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Harlow Gillette Bassett

Male 1838 - 1911  (72 years)


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  • Name Harlow Gillette Bassett 
    Born 29 Mar 1838  Bennington, Genesee, (now Wyoming), New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 0869CD19D6DE454583C98ECA3B90104458B0 
    Died 4 Feb 1911  Ionia, Big Horn, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 6 Feb 1911  Ionia, Big Horn, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • 3B325435. Harlow Gillette Bassett, son of Loren Elias and Rachel (English) Bassett, was born 29 Mar 1840 in Bennington, Wyoming County, New York. He died 4 Feb 1911 in Ionia, Big Horn County, Wyoming. He married Mary Catherine Werts in Aug 1862 in Woodburn, McCoupin County, Illinois. He was in the Civil War.

      Centennial History of Madison County, Illinois and Its People 1812 to 1912 by W.T. Norton
      Vol. II (Chicago & New York: The Lewis Pub. Co., 1912), pp. 1790 & 791.

      Harlow Bassett was a miner and farmer, a native of New York, who was brought to this state when a child of two months. His father soon afterward went west, leaving the child with a family named McCauley and word came several years later of his having been killed in the state of Utah. Harlow Bassett, was a Union soldier, whose name may be found on the roster as first lieutenant of a company in the Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted at the very outbreak of the war, responding to President Lincoln's first call. After the expiration of his three months' enlistment, he veteranized and enlisted in the service for a three years term in the Army of Cumberland. He was made first lieutenant in 1864, in which year he enlisted for the third time. He served until the close of the war, thus making his service of four years and seven months duration. His record is the record of a brave man, for he participated in some of the most trying campaigns of the rebellion, under the commands of General Thomas and General Sherman. He was injured in the battles of Shiloh and Corinth...After the war, Harlow Bassett returned to Fosterburg and was an active farmer from 1867 to 1875 in Jackson County after which he returned to Fosterburg, only to move again, after two years to the state of Kansas. In the latter commonwealth, he continued to follow the same occupation, and kept his eighty acre farm there until 1886. The mother of the family passed away in 1881, and five years later the family broke up and scattered over the country. Harlow passed to his eternal reward on Feb. 4, 1911 at the ripe old age of seventy-two.

      From Bassett Report 20 Jun 1991, by Nel Lo H. Bassett:
      Harlow Bassett had one brother, LeRoy, who was a professional gambler and owned a plush gambling house in Kansas City. The gambling casino was operated by LeRoy and a half brother, whose name may have been Edwin, since it is known that Harlow did have a brother by that name. The story is told that at the end of each day's business, the two men would spread on a table all the silver taken in, and without counting, LeRoy would "cut" the pile in two with his hand and each man would take "half".
      LeRoy gave Harlow a farm in Brown County, Kansas, on which he and Mary and their chlidren were living at the time of her death from childbirth.

      BIRTH: Harlow's birth is listed as 29 Mar 1838 on the Family Group Records - Main Record Section (Archive Record), family group record of Loren Elias Bassett (1809) and his wife Rachel English.

      See also his obituary in LOVELL CHRONICLE, Sat. 11 Feb 1911: "Harlow Bassett of Ionia ... aged 72 years, 10 months, and 5 days. [Calculates as b. 30 Mar 1838.] ... Harlow Bassett was born in New York State, March 29, 1838....


      Harlow's year of birth is listed as 1840 in his civil war pension file, application #1000034 & certificate #953337.

      The ages listed for Harlow in the censuses and other records make his calculated year of birth sometime between 1836 and 1841. It is evident that he was born before his mother died. She was deceased before June 1839. Harlow was most likely born in 1838.

      BIRTHPLACE: Harlow's place of birth is listed as "near Bennington, New York" in his pension file. New York is his stated birthplace in the 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses and in W.T. Norton, comp. & ed., CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS AND ITS PEOPLE, 1812 to 1912, Vol. II (Chicago & New York: The Lewis Pub. Co., 1912), pp. 1790 & 791.

      Illinois is his listed birthplace in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

      MARRIAGE: In an affadavit dated 17 Dec 1897 when Harlow filed for a civil war pension he stated his marriage date as Aug 1862 at Woodburn, Macoupin Co, ILL. to Mary Catherine Werts by John C. Strong, a minister.

      This marriage record has not been found in the Macoupin County marriage records.

      Harlow Gillette's obituary lists his marriage date as 22 Aug 1863. See ref. in death entry below.

      DEATH: Obituary in the LOVELL CHRONICLE, Sat. 11 Feb 1911: "Harlow Bassett of Ionia passed away Saturday morning, February 4th, 1911 at 9:45 of pneumonia after an illness of about ten days, aged 72 years, 10 months and 5 days."

      See also Civil War pension file, application #1000034 & certificate #953337.

      CENSUS: Harlow Gillette was found in the 1850, 1860, 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses.

      1850 Census of T6 R9 in Madison Co., IL, p. 412 (FHL & BYU film #442907). In this census Harlow was living with the John & Amanda McCauley family and listed as Harlow Bassett, age 14, born in Illinois, and attended school. Census taken 19 Dec 1850.

      1860 Census of T6 R9 in Madison Co., IL, p. 245 (FHL & BYU film #803208). In this census Harlow was living with the Clemont & Cathirne Loyd family and listed as Harlo Bassett, age 21, day laborer, born in Ills. Census taken 13 July 1860.

      1880 Federal Census of Mission, Brown County, Kansas
      Harlow Bassett 39 M NY NY NY Head Farmer Widowed
      Ona 17 F IL NY IL Daughter Housekeeping
      Oscar 14 M IL NY IL Son Laborer
      Hectar 13 M IL NY IL Son
      Fredie 7 M IL NY IL Son
      Annie 5 F IL NY IL Daughter

      1900 Census of Willow Creek, Bingham, ID, En. Dist. 16, p. 6 (FHL & BYU film #1240231). In this census Harlow Bassett is listed as born Mar 1840, age 60, born New York and parents born New York. Census taken 11 June 1900.

      1910 Census of Sarver Precinct, Big Horn, WY, p. 13A (FHL & BYU film #1375758). In this census Harlow was living with his son, Fred H. and information on Harlow included: Harlow G. Bassett, father, age 70, wd., born NY, has own income. Census taken 18-20 May 1910.

      MILITARY: Harlow Gillette Bassett served in the civil war between 19 Apr 1861 and 2 June 1865. He was injured in the battle at Shiloh on 7 Apr 1862. Served as a private in Co. G & F, 9th Ill. Reg't and First Leut. in Co. G, 150 Ill. Reg't. See Harlow Bassett's civil war pension file, application #1000034 & certificate #953337.

      See also Obituary in the LOVELL CHRONICLE, Sat. 11 Feb 1911: "Harlow Bassett ... Mr. Bassett was an old soldier, having enlisted in the three mos. call then re-enlisted for three years and at the end of that service he again enlisted for 100 days and was commissioned as first lieutenant February 14, 1865. He received a pension of $15 per month.

      RESIDENCE: In 1866 Harlow Bassett was living in Township 6 Range 9 (Fosterburg) in Madison County, Illinois. See James T. Hair GAZETTEER OF MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, 1866 (BYU F168, 2nd item).

      In an affidavit included in his pension file, Harlow Bassett of Afton, Uinta, Wyoming gives the following information pertaining to his residence: After the Civil War he lived in Fosterburg, Madison Co., Ill. up to 1875 where he worked as a coal miner most of the time. His next permanent residence was Atchison, Kas. where he worked as a day laborer. Next he moved to Afton, Wyo. While raising his family he worked and traveled over a great deal of the country stopping from a few days up to a year at different points, but he had his home the longest at the places named.
    Person ID I1106  3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2012 

    Father Loren Elias Bassett,   b. 5 Mar 1809, Granby, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jun 1880, Providence, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 71 years) 
    Mother Rachel English,   b. 9 Mar 1813, , , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 18 Jun 1839  (Age < 26 years) 
    Family ID F464  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Catherine Werts,   b. 12 Jun 1843, Fosterburg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1879, Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married Aug 1862  Woodburn, MaCoupin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ona Luella Bassett,   b. 12 Jun 1863, Fosterburg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1923, Downers Grove, DuPage, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +2. Oscar Leroy Bassett,   b. 19 Jul 1865, Fosterburg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1943, Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +3. Hector Goodrich Bassett,   b. 27 Mar 1867, Murphysboro, Jackson, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1951, .Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     4. Henry Edno Bassett,   b. 30 May 1869, Murphysboro, Jackson, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1870, Murphysboro, Jackson, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. Martha Olive Bassett,   b. 5 Mar 1871, Fosterburg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1871, Fosterburg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +6. Fred Herbert Bassett,   b. 9 Aug 1872, Fosterberg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1939, Cowley, Big Horn, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     7. Weltha Ann Bassett,   b. 16 Dec 1874, Fosterburg, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1963  (Age 88 years)
     8. Mary Cathern Bassett,   b. 19 Sep 1879, Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1954  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 27 May 2015 
    Family ID F470  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart