loucy Bass one hundred acres of land more or less lying on the north side of Uriah Swamp bounded by Nowsoms line and so down betwixt Two Branch to ye said swamp but not into ye said swamp.
- Item I give to my loving daughter Mary one hundred acres of land more or less lying on North side of Uriah Swamp bound by my own line Newsoms and down a branch to ye said Swamp including a island on the lower side of ye said swamp.
- Item I give unto my son Aaron Bass my plantation on ye south side of Baird Swamp whereon he lives and all ye high Land from my uper line and to down to the Great pine Branch.
- Item I give unto my Daughter Patience Bass my plantation on the south side of Baire Swamp that I bought of William Johnston and all the land for the Great Branch above ye plantations down to ye lower line to her and the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten for ever.
- Item I give unto my son Moses Bass all my land that lyoth on the north side of Baire Swamp which is ajoining to my brother Edward’s line including all the swamp to my son.
- My will is further that if my loving wife should again marry and my son disturbed then my sons Edward and William Bass to have half the benefir of my orchards on my manor plantations.
- Item I give unto my loving son John Bass my ould Square mosled gun.
- Item I give unto my loving wife the third of my movables and all the remainder of my estates both within and without to be equally divided amongst my last wife’s children and lastly I do nominate and appoint my loving sons John Bass and Edward to be my executors together with my loving wife as a co executor during her widowhood.
- In witness whereof I have here into set my hand this 18th Day of June 1732. Signed with his mark which was a reversed capital “B” Witness Tho Bryant Edward Bass and James Guie Bertie Precint February Ct. 1732 Proved by oath of Capt Thomas Bryant James Quie Edward Bass Bertie County, N.C. Wills Vol. II p. 48 1663-1789
1752 Nov 21 – Moses Bass entered 100 acres on the west side of the Northwest River about 3/4 mile from Raft Swamp including his improvements on 21 November 1752. [Philbeck, Bladen County Land Entries, nos. 677, 934].
1754 Feb 1 – Moses Bass was living near “the drains of Drowning Creek” on 1 February 1754 when Robert Carver entered 100 acres there [Philbeck, Bladen County Land Entries, nos. 677, 934].
1755 Moses Bass was taxable on 3 “white” tithes in Cumberland County, North Carolina, in 1755 [T&C 1],
1758 Oct 21 – Moses Bass received a grant for 100 acres on Raft Swamp in Cumberland County on 21 October 1758 [Hoffman, Land Patents, I:474].
1761 Aug 19 – On 19 August 1761 the Cumberland County Court granted permission for the mill Moses Bass had erected on Raft Swamp to be designated a public grist mill, and the court granted him a license to keep an ordinary [Minutes 1759-65, 70].
1762 May – In May 1762 Moses Bass posted bond not to leave the county before the next court to answer a suit by the governor and James Simpson, but he was not mentioned again in the Cumberland County Court Minutes.
1762 May – Domini Rei vs Moses Bass – His Majestys Justices
Moses Bass in open Court acknowledged himself to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of 50 pounds … John Smith & Stephen Phillips his securitys in the sum of 20 pounds like each … Conditioned for the appearance of the sd Moses Mass at our … Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions – to be held at the Courthouse thereof on the third Tuesday in August next term
[Minutes 1759-65, 78. Cumberland Co, NC].
