Splinters From The Tree December 2007
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Henry Makepeace Bassett Family Photo
Death of Henry M. Bassett
The thoughtful observer of New England community life notices with regret the passing of a generation of men whose life and service have been notable in the work of church and state. Their services link this generation to those stirring scenes of slavery days, the civil war and the reconstruction period in United States history. Of this number was Mr. Henry Makepeace Bassett, who fell asleep on last Friday night to wake to the eternal glories on Saturday morning. Mr. Bassett was the youngest son of the five children of Deacon Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Smith) Bassett, and was born at the Bassett home in the northern part of Barre, on April 19, 1936, so that at the time of his death he was nearly seventy-five and one-half years old. Like many of our New England boys he received his education at the district school at Rice village and at the old New Salem academy. After his education was finished he came home and for all of his life, with the exception of two years in Michigan, he was a faithful worker in the service of the community and his home. His first wife was Jane S. Brigham of Petersham, to whom he was married Feb. 8, 1860. From this union there were two children, Mr. Walter A. Bassett, now an honored citizen of Petersham, and Stella, who died in infancy. His second wife was Irene C. Finley of Belchertown, to whom he was united in marriage on June 25, 1868. Three stalwart sons and one fair daughter blessed their home, and Mr. Bassett was spared to see tham all happily settled in business and prospering in life. These children are located as follows: Burnell F. and Arthur H., are at Tacoma, Washington, Charles H., is at Worcester, while Delia (Mrs. E.J. Parmenter) and her husband, are at Wayland. Of the original family of five children of Deacon Joseph P. Bassett, only one survives at present, Mr. Charles S. Bassett of Franklin, Mass. There are two grandchildren, Mr. Leslie M. Bassett, the son of Walter Bassett, and Irene Roseanna, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parmenter. The life of Mr. Henry Bassett was particularly notable for its constant industry, for almost to the last day of his life he was able to work, being a successful carpenter and also enjoying very much agricultural pursuits. He was early in life attracted toward holy and divine things, joining the church in boyhood, and in his riper years doing faithful service in the church and parish work of the Barre Congregational church. Those who recall his prayers at the social services of the church, will remember their reverent spirit and the beautiful and trustful utterances of one who was talking with his Heavenly Father. His death came painlessly and quietly last Saturday morning, when from the sleeping of the night he woke to Heaven's morning. The funeral services were held on Tuesday, the 10th, at 1 p.m., at the house, his pastor, Rev. C.H. Smith, and his long time neighbor and friend, Rev. A.F. Bailey, officiating. Two beautiful musical selections were part of the service, "The Silver Chord" and "Asleep in Jesus," which were sung by Mrs. C. H. Smith and Miss Bessie Bacon. Mr. Bassett was buried in the family lot in the Lincoln Cemetery, where his body lies next to those of father and mother and other relatives. As we think of the end of this long and useful life it suggest the lines from the poet Bryant:
"Sustained and soothed
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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: George Thomas Bassett of "The Beehive"
George Thomas Bassett descends from the #184B Bassetts of Chiddingstone
184B112.752.1C3. George Thomas Bassett, son of Henry Bassett
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Section 4 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
408B. John Bassett of Fordham, Cambridgeshire into the #62B William Bassett of Fordham, Cambridgeshire Family
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Section 5 - DNA project update.
#254B Samuel Bassett of Timsbury, 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.
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