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Splinters From The Tree August 2009

(1) Welcome
(2) Picture of Ted & Irene Bassett & Family (1968)
(3) Death of Preston Crosby Bassett
(4) Family Reunion of John Henry Bassett (Troy, Alabama) in 1921
(5) Photo of James Lawrence Bassett
(6) Photo of Thomas George Bassett & family in Cornwall about 1891
(7) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(8) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

For anyone living in the Chicago area who has not yet seen my Bassett family presentation on genetic genealogy, I will be having another talk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at the Fremont Public Library located at 1170 North Midlothian Road in Mundelein, Illinois. I explain how I got started in Bassett family genealogy and then explain how I have used genetic genealogy and DNA testing to help place Bassetts into their correct family tree. I hope to see some of you there!

Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Ted & Irene Bassett & Family (1968)

Can anyone identify this Bassett family? The picture was recently given to me by friends of my parents. It was most likely sent to someone living in the Chicago, Illinois area.

Ted and Irene Bassett and family, 1968
On the back of the photo was:
Ted & Irene Bassett  & family, 1968

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Death of Preston Crosby Bassett

Preston Crosby Bassett descends from #8B John Bassett of Hunterdon County, New Jersey as follows:

#8B John Bassett
Amos Bassett (b. 1760) and wife Susan Stout
Jeremiah Vardaman Bassett (b. 1805) and wife Tryphena Wellesley Birch
Thomas Erskine Bassett (b. 1834) and wife Nina Hirsch
Thomas Erskine Bassett Jr. (b. 1867) and wife Gracia m. Carpenter
William Waters Bassett (b. 1889) and wife Olive Crosby
Preston Crosby Bassett

The News-Press, 28 Jul 2009
Preston Crosby Bassett

Preston Crosby Bassett, a leading actuary who helped shape federal pension policies for several presidential administrations, has died in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 91.

Bassett passed away on Sunday, one week after suffering a stroke at his home, according to his daughter Katherine Morris-Ketcham.

Specializing in employment benefit and pension policy, Bassett served on the Pension Committee for the Department of Labor from 1965 through 1970. He also served on advisory councils for the Welfare and Pension Disclosure Act and for Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He would later join President Carter's Commission on Pension Policy.

Bassett became the only man to be named president of all three major actuarial societies: the Conference of Actuaries in Public Practice (1975-1977), the Society of Actuaries (1983-1984) and the American Academy of Actuaries (1985-1986). He authored three actuarial books and was published in the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.

Bassett began his career as an actuary in 1940 at Prudential in Newark, N.J., following his graduation from Reed College in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. In 1950, Bassett joined the firm of Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, where he would rise to Vice President and Chief Actuary, overseeing a staff of more than 100 actuaries.

A long-time resident of the Philadelphia area, Bassett moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, with his late wife, Helen, in 1995.

In addition to his daughter and her husband (Ray) of Ponte Vedra, Florida, he is survived by his son, Preston C. Bassett Jr. (Sofia Novoa) of Clinton, New York, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In a 1986 interview for The Actuarial Update, Bassett was asked to sum up his life to that point: "As I look back, I can say without hesitation it's been a joy."

Services will be held at Cypress Cove in Fort Myers, Florida and in Philadelphia at a later date.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Family Reunion picture of John Henry Bassett

John Henry Bassett descends from #13B Richard William Bassett of Maryland/Georgia as follows:

Richard William Bassett and wife Ann
Ezekiel Bassett (b. 1790) and wife Sarah Thomas
Andrew Jackson Bassett (b. 1814) and wife Sarah Ann Bulger
John Henry Bassett (b. 1856) and wife Sarah Elefair Meredith

John Henry Bassett Family Photo around 1921
John Henry Bassett Family Photo around 1921  (Bold indicates what they were called)
Picture provided by Donnis Loper (click to enlarge slighly)

Front Row: (l to r) 2nd Row: (l to r)

Eddie Royce Bassett
Edgar Johnson
Juanita Ruth Bassett
Kathleen Johnson
Flora McQuagge
Johnny Glen McQuagge
Julius Morris Bassett
Randal Leighton Bassett
John Will Bassett Jr. (Billy)


Ralph Price
Peavy Price
Mary Mozell Bassett Price                        
Sara Price
Sally E. Bassett Johnson        
Paul Johnson           
Shirley Johnson     
Jenny Ellafair Bassett McQuagge
John Henry Bassett
Sarah Ellafair Meredith Bassett
Olene Bassett
Fannie Harris Bassett
Francis Bassett
John Will Bassett
Margaret Bassett
3rd Row: (l to r) Top Row: (l to r)
Samuel Jackson Bassett
John Owen Bassett
Naomi Ruth Hendricks Bassett
Ewell C. Bassett
Nannie Crow Bassett
Rupert Green
Fannie McQuagge Green
Eli Blake Bassett
Bernice Bassett
Hattie Williford Bassett
Lee Gardner Bassett
Gennie Jinwright Bassett
James Cliff Bassett
Emma Price Bassett (sister to Peavy Price)
Irving Austin
Lucy E. Bassett Austin


Bassett File in Alabama Archives

        Lee Gardner Bassett, of Troy, was born June 10, 1900, at that place. He is the son of John H. and Sarah Ellafair (Meredith) Bassett, both of Bullock County; grandson of Andrew Jackson and Sarah Ann (Bulger) Bassett, of Postoak, and of Samuel and Rebecca (Spivey) Meredith, of Mt. Hilliard, Bullock County.
        The original American ancestor, William Bassett, was a Captain in the English Army. His son was an architect and built Williamsburg Court House in Virginia in 1677.
        Representative Bassett attended the public schools of Pike County and is a merchant and farmer. He was elected to the Board of Commissioners of his County in 1934 and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1950, for a term of four years. He is a Democrat, a Missionary Baptist and a Mason. Married: Gennie Mozelle, daughter of Asa and Mozelle (Richardson) Jimright, of Banks, Alabama. Children: 1. Ruth Fair; m. Harold R. Collins.

An article about the reunion of this family from a different year.


        TROY, ALABAMA June 11, 1952. The annual reunion of the Bassett family, one of Pike County's largest and most prominent families, was held at the old home place about six miles north of Troy recently.
        Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bassett, both of whom are deceased, were the parents of this large family. They were the parents of 10 children, six of whom were boys and four girls. All of the children are still living except one son, Samuel J. Bassett, who died in 1940. All of the nine living children were present at the reunion, together with their families.
        There were present at the reunion about 60 persons, and among those attending are the following: Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Bassett, Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Bassett, J.C. Bassett, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Bassett, J.W. Bassett, Mrs. Irving Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel McQuagg, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Peavy Price, Mrs. O.C. Prescott and children, Mr.s Lamar Floyd and children, Mrs. William Price and chldren and Mrs. Robert Dunn and a daughter, all of the above from Troy. Mrs Earl Bristow, Augusta, Ga., Mrs. Rupert Green and granddaughter, Banks; Mrs. Dorrill Green and children and Mr. and Mrs. Barbaree of Union Springs, Mr. and Mrs Vernon Jimright and Mrs. Brooks, Linwood; and James Blain Johnson, Troy.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Photo of James Lawrence Bassett

James Lawrence Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Rainsford
Nathan Bassett (b 1667) and wife Mary Huckens
William Bassett (b. 1702) and wife Anna Mayhew
Fortunatus Bassett (b.. 1742) and wife Sarah Bassett
Cornelius Bassett (b. 1778) and wife Elizabeth Holland Sawyer
James Lawrence Bassett (b. 1816) married Mary Jane Conrad

James Lawrence Bassett
James Lawrence Bassett (not sure who provided this picture)

Obituary for John A. Bassett, brother to James Lawrence Bassett
Rochester Post. 1885

        Mr. John A. Bassett died at his residence in Genoa, on Sunday, of Bright's disease of the kidneys, at the age of seventy-nine years. Mr. Bassett was one of the first settlers of this county, having settled here in the fall of 1854. He was a man highly esteemed for his many good qualities and leaves a large circle of friends who will deeply mourn his departure. His funeral took place at at Genoa on Tuesday.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Photo of Thomas George Bassett & Family, Cornwall

Thomas George Bassett descends from #300B Thomas Bassett of Okehampton ,Devonshire,
England as follows:

#300B Thomas Bassett (m. 1733) and wife Charity Lane
Thomas Bassett (b. 1740) and wife Ann
Francis Bassett (b. 1768) and wife Elizabeth Macey
Thomas Bassett (b. 1804) and wife Mary Ann Arnold
Thomas George Bassett (b. 2 Mar 1839)

Thomas George Bassett & Family, Cornwall
Picture provided by David Pope, great-great-grandson of Thomas George Bassett

This is a photo of Thomas George Bassett (b. 2/Mar/1839 in Bodmin) and Martha taken in Looe in Cornwall approx 1891.
Back Row from left: John Edwin Bassett (b. 6/Jul/1865), Alice Bassett (b. 18/Jul/1876), Lucy Bassett (b. 7/Aug/1869), Fanny Bassett (b. 13/Jul/1878), Mary Ann Bassett (b. 25/Oct/1871).
Middle Row: William Bassett (b. 20/May/1881), Martha, Thomas, Richard Bassett (b. 21/Apr/1883.
Front Row: Elizabeth Bassett (b. 7/Jul/1885), Mary Jane Bassett (b. 25/Feb/1888)

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Section 7 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

 123B.  William Bassett of Plymouth, England (married to Grace March)
 319B.  Ryall Bassett (b. 1835) of Roanoke, Virginia
 427B.  Burrows Bassett (m. ~ 1788) of Ashdon, Essex, England
 428B.  Bassetts of North Luffenham, Rutland, England
 429B. John Bassett (b. 1854) of Harrisville, Lewis County, New York  

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Section 8 - DNA project update

No new participants or results for DNA testing this month.

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