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Splinters From The Tree May 2012

(1) Welcome
(2) Thomas Jefferson Bassett  Jr. of Alabama Family Photo
(3) Leland K. Bassett gets Dr. Ethelene Crockett Award
(4) Charles Henry Bassett of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mormon Pioneer
(5) S. Bassett & Sons Shoe Store, Lexington, Kentucky
(6) Michael Bassett of Marblehead, Massachusetts
(7) Summerfield Bassett of California and Colorado
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

Input of Bassett information into the website continues. I hope to have most of the Bassetts in my Bassett manuscript input into the database by the end of the year.

The following trees were added to the Bassett website database since the last newsletter:
# 5B    William Bassett of Virginia
#11B   Bassetts of St. Arvans, Monmouthshire, Wales
#15B   John Bassett of Ohio
#16B   Bassetts of Alstonefield, Staffordshire, England
#17B   Cushman Bassett of Connecticut
#43B   Truman Bassett of Connecticut
#130B Richard Bassett of Claybrooke, England
#400B George Bassett of Ashton, Northampton, England
#401B John Henry Miles Bassett of Connecticut
#402B Bassett of Horndon on the Hill, Essex, England
#403B James Bassett of Birmingham, Warwick, England (b. 1796)
#404B John Bassett of Clifton, Gloucester, England (m. 1804)

With the addition of these new family lines, there are now over 50,000 names in the Bassett database at our website!

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Thomas Jefferson Bassett of Alabama and Family

Thomas Jefferson Bassett Jr. descends from #13B Richard Bassett of Georgia as follows:

Richard Bassett and wife Ann
John Bassett (b. 1787) and wife Agatha Heard
Thomas Jefferson Bassett (b. 1815) and wife Mary Traylor
Thomas Jefferson Bassett Jr. (b. 1847) and wife Julia A. Browning

Thomas Jefferson Bassett Jr. (born 7 Feb 1847) and wife Julia Ann Browning and family
Thomas Jefferson Bassett Jr. (born 7 Feb 1847) and wife Julia Ann Browning and family
Picture supplied by Mary Sue Webb-Pike

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Leland K. Bassett gets Dr. Ethelene Crockett Award

Leland K. Bassett descends from #6B William Bassett of CT as follows:
William Bassett of Connecticut and wife Hannah Dickerman
Samuel Bassett (b. 1652) and wife Mary Dickerman
Samuel Bassett (b. 1686) and wife Elizabeth Humiston
Samuel Bassett (b. 1728) and wife Abigail Bradley
Samuel Bassett (b. 1752) and wife Katherine Tuttle
Lyman Bassett (b. 1787) and wife Sally Boyse
Benajah Bassett (b. 1821) and wife Catherine Bird Stanford
Edgar Stanford (b. 1852) and wife Joanna Josephine Carroll
Edgar Franklin Bassett (b. 1874) and wife Maggie
Wilfred George Bassett married Vera Agnes Scheffel
Leland K. Bassett

Leland K. Bassett


Jackson Community College Outstanding Alumni Award Named For Pioneer In Medicine, Women and Civil Rights Causes

        DETROIT, April 24, 2012 – Detroit businessman and communication pioneer and consultant Leland K. Bassett has been named the 2012 Jackson Community College (JCC) Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.
        The award is given annually to honor distinguished alumni who have “displayed a positive and personal involvement in the betterment of humankind and has ongoing contact with JCC,” according to JCC.  Bassett, Chairman and CEO of Detroit-based Bassett & Bassett Communication Managers and Counselors is a 1964 graduate of JCC.  
        Bassett also earned a degree from Michigan State University in 1970 and has studied at Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame and University of Michigan.
        He pioneered the application of human communication sciences and strategic planning in public relations, corporate communications and strategic communications for more than 30 years. Bassett designed and taught the nation’s first graduate strategic communication management curriculum in the 1980s at the MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences.
Bassett also created an endowed nursing scholarship at JCC in honor of his mother, Vera Bassett, who was a JCC nursing instructor in the 1960s and ‘70s.
        The award is named for Dr. Ethelene Jones Crockett, a JCC graduate who became Michigan’s first black female Ob/Gyn in 1952 after graduating from Harvard medical school; and was the spouse of U.S. Congressman George Crockett, Jr.
        About Bassett & Bassett:  Bassett & Bassett provides communication management and counseling services with the design and management of strategic programs integrating brand development and management, public relations, news media relations, digital and social media, crisis communication, marketing, advertising and other specialized forms of communication from an applied communication psychology perspective. The firm provides multi-billion dollar project experience with the responsiveness and flexibility of a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week [24/7] entrepreneurial, client focused organization. Web:  www.bassettbassett.com.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Charles Henry Bassett of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mormon Pioneer

