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Newsletter January 2005

Contents of this Newsletter:

(1) Welcome
(2) Zenas Doane Bassett of Massachusetts.
(3) Ancestors Inn at the Bassett House, Liverpool, New York
(4) Richard Bassett, Governor of Delaware
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update


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".
- A 90 minute presentation on the Bassett DNA project at the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society in July.
- A local Chicago newspaper article featuring information about the Bassett DNA project.
- An appearance on NBC news in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with details about Bassett research and DNA.
- The addition of more than 400 new recipients of the Bassett newsletter in 7 countries.
- 25 new participants to the Bassett DNA project.

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
Nathaniel Bassett and wife Dorcas Joyce
Joseph Bassett and wife Susannah Howes
Daniel Bassett and wife Elizabeth Crowell
Daniel Bassett and wife Hannah Bearse
Joseph Bassett and wife Zeviah Bearse
Zenas Doane Bassett

     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.
Sarah was born on 7 Oct 1809. She died on 20 Dec 1874. Zenas resided in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He was a sea captain.
     I have a copy of "A Concise Diary, kept by Zenas Doane Bassett, Esquire, Containing a number of critical, quizical, political, sentimental and nonsensical Circumstances, principally relating to HIMSELF, Commencing on the day that completed his 21st year VIZ the 14th day of October 1807".
It is the most fascinating account of his life including naval battles that he took part in during the War of 1812. He was later captured by the British and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sample Entries from Zenas Doane Diary

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
John Bassett and wife Mercy Todd
John Bassett and wife Elizabeth Thompson
William Bassett and wife Mabel Goodyear
Jared Bassett and wife Sarah Goodyear
Eli Bassett and wife Phebe Cook
George Bassett and wife Esther Adams
Henry Lester Bassett

The Bassett Family at the house of George Bassett

6B262.538. George Bassett, son of Eli Bassett

     George Bassett, son of Eli and Phebe (Cook) Bassett, was born 19 Jan
1817 in what is now Wayne County, New York. He died 1900 or later. He married Esther Adams, daughter of Hannah Adams. They purchased property in Liverpool, Onondaga County, New York, around 1855.
     Both George and Jared are listed as merchants in "Onondaga's Centennial". We also have "During the prosperous period of the salt industry many prominent salt manufacturers lived in and around Liverpool,
including George and Jared Bassett". Also,"George Bassett, Cigar
Manufacturer. Employs 6 hands. Established in 1872."
     In a letter from George Bassett to Franklin Harley Bassett written 17 May 1900, he enclosed a photo made in Syracuse and said his brothers Deforest and Jared had interests at Salina, Clay, etc. He also gave his family line as from Jared and Eli. Also that a cousin Jared went to Chicago about 1844/5, a cousin David Bassett to Wisconsin and that he then had relatives in Henderson Harbor, New York.
     From "Sweet's New Atlas of Onondagao, New York", 1874, we find George Bassett living on the southwest corner of Sycamore and Second streets.

1870 Federal Census of Salina, Onondaga County, New York (24 Aug 1870)
Geo. Bassett     53 M New York Salt Manufacturer 6000 2000
Hannah     48 F New York Keeping house
Henry     17 M New York Without occupation
Henrietta Adams     68 F New York Living with daughter

+ 6B2625381. Henry Lester Bassett - born 1854, died 18 Apr 1924, married (1) Eliza Nelson (2) Lotta Barnes.

Liverpool Man Had Been Federal Employee Here and Was Active in Politics

     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, officiating.
     Mr. Bassett was born in Liverpool, the son of George and Hanna Adams Bassett.
     He was at one time a committee-man in the Town of Salina, and was generally well known in Republican political circles.
     Later he was employed by the Syracuse internal revenue department and by the engineer's department of the state canal commission, this being his last position. He retired four years ago.
     Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lottie Barnes Bassett, one daughter, Mrs. William E. Shanks, of White Plains and two sons, Fred N. Bassett, of Liverpool and George A. Bassett, of Waterloo.

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, son of Arnold and Judith (Thompson) Bassett, was born 2 Apr 1745 in Cecil County, Maryland. He died 15 Sep 1815. He served as a United States Senator from Delaware from 1789 to 1793. He was governor of Delaware from 1799 to 1801. He was a judge of the U.S. Circuit Court in 1801 and 1802. He began practicing law in Dover, Delaware about 1770. He was a captain of a troop of cavalry during the Revolutionary War. He signed the United States Constitution. He married (1) Ann Ennals of Dorchester County, Maryland. He married (2) Miss Burft (Bruff) of Talbot County.

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.

To read more about Richard Bassett, Governor of Delaware, click on the link below.



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
35B. Thomas S. Bassett of Indiana combined with the #6B William Bassett of CT family.

The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

35B. Martin Augwin Chirgwin Bassett of Paul, Cornwall (m. 1824)
298B. Henry Bassett of Pennsylvania (b. 1791 in Switzerland) Ancestors of Bassett-McNabb Company of Philadelphia
299B. Absalom Bassett of Northampton, England (b. 1829 England)
300B. Bassetts of Okehampton, Devon, England
301B. John M. Bassett of California (b. 1870)
302B. George Bassett of Hinds County, Mississippi (b. 1837 in Mississippi)
303B. Bassetts of Bridport, Dorset, England
304B. Samuel Bassett of Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (b. 1854 in Wales)
305B. Eugene Bassett of NY and MN (b. 1846 in New York)


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 results on.
     We ordered upgrades for 6 tests of descendants of William Bassett of Plymouth in December from 25 markers to 37 markers and the results of those upgrades will be presented in a future newsletter.
     We funded four new tests with donated funds and those include tests for Bassett lines that originate in Speldhurst, England, Glastonbury, England, and Cornwall, England along with with one line of American Bassetts.
     We are still looking for a volunteer to take part from Helston in Cornwall, England, Rotherfield in Sussex, England, and from Llanelly, Carmarthen, Wales.
     We also have a documented descendant from the #14 Jean Besset/Bassett family from Quebec to take part and hopefully that kit will be going out soon.

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:



Jeffrey Bassett
520 Salceda Drive
Mundelein, IL 60060 USA
(847) 949-1443
bassettgenealogy@hotmail.com (home)