Birth Name: Thomas Lee Bass
Place of Birth: Athens, Greece
Date of Birth: October 3, 1962
*English, some Irish and French (father)
Tommy was born in Athens, Greece, and was raised in California, in the United States. His mother, Vassiliki “Voula” (Papadimitriou), is Greek. His father, David Oliver Bass, was an American, who had English, and some Irish and French, ancestry.
Tommy’s paternal grandfather was John Samuel Bass (the son of Josiah J. Bass and Alice E. Oliver). John was born in Wisconsin. Josiah was the son of John Calvin Bass and Nancy Susan McLendon. Alice was the daughter of Samuel P. Oliver and Harriet Rebecca Bates.
Tommy’s paternal grandmother was Julia E. Sanders (the daughter of Henry A. Sanders and May E. Patrick). Julia was born in Wisconsin. Henry was born in New York, the son of James Frederick Sanders, who was French, and of Julia O’Connoll or Sullivan, who was Irish. May was the daughter of Harvey S. Patrick and Esther Edwards.
Tommy’s father is descended from John Bass, who was born in Suffolk, Virginia. John was the son of William Basse and Catherine/Katherine Lanier/Lanyere. William was the son of John Basse, an English immigrant, and of Elizabeth Nansemond, who was Native American, and a princess of the Nansemond tribe. Catherine’s ancestry is disputed. Some sources state that she too was a Nansemond Native American, while others say that she was born to English immigrants. While some genealogies list her as the daughter of John Lanier and Lucreece Bassano, this is not the case, as their only daughter, Katherine, died as an infant.
Sources: Genealogy of Tommy Lee (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Tommy’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Josiah Bass – http://www.wikitree.com
Genealogy of Tommy’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Arthur Bass – https://www.geni.com