Splinters From The Tree November 2008
Section 1 - Welcome
I have met several new Bassetts online through Genes Reunited during the past few months. I welcome them to this monthly newsletter.
We had a dozen Bassetts sign up for DNA testing during the past two months and results are slowly coming back from the lab. Look for updates in the next several newsletters about these results.
Coming next month:
2 donations for a total of $175 were made toward the Bassett DNA project.
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Section 2 - Featured Bassett: JoAnne Bassett, Master Parfumeur
JoAnne Bassett descends from William Bassett of Plymouth as follows:
William Bassett and wife Elizabeth
JoAnne Bassett founded Bassett Aromatherapy in Bellevue, Washington in 1993. The business grew out of the need to find high quality essential oils. Her mission was to find and import essential oils and botanicals that were still alive with energy. She has traveled to over 40 countries in search of the most therapeutic and healing essential oils.
After participating in many tradeshows, she had a list of spa and hotel clients that she had developed a full line of aromatic products for. From her 15 years of experience doing private label custom blends and custom signature perfumes for people, JoAnne Bassett Natural Perfumes was born.
JoAnne is a couture natural perfumer who does not use any synthetic materials. Her specialty is designing custom perfumes using the old world French classic perfume methods.
A link to her website is included below.
Section 3 - Featured Bassett: William Bassett of Fordham, England
Thanks to Darren Bassett, the baptismal record for #62B William Bassett of Fordham has been found. He is the son of Philip and Jane Bassett of Freckenham, Sufflok, England. The marriage record of Philip Bassett to Jane says that he is from Snailwell in Cambridge.
I have also found a marriage record for Philip Bassett to Ann Carter in 1722 in Snailwell, Cambridge, England. This is possibly the father or grandfather of the Philip Bassett listed above.
Hopefully by tracing back each of the families who share common DNA from the chart below, we eventually will find a link between these families.
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Section 4 - Featured Bassett: Bassett Barn Farm of Ashover, Derbyshire
This property was named after the Bassett Allsort family. To read more about them, click on the link for an old newsletter below.
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Section 5 - Featured Bassett: Will of Erastus J. Bassett
Erastus J. Bassett descends from #6B William Bassett of Connecticut as follows:
William Bassett of CT
The New York Times, 3 Aug 1891
HARTFORD, Aug. 2 – The will of Erastus J. Bassett of the Aetna Insurance Company, who was one of the oldest and most successful underwriters in the country, will be probated Tuesday next. Most of the estate has been devised in favor of the widow, Mrs. Mary Garfield Bassett, a cousin of the late President Garfield. The three sons of Mr. Bassett by his first wife, Messrs. Elmer Bassett of Chicago, and Eldorus A. and Ernest E.C. Bassett, of this city, the latter occupying a place in the Hartford Post Office, have been cut down to $16,000. It has not yet been decided whether they will contest the will or not. The document is in the handwriting of the testator, and the only ground on which a contest in the courts can be made will be that of undue influence.
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Section 6 - Featured Bassett: Westside Mill and the John Wilshaw Bassett Family
John Wilshaw Bassett is a son of Richard Bassett and Alice Wilshaw who married on 4 May 1826 in Sheen, Staffordshire, England. This family is most likely related to the #16B Bassetts of Alstonfield, Staffordshire, England since they are living just a few doors down in the 1901 census.
The property was still owned by the Bassetts as late as 1930. It would be interesting to find out if the property is still owned by members of this family.
1901 British Census of Westside Mill, Alstonfield, Staffordshire
Alstonefield History (source unknown)
Westside mill on the Manifold in the northwest corner of the township existed by 1584. A mill there was worked in the late 1880s by J.W. Bassett of Hulme End, who was also a builder and contractor.
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Section 7 - New family lines combined or added since the last newsletter
The following family lines have been combined/eliminated since the last newsletter.
283B. Daniel Bassett of Haverhill, Massachusetts into 58B. Nelson Bassett of Chazy, New York
101B. Harry Bassett of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York
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Section 8 - DNA project update.
One new participant has joined the project.
#97B Bassett of Kilkenny, Ireland. Results for this test will be reported in the January newsletter.
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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