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Alfred Bassett

Male 1810 - 1895  (85 years)


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  • Name Alfred Bassett 
    Born 19 Jan 1810  , Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID E9433EF7385AA44A92A399D901B375C2738D 
    Died 15 May 1895  Elm Creek, Martin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 May 1895  Elm Creek Cem., Martin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 3B32544. Alfred M. Bassett, son of Elias and Lucy (Gillette) Bassett, was born 19 Jan 1810 in Hartford County, Connecticut. He died 15 May 1895 in Elm Creek, Martin County, Minnesota. He married Harriet Steadman on 10 Dec 1846 in Bennington, Wyoming County, New York. She was born 3 Jan 1825 in New York. She died 29 Apr 1895 in Elm Creek Township, Martin County, Minnesota.
      After living in Bennington Township, Alfred Bassett and family moved to neighboring township Marilla in Erie County, New York in December of 1854. After living in Marilla, they moved farther west to Gerry, Chatuauqua County, New York where they were found in 1860.

      NAME: Spelled Alford in the 1850 & 1855 censuses.

      BIRTH: The birthdate, 19 Jan 1810, comes from a great granddaughter of Alfred, Grace Stoeber of Fenton, IA (deceased). She has his birthplace as Milford, CT. Alfred's death record has his age as 85 years, 2 mo., 9 days which makes his calculated birthdate 6 Mar 1810.

      Alfred's place of birth is listed as Connecticut in the 1850, 1855, 1870, 1875, 1880, and 1885 censuses.

      POSSIBLE FIRST MARRIAGE: There is evidence that Alfred married a Phoebe Petters and they had a son: William Elias Bassett, born 30 July 1834 in Erie, Pennsylvania. William Elias Bassett is number 183B in the Bassett file.

      MARR.: From Grace Stoeber of Fenton, IA (deceased).

      WIFE'S MAIDEN NAME: Harriet's death record lists her father as Scranton Steadman. See Martin County, MN Death Records, Book A, p.36 (FHL film #1863780 item 5).

      DEATH: Martin County, MN Death Records, Book A, p. 36, line 1 (Searched at Martin County, MN courthouse, Fairmont, MN) & (FHL film #1863780): "Alfred Bassett died 15 May 1895 of old age at Elm Creek, born in New York, age 85 years, 2 mo., 9 days at death. [Alfred's parents are not listed on his death record]."

      Obituary in the MARTIN COUNTY SENTINEL, 24 May 1895: "Elm Creek news - Died May 15, Alfred Bassett, after an illness of several weeks and about 2 weeks after the death of his wife. Mr. Bassett was one of the pioneers of Martin County, settling in Elm Creek Township in 1864. He was born in Chatauqua County, New York and has lived in Elm Creek Township about 31 years, during which time he has maintained the respect and esteem of all that knew him and has always had the interest of our township at heart. He has been a loyal citizen, a good father and
      devoted husband. He died at the ripe old age of nearly 86 years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Stone last Friday. May his soul rest in peace.

      "Died A. Bassett of Elm Creek Township on the 15th [1895], aged 85. Mr. Bassett was one of our most esteemed citizens who has lived almost a generation on his old homestead on Twin Lakes and was ever noted for his hospitality and kindly Christian spirit. . . . Funeral from his late residence on the 17th."

      CENSUS FINDINGS: Alfred was likely found with his parents in the 1820, 1825, 1830, and 1840 censuses. Alfred and his wife Harriet were found in the 1850, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, and 1885 censuses:

      In the 1820 census of Scott, Cortland, NY, p. 571 (BYU film #66) Alfred was likely one of the two males between 10 & 15 included in the Elias Bassett household.

      In the 1825 state census of Scott, Cortland, NY (FHL film #843779) Alfred was likely one of the five males included in the Elias Bassett household.

      In the 1830 census of Bennington, Genesee, NY, p.130 (BYU film #90) the Elias Bassett household included 1 male between 10 & 15 [likely son Harlow G.], 1 male between 15 & 20 [could be either son Richard or Alfred], 1 male between 50 & 60 [likely Elias], and 1 female between 50 & 60 [likely Lucy].

      In the 1840 census of Bennington, Genesee, NY, p.50 (BYU film #91) the Elias Bassett household included 2 males between 20 & 30 [One of these males could be Alfred.]

      1850 Federal Census of Bennington, Wyoming County, New York p. 96 (BYU film #444332) (23 Sep 1850)
      Alford Basset 38 M Connecticut Farmer
      Harriet Basset 24 F New York
      Ellen Basset 2 F New York
      Porter Basset 7/12 M New York
      Elias Basset 72 M Connecticut
      Cynthia Hadly 40 F Vermont

      In the 1855 state census of the town of Marilla, Erie, NY, p.30 #283 (BYU film #825682) the Alfred Bassett household included: Alford Bassett, age 41, m., born in Conn., married, resident of Marilla 7 months, farmer, native voter; Harriet Bassett, age 29, f., wife, born in Erie Co., resident 7/12; Mary E. Bassett, age 7, f., child, born in Wyoming Co., resident 7/12; George W. Bassett, age 5, m., child, born in Wyoming Co., resident 7/12; & John S. Bassett, age 2, m., child, born in Wyoming Co., resident 7/12. Census taken 29 June 1855.

      1855 Marilla, Erie County, New York State Census p.30 #283 (BYU film #825682) (29 June 1855)
      Alford Bassett 44 M Connecticut Farmer 7/12
      Harriet 29 F Wyoming Co., NY 7/12
      Mary E. 7 F Wyoming Co., NY 7/12
      George W. 5 M Wyoming Co., NY 7/12
      John S. 2 M Wyoming Co., NY 7/12

      1860 Federal Census of Gerry, Chautauqua County, New York (23 Jun 1860)
      Alfred J. Bassett 40 M New York Farmer
      Harriett 38 F New York
      John 7 M New York Attended school [age listed as 77]
      George 10 M New York Attended School
      Ellen 12 F New York Attended School
      Otis 2 M New York [Orris]

      In the 1865 State Census of Waverly Town, Martin Co., MN (BYU film #565715) the Alfred Bassett family is listed as: Nathan [likely Alfred] Bassett, M. [likely Harriet] Bassett, Georg Bassett Ellen Bassett, John Bassett, and Orrin [Orris] Bassett.

      In the 1870 Census of Elm Creek, Martin, MN, pp. 2 & 3 (BYU film #RG29-T132, #7) the Alfred Bassett household included: Alfred Bassett, age 58, farmer, 2000 real estate value, 738 personal property value, born in Connecticut; Hariet Bassett, age 48, keeping house, born NY; Ellen Bassett, age 22, at home, idiotic; George Bassett, age 20, farmer; John Bassett, age 18, farmer; Orris Bassett, age 13, going to school. All children born in New York. Census taken 2 June 1870.

      In the 1875 State Census of Elm Creek, Martin, MN, p. 349 (BYU film #565724) the Alfred Bassett household included: Albert Bassett, age 63, born in Conn., parents born in Conn.; Harriet Bassett, born 49, born in NY, parents born in VT; Ellen Bassett, age 26; John Bassett, age 22; & Oris Bassett, age 17. All children born in NY. This census was taken 11 June 1875.

      1880 Federal Census of Elm Creek, Martin County, Minnesota En. Dist. 154, p.11 (BYU film #1254626) ( taken 21 & 29 June 1880)
      Alferd Bassett 68 M CT CT CT Head Farmer
      Harriett 53 F NY MA VT Wife Keeping House
      Elin 30 F NY CT NY Daughter Single
      Oris 23 M NY CT NY Son Single
      Ella Sandford 14 F NY NY NY Other Teaching [Could be Ella Gilford.]

      In the 1885 State Census of Elm Creek, Martin, MN, p. 2 (BYU film #565746) the Alfred Bassett household included: Alfred Bassett, age 73, born in Conn.; Harriet Bassett, age 59, born in NY; Ellen Bassett, age 39, born in NY; & Oring [Orris] Bassett, age 26, born in NY.

      LAND: Alfred Bassett of Genesee Co., NY bought land from Walter M. & Eliza Seymour of Genesee Co. by indenture dated 13 Feb 1838. This land was located in Genesee County in Township 10, Range 4, South part of lot 35 bounded south by lot 34, 60 chains 33 links; West by lot 43, 16 chains 80 links; North by a line parallel to the South bounds of said lot 35, 60 chains 45 links; and East by lot 27, 16 chains 80 links. Containing 101 and 1/2 acres subject of a certain mortgage for $785.00 to the Holland Land Company. See Genesee Co., NY Land Records, Deed Book 45, p.421 (FHL film #987187). Note: This land is next to land owned by Alfred's father, Elias Bassett.

      This same piece of land was mortgaged 13 Feb 1838. See Genesee Co., NY Mortgage Records, Vol. 21, p.542 (FHL film #987480).

      Martin Co., MN Land Records, Book G, p.134 (FHL film #1309326): "Alfred Bassett bought land from the U.S. Government located in lot numbers 3,5,6,10,& 11 in Sec. 12 & lot 2 in sec. 13 in Township 103, Range 33 on 1 Sep 1871 containing over 150 acres".

      Section 12 of Martin Co., MN was sold on mortgage to Reuben W. Ward 10 July 1875 for $30.00; remortgaged for $200.00 to Mary S. Ward on 18 Jan 1881; another mortgage 7 July 1883 for $279.00 to Mary S. Ward; got it back again and eventually sold to Orris Bassett 18 July 1885 for $600.00 and then records show it went back to Mary S. Ward for $612.00. Information compiled by Jan Dickenson from Martin Co., MN court house.

      Section 13 of Martin Co., MN was sold to Mary S. Ward 18 Jan 1881 for $200.00; eventually Charlie Bassett owned this and sold to George Bassett 16 April 1901; somehow the District Court got it and on 28 Sep 1905 it was sold on judgement to Charles Bassett and then to George M. Scott Sept. 1905; Scott sold it back to Chas. Bassett 2 April 1909 and Charles Bassett sold it for $4,000.00 on 27 Jan 1909 to Ernest Wisch. Information compiled by Jan Dickenson from Martin Co., MN court house.

      How This County Came to be - Martin County
      Alfred and Harriet Bassett

      The Alfred M. Bassett family was one of the early pioneer families to homestead in Section 12, Elm Creek Township in 1864.
      Alfred was born in Chautauqua County, NY on Jan. 29, 1810. At Bennington, NY on Dec. 10, 1846 he married Harriet Steadman or Stradman who was born Jan. 3, 1825 in NY. They had 4 children: Ellen, George Washington, John Scranton and Orris.
      Ellen, who never married, was born Oct. 10, 1848 at Bennington, NY and died Dec. 15, 1900. She is buried in Elm Creek Cemetery.
      George Washington was born Dec. 12, 1850 at Bennington, NY. He married Martha Sophia McGhan Nov. 8, 1872. Martha was born Dec. 23, 1854 in Wisconsin to William and Mary (Griswold) McGhan. They had 4 children:
      Florence L. Glick Henderson, Charles Edward, Hattie Dickenson and Glenford. George W. died May 2, 1920 in Minong, Wisconsin. His wife Martha, passed away Dec. 26, 1920 at Sherburn with burial in the Sherburn City Cemetery.
      John Scranton was born July 5, 1852 at Bennington, NY and married Ida Helmich July 1, 1879. They had 3 children. On Oct. 12, 1920 he passed away at Albany, Oregon.
      Orris was born July 27, 1857 at Gerry, NY. No other information has been found at the time of this writing.
      Harriet passed away April 29, 1985 and Alfred just a few weeks later on May 15, 1895. Submitted by Janice Dickenson.
    Person ID I1118  3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2014 

    Father Elias Bassett,   b. 17 Mar 1780, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1857, Bennington, Wyoming, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Lucy Gillett,   b. 11 Mar 1778, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1840/1850, Bennington, Wyoming, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married of, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F466  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Phoebe Petters 
    Children 
     1. William Elias Bassett,   b. 29 May 1834, , Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1921, Montrose, Genesee, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 27 May 2015 
    Family ID F2546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriet Steadman,   b. 31 Jan 1825, , , New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1895, Elm Creek, Martin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1846  Bennington, Wyoming, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ellen Bassett,   b. 10 Oct 1847, Bennington, Wyoming, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1900, Elm Creek, Martin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +2. George Washington Bassett,   b. 14 Dec 1849, Bennington, Wyoming, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1920, Minong, Washburn, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +3. John Scranton Bassett,   b. 5 Jul 1852, Bennington, Wyoming, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1920, Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. Orris Bassett,   b. 27 Jul 1857, Gerry, Chautauqua, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1885  (Age > 29 years)
    Last Modified 27 May 2015 
    Family ID F481  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart