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Splinters From The Tree December 2013

(1) Welcome
(2) Newsletter and website changes
(3) World War I Dog tags for Charles F. Bassett of Flint, Michigan
(4) Golden Wedding for John Wesley Bassett of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
(5) Thomas Bassett, Hatter of Chicago, Illinois
(6) The Millinerry Store of Mrs. A. K. Bassett, Harwich Port, Massachusetts
(7) Bassett Park, Western Australia
(8) New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
(9) DNA project update

Section 1 - Welcome

We will be making changes to the way we store the newsletter at the website. See the article in Section 2 below for an explanation of our switch over to a blog format. For the time being, I will still be sending a monthly newsletter, but the information will not be stored as such at the website.  I want to give people a chance to switch to the blog format before I do away with the send of the  newsletter each month.  If you get switched over and then want to be removed from the newsletter feed, let me know. I will probably send an update every few months with updates on the changes.

Family Tree DNA currently has a holiday sale going on with reduced prices for all of the their DNA kits. If you are interested in ordering a kit for a family member for Christmas, please let me know and I can help you decide which test is best to order.

The following trees were added to the Bassett website database since the last newsletter. Just a few families remain to be input into the website.

              202B.  Bassetts of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales (1,068 individuals)

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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: Changes to newsletter format at the website

New Format for Newsletter by webmaster Kathryn Bassett

It's time to bring Sprinters From The Tree (and eventually the whole website) to more current format - a blog. From a webmaster's perspective, there are many underlying reasons I won't bore you with, but the 3 most important ones are backup, ease of searching inside the blog, and better search engine results (like Google and Bing). Though Jeffrey has his reservations, it will ultimately make his job easier as well.

There is more than one way to read a blog. The first is if you really don’t want to learn how to use a blog/news reader, then you can just come to the website, click on the blog link, and read the articles. On the right side, you’ll see links to years, months, articles. Clicking on the tiny arrow, will expand the choices. By default, the current month is expanded. The articles are in the order they were posted, reverse chronologically, just like the years.

The other way is to use a blog reader. GoogleReader was the best in my opinion, but they eliminated it. Rather than tell you all about the alternatives, Lifehacker has an article doing that. You can skip over “step one” in that article as it is now moot. Note that in the “For Everyone Else” section there’s even a link on how to use Outlook as a reader. Personally, I use The Old Reader for some blogs, and Netvibes for others. The Netvibes link is in the “For Everyone Else” section. I like these two the best as they seem to be the closest to the old GoogleReader. Your preference may be much different.

The single most important thing you will need, regardless of which blog reader you use, is the “feed” address. You want to use http://www.bassettbranches.org/newsblog/feed when the blog reader asks you for that information.

The Splinters From The Tree archives through 2013 (including December) will remain on the website indefinitely. Starting now (actually started in October), the articles will be in the blog format. If you use a reader, you’ll get notified every time an article is posted, whether that’s one a week, or 6 times a month or (fill in the blank); - whenever Jeff gets one done he’ll give it to me to post.

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Section 3 - Featured Bassett: Dog Tags for C.F. Bassett of Flint, Michigan

Charles F. Bassett descends from #71B William O. Bassett of Michigan as follows:

William O. Bassett (b. 1821) and wife Elizabeth S.
Robert W. Bassett (b 1851) and wife Louisa Dodge.
Charles F. Bassett (b.1897) and wife Mary Ina Gillespie

The following item was recently for sale on ebay.

