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Re: Fason, N.C. Pass family1848
Posted by: Palmer Lee Pace Date: October 15, 2000 at 01:19:37
In Reply to: Re: Fason, N.C. Pass family1848 by Palmer Lee Pace of 293

You probably have this but maybe it will help.

I hope so.

Good luck.


No I do not have positive proof of everything. On a forum like this I believed that everyone would post what they know and what they believed or suspected and possibly the truth will out.

I am not A professional so right or wrong I pass on to others like myself and hope there is enough of a kernal of truth that between us all - and especially serious researchers like you and Bill - that as I pointed out above -the truth will out.



The 18th Century: The first member of the Pass family to move into North Carolina from Virginia is believed to have been Nathaniel Pass, born in 1734. On December
20, 1779, Nathaniel was given a land grant of 430 acres in Caswell County "on the waters of Smiths Mill Creek" by the Governor of North Carolina.

It is not known why the land grant was awarded to a citizen of Virginia. It was not for Nathaniel's Revolutionary War service which did not begin until a year later. Most probably it was for some service in the Indian skirmishes which took place around the middle of the 18th century and which kept the early settlers scurrying back and forth across the Virginia-North Carolina border.
Sometime in 1780, Nathaniel moved onto his North Carolina grant with his wife,
Alsey Holloway, whom he had married in Halifax, Va., and his first son, Holloway Pass, born May 4, 1762. The location of the grant is uncertain. A 1770 map shows
a Mill Creek, west of Mayo Creek, which may be an earlier name for Smith's Mill
Creek. What can be noted is that Nathaniel's wife's maiden name, Holloway, is
the same as one of the first nine townships that made up Person County when it
was formed from Caswell County in 1791. Just what this connection is has not been discovered but at least some tie between Alsey's family and the Person County township is suggested.
As the primary fighting of the Revolutionary War shifted from the Middle Colonies
into the Southern Colonies, Nathaniel must have felt the necessity to defend his
newly acquired land. On September 15, 1780, Nathaniel, at the age of 46, and his
son Holloway, age 18, volunteered and served in Col. William Moore's North Carolina Regiment. War records show that Holloway (and presumably Nathaniel, also) was in the baffle at Rugley's Mill during his first enlistment period. In the fall of 1781, they enlisted again in the same regiment and were in a battle at Brown Marsh.
After the War, both returned to Caswell County. Holloway married Keziah Robertson
Caswell County on December 12, 1785 and census records show that they remained in
Caswell at least through 1810. The census of 1820 shows him living in Person County, but by 1830 he had moved back to Caswell.

Holloway had 10 children - 6 daughters and 4 boys. The boys were: James Holloway (m. Miss Pistol); Nathaniel Washington (m. Frances Buckner, 1821); John Abner (m. Judith Buckner, 1823); and Thomas Yancy (m. Sally Rudder, 1826). Holloway died in 1845 at age 83. His will is recorded in Guilford County.

Nathaniel, the father, also had 10 children-- 6 daughters and 4 sons. In addition to Holloway,the sons were: Nathaniel, Jr. (m. Milly Tapley, 1794); John Pass (spouse, if any, unknown) and Thomas Pass (spouse, if any, unknown). Nathaniel died in 1815 at age 81. His will is recorded in Caswell County.

According to family tradition, the next Pass descendant was named John. There is some evidence that John's(?) wife's name was Elizabeth Woody, but neither of these names has been confirmed. However, we do know the names of all of the children of this marriage.

One of the youngest of the daughters of John(?) and Elizabeth(?) was Parthena Wiley Pass,born on March 9, 1811. From this date we can deduce that John(?) was married in 1810 or earlier and (assuming an age of 20-25 at marriage) that he was born in 1785-1790. It is therefore possible that John(?) is the son of Nathaniel, Sr. whose youngest sons, John and Thomas, could have been born as late as 1785 or so.

These dates would seem to eliminate as possibilities: 1) any son of Nathaniel, Jr.
who, himself, did not marry until 1794; and 2) Holoway's son, John Abner, who
did not marry until 1823. Another possible candidate that future researchers should consider is the John Pass shown as a head of household in Person County in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses.
                                          - J. Garland Pass, Jr.


The 19th Century: The seven children of John(?) Pass consisted of 5 daughters and
2 sons. The daughters were Anne (m. Richard Dillard); Parthena Wiley (b. Mar. 9, 1811; d. Jan. 17, 1875; m. Boswell Warren, 1836); Emily Amanda (unmarried); Lucy (m. John Epperson); and Elizabeth (unmarried). The sons were William Henderson (b.. June 5, 1823; d. Dec. 25, 1863; m. Mary Elizabeth Chambers, 1847); and James Munsford (b. 1832?; m. Harriet A. Chambers, 1851). The family home was in the Cunningham township.

Little is known of the 5 daughters. However, the 2 sons who married the Chambers sisters of Caswell County are the fathers of the Pass generation which probably contributed most to the growth and development of Person County in the late 19th
and early 20th centuhes.
The eldest son of John(?) Pass was William Henderson Pass who married Mary ElizabethChambers of Caswell County on November 27 ? moved to Person County.

During the Civil War, William Henderson served in the Confederate Army. He enlisted at Roxboro on March 1, 1862 and served as First Sergeant, Company I, 45th Regiment of the North Carolina infantry. While in service he died of illness on December 25, 1863 in the General Hospital at Gordonsville, Virginia. Mary Elizabeth would later remarry, this time to John W. Stephens of Caswell County.

Prior to his enlistment, William Henderson and Mary Elizabeth had two children,
a son and a daughter.

The daughter, Elizabeth Jane Pass married James William Green.

The son, Thomas Wiley Pass, was born on May 4, 1857 and married Nannie Graves Younger(b. Jan. 27, 1868- d. Dec. 12, 1932) on July 1, 1885. Nannie Younger was the daughter of Josephus Younger, owner of extensive land holdings within Person County and the county's first iron foundry. Thomas Wiley was a successful farm owner and the proprietor of the first major furniture store in Roxboro.

Thomas and Nannie produced 4 children- a daughter, Lucy Myrtle, and 3 sons, WillieYounger, Thomas Owen, and Josephus Garland, all of whom will be discussed in the next section.

The youngest son of John(?) Pass was James Munsford Pass. On August 30, 1851 he married the other Chambers sister, Harriet. Very few details are known of James and Harriet except that they owned and lived on a farm in the Cunningham township
of Person County. This marriage produced 7 children: 2 daughters and 5 sons. The daughters were Mollie Jane (m. George Jones) and Lucy (m. Robert Newman Featherstone); the sons were John Campbell "Jack" (b. June 1, 1852-, d. July 12, 1935; m. Ellie Winstead, 1880); William Thomas "Tobe" (b. July 17, 1864; d. June 30, 1944; m. Dallie McDade); Richard Anderson (m. Beatrice Vaughn); J. Munsford (Jr.?) (m. Pallie Yancey); and Josias Henderson "Si" (unmarried).

John Campbell (sometimes called "J.C." or "Jack") Pass was the eldest of the five brothers. He moved from the Cunningham township of Person County to Danville,
Va. in 1874, where he bought and sold tobacco for several years before becoming Danville's sheriff for a term.

In 1878 he moved to Roxboro and married Ellie Winstead in 1880, who later died in childbirth. John was elected Clerk of Court in 1882 through 1890 and served a term
as County Treasurer in the 1890's. Throughout this period he was quite active in real estate and built or financed a number of projects in the town. With his brothers,"Tobe" and Richard, in 1890, he built a three story structure that contained Roxboro's first grocery store and the first Hyco tobacco warehouse on Depot Street.

William Thomas (better known as "Tobe") Pass moved to Roxboro in 1881 and manufactured cigars in the 1880's. Alone, and with his brothers, he also was active in real estate. After participating in the building of Hyco warehouse, he became the sole proprietor of the warehouse in 1894. He married Dallie McDade of Orange County.
                                                 - J. Garland Pass, Jr.


The 20th Century: In the early years of this century, two sons of James Munsford Pass, discussed in the previous section, continued active in Person County life. "Tobe" Pass continued as proprietor of the Hyco Warehouse until 1937 and was
very active in the community and the Roxboro Baptist Church. His brother, "J.C."
or "Jack" became even more active in politics and was elected to three terms in the North Carolina General Assembly, from 1917 thru 1922. Unfortunately neither "Tobe" nor "Jack" nor any of their other brothers had any children who survived infancy. So with the death of "Tobe"on June 30, 1944, this line of the Pass family was left with no male heirs to carry on the Passname.

Thomas Wiley, the only son of William Henderson Pass, continued as a successful furniture merchant and farm owner until his death on February 18, 1933.

His only daughter, Lucy Myrtle (b. Dec. 7, 1889; d. July 28, 1972) became a school teacher and married Thomas H. Clay of Helena on August 16, 1922. There were no children from this marriage.

His first son, Willie Younger Pass (b. July 10, 1886 d. Aug. 16, 1945) was an
alumnus of Wake Forest University. During the First World War he served in the
U.S. Army in France. After the war, he joined his father in the furniture business
and became the sole owner of the business upon his tather's death. He married Martha Lee Bassof Roxboro on July 1, 1925- This marriage produced 3 children
and 9 grandchildren as follows:
       1.       John Wiley Pass (b. October 5, 1927) married Mona Grachel Clayton               (b. June 5, 1929) of Roxboro on September 2, 1950. John is a banking               executive now living in Winston-Salem, N.C. John and Mona have 3               daughters, two of whom have married: Mona Leigh (b. Feb. 14, 1952; m.               John Roger Rowe); Martha Kaye (b. Feb. 22, 1955; m. David Marsh               Lambert, Jr.) and Johnsie Marie (b. March 28, 1960).

       2.       Marion Jordan Pass (b. Mar. 10, 1926) married Robert David Carroll               (b. June 30, 1929) of Roxboro on February 20, 1958. Marion has a son,               Matt Clifton Harris (b. Sept. 30, 1952) by a former marriage, and 2               daughters, Martha Lynn Carroll (b. Sept. 24, 1958) and Amy Diane               Carroll (b. Jan. 8, 1960).

              3.       Virginia Lee Pass (b. June 26, 1936) married George Alexander Henry (b. Apr. 6, 1933) of Clinton, S.C. on May 19, 1962. Lee and George
              live in Atlanta, GA and have two daughters and one son: Nan Pass
              Henry (b. Mar. 29, 1965): George Alexander Henry,        Jr. (B. July 29,
              1967)and Marlee Bass Henry (b. May 7, 1970).

Thomas Wiley's second son, Thomas Owen Pass (b. Dec, 11, 1896- d. Sept. 25, 1977) graduated from Oak Ridge Academy at the age of 18 and went to work in his cousin "Tobe" Pass's Hyco Warehouse. This began a 59 year career in the tobacco business. For several years, during the tobacco sales, he traveled to both Georgia and Tennessee and managed tobacco warehouses in those states. In 1935 he purchased Planters Warehouse on Court Street in Roxboro. After World War 11, he built Planters No. 2 on Madison Boulevard in 1947. The present Planters was built on North Main Street in 1970.

Owen served for many years on, and as president of, the Roxboro Tobacco Board
of Trade, and was always a leader in promoting the interest of the Roxboro tobacco market. He was active in both the community and in the Roxboro Baptist Church
where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons. He married Nancy Owen Crowder (b. Oct. 6, 1904) of Mayo, Halifax County, VA on July 18, 1923. This marriage produced 2 children and 6 grandchildren as follows:
       1.       Nancy Marye Pass (b. May 13, 1934) married the late Samuel Clement               Mangum (b. Aug. 26, 1921; d. Jan. 14, 1975) of Durham on Feb. 7, 1957               where she now makes her home with their two daughters: Elizabeth               Owen(b. Mar. 1, 1959), and Catherine Clement (b. May 15, 1961).
       2.       Thomas Owen Pass, Jr. (b. Nov. 19, 1938) married Patricia Ann               Triplett (b. April 18, 1941) of Wilkes County, NC on June 17, 1961.
              Tom has taken over the operation of his father's warehouse and farm               operations and is active in community and scouting affairs. Tom and
              Pat make their home in Roxboro and have four children: Barbara                      Annette (b. May 18, 1962); Thomas Owen III (b. Feb. 26, 1964);
              Susan Marye (b. May 6, 1966) and Nancy Ophelia (b. Sept. 12,1969).
Thomas Wiley's third son, Josephus Garland Pass (b. Feb. 12, 1898; d. Apr. 17, 1980) graduated from Oak Ridge Academy and worked for a time with his father
and brother in the furniture business. During the Second World War he owned and operated a farmer's supply store. However, in 1945 he returned to his first love, the furniture business, as manager of the Roxboro Furniture Co. until his retirement in
the late 1960's.
Josephus Garland was active in the Roxboro Baptist Church all his life and served as chief usher, member of the Board of Deacons, and as president of his Sunday School class. He married Nellie Scott Winstead (b. Aug. 19, 1898) of the Concord Community on Sept. 21, 1927. This marriage produced one son and two grandchildren:
The son, J. Garland Pass, Jr. (b. March 23, 1934) married Mary Frances Burroughs (b. June 18, 1933) of Reidsville, N.C. on March 2, 1956. Garland is a professional
engineer registered in Connecticut. He and Frances make their home in Avon, Connecticut and have a daughter and a son: Lisa Kei Pass (b. Feb. 1 , 1957) and Garland Scott Pass (b. Jan. 13, 1963).

Of the long line of Pass's that have been associated with Person County only two
families of the current generation presently live there: T. 0. Pass, Jr. and Marion
Pass Carroll. Of the coming generation, only two male heirs are left to carry on
the Pass Name: T.O. Pass III and Garland Scott Pass.

Written from data compiled by Lucile, Myrtle and Tom Pass.
                                                               - J. Garland Pass, Jr.


PASS (VAN DE PAS or PASSE, PASSSAEUS), SIMON (1595?-1647), and
William (1598?-1637?), engravers, were sons of Crispin (or Crispiaen) van
de Pas (or Passe)(1565?-1637), a famous engraver in the Netherlands, whose
works found a ready market in Holland, France, and England.

The father, apparently a native of Arnemuyden, near Middleburg, resided in
Cologne from 1594 till 1612, when he permanently settled in Utrecht.

By his wife, Magdalena de Bock, he had eight children, and he brought up his
three sons and one daughter to practise as engravers.

The second son, Crispin (1597?-1667?), found employment in Paris, and later at Amsterdam; while Simon, the eldest son, and William, the third, came to England.

Simon, born about 1595 at Cologne, was educated by his father there, and removed with him to Ultrecht in 1612. His earliest works, including a portrait of Henry, prince of Wales, are dated in that year; a small portrait of Sir Thomas Overbury [q.v.] belongs to 1613, and a few other engravings, including a portrait of Goltzius, to 1614. In 1616 he appears to have settled in London, engraving in that year an equestrian portrait of Anne of Denmark, with portraits of various courtiers. He continued to produce similar engravings up to 1622 [see HOLLAND, HENRY, 1583-1650?].

Pass is sometimes reckoned the earliest copperplate engraver in England. He
had certainly been preceded, among others, by William Rogers [q.v.], Renold Elstracke[q.v.], and Francis Delaram [q.v.].

But Elstracke's engravings are so very similar to those of the Van de Pas family
that it may be reasonably be conjectured that he learned his art in the school of
the elder Van de Pas at Cologne or Utrecht.

The same may be said of Delaram; and both may have possibly worked together
with Pass in England as members of the same firm.

The commercial activity of the Van de Pas family undoubtedly gave the first real impetus to the art of copperplate engraving in England; Simon Pass's work being
well continued by his pupil, John Payne (d.1647?) [q.v.] and David Loggan [q.v.]

In 1622 Pass received a commission to go to the court of the king of Denmark at Copenhagen. Here he was appointed principal engraver to the king and resided
until his death, which took place some time before 15 July 1647. He appears to
have been unmarried.

William (Willem) Van de Pas (or Passe), third son of Crispin Van de Pas the
elder, was born at Cologne about 1598, and like his brothers, educated by his
father at Ultrecht. Up to 1620 he worked with his father there, but in 1621 he
settled in London, probably in consequence of his brother Simon's approaching removal to Copenhagen.

He produced several portraits, including some large groups of the families of
James I and Frederick, king of Bohemia, and also title-pages and book
illustrations. He contributed to the "Herwologia."

He was married before he came to England, and appears to have been, as all
his family probably were, of the Mennonite persuasion; for on 6 April 1624 he
went through the ceremony of baptism, being aged 26, at the Dutch Church,
Austin Friars, London.

He Baptised a son Crispin, the third of the name, at the same church, on 8 April
1624, and a daughter Elisabeth on 25 September 1625.

He was living in London in October 1636, but was dead before 7 Dec. 1637, when
in a family deed mention is made of his orphan son.

Phillip Pass in Caswell Co., NC appointed J.P. Jan 17, 1785

James H. Pass md Ellener Allen Apr 22, 1844

James H. Pass Rhea Co. Tenn in 1850

William Pruitt neighbor of Holloway Pass

Book R. 1855 page 314 July court 1855

Heirs of John Pass,
Elizabeth Pass, Emily A. Pass, James M. Pass, Lucy Epperson of Person Co.; Wm. H. Pass of Orange Co. Richard Dillard and wife of Caswell Co., and Boswell Warren and Parthenia, his wife of Halifax Co., Va.--all sell tract of land to Alex M. Fuller, land in Caswell Co., adjacentBenja. F. Standfield, Fuller, et al. 1854

Wit. Ambrose Jones, John G. Woody, James Woody

Georgia Intestate records

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