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Adams Bassett

Male 1823 - Abt 1887  (64 years)


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  • Name Adams Bassett 
    Born 1 Mar 1823  Andes, Delaware County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 30 Mar 1887 
    Notes 
    • Adams was a twin to William Penn.

      1860 Federal Census of Batavia, Branch County, Michigan (1860)
      Adams Bassett 34 M New York Farmer 2200 400
      Adelia 27 F New York
      Ida A. 4 F Michigan

      1870 Federal Census of Batavia, Branch County, Michigan (3 Aug 1870)
      Adams Bassett 46 M New York Farmer 6000 875
      Mary A. 38 F New York Keeping House
      Iola A. 14 F Michigan At home
      Elmer J. 3 M Michigan
      Watson Davis 15 M Michigan Farm laborer

      1880 Federal Census of Batavia, Branch County, Michigan
      Adams Bassett 56 M NY NY NY Head Farmer
      Mary A. 49 F NY NY NY Wife Keeping House
      Elmer 13 M MI NY NY Son At School
      Warren Sisson 26 M MI NY NY Other Laborer


      Portrait and Biographical Album of Branch County, Michigan, 1888, Page 191
      Chicago: Chapman Brothers.

      ADAM BASSETT, formerly a substantial and prosperous farmer of this
      county, to which he came when Michigan was yet a Territory in 1835, became one
      of the leading men of the community, and when his death occurred, March 30,
      1887, it was felt by all who knew him that a good man was called to his rest.
      He was situated on section 34, Batavia Township, and met with very good
      success in the pursuit of his chosen calling.
      Adam Bassett was born in Andes, Delaware Co., N.Y. March 1, 1823, and
      was the son of John Bassett who was a native of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where
      he was born on the 20th of March 1793. He married Cynthia Benjamin, who was a
      native of same Island, and was born Sept. 24, 1793. After the marriage
      ceremony, which also took place on that Island, John Bassett and his young
      wife removed to Andes, N.Y., and remained there until eight of their family of
      ten children were born. They then, accompanied by their family, started
      overland to Michigan, and arriving in this county located on Government land,
      on section 33, Batavia Township. They were the very first settlers in this
      township, and it is needless to state that with their large family they
      experienced all the vicissitudes that fell to the lot of the pioneer. But they
      persevered, until finally they saw grow up around them a beautiful section of
      country, redeemed from the sway of nature by indefatigable and persiste
      toil. The father died in March, about 1873 or 1874, after attaining the age of
      eighty-four years, while his wife had passed away many years previously, in
      1860, when sixty-two years of age. John Bassett was a soldier in the War of
      1812, and was a good, honest and industrious man, and he and his wife were
      active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. While improving his tract of
      160 acres of wild land in Batavia Township, Mr. Bassett had found ti
      engage in teaching, and conducted one of the first schools taught in the
      township. In politics he affiliated with the Democratic party, and w
      influential man in the early history of the township.
      The parental family of our subject was increased after the arrival of
      the parents in Michigan to ten children, seven sons and three daughters, of
      whom Adam was the third in order of birth, and they are recorded as follows:
      Amelia, Arnold S., Adam, Emily, Edward H., John C., Francis, Marcus T., Sophia
      L. and George H. Adam was reared and educated chiefly in Batavia Township and
      was there united in marriage, Nov. 24, 1850, with Miss Adeline Roberts, who
      was born in Mendon Township, Monroe Co., N.Y., April 2, 1824, and is the
      second child of Lyman and Sally M. (Stimpson) Roberts, natives of New York
      State. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Roberts settled in Mendon, and
      there resided until the death of the wife, which occurred in 1826, when she
      was less than thirty years old, being called away by that dread disease
      consumption, and leaving three children, the youngest of whom was six months
      old. After the death of his wife Lyman Roberts removed to Lockport, Niagara
      County, and for some time acted in the capacity of Sheriff of that county. He
      subsequently went West and started a good grocery store in Chicago, which he
      conducted for some years, and finally came to Michigan and lived with h
      eldest daughter, Mrs. Marshall Miller, of Batavia Township, until his death,
      which occurred in 1868, when he was sixty-eight years of age. In politics he
      was a Republican, and was an active and practical business man most of his
      life.
      According to an arrangement made by her mother just before her death,
      Mrs. Bassett was regularly adopted by the former's sister, Carolina Leet, and
      was reared by her aunt, with whom she lived until her marriage. At six years
      of age she accompanied the family to Ohio, and in 1848 they came to Michigan
      and made a settlement in Batavia Township, where Mrs. Leet and her noble
      husband, John L. Leet, both passed away, ripe in years and honors. A brother
      of Mrs. Adelina Bassett, Mortimer D. Roberts, was but six months old when his
      mother died, and he was afterward given by his father to a man by the name of
      Eals, who was to care for him for some years but was not to adopt him. The
      foster father, however, abducted the child and took him to Philadelphia, where
      father time lost all trace of both. They subsequently removed to Minnesota,
      where Mortimer grew to manhood, and after serving through the late Rebellion,
      married and settled down to farm life, all the while supposing that he was the
      son of Mr. Eals. But the anxious father never gave up hope, and at length,
      learning through a friend the address of the Eals family, instituted a search,
      and finally found his long-lost son. There was great rejoicing over this
      reunion, and he was rewarded for his efforts by having his son return with him
      to Batavia Township, where ... still resides.
      Our subject and his wife at once engaged in farming in Batavia
      Township, where Mr. B. secured a tract of 120 acres of land, which is still
      owned by Mrs. Bassett, and there spent the remainder of his life. They became
      the parents of two children: Ida, the wife of Thomas Reading, residing on a
      farm in Bethel Township, and Elmer J., who took to wife Edna Sheldon, of
      Matteson Township, and is now operating a homestead. In addition to general
      farming he makes the breeding of horses a specialty, and owns "Minnesota
      Jack," a Clydesdale horse and a very valuable animal. He owns another well-bred
      animal, "Adicure", of trotting stock, which is stout and active, and gives
      promise of developing into a fast horse.
    Person ID I06722  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2011 

    Father John Bassett,   b. 20 Mar 1792/93, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1874, Batavia Township, Branch County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Cynthia Melissa Benjamin,   b. 30 Sep 1793, Columbis, Connecticut or New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1858, Batavia Township, Branch County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 19 Mar 1816  Hamden, Delaware County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01492  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Adeline Roberts,   d. Deceased 
    Married 24 Nov 1850 
    Children 
    +1. Ida A. Bassett,   b. 1856, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased  [Natural]
    +2. Elmer John Bassett,   b. 11 Nov 1866, Batavia, Branch County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1924, Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Family ID F02981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Family Bible.