Flint Journal, July 6, 1921
Social and Personal
Miss Mary Gillespie Becomes Bride of Charles F. Bassett

        A very pretty wedding took place yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Gillespie, 515 W. Cour st. when their daughter, Mary I. Gillespie was united in marriage to Charles F. Bassett, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Bassett. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Charles Wesley Wright of Wilmington, before a bank of potted palms, suliax, ferns and June lilies, and the young couple was attended by Miss Myrtle Gillespie, sister of the bride as maid of honor, and Miss Helen Rollee of Lansing as bridesmaid. Oran W. Rowland of Lansing was groomsman. Little Miss Bertha Richards Morrish was ring bearer and Master Charles R. J. Morrish scattered roses before the wedding party as they took their places. The ribbon bearers were Misses Sarah Esther Pollock, Harriet Dodder, Sarah E. Gillespie, Ruth Jennings, Glada Parker, Elizabeth Bassett, Masters Stewart Pollock and Gerald Jennings. The wedding march from “Lohengrin” was played by Mrs. Horace Caulkins and Mrs. Milton Caulkins sang “I Love You truly” preceding the ceremony.
        The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was attractive in white silk imported lace over a foundation of net and satin and her veil of illusion hung from a coronet of orange blossoms. She carried a shower bouquet of bridal roses and swansonia. The maid of honor was gowned in orchid organdy and lace and carried a bouquet of pink roses. The bridesmaid, who was a former school mate of the bride, wore green taffeta and lace and her arm bouquet was of pink roses. The little ring bearer was in pink organdy and the flower boy in white, while the girl ribbon bearers wore dainty gowns in the pastel shades.
        Following the ceremony a three course luncheon was served to 200 by Misses Blanche Vaughn, Anna Eastman, Verna French, Sarah Piper, Olive Sheemaker, John Chapman, Marjorie Gale, Mrs. Bronson Howard, and Mrs. Otto Stoddard, while Misses Reva Gundry, Helen Walters and Lois Eastman presided at the punch bowl. The dining room was effectively decorated in pink roses and potted palms, the table being centered with a beautiful bouquet of pink roses.
        Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Bassett left for the East on an extended honeymoon after which they will go the Cambridge, Mass., where Mr. Bassett will take a summer course in engineering at Harvard University. They will return to Flint in the fall. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett are well-known in the younger set of the city, both having graduated from Flint high school. Mr. Bassett has been attending M.A.C for the last four years and Mrs. Bassett was graduated from the Chicago Normal of Physical Education this spring. Guests were present from Detroit, Lansing, Pontiac and Ridgway.

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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Golden Wedding for John Wesley Bassett of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

John Wesley Bassett is the son of Edward Bassett of England. Before finding this article, I did not know when the family arrived in the United States or where they came from in England. If the information is accurate, it may help locate Edward Bassett back in England.

Springfield Republican, July 5, 1900
Berkshire County, Pittsfield
Bassett-Golden Wedding

        The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bassett off 1 Church street was celebrated yesterday afternoon, nearly 100 guests being present. Under the direction of Mrs. H.A. Root and Mrs. Frederick Hofmayer, the house was handsomely decorated with asparagus, maiden-hair ferns, daisies, roses, peonies, orchids and other flowers. Over the exits and entrance to the parlor were entwined the figures “1850” and “1900”. A buffet lunch was served during the afternoon, and bowls of lemonade were distributed about the rooms. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett received their friends in the parlor, and were the recipients of many hearty congratulations. They received a number of handsome presents, including a purse of $50 in gold. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett were married on the afternoon of July 4, 1850, at New Lebanon, N.Y., and at the same time Mrs. Bassett’s sister, Elizabeth, was married to Alexander Siegelbaum. Rev. Mr. Havens of Stephentown officiating at the home of Richard Crego, uncle of the brides. Mrs. Bassett was the daughter of Erastus Salls, a shoemaker by trade, who lived in Canaan, N.Y., and New Lebanon. John W. Bassett is a native ouf Southampton, Eng., and at the age of two years came to this country with his father’s family, who settled at Nassau, N.Y., where his young manhood was spent. He learned the trade of a carpenter, which he has practically followed ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett, after living for some time in Nassau, went to Pittsfield in 1883 and have since resided there. Mr. Bassett has four brothers and three sisters living, and the couple are vigorous, he being 70 and Mrs. Bassett 67 years of age. Both are active members of the Methodist church. They have no children living, Mrs. Hofmayer being an adopted daughter. Among those present were: -
        Mrs. Eunice Sweet of Greenfield, Mrs. Elbridge Axtell of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer Seaman of Glens Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Carpenter and Gustavus Haynes of Canaan Four Corners, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. William H. Bassett of Central Nassau, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Max Forhaltz of Stamford, Ct., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wagner and son of Richmond, Albert Wagner of Canaan, Mrs. Pinkham and Mrs. Kate Bextein of North Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Morey of Nassau, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Hofmeyer of Stockbridge, Mrs. Lewis of Waterford, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. John Alien Root, Mr. and Mrs. H.A Root, Mrs. Caroline A. Tolman, Mr. and Mrs. Bancroft Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. George Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Bassett, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew O. Waldran, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hofmayer, Mr. and Mrs. Milford Rider, Mr. and Mrs. Moritmer Haynes, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coons, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Livermore, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Conway, Mrs. H.A. Ashby, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Chandler, all of Pittsfield.

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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Thomas Bassett, Hatter of Chicago, Illinois

Thomas 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
William Bassett (b. 1684) and wife Abigail Bourne
Deacon Thomas Bassett (b. 1718) and wife Patience Toby
William Bassett (b. 1749) and wife Mary Smith
John Bassett (b. 1783) and wife Lucy Fessender
Thomas Bassett (b. 1823) and wife Maria Cutler

Thomas moved to Chicago around 1854 to take over the hat and fur business of his late brother John Albert Bassett.

Los Angeles Herald, February 1, 1900
Was Suddenly Called
Thomas Bassett Succumbs to Attack of Apoplexy
Found in a Dying Condition in St. James Park
Medical Aid Unavailing

        Thomas Bassett, who was a member of the city board of education from 1895 to 1897 was found in a dying condition at 6:30 last evening in St. James park, near West Adams street. Dr. J.C. Kirkpatrick and Dr. Jenkins were hastily summoned, but Mr. Bassett died shortly after the physicians’ arrival at the park. The coroner, who had been notified by the police, arrived shortly afterward and permitted the body to be removed to deceased’s late residence, 2644 Portland street, by undertakers Orr & Hines, and announced his intention of holding an inquest today. Dr. Kirkpatrick was of the opinion that such a course was superfluous as he was willing to sign a certificate to the effect that Mr. Bassett had succumbed to an attack of apoplexy.
        Mr. Bassett was a widower about 70 years of age, and resided with his two daughters and two grand daughters in a fine residence on Portland street. He was a man of considerable means.

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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: The Millinerry Store for Mrs. A.K. Bassett

Mrs. A.K. Bassett was the wife of George Bassett. George descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:

William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1628) and wife Dorcas Joyce
Nathan Bassett (b. 1677) and wife Mary Crowell
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1712) and wife Sarah Chase
Nathaniel Bassett (b. 1755) and wife Anna Nickerson
Abijah Bassett (b. 1809) and wife Corintha Kenney
George T. Bassett (b. 1844) and wife Abbie K. Nickerson

Trading Card purchased on ebay.

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Section 7 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Park of Western Australia

This family descends from #376B Thomas Lewis Bassett as follows:

Thomas Lewis Bassett (b. 1828) and wife Mary Ann Munday
Charles Henry Bassett (b. 1866) and wife Mary Jane Hyde
Thomas Lewis Bassett (b. 1901) and wife Ina Sunter
Arthur Thomas Bassett (b. 1925) and wife Jan.

Picture provided by Gordon Bassett (not related to this family)

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

No families have been added or merged this month.

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Section 9 - DNA project update:

Results for one kit are back for a Bassett living in Alaska with unexpected results. Not only did they not match any Bassetts, they didn't match any other males living in the world that have already tested.

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