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Splinters From The Tree January 2008

(1) Welcome
(2) Updates on #1B John Bassett and #6B William Bassett lines
(3) Augustus Bassett of Connecticut, portrait and biography
(4) David Bassett family bible of Godir, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

As usually happens in the winter months, I have been getting a half dozen or more new queries per week from people reading about Bassett Family History at our website. I anticipate sending out several new DNA tests from new lines in the next few weeks.

I have received several dozen pictures to include in newsletters in the past month. Please be patient if you sent one in to be published. I only have time/space to publish a few each month.

No donations were made to the project this month. Three new DNA tests were paid for during the past month using the project fund. Results from those tests will be reported in the next two newsletters. Remaining funds in the Bassett project are only $26.

Once a year I ask for donations, and it is that time again. If you enjoy reading the newsletter on a monthly basis and you think this project is beneficial, please consider making a donation towards the Bassett DNA project fund. There is a link at the bottom of each newsletter that can be used for making donations directly to the fund. If you prefer, you can mail the donations to my home address and I will add them to the project fund in a lump sum. Even a small amount such as $5 from many people will add up quickly. Last year we paid for 10 DNA kits with project funds.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: John Bassett & William Bassett of Connecticut

In a new book called "Embree Remembered: The Extraordinary Lives and Times of Robert and Effingham Embree", it shows that Mary Bassett, daughter of John and Margery Bassett of New Haven, was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

In looking at baptismal records for Stamford, we find the following at All Saints, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England:

Sarah Bassett, christened 12 Mar 1614

Mary Bassett, christened 21 Dec 1617

Jane Bassett, christened 13 Feb 1619, died 6 Jul 1622.

Robert Bassett, christened 24 Apr 1624.

What is interesting to note about these records is that the date and names of the first three known surviving children of John & Margery Bassett of New Haven match these records! Younger daughter Elizabeth was born after they moved to Connecticut.

Also interesting to note is the birth of a William Bassett, son of William Bassett, christened 13 Dec 1612 in Stamford. This could possibly be our William Bassett of New Haven.

I have not had much time to go through these records, and hope to have another update next month once I have time to try and figure out how William Bassett, father of William Bassett of Stamford might be related to John Bassett of Stamford.

One other interesting fact is that some of the descendants of John Bassett of New Haven ended up living in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford, Connecticut was named for the town of the same name in Lincolnshire. Many of the original settlers of Stamford, Connecticut had roots in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

I will do further research on Bassetts in Lincolnshire in the next few months as time permits.

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Augustus Bassett of Connecticut

Augustus Bassett is descended from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Joseph Bassett (b. 1635) and wife Mary Lapham
William Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Sarah Sweetland
Nathan Bassett (b. 1702) and wife Hannah Washburn
John Bassett (b. 1734 ) and wife Sarah Cushman
John Bassett (b. 1769) and wife Susan Grinman
Augustus Bassett

Augustus Bassett
Jane (Walker) Bassett

Photos of paintings provided by great-grandson Clarke C. Bassett)

634.139. Augustus Bassett, son of John Bassett 

        Augustus Bassett, son of John and Susan (Grinman) Bassett, was born 21 Jan 1821 on the family farm in Killingly, Connecticut. He died 25 Dec 1899 in Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut. He married Sarah Jane Walker, daughter of Clark and Sarah (Lovering) Walker, on 18 May 1848. She was born 9 Aug 1820 in Medway, Massachusetts.

6341391. Anne Lovering Bassett - born 7 Sep 1849, was a graduate of Aiken Seminary, owned by her aunt, Mrs. Williams, and died unmarried, 19 Jul 1887. 
+ 6341392. Fred Eugene Bassett - born 3 Jun 1853, married Harriet L. Williams, daughter of Abel and Betsy (Bassett) Williams, his first cousin. 
6341393. Charles Warren Bassett - born 1 Jan 1856.
6341394. Lewis Augustus Bassett - born 1859.
6341395. Nellie Walker Bassett - born 30 May 1861.
+ 6341396. John Clark Bassett - born 26 Aug 1864, married Harriet Galbraith on 29 Jun 1892.

Augustus Bassett

        During the busiest part of his well directed life, Augustus Bassett was identified with business interests in Danielson, Windham county, where his death occurred several years after his retirement, Dec. 25, 1899. He was not only a shrewd financier and public-spirited citizen, but he performed the inestimable service to those around him of making them forget their troubles, and look on the happy side of life. He was a delightful wit; a gifted raconteur, and had the faculty of appreciating a joke at his own expense. He enjoyed music and flowers and the beautiful things of this world, and carried around with him a disposition which sought out the pleasant rather than the disagreeable. Such have always a host of friends, and build up memories in the hearts and minds of all who know them. Mr. Bassett was born on the paternal farm in Killingly, Jan. 21, 1821 a son of John, and grandson of John Bassett, the latter of whom lived and died on his farm in the northern part of Killingly.
        John Bassett, the father of Augustus, was born in Killingly, and after the death of his parents succeeded to the possession of the home farm. He built the house now standing on the farm, and in the course of time greatly increased his landed possessions. He was a general farmer and stock raiser and through hard work, economy, and natural thrift became one of the largest land owners and most successful business farmers in the town. His personal appearance carried out the general impression of worth conveyed through his attainments for he was more than six feet tall, of splendid proportions, and was considered very fine looking. In his prime he could accomplish an enormous amount of hard work, more than any of his sons were ever capable of, and his unusual activity remained with him until a short time before his death June 22, 1859, at the age of eighty-nine years and ten months. He was a Whig politically, and held a few town offices, and he was a devout member of the Congregational Church, towards the support of which he was a liberal contributor. He had much of to do with the building and subsequent maintenance of the Dayville church. Twice married, the first wife of Mr. Bassett was formerly Lucy Walker, of Killingly, who died Oct. 16, 1814, at the age of forty-three. She was the mother of seven children, all of who became respected and useful members of the community of Killingly. For a second wife Mr. Bassett married Susan Grinman, of Thompson, Conn., who died Dec. 31, 1852 at the age of seventy-two. The children of this union were as follows: Betsey, the wife of Abel Williams, who taken sick on the voyage to Europe, and after her death in London, was interred in Greenwood cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Augustus.
        In his youth Augustus Bassett saw more of the work than the pleasure or profit of farm life, and when comparatively young began to cherish ambitions remote from the occupation of his forefathers. Notwithstanding that his labors extended from the rising to the setting of the sun, he managed to qualify as a teacher in the public schools, and at the age of fifteen had started upon a career of teaching, many of his pupils being both older and larger than himself. In the meantime his wages were drawn by his father, who, up to his twenty-first year, placed them unbeknown in the bank, to the credit of his son. This fact did not develop until after the death of the older man, and it was then found that his parental forethought had resulted in a nice little sum. While teaching Augustus worked on the farm in the summer time, his father having given him the farm as an inducement ot continue to devote his life to that occupation. He remained in possession of the homestead until after the Civil War, and then, because of his aversion to country life, sold the farm, and purchased a saw and grist mill of Deacon Ezekiel Burlingame, at Attawaugan. For about a dozen years he made a fair success of his milling business, eventually disposing of the mill to Charles Young, after which he purchased a grain and feed store in Danielson, of Deacon Burlingame. In the feed business he was ably assisted by his son, Charles W., and continued to do business in a room in the Exchanged Block, until the death of his son. He then disposed of the enterprise, and lived comparatively retired for the rest of his life. His declining years knew no bitterness because of long continued illness, but he rather maintained a cheerful demeanor, and the same effervescent jollity of mood in the wake of his declining powers. Up to the last he liked to be surrounded with friends, and was particularly partial to hitching up his horsed and taking his friends to drive.
        On May 18, 1848, Mr. Bassett married Sarah Jane Walker, born in Medway, Mass., Aug. 9, 1820, a daughter of Clark and Sarah (Lovering) Walker. Clark Walker was a successful farmer of Medway, and himself and wife lived retired for many years, eventually dying at the home of their son-in-law, in Danielson. To Augustus Bassett and wife were born the following children: (1) Anna Lovering, born Sep. 7, 1849, was a graduate of Aiken Seminary, owned by her aunt, Mrs. Williams, and died unmarried, July 29, 1887. (2) Fred Eugene, born June 23, 1853, was professionally trained in medicine under Dr. Joseph E. Winters, of New York City, and at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, from which latter institution he graduated with honors. He has a very large and lucrative practice at Rye, N.Y., and is a man of means and extended popularity.. Oct 15, 1884, Dr. Bassett married Harriet L. Williams, of which union there are three children: Wilfred Walker, born Oct. 25 1885; Dorothea Lovering, born April 29, 1889; and John Clarke, born Oct. 29, 1890. (3) Charles Warren, born Jan. 1, 1856, was his father's assistant in business, and met death by drowning at Thompson, Conn., while out with a party of friends, Aug. 13, 1875. (4) Lewis Augustus, born Dec. 24, 1859, died Sept. 6, 1860. (5) Nellie Walker, born May 30, 1861, and died Feb. 14, 1865. (6) John Clarke, born Aug. 26, 1864, attended the schools of Danielson, and for a time was traveling salesman for the Jacobs Manufacturing Company, of Danielson. He later went to Langford, S. Dak., and became interested in the banking business with Edwin Davis, formerly of Danielson, as cashier of the Langford National Bank. He later established the Aberdeen National Bank, at Aberdeen, S. Dak., and at the present time is president of both the above mentioned institutions. He resides at Aberdeen, and is a very successful man and fine financier. On June 29, 1892, Mr. Bassett married Harriet J. Galbraith, of Minneapolis, Minn., and of this union there are four children; Ruth Lovering, born May 17, 1893; Helene Walker, born Sept. 5, 1894, Marjorie, born Aug. 2, 1896, and Clarke Davis, born Nov., 1898. Mrs. Bassett, beloved for her many admirable personal qualities, and rich in the possession of many well spent years, retained her mental and physical alertness, until her death, Sep.6, 1902.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: David Bassett of Godir, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales

David Bassett descends from Anthony Bassett of Llanelly as follows:

Anthony Bassett (b. 1720) and wife Margaret Griffith
Anthony Bassett (b. 1743) and wife Katherine Owen
David Bassett (b. 1775)

202B31. Anthony Basset, son of Anthony Basset

        Anthony Basset, son of Anthony and Margaret (Griffith) Basset, was christened 20 Jul 1746 in Llanelly, Carmarthen, Wales. He is possibly the Anthony Basset that died 6 Aug 1820 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales. He married Katherine Owen on 18 Jan 1775. She is possibly the Catherine that died 27 Sep 1819 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
+ 202B311. David Basset - born 23 Oct 1775 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, married Margaret.
+ 202B312. Anthony Basset - born 23 Oct 1777 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, married Anne John on 7 Nov 1801 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
202B313. Catherine Bassett - born 1780.
202B313. John Basset - born 24 Mar 1782 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
+ 202B314. Morgan Basset - born 24 Feb 1786 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, possibly married Jean.
+  202B315. Daniel Basset - born 27 Feb 1789 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, possibly the Daniel that married Frances and moved to Trevethin, Monmouthshire, Wales.
+ 202B316. Isaac Basset - born 20 Aug 1792 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, married Mary Williams on 3 Feb 1815.

From Ty Newydd (Later called Adulam Chapel in Felinfoel, Llanelly)

David Bassett the son of Anthony and Katherine his wife of Godir in the parish of Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen was born on the 23rd day of October 1775. Registered on 4 Mar 1805.

Anthony Bassett the son of Anthony and Katherine his wife of Godir in the parish of Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen was born on the 23 of October 1777.

John Bassett the son of Anthony and Katherine his wife of Godir in the parish of Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen was born on the 24th of Mar 1782. Regiestered on 4 Mar 1805.

Morgan Bassett the son of Anthony and Katherine his wife of Godir in the parish of Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen was born on the 24th of Feb 1786.

Daniel Bassett the son of Anthony and Katherine his wife of Godir in the parish of Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen was born on the 27th of February 1789.

Isaac Bassett the son of Anthony and Katherine his wife of Godir in the parish of Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen was born on the 20th of August 1792.
The following bible page places Catherine Bassett, Morgan Bassett and David Bassett as children of David and Margaret Bassett. I previously had Morgan and David Bassett assigned to the wrong son of Anthony and Katherine (Owen) Bassett.

Bible page provided by Margaret Jennings

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Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
        The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

408B.  Bassetts of Moulton, Suffolk, England
410B.  Samuel Bassett of Rodborough & Thrupp, Gloucestershire, England.        

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Section 6 - DNA project update

DNA results are back for a descendant of Samuel Bassett of Timsbury, Somerset, England. His family is shown below.

254B. Samuel Bassett
Samuel Bassett was born before 16 Jul 1749. He died 6 Jun 1810. He married Ruth Wines on 5 Jan 1774.
254B1. William Bassett - born about 1774.
254B2. Samuel Bassett - born about 1776.
254B3. Hester Bassett - born about 1778.
254B4. James Bassett - born about 1784.
254B5. George Bassett - born about 1787.
+ 254B6. Thomas Bassett - born about 1788, married Hester Wines, daughter of Thomas and Martha (James) Wines, on 18 Jul 1813.
254B7. Hester Bassett - born about 1792.
+  254B8. Ruth Bassett - born about 1792. Another source lists the mother of George Bassett as Ruth George.
254B9. James Bassett - born about 1797.
254BA. Ann Bassett - born about 1798.
254BB. William Bassett - born about 1800.
254BC. Hannah Bassett - born about 1810. 

Results for Kit #107381 show that this Bassett line shares a 24/25 match with the Bassetts of Ashwater, Devonshire, England and 23/25 with Bassetts of South Tawton, Devonshire, England, so it is probably safe to believe that Samuel descends from the Bassetts of Devonshire. Further research on this line should concentrate in Cornwall/Devonshire.

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