I've long since passed the following information to Ruth Pass Laminack, but I forgot to post it in this forum
Family tradition is that James H. Pass of Rhea County, Tennessee was the son of James H. Pass Sr and Mary Martha Pistole of Cherry Creek in White County, Tennessee, but James of Rhea was born in Virginia and had links with Caswell and Rockingham Counties in North Carolina. It's seems more likely to me that the James Holoway Pass who lived in Duplin County, North Carolina in 1850 was the son of James and Mary. This James was born in Tennessee in 1821 or 1822, moved to White County in 1852 or 1853, lived on Cherry Creek, became terminally ill in 1858, and spoke his deathbed will to John Wilhite, the son of Mary Pistole Pass' sister, Nancy Pistole Wilhite. His wife was was head of household in White County in 1860. Two of their sons joined the Union Army late in the Civil War. One died while in service and James' history and middle name, Holoway, are know from the pension application of the other.
James H. Pass of Rhea County, Tennessee was born in Virginia in 1823, was married in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1844, and moved his family to Rhea in 1849 or 1850.It seems likely to me that he was the son of Nathaniel Washington Pass and Frances Buckner of Pittsylvania County, VA. This can't be proven, but it's clear from Nathaniel's census record that he had two sons born sometime during 1820-1825, and he disappeared from the extant record during the 1840's -- the decade in which James was married and moved to Rhea County.