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Splinters From The Tree June 2008

(1) Welcome
(2) Bassett Reunion items from 1897-1900 reunions
(2) Adam Marshall Bassett (high jump champion)
(3) John Bassett of Leicester City, England (Bricklayer)
(4) Ira Baxter Bassett (Iron Works)
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update

We had 1 donation of $50 towards the DNA project since the last newsletter.

Section 1 - Welcome

It has been a busy month with the graduation of one son from high school and the completion of the outdoor track and soccer seasons. I have shared a family photo of a recent track meet with everyone this month.

I gave a Bassett DNA presentation in Richmond, Illinois last month and met a very distant cousin for the first time. We had to go back 10 generations to find our common Bassett ancestor. I will be giving another DNA presentation in Mineral Point, Wisconsin on September 27, 2008. If you live in southwest Wisconsin and are interested in hearing this talk, let me know and I will give you the time and place of this presentation.

Two new DNA results are back for descendants of the #14 Jean Besset of Quebec. Three new kits were sent out, one to a Bassett in Australia, one in Germany, and one in England.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Reunion Pamphlets

As mentioned in the April 2008 newsletter, you can now click on this link to see covers from the early Bassett family reunions.

Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Adam Marshall Bassett

Adam Marshall Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett and wife Mary Rainsford
William Bassett and wife Rachel Willison
William Bassett and wife Abigail Bourne
William Bassett and wife Lydia Smith
Rufus Bassett and wife Jedidah Handy
Nymphas Bassett and wife Thankful Ann Bruce
Oliver C. Bassett and wife Elizabeth Monroney
Marshall Bassett and wife Sonorah J. Israel
Ernest Bassett and wife Grace Lee Bass
Ralph J. Bassett and wife Elizabeth Almeta Brickley
Roger Wayne Bassett
Jeffrey Neil Bassett (newsletter author)
Adam Marshall Bassett 

Adam Marshall Bassett
Adam Marshall  Bassett of Mundelein High School high jumps 6'6" (1.98 meters) to win the North Suburban Conference Crown.
Picture courtesy of Scott Munnings (May 2008)

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett:  John Bassett of Leciester City, England (Bricklayer)

John descends from #132B John Bassett of Leicester, England as follows:

John Bassett (m. 1804) and wife Lydia Seawell
William Bassett (b. 1804) and wife Elizabeth
John Bassett (b. 1826) and wife Eliza Cobley
John Bassett (b. 1846) 

John Bassett of Leicester City, England, born 1846. He married Harriett Banner.
Picture courtesy of David E. Collins (great-grandson of John Bassett)
(Click to enlarge)

John Bassett was listed as a bricklayer in the census as was his father John Bassett and grandfather William Bassett.

This family is represented in the Bassett DNA project by kit N26946. They belong to the DNA group of the Bassetts of Staffordshire.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Ira Baxter Bassett (Iron Works)

Ira Baxter Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett and wife Dorcas Joyce
Joseph Bassett and wife Susannah Howes
Daniel Bassett and wife Elizabeth Crowell
Daniel Bassett and wife Hannah Bearse
Joseph Bassett and wife Zerviah Bearse
Zenas Doane Bassett and wife Mary Palmer Howland
Zenas Doane Bassett Jr. and wife Hersilia D. Baxter
Ira Baxter Bassett 

1910 Federal Census of 25th Ward, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (19 Apr 1910)
Ira B. Bassett            62 M MA NY US  Head     Owner - Iron Works
Phoebe                    67 F MA MA MA  Wife    
Ira S.                    33 M OH MA MA  Son      Salesman - Iron Company
Florence J.               22 F OH MA MA  Daughter
Mary Welly                35 F OH OH OH  Servant  Servant Private family
Margret McGillerty        24 F IR IR IR  Servant  Servant Private family

I have had no luck tracing either of the children of this family.

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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.

352B.   Robert Bassett of Bay City, Michigan combined with the #118 Frank Horace Bassett line
        The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

 352B. David Bassett of Llanely, Carmarthenshire, Wales (probably related to #202B Bassetts)  

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Section 7 - DNA project update.

Several new participants have joined the project.

#263B John Bassett of Birmingham, England & Tasmania
#20B    A 2nd test for a descendant of Daniel Harvey Bassett of Boone County, Illinois

Two new results are back for descendants of the #14B Jean Besset of Quebec family. 

The first kit #117911 shows that the #157B line shares DNA with 5 others descended from the #14B Jean Besset family.

The other kit was done through ancestry.com. It shows a link to a group of Bassetts from Massachusetts. While the paper trail for this family leads back to #14B Jean Besset, they do not match the others from the Besset/Bessette/Bassett family so there must have been some type of non-paternity event in their family line.

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