History of the Bass Family

The history of the Bass family starts with the landing party of Captain John Smith, who set sail from England at the end of 1606, and arrived at Chesapeake Bay in April 1607. The settlement was named Jamestown and would eventually be known as the first permanent British North American colony. The Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia was home to 30 Algonquin tribes known as the Powhaten Confederacy.

Initially the population of British colonists dwindled as the colonists succumbed to starvation and disease. Working with colony president John Ratcliffe, John Smith was tasked with overseeing the barter of food from the surrounding native tribes. On an expedition along the Chickahominy River, Smith was captured by a native band and taken to Algonquin Chief Wahunsonacock, whom the English referred to as Powhatan. It is said that Powhatan's 12-year-old daughter, Pocahontas, rushed to save Smith from being killed as he was held down. After this, Powhatan allegedly regarded Smith as a figurative "son," granting him territory while having expectations of allegiance and mutual protection.

(There are historians who question whether this event actually happened, as the relationship between Smith and Pocahontas has been largely romanticized by popular culture. It is also theorized that Smith might have been taking part in a ritualized acceptance ceremony as opposed to an actual execution. Powhatan possibly saw Smith as a resource in trade relations with the Europeans and the acquisition of arms, and hence wanted him alive.)


Upon returning to Jamestown, Smith was imprisoned for losing men on the failed Chickahominy expedition and on suspicion that he would try to usurp control of the colony with his new allies. He was soon freed and relations between the Native Americans and the settlement went smoothly for a time. Pocahontas often visited the colony, arriving with her people as they brought goods.

Due to a debilitating drought, Native-American food supplies were scarce, and the Powhatan community refused to supply its limited rations without the requested recompense; Smith responded by waging attacks on the natives—ordering the burning of villages in some cases—and stealing food. Native people were also imprisoned, beaten and forced into labor.

In 1609, Smith was badly burned from a gunpowder explosion following more conflict with fellow colonists. He returned to England both to recover and to face allegations of misconduct, thereby relinquishing leadership of the settlement. There are no records of a subsequent hearing or trial.

After John Smith’s departure, the natives cut-off all food supplies to the colonists. This became known as “the starving time” during the winter of 1609–1610 in which all but 60 of the 214 colonists died. There is evidence that the colonists resorted to cannibalism.

Pocahontas was kidnapped by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held hostage as a means of keeping her father from attacking their settlements. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name “Rebecca”. When the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to remain with the English. In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and in January 1615, bore their son, Thomas Rolfe. Pocahontas died in England in 1617. Her father, Chief Wahunsonacock died in 1618, and was replaced by his brother, Opechancanough, who became the new Powhaten.

A faction in the company led by the treasurer Sir Edwin Sandys had steered the company in the direction of integration of Indians into English settlements. Native families received houses in the settlements and funds were established for a college for Indian youth to Christianize and civilize them. Most assumed that Opechancanough and the Powhatan nation shared the idea of an integrated society. But, realizing that the abusive English were not here to trade, but instead were here to stay, Opechancanough, organized an offensive against the colonies on March 22, 1622. The attack became known as the “Good Friday Massacre”, where 347 settlers, men, women, and children were killed, and 20 women were kidnapped.


The night before the attack, an Indian boy, living with Richard Pace, was warned by his brother that an attack would occur in the morning. The Indian boy, known as Chanco, warned Pace of the imminent attack, and Pace rowed his boat 2 miles to warn the settlers of Jamestown. The colonists made preparation for the Indian raid, and consequently much of Jamestown and its settlers were saved. However, word of the impending attack did not reach outlying settlements and they were totally destroyed.

The Bass Family

Capt. Nathaniel Bass was a merchant seaman, who transported indentured servants from England to the colonies. In the March 22, 1622 attack ordered by Powhaten, John, the four year old son of Nathaniel Bass, was taken hostage, and raised by the Nansemond Tribe. John married the Nansemond Chief’s daughter, Elizabeth, in 1638, and became the patriarch of the mixed-race Bass family line.

John and Elizabeth had 8 children:

William, Elizabeth, John, Jordan, Keziah, Nathaniel, Richard, and Samuel.

William married Catherine Lanier, and had 7 children:

John, Edward, Keziah, William, Joseph, Mary, and Thomas.

John, the son of William and Catherine, married Love Harris in 1696.

Because Love Harris was white, they had to get married in North Carolina. Virginia had adopted apartheid laws, which were not yet enacted in North Carolina. John and Edward traveled together from Virginia to North Carolina, eventually settling in Granville County.

John and Love had 11 children, one of whom was named Sarah.

Sarah married Lewis Anderson in 1732. Lewis was the mulatto son of Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson, a slave freed in John Fulcher’s will of 1712. Lewis and Sarah had a daughter named Tamor.

Edward, the son of William and Catherine, married a woman identified only as Lovewell. Edward and Lovewell had a son named Edward II. Tamor married her 1st cousin Edward Bass II. Edward II and Tamor had a daughter named Prudence Bass.

Prudence had son Jethro Bass, out of wedlock with Jesse Day. Jesse was an octoroon, that is, he was 7/8 white and 1/8 black. Jethro married Polly Mitchell in North Carolina. Polly was of Scottish descent, with a very impressive pedigree.

On Polly Mitchell's maternal side, we find great grandmother Anne Pace, and on her paternal side of the family we find 5x great grandparents Christoper Branch and Mary Addie. On Anne Pace's paternal side, is Richard Pace and Isabella Smythe. This is the Richard Pace we discussed earlier as the person who warned Jamestown of the impending Indian attack. Anne's maternal grandfather is Francis Poythress, who is the brother of Jane Poythress. Jane Poythress married Thomas Rolfe, who was the only child of Pocahontas.

The "Jefferson and Madison Royal Descents" book lists Christoper Branch and Mary Addie as 21st generation descendants of King Henry I of England. This also makes Polly Mitchell the 4th cousin of President Thomas Jefferson, and the 26th great granddaughter of King Henry I..

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U.S. Amb. Cynthia Shepard-Perry is a descendant of Jethro Bass and Polly Mitchell, and of the Lost Creek Community.

Jethro Bass helped to establish the Lost Creek A. M. E. Church, located on Hunt Road, in 1839, where he served as one of its pastors. That land was donated by Sam Malone. In the 1850’s, the church was used as part of Indiana’s leg of the Underground Railroad. The church was destroyed by a fire in 1949, and was never rebuilt. A monument commemorating the church’s roll in the Underground Railroad, now stands in the SW corner of the church property. Jethro also served as a pastor at the Allen Chapel A.M.E. church in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana. That church also served as part of the Underground Railroad.

Jethro and Polly had 7 children that we've identified:

George Washington Bass was born about 1809 in North Carolina. He married (2) Faitha Russell, daughter of John Richard Russell and Lucy Richardson, on 14 Nov 1845 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born in 1826 in North Carolina. He married (1) Hanna Smith. She was born in Virginia. George Washington Bass and Hanna Smith had the following children:

James F. Bass was born in 1831 in Vigo County, Indiana.

William Nelson Bass was born about 1835 in Indiana.

John R. Bass was born in 1837 in Vigo County, Indiana.

Benjamin Bass was born about 1843 in Indiana. He died on 22 Apr 1901 in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana. He married Lydia Harvey on 13 Feb 1866 in Marion County, Indiana. She was born about 1848 in North Carolina.

George Washington Bass and Faitha Russell had the following children:

Alphus Bass was born in 1845 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married Caroline Russell, daughter of Walden Russell and Sarah Green, on 26 Nov 1870 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born in 1848 in Indiana.

Martha Bass was born about 1849 in Indiana.

Mary Bass was born on 14 Apr 1850 in Vigo County, Indiana. She died on 25 Apr 1935 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana. She married William Hill on 26 Nov 1868 in Vigo County, Indiana.

Jethro Bass was born about 1852 in Indiana.

Henrietta Bass was born about 1853 in Indiana.

Sarah Bass was born about 1854 in Indiana.

Harry Bass was born about 1859 in Indiana.

Harvey Bass was born about 1860 in Indiana.

Missouri Bass was born about 1860 in Indiana.

Julia Bass was born on 12 Aug 1860 in Vigo County, Indiana. She married John Hill on 01 Sep 1909 in Madison, Indiana. He was born on 05 Mar 1843 in Wayne County, Indiana.

Minnie Bass was born about 1867 in Indiana.

Fred Douglas Bass was born on 15 Sep 1870 in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana. He died on 11 Jun 1937 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. He married Julia Clark on 23 Jun 1892 in Clay County, Indiana. She was born in 1876 in Indiana.

Emeline Bass was born about 1811 in North Carolina. She died in Vigo County, Indiana. She married Adam Riley on 30 Oct 1828 in Mercer County, Kentucky. He was born about 1805 in North Carolina. He died about 1875 in Indiana. Adam Riley and Emeline Bass had the following children:

Mary "Polly" Riley was born in 1835 in Indiana. She married John Wesley Day on 11 Mar 1853 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born about 1831 in Illinois.

George Washington Riley was born about 1836 in Vigo County, Indiana. He died on 17 Jul 1899 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married (2) Catherine Foster, daughter of George Foster and Mary Summers, on 29 Dec 1881 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born about 1821 in Ohio. He married (1) Jacintha Hill, daughter of Chana Hill, on 03 Dec 1857 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born on 23 Feb 1839 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. She died on 26 Aug 1879 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married (3) Nancy Patridge on 20 Jan 1887 in Vigo, Indiana. She was born in 1840 in Vigo County, Indiana.

Margaret Riley was born in Oct 1836 in Indiana. She married (2) John S. Baty, son of Henry Baty and Sarah Baty, on 07 Nov 1872 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born about 1838 in Indiana. She married (1) Zemorah Norton, son of Chesley Norton and Elizabeth 'Betsy' Walden, in Mar 1846 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1820 in North Carolina. She married (3) John Anderson, son of George Anderson and Morning Taborn, on 14 Mar 1882 in Vigo County, Indiana.He was born in 1815 in North Carolina.

Charles Riley was born in 1837 in Indiana. He died on 18 Aug 1865. He married Adline Jane 'Jennie' Hill, daughter of Chana Hill, on 18 Mar 1858 in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was born in 1845 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. She died on 28 Jul 1882 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Sarah Riley was born in 1844 in Indiana.

Nelson Bass was born in 1814 in North Carolina. He died on 04 May 1877 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married (2) Lucinda Patridge on 10 Oct 1861 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married (1) Nancy Smith in 1832 in Indiana. She was born in Nov 1807 in Sullivan County, Indiana. She died on 05 Jul 1886 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Mrs. NANCY BASS was born in Sullivan County, Indiana, in November, 1807, and was married in 1832 to Nelson BASS, of Vigo County, Indiana, who was a resident of Honey Creek, and a farmer. He died May 4, 1877. He was a member of the Masonic order, and belonged to Darwin Lodge, No. 4, of Terre Haute. He was also a member of the A.M.E. church, having joined the same some time in 1829, and was a consistent christian. They had nine children, two dying in infancy, and three after attaining their growth. Two sons and two daughters are living: George Washington, Jethro, Angeline, and Caroline. Jethro lives in Sullivan County, and Angeline married a Mr. THOMAS, and is settled in Parke County, Indiana. When living in Honey Creek they were robbed of between four and five hundred dollars by four men, names unknown, who entered the house one evening about seven o'clock, and with cocked revolvers demanded their money, and as they were unarmed and helpless there was no alternative but to give up the money. They were greatly damaged by the loss of the money, as some of it belonged to other parties, and they were obliged to deprive themselves of many of the necessaries of life in order to repay it. Mrs. BASS also belonged to the ladies court of the Masonic order, which is now dissolved. She is one of those who by their example serve to cement the community together in which they live.

HISTORY OF VIGO AND PARKE COUNTIES Together With Historic Notes on the Wabash Valley
H.W. Beckwith - 1880
Terre Haute - p. 366

Nelson Bass and Nancy Smith had the following children:

Almira Bass was born in 1833 in Vigo County, Indiana.

George W. Bass was born in 1835 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married (2) Sarah A. Reed, daughter of Frank Reed and Eliza Hashlager, on 16 Jul 1882 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She was born about 1848 in Indiana. He married (1) Martha Day, daughter of Lovey Day, on 30 Dec 1858 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born in 1841 in Indiana. She died between 1870-1900 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jethro Washington Bass was born on 30 Dec 1836 in Honey Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. He died on 12 Jun 1926 in Sullivan County, Indiana. He married (1) Harriet "Henrietta" Anderson. She was born in Oct 1830 in Virginia. She died on 19 Apr 1910 in St Louis, Missouri. He married (2) Hannah Ann Jackson on 01 Oct 1861 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born on 20 Sep 1840 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. She died on 22 Nov 1921 in Sullivan County, Indiana.

Ann Elizabeth Bass was born in 1838 in Honey Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. She married George W. Fauver on 12 Feb 1861 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1839 in Illinois. He died on 02 Aug 1877 in Vigo County, Indiana.

William Bass was born in 1840 in Indiana.

Lucy Bass was born in 1843 in Indiana.

Angeline Bass was born on 19 Nov 1846 in Vigo County, Indiana. She died in 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She married (2) William N Anderson, son of John Anderson and Nancy Patterson, on 09 Nov 1898 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1845 in Illinois. She married (1) Patrick Thomas on 15 May 1866 in Indiana. He was born about 1842 in Indiana.

Caroline "Carrie" Bass was born on 17 Feb 1847 in Honey Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. She died on 09 Mar 1924 in Terre Haute, Indiana. She married (2) Walker Wilson on 01 Dec 1881 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1844 in Kentucky. He died in 1926 in Terre Haute, Indiana. She married (1) Salatham Bass on 10 Nov 1864 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born about 1845 in Indiana. He died about 1875 in Vigo County, Indiana.

Michael Bass was born on 10 Mar 1818 in North Carolina. He died on 15 Jan 1875 in Vigo County, Indiana. He married Catharine Foster, daughter of George Foster and Mary Summers, on 28 Aug 1840 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born about 1821 in Ohio. Michael Bass and Catherine Foster had the following children:

Robert Bass was born in 1843 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. He married Mary Russell, daughter of Brinkley Russell and Martha Capps, on 05 Oct 1866 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born in 1844 in North Carolina.

George H. Bass was born in 1844 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana.

Alonzo Bass was born in 1847 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. He died in July 1876 in Vigo County, Indiana.

Andrew Bass was born in 1848 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana.

Malissa Bass was born in 1850 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana.

Catherine Bass was born on 12 Jan 1853 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. She died of an apparent suicide on 06 Feb 1902 in Vigo County, Indiana. She married (1) James D. Estell, son of Abraham Estell and Selina Jane Poston, on 24 Nov 1870 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1848 in Illinois. He died on 20 Sep 1899 in Vigo County, Indiana. She married (2) Ephraim Stuart, son of Mathew Stuart and Martha Lamont, on 08 Dec 1881 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1828 in Tennessee. He died on 03 Jun 1898 in Terre Haute, Indiana. After the deaths of Catherine and James D. Estell, their four children were raised by Thomas Franklin Shepard and Elizabeth Bass.

Elizabeth Bass was born on 17 Mar 1855 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. She died on 29 Jan 1929 in Vigo County, Indiana. She married Thomas Franklin Shepard, son of Thomas Shepherd and Rebecca Dixson, on 28 Apr 1874 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. He was born on 20 Jan 1852 in Greene County, Indiana. He died on 30 May 1928 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana.

Michael Bass was born in 1860 in Lost Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. He died on 15 Nov 1941 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, at the Illinois Central Hospital for the Insane. He married Laura E. Tilly in 1887. She was born on 10 Oct 1871 in Kentucky. She died on 06 Jan 1946 in Chicago, Illinois.

Rebecca Bass was born in 1820 in North Carolina. She died between 1870-1880 in Indiana. She married Arthur Allen on 21 Aug 1845 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born on 07 Mar 1812 in North Carolina. He died on 10 Jan 1905 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Arthur Allen and Rebecca Bass had the following children:

Nathaniel Allen was born in Aug 1842 in Indiana. He died on 07 Aug 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He married Nancy Russell, daughter of Brinkley Russell and Martha Capps, on 21 Dec 1873 in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was born in 1855 in Indiana. She died in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Susan Allen was born in 1844 in Indiana.

Mahala J. Allen was born about 1844 in Illinois. She married Alfred S. Chandler. He was born about 1837 in North Carolina.

Jane Allen was born in 1846 in Illinois.

John Allen was born in 1848 in Illinois.

Nancy E. Allen was born in 1854 in Indiana. She married (1) Noah Richard Underwood, son of John Underwood and Louisa Kennihorn, on 21 Oct 1875 in Edgar County, Illinois. He was born on 26 Oct 1844 in Indiana. He died on 12 Mar 1903 in Indiana. She married (2) Franklin Nelson Bell, son of Henry J. Bell and Helen Mariah Clark, on 28 Feb 1905 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born on 14 Feb 1846 in North Carolina. He died on 24 Aug 1948 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Eliza Bass was born about 1833 in Indiana. Eliza lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana between 1850 thru 1880. She married Mathew Stewart Jr., son of Mathew Stuart, on 25 Mar 1847 in Vigo County, Indiana. Mathew Stuart was born about 1816 in North Carolina. He lived in Otter Creek Twp between 1840 and 1860. Mathew Stewart and Eliza Bass had the following children:

JORDAN BRADFORD STEWART was born about 1850 in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana. Jordan Bradford Stewart lived in Otter Creek, Vigo County, Indiana in 1850 and 1860.

MARY E. STEWART was born on 09 Jul 1853 in Lost Creek, Vigo, Indiana. She died on 13 Feb 1938 in Terre Haute, Indiana (Age: 69). She married Anderson Price. Mary E. Stewart lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1860.

GEORGE W. STEWART was born on 04 Jul 1854 in Indiana. He died on 07 Jul 1929 in Terre Haute, Indiana (Age: 75). He married (1) Joanna Hill on 02 Mar 1871 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born on 07 May 1854 in Indiana. She died on 08 Jun 1872 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was buried in the Roberts Cemetery of Terre Haute, Indiana. He married (2) Lucy E. Malone, daughter of George Herman Malone and Mary Poston, on 26 Mar 1874 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born in 1858 in Indiana. He married (3) Laura A. Tootle, daughter of William P. Tootle and Louisa Watkins, on 31 Jan 1890 in Vigo County, Indiana. She was born in 1865 in Rush County, Indiana. George W. Stewart lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1860.

AMANDA J. STEWART was born on 17 Nov 1855 in Indiana. She died on 06 Jan 1926 in Gary, Indiana (Age: 70). She married (1) William Roberts on 13 Feb 1862 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in Nov 1844 in Richmond, Virginia. He died before 1947. She married (2) John Westley Simpson, son of Stephen Simpson and Violet Roper, on 06 Dec 1877 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born about 1855 in Indiana. She married (3) Moses M. Tyler, son of Primus Tyler Sr. and Elizabeth Tyler, on 17 Nov 1892 in Vigo, Indiana. He was born about 1837 in North Carolina. Amanda J. Stewart and John Westley Simpson had the following children:

DOVINE SIMPSON was born about 1880 in Indiana. Dovine Simpson lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1880.

GERTRUDE MAE SIMPSON was born on 30 May 1882 in Vigo County, Indiana. She died on 04 Mar 1938 in Terre Haute, Indiana (Age: 55). She married Richard J Underwood, son of Armstead Underwood and Elizabeth Stewart, on 14 Nov 1906 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born on 22 Feb 1872 in Indiana. He died on 23 May 1955 in Vigo, Indiana. Gertrude Mae Simpson lived in Linton Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1930. She was buried in the Underwood Cemetery of Terre Haute, Indiana. Richard J Underwood lived in Linton Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1930. He was buried in the Underwood Cemetery of Vigo County, Indiana.

PEARL SIMPSON was born on 17 Mar 1885 in Indiana, USA. She died on 12 Mar 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana (Age: 25). She married Horace Crandle Russell, son of John S. Russell and Mary E. Hathecock-Manuel, on 26 Jun 1902 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born on 12 Apr 1878 in Indiana. He died on 11 Apr 1939 in Terre Haute, Indiana (Age: 60). Pearl Simpson was buried in Terre Haute, Indiana in the Highland Lawn Cemetery. Horace Crandle Russell lived in Linton Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1880. He lived in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1900. He lived in Gary, Indiana in 1920. He lived in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1930. He was buried in Terre Haute, Indiana in the Highland Lawn Cemetery. William Roberts lived in Van Buren, Clay County, Indiana in 1900. He lived in Knightsville, Clay County, Indiana in 1912.

Amanda J. Stewart and William Roberts had the following child:

LOUIZA M. ROBERTS was born about 1874 in Indiana. Louiza M. Roberts lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1880.

CHARLES STEWART was born about 1858 in Indiana. Charles Stewart lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1860 thru 1880.

MARTHA STEWART was born on 07 Nov 1868 in Terre Haute, Indiana. She died on 29 Feb 1920 in Terre Haute, Indiana (Age: 52). Martha Stewart lived in Otter Creek Twp, Vigo County, Indiana in 1870. She lived in Otter Creek, Vigo, Indiana in 1880.

Duphena Emily Bass was born in 1834 in Indiana. She died in 1870 in Coles County, Illinois. She married Edward Ned Minnis, son of Clyde Minnis and Melissa Dupree, on 21 Feb 1856 in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1826 in Kentucky. He died between 1877-1880 in Sargent, Douglas County, Illinois. Edward Ned Minnis and Duphena Emily Bass had the following children:

William Minnis was born in 1849 in Coles County, Illinois.

Mary Minnis was born in 1852 in Douglas County, Illinois.

Arath Minnis was born in 1857 in Illinois.

Jerusha Ruth Ann Minnis was born on 08 Mar 1857 in Douglas County, Illinois. She died on 01 Dec 1921 in St John, Stafford County, Kansas.

Eliza Minnis was born in 1858 in Illinois.

Alonzo Minnis was born in 1859 in Illinois.

Permelia Ann Minnis was born in 1861 in Oakland, Coles County, Illinois. She died on 09 Oct 1921 in St John, Stafford County, Kansas. She married William Doral Roberts, son of Archibald Roberts and Evaline Artis, on 04 Nov 1875 in Douglas County, Illinois. He was born in 1852 in Linton, Vigo County, Indiana. He died on 20 Feb 1896 in St John, Stafford County, Kansas.

Fannie Minnis was born on 10 Jun 1862 in Douglas County, Illinois. She died on 09 Mar 1915 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. She married Milton H. Tyler, son of Richard Tyler and Arcadia Artis, on 25 Dec 1879 in Kansas. He was born in Nov 1852 in Indiana. He died in 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri.

John Minnis was born in 1865 in Illinois.

Charles Edward Minnis was born in Dec 1869 in Illinois. He died on 15 Jan 1944 in Pratt County, Kansas. He married Capitola G. Taylor, daughter of John B. Taylor and Mary L Caraway, on 21 Dec 1893 in Kinsley, Edwards County, Kansas. She was born in May 1869 in Tennessee. She died on 02 Dec 1913 in Kinsley, Edwards County, Kansas.