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Splinters From The Tree September 2009

(1) Welcome
(2) Bassett obituary lookup
(3) Bassett Family Reunion on the Gold Coast, Australia, October, 2009
(4) "Bud" Bassett, Arizona Ranger
(5) Thomas Lewis Bassett of Roebourne, Australia
(6) William Emile Bassett of Georgia, US Navy
(7) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(8) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

We currently have a half dozen DNA kits outstanding. If you have ordered a kit, please return it as soon as possible so that I may be able to share the results with the rest of the Bassett family.

Graham Bassett of Australia is hosting a Bassett family reunion on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia on the weekend of October 3-5, 2009. Bassetts from any family are welcome. See more about this below.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Obituary lookup for H.M. Bassett

Can anyone look up the obituary for H.M. Bassett from New Orleans, Louisiana?

Death date: 7 Feb 1862, aged 52 years

The obituary should be found in any of the following papers:

Daily Delta 1862-02-12 Pg. 2 col. 4
Daily Crescent 1862-02-12 Pg. 2 col. 3
Daily Picayune 1862-02-12 Pg. 2 col. 6

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Family Reunion to be Held in Australia

Graham Bassett, grandson of George Douglas Bassett, and Mary Sinclair, granddaughter of Thomas Alexander Bassett, are hosting a Bassett family reunion on the weekend of October 2-5, 2009 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

They are descended from the #22B Bassett family of Ashwater, Devonshire, England through Thomas and Mary (Bassett) Bassett.

George Douglas Bassett (1888-1972)
George Douglas Bassett (1888-1972)
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council

For more details about this Bassett reunion, you can contact Graham Bassett directly at bassett@ozemail.com.au.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Josiah Bassett and son "Bud Bassett"

James Henry "Bud" Bassett descends from #57B William Bassett as follows:

William Bassett
Nathaniel Bassett and wife Trisshena Spear
Thomas Spear Bassett (b. 1818) and wife Sarah McLaughin
Josiah S. Bassett (b. 1835) and wife Susan Gibbs
James Henry "Bud" Bassett (b. 1868) who was an Arizona Ranger

Bud Bassett, Arizona Ranger (picture provided by grandson Jeff S. Bassett)
Bud Bassett, Arizona Ranger (picture provided by  grandson Jeff S. Bassett)

        Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago (1901)
        Josiah S. Bassett

        That Mr. Bassett is one of the most enterprising farmers of the Gila valley is a distinct evidence of his indomitable perseverance, many discouraging trials have come his way, and many obstacles presented themselves, the surmounting of which would have formed to the average a bar to any kind of headway. The family of which he is a member were for years identified with the best agricultural interests of Arkansas, in which state he was born April 18, 1838. His parents, T.J. and Sarah Bassett, were also born in Arkansas, and the father eventually died within twenty miles of the scene of his birth. The mother subsequently removed to Texas, and after a long and useful life died in Fort Worth. Josiah S. was about sixteen when he went to Texas and became interested in farming, and for a long period was engaged in the same occupation. In order to better his condition he resolved upon an overland journey to Arizona, and the expedition remains to this day a memory replete with horror and ever-present danger and death. The Indians still regarded the plains and mountains as their undisputed possession, and gave the pale-faced intruders anything but a hearty welcome. Every day witnessed the murder of travelers, and the little expedition came upon many bodies of the slain. Some were burned and some were not, but the whole way was a terrible reminder of a possible ignominious fate.
        Arriving at Safford, Ariz., Mr. Bassett found but two white families there, and very little improvement as yet effected. He began to till the soil with moderate success, and then removed to Dos Cabezos, where he engaged in the cattle business, and also had the mail route between Fort Bowie and the Cherry Cow mountains. In the former occupation he was interested for four years, and was mail carrier for six years. Upon selling out his interests at Dos Cabezos he removed thirty-five miles southwest to the Hot Springs, were he farmed, and then located sixty miles below Phoenix. There he engaged in an unfortunate undertaking, the construction of the Bassett ditch, which consumed four years of time and all the money he had, but was swept away by floods.
        Following this discouraging experience Mr. Bassett went to Phoenix, where he lived for five years, during which time he was in poor health, and labored at a disadvantage. Nevertheless he took the mail contract from Phoenix to Buckeye, and continued in that capacity for four years. At the end of that time he came to the Gila valley, which has since been his home. For a year he rented a farm, and then bought forty acres half way between Solomonville and Safford, where he still lives, although the place has since been sold to his son. He has since purchased what is known as the Olney ranch, one-half mile north of Solomonville on the river.
        Interested in mining, Mr. Bassett owns claims in the Clarke and Lone Star district. He also owns one of the largest marble mines that has ever been located, at Dos Cabezos. He was disappointed in what seemed a lucky disposition of the property in 1899 for $100,000, which deal fell through owing to the failure of a bank.
        In 1842 Mr. Bassett married Susie Gibbs, and of this union there are six children: Mrs. Elizabeth Teal; Charles H., who lives at Dos Cabezos; Josiah, who is a farmer near Phoenix; Mrs. Susan L. Cooper; Mrs. George Nash; and Alice, who is living at home. In national politics Mr. Bassett is a firm believer in the principles and issues of the Democratic party, and has served for several years as a school trustee. During the Civil war he enlisted in Gould's Regiment, Twenty-third Cavalry, C.S.A., but served only three months, owing to the bite of a rattlesnake. As a reminder of his short war service he was troubled for sixteen years with a running sore.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Thomas Lewis Bassett of Roebourne, Australia

