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Splinters From The Tree August 2008

(1) Welcome
(2) Obituary of Theodore Robert Bassett, age 100
(3) Photo and video of Peter Dellameter Bassett family
(4) James Hunter Bassett and the Bassett adding machine
(5) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(6) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

Work continues on sorting out the many different Bassett/Bessette lines descended from Jean Besset of Quebec. We will be upgrading several DNA tests and also be having several new DNA test participants from this family during the next month.

This past month I was asked to attend a workshop to give a presentation about how DNA testing works and how it can be used in genealogical research for the Silk Road Theatre Group of Chicago. They are currently writing a new play called "The DNA Trail" to be staged in the Fall of 2009. The link below gives more information on this new production.


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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Theodore Robert Bassett obituary

Theodore Robert Bassett descends from #4B William Bassett of Lynn, Massachusetts as follows:

William Bassett and wife Sarah Burt
Elisha Bassett (b. 1649) and wife Elizabeth Collins
Daniel Basett (b. 1694) and wife Mary Lawrence
Daniel Bassett (b. 1722) and wife Sarah Saunders
Mark Saunders Bassett (b. 1806) and wife Margery Ann Leeds
Nathan Bassett (b. 1846) and wife Caroline Elizabeth Stocker
Walter Henry Bassett (b. 1871) and wife Caroline Kempe
Theodore Robert Bassett (b. 1908) 

The Times, Ottawa, Illinois, 18 Jul2008
T. Robert Bassett,1908-2008

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Born in Philadelphia on March 19, 1908, T. Robert Bassett, a resident of Ottawa from 1986 to 1996, died peacefully on July 14 at the age of 100 at the home of his son, Richie, in Palm Beach, Fla. where he had lived for the past 12 years.

Mr. Bassett was a talented pianist and church organist who played several tmies as a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa. He was a world traveler who visited nearly every continent and U.S. State. Bob especially loved London, and from his mid-70s until he was 92, made solo journeys to London every January to attend plays, concerts and museums. But most of all, Bob enjoyed traveling to the many events involving his grandchildren.

In Florida, he played bridge and the piano daily, swam at a community pool until he was 95, and celebrated his 100th birthday in good health with dozens of relatives, neighbors and friends.

Bob was an educator. He taught English at Penn State and Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., headed the Friends School in Ramallah, Jordan; the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon; the Columbus Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J.; and concluded his career as chair of the education department at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

Education for the Individual: Itís the Side Effects of Education that Count book cover

When he retired in 1975, Dr. Bassett wrote an inspiring text for teachers, “Education for the Individual: It’s the Side Effects of Education that Count.” (Click to enlarge photo)

He is survived by his children, Richard of Palm Beach Gardens, Ruth (Munzer) Afifi of Fresno, Calif., Martha (Tom) DuHamel of Seattle, Wash., and Kathy (Dr. German) Gonzalo of Ottawa; 12 grandchildren, including Marcos Gonzalo of San Jose, Calif., Ricardo Gonzalo of Atlanta, Miguel Gonzalo of Chicago and Steven Gonzalo and Kathryn Duque of Ottawa; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Irene Piper Bassett, in 2002; his son, Edwin, and his brother Ralph.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center.

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Photo of Peter Dellameter Bassett

Peter D. Bassett is thought to descend from #12B Oliver Bassett as follows:

Oliver Bassett and wife Betsey
Oliver Bassett Jr. (b. 1806) and wife Elizabeth
Peter Dellameter Bassett (b. 1838, d. 1924) 

Peter Dellameter Bassett courtesey of great-grandson Christopher A. Bassett
Peter Dellameter Bassett courtesey of great-grandson Christopher A. Bassett
(click to enlarge)

To view two short videos on this family line, click on the links below.


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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: James Hunter Bassett and Bassett adder

Very little is known about James Hunter Bassett.
He descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathanial Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Samuel Bassett (b. 1670) and wife Elizabeth Jones
Samuel Bassett (b. 1700) and wife Alice Weaver
Samuel Bassett (b. 1740) and wife Tabitha Waite
John Basstt (b. 1770) and wife Clarissa Kellogg
Samuel Kellogg Bassett (b. 1804) and wife Jane Augusta Bradford
Dr. Charles Francis Bassett (b. 1850) and wife Clara Hunter
James Hunter Bassett 

J.H. Bassett & Co. Adding machine box
Bassett adding maching circa 1912
J.H. Bassett & Co. Adding machine box
Bassett adding maching circa 1912

1910 Federal Census of 3rd Ward, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois (15 Apr 1910)
Chas F. Bassett            59 M IA NY NY  Head     Physician General Practice
Clara H.                   54 F IL PA NY  Wife
Enid O.                    24 F IL IA IL  Daughter Teacher
James                      22 M IL IA IA  Son      Manufacturer Adding machines
(Married 30 years, 2 children, 2 living) (Living at 543 Aldine Square)

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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.

 155B.  Samuel Bassett of St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex, England
 353B.  Richard Bassett of Moulsoe, Buckinghamshire, England
 418B. Antoine Bessette of Essex County, New York

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Section 7 - DNA project update.

DNA results are back for two Bassetts descended through different sons of Daniel Harvey Bassett, thought to be a son of Henry and Mary (Cammel) Bassett. This Henry Bassett is a son of James Bassett and grandson of #20B Caleb Bassett of Rensselaer County. Their DNA results are: 

dna chart 1

We are in the process of upgrading the nine DNA tests for descendants of #14B Jean Besset of Quebec. I hope to report on the results of this effort in a future newsletter. If you are a descendant of this family, now would be a good time to join the DNA project. 

dna chart 2

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