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Newsletter March 2005

Contents of this Newsletter:

(1) Welcome
(2) Correction from a previous newsletter
(3) Carol Ann Bassett of Oregon, author
(4) Bassett's Restaurant in Angola, Steuben County, Indiana
(5) Floyd Bassett and Nankin Mills in Michigan
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

For anyone living in or near Ohio, you can see my presentation "The Bassett Genealogy DNA Project" at the June, 21st, 2005 meeting of the Coshocton County Chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society to be held at 7pm at the Senior Center located at 201 Browns Lane, Coshocton, Ohio.

Family Tree DNA (our testing company) came out with a new 37-marker test last year and we have upgraded a dozen or more tests to the 37-marker to see if it would help identify connections between famililes. It gives us much better information to piece together unconnected families than the 12 or 25 marker tests. For this reason, I am hoping to upgrade all DNA tests to the 37 marker for anyone not listed in the Unconnected Bassett section at the web site. I am especially interested in upgrading the Cornwall Bassetts and Wales Bassett to include that information in an article that I will be writing for a National Genealogy magazine when the results are complete. I have negotiated a small discount if we can get at least 15 upgrades ordered at the same time. Six people have already committed to the upgrades in the past week. Contact me if you are interested or if you want more details.

I will be travelling to Williamsburg, Virginia for a vist in April so look for an update on the Bassetts of Williamsburg in an upcoming issue of my newsletter. (They include Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, mother of President William Henry Harrison and her brother, Burwell Bassett, brother-in-law to President George Washington).


Section 2 - Correction from a previous newsletter

For those of you who have been receiving my newsletter from the beginning, you may remember the first issue giving information on Charles Bassett, Marshall of Dodge City, Kansas, son of Benjamin Bassett. One of my readers had pointed out an inconsistency with the lineage of Benjamin Bassett, his father.

I have now moved him to a separate family, the #259B family of Benjamin Bassett of New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Carol Ann Bassett

Below is a link to read about a Bassett currently on our newsletter distribution list. Carol Ann Bassett is an author and professor residing in Oregon.

William Bassett and wife Hannah (Dickerman)
Ives John Bassett (b. 1659) and wife Mercy Todd
Joseph Bassett (b. 1697) and wife Miriam Bradley
Joseph Bassett (b. 1727) and wife Chloe Sanford
Jacob Bassett (b. 1775) and wife Lovice Bassett
William Garry Bassett (b. 1802) and wife Lucy Tuttle
William Brainard Bassett (b. 1840) and wife Annie Barton
William Brainard Bassett Jr. (b. 1871) and wife Beatrice Mary Allen
William Brainard Bassett III (b. 1896) and Amelia Zeppetella
William Brainard Bassett IV (b. 1927) and wife Genevieve Josephine Rivaldo
William Brainard Bassett IV Carol Ann Bassett

Carol Ann Bassett

http://www.carolannbassett.com  Author
http://journalism.uoregon.edu/user/cbassett  Faculty


Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassett's Restuarant, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana

The following is a postcard that I purchased on e-bay.

Very little is known about the Bassetts that ran this restaurant in Angola, Indiana. The following is the census of the Bassett family that ran the restaurant in the 1930's.

If anyone knows anything more about this family, please let me know.

1930 Federal Census of Angola, Steuben County, Indiana (5 Apr 1930)
Ollie Bassett 30 M IN MI IN Head Confectioner Confectionary
Esther 33 F IN IN IN Wife Assitant Mgr Confectionary
Billie J. 7 F IN IN IN Daughter
Betty J. 7 F IN IN IN Daughter
(206 East Maumee Street)
(Ollie Bassett born 1 Sep 1900 (SSDI), died Mar 1979, Angola) (Esther Bassett born 18 xxx 1897 (SSDI), died Nov 1972, Angola)

The following picture and text can be found at:


Angola: pioneers, progress and passionate beliefs

As a hideaway for the rich and famous, Steuben County was a popular destination for Fort Wayne-born movie star Carole Lombard and her husband, Clark Gable.

Gable and Lombard liked to relax on the shores of Lake-of-the-Woods at her parents' cottage. It is said that Lombard so much loved to eat at Bassett's Restaurant in Angola that the star had her own booth permanently reserved, so it always would be available.

Joan Crawford and Kathryn Hepburn visited here, too. Hepburn, it seems, loved eating at Bassett's as much as Lombard, even allowing her photograph to be taken while eating there.


Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Floyd Bassett and Nankin Mills

DNA testing has tied this family to #1A William Bassett of Plymouth, but the exact link has not yet been determined.

James Bassett and wife Ruth
George C. Bassett (b. 1818) and wife Eliza Smith
Edward Cunningham Bassett (b. 1844) and wife Sylvia Ellen Westerhaven
Floyd Beamer Bassett and wife Mabel Iva Chillson

165B14. Floyd Beamer Bassett, son of Edward Cunningham Bassett

Floyd Beamer Bassett, son of Edward Cunningham and Sylvia Ellen (Westerhaven) Bassett, was born 11 Mar 1880 in Gaylord, Michigan. He died 17 Oct 1964 in Plymouth, Michigan. He married Mabel Iva Chillson, daughter of George and Margaret M. (Bentley) Chillson, on 15 Mar 1900. She was born 22 Jun 1880 in Plymouth, Livonia County, Michigan. She died 5 Sep 1944 in Livonia, Michigan.

In addition to the children listed below, there was a male and female, both born in Livonia Township, Wayne County, Michigan. They both died at birth. According to family records "The mother of these children was petite. Upon carrying this child full term the doctor had to crush the skull for birth thus killing the baby. The second one had the same fate as her brother".

Floyd was the owner of Nankin Mills. He sold it to Henry Ford in 1918.

1900 Federal Census of Livonia Township, Wayne County, Michigan (29 Jun 1900)
Floyd Bassett 20 M Mar 1880 MI IN OH Head Farmer
Mabel 20 F Jun 1880 MI MI MI Wife
Clark 12 M Jun 1888 MI IN OH Brother

1910 Federal Census of Livonia Township, Wayne County, Michigan (21 Apr 1910)
George Chilson 75 M MI MA NY Head Farmer General Farm
Margaret M. 66 F MI NY NY Wife
Leon C. 27 M MI MI MI Son Laborer Home Farm
Iva M. Bassett 29 F MI MI MI Daughter
Floyd B. 30 M MI IN OH SonL Laborer General Farm
Ina R. 4 F MI MI MI Granddau
Ora C. 2 M MI MI MI Grandson
(Married 49 years, 6 children, 3 living) (Married 10 years, 4 children, 2 living)

1920 Federal Census of Nankin, Livonia Twp., Wayne County, MI (12 Feb 1920)
Floyd Bassett 39 M MI IN OH Head Valve Dept. Ford Tractor
Mabel 39 F MI MI MI Wife
Iva 14 F MI MI MI Daughter
Ora 12 M MI MI MI Son
Margaret 9 F MI MI MI Daughter
Ethel 7 F MI MI MI Daughter
Vera 5 F MI MI MI Daughter

Detailed information on the children are not listed since several are still living.

Henry Ford and Floyd Basstt on the porch at Nankin Mills.


Floyd Bassett, pictured here with his family, was the last miller at Nankin Mills. In 1918, he sold the mill to Henry Ford." (Courtesy of the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center Archives.)


Section 6 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

259B. Benjamin Bassett of New Bedford, Massachusetts (b. 1815)
310B. George Bassett of Montgomery County, Ohio (b. 1818 England)
311B. Richard George Basett of India (b. about 1819 in England)
312B. James Bassett of Rotherfield & Withyham (b. 1819 in Rotherfield)


Section 7 - DNA project update.

General Fund Scholarship total as of 03/20/05 = $150.00

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 website can be found at:


A current spreadsheet of results can be found at:



Jeffrey Bassett
520 Salceda Drive
Mundelein, IL 60060 USA
(847) 949-1443
bassettgenealogy@hotmail.com (home)