Hi Shirley: The Bass family appears to be a matter of fiction, wishful thinking, and some facts scattered in.
DNA hasn't cleared the issue either. For instance given that the DNA of John Basse was R1b1, question is which flavor of that haplogroup there is the largely Scottish R-L21 and the largely Frisian R-L47 both of which have been found in Bass descendants. Some maintain that R-L21 can't be John Basse, because it is Scottish, but forget that the Roman Governor Agricola, and others who warred with the Scots, hauled by many in chains to London.
It is a quandry, and compounded by the fact that precious records that could clear up the question are lost forever. For instance:
NDEXhttp://www.usgennet.org/usa/nc/county/wayne/granteebooks/bk2.htm#N_1_BOOK 2 - April 1750 - April 1754Johnston County was formed from the western part ofCraven County in 1746 and in 1758, Dobbs County was formed from the eastern portion of Johnston; however, the records of Johnston went with the newly formed Dobbs. In 1779 Wayne County was formed fromthe western portion of Dobbs and in 1791, most of the remainder of Dobbs was divided into Glasgow - now Greene - and Lenoir Counties, and Dobbs ceased to exist. The records of early Johnston (and otherCounties formed from Johnston), Wayne, Greene, and Lenoir Counties were placed at the Courthouse in Lenoir County. In 1878, a Courthouse fire in Kinston destroyed almost all these records except theoriginal Grantee Index. Greene County also suffered a destruction of its records in a similar fire. According to Charles Holloman, a Grantor Index was prepared from the Grantee Index and both thosebooks were saved during another Courthouse fire in 1880.Transcribed from the Grantor Index and checked against the Grantee Indexby Martha Mewborn Marble, 1377 Independence Ave., S. E., Washington, D.C."The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina"Richard and Andrew his brother were granted land in Craven Cty NC 7 Jun 1739 Richard was granted land in Duplin Cty in 1764. Appears on Sampson Cty tax list Richard & William in 1784. Died between 1784/1791 Will was probated 1791 , His will names wife; Elizabeth, sons; William, Richard, Andrew, Willis, Burrell, and Lewis. Daughters; Sarah, Mary, Fariby, Ann and Elizabeth