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Splinters From The Tree December 2006

(1) Welcome
(2) Mary E. (Stone) Bassett, author
(3) The Lamort W. Bassett home of Henderson Harbor, New York
(4) Saxons, Vikings and Celts by Bryan Sykes
(5) Placement of #106B Russell Bassett using DNA test results
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) DNA project update

Thanks for the following donations sent in during the past month.

Nancy Kirsch $100 (used to upgrade the #21B Allen Bassett test and the #177B Bassetts of Helston)
Ray Bassett $100
Barbara Bassett $15
Duane Besssette $20

Section 1 - Welcome

Another year is coming quickly to a close. In 2006, I added 45 new family lines of Bassetts, more than 200 new recipients of the newsletter, and 33 new participants in the Bassett DNA project. Each additional DNA participant adds new knowledge to the project as a whole. In addition, plans are being made for a family reunion to be held in Boston, Massachusetts in August of 2007. I hope to meet some of you there. If there is enough interest, I also like to have a future Bassett reunion somewhere in England or Wales.

Family Tree DNA, the testing company that we are using for the Bassett DNA project, has a special going for the remainder of the year. They are offering two $30 discounts on 37-marker tests, two $20 discounts on 25 marker tests, and two $15 discounts on mtDNA test (for the female line). These kits must be ordered after December 10 and be paid for before December 31, 2006 to be eligible for the discount. If you have been thinking about taking part in the DNA project, now would be a good time to join to save a few dollars. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, you can visit www.familytreedna.com and order the kit yourself and then let me know about the order to get the Bassett group discount, or let me know that you want to take part and I will order the test kit for you.

For those living in the Chicago area, I will be giving two more presentations on the Bassett DNA project at local genealogical society meetings. The first will take place on Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 at the Schaumburg Township District Library at 7:30 pm. The second presentation will take place on Thursday, January 25th, 2007 at the Kane County Genealogical Society Meeting held at 7:30 at the Geneva History Center in Geneva, Illinois.

I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and wonderful New Year.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Mary E. (Stone) Bassett, author

Mary is related to the Bassett family as follows:
Adolphus Boles Bassett and wife Hannah White
Adolphus Boles Bassett Jr. and wife Sarah Cogswell
William A. Basset and Louisa Hackett
Lewis Albert Bassett and wife Mary E. Stone

Here is a cover of one of the many books written by Mary E. (Stone) Bassett.

This book cover was provided by a descendant of Mary E. Stone Bassett

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Lamort W. Bassett Home of Henderson Harbor, New York

Lamort W. Bassett descends from the #6B William Bassett of CT family as follows:
William Bassett and wife Hannah Dickerman
John Bassett (b. 1652) and wife Mercy Todd
John Bassett (b. 1691) and wife Elizabeth Thompson
William Bassett (b. 1718) and wife Mabel Goodyear
Jared Bassett (b. 1749) and wife Sarah Goodyear
Eli Bassett (b. 1774) and wife Phebe Cook
Daniel Bassett (b. 1803) and wife Fanny Eggleston
Gustavus D. Bassett (b. 1830) and wife Marion
Lamort W. Bassett (b. 1856) of Henderson Harbor, Jefferson County, New York

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Section 4 - Featured Book: Saxons, Vikings, and Celts

Bryan Sykes, author of The Seven Daughters of Eve (2001), has a new book available about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. This should be an interesting read for anyone that has taken part in the Bassett DNA project.

It was shortly after I heard Bryan Sykes speak in 2001 in Boston that I began the Bassett DNA project.

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts is the most illuminating book yet to be written about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. Through a systematic, ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, Bryan Sykes has traced the true genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants. This historical travelogue and genetic tour of the fabled isles, which includes accounts of the Roman invasions and Norman conquests, takes readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales, where a 300,000-year-old tooth was discovered, to the resting place of "The Red Lady" of Paviland, whose anatomically modern body was dyed with ochre by her grieving relatives nearly 29,000 years ago. A perfect work for anyone interested in the genealogy of England, Scotland, or Ireland, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts features a chapter specifically addressing the genetic makeup of those people in the United States who have descended from the British Isles.

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Section 6 - Placement of #106 Russell Bassett into the William Bassett of Plymouth family

We have had another success story in using the results of our DNA project to place an unconnected branch of the family into its correct place. This case study also shows the importance of having information available on all 37 markers. Below is the result of a descendant of #106B Russell Bassett of Kentucky.

Note that marker 31 has a value of 14. Out of all descendants of William Bassett of Plymouth, three other tests have this same results. See table below. They are all descendants of Nathaniel Bassett, middle son of William Bassett.

Since kits #2837, #11777 and #13485 all share the same mutation 14 in marker 31, and they are all sons of William Bassett, William Bassett must carry this mutation also.

Since kit #28746 through William's brother Samuel does not contain this mutation, then Samuel does not contain this mutation.

Given the information above, Russell Bassett must be a son of William Bassett and brother to Daniel, Joab and Samuel!

In checking the census records for William, there was a previously unaccounted for son son born between 1800 and 1810. I have now moved Russell over to be a son of this William Bassett in my records.

Henry Levi Bassett, born 1891, great-grandson of Russell Bassett in his World War I uniform.
(Picture provided by Valeria Simmons)

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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.

106B. Russell Bassett family combined into the #1A William Bassett of Plymouth

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

106B. The family of Leroy Charles Bassett of Ashtabula County, Ohio (b. 1907)
369B. The family of Susan (Bassett) Foss of South Carolina (b. 1844 SC)
370B. The family of David Bassett of Llanwanno, Glamorgan, Wales (b. 1834)
371B. The family of John Bassett of Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England (b.1826)
372B. The family of William Bassett of Limehouse, Middlesex, England (b. 1806)
373B. The family of Richard Bassett of Holsworthy, Devon, England (b. 1688)
374B. The family of William Bassett of Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales (b. 1792)
375B. The family of George Bassett of Tonbridge & Edmonton, Kent, England (b. 1882)

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Section 7 - DNA project update.

Test kits for the following families were returned to the lab during the past month. We are currently awaiting results.

#117B. Bassetts of St. Mary Hill, Glamorgan, Wales
#177B. Bassetts of Helston, Cornwall.

The following kits were upgraded during the past month. We are currently awaiting results.

Kit #23459 William Bassett of Plymouth descendant upgrade to 37 markers
Kit #24247 Elias Bassett of West Virginia upgrade to 37 markers
Kit #5517 William Bassett of Plymouth descendant upgrade to 37 markers
Kit #69129 Allen P. Bassett of Indiana upgrade to 37 markers

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