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Algernon Sidney Bassett

Male 1845 - 1935  (89 years)


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  • Name Algernon Sidney Bassett 
    Born 29 Mar 1845  Jefferson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Feb 1935  Sarita, Kenedy County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried UNKNOWN  Oak Grove Cemetery, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Algernon and Frances moved to Texas and raised a large family.

      Sid's mother died when he was only 9 years old. His father remarried
      two years later. Life was not easy being a son of a farmer in the early days.
      It was very hard work.
      In 1857, Sid's father moved from Indiana to Foster Township, Marion
      County, Illinois, hoping to secure a better life for himself and his family.
      The Bassetts were one of the early settlers of the county. They first lived in
      a log cabin, but soon built a nice frame house.
      Sid's father enlisted in the 111th Illinois Infantry, 18 Sep 1862. But
      because of his age, Sid soon went in to replace his father. Although Sid is
      not recorded as having fought in the Civil War, he did so under his father's
      name. The following is from his diary:

      "Sunday Jan 1st 1865"
      This is the beginning of a new year. May peace dawn before its close.
      Cool but warmer than one year ago. I am at Mound City, Illinois. We are
      expecting to be paid soon. There has been no news from Sherman since he left
      Savannah, Ga. Unwell.

      "Tuesday 3rd"
      There is an examination for the V.R.C. The Dr. wants me to go into it
      but I would rather go to my Rgt. Unwell.

      "Thursday 5th"
      There was a sale of the deceased Soldiers' effects. They went very
      cheap.
      "Tuesday 10th"
      Considerable snow and rain. I have a very bad cold. Hosp. fu
      sick.

      After the war, Sid returned home to Marion County, Illinois. He
      married in 1867 into the also prominent Nichols family of Foster Township.
      Life was once again saddened for them as their first child died in 1869, at
      the age of one month and ten days.
      On 7 Apr 1873, Sid bought 40 acres, Sec. 23, Twp. 4, Range 2, f
      $5.00 from his father and step-mother. This was in Foster Township near the
      homestead.
      Sid was a very intelligent man. He read and studied everything. He
      became a practicing country doctor in Pleasant Grove, an area in Foster
      Township. Taken from the 8 Nov 1878 Marion County Herald, "Dr. A. S. Bassett
      resumes his practice at Pleasant Grove."
      In 1879 Sid and his wife and four children moved to Cooke Count
      Texas. They left Salem by wagon. The roads were bad and there were few
      bridges. When streams were up they camped and waited for the water to recede.
      The trip took 27 days.
      Sid purchased a farm 1 miles southwest of Woodbine from Henry Nelson,
      who had homesteaded it. After farming for three years, he went into the
      nursery business. He named it Spring Dale Nursery. He operated it for
      approximately 20 years. He planted many trees including pines, oak, cedar,
      magnolia, pear, crepe myrtle and pecan, of which are still living in 1988. One
      of the pine trees which is now dead, hit by lightning, exceeded the 1981 state
      champion loblolly pine in diameter by 8 inches.
      Sid also had a variety of shade and fruit trees and shrubs. One of his
      newly propagated apples won first prize at the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago and
      was named "Capitola".
      In connection with his nursery business, he made fine wines from his
      fruits. And after many years of successful business, he and his wife, a
      daughter Mary Belle, moved to Sarita, Texas.
      Sid had a brilliant mind and he never quit trying to learn more. He
      often wrote for magazines and newspapers.
      Besides trips to see his children and trips back to Illinois to visit
      his brothers and their families, Sid lived out the remaining years of his life
      in Sarita, Texas.


      1880 Federal Census of Foster, Marion County, Illinois (22 Jun 1880)
      Sydney A. Bassett 35 M IN IN IN Head Farmer
      Frances E. 30 F IL NY IL Wife Keeping House
      Walter 9 M IL IN IL Son
      Mary 7 F IL IN IL Daughter
      Amy 5 F IL IN IL Daughter
      Harry 3 M IL IN IL Son
      Fillmore Nichols 24 M IL NY IL BroL Farmer

      1900 Federal Census of Precinct 1, Cooke County, Texas (16 Jun 1900)
      A. Bassett 65 M Mar 1845 IN IN IN Head Nurseryman
      Frances E. 50 F Mar 1850 IL NY IL Wife
      Mary 26 F Dec 1873 IL IN IL Daughter
      Amy 25 F Mar 1875 IL IN IL Daughter
      & 1 Boarder
      (Married 33 years, 5 children, 4 living)


      The Dallas Morning News, 16 Feb 1936
      E.S. Bassett, Early Cooke Resident, Dies

      GAINESVILLE, Texas, Feb. 15 E. S. Bassett, 90, who came to Cooke
      County from Indiana sixty years ago and operated a fruit farm and nurse
      seven miles east of Gainesville, will be buried Sunday.
      He died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Patterson of
      Sarita, Kenedy County. Besides Mrs. Patterson, two sons and two brothers
      survive.
    Person ID I10892  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2011 

    Father Harvey Foster Bassett,   b. 14 Jan 1820, Jefferson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Sullivan,   b. 18 Jul 1820,   d. 1 Apr 1854, Jefferson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 2 Sep 1841  Jefferson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Harvey and Mary were married by Jacob M. Cox.
    Family ID F02696  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Ellen Nichols,   b. 12 Mar 1850, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1917, Sarita, Kenedy County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1867  Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Luella Bassett,   b. 15 Apr 1869,   d. 25 May 1869, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
    +2. Walter Stephen Bassett,   b. 31 Jan 1871, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1933, Ft. Worth, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Natural]
    +3. Mary Belle Bassett,   b. 31 Dec 1872, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1948, Houston, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [Natural]
    +4. Amy Florence Bassett,   b. 30 Mar 1875, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1913, Bassett Homestead near Gainsville, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)  [Natural]
    +5. David Harvey Bassett,   b. 27 May 1879, Marion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1912, Paris, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F04519  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart