Newsletter April 2005
Section 1 - Welcome
We made 21 different upgrades to different DNA tests this month.
Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Francis Bassett of Faribault County, Minnesota
Francis Bassett descends from 2 lines of William Bassett of Plymouth (arrived on the Fortune in 1621) as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
177.A35 Francis Bassett, son of Barachiah Bassett
Francis Bassett, son of Barachiah and Nancy (Butler) Bassett, was born 1 Jun 1821 in Lewis County, New York. He died 30 Jul 1902 in Verona Township, Faribault County, Minnesota. He married Mary Catherine Boyer about 1844 in New York. Mary was born 10 Sep 1825 in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York. She died 8 Dec 1897 in Verona Township, Faribault County, Minnesota.
1847 Territorial Census of Taycheedah Township, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
1855 State Census of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
1860 Federal Census of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin (30 Jul
1880 Federal Census of Prescott, Faribault County, Minnesota
177A351. Sarah Elizabeth Bassett - born 18 May 1847 in New York, died 13
Dec 1928 in California, married
+ 177A352. James Edwin Bassett - born 14 Mar 1849 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, died 8 Jan 1923 in San Jose, California, married Sarah Stow on 16 Jul 1870.
177A353. Jerome Francis Bassett - born 8 Dec 1851 in Taycheedah, Wisconsin, died 23 May 1940 in Soquel, California, married Nora Eldusta Harvey on 19 Oct 1879 in Blue Earth, Minnesota. They had Frank Harvey Bassett and Ida Bassett. Frank married Elda Lena Luebke and had three sons.
177A354. Jason C. Bassett - born about 1857, married Carolina Halliday.
177A355. Nancy Bassett - born about 1859 in Wisconsin, married William Halliday.
The back of the picture of Francis Bassett reads "Grandpa
Bassett Winnebago, Minn.
The back of the picture of Mary Catherine Boyer reads "this
is grandma Bassett Winnebago, Minn".
Photographs courtesy of Adarsh E. Krishen
Memorial Record of the Counties of Faribault, Martin, Watonwan
Francis Bassett has been identified with Faribault county since 1866, and, as one of its most prominent citizens, is deserving of more than a passing notice on the pages of this work. The following resume of his life will be of interest to many:
Francis Bassett was born in Lewis county, New York, June 1, 1821, and is a descendant of English ancestors. Barachiah Bassett, his father, was born on Martha's Vineyard, as also was Nathan Bassett, his grandfather. His mother, whose maiden name was Nancy Butler, was a native of Massachusetts, a member of a prominent Purtian family and was related to the well-known Benjamin F. Butler. Barachiah Bassett was a soldier in the war of 1812.
After his marriage he lived for some years in Lewis county, New York, where he kept a hotel, and from there moved to Jefferson county, same State, where he and his wife passed the rest of their lives, she dying at the age of sixty years and he at eighty. Mr. Bassett was a man of prominence in his day. In politics he was first a Whig and later a Republican, and religously he was a Methodist and an active worker in the church. He and his wife had a family of eleven children, some of whom died in the infancy, the others growing up to occupy honorable and useful positions in life.
Their son Francis, with whose name we head this article, spent the first sixteen years of his life in his native county, and there received a fair education. He learned the trade of tinner when a young man and worked at his trade for some years. In 1846, like many and ambitious young man, he was seized with a desire to "go West," and before the end of the year we find him in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, located on a tract of wild land three miles from Fond du Lac. There he developed a farm and on it continued to reside until 1866, when he sold out and came to Minnesota. Arrived in Faribault county, he purchased what was known as the Carlton farm. This place he sold a year later. He then bought of Mr. D. Mason the farm on which he has since made his home, located on section 13, Verona township, Winnbegao City being his postoffice address, and here he now owns 300 acres of fine land. His two-story residence is located on a natural building site and is surrounded with native forest trees. He has two barns, one 38 x 40 feet, and the other 20 x 40 feet; granary, carriage house, modern windmill, good fences, etc. Indeed, this farm is in many respect a model one. Besides his property here Mr. Bassett owns valuable real estate in California. He has spent two seasons in the sunny climate of the Golden State, - 1887 and 1890.
Mr. Bassett is a man of family. He married Miss Mary Catharine Boyer, a most amiable woman who has shared his joys and sorrows for many years, and to whose assistance and cheerful companionship he owes much of the success he has attained in life. She was born in Jefferson county, New York, September 10, 1825, daughter of Solomon and Sarah (Fultz) Boyer, both natives of the Empire State. Her father was born in Herkimer county, son of Michael Boyer, of that State, the Boyers being of Holland Dutch origin and early settlers of New York. Mrs. and Mrs. Boyer had four children, - Mrs. Bassett, Diana, Julia A. and Jerome. The parents went from here to Creston, Union county, Iowa, where they died, the father at the age of eighty-four and the mother at eighty-six. Mr. Boyer was a veteran of the war of 1812 and the recipient of a pension for services rendered in that war. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett have five children, namely: Sara, wife of Charles Andreas, of Creston, Iowa; James and Jerome, who reside on fruit ranches in Santa Cruz county, California; Jason, who married Miss Carrie Holliday and resides in this county; and Nancy, wife of William Haliday, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. All have been well educated, and Mrs. Andreas was before her marriage a successful teacher.
Both Mr. Bassett and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Republican and has filled several township offices, and he is a member of the I.O.O.F., Winnebago City Lodge, No. 30.
Section 3 - Featured Bassett: David Edson Bassett of Baldwin Place, New York
151B251.52. David Edson Bassett, son of John Lee Bassett
David Edson Bassett, son of John Lee and Emma Bassett, was born 8 Nov
1900 Federal Census of Somers, Westchester County, New York (26 Jun 1900)
1910 Federal Census of Somers, Westchester County, New York (15 Apr 1910)
1920 Federal Census of Somers, Westchester County, New York (27 May 1920)
1930 Federal Census of Somers, Westchester County, New York (10 Apr 1930)
151B251521. Clayton Lee Bassett - born 20 Feb 1901 in Westchester County, New York, married Dorothy Agar. She was born 1 Jul 1897 in Yorktown, Westchester County, New York.
Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Cabins of Ogonquit, Maine
This line descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
342.361.311. Dwight H. Bassett, son of Harry J. Bassett
Dwight H. Bassett, son of Harry J. and Clara A. Bassett, was born 27 Dec 1906 in Maine. He died Nov 1986. He married Myra Kenney in 1932.
1930 Federal Census of Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (4 Apr
Portsmouth Herald, 16 May 2000
OGUNQUIT - Myra Kenney Bassett, 92, a well-known local personality, died unexpectedly Monday, May 8, 2000 at her home in the village.
Born in 1908, in Medfield, Mass., she was the first of three children born to Hiram Kenney of Tabasintac, New Brunswick, and Delia O'Brahney Kenny of Roscommon, Ireland.
She attended Rumford schools and graduated from the Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary in Portland in 1930. In 1939, she became the first nursing instructor of the newly formed Women's Army Corps. After the war she became head of the special surgical unit at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas, which provided much of the care for the burn victims of the 1948 Texas City disaster.
In 1932, she married Dwight Bassett of Ogunquit, whose family operated Bassett's Crystal Spring Park and Lodges on Route 1 north of town.
In 1952, she and Dwight bought their guest house on Beach Street and operated it for more than 30 years.
In 1928, out on a forbidden date, she flew over Ogunquit Beach in a biplane. Seventy years later, to celebrate her 90th birthday, she flew over it again, this time in a parasail. She was feisty, outspoken, adventurous, generous, and funny. To her last day, she was in charge.
She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Kenney Bassett and Claire LaVoie of North Hero, Vt.; and her sisters-in-law, Leona Kenney of Orange, Texas and Harriet Kenney of Gold Run, Calif.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1986; by her brothers Walter Kenney of Orange, Texas, and Vernon Kenney of Gold Run, Calif.; and by her stepmother Blanche Lynn Kenney of Dixfield, Maine.
She was a unique and colorful personality and will be missed by her extended family and a legion of friends. Funeral services will be private.
Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.
No lines have been combined since the last newsletter.
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.
313B. Samuel Bassett of CT/NJ (Ancestor of Reveau Bassett, artist)
Section 5 - DNA project update.
We made 21 different upgrades to different tests in April and have used up all of the general funds and more. Hopefully the results of these upgrades will be available by the next newsletter.
General Fund Scholarship total as of 04/17/05 = (-$520.00)
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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