(2) The Bassett Welding Co. of Sydney, Australia
(3) Photograph of Julia Bassett Bell
(4) Albert Alonzo Bassett Bakery of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
(5) James L. Bassett of Java, Wyoming County, New York
(6) Lisa and Jeni Bassett, authors and illustrators
(7) Edwin Thomas Bassett of Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucester, England
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update
Section 1 - Welcome
To help celebrate Halloween, I have included the cover of a picture book illustrated by Jeni Bassett. Read more about sisters Lisa and Jeni Bassett in an article below.
A big thank you to Glenda Lather for completing the entry of the #1A William Bassett tree into our family website. We now have more than 14,000 Bassetts loaded into our website database. If you are willing to help add more data to the website for your branch of the family, please let me know. I can provide you the data in word format and we will give you instructions on how to convert/load into our website database.
I will be speaking at the Kane County Genealogical Society located in Geneva, Illinois on Thursday, October 27th, at 7:30 pm at the Geneva History Center located at 113 S. Third St. in Geneva, Illinois. The talk will be about Genetic Genealogy and the Bassett y-chromosome study and will include the basics about DNA testing associated with genealogy research and then give case studies showing how the Bassett DNA project has used DNA results to link different Bassett families together.
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: The Bassett Welding Co. of Sydney, Australia
Neil Alexander Bassett descends from #149B William Bassett of Redruth, Cornwall as follows:
William Bassett (b. 1680) and wife Ann Ripper
William Bassett (b. 1711) and wife Margery Grenfield
William Bassett (b. 1736) and wife Eleanor Sampson
William Bassett (b. 1762) and wife Jane Matthews
John Bassett (b. 1790) and wife Martha Carbis
John Bassett (b. 1820) and wife Catherine Davey
Francis Davey Bassett (b. 1843) and wife Elizabeth Ann Scott
Francis Walter Bassett (b. 1873) and wife Frances Elizabeth Wood
Neil Alexander Bassett (b. 1901)
It appears from the newspaper articles that I found, that after the death of Francis Walter (F.W.) Bassett, the original company of Welding and Cutting, Ltd. was dissolved and later re-chartered as "The Bassett Welding Co.". The business was located at 107 Bathurst Street in Sydney, Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, 30 May 1918
Welding and Cutting, Ltd., has been registered with capital of £5000, in shares of £1 each, to carry on the trade of welders and cutters, engineers, and coachbuilders. The first directors are Messrs. F.W. Bassett, D. Shackel, and W.H. Price.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday, 22 September, 1922
Re the estate of Francis Walter Bassett, late of 107 Bathurst-street, Sydney, and Eaton street, North Sydney, mining engineer, deceased, intestate, on the petition of the administrator of the estate, Mr. C.F.W. Lloyd, official assignee.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, 6 December 1922
Breach of Contract Alleged
This was an action in which Northern Hardwoods, Ltd, of 259 George-street, Sydney, timber merchants, sought to recover from Welding and Cutting, Ltd., of 107 Bathurst-street, Sydney, and Walter William Bassett, Harold Victor Bassett, Neil Alexander Bassett, Lillian Olive Bassett, and Alfred Raymond Woodyer, of 107 Bathurst-street, Sydney, trading as ‘Welding and Cutting, F.W. Bassett and Sons and Co.’, expert oxy-acetylene welders and cutters, £285/9/4 damages for alleged breach of contract. Plaintiffs claimed that, acting on the advice of the defendants, who stated that they were prepared to re-tube and repair a certain boiler and engine, and guarantee a pressure of 80 lb to the square inch, for a certain sum, they purchased the boiler and engine, and handed it over to the defendants, who promised to carry out the re-tubing and repairing in a proper and workmanlike manner. They alleged that the defendants did not carry out the work as agreed, whereas they had lost the money they had paid for the articles and the amount they had paid the defendants under the agreement, in addition to expenses incurred. In having the boiler and engine tested for insurance purposes. Plaintiffs further alleged that the defendants by falsely and fraudulently representing that the boiler and engine were a valuable plant and capable of doing certain work induced them to purchase the plant and employ them to repair it whereas the articles were of no value and incapable of being repaired to sustain the work pressure as stated as the defendants well knew at the time they made there representations. The defendants denied the alleged allegations and breach of contract, and pleaded that they had carried out the work according to the agreement. Mr. H.G. Edward (instructed by Messrs. Turner, Nolan and Bender) appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. M. D’Arcy Irvine (instructed by Mr. Harold W. Waddell) represented the defendants.
His Honor gave a verdict for the plaintiff for the amount claimed against the defendant company, and a verdict in favour of the personal defendants in the course of his judgment his Honor said that there was one thing that he wished to call attention to in the public interest, and that was the evidence of the witness William Smiles. On his own statement, Smiles went and inspected the boiler, and found that in its then condition it would not stand any pressure, and was not safe to use at all. He gave certain directions that something had to be carried out, and then he gave the following certificate: “Factories and Shops Act, 1912 – This is to state that on the 22nd day of December, 1921, I William Smiles, holding the approval of the Minister for Labour, did inspect the loco. Type boiler within this factory, situated at Boyce street, Wyong and occupied by Northern Hardwoods, Ltd. The allowance pressure within this apparatus or appliance is 80 lb per square inch. Changes made since previous inspection are as follows: “Thoroughly overhauled and retubed.. Dated 23rd December, 1921.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, 30 December 1922
In The Matter of the Companies Act and of Welding and Cutting, Limited
The creditors of the above named company are required on or before the 14th day of January, 1923, to send their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims and the names and addresses of their Solicitors (if any) to Neil Alexander Bassett, of 107 Bathurst street, Sydney, the Liquidator of the said Company, after which date the said Liquidator will proceed to wind up the said Company. Dated this twenty-ninth day of December, 1922.
The following picture is provided courtesy of City of Sydney Archives and their City of Sydney Image Library.
The building was located at 107 Bathurst Street in Sydney, Australia and the picture was taken 26 November 1923.
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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Photograph of Julia Bassett Bell, wife of Caleb Moore Bell
Julia Bassett descends from #424B William Bassett of West Peckham, Kent, England as follows:
William Bassett (b. 1770) and wife Jane
George Bassett (b. 1802) and wife Mary Stone
Julia Bassett (b. 1837, died 1925) and husband Caleb Moore Bell
Picture courtesy of Kathy Brown, descendant of Julia Bassett Bell
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Albert Alonzo Bassett Bakery, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Albert Alonzo Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Joseph Bassett (b. 1635) and wife Mary Lapham
William Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Mary Bumpus
Benjamin Bassett (b. 1712) and wife Hannah Macomber
Benjamin Bassett (b. 1742) and wife Mercy Crossman
Benjamin Bassett (b. 1774) and wife Sarah Sherman
Prelate H. Bassett (b. 1818) and wife Mary Nickerson
Hambleton P. Bassett (b. 1842) and wife Mary Frances Sinclair
Albert Alonzo Bassett (b. 1872) and wife Lizzie Norman
1897 A.A. Bassett Home Bakery of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Advertising Card purchased on ebay
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: James L. Bassett of Java, Wyoming County, New York
James L. Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Joseph Bassett (b. 1635) and wife Mary Lapham
William Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Sarah Sweetland
William Bassett (b. 1694) and wife Mercy Crossman
William Bassett (b. 1726) and wife Lydia Fisher
James Bassett (.b 1765) and wife Elizabeth (Blackwell) Caswell
Elijah Bassett (b. 1791) and wife Lydia Warren
James L. Bassett (b. 1817) and wife Abbie J. Cook
Silver Maple Cemetery, North Java, Wyoming County, New York from Find A Grave
Source: HISTORY OF WYOMING CO., NY
BY: F. W. BEERS, 1880
JAMES L. BASSETT, was born in Pittston, Albany Co., NY, July 17th, 1817, and came to Java, Wyoming Co., NY with his parents in the fall of 1819, where he afterward followed shoemaking for a time. In 1845 he removed to Madison Co., NY, and the following spring was married to ABBIE J. COOK, of Connecticut, who died March 21st, 1856. In April, 1858, he located at North Java. He was married to CLORINDA WARREN, his present wife, July 31st, 1856. She is a daughter of Ami Warren, and was born in Sheldon, Oct. 19th, 1819. Mr. Bassett's father, Elijah Bassett, was born in Connecticut in December, 1791, and was married about 1813 to LYDIA WARREN, of Bristol, R.I. In 1815 he removed to Albany Co., NY, and in 1819 to Java. His wife died in March, 1830. He soon after located at North Java, where he was the first to engage in shoemaking. In 1848 he removed to Warsaw, NY, where he died November, 1871.
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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Lisa and Jeni Bassett, authors and illustrators
Lisa and Jeni Bassett are sisters whose mother encouraged their love for art and stories with illustrations. Jeni illustrated her first book at the age of 16. Lisa and Jeni collaborated on six picture books together.
Lisa and Jeni Bassett descend from #8B John Bassett of New Jersey as follows:
John Bassett of New Jersey
Amos Bassett (b. 1760) and wife Susan Stout
David Bassett (b. 1790) and wife Jane Ann Wilson
Dr. Samuel Taylor Bassett (b. 1827) and wife Caroline Depuy Ardinger
Dr. Samuel Taylor Bassett Jr. (b. 1872) and wife Martha Boyd
Samuel Ardinger Bassett (b. 1907)
Samuel Taylor Bassett III
Lisa and Jeni Bassett
Image of book written and illustrated by sisters Lisa and Jeni Bassett
Beany Wakes Up for Christmas (1988)
Story by Lisa Bassett – Pictures by Jeni Bassett
Jeni Bassett delights in real animals as much as she does in drawing them, and often gets new ideas from sketching her pets. Her rabbit family inspired the bunnies cavorting through the first books she illustrated, Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies. Since then her whimsical animal characters have appeared in Gator Pie, The Great Take-Away, Cluck One, and other titles. She and her sister, Lisa, created Beany Bear and Scamp Squirrel for A Clock for Beany and Beany and Scamp.
Jeni has studied art at her mother’s Art Workshop in Winter Park, Florida, since she was a youngster. She and her husband live in Winter Park.
Lisa Bassett and her sister, Jeni, grew up in Winter Park, Florida, where “there are a number of inspiring squirrels but very few bears.” Lisa graduated with honors in English from Rollins College and had an M.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches English. In addition to the Beany and Scamp stories, she is the author of Very Truly Yours, Charles L. Dodgson, Alias Lewis Carroll.
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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Edwin Thomas Bassett of Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucester, England
Edwin Thomas Bassett descends from #410B Samuel Basstt of Stroud, Gloucester England as follows:
Samuel Bassett (b. 1816) and wife Esther Wakefield
Edwin Thomas Bassett (b. 1840) and wife Jane Stockwell
Pictures below provided by descendant Janet Lester.
Edwin Thomas Bassett
Edwin Thomas Bassett and children Edwin (10), John Edward (8), Louisa Grace (6), George Charles (4), Edith Mary (2) , Francis (1)
Article courtesy of Janet Lester
An Original member of Holloway Benefit Society
Death of Mr. E. Bassett
Seventy-eight Years at one Church
Mr. Edwin Bassett, of 13, Lower Lypiatt Terrace, Horns Road, Stroud, passed away on Friday in his 91st year.
Born at The Thrupp, 1841, Mr. Bassett has seen many changes in the Stroud district. As a boy he was a regular chorister at the Stroud Parish Church. “We used,” he would say, “walk to the church and take our lunch to enable us to attend the afternoon service.” At that time Horns Road was merely a country lane with a few houses scattered here and there.
He was a keen supporter of the Conservative principles and worked actively during the elections of Sir John Dorington and Mr. George Holloway.
As a keen musician he formed the Thrupp Brass Band, and was conductor for many years. He also gave many of the old Gloucester Volunteers’ bandsmen their first music lessons. He was a member of the Thrupp Choral Society. His favourite hobby was modeling churches and cathedrals. Amongst his models were those of the Stroud Parish Church previous to the Renovation and of Holy Trinity Church. The Parish Church model is in the possession of Mr. W.C. Chambers, and the remainder of the models are at the deceased’s home in Horns Road.
Mr. Bassett was a member of the Holy Trinity Church for 78 years as a chorister and sidesman, and was one of the first to greet the Rev. Canon E. H Hawkins upon his arrival to take up his ministry there.
He succeeded in obtaining a post with Messrs. George and Henry Holloway when they opened a tailoring business in Stroud, and remained with them, for 55 years. He was one of the original members of the Holloway Original Benefit Society, and joined at the first meeting held by the late Mr. George Holloway in 1876, when he was 35 years old. In 1895 he became Chief Warden. For several years he served on the Central Committee and was a Deputy Grandmaster in 1896-7. He was also mostly responsible for introducing young members into the organisation. He attendee every church parade organised by the Original Benefit Society over a long period of years.
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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.
219B. William Alfred Bassett of Connecticut combined into the #115B William Bassett of Gravesend, Kent, England
297B. William Bassett of Manhattan, New York City combined into the #180 Bassetts of Ightham, Kent, England
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.
297B. Walter G. Bassett of Brookville, Indiana and Cleveland, Ohio
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Section 9 - DNA project update
Two new DNA results are back from the lab this month. They are:
Kit # 209691
This test result is for a documented descendants of #1A William Bassett of Plymouth through his youngest son Joseph Bassett.
Kit # 210166
This test result is for the first descendant of #38B James Bassett of Vermont to take part in testing. The result shows a mutation in the 9th marker which happens to match a mutation for the
#56B Bassett family of New York as well meaning it is a good possibility that the #38B and #56B families share a common ancestor in New York.
#38B James Bassett was born in Vermont or Connecticut around 1797. He married Rachel. She was born in New York around 1800.
According to the 1820 census of New York, James was born between 1775 and 1794.
(LCIM - LaGrange County, Indiana Marriages 1832-1880)
1820 Federal Census of Richland, Oswego County, New York
James Bassit 300010-01010
1830 Federal Census of Eagle, Allegany County, New York
Jas. Basset 2221001-010001
1840 Federal Census of Bath, Steuben County, New York
Jas. Bassett 12100001-00010001
Test result for the #56B Bassett family is shown below.
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