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Jim Bass (#47079329)
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Bio Photo Avid history and genealogy buff, especially interested in early Florida history. As an 8th generation Floridian, Duval County families are a large part of my heritage. I was raised in Jacksonville, FL. After I graduated from Terry Parker High School I moved to Atlanta, GA and attended Georgia State University. I currently live in the suburb of Alpharetta. Ongoing research for Bass, Braddock, Redding Blount, James Fabius Clark, Haddock, Georgia V. Hammock, Harrell, Francis T. Hurlbert, John M. McCracken, Hardy F. McDaniel, Elijah NeSmith, William Lowell Parker, Enos Tart, King Taylor, Nathaniel Terrell, Camel Tison, Lem Turner, and Benjamin Weaver families. Find me on Facebook!
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Beth Mimbs Sipper
Ettie Bass Edenfield
Hello, Jim. I can't tell you how exciting it was for me to find your post of the grave of Etta (Ettie) Bass. I have long tried to find it but was misspelling her first name. I can tell you a little about her personally. My grandmother, Iris Abbott (Nanny) was her daughter. Even though Nanny was only six when Ettie died (of complications of a surgical procedure so I'm told), Nanny always grieved for her mother. Ettie was a beautiful woman and Wright H. Edenfield, her husband, was a very handsome man. I remember Wright H. He would sometimes visit Nanny and my grandfather, "Daddy Bob" Abbott, on the old Abbott homeplace on Mitchell Road in Warrenton, Ga. Old to my eyes by the time I met him, Grandpa Wright H. Edenfield always carried a pocket full of hounds-tooth candy for the kids and he was very kind and funny. He died when I was six years old.
A few years after Ettie died leaving Wright with four small daughters, he married Lettis Mosley. I remember Momma Lettis well. She visited Nanny and the other sisters (Pansy, Diantha, and Aster) often and always came to the Edenfield reunions at Magnolia Springs in Millen. She died when I was 20. She loved Wright's daughters as her own. The couple lived in Collins where Wright was a cabinet in furniture maker. He made the most wonderful things. I have a little wooden box he carved for Ettie when they first married from the limb of a cherry tree to keep her "secret treasures" in. My grandmother gave it to me after it was left to her. She gave my mother the crystal tumblers that were used at Ettie and Wright's wedding and those too came down to me. How I treasure these things… I also have a photograph of Ettie and Wright H. just after they married. They were a beautiful couple. I will scan and post it sometime soon. Again, thank you for posting the picture of the grave. I intend to visit Cadwell very soon. As chance would have it, I recently found another set of great grandparents very near there in Laurens County: Eli and Monica Register, actually the great grandparents of My father's mother, Monica Register Mimbs. What a small world we live in. :-)
Added by Beth Mimbs Sipper on Jun 23, 2014 7:02 PM
Stephen Joseph Snyder & Karen Snyder
RE: McCracken
Hi Jim,

This is going to sound very confusing and very silly, but such is my family.

My mother's name is Barbara Louise Lowe Snyder. Mom's mother was Ellen Josephine Trotter Lowe. Ellen's father was Harry J. Trotter.

Harry J. Trotter, my great grandfather's sister was Margaret Trotter McCracken who married Thomas McCracken.

Now for the really confusing part. Harry J. Trotter's first wife was Margaret E. Rose Trotter. After Margaret's death, Harry then married Margaret E. Smith Trotter.

So Harry J. Trotter had a sister Margaret who married into the McCracken family, and two wives named Margaret whose both middle initials just happened to be "E."

If you'd like, I can send you an invite to view my online family tree. If we are indeed related, I'd be happy to invite you to help maintain the family tree. Membership for is free, unless you want the Cadillac version. You can add to the tree, add stories, documents, photos, timelines, etc... I have to warn you though, it is a bit addicting.

I started the tree a few years back and added about 650 people to the tree. A few relatives of mine found the tree and asked if they could help. Within less than a years time, the tree went from having about 650 people to about 22,000 attached. It helps cut down on research time, allowing us to cover more ground in a lot less time. Does this sound like something that you'd be interested in?

Have a great weekend.

Added by Stephen Joseph Snyder & K... on May 17, 2014 6:12 PM
Hello Jim,
I think you are right about the duplicate . I don't know where the name Kate came from . I must have been looking at another line when I entered the memorial. I went back in my photo files and there is not a Kate in the grouping with the three Merrill's in section B. Thank you for the catch.

Added by Johnny on May 06, 2014 12:45 PM
Merrill Family
Hello Jim,
I have added the additional information you provided. Thank you.

Added by Johnny on May 06, 2014 10:45 AM
Linda Davis
RE: Sweat
No. I am good to remember to pay my dues to AIGS!
Added by Linda Davis on Apr 30, 2014 9:52 AM
Linda Davis
RE: Sweat
A friend of mine wants to know if you are the Jim Bass that is connected to the Southern Genealogical Exchange???? I only know John from there.
Added by Linda Davis on Apr 30, 2014 6:35 AM
Linda Davis
RE: Sweat
Pennywell B McCall who was married to Lottie V Latham in Duval Co in 1924

My reply: No.
Added by Linda Davis on Apr 27, 2014 2:53 PM
Linda Davis
RE: Sweat
My distal documented Sweat ancestor is Abner Sweat b. 1776 in SC. He came to south GA with an older man named James Sweat (not able to read and write) and a Nathan Sweat b 1760. The James is believed to be Abner's father. I said believed and I made a point of his level of education as there were other James Sweat in the area. Nathan is Abner's uncle or older brother. Nathan's descendants stayed around Ware Co but Abner and his sons crossed the St Mary's River about 1833. Abner and his son Samuel both signed the document to petition FL as a state. They were a rare breed as most of the pioneers of FL were Catholic and of Latin/Spanish origin.

Sheriff Rex Sweat is of the line of Nathan. Nathan served in the Revolutionary War and I know several ladies that join DAR using him as patriot including Claudia Naugle who made Rex's Find A Grave memorial.

Find A Grave Memorial# 71505477.

As for the O'Steen...."A Southern Family Tree is not a tree but a beautiful Wisteria Vine with many branches going everywhere and a lost root!"
Added by Linda Davis on Apr 27, 2014 2:24 PM
Linda Davis
Nellie Sellers Thompson
This is her memorial Find A Grave Memorial# 8542893.

Since I don't know the grave site of her parents, I listed her siblings on her memorial.

More recently, Find A Grave is doing that too.
Added by Linda Davis on Apr 27, 2014 6:05 AM
Linda Davis
RE: more
i think Raymond is an illegitimate child of Cinderella

My reply: That happens.

On my Sweat line, my great grandfather younger sisters had illegitimate children. During genealogy, I have become "close" to one of my Sweat cousins on that line. His grandmother was my grandmother's sister...a Sweat. This sister married her first cousin who was one of these illegitimate children/male who had the name Sweat. His surname was Sweat but his Y-DNA wasn't. Just recently, this cousin did his Y-DNA...after my encouragement. He is a Walker. Looking at the 1880 Federal Census of Baker Co, there was a Walker family down the road from the Sweat family.


I had my male first cousin do our Thompson line. Nellie Sellers married Malachi Thompson, my great grandparents.
Added by Linda Davis on Apr 27, 2014 5:35 AM
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