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Splinters From The Tree May 2007

(1) Welcome
(2) Photo album of Bassetts available on e-bay
(3) Dr. George W. Bassett and Bassett's Native Herbs of Columbus, Ohio
(4) John W. Bassett and the Bassett Army Hospital in Alaska
(5) Albert G. Bassett of Rochester, Monroe County, New York
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) William Bassett of Albion, Illinois family identified
(8) DNA project update

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

3 individuals donating a total of $85.

Section 1 - Welcome

Just a reminder that the Bassett family reunion is just a few months away. I have heard from several dozen Bassetts that so far plan on attending. I will have more updates in next month's newsletter. I am looking for two volunteers to help out, one to be in charge of name tags and one to organize a group dinner on Saturday evening. Please contact me if you are interested in helping with either of these activities. You can see more details at our web site including information on making reservations.


I enjoyed meeting several Bassetts on my recent trip to California from three different Bassett lines including William Bassett of Plymouth, John Bassett of Connecticut, and Truman Bassett of Connecticut.

(click for larger view)
Front Row: William H. Bassett, Jim Bassett, Jeffrey Bassett
Back Row: Kathryn Bassett and David Bassett
Not pictured: Marita Gladson

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett:  Bassett Photo Album available on e-bay

A photo album containing many pictures of descendants of #1B John Bassett of Connecticut including Lyman Bassett (born 1792, died 1881), his son William David Bassett (born 1827, died 1899), and his grandchildren, Clarence Wheeler Bassett, Josephine Bassett Tichenor, William Hopkins Bassett and Robert Wilson Bassett, is available for purchase on e-bay. By the time you get this newsletter, it may be expired, but I have the name and contact information for the seller if anyone might be interested in purchasing it. Two of the pictures are shown below. (Webmaster note - I copied all the pictures and if I get permission from seller, will link to them all).

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett:  Dr. George W. Bassett and Bassett's Native Herbs

I purchased the box of Bassett's Native Herbs shown in the picture below on e-bay this month.

George W. Bassett descends from #3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
Thomas Bassett and wife Joanna Beardsley
Thomas Bassett and wife Sarah Baldwin
Thomas Bassett and wife Sarah Pearson
Joel Bassett and wife Grace Livingston
Enoch Bassett and wife Esther Bristol
Almond Abraham Bassett and wife Eliza
Dr. George W. Bassett 

3B362.271. Dr. George William Bassett, son of Almond Abraham Bassett

        Dr. George William Bassett, son of Almond Abraham and Eliza Bassett, was born 17 May 1845 in Schenectady County, New York. He died 18 Nov 1905 in Columbus, Ohio. He married Hannah M. (Buck) Currier (Currier from pension file), daughter of Dennis and Isabel Buck on 17 Oct 1874 in Grafton, Massachusetts. They were separated but never divorced. He married (2) Harriet Ann Bragg. She was born about 1850. She died 2 Apr 1890 in Columbus, Ohio. He married (3) Mary Elizabeth Qualey, daughter of Daniel Qualey. She was born about 1869. She died about June 1916 in Columbus, Ohio. George W., Harriett A., Clara and Marguerite Bassett are all buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.
        On 21 Sep 1886, a patent on a carbrake was assigned to George W. Bassett of Columbus, Ohio. He ran the Bassett Herbs Company of Columbus, Ohio.

1900 Federal Census of 6th Ward, Columbus, Franklin County, OH (5 Jun
George W. Bassett 55 M May 1845 NY VT NY Head Merchant (Patient ??)
Mary E. 34 F Jul 1865 OH IR IR Wife
Clara L. 6 F May 1894 OH NY OH Daughter At School
Stella Williams 21 F Mar 1879 OH OH OH Servant  Housework
(Married 10 years, 2 children, 1 living)
(Living at 215 E. Rich Street)

1910 Federal Census of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio (16 Apr 1910)
Mary Bassett (Wd) 39 F OH IR CN  Head Own Income
(2 children, none living)

        Children by 1st wife.        

        3B3622711. George W. Bassett - May 1875 in  Duanesburg, New York, who was 1 month old for the 1875 census taken 14 Jun 1875.

        Children by 3rd wife.

        3B3622712. Marguerite J. Bassett - born 1890, died 11 Dec 1896, buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.

        3B3622713. Clara Louise Bassett - born 6 Mar 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, died25 Aug 1908, buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Citizen Journal 4 June 1916
Mrs. Elizabeth Bassett

        Mrs. Elizabeth Bassett, widow of Dr. George W. Bassett, died of complications Monday at Grant Hospital, following an illness of nine weeks. The body was taken to the funeral establishment of the Egan Undertaking Company, 26-30 West Naghten street, where funeral will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Services at St. Joseph's cathedral, Broad and Fifth streets, at 8:30 a.m. For several months before her illness, Mrs. Bassett lived at the Lenox hotel. Mrs. Stephen Potter of Delaware is a sister.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: John W. Bassett and the Bassett Army Hospital

John Winfield Bassett descends from #1B John Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
John Bassett and wife Margery
Robert Bassett and wife Mary
Robert Bassett and wife Elizabeth Riggs
Robert Bassett and wife Eunice Clark
Daniel Bassett and wife Elizabeth Bassett
Samuel Bassett and wife Mary Caywood
John Bassett and wife Ervilla Coomer
Irving Arnold Bassett and wife Hannah McKendrick
William Irving Bassett and wife Helen Fladwood
John Winfield Bassett

John Winfield Bassett

A new Army Hospital will be dedicated later this month, named for John Winfield Bassett. It is located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. 

In June 1942, a Japanese offensive attack captured Attu; a small remote island on the western tip of the Aleutian chain. On a cloudy, wind-swept May 11 dawn in 1943, Americans launched a campaign to recapture Attu. U.S. infantrymen dug in on the 28th of May, feeling confident that the following day would see the end of the Japanese occupation of that piece of U.S. soil. The American assault on the island had been very successful, and only 800 Japanese troops remained; all of whom were eventually trapped in a box canyon. The American forces were surprised, however, when on the morning of May 29, the enemy troops launched a last-ditch, suicide drive. They successfully overran the advance aid station commanded by Captain John Winfield Bassett. The Japanese stormed through the aid station, ruthlessly slaughtering wounded soldiers by using bayonets to conserve bullets. Despite efforts to organize the medics and walking wounded into a makeshift army, Captain Bassett was shot and killed by the small but surging Japanese force. Bassett's acts of heroism were immediately recognized by the U.S. Army, and he was posthumously awarded the purple heart and the silver star for heroism in the face of the enemy.

Picture of the original Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, dedicated 10 April 1963 (click to enlarge)

Picture of the new Bassett Army Hospital located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska to be dedicated later in May of 2007 (click to enlarge)

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Albert G. Bassett of Rochester, New York

Albert G. Bassett descends from #1A William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett and wife Mary Raynesford
William Bassett and wife Rachel Willison
Jonathan Bassett and wife Mary Gale
Jonathan Bassett and wife Mary Francis
Nathan Bassett and wife Olive Clark
Abel Bassett and wife Elizabeth Babcock
Albert Bassett and wife Mary C.
Albert G. Bassett and wife Mary M. Buckley

Card from the Bassett drug store in Rochester, New York circa late 1800's.

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

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

 174B.  The Bassetts of Hastings and Eastbourne, Sussex, England
 387B.  Cyrus Bassett of Naples, Ontario County, New York
 388B.  The Bassetts of Newington, Surrey, England

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Section 7 -  William Bassett of Albion, Illinois family identified

We have another success story for the use of DNA helping us to place a given Bassett family into the correct family from England.

One of the earlier families in my Bassett files, the #23B WIlliam Bassett of Albion, Illinois line, seems to belong to the Bassetts of Cornwall, but differs by a few markers so the link back to Cornwall may have 300-500 years ago. We have had no luck identifying this family until now.

We previously knew the following about William Bassett.


23B. William Bassett

        William Bassett was born 28 May 1817 in the County of Kent, England. He died 22 Mar 1904 in Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, aged 86, at the home of his daughter, Ellen Standring. He married Charlotte Johns, daughter of Robert and Margaret (Haines) Johns, on 12 Oct 1839 in Albion, Edwards County, Illinois. She was born 10 May 1812, She was baptized on 12 Dec 1812 in Philleigh, Truro, County of Cornwall, England. She died 3 Apr 1886 in Albion, aged 73 years.
        William left England with his parents and other family members in the early 1830's and emigrated to the United States settling in Albion, Edwards County, Illinois. William established the Bassett & Sons Brickyard in Albion. It was located a short distance south of the Southern Railroad, almost directly south of Albion.

I recently found the following ship passenger list and began wondering if the William Bassett below was our #23B William Bassett of Albion.

Ship Passenger list of Westminster, arriving 22 Mar 1837 from Great Britain
Elizabeth Bassett     Farmer     11 F (Daughter of Thomas)
Elizabeth Bassett     Farmer     38 F (Wife of Joseph)
Emma M. Bassett       None       22 F (Possible wife or sister)
Joseph Bassett        Child       9 M (Son of Joseph)
Joseph Bassett        Farmer     42 M (Head of Family)
Samuel                Watchmaker 31 M (Head of Family)
Sarah                 Child       9 F (Daughter of Thomas)
Sophie                Farmer     13 F (Dauther of Thomas)
Sophie                Farmer     37 F (Wife of Thomas)
Thomas                Farmer     15 M (Son of Thomas)
Thomas                Farmer     39 M (Head of Family)
William               Farmer     18 M (Son of Samuel?)

I found christening records for many of the Bassetts on the above ship passenger list from Bodiam, Sussex, England.

Several facts looked promising. William was of the right age, and Samuel Bassett and William Bassett were both found living in Albion, Edwards County, Illinois for the 1840 census. It also matched the family story about the family coming in the 1830's to the United States.

I decided to track down descendants of Joseph Bassett and Thomas Bassett, also found on the ship passenger list, hoping they might be brothers of Samuel Bassett who moved west to Albion. Descendants of both Joseph Bassett and Thomas Bassett stayed in Madison County, New York and I found a male Bassett from this Madison County line to take part in DNA testing.

Below shows the DNA results for this Bassett from Madison County, New York. He is perfect match for the Albion Bassett line!

I will now be able to combine the #380B Bassetts of Bodiam and the #23B Bassetts of Albion into one family line.

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Section 8 - DNA project update.

Results from kit #87042 are back. This kit belongs to a descendant of #142B Isaac Z. Bassett, The DNA results clearly show that this Bassett is a descendant of #14B Jean Besset of Quebec, Canada.

Information for Isaac Z. Bassett is as follows:

142B. Isaac Z. Bassett

        Isaac Z. Bassett was born 15 Dec 1878 (CDR) Canada. He died 12 Nov 1966 (CDR) in San Diego County, California. He was living at 804 Erie Street in 1926 in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan. He married Clara in 1901 in Worth, Cook County, Illinois. Clara was born about 1883 in Germany.
        According to his death certificate, his mother's maiden name was Gaboriau.

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