Newsletter June 2005
Section 1 - Welcome
Thank you for the nice messages that I receive from many of you after sending out each newsletter. I have been requested by several people to include some information about myself and how I got interested in Bassett genealogy so here goes.
I am 45 years old and have been doing Bassett family research for a hobby for more than 25 years. I first became interested in family history while doing a family tree for a high school history class. All four of my great-grandmothers (all born between 1880 and 1890) were alive at the time and were living within a few miles of each other in several small towns in central Indiana. I interviewed all of them and each knew information on their parents and grandparents and husband's parents and grandparents as well. So after one weekend of interviews I had names and information on all 32 of my great-great-great grandparents! When I presented my material to the class, I found out many of my fellow students didn't even know the names of their great-grandparents. I was instantly hooked. All four great-grandmothers left me their family bibles as well as all of the pictures from their family.
My Bassett research began with a booklet given out at the 1912 Bassett Family Reunion which documented information on all of the known descendants of my great-great-great-great grandfather Nymphas Bassett. My project started out as an effort to update this work. It quickly grew into a project to document all of the descendants of William Bassett of Plymouth (my immigrant ancestor) who arrived in the United States on the ship Fortune in 1621. As I collected information on other branches, I branched out to begin documenting all lines of Bassetts found anywhere in the world. The Bassett DNA project started just over three years ago.
My wife Ellen and I live in a northern suburb (Mundelein) of Chicago, Illinois with our four children, Andrew William, Elizabeth Abigail, Adam Marshall, and Sarah Julianna (all four children are named after two ancestors in the family tree). I am an Information Technology Director with a packaging company located in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Section 2 - DNA presentation
I will be a co-speaker at the Coshocton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society on June 21 at 7:00 pm to be held at 201 Brown's Lane in Coshocton, Ohio. I will present the findings of the Bassett DNA project including different case studies showing how we have used DNA testing to further our Bassett research. If you live nearby, please consider coming to the presentation.
Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Reveau Mott Bassett
Reveau Mott Bassett descends as follows:
Samuel Bassett (b. 1815 in Connecticut) and wife Sarah
"A popular wildlife artist, Reveau Bassett was born in Dallas, Texas. His early art training was at the Art Students League in New York where he was a pupil of Joseph Pennell, William Leigh, and Boardman Robinson. He also studied at the National Academy of Design where he would later exhibit.
His painting often reflects an influence from the atmospheric works of Frank Reaugh with whom he worked and studied on many painting expeditions throughout Texas and New Mexico. Settling in North Texas, he became one of that state’s foremost wildlife painters. His mural, hanging in the Dallas Petroleum Club, is also well known." Source : AskArt.com
Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Photographers of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Several of the Bassetts of Wolverhampton are noted as gun sight makers during the 1800's. Also related to these families are two photographers. Samples of their photos are shown below.
Ancestry of William Bassett of 29 Snow Hill - #189B Bassetts of Wolverhampton
Ancestry of Ernest Bassett of GT. Brickkiln St.
Ernest Bassett - - - William Bassett (back of a photo)
189B34. William Bassett, son of John Bassett
William Bassett, son of John and Mary Bassett, was born in Wolverhampton, Stafford, England. He was christened 15 Sep 1822 at St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, Stafford, England. He married Elizabeth.
1851 British Census of 6 Trinity Terrace, Bordesley, Aston, Warwick
1881 British Census of 29 Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, Stafford
189B41. Mary Elizabeth Bassett - born about 1850 in Wolverhampton, Stafford, England. (She may have been a daughter-in-law since she was listed as a widow in 1881.) Edith M. Bassett may be her daughter.
189B42. Martha Bassett - born about 1858 in Wolverhampton, Stafford.
189B43. Arthur Bassett - born about 1863 in Wolverhampton, Stafford.
189B44. Oliver Bassett - born about 1866 in Wolverhampton, Stafford.
Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Nymphas B. Bassett moving to California
The article below is an interesting account of one pioneer Bassett family and tells of their move to California by wagon train.
