(2) Online Missouri Death Index
(3) Mrs. Mary Bassett of Hogdon Mills, Maine
(4) William Bassett-Smith, English architect
(5) Sara Ware Bassett, New England Author
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) DNA project update
Section 1 - Welcome
Welcome to this month's newsletter.
The National Bassett Family reunion in 2007 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts
from Friday, August 3rd until Sunday, August 5th at the Constitution Inn.
A link to this hotel is below. The rates below are very reasonable, especially
for current or retired members of the military. Please let me know if you might
be interested in attending. I need to reserve a block of rooms as soon as possible
for that weekend and want to make sure everyone that plans to come has a place
$109 per might for a room with a king or double beds
$49 per night for a room with a king or double by a guest with a military ID
card* and is not higher than an E-6 paygrade
$79 per night for a room with a king or double by a guest with a military ID
card* and is higher than an E-6 paygrade
For both civilian and military, an extra $30 will reserve a two room suite
that will sleep 4 adults or two adults with children.
* military ID card will give a reduced rate to a person who has a current military
ID card for active, reserve, retired and includes DOD personnel.
The Constitution Inn provides low cost accommodations for military members,
their family and guest. A current ID card must be shown at the time of
checking in. Most rooms have kitchenettes and is walking distance to the wharf
where the USS Constitution is berth in Charlestown and the $1 shuttle pier
to Rowe Wharf downtown Boston.
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Section 2 - Featured Article: Missouri Death Records Online
You can now search the Missouri Death Index online at the link below. This
index is more deaths in Missouri from 1910-1950. You can currently see and
print the death certificates for the years 1910-1924. This is a valuable new
tool for anyone with ancestors from Missouri. Thanks to Helen Bassett for fowarding
this link to me.
Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Mrs. Mary Bassett of Hogdon Mills, Maine
I have not yet found which family Mary Bassett belongs to, but found the
18 Dec 1911, Wealth Found in a Bustle
Hogdon Mills, Maine
Ten thousand dollars in currency, so faded and worn that it will
be sent to Washington for redemption, has been found in a bustle that was
worn for many years by Mrs. Mary Bassett, who died suddenly at her home
in the town a few days ago. None of the bills is of a more recent issue
than 1886. Mrs. Bassett distrusted modern banking institutions and always
wore a bustle when away from home. In a search of her house after death,
relatives had found about $7,000 hidden in a hundred places, one of the
searchers picked up the bustle and was about to throw it away when his
attention was attracted by a rustling of paper.
That would be worth more than $350,000 U.S. in todays dollars!
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: William Bassett-Smith, English architect
is a double Bassett descendant as follows:
(#196B) and wife Mary Humphrey of Countesthorpe.. They had daughters:
Ann Bassett who
married William Smith.
who married William Hall.
Ann Bassett and
William Smith had a son, William Smith, born 1830.
and William Hall had a daughter, Anne Eliza Hall.
William Smith and
Anne Eliza Hall married.
changed his name to William Bassett-Smith on 29 Mar 1881.
Sketch by William Bassett-Smith
William Bassett-Smith was a noted architect in England.
To read more about William Bassett-Smith, click on the link below.
If anyone has access to the following memoir, I would love to get a copy
to see if tells more about the history of this Bassett line. The William
Bassett listed is a cousin to William Bassett-Smith.
Memoir of the late Mr. William Bassett, of Countesthorpe
Printed by Winds and Son 1 Jan 1862
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Sara Ware Bassett, Author
Sara Ware Bassett is descended from William of Plymouth (#1A) as
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Joseph Bassett (b. 1669) and wife Susannah Howes
Joshua Bassett (b. 1712) and wife Hannah Bramhall
Joseph Bassett (b. 1747) and wife Mary Pettee
John Ross Bassett (b. 1778) and wife Mary Turner
Caleb Turner Bassett (b. 1815) and wife Sarah Thompson Allen
Charles Warren Bassett (b. 1843) and wife Anna Augusta Haley
Sara Ware Bassett
Current Biography, 1956
Sarah Ware Bassett, Author
On April 15, 1955 the Boston Authors'
Club honored Sara Ware Bassett, one of its most loyal and active
members, on the publication of her fiftieth book. For more than
forty years Miss Bassett has written her pleasant novels of New
England life. At eighty-four she is busily at work on a new novel
scheduled for publication in 1957. A small and fragile-looking
lady who has lived all her life in Massachusetts, Miss Bassett
shuns publicity. "I prefer to be represented by my work," she
writes, "I love my writing. It is my boon companion."
descendant of William Bassett who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts on
the Fortune in 1621
and joined the Pilgrims' colony, Sara Ware Bassett was born in
Newton, Massachusetts, October 22, 1872, to Charles Warren and
Anna Augusta (Haley) Bassett. She spent her childhood and early
girlhood in Newton, studying in the Newton public schools and
graduating from the Newton High School in 1892. In the same year
she entered the Lowell School of Design, then a part of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in Cambridge, where she completed a program
in textile design. She never worked professionally in the field,
however. In 1894 she decided to become a kindergarten teacher,
and after five years of study at the Symonds Kindergarten Training
School in Boston, she obtained a position in the Newton public
schools which she held from 1897 to 1917.
