Newsletter March 2006
Section 1 - Welcome
The first story this month is about a line of Bassetts from New York with roots in Ireland. It is another example of how we are using DNA testing to help place Bassett lines into the proper family.
This month was a big month for signing up new participants for the DNA study. 9 people joined, 7 from family lines not yet represented in the DNA project, four of whom still live in England. Please return your kits as soon as possible. I am very anxious to see the results!
For those wishing to hear my presentation Genetic Genealogy and the Bassett Family DNA project, I will be presenting it at the Zion, Illinois Genealogical Society meeting on Monday, March 20, 2006 at the Kenneth Murphy School in Beach Park, Illinois at 7 pm.
Thank you very much to the following who donated money towards the DNA project
since the last newsletter.
Participants from the following lines were added to the DNA project this month.
#14B. Jean Besset of Quebec through a branch that settled in Kankakee, Illinois
Section 2 - Featured Bassett:
Below is what information we had on George Bassett of New York.
113B. George Bassett
George Bassett was born about 1798 in Ireland. He died 15 Aug 1851 at 155 Rivington Street, New York City, New York. He married Ann M. She was born about 1806. She died 27 Sep 1884. They are both buried in Cypriss Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York (No stone remaining). Birth records for the children come from the All Saints Episcopal Church in New York City.
With the results back from a descendant of George Bassett showing a 25/25 match with a Bassett from Downpatrick, Ireland, we now know where to concentrate our future research to identify this George.
The following is a story of one of the Bassetts from this family of Bassetts from Downpatrick, Ireland.
William John Bassett
W.J. Bassett, farmer, "Meadowbank", St. Andrews. Mr. Bassett was born in 1861 in Downpatrick, Ireland, and was educated in his native land and in New Zealand, where he arrived in the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875. Mr. Bassett was for two years engaged in business in Christchurch, and afterwards bought "Stormont", which was originally part of the Woodstock run, in the View Hill district, North Canterbury. The property contains 1144 acres freehold and 240 acres leasehold, and the premanent improvements include a fine dwelling-house of ten rooms, large and convenient outbuildings, garden and orchard sheltered by a well-grown plantation. It is fenced and subdivided with twenty-two miles of fencing, is wellwater by natural springs and creeks and has produced good crops of turnips and rape. A large number of crossbred sheep and lambs are reared and fattended. Mr. Bassett afterwards bought "Meadowbank", near St. Andrews, where he now resides. He was married in 1886 to Miss Gilchrist, and has two sons and two daughters.
Section 3 - Featured Bassett:
It was owned by Robert Bassett. His line of descent is as follows:
#165B James Bassett
Here is a deck of playing cards that I purchased on e-bay.
Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Charles Bassett of Pontypridd, Wales - Chemist
Charles descends from the Wales Branch of Bassetts as follows:
The following is from the website for Welsh cultural history.
Charles Bassett, the first Chairman and founder of the
Charles Bassett was a prominent figure in the commercial and public life of Pontypridd during the mid-nineteenth century. He was a founder member of the Pontypridd Market Company established in 1877. He came to Pontypridd about 1840 and rapidly established a large business as a chemist and druggist, the first of its kind in the town. In 1843 he was appointed postmaster at a time when the weekly volume of letters was no more than 400 letters. It was due to this role as postmaster that Bassett became responsible for the adoption in 1856 of Pontypridd as the name for a growing town which up to that point had been known as Newbridge. Bassett had become increasingly irritated by the continual postal confusion with Newbridge in Monmouthshire or Newbridge-on-Wye, Radnorshire.
Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.
335B. Bassetts of Datchworth, Hertfordshire combined with the #186 Bassetts
156B. William Bassett of Wisconsin (born 1820 in Ireland)
Section 6 - DNA project update.
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 portion of the Bassett Family Association 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.
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