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Mary Jane Wilson

Female 1845 - 1903  (57 years)


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  • Name Mary Jane Wilson 
    Born 7 Nov 1845  Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID DE2AB26BD678E54AAC7384D506EF702EADF6 
    Died 1 Sep 1903  Durham, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Willow Dale Cemetery, Goldsboro, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Charlotte Observer, Wednesday, September 2, 1903
      Mrs. M.J. Bassett, of Durham, Dead
      Special to the Observer

      Durham, Sept. 1 ? Mrs. M.J. Bassett, relict of the late R. B. Bassett, of Goldsboro, and mother of Dr. J.S. Bassett, of the Trinity faculty, died at her home in this city this afternoon at 5:40 o?clock. She had been ill but a few days, seriously since last Saturday. Malarial and brain troubles caused her death. The remains will be taken to her old home, Goldsboro, and interred Thursday. She left eight children, four sons and four daughters. She was 58 years old.



      Willow Dale Cemetery, Goldsboro, North Carolina
      Richard Baxter Bassett, son of Richard and Caroline Spencer Bassett, born in Williamsburg, Virginia - 20 Sep 1832 - 25 Mar 1902
      Mary Jane Wilson, wife of Richard Baxter Bassett, born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina - 7 Nov 1845 - died in Durham, North Carolina 1 Sep 1903

      (Handwritten at top of page - Gift of 21 Oct 1943
      Mrs. Bassett, 58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, Massachusetts
      Typed as original - misspellings included)
      John Spencer Bassett
      Soon after the war of 1812, in Virginia two young Bassetts, William and Richard, became heirs of their father's plantation near Williamsburg, called Eltham, and a small property of their mother's, whose maiden surname was Spencer. They decided to divide and settle up their possessions. Richard left the ancestral home, bought a few slave carpenters, and opened a contracting business in Williamsburg. His son, Richard Baxter, continued his father's business for a time, but later moved to North Carolina.
      Williamsburg, although the home of one of the oldest societies in America, was then and still is, a place where there is the greatest amount of equality. This mingling of the good people of the town made a deep impression on the plantation-born elder Bassett, and the democratic idea waxed greater in his son.
      Richard Baxter Bassett in his building career in North Carolina designed, as well as built, many structures of note in his adopted state. And it was while he was building at Tarboro that his second son, John Spencer Bassett, was born December 19, 1867.
      The son has this to say of his father: "My father was unlike anybody else I have ever known. He was as pure-minded as a woman. I never heard him make an improper or profane remark. He was strict in his household, but never unkind. He was deeply religious, absolutely opposed to slavery, charitable, hospitable, industrious, and generous in his expenditure of money."
      The mother of John S. Bassett, Mary Jane Wilson, whose father was John Wilson, a Maine yankee, was a woman of remarkably sweet disposition and great personal beauty. I quote "My mother possessed a very quick and retentive mind, a clear Madonna-like face, fine complexion, and handsome, grey eyes."
      The earliest education of the boy John was in the neighborhood schools of Richlands, a plantation his father owned in Eastern North Carolina, and at Goldsboro, not far away; the town that became the permanent residence of the Bassett family. It was here that John graduated from the high school in June, 1883. In the high school under the instruction of a man of good spirit and modern educational methods literature came to mean something to the sensitive, impressionable, and somewhat shy boy. At this point, however, a delicate state of health, as the result of a severe attack of pneumonia, interrupted his attendance at school for two years.
      (continued under John Spencer Bassett)

      1870 Federal Census of Goldsboro Township, Wayne County, North Carolina (3 Aug 1870)
      Richard Bassett - 27 - M - Virginia - Farmer 2000 700
      Mary G. - 24 - F - North Carolina - Keeping House
      Richard B. - 4 - M - North Carolina
      John S. - 2 - M - North Carolina
      Albert F. - 1 - M - North Carolina

      1880 Federal Census of Richlands, Onslow County, North Carolina (11 Jun 1880)
      Richard B. Bassett - 47 - M - VA-VA-VA - Head - Farmer
      Mary - 37 - F - NC-ME-NC - Wife - Keeps House
      Richard B. Jr. - 15 - M - NC-VA-NC - Son - Works on farm
      John S. - 13 - M - NC-VA-NC - Son - Works on farm
      Albert L. - 11 - M - NC-VA-NC - Son - Works on farm
      Mary E. - 9 - F - NC-VA-NC - Daughter
      William S. - 6 - M - NC-VA-NC - Son
      Lena H. - 4 - F - NC-VA-NC - Daughter
      Bessy W. - 1 - F - NC-VA-NC - Daughter
      Susan Willson - 70 - F - NC-NC-NC - Mother to Mary Bassett - At home
      Janie Foster - 36 - F - NC-NC-NC - Servant
      Sallie Foster - 2 - F - NC-NC-NC

      1900 Federal Census of Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina (1 Jun 1900)
      Robt B. Bassett - 63 - M - Sep 1836 - NC-NC-NC - Head - Contractor
      Mary J. - 54 - F - Nov 1845 - NC-NC-NC - Wife
      Mary E. - 28 - F - Sep 1871 - NC-NC-NC - Daughter - Clerk
      Lena - 27 - F - Jan 1872 - NC-NC-NC - Daughter
      Lucy - 17 - F - Dec 1882 - NC-NC-NC - Daughter - At School
      Bessie - 11 - F - Feb 1889 - NC-NC-NC - Daughter - At School
      (Living on Slocumb) (Married 38 years, 8 children, 8 living)
    Person ID I7  10B Richard Bassett of Mathews County, VA
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2015 

    Father John Wilson 
    Mother Susannah Dunn,   b. Abt 1810, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Baxter Bassett, Sr.,   b. 20 Sep 1832, Mathews County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23/25 Mar 1902, Goldsboro, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1862  Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Richard Baxter Bassett, Jr.,   b. 1865, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. John Spencer Bassett,   b. 10 Sep 1867, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1928, Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +3. Albert Lacy Bassett,   b. Feb 1870, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1931  (Age ~ 61 years)
    +4. Mary E. Bassett,   b. Sep 1871, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Buttler Bassett,   b. Abt 1874, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1922, Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    +6. Lena H. Bassett,   b. Abt 1876, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Bessy W. Bassett,   b. 26 Feb 1879, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1912, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +8. Lucy Jane Bassett,   b. 16 Dec 1882, Goldsboro, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25/26 Feb 1962, Pelham, Mitchell County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart