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Emeline (Smith) Bass (1844 - 1928)

Emeline Bass formerly Smith
Born in Florida, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 12 Feb 1870 in Rapides, Louisianamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 84 in Slagle, Vernon, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Nov 2009
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She married Jeremiah Moses Bass 12 February 1870 (Rapides Parish), Louisiana, and seven children were born. The ceremony was held at the home of the bride's mother, and was conducted by Rev. Allen W. Jackson with James Bunch, J.J. Bass, and Joshua Jowers serving as witnesses.

Emeline was described by her granddaughter as being a very tiny woman, not even 5 feet tall and probably weighing less than 100 pounds. Some of her grandchildren towered above her when they were quite young. But her small stature did not mean she was meek. Quite the contrary! When she spoke, she did so with authority and firmness. Young children soon learned not to ignore her; she meant what she said.

Emeline loved to tell the children about the "hard times." She was the oldest child in the family and barely 20 years old when her father was killed during the Civil War. The older children were expected to pitch in and help with the chores. They worked in the fields, growing all the food for the table; they took turns watching the younger children; they sewed for the household, and did all the cooking and cleaning. Life was not easy in those days. Emeline often accompanied her mother on visits to tend the sick; and when Catharine became too old to continue this work, Emeline became the local mid-wife.

Emeline was an extremely courageous woman and deeply religious. She joined the Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Slagle, LA, shortly after it was organized. When she grew older, she went to live with her daughter, Eliza Tippit, and after many discussions on the Bible, Emeline converted to the Church of God. She remained dedicated to her religion and her God until her death. Her favorite saying was "when one door is closed, God will open another."


Laurel Hill Cemetery, Hicks, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA [1]


  1. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 18 January 2020), memorial page for Emeline Smith Bass (16 Jul 1844–20 Oct 1928), Find A Grave: Memorial #102491268, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Hicks, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Sheila (contributor 47702527) .
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Emaline Smith in household of William Smith, Attala county, part of, Attala, Mississippi, United States; citing family 391, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 December 2015), Emilia Bass in household of J Bass, Ward 6, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 48, sheet 127D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0473; FHL microfilm 1,254,473.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 June 2016), Emma Bass in household of N D Laurence, Leesville, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing sheet 21A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,633.

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