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Splinters From The Tree March 2008

(1) Welcome
(2) Frank Chesley Bassett Grocery of Batesville, Arkansas
(3) Arthur Bassett of Paris, Missouri and ancestry.com passport applications
(4) Jarvis-Bassett Family Bible
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update

3 donations for a total of $125 have been received since the last newsletter.

Section 1 - Welcome

Several DNA kits were received back at the lab this month from family lines not yet represented in the study. Hopefully the results will give us some idea of where to concentrate our research on next for these lines. These tests include the following lines:

#20B Caleb Bassett of New York
#77B Richard Bassett of Mathews County, Virginia
#234B Bassetts of North Hill, Cornwall now living in Australia

I still have money available for two more 25-markers tests if your Bassett line has not yet been included in the DNA project and you would like to participate.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Frank Chesley Bassett Grocery of Batesville, Arkansas

Based on DNA results, Frank descends from William Bassett of Plymouth but no paper trail has yet been proven to make the connection. His current family line is as follows:

#56B Jonathan Bassett of New York and wife Amy Finch
John Bassett (b. 1778) and wife Sabra Witter
Elijah Witter Bassett (b. 1802) and wife Anna Snedaker
John W. Bassett (b. 1830) and wife Harriet Elizabeth McIntosh
Frank Chesley Bassett (b. 1862) 

picture courtesy of Bud Donavan
Picture courtesy of Bud Donovan
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Here is information on Frank Chesley Bassett and family. Very little is currently known about his children.

56B112.4. Frank Chesley Bassett, son of John Bassett

        Frank Chesley Bassett, son of John and Harriet Elizabeth (McIntosh) Bassett, 19 May 1862 in Illinois. He died 21 Feb 1932 in Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas. He married Mary Wilson. He was listed as age 69, a merchant in Batesville when he died.
        He is buried at Oaklawn in Ruddell Township, Indepedence County, Arkansas.

1900 Federal Census of Salem Township, Allen County, Kansas (2 Jun 1900)
Frank C. Bassett 38 May 1862 M IL OH ME  Head     Farm laborer
Mollie E.               37 May 1863 F MO KY KY  Wife
Lilly M.                 16 Dec 1883 F MO IL MO  Daughter School
Everett S.           13 Nov 1886 M MO IL MO  Son      Farm laborer
Minn L.                12 Jun 1888 F MO IL NO  Daughter School
Ora Valentine       20 Oct 1879 F MO KY KY  SisterL
Sulle F. Folle          2 Jan 1898 F MO KS MO  Niece
& 6 Boarders (Married 17 years, 3 children, 3 living)

1910 Federal Census of Vila Precinct, Baca County, Colorado, (22 May 1910)
Frank C. Bassett           48 M IL OH ME  Head     Farm Laborer Home Farm
Mollie                             47 F MO KY KY  Wife
Everett S.                      24 M MO IL MO  Son      Farm Laborer Home Farm
(Married 27 years)

1920 Federal Census of Center Township, Vernon County, MO (23 Jan 1920)
Frank C. Bassett         57 M IL OH ME Head     Retail Merchant General Store
Mollie E.                        56 F MO KY MO Wife

1930 Federal Census of Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas (10 Apr 1930)
Frank C. Bassett        67 M IL OH ME Head     Proprietor Grocery
Mollie                           66 F IL KY MO Wife
(Married at 21 & 20)

56B11241. Lilly M. Bassett – born Dec 1883 in Missouri.
56B11242. Everett S. Bassett – born 24 Nov 1887 (CDI) in Missouri, died 3 May 1940 (CDI) in Orange County, California, married Edith S.
56B11243. Minn L. Bassett – born Jun 1888 in Missouri.

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Arthur Bassett of Paris, Missouri and ancestry.com passport application files

For anyone with access to ancestry.com either through a subscription or through your local library, you might want to check out the new information on passport applications. This is just a sample of information you will find.

Arthur Bassett is a descendant of #2B Thomas Bassett of Virginia as follows:

#2B Thomas Bassett (b. 1617) and wife Mary
William Bassett (b. 1643)
Thomas Bassett (b. 1668) and wife Elinor
Thomas Bassett (b. 1696) and wife Lydia Howle
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1721) and wife Mary
Burwell Bassett (b. 1767) and wife Mary Hunter
George Hairston Bassett (b. 1806) and wife Columbia Renfroe Staples
Samuel Staples Bassett (b. 1833) and wife Fannie
Arthur Bassett (b. 1878)

2B112.135.1. Samuel Staples Bassett, son of George Bassett

        Samuel Staples Bassett, son of George Hairston and Columbia (Staples) Bassett, was born in 1833 in Virginia. He died in 1923. This was Woodson Bassett's first cousin who corresponded with him for many years and whose family still lived in Paris, Missouri in the 1950's. He married Fannie Giddings on 24 Jul 1856 in Monroe County, Missouri.

1880 Federal Census of Paris, Monroe County, Missouri
Samuel S. Bassett         46 M VA VA KY  Head    Drygoods Merchant
Fannie F.                 43 F MO KY VA  Wife    Keeping House
George B.                 23 M MO VA MO  Son     Lumber Merchant
Tandy G.                  21 M MO VA MO  Son     Deputy Circuit Clerk
William                   16 M MO VA MO  Son
Stella                    12 F MO VA MO  Daughter
Frank                     10 M MO VA MO  Son
Mary                       4 F MO VA MO  Daughter
Arthur                     1 M MO VA MO  Son
Kitty Phillips          B 49 F VA VA VA  Other     Servant

+ 2B11213511. George Braxton Bassett - born 26 Mar 1857 in Middlegrove, Missouri, died 16 Sep 1940 in Paris, Missouri, married Elizabeth Eleanor Davis.
2B11213512. Tandy G. Bassett - had dry goods store in Paris, Missouri. See census above.
2B11213513. William H. Bassett -
2B11213514. Frank Bassett - dentist in Chicago in 1913. See 1900 census above.
2B11213515. Arthur Bassett - born Oct 1878, lawyer in Mexico City in 1913, married Abbie.
2B11213516. Stella Bassett - lived with her father, had 2 daughters.
2B11213517. Mary Bassett - married George Dyson, banker, had 1 son, 1 daughter.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Jarvis-Bassett Family Bible

David Bassett descends from #3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
Thomas Bassett and wife Joanna Beardsley
Thomas Bassett (b. 1660) and Sarah Baldwin
Josiah Bassett (b. 1690) and wife Alice Canfield
Samuel Bassett (b. 1723) and wife Susannah Morris
David Bassett (b. 1754) and wife Sarah Oviatt
David Bassett (b. 1782) and wife Mary Rhoades
David Bassett (b. 1808) and wife Mary A. Jarvis

The Bible contains information on the family of David Bassett and his wife Mary Ann Jarvis.

They were married in Cheshire, Connecticut on 6 May 1829.

David and Mary were the parents of John E. Bassett who ran a hardware store in New Haven, Connecticut and was featured in an earlier newsletter. 

Bible image provided by Tracy St. Claire
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Section 5 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

81B.    Oliver T. Bassett of El Paso, Texas into the #1A William Bassett of Plymouth family
285B.  Nicholas Bray Bassett of Bridgerule, Devon into the #22B Bassetts of Ashwater, Devon
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

81B.    William Bassett of Bideford, Devonshire, England (b. 1831)
285B.  William Bassett of Okehampton, Devonshire, England (m. 1815)
411B.  George Bassett of Newfoundland, Canada
412B.  James Bassett of Berwick & Drayton, Oxfordshire, England (m. 1823)

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Section 6 - DNA project update.

As a follow up to DNA results presented in last month's newsletter, the #178B William Bassett family DNA results are back, and this line also matches the same group of Bassetts from in and around London and the group descended through William Bassett who settled in Lynn, Massachusetts.. Descendants of both Thomas Bassett and George Bassett, both sons of William Bassett have been tested and their results are shown below. 


178B. William Bassett
        William Bassett married Mary Arrow, daughter of Henry and Ann (Fry) Arrow, on 11 Mar 1822 in Tonbridge, Kent, England. Mary was born about 6 Sep 1801 in Tonbridge, Kent, England.
        William and Mary moved to New York about 1823, possibly to Erie County. Mary returned to England and married (2) Edward Orram on 11 Dec 1831 in Plaxtol, Kent, England.

1841 British Census of Cage Green, Tonbridge, Kent
Edward Orram         56 M Shoem             Not born in County
Mary                         40 F                   Born in County
John                          7 M                   Born in County
Mary                          5 F                   Born in County
Susanna                    2/12 F                   Born in County
Thomas Bassett       15 M Ag Lab            Not born in County
George                       12 M                   Not born in County
+        178B1. Thomas Bassett - born about 1825 in New York, married Charlotte Ranger.
+        178B2. George Bassett - born about 1826 in New York, married Jane Coppins. She was born about 1830 in Tonbridge, Kent, England.

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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