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Splinters From The Tree September 2013

(1) Welcome
(2) Bassett Stamp Company of Bay City, Michigan
(3) Welsh newspaper digital archives & death of Robert Llewellyn Bassett
(4) Isaac Chandler Bassett, pioneer
(5) Waldo Smith Bassett, World War I Soldier
(6) Robert Herschel Bassett, Hardware Merchant
(7) Orrin Delos Bassett of Leonardsville, New York
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

One correction to last month's newsletter, John Chandler Bassett is a son of Jedidiah Bassett (b. 1751) and wife Elizabeth Chandler, not Sarah Briggs as reported.

This was a big month for entry of material into the website. We added more than 8,000 new Bassetts to the database!

The following trees were added to the Bassett website database since the last newsletter:

                    2B. Thomas Bassett of Virginia (4,252 individuals)
                    9B. Thomas Washington Bassett of Virginia (521 individuals)
                  24B.  Isaac Bassett of Newton County, Indiana (155 individuals)
                  35B. Martin Augwin Chirgwin Bassett of Paul, Cornwall, England (32 individuals)
                  36B. Leonard Jones Bassett of Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire, England (11 individuals)
                  37B. Ebenezer Bassett of Waushara County, Wisconsin (132 individuals)
                 40B.  Nelson Bassett of Genesee County, New York (110 individuals)
                 41B.  Simon Bassett of Connecticut (294 individuals)
                 42B.  John Bassett of Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland (40 individuals)
               117B.  Charles Bassett of Cowbridge, Wales (391 individuals)
               119B.  Frank Bassett of Forestport, Oneida County, New York (17 individuals)
               120B.  Anderson Bassett of Drew County, Arkansas (112 individuals)
               122B.  John Bassett of Virginia/Maryland (26 individuals)
               123B.  William Bassett of Plymouth, Devonshire, England (75 individuals)
               124B.  John Bassett of West Troy, New York (56 individuals)
               125B.  Charles Rufus Bassett of Arkansas & Texas (32 individuals)
               126B.  Hial Bassett of New York & Illinois (49 individuals)
               127B.  Joseph Antoine Bassett of Port Huron, Michigan (89 individuals)
               129B.  John B. Bassett of Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia (68 individuals)
               316B.  Bassetts of Thornbury & Braunton, Devonshire, England (65 individuals)
               356B.  Henry G. Bassett of Bermondsey and Hampshire, England (22 individuals)
               357B.  Basket of LIttleton and Quinton, England (232 individuals)
               358B.  Robert Bassett of Thatcham, Berkshire, England (43 individuals)
               359B.  Robert W. Bassett of South Carolina & Florida (35 individuals)
               360B.  Josiah Franklin Bassett of Maine & Arkansas (57 individuals)
               361B.  Ben Bassichis (Bassett) of Cleveland, Ohio (75 individuals)
               362B.  Edmund Bassett of Georgia (299 individuals)
               363B . Albert Bassett of Minnesota (21 individuals)
               364B.  John Thomas Bassett of Saint Marylebone, London, England (53 individuals)
               365B.  Sylvanie Bosset of Louisiana (76 individuals)
               366B.  Alexander Bassett of Cleveland, Ohio (13 individuals)
               367B.  Sarah (Bassett) Wakefield (30 individuals)
               368B.  Thomas Bassett of Dublin, Ireland (27 individuals)
               369B.  Susan (Bassett) Foss of South Carolina (33 individuals)
               405B.  Charles Otis Daniel Bassett (30 individuals)
               406B.  John Bassett of Cardington, Bedforshire, England (95 individuals)
               408B.  Bassetts of Moulton, Suffolk, England (31 individuals)
               409B.  Samuel Bassett of Ruscombe, Gloucestershire, England (34 individuals)
               411B.  George Bassett of Newfoundland, Canada (30 individuals)
               421B.  George Bassett of Horsemondem, Kent, England (6 individuals)
               431B.  Percy Bassett of Nottinghamshire, England (29 individuals)
               432B.  Clarence Bassett of Bermuda, New York (19 individuals)
               433B.  John Bassett of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales (28 individuals)
               434B.  Thomas Bassett of St. Fagans, Glamorgan, Wales (28 individuals)
               435B.  Robert Bassett of Plymouth, Devonshire, England (13 individuals)
               436B.  John Bassett of Elm, Cambridgeshire, England (23 individuals)
               437B.  Thomas Bartholomew Bassett of Stoke Damerel, Devonshire, England (16 individuals)
               438B.  Charles William Bassett of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England (29 individuals)
               439B.  Thomas Prichard Bassett, Esquire of Wales (22 individuals)
               440B.  Thomas Bassett of Sedgley, Staffordshire, England (32 individuals)
               441B.  William Bassett of Ireland & Tasmania (72 individuals)
               442B.  William Bassett of Lambeth, England (21 individuals)
               443B.  Edgar M. Bassett of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York (28 individuals)
               444B. Thomas Bassett of Islington, England & Australia (24 individuals)
               445B. John Bassett of Rigsby, Lincolnshire, England (8 individuals)
               446B. Daniel Bassett of Randwick, Gloucester, England (24 individuals)
               447B. George Bassett of Honiton, Devonshire, England (15 individuals)
               448B. Hiram Bassett of Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts (16 individuals)
               449B. William Bassett of Dowlais, Glamorgan, Wales (39 individuals)
               464B. Henry Bassett of New Haven, Connecticut (10 individuals)
               465B. William Bassett of Wordsley, Staffordshire, England (31 individuals)

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Stamp Co. of Bay City, Michigan

I have not yet been able to figure out which Bassett family this belongs to. If you know of a connection to a Bassett family, please let me know.

This is from 1940.

Bassett Stamp Company

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett:  Death of Robert Llewellyn Bassett and Wales newspaper archives

Robert Llewellyn Bassett descends from #66B Lewis Bassett as follows:

Lewis Bassett of Lavernock, Wales and wife Frances
John Bassett (b. 1707) and wife Mary Ann William
John Bassett (b. 1735) and wife Margaret Nicholas
John Bassett (b. 1782) and wife Margaret Evan
Thomas Bassett (b. 1817) and wife Catherine (Thomas) Williams
Robert Llewellyn Bassett (b. 1867) and wife Mary Magdalene Davies

Cardiff Times, 4 Aug 1906
Mr. R. Llewellyn Bassett
Sudden Death at Llandaff

        We regret to announce the death, which took place with almost tragic suddenness on Sunday morning, of Mr. Robert Llewellyn Bassett, of Waterhall Farm, Llandaff, near Cardiff. Deceased was one of the best known, most successful, and highly respected farmers in Glamorganshire. He actively identified himself with all movements for the betterment of the interests of farmers, and he rendered long and valuable services to the Glamorganshire Agricultural Association, the Cowbridge Farmers’ Association, & c. He frequently officiated at various agricultural shows as steward, judge, &c., and his advice was much sought after and valued. Mr. Bassett was born at Waterhall Farm, and was related to the Bassetts of Bonvilstone, one of the oldest families in the county. Deceased, who was a Conservative in politics, and a Churchman, for some years represented Radyr on the Cardiff Board of Guardians, and was 39 years of age. He married about 16 years ago Miss Davies, of Trehebert. Up to Thursday last he was apparently in his usual health, but after a visit on that day to his farm of the judges of the Glamorganshire Agricultural Society, with whom he spent some time inspecting the root crops, he complained of feeling unwell. On Friday his medical adviser, Dr. Campbell, of Canton, was called in, and on Saturday Mr. Bassett seemed to have improved considerably, but on Sunday morning he died suddenly from syncope. He leaves a widow, four sons and two daughters, with whom much sympathy is felt.

I found the obituary above at a site called Welsh Newspapers Online where you can search digital copies of old Welsh newspapers. You can access this site by clicking on the link below.


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Section 4 - Featured Bassett:  Isaac Chandler Bassett, pioneer

Isaac Chandler Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Joseph Bassett (b. 1635) and wife Martha Hobart
Jeremiah Bassett (b. 1678) and wife Mary Felch
Joseph Bassett (b. 1726) and wife Judith Leonard
James Bassett (b. 1768) and wife Anna (Walker) Durgin
Joseph Bassett (b. 1791) and wife Sally Smith
John Webster Bassett (b. 1823) and wife Harriet Knight
Isaac Chandler Bassett (b. 1847) and wife Alice A. Goodrich

Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

CHANDLER BASSETT. Although Mr. Bassett has not resided in Okanogan county so long as many of the pioneers, nevertheless the tireless energy he has manifested and the keen interest in its welfare and upbuilding make him thoroughly allied with its interests, and as such he deserves representation in any work that recognizes so many of the leading citizens. At present he is doing a large livery business, in which his skill in catering to the public demands has given him a fine patronage. He also deals extensively in flour, feed, lumber, shingles and so forth, and is proprietor of the Brewster meat market. He is one of the prosperous men of the county.
Chandler Bassett was born on February 14, 1849, in Oxford county, Maine, the son of John W. and Harriett (Knight) Bassett, both natives of Maine. They were pioneers to Minnesota, and in 1862, while visiting in Maine, the father died. The mother returned to her western home and before a year had expired she had also passed the river of death. Our subject was then but thirteen years of age and had received his education in the public schools of Minneapolis. Having a friend who was captain and quartermaster in the Seventh Minnesota who desired his company he went with him. His expedition was under command of General Sibley who was chastising the Indians for the terrible Minnesota massacre. The general captured a large portion of the Indians and rescued many white prisoners and our subject was present when thirty-nine Indians were hanged for the murders. In 1863, Mr. Bassett went to work for the government as teamster and was soon promoted to the post of wagon master and traveled through Dakota and Minnesota and adjacent country until the fall of 1876, having in the meantime made one trip to Tennessee. He was wagon master for General Custer in his expedition to the Black Hills in 1874 and was present in many of the hot engagements with the savages and experienced dangerous times, although he did no fighting himself. During the time of his service with the government he was married, in about 1874. Miss Alice A. Goodwin became his bride on this occasion. She was born in Minnesota in 1859, and their wedding occurred at Jamestown, North Dakota, where Mr. Bassett located, after severing his connection with the government. He remained there until 1890, and then was appointed chief farmer for the Sioux Indians at Fort Totten. Three years later he went to Palo Pinto county, Texas, and took charge of the Texas and Pacific coal company's lands for two years. In 1896 we find him in Hinsdale, Illinois, and the following year he went to Jamestown, North Dakota. In 1889 he was in Wenatchee as agent for the Okanogan Steamboat company and in 1900 he came to Brewster and engaged in his present position. Mrs. Bassett died at Wenatchee on March 6, 1900, leaving two children, Rose E., wife of B. A. Griggs, manager of the Columbia & Okanogan Steamboat Company, and John E., who married Miss Jessie Reniff, who now resides in Brewster. Mr. Bassett is a member of the Episcopalian church, as was also his wife.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Waldo Smith Bassett, World War I Soldier

Waldo Smith Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Joseph Bassett (b. 1635) and wife Mary Lapham
William Bassett (b. 1667) and wife Mary Crossman
William Bassett (b. 1726) and wife Lydia Fisher
Isaac Bassett (b. 1755) and wife Mehitable Makepeace
Joseph Palmer Bassett (b. 1795) and wife Elizabeth Smith
Charles Smith Bassett (b. 1834) and wife Abbie G. Bigelow
Charles Henry Bassett (b. 1877) and wife Edith Damon
Waldo Smith Bassett (b. 1899)

Boston Herald, Monday, February 24, 1919
Boston Herald, Monday, February 24, 1919

Sausalito News, November 30, 1918
Fighting With Corporal Wins Coveted D.S.C.

        Carrying a message through a deadly Hun fire when all dispatch bearers had been killed, wounded, but refusing to go the rear, Corp. Waldo S. Bassett, of the Fighting Ninth, has been awarded the D.S.C. for his heroism on July 18, south of Soissons.
        Lieut. Harold J. Eddy, who sends the word of the honor to Corp. Bassett, was with the Thirty-ninth Infantry at Camp Syracuse and attained the rank of sergeant-major after arriving in France. A short time later he was detached and sent to an officers’ training school, from which he recently was graduated and assigned to troops from New York State as second lieutenant.
        The official report of the heroism of Corp. Bassett shows that he volunteered to carry messages through intense shell and machine gun fire after all the runners had been killed or wounded.
        Bassett was wounded while carrying the message but continued on until it was delivered and refused to go to the rear for treatment until ordered to do so by his company commander.
        Bassett and Corp. Alfred Panella, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Panella of Sausalito, are in the same company and very close friends.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Robert Herschel Bassett, Hardware Merchant

Robert Herschel Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Nathaniel Bassett and wife Joannah Borden
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1704) and wife Mehitable Huntington
Elnathan Bassett (b. 1746) and wife Anne Southworth
Elnathan Bassett (b. 1790) and wife Luvia Buck
Gilbert Bingham Oscar Bassett (b. 1817) and wife Mary Smith
George Washington Bassett (b. 1845) and wife Alice Carey Lancaster
Linn Lancaster Bassett (b. 1875) and wife Mary Clementine Haile

Ritzville Journal-Times, September 19, 1935

        The Bassett Hardware company of Washtucna, which recently petitioned for a decree of bankruptcy, will be reorganized within a month, Bassett said. The new proprietor will be Robert Bassett, son of the present owner and mayor of that city.

Business Letterhead for Robert Herschel Bassett from 1937, Washtucna, Washington            
Business Letterhead for Robert Herschel Bassett from 1937, Washtucna, Washington

The Spokesman-Review, March 17, 1940
Ritzville, Washington

        The Bassett Hardware, Washtucna, was recently sold to T.A. Jones, Washtucna, tractor and implement dealer. He purchased the stock from R.H. Bassett.

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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Orrin Delos Bassett of New York

Orrin Delos Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Samuel Bassett (b. 1670) and wife Elizabeth Jones
Samuel Bassett (b. 1700) and wife Alice Weaver
William Bassett (b. 1731) and wife Mary Closson
William Bassett (b. 1753) and wife Avis Burdick
William Bassett (b. 1787) and wife Esther Clark
Henry Bassett (b. 1817) and wife Catherine Park
Orrin Delos Bassett (b. 1847)

He was first featured in the October 2005 newsletter. You can see the original article by clicking on the link below.


O.D. Bassett of Leonardsville, New York Picture of bottle supplied by Edward Swenson of New York
O.D. Bassett of Leonardsville, New York
Picture of bottle supplied by Edward Swenson of New York

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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.

293B.  John Bassett of Braunton, Devonshire, England into the 316B. Bassetts of Braunton, Devonshire, England
        The following family lines have been added since the last newsletter.

 496B.  Joseph Basest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada    

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Section 9 - DNA project update

There was no activity on the Bassett DNA project 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