Tombstone Tuesday: Tales From Cloverdale Cemetery (Cloverdale, NM)

EdAndSusieBassI just never know where a story idea will pop up.  This one came from some bantering back and forth on Facebook between my brother and one of our cousins about the “Bootheel” area of New Mexico.  Today’s article features one family who started out in Texas, wandered up and down the Pecos Valley of New Mexico for years, and finally ended up in Hidalgo County at a volatile time in history.

The Bass Family

The patriarch of the Bass family, William Edwin “Ed” Bass, was born in July of 1854 to parents Richard and Sarah Francis (Means) Bass in San Patricio County, Texas.  In 1872 he married Susan Iona Chisum in San Patricio County.  Together they raised a large family of twelve children:

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  1. Thanks for writing about my family. I guess now I know bowling is in my blood. I’m David Bass. Great grandson of Mother Bass an Granpappy Ed.

    • You are so welcome and thanks for stopping by!

      • Thank u Sharon for your comments regarding me & brother Doug Stewart great grandparents . I am Debra Stewart great granddaughter n NM.

        • Awesome … thanks for stopping by. Although this article has been “snipped” it will be included in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, the digital version of this blog. Subscriptions are available here (or purchase a single issue):

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