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Re: Longtown,Ohio
In Response To: Re: Longtown,Ohio ()


Denise, What information do you have other than the oral history of your family? And what locations and time period(s) are covered with this oral history? The area and the history for these surnames, particularly Bass, extends back into the early to mid 1800's. And the mention of a Canadian connection "suggests" an association with the Underground Railroad which basically ended with the start of the Civil War (1861).

It would also help us to help you if we could make the distinction in researching Indiana vs Ohio records for your family. The area and the families around Longtown/Long covers a 4-5 county region that cross the Ohio/Indiana border.

Looking forward to hearing from you and hoping we can be of help once we have more information to work with. (location & time period).

Best Wishes,


From the 1870 United States Federal Census about Desoto C Bass

Name: Desoto C Bass
Age in 1870: 4
Birth Year: abt 1866
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1870: German, Darke, Ohio
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Post Office: Union City
Household Members:
Name ....Age ..... Birthplace
William R Bass 50 South Carolina
Sarena Bass 33 Ohio
Sidney J Bass 15 "
William C Bass 12 "
Andrew S Bass 10 "
George W Bass 7 "
Enos W Bass 6 "
Desoto C Bass 4 "
Lucinda L Bass 3 "
Sandy H Bass 10/12 "


To my understanding my g-mother(Gertude Bass) was descendant of the H. Alexander from somewhere in darke county indiana. My mom deceased (dolores bass) stated they went to family reunion in Indiana when she was a kid. I also know that some of those Alexanders were from Canada. My g-mother was a cousin to Desoto E. Bass that resided in dayton, ohio. My great aunt never spoke of longtown, ohio. she only spoke of darke county indiana. just trying to get info in regards to the alexanders tree. It was 12 kids that H. Alexander had. Interesting forum

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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