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  • ID: I19000
  • Name: Moses BASS
  • Given Name: Moses
  • Surname: Bass
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 6784CB2296EE4A91B4BA29A05452B4EDB5A6
  • Change Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Note:
    He received land on the north side of Bear Swamp by his father's will. He 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. He 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]. He was taxable on 3 "white" tithes in Cumberland County, North Carolina, in 1755 [T&C 1], and he received a grant for 100 acres on Raft Swamp in Cumberland County on 21 October 1758 [Hoffman, Land Patents, I:474]. On 19 August 1761 the Cumberland County court granted permission for the mill he 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]. In May 1762 he 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.

    His estate mentioned his cousins, Jeremiah and Wright Bass, and Mourning, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Ann Going, children of Jacob Going [South Carolina DB S-5:283, 284]. His estate settlement did not mention any children. Wright's subsequent statement said that Moses "had no issue."

    The following is a bit of history that shouldn't be lost. It was posted by Jo Church Dickerson and was found at:

    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.)

    Moses Basses will dated 1785 is recorded in Charleston Deedbook (yes deedbook) S-5, pages 283-284. There is a transcription of the will in Brent Holcomb's "South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1783-1788" available from Brent at:(I figure if I plug him he won't mind if I quote a sentence or two.)

    Interestingly, Moses Bass' will was witnessed by a Malachi Murphy. Moses had no children, and he left, among other things, 100 acres granted to John Smith. Also, " to my beloved cousin Wright Bass, the plantation, mill, and tract of land containing 444 acres of land that I now live on..." Moses' wife Elizabeth to have use of the same during her lifetime.

    There are records at Marion Co Courthouse that pertain to further disposition of these lands. The following information (except where noted) is found in Lucille Utley's "Marion County South Carolina Abstracts of Deeds" pub by Alita Sutcliffe:
    (Ordering information can be found on Marion County Genweb site.)

    In 1802 Robert Bass sold to Patrick Donnally 260 acres on Basses Mill Creek,part of a grant to La Roache sold to William Peak to James Owens to Moses Bass & from Moses Bass will to Right Bass Sr & by his will to Robert Bass. (Marion Deedbook I/224 - Utley's Abstracts)

    A plat recorded with the above deed shows land laid out for Robert Bass on Basses Mill Creek, on east side of Great Pee Dee river, being part of Hickory Grove tract.

    Other deeds show some of the same land being devised by Wright Bass Sr to
    Wright Bass Jr. Deeds in early 1800's also show a Keightly Barfield purchasing or inheriting lands in this area on Gum Swamp that had previously belonged to William Owens. Keightly Barfield's relationship to Captain Jesse Barfield remains unknown. Levi and John Gibson also came into possession of some of these lands. (Levi lost same due to debts, and it was sold at sheriff's sale by Sheriff Enos Tart to John Gibson.) (See Utley's Deed Abstracts)
  • Birth: ABT 1728 in Bertie Co, NC
  • Death: 1777 in Georgetown District, SC
  • Will: 28 FEB 1777 Georgetown District, SC
  • Note:

    1785. Will of Moses Bass of Prince Georges Parish, George Town Dist, Province of SC, 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)

    Father: John BASS b: 4 DEC 1673 in Norfolk Co, Virginia
    Mother: Love HARRIS b: ABT 1680
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