Nymphas B. Bassett and his daughter Kate Nevada Bassett descend from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett of Plymouth and wife Elizabeth
124.2B4.13. Nymphas Bassett, son of Bernard Bassett
Nymphas B. Bassett, son of Bernard Handy and Hannah Elizabeth (Wilson) Bassett, was born 13 Nov 1833 in Indiana. He died 28 Mar 1896 in Oakland, California. He married (1) Susan Kelsey on 26 Jul 1857 (2) Amanda E. Harris, daughter of Rev. John Harris, on 19 Sep 1860 in Adams County, Illinois. Amanda was born 12 Jul 1843, died 27 Jul 1873 in Springfield, Oregon.
They moved to California in 1867 from Mount Hebron, Illinois and settled in an area adjacent to Elmira, Dixon and Winters. The Harris family was also from Mt. Hebron, Illinois. They came to the west coast and settled in Oregon. Judge Laurence Harris of Eugene, Orgeon is a grandson of Rev. John Harris.
1880 Federal Census of Elmira Township, Solano County, California (2 Jun
+ 1242B4131. Mary Olive Bassett - born 27 May 1861 in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, died 30 Mar 1943, married Eugene Howe on 4 Jul 1876.
1242B413A. Baby girl - born and died in Nov 1862.
1242B413B. Baby boy - born and died in May 1864.
1242B4132. Kate Nevada Bassett - born 22 Aug 1865, died 18 Mar 1962, married Dr. John O. Hunt on 24 Jun 1903 near Vacaville, California.
+ 1242B4133. Pauline Augusta Bassett - born 2 Feb 1868 in Elmira, Solano County, California, died 18 Jun 1957, married Walter Mizo in 1884.
+ 1242B4134. Guy Alvin Bassett - born 29 Aug 1870 in Elmira, Solano County, California, died Oct 1957, married Maude Clarke 2 Sep 1899 in Elmira, Solano County, California.
+ 1242B4135. Glenn Otis Bassett - born 22 Apr 1873 in Thurston, Oregon, died 16 Nov 1916 in Newburg, Oregon, married Lizzie Olive Davis on 13 Apr 1892. Olive was born 17 Dec 1872, died 7 Jun 1948.
FAMILY HISTORY TOLD BY KATE NEVADA BASSETT HUNT
Sometime in April 1865, our folks - the Harris and Bassett families - set forth from Springfield, Illinois and joined a wagon train at some point in Missouri. My mother's family (Harris) joined them also. When the train was made up, there were 225 wagons, many drawn by oxen, but there were horses too. They were divided into groups of 25 wagons and each group had a Captain. My father, Nymphas, was Captain of our group and secretary of the Company. I believe I've heard some one say Grandfather (Bernard Handy Bassett) was Captain of the Wagon Train.
They organized as a Company and set forth. The plan was to make certain points for an early camp but if they came near a stream that had to be crossed they made the crossing before camping so as to run no risk of the stream rising over night, also to have the animals all in good condition to get off for a good start on the morrow.
They grouped the wagons in a circle with the women and children and supplies that were unloaded within the circle. My Aunt Jennie, who was 16 at the time, said sometimes as they were making camp the Indians would come riding about, shooting arrows into the air. The men would go out and shoot at some special object to show what they could do with guns. They would give the Indians food or beads as they could, and in all their trek never had any trouble with them. Aunt Jennie said she rode horseback quite a good deal as did many others.
When they reached the Platte River, my cousin Martha Harris was born. Her father was my mother's brother, David Harris. Soon after that the train divided, part of them going via the Oregon Trail (the Harris families went that way), while the Bassett families kept on via Colorado, Utah and Nevada, and there I (Kate) came into the picture. The camp was made on the bank of the Truckee River near Reno, and I was born August 22nd. My father's oldest sister and her husband had made the crossing earlier and were located not far from there. In the morning, Uncle Jesse came to camp and they took mother and me to their place for ten days or so, then they joined the wagon train and all came into California.
The family had planned to go into Napa County, but my Uncle Jefferson Bassett who was badly crippled from rheumatism was so badly off when they reached Solano County they had to stop. A family by the name of Hawkins who were located there insisted that Grandmother and Uncle Jefferson and little Kate should go into their house to try to make him more comfortable, and they did.
