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Splinters From The Tree October 2013

(1) Welcome
(2) Stanley H. Bassett of Ellensburg, Washington
(3) Photograph of William Sessions Bassett
(4) Charles Osgood Bassett and son Laurence Brooke Bassett of Cleveland, Ohio
(5) Death of Walter Gwynn Bassett
(6) Thomas Bassett of Staffordshire, England
(7) George Franklin Bassett & Family Photograph
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

In the May 2013 newsletter, I incorrectly identified Weybridge as being in Sussex. It is actually in Surrey.

The following trees were added to the Bassett website database since the last newsletter:

                30B.  John Bissette/Bassett of Pilot, Kankakee County, Illinois (33 individuals)
                31B.  Elias Bassett of Wetzel County, West Virginia (612 individuals)
                34B.  Bassetts of County Down, Northern Ireland (613 individuals)
                38B.  James Bassett of Vermont & New York (502 individuals)
              100B.  Daniel Bassett of Tennessee (41 individuals)
              101B.  Nellie Bassett of Plattsburgh, New York (38 individuals)
              102B.  Charles Bassett of Mercer County, Pennsylvania (48 individuals)
              103B.  Leland W. Bassett of New York and Missouri (24 individuals)
              104B.  William Bassett of Rotherfield, Sussex, England (167 individuals)
              105B.  Elijah Bassett of Daviess County, Indiana (148 individuals)
              106B.  Leroy Charles Bassett of Ashtabula County, Ohio (13 individuals)
              108B. The Bassetts of Langdon, France (31 individuals)
              109B.  The Bassetts of Wayne County, New York (81 individuals)
              110B.  Almon Bassett of Franklin County, New York (61 individuals)
              111B.  Bassetts of Sussex County, New Jersey (164 individuals)
              112B.  Francis M. Bassett of New York/Ohio/Illinois (24 individuals)
              113B.  Ruby Bassett of Boone County, Nebraska (43 individuals)
              114B.  John B. Bassett of Canada & Connecticut (54 individuals)
              115B.  William Bassett of Gravesend, Kent, England (59 individuals)
              131B.  Shubael Bassett of Connecticut (54 individuals)
              132B.  William Bassett of Leicester, England (93 individuals)
              133B.  Faith Bassett of Barnwell County, South Carolina (29 individuals)
              134B.  Thomas W. Bassett of South Carolina/Georgia (48 individuals)
              135B.  Jahial Bassett of New York & Michigan ( 54 individuals)
              136B.  George Bassett of Arkansas (87 individuals)
              137B.  Thomas Bassett of Ashburnham, Massachusetts (44 individuals)
              138B.  Richard Bassett of Northampton County, Pennslyvania (77 individuals)
              139B.  John Bassett of San Francisco, California (22 individuals)
              140B.  Joseph Bassett of New York/Canada (10 individuals)
              141B.  Wickliff Bassett of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (90 individuals)
              142B.  Herbert Charles Rochester Bassett (58 individuals)
              143B.  James Bassett of Cheshire, England (12 individuals)
              146B.  John W. Bassett of Maine (117 individuals)
              147B.  David Bassett of Laneboro, Massachusetts (90 individuals)
              150B.  Lida Elizabeth (Bassett) Palmer (18 individuals)
              160B. John L. Bassett of Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales (7 individuals)
              161B.  Reuben Bassett of Delaware County, New York (44 individuals)
              164B.  Rev. George W. Bassett of Marshall County, Iowa (13 individuals)
              165B.  George C. Bassett of Gratiot County, Michigan (194 individuals)
              167B.  Bassetts of Somerset County, Maine (107 individuals)
              169B.  William Bassett of Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England (21 individuals)
              170B.  John Bassett of St. Lawrence County, New York (68 individuals)
              178B.  George & Thomas Bassett of Tonbridge, England (302 individuals)
              179B.  Dwaine L. Bassett of Hillsboro, Oregon (12 individuals)
              183B.  Bassetts of Midland County, Michigan (58 individuals)
              185B.  Henry Bassett of Margate, Kent, England (145 individuals)
              186B.  Thomas Bassett of Hertfordshire, England (58 individuals)
              187B.  Joseph Bassett of Tamworth & Willenhall, Staffordshire, England (21 individuals)
              188B.  Mary J. Bassett of Ohio & Indiana (6 individuals)
              189B.  Bassetts of Sedgley and Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (72 individuals)
              190B.  Bassetts of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England (34 individuals)
              191B.  Bassetts of Randwick, Gloucestershire, England (211 individuals)
              192B.  Henry James Bassett of Randwick, Gloucestershire, England (15 individuals)
              193B.  Bassetts of Hampshire, England (93 individuals)
              194B.  John Bassett of Mayfield, Sussex, England (20 individuals)
              195B.  John Bassett of Anstey, Leicestershire, England (22 individuals)
              196B.  Richard Bassett of Countesthorpe. Leicestershire, England (161 individuals)
              197B. Bassetts of Hinckley, Leciestershire, England (76 individuals)
              198B. Thomas Bassett of Wadhurst, Sussex, England (92 individuals)
              199B.  Bassetts of Rotherfield, Sussex, England (135 individuals)
              200B.  Thomas Bassett of Lincolnshire, England (129 individuals)
              201B.  William Bassett of Glentworth, Lincolnshire, England (227 individuals)
              206B.  Charles Bassett of High Halden, Kent, England (83 individuals)
              207B.  Thomas Bassett of New Brunswick, Canada (54 individuals)
              208B.  Bassetts of Burghclere, Hampshire & Madoc, Canada (141 individuals)
              209B.  Thomas Bassett of Snodland, Kent, England (9 individuals)
              210B.  Sir Anselme Bassett of Gloucestershire, England (89 individuals)
              220B.  Bassetts of Eardisland, Hereford, England (182 individuals)
              324B.  Harold Bassett of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (62 individuals)
              325B.  Harry Bassett of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (39 individuals)
              326B.  John Bassett of Oneida County, New York (52 individuals)
              327B.  Bassetts of Dingley, Northamptonshire, England (139 individuals)
              328B.  William Burgess, son of Sir Francis Bassett (44 individuals)
              329B.  Andre Basset of Salernes, France (39 individuals)
              330B.  Bassetts of Shoreditch and Bethnal Green (167 individuals)
              331B.  William Bassett of Hollingbourne, Kent, England (12 individuals)
              332B.  William Bassett of Ireland and Manhattan, New York (29 individuals)
              333B.  William A. Bassett of Massachusetts (b. Bermuda) (44 individuals)
              334B.  Peter Bassett of Clinton County, Missouri (20 individuals)
              335B.  John and Thomas Bassett of Pentrebach, Glamorgan, Wales (13 individuals)
              380B.  William Bassett of Tunbridge Wells, England (19 individuals)
              381B.  John Bassett of Whitchurch, Devonshire, England (60 individuals)
              382B.  Thomas Bassett of Randwick, Gloucestershire, England (38 individuals)
              383B.  William Bassett of Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio (84 individuals)
              384B.  James Bassett of Withyham, Sussex, England (13 individuals)
              385B.  Samuel Bassett of London, England (55 individuals)
              386B.  Bassetts of Brighton, Sussex, England (78 individuals)
              388B.  Francis Bassett of Newington, Surrey, England (36 individuals)
              389B.  George Bassett of Liverpool, Lancashire, England (62 individuals)

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Stanley H. Bassett of Ellensburg, Washington

Stanley H. Bassett of Washington passed away earlier in October.

He descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Raynesford
Nathan Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Mary Huckins
William Bassett (b. 1702) and Anna Mayhew
Fortunatus Bassett (b. 1742) and wife Sarah Bassett
Cornelius Bassett (b. 1778) and wife Elizabeth Holland Sawyer
James Lawrence Bassett (b. 1816) and wife Mary Jane Conrad
Cassius Mortimer Bassett (b. 1844) and wife Hannah Francis
Clifford Ashton Bassett (b. 1871) and wife Caroline Lee
Kenneth Mortimore Bassett (b. 1911) and wife Laura.
Stanley H. Bassett

Seattle Daily Times, Thursday, February 22, 1962
1962-Model ‘Stanley Steamer’: A delegate from each room at Thomas School near Kent visited Stanley Bassett yesterday morning to give him $140 raised by the school children to buy a new wheel chair for the youth, ten years a polio victim.

        The March of Dimes and Children’s Orthopedic Hospital will miss an annual contribution this year. But that does not mean the children of Thomas School near Kent have forgotten.
        The children decided to see for themselves this time how their dimes, nickels and pennies could light up the face of a former schoolmate – They collected $140 to buy a wheel chair for Stanley Bassett, 17.
        In October, 1952, Stanley, then a second-grader at Thomas School, was stricken with polio. Each year since, the school has made a March of Dimes or Orthopedic Hospital contribution in Stanley’s name.
        For two weeks or more in that October, Mrs. Myrtle C. Curry, principal, had been concerned over the little boy’s lackadaisical work in school. Then one weekend he had all the symptoms of flu.
        By Monday morning it was diagnosed as polio.
        A full year in the hospital followed. He has had eight major operations in the intervening ten years.
        Despite all the interruptions, Stanley has almost kept up his school work. He is a sophomore at Kent-Meridian High School.
        The well-worn wheel chair has not been a prison for Stanley.
        Mrs. Curry, serving her last year at the school after 32 years of work there, recalls the teachers pulling the wheel chair up and down the stairs, and how Stan rolled himself out to the playground to participate in normal activities.
        The youth’s mother, Mrs. Kenneth Bassett, tells how her son “drives” his chair on their 30 acre farm to shoot at ducks and to fish in the nearby Green River.
        Mrs. Bassett, after nine years as her son’s chauffeur, has a measure of relief this year. Stanley’s friends drive him to school and on outings.
        Stanley is studying vocational agriculture. He has one sheep as a project. Neighbors say he sometimes talks of one day taking over the family farm.
        School, play, hunting and fishing have added many miles to the dilapidated old wheel chair. Mrs. Curry and the children of Thomas School, who never forget, decided it was time for a new “Stanley Steamer”.
        The sold popcorn, peanuts and cookies. They saved their dimes, nickels and pennies.
        And yesterday a delegate from each room went out to the Bassett farm and gave Stanley the money for his new set of wheels.

The Daily Record, Ellensburg, Washington, Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Public Servant and youth mentor Stan Bassett dies

Stan Bassett, former Ellensburg City Council member, mayor and longtime mentor and counselor to Ellensburg youths, died in the early morning hours Tuesday. He was 69.

Among his accomplishments, Bassett served on the Ellensburg City Council for 23 years, the longest term in office in the city's history. He stood for re-election five times and never lost, and served as mayor twice.

Bassett was a Central Washington University graduate, with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. He first ran for Council in 1987 and was sworn in 1988.

In 1986, Bassett started working as director for Kittitas County Youth Services, and worked as a lunchroom supervisor at Morgan Middle School for more than 20 years.

Bassett, who was a polio and cancer survivor, was confined to a wheelchair since his childhood, and was able to move around thanks to metal rods embedded in his spine.

In 2010, the city declared May 3 Stan Bassett Day in honor of his life and service.

The Daily Record will publish service and memorial information as it becomes available.

The Daily Record, Ellensburg, Washington, Thursday, October 10, 2013
Stan Bassett – Hard to put in words what Bassett meant to people

To the Editor,

This morning, when I heard that Stan Bassett had passed away; I couldn't even begin to put into words the impact he had on my life, as a person with a disability, as an advocate, as a professional, and how he steered me in a direction that I hope has had a trickle-down effect.

In the early 1980s Stan introduced to community to the concept of Independent Living Services, coordinated the Independent Lifestyle Services Swim Program, and under what was then the Kittitas County Action Council (KCAC).

That eventually became what is now Central Washington Disability Resources (CWDR), and Stan's reach on the Board of Directors was far and wide until 2005, and each executive director and board member has been impacted by his vision and direction.

When speaking with a former board member earlier, I told him I never did thank Stan for changing the way I perceived myself as a person with a disability. Hopefully he realized that he played a big part in my achievements. Sometimes it is too big to put into a sentence. Some people can live until they are 100 and never give to a community what Stan gave to his.

Von Elison
executive director Central Washington Disability Resources, Ellensburg

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Photograph of William Sessions Bassett

William Sessions Bassett descends from 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 Mary Crossman
William Bassett (b. 1726) and wife Lydia Fisher
William Bassett (b. 1749) and wife Anna Lane
Massa Bassett (b. 1781) and wife Susanna Utley
Willliam Sessions Bassett (b. 1817) and wife Ruth E. Tucker

William Sessions Bassett
William Sessions Bassett
Picture provided by Kevin Fuchs of Jackson, Tennessee

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Charles Osgood Bassett and son Laurence Brooke Bassett

Charles Osgood Bassett and his son Laurence Brooke Bassett descend from Willliam 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 Mary Crossman
William Bassett (b. 1726) and wife Lydia Fisher
Samuel Bassett (b. 1753) and wife Martha Belding
Nathan Bassett (b. 1798) and wife Harriet Willard
Charles Bassett (b. 1822) and wife Mary Ann Benton
Charles Osgood Bassett (b. 1851) and wife Mary Stone Hitchcock
Laurence Brooke Bassett (b. 1878)

Forman Bassett Hatch Co stationary
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday, August 14, 1939
Laurence B. Bassett

        Laurence Brooke Bassett, president of the Bassett Co., printers and lithographers, died suddenly Saturday night when he was stricken by a heart attack as he walked up the stairs in his home at 2233 South Overlook Road, Cleveland Heights.
        Death came just two days after he had celebrated his 60th birthday anniversary.
        Mr. Bassett was a member of two pioneer Cleveland families. His father, Charles Osgood Bassett, was a leader in the printing trade here for many years, and his mother, the former Mary Stone Hitchcock, was descended from the city’s early settlers.
        A native of Cleveland, Mr. Bassett attended Case School of Applied Science and was graduated from the Michigan College of Mines, Houghton, Mich.
        He worked several years as a mining engineer before returning to Cleveland as an associate of his father in the Forman-Bassett Co. On the death of his father he became president of the Bassett Lithographing Co. which later became the Bassett Co.
        He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Daisy Millar Bassett; a sister, Mrs. George Friebolin; two nephews, W.W. and Charles B. Mountcastle, and a niece, Mrs. Harold Sayre of Miami, Fla. Funeral services will be private.

Eighty-five Years Young
Monotype: A Journal of Composing Room Efficiency, May-June 1917

        It is a long look backward to 1834, when Alfred Sanford started a little printing and stationery side line that soon outgrew the main business and was destined to become the great plant of The Forman-Bassett Co., Cleveland, Ohio; but to the men who have just celebrated the eighty-fifth anniversary of that event the retrospect is both interesting and inspiring.
        A four-page supplement to the Cleveland Sunday News-Leader was issued to mark the eighty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the plant, and from it we gather these facts in the history of this big business institution.
        The little plant which was the nucleus around which the present business developed was the first stationery and printing plant in Cleveland, and later added the first lithographic department. Today it is complete as a printing, lithographing, binding and stationery business, with special departments for steel-plate printing and steel-die stamping, and requires a large, six-story building with over an acre of floor space to house it. Even then it is obliged to use outside rented space for storage of material and finished stock.
        Through these years there have been many changes of personnel in ownership and management, but the growth has been continuously progressive. In 1873, Mr. J.C. Forman, since deceased, entered the firm, and the sign read Short & Forman. Mr. C. O. Bassett, father of the present president of the Company, was admitted to the firm in 1874, with H.W. Munhall and J.W. Kagey. This partnership continued until the plant was destroyed by fire in 1891.
        Immediately after the fire the business was reorganized as the Forman-Bassett-Hatch Company, and forged ahead rapidly, achieving a reputation for high-class book and catalog printing. In 1912, the firm name was changed to the Forman-Bassett Company, with the same aggressive and progressive management that had marked its previous history.
        Thus from the scorn of the little side issue of stationery and printing has grown the great oak of a complete printing business and stationery factory that is known all over the United States because it refused to grow old, but was always among the foremost to adopt every improvement of value and to test new ideas and prove them out.
        It was the passing of the hand press and entry of the foot-power jobber. It was the smaller presses superseded by the original cylinder presses and their eclipse by the modern two-revolution cylinders with automatic feeders.
        It was the growth of machine composition and the development of the Monotype, with its Non-Distribution System, and the anniversary issue of the News-Leader gives prominent place to the Monotype and its work as emancipator of the composing room.
        The men who set the pace for the Forman-Bassett Co. have passed on, but their sons and grandson are still maintaining their ideal of “service” and keeping the business young. They are: president, L.B. Bassett, son of C. O. Bassett; vice-president, J.C. Forman, grandson of J.C. Forman; secretary, W.J. Petty, and treasurer, E.H. Schneider.

Forman and Basset

        For a printing concern to continue in business for eighty-five years and maintain a spirit of progressiveness is in itself meritorious. TO keep abreast of the invention of improved machinery and methods and receive with open arms the really valuable is still more praiseworthy.
        The men who guided the fortunes of the Forman-Bassett Company were always awake to the importance of the properly equipped composing room, and when the time came to install machine composition to relieve the shortcomings of the old system they selected Monotypes. Here is what they say on this subject in the anniversary issue:
        “What machines to put in was thoroughly discussed. It is not a reflection on any of those suggested to say that the very best on the market for the kind of work produced from this office and all high-class book catalog and advertising literature was chosen when the officers decided to install the Monotype.”
        “The executives say without reservation that it is absolutely the best machine of its kind on the market.”

Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Death of Walter Gwyn Bassett

Walter Gwyn Bassett descends from David Bassett of Swansea, Glamorgan Wales as follows:

David Bassett (b. 1821) and wife Ann Thomas
Thomas Bassett (b. 1849) and wife Hannah Edwards
Walter Gwyn Bassett (b. 1879)

Walter Gwyn Bassett, Cambrian, 16 Sep 1910
Walter Gwyn Bassett, Cambrian, 16 Sep 1910

Cambrian, 16 September 1910
Death Of Swansea Landlord
Mr. Walter Gwyn Bassett, New Recruit Inn
(Includes Picture)

        Death removed from Swansea, on Monday, a well known resident, in the person of Mr. Watler Gwyn Basestt, landloard of the New Recruit Inn, Orchard-street, at the early age of 31.
        Deceased, who was a married man, and leaves a widow and one child, had been ailing for a couple of years, and only recently returned from Mendip Hills Sanatorium, where he had been for treatment for a period of four months. Whilst away two of his children died.
        Deceased was the son of the late Mr. J. Bassett who was for many years the landlord of the Red Cow, High-street, Swansea, and his only brother is Councillor D. J. Bassett, Brynmill-crescent.
        In his younger days, deceased was much interested in sport, especially whilst in Cardiff, where he worked for some years as a plumber. On his return to Swansea, he was employed by the late Mr. Thomas Ford, plumber, Pier-street, but had to give up his occupation on account of ill-health.
        Much sympathy is expressed towards the wife and child. The funeral, which will be for gentlemen only, will take place at the Danygraig Cemetery on Thursday at three o’clock.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Thomas Bassett of Staffordshire

Thomas Bassett descends from William Bassett of West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England as follows:

William Bassett (b. 1798) and wife Hannah Garrett
Thomas Bassett (b. 1829)  and wife Harriet Maria Whitehall Sutton

Wairarapa Daily Times, 30 April 1906

        The death is announced of Mr. T.H. Bassett, of Ohariu, at the advanced age of 77 years. The late Mr. Bassett had been a resident of the Ohariu district for thirty-nine years. He always took a keen interest in local affairs, and was the founder of the Ohariu public library some twenty-five years ago. He came to the colony in 1856 in the ship Oliver Lang, and has been a resident of the Wellington district ever since. His death came quite unexpectedly, as he had only been ailing for a few days. He leaves a widow and seven children, thirty-one-grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Thomas Bassett
Thomas Bassett photo from ancestry.com

Dominion, Volume 6, Issue 1825, 11 August 1913, Page 2
Obituary, Mrs. Thomas Bassett

        The death of Mrs. Bassett, relict of the late Thomas Bassett, Ohariu, removed from our midst another of the fast-diminishing band of Wellington’s pioneers. The deceased lady, who passed away on Saturday afternoon, was born in Devonshire, England, 82 years ago. Her childhood days were spent in the Tower of London, in which her father held an official position. She knew the Tower from attic to dungeon, and this acquaintance laid within her the foundations of her love and knowledge of England’s history. As a historian and genealogist she had few equals. Possessing a voice of rare merit, she was often selected as a soloist at Westminster, and her parents, removing to the Black Country, her musical services were much in request at churches in Walsall, Wednesbury, and Birmingham. She married in 1850 and six years later she and her husband landed in New Zealand from the ship Oliver Lang. One of the first to greet them on arrival was the late Mr. John Plimmer, who received then in his “ark”. For some years she lived at Johnsonville, where her husband was engaged in Government works, afterwards removing to Wodestown, where she resided on the site now known as Whitton’s farm. Forty-six years ago she settled in Ohariu, the only means of communication at that time being a track over Kau Kau. For 35 years she held the position of postmistress for the district, and her intelligent recitation of the vicissitudes of early Wellington always provided a fund of information and entertainment. The respect and esteem in which deceased was held is evidenced by the numerous inquiries concerning her that were made during her recent illness. Her husband predeceased her by seven years. She had a family of four sons and seven daughters, of whom she is survived by two sons and four daughters.

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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: George Franklin Bassett and Family Photograph

George Franklin Bassett descends from 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
Seth Bassett (b. 1715) and wife Mary Hayward
Hawyard Bassett (b. 1737) and wife Lois Damon
Zachariah Bassett (b. 1794) and wife Olive Rand
Seth Howard Bassett (b. 1822) and wife Eliza Hudson
George Franklin Bassett (b. 1845)

Bassett Family
George Franklin  Bassett (Standing on right) with wife Catherine (Kate) Berthold Bassett
Alverdo Amos Bassett (Standing in center) with wife Susan Inez Tibbetts
Couple on the left are unidentified
Picture provided by Charlene Patton great-granddaughter of George Franklin Bassett

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

        No lines have been added or combined since the last newsletter.

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Section 9 - Message from the Webmaster

Kathryn says: I'm currently experimenting with turning the newsletter into blog format. I need some volunteers who are willing to give me feedback as I'm working on it. Email me of your interest and I'll give you the link that is not yet linked (you can't Google it yet either).

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Section 10 - DNA project update

Several news tests were submitted. Results will be reported when they come 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.


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