376B. The Family of Thomas Lewis Bassett

        Thomas Lewis Bassett, son of Thomas Henry Bassett, was born in 1828. He married Mary Ann Munday, daughter of George and Ann Keturah (Shepherd) Munday, on 30 Jan 1859 in York, Western Australia, Australia. Mary Ann was born 21 Jun 1843 in York, Western Australia, Australia. She died 5 May 1896 in Roebourne, Western Australia, Australia.
        George Munday, son of Richard and Ann (Mason) Munday, was born 7 Jul 1817 in Ewelme, Oxford, England. He died 11 Aug 1878 in Murray District, Western Australia. He married Ann Keturah Sheppard, daughter of Thomas and Anne (Talbot) Sheppard, on 7 Dec 1938/9 in Britwell, Salome, Oxford, England. She was born 4 Aug 1922 in Ewelme, Oxford, England.

There is a good possibility that Thomas Lewis Bassett, son of Thomas Henry Bassett, is the one shown in the two census returns below.

1841 British Census of Huberts Bldg, St. George the Martyr, Southwark, Surrey
Thomas Bassett       40 M Clerk           Born in County
Sarah                28 F                 Born in County
Thomas               12 M                 Born in County
Henry                 9 M                 Born in County
Frederick             6 M                 Born in County
Alfred                1 M                 Born in County

1851 British Census of 50 Hammond Street, Kentish Town, St. Pancras, Middlesex
Thomas Bassett      46 M Head     Southwark, Surrey      GL (Contractors)
Sarah               44 F Wife     Southwark, Surrey
Frederick           16 M Son      Southwark, Surrey      Engine Cleaner
Alfred               9 M Son      Southwark, Surrey      Scholar
(Thomas Bassett married Sarah Milne on 27 Jul 1828 in St. Mary’s Lambeth, Surrey (IGI))

Thomas Lewis Bassett and wife Mary Ann Munday. Picture provided by descendant Fiona Waltenberg
  Thomas Lewis Bassett and wife Mary Ann Munday. They ran the "Leap Year Inn" Roebourne, Australia.
 Picture provided by descendant Fiona Waltenberg.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: William Emile Bassett of Georgia

William Emile Bassett descends from #48B Francis Bassett as follows:

Francis Bassett
William Bassett and wife Mary Phillips
Stephen Bassett (b. 1788) and wife Jane Morris
Stephen Elisha Bassett (b. 1833) and wife Frances Emmoline Hicks
William Augustus Bassett and wife Martha Candice Maynard
William Emile Bassett and wife Alice Williams
William Emile Bassett

Article from The Monroe County Reporter, Forsyth, Georgia, October 4, 2000
Article from The Monroe County Reporter, Forsyth, Georgia, October 4, 2000
Provided by Michael Victor Bassett

The Macon Telegraph, June 2008
William E. “Bill” Bassett

JULIETTE - William E. "Bill" Bassett, 87, of Juliette, Georgia passed peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ on June 9, 2008 in a local hospital. -Mr. Bassett was born on July 11, 1920 in Ft. Valley, Georgia. He was the son of William Emil Bassett and Alice Elizabeth Williams Bassett of Juliette, who predeceased him. He was predeceased by a sister, Martha Landis of Mansfield, Ohio. He was also predeceased by a son, Jon Bassett and a daughter Mary B. Ferrell. -Affectionately known as "Bill on the Hill", he was a resident of Juliette for 45 years and was the oldest member of Juliette United Methodist Church where he served faithfully for many years as Treasurer, Chairman of the Board and Lay Speaker. He graduated from Mary Persons High School in 1939 and joined the CCC. He was a WWII survivor, enlisting in the U. S. Navy on December 8, 1941 and retiring as Chief Radioman in 1963 after 21 years' service. He was also retired from Robins AFB Civil Service and Monroe County Extension Service where he was affectionately known as "The Dirt Man". -He was a member of Volunteer Macon serving at Jarrell Plantation, the Museum of Aviation, Georgia Legal Services and Rivers Edge Behavioral Center for which he received many awards for his volunteerism. He received the Book of Golden Deeds Award in 1998 from the Exchange Club of Forsyth. He enjoyed gardening, playing Scrabble and visiting his favorite restaurant, Shoney's. He was a long supporter of the American Red Cross and was always willing to help anyone in need. He deeply loved his Heavenly Father, his family and his country. -He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy Truman Bassett; his son, Steve Bassett and wife, Dianna Bassett of Juliette; his daughter, Susan B. Tyler and son-in-law, Dwight "Bear" Tyler of Macon; his grandchildren, Laura Bassett and Valerie Bassett of Juliette; Joshua Ferrell and Brandy Ferrell of Macon, Georgia; and Tye Tyler of Warner Robins, Georgia. He had one great-grandchild, Sara Ferrell of Macon, Georgia. He is also survived by a niece, a nephew and several cousins. -Visitation will be Wednesday, June 11, 2008 from 6 p.m until 8 p.m. at Monroe County Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Forsyth, Georgia. Funeral services with military honors will be held Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Juliette United Methodist Church, with Reverend Stanley Harrell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. -In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Juliette United Methodist Church Building Fund, 69 McCrackin Street, PO Box 31, Juliette, GA 31046.

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

No new family lines have been added or combined this month.

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Section 8 - DNA project update

Kits were sent this month to Bassetts descended from the following two family lines.

#61    Joseph Bassett of Glastonbury, Somerset England and later Skaneateles, Onondaga County, New York
#376 Thomas Bassett Lewis Bassett of Australia


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