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Splinters From The Tree November 2008

(1) Welcome
(2) JoAnne Bassett, Master Parfumeur
(3) William Bassett of Fordham, England update
(4) Bassett Barn Farm of Ashover, Derbyshire
(5) Will of Erastus J. Bassett
(6) Westside Mill and the John Wilshaw Bassett Family
(7) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(8) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

I have met several new Bassetts online through Genes Reunited during the past few months. I welcome them to this monthly newsletter.

We had a dozen Bassetts sign up for DNA testing during the past two months and results are slowly coming back from the lab. Look for updates in the next several newsletters about these results.

Coming next month:
Information on Sutton Bassett
DNA results and family information for Benjamin Harrison Bassett and family
DNA results and updated family information on the Bassetts of Hints

2 donations for a total of $175 were made toward the Bassett DNA project.

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: JoAnne Bassett, Master Parfumeur

JoAnne Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (B. 1624) and wife Mary Raynesford
William Bassett (b. 1656) and wife Rachel Williston
Nathan Bassett (b. 1685) and wife Mary Stetson
Joshua Bassett (b. 1723) and wife Martha McCarroll
Isaac Bassett (b. 1761)
William Bassett (b. 1781) and wife Cemantha Powers
William Orlando Bassett (b. 1815) and wife Catherine Maria de Coudres
Jerome R. Bassett (b. 1847) and wife Sophia Nichols
George Alfred Bassett (b. 1869)
Donald Bassett
JoAnne Bassett

JoAnn Bassett Master Parfumeur

JoAnne Bassett founded Bassett Aromatherapy in Bellevue, Washington in 1993. The business grew out of the need to find high quality essential oils. Her mission was to find and import essential oils and botanicals that were still alive with energy. She has traveled to over 40 countries in search of the most therapeutic and healing essential oils.

After participating in many tradeshows, she had a list of spa and hotel clients that she had developed a full line of aromatic products for. From her 15 years of experience doing private label custom blends and custom signature perfumes for people, JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfumes was born.

JoAnne is a couture natural perfumer who does not use any synthetic materials. Her specialty is designing custom perfumes using the old world French classic perfume methods.

A link to her website is included below.


Section 3 - Featured Bassett: William Bassett of Fordham, England

Thanks to Darren Bassett, the baptismal record for #62B William Bassett of Fordham has been found. He is the son of Philip and Jane Bassett of Freckenham, Sufflok, England. The marriage record of Philip Bassett to Jane says that he is from Snailwell in Cambridge.

I have also found a marriage record for Philip Bassett to Ann Carter in 1722 in Snailwell, Cambridge, England. This is possibly the father or grandfather of the Philip Bassett listed above.

Hopefully by tracing back each of the families who share common DNA from the chart below, we eventually will find a link between these families.


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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Barn Farm of Ashover, Derbyshire

Bassett Barn Farm - Viewed from Bassettbarn Lane by Alan Heardman
Bassett Barn Farm - Viewed from Bassettbarn Lane Used with Permission from Alan Heardman
  © Copyright Alan Heardman and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

This property was named after the Bassett Allsort family. To read more about them, click on the link for an old newsletter below.


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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Will of Erastus J. Bassett

Erastus J. Bassett descends from #6B William Bassett of Connecticut as follows:

William Bassett of CT
John Bassett (b. 1652) and wife Mercy Todd
John Bassett (b. 1691) and wife Elizabeth Thompson
Enos Bassett (b. 1724) and wife Mary Heaton
Amos Bassett (b. 1757) and wife Hannah Goodyear
Jesse Bassett (b. 1789) and wife Amelia Tuttle
Erastus J. Bassett (b. 1820)

The New York Times, 3 Aug 1891
Erastus J. Bassett’s Will

HARTFORD, Aug. 2 – The will of Erastus J. Bassett of the Aetna Insurance Company, who was one of the oldest and most successful underwriters in the country, will be probated Tuesday next. Most of the estate has been devised in favor of the widow, Mrs. Mary Garfield Bassett, a cousin of the late President Garfield. The three sons of Mr. Bassett by his first wife, Messrs. Elmer Bassett of Chicago, and Eldorus A. and Ernest E.C. Bassett, of this city, the latter occupying a place in the Hartford Post Office, have been cut down to $16,000. It has not yet been decided whether they will contest the will or not. The document is in the handwriting of the testator, and the only ground on which a contest in the courts can be made will be that of undue influence.
Mr. Bassett met Miss Garfield at Saratoga several years ago, and married her not long afterward. She has traveled extensively abroad, and has had wealth lavished upon her with a liberal hand. Her mother, Mrs. Harriet W. Garfield, resides with her in the most aristocratic portion of the city.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Westside Mill and the John Wilshaw Bassett Family

John Wilshaw Bassett is a son of Richard Bassett and Alice Wilshaw who married on 4 May 1826 in Sheen, Staffordshire, England. This family is most likely related to the #16B Bassetts of Alstonfield, Staffordshire, England since they are living just a few doors down in the 1901 census.

The property was still owned by the Bassetts as late as 1930. It would be interesting to find out if the property is still owned by members of this family.

1901 British Census of Westside Mill, Alstonfield, Staffordshire
John Wilshaw Bassett 63 M Head Sheen, Stafford Farmer Builder Miller
Mary Ann 50 F Wife Warslow, Stafford
Richard T. 25 M Son Sheen, Stafford Traveller own trade
John Wil. 21 M Son Alstonfield, Stafford
Mary Jane 19 F Daughter Alstonfield, Stafford
Ralph 17 M Son Alstonfield, Stafford Apprentice to joiner
Elisabeth 16 M Daughter Alstonfield, Stafford
Walter 12 M Son Alstonfield, Stafford
Eliza 11 F Daughter Alstonfield, Stafford
& 3 Servants (Farm workers)

Westside Mill
Westside Mill near to Hulme End, Staffordshire, Great Britain
© Copyright Nikki Mahadevan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Alstonefield History (source unknown)

Westside mill on the Manifold in the northwest corner of the township existed by 1584. A mill there was worked in the late 1880s by J.W. Bassett of Hulme End, who was also a builder and contractor.

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Section 7 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

283B. Daniel Bassett of Haverhill, Massachusetts into 58B. Nelson Bassett of Chazy, New York
363B. John Bassett of Madison, CT into the William Bassett of Plymouth family

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

101B. Harry Bassett of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York
283B William Bassett of Tonbridge, Kent (m. Elizabeth Blunt)
363B. Albert Bassett of Minnesota (b. Mass. 1865)
414B. John Sherdon Bassett of Thomastown, Ireland
420B. George Henry Bassett of Sydney, Australia
421B. George Bassett of Horsemonden, Kent
422B. Bassetts of Hallaton, Leicestershire, England
423B. William & Mary Bassett of West Peckham, Kent, England
424B. William & Jane Bassett of West Peckham, Kent, England

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Section 8 - DNA project update.

One new participant has joined the project.

#97B Bassett of Kilkenny, Ireland. Results for this test will be reported in the January newsletter.


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