Well, we've done some more research since I posted that message.Here's a few other things we've turned up:
A) In December 1835, one Alfred Ellis was bonded to one Solomon Bass "at the request of his mother".This may be the Alford Ellis who shows up on the 1870 Conway County, Arkansas Census living in the household of William W. Ellis.He would be about the right age.
B) Sabetha/Silvey/Sibby Ellis seems to have been the daughter of Simeon Ellis, Jr. and Delilah Smith.She is listed as one of his two heirs ("Simeon Ellis, seven year old, & Sibby Ellis, minor heirs of Simeon Ellis, decd") when they are handed over to their uncle Jacob, who is to be their guardian.This was 1816, placing Simeon's birthdate at 1808, and Sabetha's should be somewhere around that.Our Sibby is around 1812, which makes perfect sense.In 1818, Delilah is declared guardian of her two children.This explains why Sibby would have lived near her mother in the 1850 census.So apparently, Samuel Jesse was her illegitimate child, father unknown.
C) William Cage Hale was apparently the son of Nicholas and Sarah Hale.Nicholas was the son of William Hale and Priscilla "Prissy" Cage, thus making William Cage Hale and James M. E. Hale cousins.
D) In 1852 Richard[son] Bass married [Priscilla] Elmyra Hale in Shelby County, Tennessee.She was the sister to his first wife, Amanda.
I have information on a number of Basses, done when we first thought Jesse was a Bass, so I may have info on them, depending on who they are.If you have any names, I can look them up in my database and see if I have them.