James, Carol, and all,
I came across this interesting item in the book "West Nashville and It's People and Environs" by S.F. Kelley. On page 95;
"Jerry Collins, a Portuguese, was ferryman after the Clees brothers left the Bend."This paragraph discussed a ferry operation on Bells Bend, which started, if I remember correctly, with a man named Bass, though there was no indication this Bass was from a fpc Bass family.
On the same page, a couple of paragraphs down;
"The Buchanans brought in an Indian type race called Portuguese to help as farm laborers, having such family names as Collins, Barnes, and Nickens. Paul Bass met Jerry Collins and other Portuguese boys every day at Clees Ferry to play during days of their youth."..."The light skinned race lived in Scottsboro and were turned away from both white and black schools when they attempted to enroll."
The Buchanans were a family from Wartrace, TN who settled in Bells Bend, also called White's Bend and Cockrill Bend. This book apparently was written after 1981, so I'm not sure of how or when this information became known to the author. I didnt have time to look at the book too long before I had this page copied, so I will try to make it back to the McClung Collection and check the soure pages.