See: 1770 Apr 11 – Moses Bass living adj to Pee Dee Riv in plat for Green, William, Plat For 194.5 Acres In Craven County. People in this record: Bass, Moses; Bremar, John; Gourly, Joseph; Green, William; Keighley, Peter; Le Rush; Walker, John. Places in this record: Craven County; Pee Dee River
Series: Colonial Plat Books (Copy Series) (S213184). Archives ID: Series: S213184 Volume: 0016 Page: 00211 Item: 02
See: 1770 Dec 10 –Moses Bass living adj to Gum Swamp, Pee Dee River in plat for Keighly, Peter, Plat For 300 Acres In Craven County. People in this record: Bass, Moses; Bremar, John; Gourly, Joseph; Keighly, Peter; Owens, Edward. Places in this record: Craven County; Gun Swamp; Pee Dee River
Series: Colonial Plat Books (Copy Series) (S213184). Archives ID: Series: S213184 Volume: 0017 Page: 00393 Item: 01
1785 Nov 9 affid of death by Wright Bass, 1777 Feb 28 when will was written – Will of Moses Bass of Prince Georges Parish, George Town Dist, Province of South Carolina, being indisposed in Body…. to MOURNING GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one cow marked with a cross & over bit & undr bit in one ear and cross & whole under nick in the other ear; to SARAH GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one cow marked in the above mentioned mark; to ELIZABETH GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one cow marked with a cross & undr bit & over bit in each ear and branded ME; to ANNE GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one heifer marked with a cross and under bit & over bit in each ear branded ME; to CYNTHA GOING, dau of JACOB GOING, one heifer yearling marked with a cross & over bit & under bit in each ear & branded ME; to my beloved cousin Jeremiah Bass, tract of 100 ac granted to John Smith, and one negro named Peter, one negro woman named Fann, one negro boy named Jack with their increase; my wife Elizabeth Bass to have the use of said plantation & tract of land granted to John Smith her lifetime and the use of negroes Peter, Fann & Jack & their increase her life time; to my beloved cousin Wright Bass, the plantation, mill, & tract of land containing 444 ac that I now live on, one negro woman Jane, my wife Elizabeth Bass to have the use of the plantation, mill & tract of land and negro woman her lifetime; to Henry Harison, son of James Harison, one negro woman Cate & increase, my wife to have the use of the negro woman her lifetime; to JOSEPH GOING, JUNR, one negro girl named Judah & increase, my wife to have the use her life time; to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bass, one negro man named Jack, one woman named Florah, one woman named Nan, one boy named Isum, one boy named Roger, and my cattle, about 110 head, branded ME, all my stock of horses & mares, all my household furniture & plantation tools, 26 head of sheep, and my hogs, also negro girl Violet; to JACOB GOING, a plantation of 50 ac granted to John Crawford; I appoint my wife Elizabeth Bass and my friend Luke Whitefield and James Harison, executors, dated 28 Feb 1777. Moses Bass (M) (LS), Wit: Malachi Murfee, Jeremiah Bass (x), Right Bass.
A true copy taken from the original and examined by Hugh Horry, Ordinary G Town Dist.
Whereas I, the within named Right Bass, am the eldest son of Edward Bass deceased, who was eldest brother of the within named Testator Moses Bass, which said Moses Bass departed this life without issue, whereby I, said Right Bass became his heir at law, and I am willing that all the several devises & bequests in the said will should have full effect, for the memory of my deceased uncle Moses Bass and for the several devisees in the within will, and five shillings, I confirm all the devises, legacies and bequests, 9 Nov 1785. Right Bass (LS), Wit: Chas Cotesworth Pinckney, Wm Smith. Proved in Charleston Dist by the oath of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney 28 Jun 1786 before Dl. Mazyck, JP. Rec 28 Jun 1786. S-5, 283-284. (Holcomb, SC Deed Abstracts, 1783-1788, Bks I-5 thru Z-5, 1996. SML 975.7 Hol) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSK3-J4SJ?i=655&cat=361547
(Note: It appears a Jacob Goins had died around 1773 in
1788 August, “Thomas Goin” applied to the County Court of Greene County, Tennessee for the administration of the estate of Elizabeth Bass, according to “Bulletin of the Watauga Association,” Volume 10: “August 1788. On motion of W. Avery, Esqr. atto. for Thomas Going for obtaining letter of administration on the Estate of Elizabeth Bass, decd. ordered that the same be laid over until next term, for proof of sanguinity [kinship, blood relationship] & that a dedimus potestatem [acommission to take testimony] issue in favour of said Thomas Going to Anson & Richmond Counties & to the State of South Carolina by giving fifteen days notice to Jeremiah Bass of the time & place where such testimony will be taken, ditto for Levi Bass to South Carolina giving Thos. Going fifteen days notice at least.” Green County, Tennessee. Greene County Tennessee Court minutes 1783-1796. p. 94. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS3W-2K31?i=52&cat=301915
1788 October 14 – Know all men by these presents that I Edward Gowen of the County of Granville for divers good causes and considerations thereunto [me] moving more especially for the sum of Â£25 to me in hand paid, the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge, hath bargained, sold & made over, and by these presents, do bargain, sell and make over to my nephew, Thomas Gowen all the estate, right and interest I have or hereafter may have to the estate of Elizabeth Bass, deceased, or any part thereof, and do hereby make over the same to the said Thomas Gowin, his heirs and assigns from the claim of me, the said Edward Gowen or any other person whatever claiming under me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 15th day of October, 1786. Edward Going . Witnesses:
Jhn. [X] Simmons”
John Simmons later appeared in Granville County Court to prove the deed of “Edward Gowing” to “Thomas Gowing,” according to “Court Minutes of Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1820,” page 28 by Zoe Hargett Gwynn. Edward Gowen of Granville County, North Carolina, regarded as a kinsman of Thomas Goin, was also named an heir of Elizabeth Bass. On October 14, 1788 he conveyed his interest in her estate to “his nephew, Thomas Gowen,”according to Granville County Will Book 2, page 79. Granville Co, NC.
1789 February 2 – Jeremiah Bass & Thomas Going [Greene Co., Tenn] hath leave to administer on the estate of Elizabeth Bass dec’d and enter into bond with John Stone & Jno Gibson his security in the sum of two thousand pounds for their due administration according to law.
Minutes 1783-1799 p. 107 – County Court minutes (Greene County, Tennessee).
1789 Feb 2 – The Court after Jeremiah Bass & Thomas Going gave bond & Security for the administration of the Estate of Elizabeth Bass deceased & the Bill in Equity being filed and drawn by Thomas Going the Court gave judgment that neither should have the administration before Nancy Finney signified her assent in writing from which Jeremiah Bass by his attorney Alex McGinty his attorney appeals.
Minutes 1783-1799 p. 108 – County Court minutes (Greene County, Tennessee).
1789 May 5 Tuesday – Thomas Going and Jeremiah Bass hath leave to administer on the Estate of Eliz Bass decd took the oath of Administration and enters into bond themselves with John Stone & John Gibson their securities in the sum of two thousand pounds for their due administration according to law.
Jno McNabb to pay 20 more
Ord that letters etc Issue – 2 letters issd.
20 S pd. Clk.
Minutes 1783-1799 p. 114 – County Court minutes (Greene County, Tennessee).
1789 Aug Court – An Inventory of the Estate of Eliz Bass decd was returned by Thomas Going & Jeremiah Bass and recd by the Court.
Minutes 1783-1799 p. 123 – County Court minutes (Greene County, Tennessee).
1807 Right Bass and Nancy Bass to Levi Gibson, bk C, p 355
… 140 acres part of … (chain of title) … from Daniel Leroach Esq to James Owen, fr James Owens to Moses Bass then bequeathed by will to Wright Bass Sr, then from him bequeathed by will to son Right Bass 500 acres … on Gum Swamp … bounded by … Samuel Wilkerson … Robert Bass … John Bass … Levi Gibson … John Gibson …
Signed: Right Bass, Nancy Bass
Wit: John Mace, Stephen Gibson
Another transcription of the above book reportedly says:
1799 July 30 – bk C, p 355 Marion Co, SC – Right Bass and wife Nancy sold to Levi Gibson … 140 acres in Liberty Co, SC being land conveyed by James Owens to Moses Bass and bequeathed by Moses Bass to Wright Bass Sr and by Wright Bass Sr to Right Bass. … part of a 500 acre tract known as the Mile Tract which was sold by Daniel Crouch Esq to James Owens. The 140 acres … bounded … Samuel Wilkinson … Robert Bass … John Gibson …
1820 Apr – Bk I, p 224 – Robert Bass sold to Patrick Donnally of Georgetown lands on Bassett Mill Creek being part of land originally granted Daniel LeRoache and sold by him to William Peake and by said Peake to James Owens and from Owens to Moses Bass and from Moses Bass by last will and testament to Right Bass Sr and by last will of Right Bass to Robert Bass.
Basses Mill, formerly Hulin/Hulon’s Mill, is located on Hwy 301 in Dillon County, just a little below town of Latta as stated, right where 301 crosses Catfish. It is discernible as you drive along the highway, mostly because of the dense growth of kudzu that now completely covers the whole site. You can see a rather large cemetery on a hill beyond it, I presume this is the Hulon Cemetery that was earlier copied by someone and posted to this list, but I’m not sure about that. The road that leaves Hwy 301 at this point and runs beside the old millsite is now named Basses Mill Road. It can be found on detailed highway maps as State Road #524.
