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Newsletter December 2005

(1) Welcome
(2) Jean Besset of Quebec, Canada and Bassett Boat Company of New England
(3) The Memoir of Sarah J. Bassett (1848)
(4) DNA Haplogroups for our Bassett project
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

Another year is quickly coming to a close. Here are some of the highlights for the year.

o The newsletter has gone from a mailing list of just over a hundred to more than 600 Bassetts around the world in 10 countries.

o I have added 33 new distinct Bassett family lines to my records. (#297B through #330B).

o I gave four genetic genealogy talks on the Bassett family in two different states raising $325 that I donated back towards DNA upgrades and tests.

If you enjoy receiving the newsletter monthly or have been helped in any way by my Bassett research project in the past, or had someone else fund your DNA testing, please consider making a voluntary $10 donation towards the project to help fund future research in the coming year. To make donations directly to the project fund at FamilyTreeDNA (using a credit card), see the link below in Section 6. These donations will be used to upgrade selected DNA tests and pay for new tests for people willing to participate that cannot afford to join on their own. Or you can mail me a note at the address included at the end of the newsletter.

I will be giving another presentation on the Bassett Genetic Genealogy Project on Monday, March 20th, 2006 at 7 pm in Zion, Illinois. I will publish the location of the talk in a future newsletter.

For anyone in the Salt Lake City area, I will be at the LDS Family History Library for some research on Tuesday night, December 20th. Let me know via e-mail if you would like to meet.

If you have been thinking of joining the Bassett DNA project, and just haven't gotten around to it yet, FamilyTreeDNA has given me two certificates good for $30 off a 25-marker or 37-marker test good through the end of the year. The kit must be ordered and paid for before year end. This is good between December 15th and December 31st.

This is also a time of year when many families get together for the holidays. Please share your Bassett history with others in the family. If any other family members want to be added to the newsletter mailing list, just have them contact me at the e-mail address below.

If you are receiving this newsletter for the first or second time and you have never corresponded with my before, find out more about your Bassett ancestors during the upcoming holiday and then drop me a line next wwek. I will share what I might already have on your Bassett line with you.



Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Jean Besset of Quebec, Canada

Hundreds, if not thousands of Bassetts in the United States can trace their ancestry to Jean Besset of Quebec. Many more of his descendants in Canada and the United States have retained the Bessette name. I am still looking for a male descendant from this family from one of the New England lines to take part in my DNA project.

Below is some information on Jean Besset, the orignal immigrant from this family line followed by information on the Bassett Boat Company of New England and its founder Lewis Wesley Bassett.

Jean Bessett was born about 1642 in Cahors, France. He died 5 Jan 1707 in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. He married Anne Seigneur, daughter of Guillaume and Madeleine (Sauve) Seigneur, on 3 Jul 1668 in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. She was born 1 Mar 1649 in St-Maclou, V.Et Archev, Rouen, Normandie, France. She died 4 Jul 1733 in Chambly, Quebec, Canada.

Jean Besset came to New France with the Carignan Regiment in 1665. The first official mention of Jean Besset in Canadian history was in the spring of 1688. On May 20, Msgr de Laval appeared at Fort Chambly to meet the soldiers and to speak to them. He administered the sacrament of confirmation to 66 people, all men, including Jean Besset.

Jean Besset spent the winter of 1668 and 1669 guarding army property at Fort Saint-Louis. Fort Saint-Louis was used primarily was a warehouse for supplies and munitions. After the breakup of the Carignan Regiment, Jean Besset took to farming land, and on October 14, 1673, received the title to his land, in Chambly, undoubtedly already under cultivation.

On 29 Jul 1674, Jean bought a concession from Francois Prudhomme, consisting of 80 arpents of land in Sault St-Louis. The land bordered on one side by Pierre Godin dit Chatillon, and on the other side by Jean Roy dit LaPensee, all of it in the district of the island of Montreal. He bought this at the price of 80 silver livres.
By 1681 the Besset's were living in Chambly again, between Etienne Raimbault and Luois Bariteau. They owned: a gun, 3 head of cattle and had 6 arpents under cultivation.

Jean Besset was buried at Chambly, in the paris of St-Joseph on 7 Jan 1707, in the presence of the Recollet missionary Pierre Dublaron. Anne died 26 years on 4 Jul 1733 at the age of 84 years.

Engraving of Jean Besset

Louis Bassett Sr. with the first row boat that he built.

Louis W. Bassett descends from #14B Jean Besset as follows:
Jean Besset and wife Anne Seigneur
Francois Besset and wife Marie Claude Debois
Clement Bessette and wife marie Charlotte Lamourex
Clement Bessette and wife Louis Choquette
Julien Bessette and wife Marguerite Lareau
Edouard Bessette and wife Julienne Monty
Jean Pierre Bessette and wife Sophie Lamontagne
Louis J. Bassette and wife Mary D. Sequin
Louis Wesley Bassett

Sunday Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, 5 Jan 1992
Louis W. Bassett, 66, boat company founder

Louis W. Bassett, 66, of 871 Alden St., Springfield, founder of Bassett Boat C., Inc., died Saturday at home.

His career began in 1943, when he set up shop on Berkshire Avenue. He was 18 years old at the time. The Ludlow-born Bassett sold shiners for bait, which he netted in the Connecticut River. Bassett's business grew with the assistance of his wife, the former Norma Mastrangelo. Norma Bassett worked side-by-side with her husband, and several of their children have been involved in the family effort. Times were lean for the Bassett during the winters of 1949 and 1950, so he took to selling Christmas trees, a momentary pursuit away from maritime business.

In 1953, the business was moved to the Ewig Boat Livery, formerly the Massasoit Boat Livery at Watershops Pond. After expanding the business to include outboard motors and boats, Bassett signed a lease for a West Street riverside facility, near the North End Bridge. While the main office stayed on West Street, the need to expand grew as boats entered the picture. In 1976, the Bassett Boat Co. took up residence in a 30,000-square-foot former B-52 hangar from the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee. Bassett's company was the first to lease hangar space from the corporation. The facility was used to store boats for the winter as well as for repair, service and preparation of new boats.

In 1988, the company moved once again to a 41,000-square-foot building at 321 Moody St. in Ludlow. The price tag for the service and warehouse center was $2 million. Exclusively selling the Sea Ray line of boats, Bassett's business grew until he claimed to be the largest Sea Ray dealer in the world, and one of the 10 largest boat dealers in the country.

Adding to the company was Bassett's dream, and he achieved some of that during his lifetime. The Bassett Boat Company has two outlets in Westbrook, Conn., one in Stamford, Conn., and one in Wakefield, R.I. A sister corporation has headquarters in Pompano, Fla., with outlets in Miami and North Palm Beach. At the time of his death, Bassett was still active in the business, chairing the boards of both corporations. In 1990, the Bassetts made the news for donating $1,000 so Springfield could hire lifeguards for Five Mile Pond.

The Bassett Boat Company will be closed all day Tuesday in memory of its founder. Bassett was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 160. He was a member of the Springfield Lodge of Elks No. 61, the Colony Club, the Jockey Club of Fort Lauderdale, Fla, and the Massachusetts and Connecticut Marine Traders Associations.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he leaves two sons, Louis W. Jr. of Clinton, Conn. and Richard R., of Fort Lauderdale; two daughters, Nancy A. Gagnon of Wilbraham and Diane M. Zable of Stamford, Conn.; and nine grandchildren.

The funeral will be Tuesday morning at Forastiere Funeral Home, and in the church, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday afternoon and evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Carmel School Endowment Fund, 123 William St., Springfield, 01105.

To go to the company website, use the link below.


To read more about this history of Bassett Boat Company, use the link below.



Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Memoir of Sarah J. Bassett (1848)

I found a copy of the Memoir of Sarah J. Bassett at the Library of Congress on my recent visit to Washington, D.C. This was printed in 1848.

Sarah Jarmy Bassett was the daughter of George Francis Bassett and Sarah Jarmy. Her father was a silversmith of Yorkshire, England, and her mother was of "a respectable family in Ipswich, England". The family arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, about 1794.

George Francis Bassett was the son of Jean Jaques Louis Bassett and was born 15 Jan 1768. He was christened 2 Feb 1768 at St. Martin Coney Street in York, Yorkshire, England.

This Jean Jaques Louis Bassett is the #53B family from my records.


Section 4 - DNA Haplogroups

From the National Geographic Genographic web site, we have the following for the definition of a haplogroup.

Branches on the tree of early human migrations and genetic evolution. Haplogroups are defined by genetic mutations or "markers" found in Y chromosome and mtDNA testing. These markers link the members of a haplogroup back to the marker's first appearance in the group's most recent common ancestor. Haplogroups often have a geographic relation.

From FamilyTreeDNA, definitions of 3 of the haplogroups of Bassetts are as follows:

R1b - All descendants of William Bassett of Plymouth who arrived on the Fortune have this haplogroup.

I - The many families making up the group of Bassetts of Wales have this haplogroup. This seems to support the theory that the original Bassetts in Wales were Normans that came from Normandy with William the Conqueror and settled in Wales after 1066.

Q - #1B John Bassett of CT, #6B William Bassett of CT as well as the Bassetts of Claybrooke have this haplogroup. This is a rather uncommon haplogroup for England.


Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.

#112B. William and Charles Bassett of Philadelphia combined into the #93B Bassett of Worcester Co. Maryland
#152B. Azariah Bassett of Victoria, Australia combined into the #292B Ancient Bassett of Wales Family
#157B. William Bassett of Brompton, London combined into the #171B Bassetts of Cranston, Bedfordshire
#219B. Thomas Bassett of Speldhurst into the #144B Thomas Bassett of Speldhurst family

#310B. George Bassett of Ohio combined into the #130B Richard Bassett of Claybrook, Leicester family
#319B. John Bassett of Kentucky/Ohio combined into the #8B John Bassett of New Jersey family
#328B. Harry Bassett of Ohio combined into the #130B Richard Bassett of Claybrook, Leciester family

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

#50B. Bassetts of Mt. Pleasant, Wesrchester County, New York
#310B. William Bassett of Camden County, New Jersey
#319B. John I. Bassett of CT & Massachusetts
#328B. Francis Bassett of Tehidy
#329B. Andre Basset of Salarnes, France & Louisiana
#330B. Bassetts of Shoreditch & Bethnal Green, London, England


Section 6 - DNA project update.

No new kits were returned to the lab since the last newsletter.

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:


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
(847) 949-1443
bassettgenealogy@hotmail.com (home)