Splinters From The Tree January 2012
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: John Bassett of Seneca, New York Farm Sale
A FARM For Sale,
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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Patrick Ashley Bassett of Baraboo, Wisconsin
Baraboo Republic Newspaper, January 10, 1857
We learn from Mr. P.A. Bassett, the proprietor of one of our large flouring mills, that during the past year, the first twelve months of its operation, his two run of stone have ground fifty-three thousand bushels of flour. Two more run of stone are about being put into operation, and the total expenditures when finished, of the grist and sawmills and water-power, the proprietor estimates at $20,000. The flour from the Baraboo Mills is not surpassed in quality by any in the State.
The Bassett Mill was the most impressive looking mill building ever erected in Baraboo. Started in 1855, it was twice enlarged and eventually contained six runs of stone or six grinding wheels. By 1867, the mill was producing up to 25,000 barrels of flour a year. The operation was run successfully for decades under various owners. The building burned down in a spectacular blaze at 1 a.m. on July 5, 1902, possibly caused by the fireworks launched nearby earlier that evening. Firemen could not save the structure and worked to put out fires on nearby houses caused by flying embers. Scorched papers from the mill were later found three miles away.
A Standard History of Sauk County, Wisconsin
William P. Bassett, a retired farmer of Sumpter Township and manufacturer of Baraboo, now a resident of the county seat, is the son of a well-known pioneer couple of Sauk County. His parents came to Baraboo in 1852 when he was seven years old, migrating from Virginia, his native state. The father P.A. Bassett, had visited Baraboo the year before, and when he located with his family built a flour mill, later opened a store with M.J. Drown, and for a number of years was quite a factor in the development of the village. He died in 1885. William P. Bassett, the son, received his education in the private schools and at the Collegiate Institute of Baraboo. For about twenty years he was a manufacturer of staves and a merchant, and later became a farmer in Sumpter Township. In 1914 he retired from active work and became a resident of Baraboo.
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Isabella Bassett of Australia and Sons
Robert James Bassett and Kenneth Cameron Bassett descend from #44B Emanuel Bassett of Cornwall as follows:
Samuel Symons Bassett and his Roma Winery were previously featured in the following newsletter:
Brisbane Courier, 17 May 1924, page 23
By the death of Mrs. Isabella Bassett, which occurred last Sunday, another of the pioneers is removed from the Roma district. The late Mrs. Bassett was the third daughter of the late Mr. John Cameron, and was born in Ballarat, Victoria, on November 24, 1848, having attained the age of 75 years at the time of her death. As a young girl, the deceased lady went to Roma to stay with her sister, the late Mrs. R. J. Cottell, and four years later, in 1870, she married the late Mr. Samuel Symons Bassett, founder of the well-known Roma vineyards. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett were, like the other pioneers of the Roma district, the possessors of almost unlimited perseverance and courage in the face of difficulty, and it was owing to their enterprise and hard work that one of the district’s most important industries—that of winemaking—was established. Mrs. Bassett was noted for her hospitality and open-heartedness, and was always ready to give happiness to others as far as lay in her power. Of her family of eight, five sons and three daughters survive. The late Mr. Bassett predeceased his wife in 1912, and their son Robert died some three months ago, and it is thought that grief at his death was a contributing factor in his mother’s fatal illness. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon to the family vault, a large number of residents following the cortege from St. Paul’s Church. The surviving sons are Messrs. Frank, William, Samuel, Lionel, and Kenneth. The daughters Mesdames Carlile, Hector Care, and Norman Nagel. In addition there are 20 grandchildren.
The following image and text are courtesy of the Imperial War Museums (IWM).
11th Reinforcement, 15 Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
Private Bassett, the youngest son of a Queensland family, was employed as a commercial traveller before the First World War.
He enlisted in Roma, Queensland, Australia on 5 July 1915 and sailed from Brisbane on board HMAT Seang Bee on 21 October 1915.
Whilst serving with the Divisional Pack Transport Troop on the Western Front, Pte Bassett was awarded the Military Medal for his work in conveying supplies to battalion headquarters every night under sustained heavy fire during the Battle of Messines in June 1917.
He went on to see action in the German Spring Offensive and was appointed lance corporal in July 1918. Shortly afterwards, Lance Corporal Basset was wounded by a gun shot wound to the wrist which necessitated the amputation of his hand and his retirement from active service on 23 September 1918.
Brisbane Courier, 13 February 1925, p. 15
The death occurred on Monday afternoon at Roma, of Robert James Bassett, eldest surviving son of the late Samuel Symons Bassett, and Mrs. Bassett, of Roma Villa. Deceased enlisted in Sydney in 1915, and had considerable service in the A.I.F. on the Western Front. He was badly wounded, and gassed in one of the big engagements in 1917, and was invalided home. He spent many months in military hospitals, in Sydney, and the last two years at Roma Villa, where he was practically under medical treatment the whole time. He was always cheerful and exhibited more than the usual digger’s fortitude. He passed away while getting into the ambulance, preparatory to undergoing an operation. He was aged 43. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon.
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Davis Bassett, Beer Seller
Haines and Twells’s best beer, bottled and sold by Davis Bassett, in Fourth-Street, nearly opposite the Indian-Queen, where all matters of Vessels, Passengers, for Sea Store, an others, may be supplied, by the Groce or less Quantity, if required, shall be wired and packed in the best Manner, for Exportation. Also bottled Cyder, and old Blackberry Wine. Ready Money given for empty Bottles and good Corks, by said Bassett. July 2, 1771.
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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: William Bassett of Barnwell District, South Carolina Court Document
Nancey Johnson vs. William Bassett, Case on Attachment.
Whereas the Plaintiff in this action did on the fifteenth day of October instant, file his Declaration in the office of the Clerk of this honorable Court, against the Defendant, who is absent from and without the limits of this state, and hath neither wife nor attorney known within the same, upon whom a copy of the said Declaration, with a rule to plead thereto within a year and a day, might be served. It is therefore Ordered, in pursuance of the act of the general assembly in that case made and provided, That the said defendant do appear and plead to the said declaration on or before the sixteenth day of October, which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four, otherwise final and absolute judgment will then be given and awarded against the said defendant.
George Latham, C.C.P.
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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Family Photo of William Dryden Bassett
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Section 8 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.
468B. Nathaniel Bassett of Leicester, Massachusetts (b. 1820)
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Section 9 - DNA project update
Kit B1541 which was originally taken through ancestry.com was added to our database this month. This was from a male Bassett descended from #1B John Bassett of CT. The updated chart for his haplogroup is shown below.
Several others joined the project in December to take advantage of the year end pricing special. Those results will be shared once they are back.
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.
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