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James Edward Bassett, Jr.

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  • Name James Edward Bassett 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 10 Jul 1896  Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 2E57D7890ABCDC47A4FF24DC466DC9847105 
    • Lexington Morning Herald, July 11, 1896
      James Edward Bassett, Jr.
      Born to the wife of J.E. Bassett, a son, James Edward Jr.

      James Edward Bassett Jr. and Jane Brooker were divorced in 1942 following the death of their son Spencer Bassett.

      History of Kentucky
      J. Edward Bassett, Jr., a son of J. Edward Bassett, Sr., president of the Fayette National Bank of Lexington, was a pilot and instructor in the air service during the Word war, and is now associated with Brownell Berryman as proprietors of the Union Motor Company of 253 East Main Street, Lexington.
      Mr. Bassett was born at Lexington, July 10, 1896, spent his early life in the home of his parents at Lexington, attending local schools, and prepared for college in Philip Exeter Academy at Exeter, New Hampshire. While a student in Princeton University he volunteered in April, 1917, for the aviation service, and after training was commissioned a pilot and subsequently assigned duty as instructor at Caruthers Field at Benbrook, Texas, was also on duty at Post Field at Fort Sill, where he was stationed when the armistice was signed. He was granted his discharge in December, 1918. Mr. Bassett after the war became identified with the bond department of the National City Bank of New York at Chicago.
      On March 20, 1920, having returned to Lexington, he became associated with Brownell Berryman in the Union Motor Company. This is one of the largest and most successful sales agencies in the state, handling the Packard, Hudson and Essex cars and the Packard trucks. The company has about thirty employes.
      Mr. Bassett is a member of the Lexington Club, Country Club and the Board of Commerce. In 1919 he married Miss Jane Brooker, a native of Florida and daughter of H.S. Brooker, a retired resident of Lexington.

      1900 Federal Census of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky (11 Jun 1900)
      J.E. Bassett - 38 - Mar 1861 - M - KY-KY-KY - Head - Merchant
      Catherine - 37 - Feb 1863 - F - KY-KY-KY - Wife
      Catherine - 13 - Feb 1887 - F - MA-KY-KY - Daughter - At school
      Francis - 11 - Aug 1888 - F - KY-KY-KY - Daughter - At school
      Edward - 3 - Jul 1896 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son
      (Married 14 years, 4 children, 3 living)

      1910 Federal Census of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky (22 Apr 1910)
      Jas. E. Bassett - 49 - M - KY-KY-KY - Head - Retail Merchant shoe store
      Katherine - 47 - F - KY-KY-KY - Wife
      Katherine - 23 - F -MA-KY-KY - Daughter
      Francis - 19 - F - KY-KY-KY - Daughter
      James E. Jr. - 14 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son
      (Married 24 years, 4 children, 3 living)

      1920 Federal Census of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky (3 Jan 1920)
      James E. Bassett - 59- M - KY-KY-KY - Head - Merchant and banker
      Katherine - 50 - F - KY-KY-KY - Wife
      Katherine S. - 28 - F - KY-KY-KY - Daughter
      James E. - 23 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son

      1930 Federal Census of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky (9 Apr 1930)
      Edward Bassett - 33 - M - KY-KY-KY - Head - Business Banker
      Jane - 33 - F - KY-EN-MS - Wife
      James E. III - 8 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son
      Spencer B. - 4 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son
      Mary W. Brookes (Wd) - 60 - F - MS-KY-MS - MotherL
      Mary Honan - 40 - F - KY-NI-NY - Servant - Nurse Private Family
      (Married at 23 & 23)

      Lexington Herald, July 1, 1920
      Social and Personal
      Miss Brooker, a beautiful Bride
      The marriage of Miss Jane Brooker to Mr. James Edward Bassett Jr., was solemnized Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Spencer Brooker, on Ashland Avenue. Rev. Dr. J.J. Spencer was the officiating minister, assisted by Rev. Benjamin J. Bush, and the wedding music was an artistic feature by Mrs. Truly, of Versailles, at the piano, Miss Margaret Edwards, of Versailles, voice, and Miss Miller, violin.
      The wedding was one of the most beautiful of the season and the charming home had rarely exquisite and elaborate decorations of hot house roses, lilies and plants. On each side of the front entrance standards held clusters of white globes and the front veranda and garden at the back were like a tropical picture of palms, ferns, flowers and lights. The living room was the scene of the ceremony and was hung with the graceful huckleberry vine over the arches leading to the stairway and the sun room. An altar was formed at the mantelpiece with draperies of smilax, handsome palms and ferns, tall Roman candelabra, holding clusters of Cathedral candles and wicker vases of ascension lilies making an aisle of flowers. Cocoa palms, phoenix palms, lilies and white candles were all about the room and the wall lights were in rose shades. Garlands of huckleberry vine and pink roses decked the stairway, and framed the casement window at the top, the same lovely green and pink extending throughout the upper rooms and up to the third floor.
      The musicians were stationed in the sun room and played a program of selections during the assembling of the guests. Just before the coming of the procession, Miss Edwards sang "Because" and "At Dawning". The entrance was to the music of the Bridal March from Lohengrin, the bridesmaids coming in single file down the stairway, at the foot of which they were met and escorted to the altar by the groomsmen: Miss Virginia Schnaufer with Mr. Goodlee McDowell, Miss Ida Harrison Moore, the cousin of the bride, with Frm Frank Calvin, of San Francisco, California; Miss Martha Prewitt with Mr. Rogers Moore of Frankfort, Miss Katherine Bassett with Mr. James Withers Brooker, the bride's brother; the matron of honor, Mrs. Brownell Berryman, with Mr. Berryman followed by the maid of honor, the bride's cousin, Miss Lena Withers, then the bride with her father, who gave her in marriage.
      At the same time the bridegroom entered from the rear hall with the best man, his father, Mrs. James Edward Bassett, and joined the bride at the altar, standing before the waiting minister for the impressive marriage service which was said to the accompaniment of soft music.
      The bride wore an exquisite gown of white satin with soft draped skirt, court train fastened on one side to the shoulders and on the other to the waist; bodice and trimming of heirloom rose point lace which had come down from the wedding trousseaux of her two grandmothers, Mrs. Brooker, of England, and Mrs. William Temple Withers. The long tulle veil was fastened with a coronet of orange blossoms and rosepointe lace. She carried a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley and white roses.
      The maid of honor was charming in a gown of French blue taffeta with lace drapery and her bouquet was of Columbia roses and delphinium. The beautiful young matron of honor was gowned in yellow taffeta silk and organdy and carried sunburst roses. The bridesmaids were in organdie and taffeta of orchid shades and their bouquets were Ophelia roses, gypsophila and adiatum.
      The wedding march from "Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mendelsohn was played during the congratulations following the ceremony and supper was served. The dining room was in festoons of plumose fern, Columbia roses, hot house smilax, the table having a cloth of rich lace, vases of pink roses, garlands of smilax and candles in silver candlesticks, the wedding favors and the bride's cake, topped with a bouquet of candy roses and lilies, tied with candy ribbons. The emblems of fate were drawn for by the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The elaborate supper was served in buffet style out in the garden, where there were stone seats, lawn benches and chairs among the palms, vases and urns of roses and flowery beds in bloom.
      Later the bride and bridegroom left for a trip in the North. They will go to housekeeping for the summer in the pretty furnished apartment of Mrs. Simpson and Miss Shropshire in Hampton Court until getting settled in a home of their own.
      The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brooker and is beautiful and accomplished, one of the loveliest and most popular of the Lexington girls. She belongs to splendid old families of this country and England. Among the most distinguished of her forebears was the late General William Temple Withers, one of the heroes of Vicksburg.
      Mr. Bassett is the only son of his house and attractive young business man, having become one of the firm of the Union Motor Company since returning home from the war service.
      The guests were received by Mrs. Brooker, assisted by Mrs. Bassett, mother of the bridegroom, his sister, Mrs. Irvin Nigh Lee and Mr. Lee, his aunt, Miss Elizabeth Stanhope, and the bride's aunt, Miss Rebel Withers. Mrs. Brooker wore a graceful gown of orchid taffeta draped in cream lace; Mrs. Bassett was gowned in flesh colored georgette crepe and satin; Mrs. Lee in blue satin with embroidery and sequins; Miss Stanhope in lavender georgette crepe and Miss Withers pink georgette crepe with filet lace. She carried a bouquet of Columbia roses.
      The gifts were to be seen in an upper room and are in large numbers and unusually elegant, such as a silver service and tray, chests of flat silver, silver bowls, a set of white wedgewood china, etc.
      The guests included only relatives and other closest friends, and numbered about one hundred.
    Person ID I119  8B John Bassett of Hunterdon County, New Jersey
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2012 

    Father James Edward Bassett, Sr.,   b. 1861, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Katherine Stanhope,   b. 9 Feb 1864,   d. 16 May 1922  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F44  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Brooker,   d. 11 Jan 1985, Ocoee, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Jun 1920 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
     1. Living
     2. Spencer Brooker Bassett,   b. 3 Aug 1925, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1941  (Age 15 years)
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart