(2) Ira Bassett of Milan, Ohio newspaper notice
(3) Hezekiah Bassett homestead of New York
(4) Samuel C. Bassett newspaper divorce notice
(5) Update on Bassetts of Roebourne, Western Australia
(6) Ronald Leslie Bassett, British author
(7) Walter Bassett Basset
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update
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Section 1 - Welcome
This has been a very busy month for our Bassett household. On July 9th, we welcomed Marie Valat, a 15 year old student from France to come live with us for a month. And yesterday, my oldest daughter Elizabeth "Liz" got married. I hope to feature a picture of this wedding in next month's newsletter.
I have received several civil war letters written by a Bassett to his relatives and hope to get them transcribed and included in a future newsletter.
Anyone that has an old Bassett picture (more than 100 years old) that you would like to share with nearly 2,000 Bassetts across the world, please let me know. I am always looking for new material for future newsletters.
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Ira Bassett of Milan, Ohio newspaper notice
Ira Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Raynesford
William Bassett (b. 1656) and wife Rachel Williston
Nathan Bassett (b. 1685) and wife Mary Stetson
Joshua Bassett (b. 1723) and wife Martha McCarroll
Cornelius Bassett (b. 1755) and wife Chloe Smith
Ira Bassett (b. 1791) and wife Mary Hand
Newspaper notice published by Ira Bassett, Nov. 18, 1833 in Milan, Huron County, Ohio to search for his missing cows.
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Section 3 - Featured Bassett:Hezekiah Bassett homestead of New York
Included in the material purchased at a sale that included the letter from Hilda Basset of Wales featured in the March 2011 Bassett newsletter was the following picture. It was identified as Grandpa Bassett's farm. The material was in the possession of a granddaughter of Hezekiah Bassett of Jefferson County, New York.
Hezekiah Bassett descends from #1B John Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
John Bassett and wife Margery
Robert Bassett and wife Mary
Robert Bassett (b. 1640) and wife Elizabeth Riggs
Jonadab Bassett (b. 1695) and wife Mary Phippeny
Benjamin Bassett (b. 1725) and wife Deborah Edwards
John Bassett (b. 1755) and wife Hepsibeth Buckingham
Hezekiah Bassett (b. 1784) and wife Athela Crandall
Hezekiah Bassett homestead, built in 1819 in Jefferson County, New York
Photo provided by Kendall H. Bassett
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Samuel C. Bassett Newspaper Notice
Samuel C. Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett of Plymouth and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Rainsford
William Bassett (b. 1656) and wife Rachel Willison
William Bassett (b. 1681) and wife Abigail Bourne
William Bassett (b. 1711) and wife Lydia Smith
Rufus Bassett (b. 1757) and wife Jedidah Handy
Samuel Chipman Bassett (b. 1779) and wife Temperance Loveland
Samuel C. Bassett (b. 1806)
I found the following notice in the Athens, Ohio Messenger dated December 17, 1863.
In Divorce Records, 1805-1918, Athens County, Ohio compiled by Cheryl Dorr Wright the following was found:
Samuel Bassett v. Rosa (Common Pleas Record Vol. 21. p. 355, 492 & 646)
Petitions filed 10 Jan 1867, 6 May 1867, and 16 Dec 1867, desertion, willful absence; first two filings
dismissed by court, decree granted on third filing. Married 17 Nov 1869, Carthage Township, Athens Co. (nee Stout).
Decree Mar 1868.
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Bassetts of Roebourne, Western Australia
The family of Thomas Lewis Bassett was originally featured in the September 2009 newsletter. Click here to read to original story.
New material shows that Thomas Lewis Bassett came from Cornwall, England. The Thomas below, aged 10, from the 1841 census of St. Ives, is now thought to be Thomas Lewis Bassett of Australia.
162B47. Thomas Bassett, son of Thomas Bassett
Thomas Bassett, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Glanville) Bassett, was born christened 21 Oct 1810 in St. Ives, Cornwall. He died in 1886. He married Ann Quilliam, daughter of John and Ann (Kewish) Quilliam, in 1830. Ann was born 23 Feb 1809 in Peel, Isle of Man. She died in 1884.
1841 British Census of Back Road, St. Ives, Cornwall
Thomas Basset 30 M Cornwall Porter
Ann 30 F Outside County
Thomas 10 M Outside County
John 7 M Cornwall
James 6 M Cornwall
Ann 2 F Cornwall
1851 British Census of Digey, St. Ives, Cornwall
Thomas Bassett 41 M Head St. Ives, Cornwall Porter
Ann 41 F Wife Kirk German, Isle of Man
Thomas 18 M Son Kirk German, Isle of Man
John 15 M Son St. Ives, Cornwall Fisherman
James 14 M Son St. Ives, Cornwall
Ann 11 F Daughter St. Ives, Cornwall
Edward 5 M Son St. Ives, Cornwall
George 3/12 M Son St. Ives, Cornwall
1881 British Census of 37 Digey, St. Ives, Cornwall
Thomas Bassett 70 M Head St. Ives, Cornwall Porter
Ann 71 F Wife Peel, Isle of Man
Thomas Cocking 6 M Grandson St. Ives, Cornwall Scholar
162B471. Thomas Bassett - born 1830 in St. Ives, Cornwall.
162B472. John Bassett - born 3 Jan 1834 in St. Ives, Cornwall.
+ 162B473. James Bassett - born 31 Oct 1836 in St. Ives, Cornwall, married Angelina Blight.
162B474. Ann Bassett - born 1839 in St. Ives, Cornwall, died 1900,
married Thomas Couch in 1865.
+ 162B475. Edward Bassett - born 1847, married Anne Quick.
162B476. George Bassett - born 1850 in St. Ives, Cornwall.
+ 162B477. Mary Thomas Bassett - born 1857 in St. Ives, Cornwall, married Thomas Cocking in 1874.
The notice above is for Charles Henry Bassett, proprietor of the "Leap Year Inn, son of Thomas Lewis Bassett
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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Ronald Leslie Bassett, British Author
Ronald Leslie Bassett was a British author. Ronald descends from #180B John Basset as follows:
John Basset (b. 1711) and wife Elizabeth Philpot.
John Basset (b. 1744) and wife Elizabeth Bennet
James Basset (b. 1770) and wife Mary Seager
William Bassett (b. 1812) and wife Sarah Gasson
Stephen James Bassett (b. 1846) and wife Sarah
George William Bassett (b. 1869) and wife Louisa (Walkerdine) Vine
Ronald Leslie Bassett (b. 1924, died 1996)
Picture of Ronald Leslie Bassett during his service in World War II
Courtesy of his son Peter Bassett
The Tinfish Run, written by Ronald Leslie Bassett
Ronald served as radio operator aboard the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk during the hunt for the battleship BIsmarck and also for the North African landings and Normandy invasion.
His most famous novel was Witchfinder General (1966). This was turned into a movie starring Vincent Price.
Movie ad for Witchfinder General
Novel Witchfinder General
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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Walter Bassett Basset, Engineer
Walter Bassett Basset is a grandson of Arthur Davie Basset. To read more about Watermouth Castle and the Basset family that inhabited this residence, click on the link below.
The Great Wheel At Earl's Court built by Walter Bassett Basset
From Discoveries and Inventions of the Nineteenth Century
Eleventh Edition, 1896
Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Volume 172, Part 2, 1908
WALTER BASSETT BASSET, who died at Watermouth Castle, Ilfracombe, on the
27th May, 1907, was formerly a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and at one time
served on board H.M.S. " Bacchante." Being in ill-health, in 1886 he
resigned his Commission in the Navy, and subsequently adopted the profession
of engineering, for which he was fitted both by inclination and aptitude.
After 3 years' work with Messrs. Maudslay, Sons and Field, he was elected a
director of the company in 1890, and in the following year, on the death of
Mr. Richard Sennett, he became Managing Director. His name will be perhaps
chiefly remembered in connection with the erection of great wheels " for
amusement purposes, especially those at Earl's Court, Blackpool, Paris and
Vienna. In 1899, on the dissolution of the business of Messrs. Maudslay,
Sons and Field, he founded the Basset Screw and Nut Company at Houdeng,
Belgium, designing and erecting for the purpose works covering 3 acres, and
he acted as Director of the Company until his death.
Mr. Basset was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 4th
February, 1896, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 2nd
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Section 8 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter:
The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.
169B. Augusta Caroline Bassett Sharp has been combined into the William Bassett of Plymouth family.
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Section 9 - DNA project update:
Two new kits were sent out this month. No new results are back from the lab.
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.