- Mary Ann Elizabeth Powell was born on 21 Feb 1825 in Perry, Alabama, where her father had received a land grant from his service in the War of 1812.
She met and married (at age 14) Richard Bass (later to be called Col. following the Civil War) in her home town, (see Here for more on him) but they started a migration to Texas, stopping along the way for several years. By the time she was in a census at age 25, she had a daughter, Julia (9) born in Alabama, and a son, James (7) born in Louisiana, and daughter, Ellen (5) also born in Louisiana. That census of 1850 showed the family living in Union Parish, LA.
In the 1860 census the family lived in Walker County, Texas, with a 5 month old baby Elizabeth, who was born in Texas. Ellen is no longer listed, and another daughter, Nancy C. is 6 years old, born in Louisiana. There's a cousin living with the family as well, whose name is Emily W. Traylor.
What is interesting about both the Union Parish LA census and especially the Walker County, Texas census, is the listing of various relatives along the same road...all farmers at this time. I'm pretty sure her parents lived on the next farm, but her younger brother who was a physician is also in the neighborhood.
My great grandmother, Elizabeth "Bettie" Bass Rogers was born in 1861. (More about her HERE)
Mary Ann Powell Bass died on 12 Oct 1871. If the Ancestry.com family tree is to be believed, she had 4 more children before her death at age 46.
- Here's her headstone in the Old Waverly Cemetery.,Walker Co., Tex
Her parents were buried nearby, James Moore Powell (27 Feb 1791 Bertie County, NC - 27 Feb 1868, Walker County, TX)
and Nancy Jones Traylor Powell (16 May 1804, Oglethorpe County, Georgia - 27 Jun 1881 in Old Waverly, Walker, Texas)
Update about blog
Come on over to my other blog, Alchemy of Clay and Living in Black Mountain NC, where the scenery and my ceramic arts life are combined. I've moved some personal blog posts, (as well as those that are about my ancestors) back here.