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Splinters From The Tree November 2006

(1) Welcome
(2) Anne Basset, artist
(3) Harry Bassett of Melbourne, Australia
(4) William Bassett, photographer from Guildford, Surrey, England
(5) mtDNA results for Elizabeth Bassett, wife of William of Plymouth
(6) DNA results from the #171B Bassetts of Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England
(7) Family Reunion details
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

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

Barbara Bassett             $15
Jeffrey Bassett                $75 (proceeds from DNA talk)

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Section 1 - Welcome

I have just returned from the 3rd International Conference on Genetic Genealogy held in Houston, Texas. I enjoyed meeting several of you on my trip. Based on information learned on the trip, I will be upgrading all William Bassett of Plymouth DNA tests to 37 markers in hopes of placing several of the unidentified families that match via DNA but still have no paper trail to William. The first set of upgrades have been ordered for three tests. Let me know if you are willing to upgrade your test for the benefit of others in the project or if you are willing to help upgrade someone's else test if you are in one of the family groups trying to make a link to William Bassett's family. If this proves successful, we may be upgrading other family groups in the future.

Several new lines have been added for families that changed their name to Bassett in the past 200 years including Bassichis, Bosset and Baskett.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Anne Bassett, artist

If you are ever in Jerome, Arizona, you may want to stop by the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery to see some of the works by Anne Bassett.

Anne Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett 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
John Bassett (b. 1716) and wife Mercy Newcomb
Thomas Bassett (b. 1759) and wife Lydia Mendall
Newcomb Bassett (b. 1781) and wife Esther Smith
Ezra Bassett (b. 1821) and Sarah Ann Carpenter
Frank Ezra Bassett (b. 1870) and wife Maggie McLaughlin
Irwin Frank Bassett (b. 1891) and wife Huldah Johnson
Donald Rex Bassett
Anne Bassett

Painting of Main Street of Jerome, Arizona by Anne Bassett (click to enlarge)

“I am enormously proud that people from around the world have told me they came to Jerome after seeing its charm in my drawings.”

Since 1982, internationally recognized artist Bassett has documented the historic town of Jerome’s unique visual heritage. She finds the medium of pen and ink fitting to the intricate historical detail. Freely done watercolors capture moods and the odd colors from the opened earth and mining activities.

Architects in particular appreciate that while most anyone can draw a plumb building, capturing the skewed buildings of Jerome and depicting that it is not an error in the art, but rather architecturally correct, underscores Bassett’s outstanding skill as an artist.

The Arizona State Parks Department commissioned Bassett to do 13 drawings, which are on display at the Douglas Mansion, Jerome’s State Historic Park, etched in metal, and comprise Bassett’s first major public installation.

Arizona Highways and Southwest Profile are but two of Bassett’s numerous publishings. Her work has been shown at Arizona State University, where she studied and worked in the Art Department. Other shows were with Arizona Arts & Humanities Council, Phoenix’ Women’s Center, Verde Valley Art Association, and the Flour Garden in Telluride, Colorado. Bassett also has taught painting and figure drawing at the Phoenix Art Museum. She now shows at the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, which she co-founded in 1996.

Bassett studied at A.S.U. from 1965 to 1975 and did an apprenticeship with Rainbow Tourraine from 1977 through 1981.

“I love my subjects and am thrilled when people notice this. I credit years of figure drawing and portraiture for the ability to reveal character in my art. It is an intimate thing to be absorbed into the subject by drawing from life. I believe we capture the soul.”

Of late works in ink, watercolor and serigraphy of Indian relics Bassett says: “It was exhilarating working at Canyon De Chelly, Mesa Verde, V-V Ranch and Wupatki, and very like depicting Jerome. Creating art where the history and land are magical is a spiritual experience.”

Bassett’s new achievement is the ink for a new map of Sedona commissioned by Discovery Maps. It boasts inserts of Oak Creek Canyon, Village of Oak Creek, Tlaquapaque, and Jerome. The achieved goal was to “Blow all the other maps out of the water.” A new Sedona series follows.

Web site: jeromeartistannebassett.com

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Harry Bassett of Melbourne, Australia.

Some of you may remember the article in February of 2005 about the Bassett-Lowke company. More information has been found on Harry Bassett, son of Absalom Bassett mentioned in that article. This Harry Bassett is a half-brother to Joseph Lowke who started Bassett-Lowke.
Harry Bassett descends from #299B Samuel Bassett of Randwick, Gloucester, England as follows:
Samuel Bassett and wife Sarah
Thomas Bassett (b. 1789) and wife Swindinia
Absalom Bassett (b. 1828) and wife Tryphena (White) Lowke
Harry Bassett (b. 1855)

To read the original article on this family, click on the link below.


The following picture and article are reprinted with permission from Museum Victoria. Photographer: Benjamin Healley.

The bicycle below can be seen at Museum Victoria in Australia. To read more about this museum collection, click on the link below.


Victory’ brand high-wheel touring bicycle (1889), H. Bassett & Co.

Burston’s ‘Victory’ high-wheel bicycle

This Victory penny farthing bicycle, assembled by H. Bassett & Company of Melbourne, is perhaps the most travelled bicycle in the museum’s collection.

Built as a special order for the keen Melbourne cyclist George W. Burston, it is a typical high-wheel or ‘ordinary’ bicycle of the style popular in the 1880s, with a 56-inch (142–centimetre) diameter front wheel and solid rubber tyres.

On 1 November 1889, Burston set off on this bicycle on a ‘world tour’, accompanied by Harry Stokes, a fellow member of the Melbourne Cycling Club, riding a similar machine.

Making first for Sydney, they then boarded a steamer to Brisbane and Batavia (now Indonesia). Continuing through India, the Middle East, Europe and the United Kingdom they covered 10 000 kilometres by bicycle over the next 10 months on a journey through more than 15 countries.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: William Bassett, Photographer from Guildford, England

William Bassett descends from #171B Thomas Bassett of Cranfield, Bedford, England as follows:

Thomas Bassett married Alice Purrier
John Bassett (b. 1634) married Agnes Hickes
Robert Bassett (b. 1670)
John Bassett (b. 1694) married Ann Odel
Thomas Bassett (b. 1723) married Mary Lebat
Elisha Bassett (b. 1750) married Dinah Barker
James Bassett (b. 1780) married Sarah Higham
William Bassett (b. 1806) married Mary
William Bassett (b. 1846) married Martha Pickett

From a photograph taken by William Bassett


171B571.424.31. William Bassett, son of William Bassett

        William Bassett, son of William and Mary Bassett, was born 21 Jan 1846 in Brompton, Kensington, London, England. He died 27 Sep 1918 in Guildford, Surrey, England. He married Martha Picket, daughter of Philip and Leah Pickett, on 24 Dec 1865 in Parish Church, Kensington. She was born 16 Jan 1846 in Parish of H. Mays, Guildford, Surrey. She died 19 Dec 1896 in Guildford, Surrey. They are both buried in Stoughton Cemetery.
        William was a commercial photographer in Guildford with some of his photos in the West Surrey museum in Woking.

1881 British Census of Stoke Road, Stoke, Surrey
William Bassett      35 M Head     Brompton, Middlesex  Photographer
Martha               35 F Wife     Guildford, Surrey
Frederick W.         14 M Son      Guildford, Surrey    Asst. Photographer
Herbert P.           11 M Son      Bedford, Bedford     Scholar
Lucy E.               8 F Daughter Bedford, Bedford     Scholar
Ernest C.             4 M Son      Guildford, Surrey    Scholar
Sidney J.             2 M Son      Guildford, Surrey
Mary H. Abbott       90 F Lodger                        Lady
Herbert H. Bye       21 M Boarder  Soham, Cambridge     Asst. Photographer

1901 British Census of 90 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey
Herbert P. Bassett 31 M Head     Bedford                Photographer
Clara              26 F Wife     Oatlands Park, Surrey
Arthur P.          16 M Brother  Guildford

171B571424311. Fredrick Willam Bassett - born 16 Dec 1866 in Guildford, Surrey, England. He died before 1946. He had Florence Bassett, Dorthy Bassett, and Winifred Bassett who died before 1975.

171B571424312. Arthur Henry Bassett - born 15 May 1868 in Parish of H Pauls, Bedford, died Jun 1868.

171B571424313. Herbert Philip Bassett - born 13 Nov 1869 in Parish of St. Peters, Bedford.

171B571424314. Lucy Ellen Bassett - born 22 May 1872 in St. Peters, Bedford, married Alfred Holliday and had Edgar Holliday and Winifred Holliday who married Mr. Edwards.

171B571424315. Maggie Leah Bassett - born 6 Aug 1874 in Guildford, Surrey, died 25 Ju l1875 in Guildford, Surrey.

+ 171B571424316. Ernest Charles Bassett - born 27 Sep 1876 in Guildford, Surrey. 
171B571424317. Sidney Joseph Bassett - born 24 Sep 1879 in Guildford, Surrey, married and had Harold Bassett and Vera Bassett.

171B571424318. Alfred Ebenezer Bassett - born 4 May 1881 in Guildford, Surrey, married Violet Adeline Contstance.

+ 171B571424319. Harry Bassett - born 25 Jun 1883 in Guildford, Surrey, died 25 Apr 1969 in Victoria, British Columbi, married (1) Florence Amelia Carter (2) Lilian Carter.

+ 171B57142431A. Arthur Percy Bassett - born 3 Jan 1885 in Guildford, Surrey, died Seattle, Washington, married Anna Cook.

171B57142431B. Florence Winnifred Bassett - born 13 Apr 1887 in Guildford, Surrey, married Mr. White and had Daphne White.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: mtDNA results of Elizabeth Bassett, wife of William of Plymouth

Here are the results of the mtDNA testing for Elizabeth Bassett, wife of William Bassett who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on the ship Fortune. So far, no one has matched this Elizabeth Bassett. Thanks to Sarah Kaye Marvin Tucker for taking part in our project. mtDNA tests the female line of the family tree. The chart below shows the descent of the test particpant from Elizabeth Bassett, wife of William Bassett.

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Section 6 - DNA results back for the #171B Bassetts of Cranfield, Bedfordshire

DNA results are in for the Bassetts of Cranfield, Bedforshire. There is a link between this line and the line of Bassetts from Bethnal Green, London (#256B). We have not yet found the link between these two families. The #171B family traces back to 1600 in the same village in Bedfordshire, England.

FamilyTreeDNA statistics show that there is an 80% chance that this line shares a common ancestor with several of the Bassetts from the Staffordshire family within the past 24 generations (about 600 years).   

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Section 7 - Bassett Family Reunion Details, August 3rd and 4th, 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 we will be staying for the reunion.


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Section 8 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

 133B.  Thomas R. Bassett of Ottawa, Illinois combined into the #39B Bassetts of Norfolk, England
 246B.  Lewis Albert Bassett of Pennsylvania into the #45B Adolphus Boles Bassett Family
        The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

 133B. The Bassetts of Beldoc, Barnwell County, South Carolina (African-American)
 246B. The Bassetts of Hinds & Yazoo County, Mississippi (African-American)
 363B. Elias Bassett of Sigginstone, Glamorgan, Wales (b. 1821)
 364B. Arthur W. Bassett of St. Lawrence County, New York (b. 1868)
 365B. Sylvanie Bosset of Louisiana (b. 1825)
 366B. Alexander Bassett of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1885)
 367B. John Baskett of Quinton, Gloucester, England (b. 1796)
 368B. Thomas Bassett of Dublin, Ireland (native of Wexford)

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Section 9 - DNA project update.

We have several tests at the lab waiting for results including one for #21B Allen Bassett of Indiana and the Bassetts of Lewisham, Kent, England.

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