With a teaching schedule of a little
more than two hours a day, Miss Bassett had time to continue
her studies in the three fields which interested her most - English,
psychology, and philosophy. She took courses at Radcliffe College
in Cambridge under such distinguished professors as Charles T.
Copeland ("Copey"), Josiah Royce, and George Herbert
Palmer. She also studied at Boston University under Dallas Lore
Sharp. Miss Bassett had by this time resolved to become a writer,
but, as she explains, "I was ill satisfied with my work
and was determined to learn how to 'handle my tools'."
Encouraged by all her teachers, but
especially by Professor Charp, she began her first novel, and
this was published in 1915 by George H. Doran under the The
Taming of Zenas Henry (made into a silent motion picture
by RKO). In the forty years since this time, Miss Bassett has
published thirty novels, her latest To Each His Dream in
1955 (Doubleday). She has also written a number of books for
children: a group in the Industrial Book series for the Penn
Publishing Company from 1912 to 1920 (The Story of Lumber, The
Story of Wool, The Story of Glass, etc.); another
group for the Invention Series published by Little, Brown from
1920 to 1926 (Paul and the Printing Press, Steve
and the Steam Engine, etc.); and again for Penn in 1926
to 1927 two volumes in the Discovery Series, The Story of
Columbus, The Story of Vasco da Gama. With George
L. Shuman she wrote Industries of the World (1914) and
with E.T. Holmes A Wonderful Fifty Years (1917, privately
Most of Miss Bassett's novels are
set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where (except for two trips to
England and the Continent) she has spent all her summers since
she was in her teens. "I have sought to put into my novels
its atmosphere, the fragrance of its pines, the blueness of its
sea, the emerald of its salt marshes. I have also tried to present
sincerely the humor of the Cape Codder, his common sense, his
Reviewers have generally agreed that
Miss Bassett has succeeded in this intention. Her novels, Lisle
Bell remarked in the New York Herald Tribune in 1943,
are "wholesome and folksy, touched with native humor and
the spirit of neighborliness." In a review of her novel Heart's
Haven (Doubleday, 1944), the New York Times (July
9, 1944) commented: "Widely known for the flavor of authenticity
she brings to her stories by right of heritage, the author
is at her best when describing the natives of the small village
of Belleport and letting you listen in on their gossip and salty
It is not Miss Bassett's purpose
to portray the grimmer aspects of the modern world nor to explore
in depth the complexities of human life. On the eve of World
War II, the Saturday Review of Literature (July 1, 1939) complained
that her novel A Son of the Sea (Doubleday, 1939) with "its
absence of contemporary insecurity, tenseness, and quickness,
belongs in those great days of the Atlantic Monthly which
preceded the Civil War. It was designed for that saintly white-haired
grandmother who in advertisements is all day sitting and knitting
and dreaming; it is tender, conventional, and unreal as she is." To
the large public that seeks escape in pleasant romantic fiction,
however, Miss Bassett's novels, soundly based as they are in
the spirit and flavor of rural and smalltown New England life,
remain sturdy favorites.
Miss Bassett does all her writing
at the Boston Athenaeum (of which she is a proprietor) where
she is free from the interruptions of telephone calls and visitors.
She lives with her sister, a retired physician, in an old house
on Beacon Hill in Boston. Her favorite recreations are "a
good book, a good play, good music." She rarely listens
to the radio and has never watched television. She is proud of
her strong family tradition ("although we have traveled,
our family have never lived outside Massachusetts since 1621")
and states her convictions simply but firmly: "I stand for
what is clean, decent, and upholds our religious and moral standards."
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Section 6 - New family lines combined or added since the last
The following family lines have been
combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.
113B. George Bassett of New York has been combined
into the #34B Bassetts of County Down, Ireland
The following family lines have
been added since the last newsletter.
352B. Solomon Bissette of Vermont
353B. Martin Bassett of England & Vermont
354B. James Bassett of St. Stephens by Launceston,
355B. Burrell Bassett of Virginia
356B. Henry G. Bassett of Portsea, Hampshire, England
357B. Thomas Baskett of Littleton, Worcestershire,
358B. Robert Bassett of Thatcham, Berkshire, England
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Section 7 - DNA project update.
Largely due to the results of DNA testing, it has been
found that #113B George Bassett of New York City is a son
of Arthur Bassett of County Down, Ireland.
The first test below is a documented descendant of the
Bassetts of County Down. A descendant of #113B George Bassett
is shown next, showing a 25/25 match proving that these
two Bassetts line share a common male Bassett ancestor.
Originally we have no idea where in Ireland George Bassett
was from, but with this new evidence, we have now placed
him as a son of Arthur Bassett.
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.