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Splinters From The Tree March 2009

(1) Welcome
(2) Richard William Norman Bassett of Whitby, Ontario, Canada
(3) William Parnell and Isaac Newton Bassett, Civil War Soldiers
(4) Bassetts Cricket Ranch, Inc. of California
(5) Letterhead of Birney A. Bassett and Sunny Side Fruit Farm
(6) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(7) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

This month's newsletter features several Bassetts descended from #13B Richard William Bassett of Maryland along with a descendant of the St. Enoder Cornwall family that settled in Canada.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help enter Bassett information into our website. If you would like to volunteer some time to enter information from your family line, let me know. We have almost 8,000 pages of Bassett material yet to be entered.

Featured next month: Ebenezer D. Bassett, Minister to Haiti

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Richard William Norman Bassett of Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Richard William Norman Bassett descends from #44B Emanuel Bassett of St. Enoder, Cornwall, England as follows:

Emanuel Bassett (d.1676) and wife Grace
Thomas Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Lowdy
John Bassett (b. 1658) and wife Phillipa Rickard
John Bassett (b. 1703) and wife Alice Benallack
Richard Bassett (b. 1747) and wife Elizabeth Glyddon
Richard Bassett (b. 1772) and wife Jenifer Davis
Richard Bassett (b. 1806) and wife Elizabeth Richards
Richard William Bassett (b. 1845) and wife Elizabeth Bunker
Richard William Norman Bassett (b. 1880) and wife Elizabeth Macklam

Richard William Norman Bassett was born 26 Apr 1880 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He married
Elizabeth Macklam. Richard started a jewelry business in Whitby, Canada in 1902. He was also mayor of
Whitby in 1923 and 1924.

Bassett's Jewelry Store was first located at 106 Dundas Street West in Whitby. It later moved to 106
Brock Street North in Whitby. (click to enlarge)

Bassett Jewelry, Whitby, Ontario, Canada, early 1920's.
106 Brock Street North
Richard William Norman Bassett (1880-1940)

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: William Parnell Bassett and son Isaac Newton Bassett

William Parnell Bassett descends from #13B Richard William Bassett as follows:
#13B Richard William Bassett (b. 1760) and wife Ann
John Bassett (b. 1787) and wife Agatha Heard
William Parnell Bassett (b. 1822) 

Picture provided by Chuck Mamzic, a great-great-grandson of William Parnell Bassett.
This was taken off a tintype from a member of the Bassett family.
It pictures William Parnell Bassett and his son Isaac Newton Bassett shortly after William Parnell Bassett enlisted in the Confederate Army in April of 1862 probably in Russell County, Alabama.

William Parnell Bassett   1822-1904
Isaac Newton Bassett      1844-1921

From Family papers, Mary Elizabeth Jackson Bassett, wife of Isaac Newton Bassett

        Mary Elizabeth Jackson was 12 years old when the Civil War began. During the war, she made a beautiful coverlet which is still in the family. She picked the cotton, removed the seeds, carded the cotton, spun the thread, and move it on her loom and then added fringe. It was a work of art. Bennie, her youngest son, said, "until I was fourteen years old, I never had a thing to wear that Mother did not make for me. Part of the time she wove the cloth the clothes were made from. At fourteen I got a store bought suit with knee pants." Mollie, as she was called, married Ike Bassett in 1866, and the couple lived in Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., AL until 1905, when they moved to Downing, Comanche Co., TX. In her younger days, Mollie was a midwife, and "delivered babies everywhere." She'd get on her horse and ride side-saddle. She said "I never sat astraddle of a horse, but I could go to dances 10 or 15 miles away riding side-saddle." A bunch of them would get together and go to dances. (from Estten Bassett Piper) Isaac Newton Bassett was the oldest living child in his family. His mother died of typhoid fever when he was about ten years old. At the age of sixteen he enlisted in the Confederate Army, on July 3, 1861, and served in Company A, 15th Alabama Infantry. He was in many battles and was wounded several times. He was injured severely two or three days after the war was over and neither side knew it was over. The Yankees were out of ammunition and were loading the cannons with trace chains from horses harnesses because no cannon balls were available. Isaac was hit in the head with a link of the trace chain. The Yankees picked him up and took him to a hospital. He was in the hospital for about six months. All his life there was a deep indentation in his head several inches long and a half inch deep. This injury caused him to have epileptic seizures from which he suffered the rest of his life. Isaac and his wife were staunch members of the Primitive Baptist church.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassetts Cricket Ranch, Inc. 

Bassett's Cricket Ranch was started in 1969 by Dale Bassett, a descendant of #13B Richard William Bassett of Georgia as follows:

#13B Richard William Bassett (b. 1760) and wife Ann
Kilby Bassett (b. 1798) and wife Rebecca Clower
Jonathan Richard Bassett (b. 1833) and wife Mary Jane House
Franklin Pierce Bassett (b. 1858) and wife Barbara Ellenora Joyce
Sidney Hugh Bassett (b. 1881) and wife Carrie
Melvin Richard Bassett (b. 1908)
Dale Bassett

To read more about Bassetts Cricket Ranch, click on the link below.


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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Letterhead of Birney A. Bassett and Sunny Side Fruit Farm

Birney A. Bassett descends from #6B William Bassett of Connecticut as follows:

William Bassett of CT and wife Hannah Dickerman
John Bassett (b. 1652) and wife Mercy Todd
John Bassett (b. 1691) and wife Elizabeth Thompson
William Bassett (b. 1718) and wife Mabel Goodyear
Hezekiah Bassett (b. 1745) and wife Sarah Ives
Jared Bassett (b. 1789) and wife Sukey Miller
Alpheus Bassett (b. 1823) and wife Lucy Buck
Birney A. Bassett (b. 1867)

Birney was living in Afton, New York in August of 1897. 

Letter written by Birney A. Bassett on 30 Aug 1897 (click to enlarge)

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Section 6 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

314B..   Peter Bassett of Agawam, Massachusetts combined into the #14 Jean Besset family.

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Section 7 - DNA project update.

Several new participants joined the DNA project, but no new results are back from the lab to report on this month.

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