On 25 Oct 1884 Mary, applied for land described as the W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of Section 14, Township 4N Range 14E containing 79.95 acres and adjoining her property which was the N 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 15, Township 4 N, Range 14E upon which she stated on 23 Jan 1890 at the age of 69 that she had lived since 1848 when her husband, Riley Bass, now dead built them a home there and that her children were born and raised on this original farm. Edwin A. Brantley who lived 1 1/4 mile from Mary wrote as a witness and stated that William Bass and James Franklin lived nearer to Mary then he died, William being on the NE1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 15 T 4 R14 and James in Section 11 of T4 Range 14. Mary had a house, kitchen, smoke house, 2 corn cribs and a stable on her property at the time and owned a horse, about 25 head of cattle and 10 hogs. On 20 Feb 1890 she received a patent for this land.
She died between 1890 and 1900.
↑ NARA Homestead Land Entry Packet of Mary (Straughn) Bass of Loango, Covington County, Alabama. Application # 16232. Certificate #8857, Montgomery, Alabama Land Office. 20 Feb 1890. W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of Section 14, Township 4N Range 14E containing 79.95 acres.
US Federal census records
Franklin, Lisa R. The Franklins of Covington County, Alabama. 6 editions, 1991-2006.
US Federal Census - 30 Jun 1860, Andalusia, Covington County, AL p365 (attached)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Mary by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Mary: