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Splinters From The Tree December 2011

Koala Christmas by Lisa and Jeni Bassett
Koala Christmas by Lisa and Jeni Bassett

(1) Welcome
(2) Bassett & Ridel of early England DNA match
(3) Erastus Bassett of Philadelphia and Vermont
(4) Norman Douglas Bassett of Madison, Wisconsin
(5) Captain Richard Allen Bassett of Ohio
(6) Robert Bennett Bassett of North Carolina
(7) Judson Bassett of Newaygo County, Michigan
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

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Section 1 - Welcome

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Holiday pricing continues for DNA testing through the end of the year. See section #9 if you are interested in taking part in the DNA testing project. A DNA kits makes a nice Christmas present!

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Bassett & Riddell connection

Members of one branch of the Ridel family share a common ancestor with the Bassetts of Blore. As seen in the chart below, Ralph Basset had a son named Sir Richard Basset. Sir Richard Basset married Maud Ridel, daughter and heir of Geoffrey Ridel.

Sir Richard Basset and Maud Ridel had three sons, Geoffrey Ridel, Ralph Basset of Drayton and William Basset of Sapcote.

Through our Bassett DNA project, we have documented male Bassetts descended through the Bassett of Blore line.

This past month, we found we now have a close DNA match between several members of the Riddell family descended through the oldest son of Sir Richard Bassett, Geoffrey Ridel and Bassetts descended through the Bassett of Blore family line.  I hope to have more on this interesting match sometime in 2012.

Bassett chart of early England provided by Jim Terzian
Bassett chart of early England provided by Jim Terzian

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Erastus Bassett

Erastus Bassett of Vermont and Philadelphia descends from #1A William Bassett as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Nathaniel Bassett and wife Joannah Borden
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1704) and wife Mehitable Huntington
Elnathan Bassett (b. 1746) and wife Anne Southworth
Erastus Bassett

Gazette of the United States, December 24, 1801
Gazette of the United States, December 24, 1801

A Seminary for Young Ladies
Erastus Bassett

        Respectfully informs the public, that he is about to open a seminary for the instruction of young ladies, in which he proposes to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, English grammar, geography, and belles letters. As Mr. Bassett has heretofore been engaged in the same employment, he hopes his qualifications will be found such as to merit the patronage of those who shall favour him with the tuition of their daughters.
        The seminary will be kept in a large, new room, well lighted, in a pleasant situation, in Church alley, second door from Third street, and will commence on the 3d instant.
        Such to are disposed to patronize this seminary may be satisfied, as to any inquired which they may wish to make, by applying at No. 27, Arch Street.

Philadelphia, December 19, 1801.

 United States Gazette, September 16, 1807
United States Gazette, September 16, 1807
At West Fairlee, Vermont, on the 28th ult. Mr. Erastus Bassett (late principal of the Young Ladies’ Academy of Philadelphia) aged 33 years.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Norman Douglas Bassett of Madison, Wisconsin

Norman Douglas Bassett descends from #4B William Bassett of Connecticut as follows:

William Bassett and wife Sarah Burt
William Bassett (b. 1647) and wife Sarah Hood
John Bassett (b. 1682) and wife Abigail Berry
Daniel Bassett and wife Lydia Hood
John Bassett (b. 1739) and wife Ruth Newhall
Daniel Bassett (b. 1773) and wife Abigail Bean
Joel Bean Bassett (b. 1817) and wife Aurelia Bernard Carpenter
William Lincoln Bassett (b. 1855)
Norman Douglas Bassett

Mobile Register, September 12, 1980
$4.5 Million Bequested

        MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An estimated $4.5 million, the largest charitable gift in Madison history, has been left to 21 organizations by the late Norman D. Bassett, a Madison philanthropist and business leader.
        Bassett, who died April 27 at age 89, was the founder and longtime president of Demco Library Supplies Inc., of Madison and DeForest.
        The bequests, based on shares of Bassett’s estate, include about $675,000 to the Lawrenceville (N.J.) School, a preparatory school Bassett attended in the early 1900s.
        The gifts also include about $450,000 each to the United Way of Dane County, Inc., and to the Madison Art Center, Inc., and $315,000 each to the Boy Scouts of America and the Christ Presbyterian Church.

Norman D. Bassett of Madison, Wisconsin
Norman D. Bassett of Madison, Wisconsin
Picture from an article written by Larry Nix

Norman D. Bassett (1891 – 1980)
By Larry Nix on October 11, 2011

Norman D. "Smiley" Bassett is one of seven individuals who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on November 3, 2011 at the Awards and Honors Banquet during the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Milwaukee. Bassett became the owner and first president of Demco Library Supplies, Inc. (now DEMCO) in 1931 after the former Library Supplies Department separated from the Democrat Printing Company in Madison, Wisconsin. Bassett had been in charge of the Library Supplies Department at the Democrat Printing Company starting in 1925. A hallmark of Bassett’s leadership of one of the nation’s premier library supply companies was his close relationship with the library community and his commitment to helping libraries carry out their mission more effectively. Bassett was an active member of both the Wisconsin Library Association and the American Library Association. He was Chair of WLA’s Scholarship Committee. In that capacity he instituted an auction of books autographed by prominent authors to raise funds for WLA’s Scholarship Fund. At Demco, Bassett started a free magazine for librarians named Demcourier which existed from 1931 to 1943. Bassett stepped down from the presidency of Demco in 1959 but continued to play an important role in the company until 1968. He launched the Bassett Foundation in 1954 and left $4.5 million to charities when he died in 1980.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Captain Richard Allen Bassett of Ohio

Richard Allen Bassett descends from #6B William Bassett of Connecticut as follows:

William Bassett and wife Hannah (Dickerman) Ives
John Bassett (b. 1652) and wife Mercy Todd
Joseph Bassett (b. 1697) and wife Miriam Bradley
Joel Bassett (b. 1733) and wife Mary
Justus Bassett and wife Beulah Tuttle
Allen Bassett (b. 1795) and wife Druzilla W. Eddy
Richard Allen Bassett (b. 1829) and wife Mary A. Hendrickson

Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 16, 1895
Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 16, 1895
Capt. R.A. Bassett
A Sketch of a Democratic Nominee for Representative in Lake and Geauga Counties

        Capt. R.A. Bassett of Wickliffe, the Democratic nominee for representative for the assembly district composed of the counties of Lake and Geauga, was born in Yates county, N.Y., in 1829 and received as liberal and education as the rural districts of central New York at that early period afforded. He was reared on a farm near Dundee and was one of fourteen brothers and sisters, then of whom, including himself, at some period of their lives were school teachers.
        Capt. Bassett has a war record of which any soldier might feel proud, yet he feels that it would be unmanly for him to ask or expect the suffrage of the electors simply because he did his duty as a soldier, but prefers to stand upon his merits as a man and American citizen.
        For the past eight years Capt. Bassett has been quite extensively engaged in farming and fruit raising at Wickliffe.
        Capt. Bassett has two brothers, A.L. Bassett & Co., who are among the early settlers of Cleveland and are well known by the business men throughout the state.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Robert Bennett Bassett of North Carolina

Robert Bennett Basset descends from #91B James Bassett of Buncome County, North Carolina as follows:

James Bassett and wife Jane Prestwood
James Elisha Bassett and wife Jane
Daniel F. Bassett (b. 1828) and wife Edna D. James
Robert Bennett Bassett (b. 1891)

Winston-Salem Journal, October 23, 1924
Winston-Salem Journal, October 23, 1924
Held for Operating an Illicit Distillery

        Bennett Bassett, a young white man who is well-known in police circles, and who was arrested several days ago on a charge of operating an illicit distillery, has been bound over to the superior court under a bond of $750. The stills were alleged to have been operated by Bassett near Lewisville.

Winston-Salem Journal, December 1, 1924
Funeral Service for Mr. Bassett

        The funeral service for Robert Bennett Bassett was held Sunday afternoon. A short service was held at the home by Rev. C.H. Kegerise at 1 o’clock, followed by the service proper at the Farmington Methodist church by Rev. C.W. KcKinney. Interment followed in the church graveyard.

Winston-Salem Journal, December 10, 1924
Sentences Given in Superior Court

        Bennett Bassett, charged with violating the prohibition law, had died since the court calendar was made up and the case was dismissed.

Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Judson Bassett of Newaygo County, Michigan

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

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Nathan Bassett (b. 1677) and wife Mary Crowell
Samuel Bassett (b. 1714) and wife Susannah Lombard
Nehemiah Bassett (b. 1743) and wife Dorcas Cole
Nehemiah Bassett (b. 1786) and wife Mary J. Lawson
Edward Bassett (b. 1819) and wife Jane McQuivey
Judson Bassett (b. 1860) and wife Ida Frances Smith

Evening News, August 6, 1921
53-Year Old Agreement Gives Him $15,000 Farm

        MUSKEGON, Aug. 6 – The Michigan Supreme Court has sustained a decision of Judge Barton, of Newaygo County, upholding a verbal agreement made 53 years ago between Judson Bassett, then 7 years old, and his cousin, Amanda Carpenter. By the decision, Bassett is given a farm valued at $15,000 in Newaygo county.
        Mrs. Carpenter visited Bassett’s father in Minnesota, 53 years ago, and made an agreement that she was to care for the boy and treat him as her own son. Mrs. Carpenter left all her property to the American Baptist Association of Philadelphia, and Mr. Bassett sued to enforce the contract.

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Section 8 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

No new family line and no family lines combined this month.

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Section 9 - DNA project update

I got the following notice from Family Tree DNA about holiday pricing. They have the following pricing through the end of the year.

As we approach the holiday season, we feel having one BIG promotion for a sufficient amount of time best supports our volunteer Administrators, in their effort to recruit new members. Current members will also benefit by having simultaneously reduced prices for upgrades.
Effective immediately this promotion will end on December 31, 2011.
We hope that this will give a big boost to your projects!
New Kits


Current Group Price


Y-DNA 37



Y-DNA 67






SuperDNA (Y-DNA67 and FMS)



Family Finder



Family Finder + mtPlus



Family Finder + FMS



Family Finder+ Y-DNA37



Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-67)









12-25 Marker



12-37 Marker



12-67 Marker



25-37 Marker



25-67 Marker



37-67 Marker



Family Finder










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