Splinters From The Tree December 2013
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Changes to newsletter format at the website
There is more than one way to read a blog. The first is if you really don’t want to learn how to use a blog/news reader, then you can just come to the website, click on the blog link, and read the articles. On the right side, you’ll see links to years, months, articles. Clicking on the tiny arrow, will expand the choices. By default, the current month is expanded. The articles are in the order they were posted, reverse chronologically, just like the years.
The other way is to use a blog reader. GoogleReader was the best in my opinion, but they eliminated it. Rather than tell you all about the alternatives, Lifehacker has an article doing that. You can skip over “step one” in that article as it is now moot. Note that in the “For Everyone Else” section there’s even a link on how to use Outlook as a reader. Personally, I use The Old Reader for some blogs, and Netvibes for others. The Netvibes link is in the “For Everyone Else” section. I like these two the best as they seem to be the closest to the old GoogleReader. Your preference may be much different.
The single most important thing you will need, regardless of which blog reader you use, is the “feed” address. You want to use http://www.bassettbranches.org/newsblog/feed when the blog reader asks you for that information.
The Splinters From The Tree archives through 2013 (including December) will remain on the website indefinitely. Starting now (actually started in October), the articles will be in the blog format. If you use a reader, you’ll get notified every time an article is posted, whether that’s one a week, or 6 times a month or (fill in the blank); - whenever Jeff gets one done he’ll give it to me to post.
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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Dog Tags for C.F. Bassett of Flint, Michigan
The following item was recently for sale on ebay.
Flint Journal, July 6, 1921
A very pretty wedding took place yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Gillespie, 515 W. Cour st. when their daughter, Mary I. Gillespie was united in marriage to Charles F. Bassett, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Bassett. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Charles Wesley Wright of Wilmington, before a bank of potted palms, suliax, ferns and June lilies, and the young couple was attended by Miss Myrtle Gillespie, sister of the bride as maid of honor, and Miss Helen Rollee of Lansing as bridesmaid. Oran W. Rowland of Lansing was groomsman. Little Miss Bertha Richards Morrish was ring bearer and Master Charles R. J. Morrish scattered roses before the wedding party as they took their places. The ribbon bearers were Misses Sarah Esther Pollock, Harriet Dodder, Sarah E. Gillespie, Ruth Jennings, Glada Parker, Elizabeth Bassett, Masters Stewart Pollock and Gerald Jennings. The wedding march from “Lohengrin” was played by Mrs. Horace Caulkins and Mrs. Milton Caulkins sang “I Love You truly” preceding the ceremony.
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Golden Wedding for John Wesley Bassett of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
John Wesley Bassett is the son of Edward Bassett of England. Before finding this article, I did not know when the family arrived in the United States or where they came from in England. If the information is accurate, it may help locate Edward Bassett back in England.
Springfield Republican, July 5, 1900
The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bassett off 1 Church street was celebrated yesterday afternoon, nearly 100 guests being present. Under the direction of Mrs. H.A. Root and Mrs. Frederick Hofmayer, the house was handsomely decorated with asparagus, maiden-hair ferns, daisies, roses, peonies, orchids and other flowers. Over the exits and entrance to the parlor were entwined the figures “1850” and “1900”. A buffet lunch was served during the afternoon, and bowls of lemonade were distributed about the rooms. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett received their friends in the parlor, and were the recipients of many hearty congratulations. They received a number of handsome presents, including a purse of $50 in gold. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett were married on the afternoon of July 4, 1850, at New Lebanon, N.Y., and at the same time Mrs. Bassett’s sister, Elizabeth, was married to Alexander Siegelbaum. Rev. Mr. Havens of Stephentown officiating at the home of Richard Crego, uncle of the brides. Mrs. Bassett was the daughter of Erastus Salls, a shoemaker by trade, who lived in Canaan, N.Y., and New Lebanon. John W. Bassett is a native ouf Southampton, Eng., and at the age of two years came to this country with his father’s family, who settled at Nassau, N.Y., where his young manhood was spent. He learned the trade of a carpenter, which he has practically followed ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett, after living for some time in Nassau, went to Pittsfield in 1883 and have since resided there. Mr. Bassett has four brothers and three sisters living, and the couple are vigorous, he being 70 and Mrs. Bassett 67 years of age. Both are active members of the Methodist church. They have no children living, Mrs. Hofmayer being an adopted daughter. Among those present were: -
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Thomas Bassett, Hatter of Chicago, Illinois
Thomas moved to Chicago around 1854 to take over the hat and fur business of his late brother John Albert Bassett.
Los Angeles Herald, February 1, 1900
Thomas Bassett, who was a member of the city board of education from 1895 to 1897 was found in a dying condition at 6:30 last evening in St. James park, near West Adams street. Dr. J.C. Kirkpatrick and Dr. Jenkins were hastily summoned, but Mr. Bassett died shortly after the physicians’ arrival at the park. The coroner, who had been notified by the police, arrived shortly afterward and permitted the body to be removed to deceased’s late residence, 2644 Portland street, by undertakers Orr & Hines, and announced his intention of holding an inquest today. Dr. Kirkpatrick was of the opinion that such a course was superfluous as he was willing to sign a certificate to the effect that Mr. Bassett had succumbed to an attack of apoplexy.
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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: The Millinerry Store for Mrs. A.K. Bassett
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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Park of Western Australia
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Section 8 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter:
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Section 9 - DNA project update:
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.
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