Newsletter January 2005
Contents of this Newsletter:
Section 1 - Welcome
2004 was an exciting year for me in regards to Bassett research and the Bassett DNA project. Some of the highlights include:
- A published article about the Bassett DNA project in the spring 2004 issue
of "New England Ancestors".
The newsletter will come out monthly in 2005 as time permits. Look for it the third Sunday of each month.
Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Zenas Doane Bassett of Massachusetts
Zenas Doane Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Zenas Doane Bassett, son of Joseph and Zeviah
(Bearse) Bassett, was born on 14 Oct 1786 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He died
on 30 Dec 1864. He married (1) Mary Palmer Howland on 27 Dec 1808. Mary was
born on 10 Mar 1788. She died on 16 May 1821. He married (2) Sarah Lewis on
10 Oct 1822.
Boston - Saturday, October 17, 1807.
Run from dan to beersheba in quest of business, and returned home in the evening with the dissatisfaction of not finding even a prospect of any. An officer belonging to the U.S. Frigate Constitution suped with us, from which I received a polite invitation to visit him on board tomorrow 9 o'clock.
June 18, 1812 Warr declared against England.
Tuesday, August 2, 1814.
Left home in the Schooner Chimera 29 tons for Macha Pungo; having mad one safe trip in the same vessell to the same place. Called at Nantucket.
Saturday, August 6, 1814.
Captured by the 74 Ramilties, teeror board vessell in co. Vessell burnt-
Saturday March 18, 1815.
Peace concluded between Great Britain and the United States; upon same terms as the war commenced; so much for the "Pumpkin heads at the helm and for "Sailors rights and fair trade", Hope they are now satisfied.
Section 3 - Ancestors Inn at the Bassett House, Liverpool, NY
Located just outside of Syracuse, New York, the Ancestors Inn at the Bassett House was originally built by George Bassett.
George descends from the #6B William Bassett of Connecticut family as follows:
William Bassett and wife Hannah Dickerman
The Bassett Family at the house of George Bassett
George Bassett, son of Eli and Phebe (Cook)
Bassett, was born 19 Jan
1870 Federal Census of Salina, Onondaga County, New York (24 Aug 1870)
+ 6B2625381. Henry Lester Bassett - born 1854, died 18 Apr 1924, married (1) Eliza Nelson (2) Lotta Barnes.
HENRY BASSETT, SALT PIONEER, IS DEAD. April 1924
Henry L. Bassett, seventy-one, life long resident
of Liverpool, and the son of a pioneer salt boiler, who has long been identified
with the salt industry, will be buried tomorrow afternoon at Liverpool, at
2:30 o'clock. The funeral will be held from his home, No. 205 Sycamore street,
with Rev. R.H. Fairburn, pastor of the Liverpool Methodist Episcopal Church,
Here is a picture of the Inn as it looks today:
For more information and directions to this bed and breakfast click on the link below.
Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Richard Bassett, Governor of Delaware
#32B Arnold Bassett and wife Judith Thompson Richard Bassett
According to family tradition, Arnold Bassett
is a descendant of the Bassetts of Wales. Early family records list Richard
Bassett as a cousin to #8B John Bassett of New Jersey.
Richard Bassett was born in Cecil County, MD., in April 1745. After his tavern-keeper father deserted his mother, he was reared by a relative, Peter Lawson, from whom he later inherited Bohemia Manor (MD.) estate. He read for the law at Philadelphia and in 1770 received a license to practice in Dover, DE. He prospered as a lawyer and planter, and eventually came to own not only Bohemia Manor, but homes in Dover and Wilmington as well.
During the Revolution, Bassett captained a troop of Dover cavalry militia and served on the Delaware council of safety. Subsequently, he participated in Delaware's constitutional convention and sat in both the upper and lower houses of the legislature. In 1786 he represented his state in the Annapolis Convention.
At the U.S. Constitutional Convention the next year, Bassett attended diligently but made no speeches, served on no committees, and cast no critical votes. Like several other delegates of estimable reputation and talent, he allowed others to make the major steps.
Bassett subsequently went on to a bright career in the state and federal governments. In the Delaware ratifying convention, he joined in the 30-0 vote for the Constitution. Subsequently, in the years 1789-93, he served in the U.S. Senate. In that capacity, he voted in favor of the power of the President to remove governmental officers and against Hamilton's plan for the federal assumption of state debts.
From 1793 until 1799 Bassett held the chief justiceship of the court of common pleas. He espoused the Federalist cause in the 1790s, and served as a Presidential elector on behalf of John Adams in 1797. Two years later, Bassett was elected Governor of Delaware and continued in that post until 1801. That year, he became one of President Adams' "midnight" appointments as a judge of the U.S. Circuit Court. Subsequently, the Jeffersonian Republicans abolished his judgeship, and he spent the rest of his life in retirement.
Twice married, to Ann Ennals and a woman named Bruff, Bassett fathered several children. He was a devout Methodist, held religious meetings at Bohemia Manor, and supported the church financially. He died in 1815 at the age of 70 and is interred at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.
Richard Bassett signed the United States Constitution as a representative of Delaware.
Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.
245B. Thomas Bassett of Welsh St. Donats, Wales combined with #292B Ancient
Bassetts of Wales
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.
35B. Martin Augwin Chirgwin Bassett of Paul, Cornwall (m. 1824)
Section 5 - DNA project update.
We currently have 11 Bassett kits outstanding.
If you have one of these kits, please return to the testing lab as soon as
possible. We have another 6 kits currently at the lab that we are awaiting
General Fund Scholarship total as of 01/16/04 = $240.00
Donations of any amount can be made to the Bassett DNA project by clicking on the link below. Any funds donated will be used to fund select Bassett DNA tests that will further our project as a whole and benefit all Bassetts worldwide.
This is just a reminder that the DNA website can be found at:
A current spreadsheet of results can be found at:
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