Grandfather and his sons and in-laws looked about and located on what was called the Plains, east of what developed into the town of Elmira. That was in September and it was six months from the time they left their homes in Illinois until they were again in a house in California. They had been camping near the Hawkins ranch.
My father was a carpenter so he built houses for the new settlers, but my mother wasn't so very well and another girl was born in February 1867 - Pauline - my brother Guy came September 10, 1870. The last of May or first of June 1872, Father decided to take us to Oregon to see mother's folks. Again we set out in a covered wagon and made Cottage Grove, Oregon in a three-weeks drive. Stayed on at Grandfather Harris and Father helped with the farm work till after harvest when we went to Springfield where we stayed till the last of May in 1872, when we went to Albany where Father had some special building on the University buildings. In October we moved back to Grandfather's farm east of Springfield. In April of 1873, my younger brother, Glenn Otis, was born and in July our mother passed away.
In October we moved to a farm over on the McKenzie River where we stayed until April of 1874 when we moved to Springfield again when the first bridge was begun across the Willamette River there. It was a covered bridge and Father was on its construction till completed. We lived in three different houses in Springfield; then went into a house down the River where we lived till February of 1878. Sister Mary married Eugene L. Howe of Creswell on July 19, 1877 so Father decided to return to California with we four youngsters. In February 1878, we came via steamer from Portland to San Francisco. Soon after reaching Elmira where our Bassett granparents lived, we children were distributed among our relatives. (Insert by Evelyn Piculell: I believe at this time my father Glenn was taken by a Mrs. Sparks of Silverton, Oregon, to raise.)
In 1879 I went to Vacaville and was with a family, helping with the children and going to school. When vacation came, I returned to Elmira for a while but in early 1880 Mr. Cutler of Vacaville wanted me to return there and stay with his wife as he was away a good deal and she was very frail, so I went and continued there through grammar and high school and Teacher's College where I finished in 1884 when I secured my Teacher's Certificate; and on July 28, 1884 began teaching the 1st grade in Vacaville School. There I taught in different grades from 1st to fourth till May 1891 when I went to Oakland that Fall and prepared for Teacher's examination in Alameda County. I began teaching in Harrison Street School in August of 1892 and continued there till May of 1903; just about a month before John Hunt and I were married on June 24, 1903.
As you know, that event took place under a lovely Bread of Heaven tree in front of Aunt Hattie's home on Oleander Place in Vaca Valley (John's Aunt Hattie). After the reception and refreshments, we departed in a one horse buggy for Fairfield where we left Old Dobbin in the livery stable and took the train to San Francisco. The next day went to see some of my dear friends in Oakland, agreat surprise to them, then via train to San Jose where my Aunt Jennie Raymond and daughters lived. Next day came on to Los Angeles and were given a reception and shower by John's Osteopathic friends in the offices of Drs. Dan and Cora Tasker and himself in the Grant Building. John had secured a cottage on Park Grove Avenue before going north so we soon bought furnishings and located there, and in the Fall Aunt Hattie joined us, having sold her place in Vaca Valley. In January of 1905, we moved into our own home in a new subdivision of Los Angeles (Virgil Avenue just off Wilshire Blvd) and have lived here ever since.
In 1909 I took my first trip East with Aunt Hattie. Left L.A. last of May and returned via Canada-Pennsylvania in August. John came East, unexpectedly in July to make the return with me. Aunt Hattie stayed on till the last of September or first of October. The A.P. Kimball's coming on with her. They staid here for six months while they built a house on Corondolet Street.
Section 6 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.
318B. Edward Bassett of Louisville, KY (b. 1836 in Ireland)
Section 7 - DNA project update.
Participants from the following lines were added to the DNA project this month.
#110B. Almon Bassett of New York
General Fund Scholarship total as of 06/19/05 = -($235.00) Donations since last newsletter $170.00.
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.
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A current spreadsheet of results can be found at:
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Mundelein, IL 60060 USA
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