There was another Basses Mill in old Marion County, and the other Basses Mill was also the site of a later (1781) Rev War skirmish. The mill near Latta would not have been known as Basses Mill during the Rev War. Joseph Bass, who owned the land around Bass’ Mill on Catfish, is said by Bass family researchers to have been related to the Moses Bass who had the earlier Bass’ Mill over near Great Pee Dee River.
As described by Bishop Gregg in his “History of the Old Cheraws, the older Basses Mill belonged to Moses Bass. It was situated a little southwest of the one near Latta, in a triangle formed by Hwy 301, Gum Swamp/Marsh Creek, and the Great Pee Dee River, back close to the old Sandy Bluff settlement on Great Pee Dee, and probably part of that settlement, or at least served it. I have a friend who has been to the old millsite, and found it much as Gregg described it, easily identified by the circular waterways, including the man-made ditch, and the causeway. He tells me there is a ruin of an old cemetery nearby, with absolutely no stones remaining, if there ever were any.
According to Gregg:
In August of this year (1781 -jcd), Colonel Murphy was stationed, with a small force, near the mouth of Black Creek. He sent word to OLD MOSES BASS,who kept a noted public-house at the mill on Naked Creek, across the river and about four miles distant, that he would be there with his men on a certain day, and to have a good dinner, with plenty of cider, in readiness. By some means, the Tories in the neighborhood were informed of the expected visit, and made preparations for attacking Murphy at Bass’s. The house stood on a small island, made by a sudden bend of the creek, forming almost a circle, and a canal cut across the neck of land leading out to the main road near by.
On the appointed day, Murphy and his party went over, suspecting no danger. While at dinner, they were suddenly surprised by the enemy’s approach. Two men came rapidly up on horseback, and were in the act of crossing the creek by a causeway when first discovered. They were followed by the main body, under Major Barfield.
Some of the Whigs, who happened to be on the piazza, were fired upon, and for a moment all was confusion. By this time, the Tories had approached within fighting distance, and the conflict began.
The Whigs having the benefit of a cover, soon gained a decided advantage, killing several of the enemy, with the loss, however, of two of their own number, Harper and Mixon. Giving way under the effective fire from the house,the Tories were in the act of retreating, when one of Murphy’s men, named Daniel, who had a stentorian voice, cried out, “Good Heavens! what shall we do? the powder is out.” Upon hearing this, the Tories returned to the fight;and the Whigs, no longer able to keep up an equal fire, were forced to escape in every direction across the creek, to the cover of the thick timber beyond.It ran but a short distance in the rear of the dwelling. Reaching it by a few bounds, they tunbled down the steep bank, and got off without further loss.
“One of their number, a man named Thompson, from the Poke Swamp settlement, on the west side of the river, as he jumped the fence near the creek, found a large and powerful mulatto, Shoemake by name, pressing closely upon him, with his rifle aimed and in the act of firing. Happily for Thompson, the rifle missed fire, and before it could be adjusted, he made his escape. Twenty years after, Thompson heard of Shoewmake’s going to Camden, caught him on his return, and inflicted severe punishment. Peter Boseman, a valiant soldier of Liberty, who afterwards settled and died in Darlington District, was one of Murphy’s party.
“Malachi Murphy was another, and received a wound in the shoulder as he reached the creek, which disabled him for the time. He fell down the bank, and crawling under a large log, remained there undiscovered, though the Tories several times passed near him. Daniel, whose unfortunate exclamation led to the disaster, was a man of powerful frame, and carried Murphy on his shoulders to Black Creek, making some amends thereby for his untimely blunder.
“Thus ended their day’s frolic for the Whigs, teaching them the lesson which so many have learned too late, that vigilance is the price of liberty.”
This earlier Basses Mill near Great Pee Dee has been completely forgotten by locals. In fact, little trace of it exists, and was so far back in what is now the boonies that hardly anyone ever passes that way. So whenever someone mentions Basses’ Mill, people now immediately think of the one on Hwy 301, as they have no knowledge of the earlier one on Naked Creek. (Naked Creek, by the way, is not to be found on any map of the area that I have ever seen. The name of the creek has perished along with the memory of Moses Bass’ Mill and public-house. I believe it is the one referred to in later deeds as Basses Creek, which is likewise not to be found on any known map.)
(Note: I found “Naked Creek” on an 1825 Mills Atlas map – see below)