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Newsletter September 2005

(1) Welcome
(2) Hurricane Katrina and Noah Bassett of Harbor Springs, Michigan
(3) Sir Francis Basset of Tehidy and St. Michael's Mount of Cornwall
(4) The Bassett House of Whitewater, Wisconsin
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

We have two new DNA kits out to Bassetts with known roots in England, one still living there, and one descended from the Benjamin Bassett of Yorkshire featured in my last newsletter. I have almost 400 pages of backlogged correspondence to get typed into the computer so if you are waiting for something back from me, please be patient. I have added another two dozen Bassetts to my mailing list since last month.


Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Noah Bassett of Harbor Springs, Michigan

The following article was written by Amber Hunt Martin and was sent to me by Leland K. Bassett of Michigan. I have not yet identified which branch of Bassetts that Noah belongs to.

Detroit Free Press, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005
Michigan Pitches In
Harbor Springs 6-year-old raises $5,006 for Katrina's victims

Even as his friends beckoned him to go to the beach, Noah Bassett refused to leave his lemonade stand Monday.

The 6-year old, who started first grade at Blackbird Elementary School in Harbor Springs on Wednesday, wanted to raise money to help the victims of Hurrican Katrina.

"He said, 'They lost everything?' I said, 'Yeah, some people did,'" his mother, 27-year-old Kate Bassett, said Thursday. "He said, 'Well, we should help.'"

Noah plastered posters around downtown Harbor Springs, then helped his mom bake cookies, make lemonade and pour orange juice for the cause. He also made support ribbons.

Between sales at church on Sunday and at his lemonade stand Monday, he raised $5,006 - and more keeps coming in, his mom said.

Boyne USA matched Noah's donation, which was delivered to the Red Cross this week.


Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Sir Francis Basset of Tehidy and St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England

St. Michael's Mount was at one point owned by the Bassett family of Tehidy, Cornwall, England
(A future newsletter will give more details of this family)

E261. Sir Francis Basset, son of James Basset

Sir Francis Basset, son of James and Anne (Trelawny) Basset, was a Knight of Tehidy. He was born in 1594. He was a strenous Royalist. He was sheriff and Vice-Admiral of Cornwall during the greater part of the Rebellion. Owing to his expenses in support of the Royal cause, and his being obliged to compound for his estate with the Parliament, he was compelled to sell St. Michael's Mount and other property, on which account his descendants were distressed for many years after the Civil War. Sir Francis married Anne Trelawny, daughter of Sir Jonathan Trelawny, Knight of Trelawny in 1620. He died 19 Sep 1645. His portrait by Vandyck is preserved at Tehidy.

E292. Francis Basset - died 1637.

* E293. John Basset - of Tehidy, married Anne Dellridge.

E29A. Charles Basset - born about 1626, of Tehidy, died 29 May 1627.

E29B. Elizabeth Basset - born about 1628, of Tehidy, died 10 May 1671.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

St Michael's Mount is a lofty pyramidal tidal island, exhibiting a curious combination of slate and granite, rising 400 yards (400 m) from the shore of Mount's Bay, in Cornwall, UK. It is united with Marazion by a natural causeway cast up by the sea, and passable only at low tide.

The chapel is extra-diocesan and the castle is the residence of Lord St. Levan. Many relics, chiefly armour and antique furniture, are preserved in the castle. The chapel of St. Michael, a beautiful 15th century building, has an embattled tower, in one angle of which is a small turret, which served for the guidance of ships. Chapel Rock, on the beach, marks the site of a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where pilgrims paused to worship before ascending the Mount. A few houses are built on the hillside facing Marazion, and a spring supplies them with water. The harbour, widened in 1823 to allow vessels of 500 tons to enter, has a pier dating from the 15th century, and subsequently enlarged and restored.

St. Michael's Mount is still owned by the St. Aubyn family, but visitor access is controlled by the National Trust.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth it was given to Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, by whose son it was sold to Sir Francis Basset. During the Civil War, Sir Arthur Basset, brother of Sir Francis, held the Mount against the parliament until July 1646. It was sold in 1659 to Colonel John St Aubyn. It is now lived in by Colonel St Aubyn's descendant Lord St Levan, but is owned by The National Trust.


Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassett House, Whitewater, Wisconsin

This is a postcard that I purchased on e-bay.

Thomas Bassett is descended from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett of Plymouth and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Rainsford
William Bassett (b. 1656) and wife Rachel Willison
William Bassett (b. 1681) and wife Abigail Bourne
Elisha Bassett (b. 1714) and wife Ruhammah Jennings
Lot Bassett (b. 1755) and wife Deborah Howes
Thomas Bassett (b. 1789) and wife Fanny Sears
Thomas Bassett (b. 1826)

124.374.5. Thomas Bassett, son of Thomas Bassett

Thomas Bassett, son of Thomas and Fanny (Sears) Bassett, was born 13 Feb 1826 in Ashfield, Massachusetts. He died 20 Jun 1878. He married Bessie Vilas. She was born 18 Sep 1832 in Oswego, New York. She died in 1905, aged 73 years.

He built a home in 1857 at 708 West Main Street in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It was pasture land along an old Indian trail. He operated a shoe and boot store. He also sold groceries, provisions, garden seeds and stoneware. He opened this store in the fall of 1851.

Thomas and Florence are buried at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

1860 Federal Census of Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin (23 Aug 1860)
Thomas Basset 34 M Massachusetts Grocer 5000 5000
Betsy 27 F New York
Florence 5 F Wisconsin
Nathaniel Vilas 63 M New Hampshire Grocer
Bridget Finley? 17 F New York Servant

12437451. Florence Bassett - born 27 Nov 1856, died 4 Sep 1926 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Bassett House, Whitewater, Wisconsin

The house was built in 1857 by Thomas Bassett, a grocer. It is an example of transitional Greek Revival with Italianate styles such as the roof overhand, and bay windows. The building was bequeathed to the Federation of Womens Clubs by Mr. Bassett's daughter, Florence in 1926.


Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

152B. Azariah Bassett of Victoria, Australia
311B. Charles Bassett of Indiana & West Virginia (b. 1857 in England)


Section 6 - DNA project update.

Participants from the following lines were mailed kits this month.

#95B. Benjamin Bassett of Yorkshire, England
#112B. A descendant of the Bassetts of Blore through the Bassett of Hints line

The following kits were received since the last newsletter.

#39305 #1B John Bassett of Connecticut
#42718 #1A William Bassett of Plymouth

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:


If you don't have Excel and can't open the spreadsheet above, you can now see the DNA test results at the following website.



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