Charles Henry Bassett descends from #12B Oliver Bassett as follows:

Oliver Bassett
Elias Bassett (b. 1800) and wife Matilda Salter
Charles Henry Bassett (b. 1828)

Charles had 5 wives and 31 children.

Charles Henry Bassett, Source: Find A Grave
Charles Henry Bassett, Source: Find A Grave

Telegraph, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 16, 1865
Telegraph, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 16, 1865

Salt Lake Telegraph, February 27, 1907
Salt Lake Telegraph, February 27, 1907

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: S. Bassett & Sons, Lexington, Kentucky Shoe Store

Squire Bassett descends from #8B John Bassett of New Jersey as follows:

John Bassett
Amos Bassett (b. 1760)  and wife Susan Stout
Isaac Bassett (b. 1797) and wife Sarah Hunter Disher
Squire Bassett (b. 1824) and wife Elizabeth Slaughter

S. Bassett and Sons, Lexington, Ky. Shoe hook bought on ebay
S. Bassett and Sons, Lexington, Ky.  Shoe hook bought on ebay

Lexington Herald, January 1, 1922
Lexington Herald, January 1, 1922
Solid Foundation of City’s
Business Shown by Number
Of Concerns 25 Years Old
S. Bassett and Sons

        S. Bassett and Sons, Lexington’s oldest and largest shoe store, points with pride to a record of 61 years of successful merchandising, placing it in the front rank of pioneer business concerns in Central Kentucky.
        The store was founded in 1859 by S. Bassett in a sales room near the present location at 238 West Main street. The firm of S. Bassett and Sons was formed in 1880 by Squire Bassett, Slaughter Bassett and J.E. Bassett when the store was moved to its present location.
        For the last seven years the management has been in the hands of John Lancaster, who became an employe in 1901. Improvements made with the time have made the store one of the most modern and complete in Kentucky. Several thousand pairs of shoes and boots are always in stock and the store is well equipped with all modern conveniences.

2008MS0216: Bassett's Shoe Store, Postcard Collection, University of Kentucky Archives
2008MS0216: Bassett's Shoe Store, Postcard Collection, University of Kentucky Archives

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Michael Bassett of Marblehead, Massachusetts

Michael Bassett is most likely the following Michael, descendant of #4B William Bassett of Lynn, Massachusetts

Roger Bassett and wife Ann Holland
William Bassett (b. 1623) and wife
John Bassett (b. 1653) and wife Mary
Michael Bassett (b. 1698) and wife Huldah Hood
Michael Bassett (b. 1734) and wife Elizabeth Darling
Michael Bassett (b. 1758, died 1820)

Salem Gazette, Massachusetts, October 3, 1797
Salem Gazette, Massachusetts, October 3, 1797

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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Summerfield Bassett of California and Colorado

Summerfield Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth, Massachusetts as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
William Bassett (b. 1624) and wife Mary Raynesford
Nathan Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Mary Huckins
Samuel Bassett (b. 1693) and wife Martha Pease
Cornelius Bassett (b. 1732) and wife Lydia Norton
Ebenezer Bassett (b. 1751) and wife Abigail Adams
Elishab Adams Bassett (b. 1785) and wife Esther Bouton
Peter Norton Bassett (b. 1812) and wife Arluna Samuels
Summerfield Bassett (b. 1855)

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 116, March 26, 1902
Threatens To Kill The Morales Girl
Waylays Her Near the Presbyterian Mission Home
And Attempts to Intimidate Her.

        Summerfield Bassett, the railroad engineer who was arrested recently by the Federal authorities, charged with importing 16-year-old Agostina Morales from Guatemala for immoral purposes, is likely to get himself into trouble again. Bassett was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury several weeks ago, but a nolie prosequi was entered in the case because the girl’s mother in Guatemala deposed before the United States Consul that she had consented to Bassett taking her daughter to this country.
        The unfortunate girl refused to return to Bassett and the authorities placed her in charge of Miss Cameron, matron of the Presbyterian Mission Home on Sacramento street, until such time as she could be sent back to her mother. Last Saturday afternoon the girl was taken for an airing in Golden Gate Park by two ladies at Miss Cameron’s request. On their return and when near the Mission Home, Bassett sprang out of the doorway, and, speaking to the girl in Spanish, said that he was going to sail for Guatemala on the following day and that if she would not go with him he would murder her. One of the ladies understands Spanish and she corroborated the girl’s statement as to the threats made by Bassett. Miss Cameron has been advised by United States District Attorney Woodworth to swear to a complaint against Bassett in case he should make any further threats.

San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 132, April 11, 1902
Engineer Bassett Loses His Agostina
Pretty Guatemalan Girl Will Be Sent
Home To Her Mother in Guatemala

        Agostina Morales, the 16-year-old Guatemalan girl who was brought to this country a few months ago by Summerfield Bassett will be sent on the next steamer home to her mother, who sold her to Bassett for $100 and a silk dress, if his story is be believed.
        The girl is at present confined in the Presbyterian Chinese Home Mission by order of the Commissioner of Immigration at Washington. The local immigration authorities a few days ago gave Bassett permission to interview Miss Morales at the home in the presence of Inspector De la Torre. Bassett pleaded with the girl to marry him, but she refused.

Summerfield Bassett
Mrs Fernando Bassett

Denver Post, July 14, 1908
Bullet In Brain Cure For Lingering Disease
Summerfield Bassett Bids Beautiful Wife Goodby
And a Moment Later Ends Years of Suffering

        Rather than endure the sufferings of a wasting disease, Summerfield Bassett, at one time a well-known mechanical engineer, committed suicide shortly after 11 o’clock last night. The report of the revolver was heard by his wife, Fernando Bassett, who rushed to his room. Before she could reach him, life was extinct.
        Several times Bassett threatened to end his life, but his wife always coaxed him out of the mood.
        Last night he again made the threat. Again his wife told him he would some day be cured of consumption, with which he has suffered for years, and to cheer up.
        After supper last night Bassett went to his bedroom, called his wife, and said: “Dear, I am through with it all. I have nothing else to live for and I am going to kill myself before morning.”
        His wife tried to make him forget his illness and cheer up, but all was useless. Mrs. Bassett had left the room but a few minutes when Bassett, placing the muzzle of the revolver against his temple, pulled the trigger. Death was instantaneous.
        His body was removed to the morgue by Coroner’s Deputy Gustave Hanson. Detective Green investigated the death.
        For some time Bassett’s mind has been wandering. Last Friday over some trivial matter, and seizing a revolver from the bureau fired two shots at her. Neither took effect. His wife begged his forgiveness, which was granted. Last night when asked about the incident she said: “My God, please do not remind me of that night. My husband is dead now and I will not allow anyone to speak ill of him. He was not in his right mind when he tried to kill me. Had he injured me so badly that I would die I would still forgive him.”
        Several weeks ago Bassett telephoned William D. Peirce of the Cemetery association. He instructed Peirce to cremate him the day after his death.
        “I am going to die within a short while,” said Bassett, “and I want to be burned up. I will cover all expenses.”
        Bassett was a Socialist. He met and married the daughter of a wealthy Spanish merchant in Central America about seven years ago. He was 54 years old and she but 21. They came to this country shortly after their marriage. They lived in El Paso for some time, where Bassett was employed by several railroads in the capacity of master mechanic. They then came to Denver.
        Besides his wife Bassett leaves a wealthy brother, Adams Bassett, of 817 Twenty-first street, a banker in Los Angeles.

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Section 8 - New Family lines combined or added since the last newsletter

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

239B.  Alfred Bassett of New York family into the #47B Peter Bassett of New York family.
        The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

 239B.  The McKellar Bassett family of South Africa
 352B.  Alexander R. Bassett of New Jersey (b. 1912)
 478B.  James Theodore Bassett of Virginia (b. 1909)
 479B.  Burrell Bassett of New Kent County, Virginia
 480B.  John Besset of Ferrisburg, Vermont
 481B.  Lewis Bassett of Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont
 482B.  Joseph Bessette of Hudson, Middlesex County, Massachusetts  

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Section 9 - DNA project update

The results are back for the following kit, a descendant of #3B Thomas Bassett of CT.


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