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Splinters From The Tree October 2006

(1) Welcome
(2) Updates on the Bassett Family reunion to be held August 3-4, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts
(3) Weston Hansell Bassett & Bassett Fuel Co. of Kokomo, Indiana
(4) Mark S. Bassett and the Nevada Northern Railway Museum
(5) Jonathan Bassett, Revolutionary War Soldier
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) DNA project update

Thanks for the following donations towards the Bassett DNA fund this month:

Jeffrey Bassett     $100    (to be used for Bassetts of Cranfield. Bedfordshire, England)
Terry Murray           $20    (for Elizabeth Bassett mtDNA)

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Section 1 - Welcome

The Bassett DNA project has now grown to more 160 Bassetts located in 6 countries around the world. Thank you to everyone that has participated in this project. There are now more than 1,000 Bassetts and Bassett family descendants in more than a dozen countries receiving the monthly Bassett family newsletter.

For anyone in the Chicago area, I will be presenting my Bassett DNA presentation on Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 2pm in Skokie. If you are interested in attending, send me an e-mail and I can let you know where the talk is being held.

For anyone living in the Houston, Texas area, I will be in town attending the 3rd International Genetic Genealogy Conference from Nov. 2nd through Nov. 4th. I will be staying near the Houston airport. If you might be interested in meeting for dinner on Friday evening (November 3, 2006), send me an e-mail and I can update you on where I am staying.

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Section 2 - Bassett Family Reunion, August 3-4, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts

30 rooms have been reserved at the Constitution Inn located in Charlestown, Massachusetts for the nights of Friday, August 3rd, 2007 and Saturday, August 4th, 2007. The rooms will be held for our group until June 15th, 2007. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 1-800-495-9622 and ask for reservations. Be sure to tell them you are with the Bassett Family Reunion. The normal rate is $109 per night and rate for members of the military (active or retired) is just $79 per night.

Click on the following link to read more about where the reunion will take place.


We have reserved the meeting room (which holds 100 people) for Friday evening and all day Saturday.

Several activities are in the planning stage and they include:

o A group tour of the Massachusetts capitol building.

o A group tour of the U.S.S. Constitution.

o A reunion dinner on Saturday evening at the hotel or some nearby facility.

o A presentation of my Bassett DNA project for anyone interested on Saturday morning.

If there is anyone else that has a presentation on their line of the Bassett family that you think would be of interest to the group, just let me know.

If you would like to help with the planning of any activity, please let me know. I will need help organizing the reunion dinner and finding a caterer to provide the meal.

Below is map of the area. The hotel is located right in the Charlestown Navy Yard just across the harbor from downtown Boston.

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Weston Bassett & the Bassett Fuel Co.

I bought the following calendar on e-bay. Weston is a 1st cousin to my grandfather Ralph J. Bassett.

Weston descends from #1A 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
William Bassett (b. 1711) and wife Lydia Smith
Rufus Bassett (b. 1757) and wife Jedidah Handy
Nymphas Bassett (b.1785) and wife Thankful Ann Bruce
Oliver C. Bassett (b. 1824) and wife Elizabeth Monroney
Marshall Bassett (b.1858) and wife Sonorah J. Israel
William O. Bassett (b. 1884) and wife Ethel Hansell
Weston Hansell Bassett

Daily Herald, Wednesday, 17 January 2001
North Suburban Obituaries, Lake County, Illinois
Weston H. "Westy" Bassett

Funeral services for Weston H. "Westy" Bassett, 90, of Kokomo, Ind., will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana.

Born Dec. 11, 1910, in Kokomo, to Will O. and Ethel Mae (nee Hansell) Bassett, he died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo. Burial will be in Kokomo Memorial Park.

Mr. Bassett was a 1929 graduate of Kokomo High School and a 1933 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. A retired colonel in the Army infantry, he had served during World War II and had been stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Mr. Bassett was the owner-operator of Bassett Coal & Fuel Co., co-owner of Star Coal & Supply Co., former president and CEO of B.G. Hoadley Quarries, Inc., of Bloomington, Ind., and former owner of the Sea Rocket Motel and developer of the Emerald Isles Condominium Project in North Redington Beach, Fla., in addition to being a retired farmer. He was a life member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he taught the young adult Sunday school class, served as chairman of the board of trustees and was past president of the administrative board. He was also a past president and 58-year member of the Kokomo Rotary Club; a member of the Kokomo Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, and the Maurat Shrine; a former member of the Kokomo Country Club; a member of the John Purdue Club, the President's Club of Purdue University and the Purdue/Kokomo 400 Scholarship Club; a life member of the Kokomo Elks Lodge; a member of the Kokomo Federal Savings & Loan, where he served on the board of directors; a board member for the McMahan-O'Connor Construction Co. in Rochester, Ind.; and a former board member of Howard Community Hospital. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed bowling, golfing and square dancing, and was an avid sports fan.

Surviving are his wife, Marjorie A. Bassett, whom he married June 26, 1934, in South Bend, Ind.; sons, William (Sharon) Bassett of Kokomo and John (Lynda) Bassett of Vernon Hills; daughters, Barbara (Bill) Lambert of Kokomo and Kathryn (Stan) Rebber of Kokomo; grandchildren, Teri Lambert, Kathy (Lambert) Williams, Sara (Bassett) Sullivan, Brenda (Bassett) Malliett, William Bassett Jr., Laura Bassett and Derek Bassett; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Murray Funeral Home, 414 W. Jefferson St., Kokomo, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday, at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Endowment Fund for Scholarships.

For information, (765) 454-9639.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Mark S. Bassett and Northern Railway Museum

Mark S. Bassett descends from the #318B Edward Bassett family as follows:

Edward Bassett (born about 1836 in Ireland) and his wife Mary Byrnes
Henry Bassett and wife Edna
Leo Henry Bassett
Leo Henry Bassett Jr.
Mark S. Bassett

For anyone making a trip through central Nevada, you may want to make a stop at the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum in Ely, Nevada. If you do, stop by to say hello to a fellow Bassett.

(Click for larger version)

Mark S. Bassett, executive director of the Nevada Northern Railway Museum

To read more about this attraction, click on the link: www.nnry.com

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Jonathan Bassett, Revolutionary War Soldier

Jonathan Bassett descends from #1A 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
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1719) and wife Hannah Hall
Jonathan Bassett (b. 1764)

Jonathan Bassett is the only Revolutionary War Soldier buried in Garland County, Arkansas

124.69. Jonathan Bassett, son of Nathaniel Bassett

Jonathan Bassett, son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Hall) Bassett, was born 24 Mar 1764 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He died in Hot Springs, Arkansas on 4 Jul 1833. He married Temperance Crocker, daughter of William Crocker and Lydia Knowles, on 2 Dec 1789 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Temperance was born 2 Feb 1763, and died in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1845.

Jonathan fought in the Revolutionary War when he was 17. He served as a private in Colonel Freeman's regiment from Massachusetts, probably during the final battles of the war. It is thought that he was wounded and came to the Valley of the Vapors in 1828 for treatment of his wounds. He established a farm on Gulpha Creek where he lived until his death. It is thought that he died from malaria. Records show a gift of land and slaves to Lydia from Jonathan just before he died. The record reads, "deed of gift and conveyance from Jonathan Bassett, being low in bodily health but in full enjoyment of mental faculties, to HIS BELOVED AND DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, LYDIA BELDING." This land he gave Lydia was land he had purchased from Ludovicus Belding on 11 Jul 1832.

    +        124691. Nathaniel Bassett - born 17 Oct 1793 in Sandwich, Massachusetts,
              married Eliza Dubois on 8 Apr 1819 in Franklin County, Indiana,
              died 26 Mar 1876 in Franklin County, Indiana.

    +        124692. David Bassett - born 3 Oct 1795 in Sandwich, Massachusetts,
              married Jane P. Clift on 26 Dec 1823 in Hot Springs, Arkansas,
              died 4 Apr 1853 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

    +        124693. Lydia Bassett - born 1 May 1799 in Sandwich, Massachusetts,
              married Ludovicus Belding on 19 Nov 1815, died in 1864 in
              Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Section 6 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.

137B.  James Bassett of Orton On The Hill, Leicester combined into the #33B Bassetts of Blore family.
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

137B. Thomas Bassett of Ashburnham, Worcester County, Massachusetts (b. 1852)
362B. Edmund Bassett of Georgia, born 1848 in Switzerland       

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Section 7 - DNA project update.

The following kits were returned to the testing lab this month:

Bassetts of Lewisham, Kent, England
Bassetts of Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England

Results for #21 Allen Bassett of St. Joseph County, Indiana are back from the lab. Family information conflicted. One source had his birth place as New York, another had it as Newfoundland in Canada.

Early indications are that this Allen Bassett may be a descendant of #1A William Bassett of Plymouth through the same line as the following family:

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.


Jeffrey Bassett
520 Salceda Drive
Mundelein, IL 60060 USA
email address link in header above