Splinters From The Tree May 2007
Thanks to all of the following who made donations this month:
3 individuals donating a total of $85.
Section 1 - Welcome
Just a reminder that the Bassett family reunion is just a few months away. I have heard from several dozen Bassetts that so far plan on attending. I will have more updates in next month's newsletter. I am looking for two volunteers to help out, one to be in charge of name tags and one to organize a group dinner on Saturday evening. Please contact me if you are interested in helping with either of these activities. You can see more details at our web site including information on making reservations.
I enjoyed meeting several Bassetts on my recent trip to California from three different Bassett lines including William Bassett of Plymouth, John Bassett of Connecticut, and Truman Bassett of Connecticut.
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Photo Album available on e-bay
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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Dr. George W. Bassett and Bassett's Native Herbs
I purchased the box of Bassett's Native Herbs shown in the picture below on e-bay this month.
George W. Bassett descends from #3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
3B362.271. Dr. George William Bassett, son of Almond Abraham Bassett
Dr. George William Bassett, son of Almond
Abraham and Eliza Bassett, was born 17 May 1845 in Schenectady County,
New York. He died 18 Nov 1905 in Columbus, Ohio. He married Hannah M.
(Buck) Currier (Currier from pension file), daughter of Dennis and Isabel
Buck on 17 Oct 1874 in Grafton, Massachusetts. They were separated but
never divorced. He married (2) Harriet Ann Bragg. She was born about
1850. She died 2 Apr 1890 in Columbus, Ohio. He married (3) Mary Elizabeth
Qualey, daughter of Daniel Qualey. She was born about 1869. She died
about June 1916 in Columbus, Ohio. George W., Harriett A., Clara and
Marguerite Bassett are all buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus,
Franklin County, Ohio.
1900 Federal Census of 6th Ward, Columbus, Franklin County, OH (5 Jun
1910 Federal Census of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio (16 Apr 1910)
Children by 1st wife.
3B3622711. George W. Bassett - May 1875 in Duanesburg, New York, who was 1 month old for the 1875 census taken 14 Jun 1875.
Children by 3rd wife.
3B3622712. Marguerite J. Bassett - born 1890, died 11 Dec 1896, buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.
3B3622713. Clara Louise Bassett - born 6 Mar 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, died25 Aug 1908, buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus Citizen Journal 4 June 1916
Mrs. Elizabeth Bassett, widow of Dr. George W. Bassett, died of complications Monday at Grant Hospital, following an illness of nine weeks. The body was taken to the funeral establishment of the Egan Undertaking Company, 26-30 West Naghten street, where funeral will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Services at St. Joseph's cathedral, Broad and Fifth streets, at 8:30 a.m. For several months before her illness, Mrs. Bassett lived at the Lenox hotel. Mrs. Stephen Potter of Delaware is a sister.
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: John W. Bassett and the Bassett Army Hospital
Bassett descends from #1B John Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
A new Army Hospital will be dedicated later this month, named for John Winfield Bassett. It is located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
In June 1942, a Japanese offensive attack captured Attu; a small remote island on the western tip of the Aleutian chain. On a cloudy, wind-swept May 11 dawn in 1943, Americans launched a campaign to recapture Attu. U.S. infantrymen dug in on the 28th of May, feeling confident that the following day would see the end of the Japanese occupation of that piece of U.S. soil. The American assault on the island had been very successful, and only 800 Japanese troops remained; all of whom were eventually trapped in a box canyon. The American forces were surprised, however, when on the morning of May 29, the enemy troops launched a last-ditch, suicide drive. They successfully overran the advance aid station commanded by Captain John Winfield Bassett. The Japanese stormed through the aid station, ruthlessly slaughtering wounded soldiers by using bayonets to conserve bullets. Despite efforts to organize the medics and walking wounded into a makeshift army, Captain Bassett was shot and killed by the small but surging Japanese force. Bassett's acts of heroism were immediately recognized by the U.S. Army, and he was posthumously awarded the purple heart and the silver star for heroism in the face of the enemy.
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Albert G. Bassett of Rochester, New York
Albert G. Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as
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Section 6 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.
174B. The Bassetts of Hastings and Eastbourne, Sussex,
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Section 7 - William Bassett of Albion, Illinois family identified
We have another success story for the use of DNA helping us to place a given Bassett family into the correct family from England.
One of the earlier families in my Bassett files, the #23B WIlliam Bassett of Albion, Illinois line, seems to belong to the Bassetts of Cornwall, but differs by a few markers so the link back to Cornwall may have 300-500 years ago. We have had no luck identifying this family until now.
We previously knew the following about William Bassett.
23B. William Bassett
William Bassett was born 28 May
1817 in the County of Kent, England. He died 22 Mar 1904 in
Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, aged 86, at the home of his
daughter, Ellen Standring. He married Charlotte Johns, daughter
of Robert and Margaret (Haines) Johns, on 12 Oct 1839 in Albion,
Edwards County, Illinois. She was born 10 May 1812, She was
baptized on 12 Dec 1812 in Philleigh, Truro, County of Cornwall,
England. She died 3 Apr 1886 in Albion, aged 73 years.
I recently found the following ship passenger list and began wondering if the William Bassett below was our #23B William Bassett of Albion.
Ship Passenger list of Westminster, arriving 22 Mar 1837
from Great Britain
I found christening records for many of the Bassetts on the above ship passenger list from Bodiam, Sussex, England.
Several facts looked promising. William was of the right age, and Samuel Bassett and William Bassett were both found living in Albion, Edwards County, Illinois for the 1840 census. It also matched the family story about the family coming in the 1830's to the United States.
I decided to track down descendants of Joseph Bassett and Thomas Bassett, also found on the ship passenger list, hoping they might be brothers of Samuel Bassett who moved west to Albion. Descendants of both Joseph Bassett and Thomas Bassett stayed in Madison County, New York and I found a male Bassett from this Madison County line to take part in DNA testing.
Below shows the DNA results for this Bassett from Madison County, New York. He is perfect match for the Albion Bassett line!
I will now be able to combine the #380B Bassetts of Bodiam and the #23B Bassetts of Albion into one family line.
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Section 8 - DNA project update.
Results from kit #87042 are back. This kit belongs to a descendant of #142B Isaac Z. Bassett, The DNA results clearly show that this Bassett is a descendant of #14B Jean Besset of Quebec, Canada.
Information for Isaac Z. Bassett is as follows:
142B. Isaac Z. Bassett
Isaac Z. Bassett was born 15
Dec 1878 (CDR) Canada. He died 12 Nov 1966 (CDR) in San
Diego County, California. He was living at 804 Erie Street
in 1926 in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan. He married
Clara in 1901 in Worth, Cook County, Illinois. Clara was
born about 1883 in Germany.
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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