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Amos Bassett

Male 1815 - 1899  (83 years)

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  • Name Amos Bassett 
    Born 15 Sep 1815  Near Brooksville, Bracken County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 18AFF50C63E13A428E7CB66A29014E7AA48F 
    Died 25 Jun 1899  Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A newspaper article about his 77th birthday lists his birth date as 15 Sep 1820.

      Amos Bassett served as Deputy Sheriff in Bracken County before coming to Hopkins County in 1841.

      1850 Federal Census of District No. 3, Hopkins County, Kentucky
      Amos Bassett - 34 - M - Kentucky - Farmer 1000
      Lucy W. - 37 - F - Kentucky
      Lucien - 7 - M - Kentucky
      George - 5 - M - Kentucky
      William - 2 - M - Kentucky

      1860 Federal Census of Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky (14 Jul 1860)
      Amos Bassett - 44 - M - Kentucky - Farmer 4,000 2,000
      Lucy W. - 36 - F - Kentucky
      Lucien - 18 - M - Kentucky - Farm Laborer
      George - 16 - M - Kentucky - Farm Laborer
      Wm. - 14 - M - Kentucky
      Mary - 12 - F - Kentucky
      Elijah - 8 - M - Kentucky
      Samuel - 2 - M - Kentucky
      Clarence Nasher - 2 - M - Kentucky

      1870 Federal Census of Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky (1 Jul 1870)
      Amos Bassett - 54 - M - Kentucky
      Lucy - 46 - Kentucky - Keeping House
      Lucian - 27 - M - Kentucky - Works in Tobacco factory
      George - 24 - M - Kentucky - Laborer on farm
      Mary R. - 19 - F - Kentucky
      Elijah - 17 - M - Kentucky - Works on farm
      Samuel - 12 - M - Kentucky - Works on farm
      Sallie J. - 9 - F - Kentucky
      Fannie W. - 7 - F - Kentucky
      John - 5 - M - Kentucky
      Jessie - 1 - F - Kentucky
      Affie Bryant - B - 47 - F - Kentucky - Cook & Washer
      Nicholas - B - 12 - M - Kentucky - Works on farm

      1880 Federal Census of Courth House, Hopkins County, Kentucky
      Amos Bassett - 64 - M - KY-VA-KY - Head - Farmer
      Lucy W. - 57 - F - KY-SC-VA - Wife - Housekeeper
      Lucien - 37 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son - Tobacco Dealer
      George - 34 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son - Farmer
      Samuel - 22 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son - Farmer
      Jennie - 19 - F - KY-KY-KY - Daughter - Housekeeper
      Fannie - 16 - F - KY-KY-KY - Daughter - Housekeeper
      John - 15 - M - KY-KY-KY - Son - Farm Hand

      Madisonville, Kentucky, Hustler
      Friday, 17 Sep 1897
      An Aged Couple
      On last Wednesday, Mr. Amos Bassett, who lives near town, celebrated the 77th anniversary of his birth. He was born in Bracken county but came to Madisonville over sixty years ago, and has lived here ever since. He was married 55 years since, and his wife who is only a few years his junior, is still living. Eleven children have been born to this couple, ten of whom are still living. Of the children, six are boys and four girls, all of whom are long since grown and have families of their own. Mr. and Mrs. Bassett, though old, are still in good health and they are exceedingly vigorous for people of their age. It is the hope of all our people that Mr. and Mrs. Bassett may be spared to yet see many more birthdays. They and theirs are our very best people.

      Earlington Bee, Thursday, June 29, 1899
      Mr. Amos Bassett, one of the pioneer citizens of Madisonville, and a man who had the universal respect and esteem of all, died at his home in Madisonville, Sunday morning, June 25, 1899 at 6 o'clock, of pneuomnia.
      He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his demise. Messrs. George, Lucien, Eliga, Samuel and John Bassett, and Mesdames A.D. Sisk, Ed Wirkwood, Mary Winstead, Y.M. Johnson.
      The funeral services were held at this late residence Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. Whittinghill, after which the remains were laid to rest in Grapevine cemetery.

      Biographical Sketches of Hopkins County, Kentucky
      Amos Bassett was born September 15, 1815, in Bracken County, Ky. He is a son of John and Jane (Rogison) Bassett. The father was born three miles from Pittsburgh, and when a boy moved to Mason County, Ky., and later to Bracken County. There he lived many years engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was sheriff of that county twenty-eight years. He died in Webster County in February, 1865, aged seventy-two. His wife died in June, 1842. Our subject was reared on his father's farm, and served as deputy sheriff from 1834 to 1841, at which time he came to Hopkins County, and first bought eighty-five acres of land,, and engaged in farming. He has bought and sold several tracts of land since, and now owns 112 acres, which join Madisonville on the east. Mr. Bassett was married, in 1842, to Lucy W. Nisbet, of Hopkins County.This union has been blessed with eleven children, ten of whom are living - six sons and four daughters. Mrs. Bassett is a member of the Christian Church. Their farm is one of the oldest in the county, and once owned by Mr. McGarey, in whose house the first county election was held.

      Hopkins County, Kentucky
      Volume I - 1988
      The Bassett family was a prominent family in Kentucky having lived here for many years, since the great grandparents of Amos Bassett came in the early 1800's.
      Amos (1815-1899), the second son of Captain John Stout Bassett, served as Deputy Sheriff of Bracken County before coming to Hopkins County in 1841. He married Lucy Waller Nesbit on Sept. 20, 1842. They had eleven children: Lucien, George, William (Bud), Mark K., Elijah, Laura, Samuel, Jenny, Fannie, John and Jessie.
      (I) Lucien married Agnes Pritchett and his children were: James, Alvin Gordon and Mary Lee Bassett.
      (II) George (1846-1914) was unmarried. George, William and Elijah owned a livery stable and saw mill in Hopkins Co. George had a contract to do the first paving of Madisonville streets.
      (III) William (Bud), farmer and sawmill owner, married Josie Fugate. Their children were: Hirom, Lucy, Lizzie, Sammie, Cordie and Nina (1) Hirom married Ella Wilson and they had three children: (1a) Mary Ruth who married B.L. Hobgood, parents of Byron Lee Hobgood, Attorney, and Carolyn Williams (deceased). (1b) Hiram Jr., who married Mary Etta Beeny, parents of Michael and Beverly Bassett. (2) Lucy, unmarried, reared the family of her sister, Sammie Bassett Tapp (deceased). (3) Lizzie (1894-1910). (4) Sammie married Willis J. Tapp and their children were: (4a) W.R. (Bob) Tapp (deceased) married Mary Eleanor Huston. (4b) Josephine Tapp married Samuel James Baker (deceased). They had one daughter (deceased). (4c) Margaret Tapp married Hugh Davis Noe and had two children, Sarah Noe Davis and Sam Noe. (5) Cordie married James Rich. (6) Nina married Hal Jackson Tapp and their children were: (6a) Lucy Bassett Tapp married Walter C. Hopkins - children Thomas W. Hopkins, Louisville, KY, and Peggy Hopkins Landini, Washington, D.C. (6b) Betsy Tapp of Louisville, KY.
      (IV) Mary K. married Dr. Mandely Winstead and their children were: Kate and Amos.
      (V) Elijah married Mrs. Cordie Rover and at her death married Margaret Bull.
      (VI) Laura (1855-1858).
      (VII) Samuel married Mary Jones and had one child, Elizabeth, who married Fred Earhart whose children were: Ann Earhart and Charles Earhart.
      (VIII) Jenny married Yateman Johnson and had two children: (1) Lucien married Myrtle Tucker and had four children - Sarah Alice, Ray, Frank and Roy. (2) Lucy married R.L. Ferguson.
      (IX) Fannie married Ed Kirkwood and had three children: (1) George Bassett Kirkwood (married). (2) Willis Kirkwood. (3) Nan Kirkwood married Mr. Beard and at his death Mr. Shaw. One daughter, Frances, now deceased.
      (X) John married Sally Morgan and their children were: (1) Fannie Waller married Lana Graham. (2) Mildred married Strother Branson. (3) Mary Ellen married Robert Nixon. (4) Elijah married Ruth Crick. (5) Sarah married Mr. Wilkerson.
      (XI) Jessie married Alvin Sisk and had six children: (1) Samuel Bassett Sisk, (2) Bart Sisk, (3) Hanson Sisk, (4) Alvin Sisk, Jr., married Grace Jones, (5) Jessie Sisk married Ferguson Brown and (6) Louise Sisk married Mr. Newkirk.
      Submitted by Margaret Tapp Noe and Lucy Tapp Hopkins.

      Hopkins County, Kentucky
      Volume I - 1988
      John Stout Bassett
      Captain John Stout Bassett was born 22 Jun 1791 near Washington (formerly Bassett), PA, as his family migrated from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, to Kentucky. His parents were Amos and Susan Stout Bassett who were with General Symmes' party that came down the Ohio River to found Cincinnati. The Bassetts stopped at Limestone, now Maysville, and lived in Mason and Bracken Counties, KY. John served for 28 years as sheriff of Bracken County. In 1841 he and his family moved to Hopkins County where he bought a farm near Anton.
      On 24 Mar 1811 John Bassett married Jane Rogerson, daughter of William Rogerson, and they had eight children. They were Elijah, Amos, James, William P., Elizabeth, Susan, Emily and Jane Rogerson Bassett. Elijah is discussed in another article. William P. never married; Elizabeth married John Margness Pearl, Jr.; Susan married Lonny Niblick and Emily married William H. Hewlett. All four of these children died as young adults and are buried in the Bassett cemetery near Anton.
      Amos Bassett was born 15 Sep 1815 and married Lucy Waller Nesbit on 20 Sept. 1842. He had farms near Madisonville and members of this family have been prominent in Hopkins County since 1841. The children of Amos and Lucy were Lucien who married Agnes Prithcett, George never married, William "Bud" married Josei Fugate, Mary K. married Dr. Mandley B. Winstead, Elijah married Margaret Elizabeth Bull and then Mrs. Cordie rover, Laura A. died young, Samuel married Mary Jones, Jenny married Yateman Johnson, Fannie Waller married Ed Kirkwood, John married Sally Morgan and Jessie married Alvin D. Sisk. The Amos Bassett family owned a large tract of land in Madisonville called "Bassett Hill". It ran from Price Street east across what is now Highway 41 and contained two family-owned livery stables, a sawmill and a slaughter house. George Bassett had the first contract to pave streets in Madisonville. The residence of Byron Hobgood on Price Street is on the site of the home of his great-grandfather, William "Bud" Bassett. Byron is President and his uncle, Hiram Bassett, is Secretary-Treasurer of the Bassett-Anton Community Cemetery Association.
      James Bassett was the first of the family to come to West Kentucky. Soon after receiving his certificate to practice medicine in 1840, he rode westward to seek a location. He settled in Providence, then in Hopkins County. He married Frances America S. Given, daughter of Eleazer and Mary Eveline Savage Sittler Given. They had no children.
      Jane Rogerson Bassett was born 23 May 1828 and married Joe Smith Thomas on 7 Feb 1848. Their only daughter, Emma, married Henry Burle Williams and they had nine children. Jane and Joe Thomas lived in Hopkins County and are buried in the Bassett Cemetery near Anton.
      Submitted by Wm. Kerr Bassett

      Letter addressed to Dr. Samuel Taylor Bassett, Louisville University (Med Dept) Louisville, Kentucky
      Dr. Bassett was taking an advanced course in surgery.
      Madisonville, Ky. Jan 12th, 1854
      My dear Nephew
      I rrec'd your kind letter yesterday with a great deal of hearth felt pleasure, and that pleasure us very much Heightened by the fact that you are the first of my brothers children that has written me a letter without my first writing them. My health has not been good for three or four years.
      I have been troubled for that length of time with coal feet even in the very hottest weather, and a swimming head, but have appeared to be somewhat better for several weeks. I have been (as you have no doubt heard) very unfortunate wth my family.
      Since I came to this country having lost your Aunt your cousin William, and your cousin Elizabeth Pearl - no Susan Niblick has been lying with rheumatism for some four or five years. She has not walked a step, and for a long time she has not been able to move an part of her, anymore than if she eats is fed to her like feeding a baby. She suffers indescribably everyday. We have set up with her every night for the last five or six weeks.
      Amos has the chills all the Fall and Winter with some interruptions.
      The other children that are here are in common health. Elijah had gone to Bracken County and so has Mr. Pearl, Elizabeth's widowed husband. Amos lives two miles from me, James 20 miles, Susan 5 miles, Emily lives with me, Jan 3 miles.
      I have not rec'd a letter from any of your family since I have been in this country. About 3 years ago I saw a letter from your brother Wlliam in which he requested my son James to tell me to wrote to him a letter of my own inditing. In compliance with that request I wrote him a lengthy letter giving him a brief history of my family from the time I came to this country but I regret that I have not rec'd any from him since.
      A young man from our Country (Mr. Ashby) informed me that he fell in company with your mother last Spring am brought me a very satisfactory account of your family.
      I wrote to her shortly after he returned but have not rec'd an answer from her since. I regret exceedingly that it was not convenient for you to visit us before returning to Missouri but would request that you correspond with me and my family by letter and visit us early as practicable. Tell your mother and brother and sisters to write to me and my children, and visit us if it is possible they can, as persons as nearly related as we are should not neglect a practice through whith there is so much pleasure to be dreived at that is not completely in our power.
      Your Uncle Affectionately
      John Bassett
    Person ID I489  8B John Bassett of Hunterdon County, New Jersey
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2012 

    Father Captain John Stout Bassett,   b. 22 Jun 1791, Washington County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1865, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Jane Rogerson,   b. 14 Oct 1785,   d. 19 Jun 1842  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1811  Bracken County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy Waller Nesbit,   b. 1 Aug 1823, Near Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1904, Near Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1842  Near Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Lucien Bassett,   b. 25 Sep 1843,   d. 18 Mar 1910  (Age 66 years)
     2. George Bassett,   b. 13 Jan 1846,   d. 22 Feb 1914  (Age 68 years)
    +3. William (Bud) Bassett,   b. 29 Jun 1848,   d. 9 Mar 1919  (Age 70 years)
    +4. Mary K. Bassett,   b. 16 Oct 1850,   d. 16 Apr 1918  (Age 67 years)
    +5. Elijah Bassett,   b. 14 Dec 1851/1852, Hopkins County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1926  (Age 73 years)
     6. Laura A. Bassett,   b. 21 Jun 1855,   d. 30 Mar 1858  (Age 2 years)
    +7. Samuel Bassett,   b. 5 Oct 1857,   d. 10 Mar 1902  (Age 44 years)
    +8. Jenny (Gin) Bassett,   b. 18 Jun 1861,   d. 22 Dec 1935  (Age 74 years)
    +9. Fannie Waller Bassett,   b. 12 Apr 1863,   d. 17 Oct 1923  (Age 60 years)
    +10. John Bassett,   b. 29 Jun 1865,   d. 1959  (Age 93 years)
    +11. Jessie Bassett,   b. 21 Aug 1868
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart