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Splinters From The Tree April 2008

(1) Welcome
(2) DNA results for the #20B Caleb Bassett family line
(3) Bassett Family Reunion pamphlets purchased on e-bay
(4) Letterhead of the Buffalo Meter Company
(5) Bain (Bean) Bassett portrait of Madison County, Illinois
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) DNA project update

Four donations for a total of $170 were received since the last newsletter.

Section 1 - Welcome

As we enter the 6th year of the Bassett DNA project, I am still amazed at how a simple y-chromosome DNA test can aid us in determining whether research done in the past is accurate or not. In section 2, you will read about the latest DNA test result that came back this week with what were surprising results for me. With new donations, I now have money to pay for four 25-marker DNA tests for any family line not yet represented in the DNA project. Please contact me if you might be interested in taking part.

I was the keynote speaker at a genealogy conference last week held in Tinley Park where I talked about DNA and the Bassett DNA project. I have another talk scheduled for Saturday May 17, 2008 in Richmond, Illinois. If you want details on the upcoming talk, send me an e-mail and I can give you more information.

Welcome to the more than three dozen new recipients of the Bassett newsletter this month, most of whom reside in England.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: DNA Results of #20B Philo Bassett line

DNA results are back for the following line:

Caleb Bassett
James Bassett
Philo Bassett
Alonzo Devlin Bassett
Kenneth Ashley Bassett
Eldwin Robert Bassett

This line is solid back to Philo Bassett, and Philo is thought to be the son of James Bassett and James to be the son of Caleb Bassett. Previous research had shown that Caleb was related to #1A William Bassett of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

I will now seek another descendant of this Caleb Bassett to see if the DNA results confirm this placement.

You can see in the results table below, that Philo Bassett descendants match to the other Bassetts of Wales, but also note the mutated 18th (with a value of 23 in yellow) marker. This marker does not match the other Bassetts of Wales, but does match both descendants of #25B George W. Bassett of LaGrange County, Indiana. What this means is that Philo Bassett and George W. Bassett share a common ancestor, this possibly being Caleb Bassett.

Watch future newsletters for an update on this family. 

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Family Reunion Pamphlets from 1897

I purchased these original Bassett Family Reunion Pamphlets dating from 1897 on e-bay this month. I will be posting more information from these pamphlets as time permits onto the website under the Bassett Family Association History section. You can check back later in the year at the link below.


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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Letterhead of the Buffalo Meter Company

The Buffalo Meter Company was run by George B. Bassett and sons, Charles K. Bassett and Robert S. Bassett.

For more on the history of this branch of the family, you can read the earlier newsletter on the Bassett house by clicking on the link below.


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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Bain (Bean) Bassett and wife Mary J. Sloan

The following picture was found at ancestry.com and was posted by Debbie Small.

Bain descends from the #34B Family of County Down, Ireland as follows:
John Bassett
John Bassett Jr. and wife Mary Casement
Bain Bassett and wife Anne Gough
Bain Bassett (b. 1835) and wife Mary J. Sloan 

Bain (Bean) and Mary J. (Sloan) Bassett

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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.

414B   William Joseph Bassett of Wimbledon, England, born in India (b. 1883)

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Section 6 - DNA project update.

DNA results are back from the #77B Richard Bassett of Mathews County, Virginia family and those results match the other two groups of Bassetts from Mathews County shown in the chart below.

I am still looking for a male Bassett from the #10B Richard Baxter Bassett family line (related to historian John Spencer Bassett) to volunteer for the project so that we can prove that line also is related to this group of Bassetts. 



77B. Richard Bassett of Mathews County, Virginia

        Richard Bassett was born around 1799 in Virginia. He married (2) Charlotte. Charlotte married (2) William Blake before 1860.

        From "Tombstone of Mathews County, Virginia, 1711-1986" page 84, we have Bassett Cemetery, Route 625 East side of gravel pits

to the memory of
Born February 23, 1799
Died November 7, 1857
"Many are the afflictions of the
righteous; but the Lord deliver
eth him out of them all."

There is a marble stone signed J.D. Couper, Norfolk. There is a rock headstone and a rock footstone next to Richard with no information.

1850 Federal Census of Matthews County, Virginia
Richard Bassett     51 M Virginia      Farmer  (See #28B)
Charlotte           36 F
William             22 M
Elizabeth           18 F
John W.             15 M
Martha C.           11 F
Charlotte           10 F
Thomas C.            8 M
Priscilla            8 F

1860 Federal Census of Mathews County, Virginia (8 Sep 1860)
Benjamin T.R. Wiatt   57 M Mathews, Virginia     Farmer 800 300
Caroline M.           42 F Mathews, Virginia     Dress maker
Caroline              21 F Mathews, Virginia     Seamstress
Mary F.               19 F Mathews, Virginia     Seamstress
Virginia              15 F Mathews, Virginia     Seamstress
William A.            13 M Mathews, Virginia
Robert L.              9 M Mathews, Virginia
Richard F. Bassett     5 M Mathews, Virginia
William B. Bassett     3 M Mathews, Virginia
Living with Benjamin Wiatt Family
Living next door
William Blake         58 M Gloucester, Virginia  Farmer  7,000 12,400 (#77B)
Charlotte A.          45 F Mathews, Virginia
Charlotte T. Basssett 18 F Mathews, Virginia     Milliner
Priscilla Bassett     16 F Mathews, Virginia
George G. Bassett      9 M Mathews, Virginia
John W. Lewis         12 M
Joseph Benn         B 57 M Nansemond

1870 Federal Census of Norfolk, Ward 3, Norfolk County, Virginia (14 Jul 1870)
George W. Jethro          33 M North Carolina    Engineer
Elizabeth                 35 F Virginia          Keeping House
Sarah A. Bassett          18 F Virginia
Franklin                  16 M Virginia
William B.                13 M Virginia

        77B1. William Bassett - born about 1828 in Virginia.

        77B2. Sarah Bassett - born about 1830 in Virginia, married John A.
            Bassett of Matthews County, Virginia. See #28B Family.

        77B3. Elizabeth Bassett - born about 1832 in Virginia

    +        77B4. John W. Bassett - born about 1835 in Matthews County, Virginia.
            He died in 1920. He married Josephine V. White.

        77B5. Martha C. Bassett - born about 1839 in Virginia.

        77B6. Charlotte Bassett - born about 1840 in Virginia.

        77B7. Thomas C. Bassett - born about 1842 in Virginia.

        77B8. Priscilla Bassett - born about 1842 in Virginia, married Thomas
            Walton Ingram. Thomas died in 1894. Priscilla died in 1908.

        77B9. George G. Bassett - born about 1851 in Virginia.

    +        77BA. Richard Franklin Bassett - born about 1855 in Virginia, married
            Jessie A.

    +        77BB. William B. Bassett - born about 1857 in Virginia, married Lena.

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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