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Splinters From The Tree March 2007

(1) Welcome
(2) Bassett Family Reunion to be held August 3-5, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts
(3) Updates to the Bassett Family website
(4) Bassett queries - help needed
(5) Eligah Bassett of Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario, Canada
(6) The Bassetts of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
(7) Colorado Historic Newspapers: William H. & Alden Bassett
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

Thanks to all of the following who made donations this month:

9 individuals donating a total of $675.

Section 1 - Welcome

Results from a half dozen DNA tests came back from the lab this month and many of these families will be highlighted below.

I will be presenting the Bassett Family DNA project at a meeting of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society on April 12, 2007 in Naperville, Illinois for anyone living in the Chicago area.

The Bassett DNA project is now approaching 200 members. If you have been thinking about joining and have any questions, send me a note at the e-mail address at the end of the newsletter. If you still have a kit outstanding (10 kits are still out), please remember to follow up and send the kit in when you get a chance.

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Section 2 - Bassett Family Reunion to be held August 3-5, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts

I have begun a tentative schedule for the Bassett family reunion to be held in Boston this summer on Friday, August 3, 2007 through Sunday August 5, 2007. This schedule is subject to change.

I am looking for someone interested in leading a short non-denominational church service on Sunday morning. I am also looking for someone that can organize and take reservations for a group dinner on Saturday night.

Is there anyone that would like to make a presentation on their Bassett Family line? Please let me know the subject and the approximate length of your presentation if you are interested in speaking.

Friday, August 3, 2007
Registration - Noon to 8 pm
Group Tour: Massachusetts state capital building - afternoon

Saturday, August 4, 2007
Presentation: The early English History of the Bassett family by Jim Terzian.
Presentation: The Bassett research and DNA project by Jeffrey Bassett
Group Tour: USS Constitution located just outside of the hotel
Dinner: Group dinner either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant depending on the number of people attending

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Possible church service.

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Section 3 -Updates to the Bassett Family website

A new section has been added to the website showing a family tree of male descendants of William Bassett of Plymouth who arrived in America on the Fortune in 1621. There is a link to show all males descendants of each of his sons. This is still a work in process and not all of the male Bassetts have been included yet. Also shown on this chart are all participants from this family that have taken part in DNA testing. If you are a male Bassett belonging to this family and don't see a DNA project participant in your section of the tree, please consider joining.

This is a sneak preview of exciting things to come for the website. We hope to add similar screen for other major family groups as time permits.

Click on the following link to see this new page.


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Section 4 - Looking for information on the following Bassetts

We are currently looking for more information on the following Bassett lines. If you have information on any of these Bassetts, let me know and I will foward the information to the family currently researching that line.

(1) Looking to identify the William Bassett below.

Anthony David Bassett, born 1948 in Camborne, Cornwall
son of Samuel Hall Bassett of St. Ives, Cornwall
son of William Bassett

(2) Looking for the parents of the following siblings, all born in Hull, Yorkshire, England.

Reginald Bassett
William David Bassett, born 21 Jun 1919, died 28 Jan 1977
Ernest Bassett
Lois Bassett

(3) Looking for someone that has access to the 1825 New York State Census and can do a lookup for a Bassett family living there in 1825.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Eligah Bassett of Whitcurch Township, York County, Ontario, Canada

DNA results are back for a descendant of #243B Eligah Bassett of Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario.

Eligah Bassett and wife Margaret
Isaac Bassett (b. 1818) and wife Sarah Widdifield
William R. Bassett (b. 1843) and wife Harriet Widdifield (Civil War Soldier)
Alvan Jonathan Bassett (b. 1867) and wife Alice
Gordon Miller Bassett (b. 1893) and wife Dora May Apps.
Gordon Elton Bassett
Randy Bassett (DNA project participant - Kit 82744)

Results of Kit #82744 are listed below

This line shows a close relationship to the #3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut family with a 24/25 match with a descendant of Thomas Bassett.

Picture of Isaac Bassett and wife Sarah Widdifield
(Courtesy of Randy Bassett) Click on photo to enlarge.

William R. Bassett who served in an infantry regiment from Erie County, New York during the American Civil War. Picture taken in the early 1860s. (Picture courtesy of Randy Bassett) Click on photo to enlarge.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Family from Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales

We had results come back from two participants from descendants of the #202B Bassett family of Llanelly (Llanelli), Carmarthenshire, Wales.

The results clearly show that this line of Bassetts also shares a common ancestor with the Bassetts of St. Hilary and Beaupre Castle. (See Feburary 2006 newsletter for more on the Bassetts of Beaupre).

Anthony Bassett (b. 1720) and wife Margaret Griffith
Anthony Bassett (b. 1746) and wife Katherine Owen
Isaac Bassett (b. 1792) and wife Mary Williams
John Bassett (b. 1833) and wife Elizabeth Bowen
Anthony Bassett (b. 1879) and wife Emily Jones
Clifford Bassett (b. 1908) and wife Sarah Peckham
Hugh Bassett (DNA test kit #80687)

Anthony Bassett (b. 1720) and wife Margaret Griffith
Anthony Bassett (b. 1746) and wife Katherine Owen
Morgan Bassett (b. 1786) and wife Jean
Daniel Bassett (b. 1830) and wife Mary/Magaret
David Bassett (b. 1860) and wife Mary (Coal Miner operator)
David Bassett (b. 1887) and wife Mary Ann Rosser
Kenrick Bassett (b. 1918) and wife Hilda Florence Cotton
John Bassett (DNA test kit #80460)

202B314.33. David Bassett, son of Daniel Bassett

David Bassett, son of Daniel and Margaret Bassett, was born in 1860 in Llanelly, Carmarthen, Wales. He died in 1920. He married Mary. She was born in 1860 in Llanelly, Carmarthen, Wales. Mary died in 1938.
He was a coal mine owner. They are both buried in Adulum cemetery in Felinfoel with David's parents and two children Arthur Bassett who died in infancy and Margaret Hannah who died aged 14 months on 17 Jan 1891.
From List of Mines in Great Britain and the Isle of Man, 1918, I find Cefn-y-Bryn Colliery Co. Ltd., Adelaide Chambers, Swansea as the owner of the mine, David Bassett, manager.
His great grandson has a watch with "Presented to Mr. D. Bassett MANAGER Cefn-y-Bryn Colliery by employees as a token of esteem FEB 28 1920" and a bookcase:"Presented to Mr. Dd. Bassett as a token of esteem by the officials of YNISAIO Colliery Treherbert March 1933."

Picture of David Bassett pocket watch.
(Photo courtesy of John Bassett) click photo to enlarge

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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: W.H. & Alden Bassett of Colorado

Anyone with ancestors that settled in Colorado may want to check out the following site.


Using this site, I found an ad for William Howland Bassett and his son Alden Bassett. They descend from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett of Plymouth and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Rainsford
Nathan Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Mary Huckens
Samuel Bassett (b. 1693) and wife Martha Pease
Cornelius Bassett (b. 1722) and wife Lydia Norton
Ebenezer Bassett (b. 1751) and wife Abigail Adams
Francis Bassett (b. 1793) and wife Mary Cushing
William Howland Bassett (b. 1820) and wife Hannah MacMaster
Alden Bassett (b. 1845) and wife Josephine Rosalie Haskell

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

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

277B. George Bassett of England combined into the #116B John Bassett of Rothwell, Northamptonshire Family

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

277B. James Bassett of Southwark, Surrey, England
288B. Charles Bassett of Stroud, Gloucester, England
382B. Thomas Bassett of Randwick, Gloucester, England
383B. William Bassett of Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio
384B. James Bassett of Withyham, Sussex, England
385B. Henry William Bassett of Paddington, Middlesex, England

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Section 9 - DNA project update.

The testing lab ran a SNP test on the following group and have determined that this group of Bassetts belongs to the I haplogroup. This group possibly has Viking ancestry.

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