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REPORT 



OF THE 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND REUNION 



OF THE 



Bassett Family Association 



OF AMERICA 



HELD AT 



SAMOSET HOUSE 



PLYMOUTH, MASS. 



SEPTEMBER SIXTEENTH 



1898 



new haven, conn.: 
Press of The Price, Lee & Adkins Co. 



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REPORT OF THE SECOND REUNION 



OF THE 




BASSETT FAMILY ASSOCIATION. 



'HE second reunion of the Bassett Family Association of America 
was held at the Samoset House, Plymouth, Mass., September 16, 
1898. Dinner was served to ninety members of the Association 
and their friends. After the board was cleared, the post-prandial 
e cercises were entered upon. At the request of President Dickerman M. 
liassett, Mr. Abbot Bassett, of Boston, acted in the dual capacity of presid- 
ing officer and toastmaster. 

Toastmaster. — Is Mr. Bassett in the room ? 

Many Voices. — Yes! yes! 

Toastmaster. — If that be so, he is requested to come to order and to per- 
suade his wife, his sister and his aunt to do likewise. 

Our President is a very bashful man. So bashful, in fact, that he can't 
drive speech past the blushes on his cheeks when he rises to speak. He 
looked about him to find a man who was a stranger to diffidence and he 
thinks he found him in me. That is why I am here. 

This is a joyful occasion. Good Mother Nature has given us a beauti- 
ful day, the skies shine brightly upon us, and the earth has put on its mantle 
of green, dotted with the gorgeous golden rod of autumn. In the grand 
symphony of our rejoicing we hear no discordant note. We are here in the 
spirit of pure patriotism. The generally accepted definition of patriotism 
is love of country, but to my mind the word has a broader and a more com- 
prehensive meaning. It is a love that includes not only one's country, but 
familiar scenes and places, congenial friends, home and its institutions, and 
we feel to-day that it embraces pride of race and family. Like a man's love 
for a woman, patriotism may be true or false, ennobling or degrading, salu- 
tary or ruinous, according as the object be worthy or unworthy. 

The Bassetts have much to be proud of in what is known of their ances- 
try, and they have nothing to be ashamed of. The best blood of England 
flows in Bassett veins, and the pages of English history contain much that 
tells of worthy deeds and grand achievement on the part of those who bear 
our name. 

We are all here for purposes of our own. Some of you come with well 
established lines of ancestry leading back to William of Plymouth, to Wil- 
liam of Lynn, or to John of New Haven, and your bosom swells with pride 
as you point to the record. Others, like myself, go back to grandmothers 
not at all remote, and we are here to establish a record if it be possible. 



I am in serious trouble myself, and I am looking for aid from this asso- 
ciation to get me out of it. On the one hand, the Abbott family comes at me 
and says: 'What are you parading about with but one T for? Take more 
T and be a true Abbott.' I suggest to them that the Abbots who lived in 
monasteries a long time ago were frugal of T, and, moreover, I find that 
there was an Abbot (one T) Bassett who lived in England as far back as 
1521. And then the Lynn Bassets come at me and tell me that I have too 
many Ts in my last name, and they say: " Emulate the example of the 
colonial fathers and throw the extra T overboard." 

My struggle with the two Ts reminds me of the story of the Irishman 
who served on a jury. 

Mike. — Pat, I hear ye do be doin' jury work. Do it be hard work ? 

Pat. — Sometimes it do be hard, and sometimes it doon't. When wan of 
the people is Irish we know phat to do, but when the two o' clem be Irish 
we have the divil's own time decidin'. 

If this association does no more than get me out of the T business it 
will have paid me well to join it. I am a man without a pedigree that is 
worth talking about. My pedigree is not yet out of swaddling clothes and 
I am carefully nursing it in hope that it may grow. Some of you, if not all, 
have been fishing, and you know what a delicious moment it is when you 
feel a big fish nibble at the bait. There are people who will hold aline 
overboard a whole day in anticipation of the delicious moment, and often 
their whole pleasure is in the expectation. I had a nibble at my pedigree 
the other day, and I experienced a delight somewhat like the fisherman's. 
In correspondence relating to this meeting I found a lady in my line. We 
go back four generations and meet in a common grandmother. I am 
encouraged. From this nibble I expect to go on, and one day land a pedi- 
gree which I shall be proud of. 

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is quite time for you to be welcomed. 
It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Mr. I. Austin Bassett, of 
Boston, who will extend to you the right hand of fellowship. 

ADDRESS OF WELCOME. 

By I. Austin Bassett, of Boston, Mass. 

"In Novembe 1 ', about y* time twelfe month that them selves came, ther 
came in a small ship to them unexpected or loked for in which came M r . 
Cushman (so much spoken of before) and with him 35 persens to remaine 
and live in y e plantation; which did not a little rejoyce them. And they 
when they came a shore and found all well, and saw plenty of retails in 
every house were no less glade. For most of them were lusty younge men, 
and many of them wild enough, who little considered whither or aboute 
what they wante, till they come into y e harbore at Cap Codd and ther saw 
nothing but a naked and barren place. They then begane to thinke what 
what should become of them, if the people here were dead or cut of by y e 
Indiens. They begane to consulte (upon some speedies that some of y e sea- 



men had cast out) to take y" sayle from y e yeard lest y e ship should gett away 
and leave them ther. But y'' in' hereing of it, gave them good words, and 
tould them if any thing but well should have befallene y e people hear, he 
hoped he had vitails enough to carry them to Virginia, and whilst he had a 
bitt they should have their parte; which gave them good satisfaction. So 
they were all landed; but there was not so much as bisket-cake or any other 
victials for them, neither had they any beding, but some sory things they 
had in their cabins, nor pot, nor pan, to drese any meate in; nor overmany 
Cloaths, for many of them had brusht away their coats and cloaks at 
Plimoth as they came. But ther was sent over some burching-lane suits in 
\" ship, out of which they were supplied. The plantation was glad of this 
addition of strength, but could have wished that many of them had been of 
beter condition, and all of them beter furnished with provissions; but 
y' could not be helpte." Such is the record of the welcome to the first Bas- 
site who arrived in the good ship Fortune on the 9th of November, 1621, as 
given in "Bradford's History of Plimoth Plantations." Cold and hungry, 
in poverty and want, they were gladly, affectionately welcomed by the rem- 
nant of a little band who in one short year have buried half their number, 
leveling the graves over their loved ones, to conceal their weakness from 
the hostile Indians, yet bravely happy and contented; in the words of Wil- 
liam Hilton, one of the passengers on the Fortune, "all these good things 
we have, of which and of what we list in their seasons for taking. Our 
company are for most part very religious, honest people; the word of God 
sincerely taught us every Sabbath; so that I know not anything a contented 
mind can here want." 

It is extremely pleasant for me to be called upon to welcome you all to 
this historic, this sacred spot, this September afternoon; a lineal descendant 
of John of New Haven, the seventh in a line, four of whom were born, 
lived and died, in Connecticut, while three have made Massachusetts their 
home; born within a few miles of the harbor where the Mayflower and the 
Fortune first cast anchor, just across the bay from Plymouth, I feel that I 
may consider myself as almost a connecting link between the Bassetts of 
Massachusetts and those from the rest of the world, whether they elect to 
spell their names with a single or double terminal. What an hour is this in 
the history of the Bassetts. For the first time in 277 years representatives 
of all lines of the Bassett family have been invited to meet together to do 
honor to the first of their name who landed upon the shore of the new 
world. Would that I could find language to lift you to the inspiration of 
the hour. What memories the holy associations with which we are sur- 
rounded awaken. The beautiful bay, unchanged as when it reflected the 
stars upon its icy bosom that first cold November night spent by William 
and Elizabeth, not far from the place where we are now gathered. Would 
that we could identify the spot, that we might linger a moment and fly in 
fancy backward through the cycles that have vanished. 

Plymouth Rock! Iconoclasts have tried in vain to dispute the accuracy 
of its historic interest. 

Burial Hill! where stood the first fort and meeting house, its site dis- 
tinctly marked, and where a few handfuls of dust alone remain of Governor 
Bradford and family, John Howland and wife, and others of the old heroes. 



No stone marks the grave of one of those who came in the ship Fortune, 
excepting that of Thomas Cushman, who for forty-three years was Ruling 
Elder. The site on which the Cushman monument stands is the identical spot 
selected for the burial jjlace of Elder Cushman, by his bereaved friends and 
religious associates. 

Pilgrim Hall! The day could be spent among its interesting memorials. 
Pictures and portraits, a chair of Governor Carver's, Miles Standish's sword, 
iron pot and pewter dish. The gun barrel with which King Philip was 
killed. Numberless other relics of great historic value. 

Cole's Hill is an open green spot fronting the harbor, a short distance above 
Forefather's Rock, commanding a beautiful view of the ocean and highlands 
by which the bay is encircled. It was the first burial ground of the Pilgrims. 
About fifty of those who came in the Mayflower were buried on this spot, 
near the foot of Middle street. Among them were Governor Carver, William 
White, Rose Standish, the wife of Captain Standish; Elizabeth, the wife of 
Edward Winslow; Christopher Martin, John and Edward Tilley, Thomas 
Rogers; Mary, the wife of Isaac Allerton. 

The spot where the remains were found is now level, but was originally 
a slope, which was filled up for the purpose of a road. A foot and a half 
beneath the surface a stratum of black soil was exposed, overlying the 
bones, and confirming the tradition that the place had been cultivated by 
the Pilgrims. The bodies had been buried in a horizontal position, with the 
heads to the west, and lying upon their backs. No traces of coffins were 
found — a circumstance, considering the period of the interment, casting no 
doubt upon the identity of the remains, as the absence of heads, pipes, 
arrow-heads, etc., rendered it certain that they were not those of Indians. 

Before you go to your homes to-night visit the Doten house, on Sand- 
wich street, built in 1660, the oldest house in Plymouth. This house is 
doubly interesting to us by its antiquity and the marriage of a descendant 
of the Dotens into the family of the Bassetts. 

Contrast the welcome given William, by the fifty survivors of the May- 
flower, with this day's greeting. Contrast the "Welcome, Englishmen," from 
the lips of Samoset, the uncivilized, with the welcome we have received 
from mine host Maynard of this Samoset. Neither hungry or cold, wanting 
naught for our bodily comfort, we look with grateful pride upon those who, 
for our sakes, suffered and were strong, laying the foundations of this great 
republic. I welcome you to an emulation of their heroism for principle, 
their loyalty to truth, their consecration to righteousness and justice. 

I welcome you all to the amenities of this occasion. I welcome you to 
this kindly and cordial exchange of fraternal greeting. As a citizen of 
Massachusetts, I welcome you to this Mecca of all patriotic Americans. It 
was my privilege to say, a year and a week ago to-day, at the first reunion 
at New Haven: "Let me suggest that we make a pilgrimage to Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, and there, on the historic rock, our eyes looking out upon 
the beautiful bay, beneath whose blue waters the anchor of the good ship 
Fortune made the plunge, holding fast to the shores of the new world, cele- 
brate the landing of our Pilgrim Fathers. The pleasure that I have in the 
realization of my expressed wish is deep and sincere. That you all have 
already, and may, until the setting of the sun, experience, to the full, your 






fondest anticipation of this hour, and may carry away memories that shall 
be filled with unalloyed pleasure, and shall never fade, is my greeting to 
you all. 

Toast master — Now we will have a little business, and I am going to ask 
the Treasurer what he has done with all the money he has received. 

The Treasurer's report was then read. 

C. E. P. Sanford, Treasurer, in account with The Bassett Family Association. 

[897. Dr 

Sept. 9. To balance, - - $ 71.59 

[898. 

Sept. 14. Received from the Secretary for Membership Fees, 

etc., - - - - - 119. 10 

$190.69 

1S97. Cr. 

Oct. 13. By paid W. C. Sharpe, printing", - - $ 24.50 

Dec. 21. " Postage for Secretary, 3 I -°° 

1S9S. 

March 19. " Printing- reports, - 119.70 

Sept. 14. " Engrossing certificates, - 6.93 

$182.13 

Balance in treasury, - 8.56 

C. E. P. Sanford, Treasurer. 
New Haven, Conn., Sept. 14, 1898. 

Toastmaster — Well, it seems that we have got something, after all. We 
haven't much money, but we have a very good deficit. The Bassetts always 
pay their bills, and before we go home to-night we must wipe out that 
record. 

I told you before that I was a man without a pedigree. Now, a pedigree 
is a good thing to have in the house. I want to get one through this asso- 
ciation, if for no other purpose than to harmonize my domestic relations. 
My wife has a pedigree eighteen carat fine, all wool and a yard wide. When 
we come down to Plymouth she stands on Plymouth Rock and tells me she 
goes back to the Mayflower on both sides of her house, and again, when the 
Fourth of July comes around, and the booming of cannon, the snap of the 
cracker and the sky-searching rocket, reminds us that we are a free and 
happy people, she points the cold, unmoving finger of scorn at me and says: 
" My ancestors fought in the Revolution." It's hard work keeping the 
family in balance when the pedigree is all on one side. Now, we have come 
down here to see what we can do. We brought her pedigree in a freight 
car and mine in my vest pocket. 

But, speaking of pedigrees, we have a man with us to-day who has a 
pedigree to be proud of. He has fifty-six grandmothers that he can call by 
name, and he is going to look over his collection and see if he can't share 
one of them with me. I take great pleasure in introducing Mr. David H. 
Brown, of Boston, who will tell you of the great value a grandmother has 
on one's ancestral tree. 



ADDRESS BY DAVID H. BROWN, OF WEST MEDFORD, MASS. 

Mr. President: 

As the young lady said, "This is so sudden." I am glad, however, to 
express my pleasure in being here to-day to do honor to our Bassett ances- 
tors. 

I am a lineal descendant of William Bassett, of the Fortune, but I am 
obliged to go back six generations before I can claim an ancestor of the Bas- 
sett name. Ruth Bassett, a daughter of Joseph and a granddaughter of 
William Bassett, was one of my great-great-great-great-grandmothers. If 
I had not traced my maternal ancestral lines I should not have known that 
I was a Bassett, and if we do not carefully look up our grandmothers and 
find out their full family names, and ascertain their lineage, we cannot know 
to what families of the founders of New England we belong. I lost a grand- 
mother a few weeks since, and, paradoxical as it may seem, she had been 
dead two hundred years. Like many other descendants of Joseph Bassett, 
I supposed that Martha Hobart, of Hingham, was Joseph Bassett's first and 
only wife. From the probate records at East Cambridge, I recently ascer- 
tained that my ancestor, Ruth (Bassett) Whittemore, was born in i6/i,and by 
the diary of the Rev. Peter Hobart, of Hingham, I found that Joseph Bas- 
sett and Martha Hobart were married in 1677. Martha was, therefore, a 
second wife, and Ruth and her twin sister, Lydia, and without doubt their 
brothers, Joseph and William, were children of the first wife. 

I am, therefore, in search of a grandmother, and I invite others who 
belong to this branch of the family to assist me in trying to ascertain the 
full family name and lineage of the first wife of Joseph Bassett, the son of 
William Bassett, of Plymouth. 

The object of this association should commend itself to all of the Bas- 
sett name and blood. We should try to widen the circle by tracing the line- 
age of the different branches of the family and assist our honored Secretary 
and historian in endeavoring to ascertain the relation of the different early 
Bassett settlers to each other. We are under very great obligations to him 
for his unremitting zeal and successful efforts, but much remains to be 
done. 

William Bassett was one of the brave souls who stood for religious lib- 
erty in Holland and in New Plymouth. Circumstances did not allow him to 
sign the immortal compact in the Mayflower, but he came to Plymouth in 
the darkest days of her history, and stood shoulder to shoulder with those 
who had survived the deadly perils of the first winter. He lived in Ply- 
mouth seventeen years, his house being on the west side of Main street, 
some 400 feet north of the Samoset House, where we are now assembled. 

The bounds of Plymouth soon became too narrow for the increasing 
colonists, and they started new towns and extended their interests and 
business enterprises along the coasts and into the interior. 

About 1638 William Bassett removed to Duxbury and assisted Miles 
Standish, John Alden and others in building up that settlement. In 1652 he 
became one of the founders of Bridgewater and was one of the largest land 
proprietors of that town. According to the records of the Colony he was a 



a deputy to the General Court for several years. He also filled various town 
offices and was a member of Capt. Miles Standish's military company. The 
Bassetts have been among the founders of towns and states. They have 
been patriotic citizens, shouldering their muskets for the common defense 
in all the wars from the earliest days. They have stood for liberty and jus- 
tice, temperance, religion and education. 

May wc be worthy descendants of our patriotic ancestors and show the 
same devotion to duty that they exhibited. 

Toastmaster. — One other little matter of business it will be necessary for 
us to transact to-day, and that is the election of officers for the ensuing year. 
I think the best way to expedite the business will be to select a committee 
to retire and nominate a list of officers to be voted for. I will appoint on 
that committee Mr. J. Gardner Bassett, of Bridgewater, Mr. John I. Bassett, of 
Boston, and as this association always recognizes the ladies in its delibera- 
tions, I will give them their legal third and appoint Mrs. Joel E. Bassett, of 
North Haven. Our meeting to-day would not accomplish its purpose did we 
not have the historical address. We appreciate very highly the work of our 
historian, and we are gratified that he is willing to give us so much of his 
time and endeavor in looking up records and in historical research. We hope 
he finds compensation for his work in the satisfaction which he derives in 
results obtained. I have no need to introduce him, for every one knows 
Frank G. Bassett. 

HISTORICAL ADDRESS. 

By Frank G. Bassett, the Historian of the Association. 

My Dear Kinsmen : — In my report of last year I mentioned the houses 
of Drayton, Sapcote, Umberleigh and Tehidy, as being presided over by 
members of the Bassett family. I wish now to extend the list as follows, 
viz.: Hedrington, Hedenden, Weldon, Wycombe, Colton, Hedington, Bucks, 
Rissington, Fredborough, Chedle, Blore, Schidy and Buckingham. 

In the Conquerors Survey, Thurstan, the Norman, held six hides of land 
in Drayton county, Stafford. Ralph his son was Justice of all England, 
which fact I stated in my report of last year. I have been trying to find 
whether Ralph was Thurstan's only child, but thus far my labors have been 
in vain, yet I trust we may be able to discover the true facts in the near 
future. 

I have found the following names who were without doubt children of 
Ralph Bassett, viz.: Thurstan, Thomas, Richard, Nicholas and Gilbert. 

Ralph Bassett was evidently a Norman by birth; he was raised to the 
barony of Welden, in Northamptonshire, by Henry I., and had large poses- 
sions in the Midland Counties, and was invested with great power under 
Henry I. There may be some doubt as to whether the four sons that I have 
mentioned were his only children. 

His son Richard succeeded him to the barony of Welden, in Northamp- 
tonshire, and from a very early period in Richards life he was attached to 
the courts and assisted in the administration of justice. He married Matilda, 
daughter of Sir Godfrey Ridel. 



Richard and his wife gave freely from their wealth for the support of 
the Christian religion. The historian states that they built no less than 
fifteen churches, some of which they endowed. Their sons were Godfrey, 
Ralph and William. Their son Godfrey assumed his mother's maiden name 
of Ridel. 

Richard's son Ralph was Lord of Drayton, in Staffordshire. It is be- 
lieved by some of the historians that William Bassett, who was Justice of 
England in the reign of Edward III., was a direct descendant of this Ralph. 
He was raised to the bench of Common Pleas, October 28, 1337, which court 
he exchanged for that of the King's Bench. 

Richard's son William was Lord of Sapcote in Leicestershire. William 
was Justice in the reign of Henry II., he was Justice itinerant from 1168 to 
1 180, and in that time he acted in no less than twen f y-four counties. He 
died aboutuS4. William had at least three children, viz : Simon, Ralph 
and a daughter. William was succeeded to the barony by his son Simon. 

From this William some of the Bassetts in this country claim to descend, 
but I have not found anything in my search that would justify their claim. 
His son Simon married Elizabeth, daughter of William Armel, of Hadden in 
the Peak, he was Justice itinerant in the reign of Richard I., 1197. He died, 
and I have found no mention in my search of any descendants. He was 
succeeded in the barony by his brother Ralph. Ralph died about 1217, leav- 
ing two daughters, since which time the house of Sapcote has not been pre- 
sided over by a Bassett by name. These facts lead me to the conclusion 
that as there were no male decendants from Ralph, the last of the barons of 
Sapcote by the name of Bassett, that it would be impossible for any to be 
living to-day descendants of this branch of the family, by the name of Bas- 
sett. 

A record of a William Bassett has been found by some recent writers, 
who state that there is little doubt but that he was a son of Simon Bassett. 
The reason given for the above statement is that Simon Bassett's widow gave 
to her son William the barony of Buckingham and also landed posessions in 
Leicester, Derby, Lincoln and Stafford counties. These gifts were con- 
firmed by Henry III., when he (William) acknowledged his fealty to the 
King. He was itinerant Justice for Leicester, Derby, Lincoln, Stafford, 
Warwickshire and Nottingham. He died about 1249. 

This same writer states that he was succeeded by his nephew, Robert 
Bassett. Now, he must have had a brother in order to have had a nephew. 
Now, that being the case, why was it that Simon's sons did not succeed to the 
barony of Sapcote, instead of Ralph, Simon's brother ? The claims of our 
friends need a little more investigation and stronger evidence produced to 
sustain their claim, before we can accept it as an unimpeachable fact. 

I would state here that I was informed that the majority of the Bassetts 
in the United States were descendants from the Sapcote branch of the 
family, and I in turn communicated the above statement toothers, believing 
it to be correct. Since our last reunion I have made some investigation in 
English history which has convinced me of my error. In my opinion it is 
better for us not to make any claim until we can confirm it with evidence 
of which there is no reasonable doubt. Our descent, without doubt, is from 
some of those early and prominent Bassetts of England, but which branch 



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I do not believe wc arc in a position at this time to state without a posibility 
of impeachment. Let us continue our investigation and ascertain for our- 
selves the true facts in the case, then that which is now in darkness will be- 
come as clear as day. 

Gilbert, another son of Ralph, had a son Thomas, who married Alice, 
daughter of Sir de Dustanville, and had the following children, viz.: Gilbert, 
Thomas, Alan, and a daughter, who married Albert de Grette. 

Thomas was lord of the house of Hedendon, which was given him by 
King Henry II. for his military service which he rendered in the interest of 
the King. Thomas died about 1182 and was succeeded by his eldest son 
Gilbert, who had one son, who died, leaving an only daughter. She married 
Richard de Cranville. This Gilbert founded the Priory of Burcester or 
Bicester, in Oxfordshire. After his death the barony of Hedendon re- 
verted to his younger brother Thomas, who was Justice on the King's Bench 
(Henry II., 1262). Thomas died about 1264. 

Alan, the youngest son of Thomas and Alice (de Dustanville) Bassett, 
was a justice in the reign of Henry III. He was the sixth in that family 
who is mentioned in connection with the administration of justice. His 
children so far as known were, Gilbert, Fulk and Philip. He was Baron of 
Wycombe. 

His eldest son Gilbert, who should have succeeded his father as Baron of 
Wycombe, died 1240, leaving an only son, who soon followed his father to 
the grave. 

Alan's second son, Fulk, was Bishop of London and died 1258, without 
issue. 

After Alan's death King Henry III. appointed his youngest son Philip, 
who was Chief Justice of England, to the Barony of Wycombe, 1262. And 
from my investigations I believe we have a better claim to a descent from 
this branch of the family than from the Sapcote branch. I will continue 
my investigations on this line and report to you my findings later. 



THE AMERICAN BASSETTS. 

During the year, in our search for facts, we have found the following 
Bassetts, who have located in this country, in addition to those given in my 
report of last year, as follows: Edward Bassett, a ship carpenter, who 

married Breed, and from him descended our kinsman, Abbot Bassett, 

who has so kindly and ably assisted in arranging for this reunion. 

Also, a Benjamin Bassett, who was born in Yorkshire, England, and 
removed to this country in 1815. He married Elizabeth Heughet. He and 
his wife came in a sailing vessel. The voyage was a very rough and stormy 
one. It occupied two months and two days from England to New York, 
and after a few years' residence in this country he became blind and died in 
1824. He had the following children: John, William and Wilson T. John 
became a prosperous farmer at Garrattsville, Otsego County, New York, 
where he died a few years ago. William was a physician and practiced at 
Binghamton, New York. Wilson T. is also a practicing physician. His 
residence is at Cooperstown, N. Y. During the War of the Rebellion he 

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treated the soldiers and their families free of charge. He is a member of 
the Otseg'o Medical Society and also a prominent member of the State Medi- 
cal Society of New York. He married Mary Augusta, daughter of William 
and Harriet Ostrander, of Albany, New York, April 12, 1835. 

Wilson T. was born Feb. 2, 1821, at New Lisbon, N. Y. 

Harriet " " March 28, 1825; died Feb. 26, 1893. 

CHILDREN. 

Liston B., Emma Hortense, and M. Imogene. 

Mr. W. W. Kellogg writes me that he found in the merchant tailors' 
record the following entry: George Bassett, a merchant, gave five shillings 
towards the honorable plantation in Virginia, April 29, 1609. The colony of 
Virginia was founded May 13, 1607, by 105 persons, sent out by a London 
company under Christopher North. This would make George Bassett over 
eleven years earlier in this country than William, of the Fortune, if the state- 
ment can be verified. 

There are others in this country, but the data I have of them is so 
meagre that I do not feel justified in speaking of them at any length at this 
time. 

A record published by the Rev. H. M. Dexter, translated from the 
records of the city of Leyden, Holland: 

On the 19th of March, 161 1, were affianced William Bassett from Sandwich, 
England, the widower of Cecelia Leight, accompaned by Roger Wilson and 
William Brewster, his friends, and Margaret Butler, a young maid (never 
before married) from Norwich, England, accompaned by Anna Fuller and 
Rose Leslie, her acquaintances. The bride died before the third reading. 
(The records of St. Peter's church record the interment of Maggie Butler 
as April 9, 1611.) On the 29th day of July, 1611, were affianced, and on 
August 13, 1611, were married, William Bassett, an Englishman, and widower 
of Cecelia Leight, accompaned by Roger Wilson and Edward Southworth, 
his friends, and Margaret Oldham, a young maid from England, accompanied 
by Wybra Pauties and Elizabeth Neil, her acquaintances. 

But when and where he married Elizabeth Tilden, or when or where 
Cecelia Leight and Margaret Oldham died, I have no knowledge. The last 
will and testament of William Bassett exhibited to the Court holden at 
Plymouth, the first day of June, A. D. 1667, on the oaths of William Brett 
and John Carey. 

The third of the second month, A. D. 1667, the last will and testament 
of William Bassett, being weak and sick, and having spoken to his wife and 
said, Wife, I must leave thee, but I shall leave thee with the Lord. If God 
had lengthened out my life it might have been that thou migthest have 
been more comfortably provided for. But it being demanded of him by one 
who was acquainted with his mind about disposing of his estate, whether 
his mind was as formerly, that he would give his movable goods, with his 
chattels to his wife. Answer. Yes, it was his mind, and that she should have 
the house and grounds, till she died, if she married not, and then he would 

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will it to his son, William's son (his grandson), and his tools to his son 
Joseph. And being demanded about his books which he formerly took care 
about, answered, he could not now do it. 

To satisfy as soon as we may. 

Present then with him we have set our hands as witnesses to the above 
writing so far as we know. 



*{r> 



Witness hereunto: William Brett. 

John Carky. 

Plymouth, ss., May 10, 1672. The foregoing is a true copy from the old 
Colony record of will book, 2, part 2, page 37. 

William Bassett first settled in Plymouth, then in Duxbury, from which 
town he was deputy to the General Court in i64o-'43-'44-'45 and '48. He 
was one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, and among the first 
settlers of that town, where he died 1667. He was very useful in the early 
settlement of the Colony, and was a member of the land committee who 
rendered very important service to the Colony. 

His name is included in the list of purchasers (or old comers, as they 
are called) subjoined to the records of December 1, 1640, and was rated 
among the highest on the tax list. 

Most of the records that have been found states he was a blacksmith by 
trade, while one or two have credited him with being a mason. But from 
my research I am convinced that his business was blacksmithing, for the 
reason that I find recorded in the records the fact that the tools of and 
implements of iron used by the settlers were taken to William Bassett for 
repairs, and on one occasion he was fined by the General Court for neglect- 
ing to repair the firearms in proper time, which fact might indicate he was 
a gunsmith. 

It is stated that he owned the largest library of any of the Colonists. 

William, son of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, married Mary, 
daughter of Hugh Burt, of Lynn. William was one of the early settlers of 
Sandwich, which town he represented in the General Court at Plymouth. 
He died 1670, leaving two children, viz.: Mary, born May 21, 1654, who had 
for a guardian Major Winslow, who was subsequently Governor of the 
Colony. 

William, born 1656, and had for guardian Mr. Hinkley, who was also 
Governor of the Colony. 

Mary married John Redding, August 22, 1676. 

William married Rachel Willison, of Taunton. 

Elizabeth, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, married 
Thomas Burgiss, Jr., from whom she was divorced about 1654, and it is 
stated by some that she married for her second husband a William Hatch. 

At this time I am unable to state whether Elizabeth had any children 
or not. 

Nathaniel, son of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, married for 
his first wife Mary (or Dorcas), daughter of John Joyce, of Yarmouth, and 
for his second wife he married Hannah . 

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He died January 16, 1710. 

His second wife, Hannah, died 1709. 

His will was dated January 10, 1709-10, and witnessed by the Rev. 
Daniel Greenleaf, Experience Ryder and his nephew, Col. William Bassett. 

His children, I believe to be all by his first wife were, as follows: 

Mary, born ; married Thomas Mulford of Truso, Oct. 28, 1600. 

Nathaniel, born ; married Joannah Borden, Dec. 16, 1695, and located 

at Windon, Conn. 

Joseph, born ; married (1) Susannah Hawes ; (2) Thankful Hallett. 

Ruth, born . 



Samuel, born . 

Hannah, born ; married Covell. 

Sarah, born ; married Nickerson. 

Nathan, born . 

Dorcus, born 1676; died June 9, 1707, aged 31 years. 

William, born ; married Martha Godfrey, Feb. 10, 17 10. 

Joseph, son of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, married for his 
first wife . 

Married for his second wife Martha, daughter of Edmond Hobert, of 
Hingham, October, 1677. 

I state that he was twice married for the reason that it would be impos- 
sible for his children to be married at the date given, if they were children 
of Martha Hobert. I also have records which have been sent to me by 
descendants of Lydia and Ruth, his daughters, that indicate that they were 
born between the years 1670 and 1673, from four to six years before he 
married Martha Hobert. I am of the opinion that Jeremiah was the only 
child by Martha Hobert. 

Joseph died 17 12. After his death, his widow (Martha Hobert) and his 
children removed from Bridgewater to Norton, where she died March 14, 
17 16-17. 

CHILDREN. 

Joseph, born ; married Bethiah Eaton, Nov. 5, 1691. 

William, born ■ ; married (1) Sarah Sweetland, 1603; (2) Mary Bump. 

Elnathan, born ; married Mary Hill, 1702. 

Lydia, born ; married Daniel Whittimore, 1692. 

Ruth, born ; married John Whittimore. 

Jeremiah, born ; married Mary Felch. 

Sarah, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, married 
Peregrine White, and it is said that her third child, Jonathan, was the 
ancester of the White family at Yarmouth. 

The names of all of her children I have not been able to secure. 

Ruth, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, married 
John, son of Francis Sprague. John was killed at the fight of Pawtucket in 
King Philip's war, March 26, 1676. 

They had three sons and four daughters, and the historian states that 
one of the sons located at Lebanon, Conn. 

Jane, who is given by many of the historians as one of the daughters 
of William and Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett, is doubted by Mr. Arthur H. 

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Bassett, who has made quite an extensive search of the records at Bridge- 
water, Duxbury and Plymouth. He is of the opinion that there was no Jane 
that lived to maturity. It is also stated that Jane married a Thomas Gil- 
bert. Mr. Arthur II. Bassett made an examination of the record that con- 
tained the marriage of Mr. Thomas Gilbert, and he found that the name of 
the lady that he married was spelled Rossetter, not Bassett. This matter I 
will leave for further investigation. 

William, of Lynn, who is believed to be the William who came on the 
ship Abigail, 1635, at nine years of age, is mentioned in the records of Lynn 
in 1640. He was a farmer, and was elected selectman, or prudential man, as 
the office was called at that time, in 1678. He was elected collector of taxes 
in 1679; quartermaster in 1680. He was one of the persons chosen for 
arranging the deed of purchase of Lynn from the Indians, September 4, 
1686 (see History of Lynn, p. 49). He was in the swamp fight with Captain 
Joseph Gardiner, February 29, 1675, and for his services the General Court 
gave him a grant of land. 

William, son of William and Sarah (Burt) Bassett, married Sarah Hood, 
October 29, 1675, and had children as follows : 

Sarah, born Dec. 6, 1676 ; married (1) Joseph or Nathan Griffin, June 
13, 1696; (2) Newbold. 

William, born Oct. 2, 1678; married Rebecca Berry, Nov. 4, 1703. 

Mary, born June 13, 1680; married (1) Andrew Geamess, Feb. 15, 1706; 
(2) - Hill. * 

John, born Sept. 8, 1682; married 

Hannah, born Feb. 2, 1685; married John Estes, Feb. 15, 1705-6, of Salem. 

Ruth, born March 16, 1689; married Abraham Allen, Jan. 6, 17 13, of 
Marblehead. 

Joseph, born Dec. 15, 1692-3; lost at sea. 

Deliverance, born Aug. 2, 1695; married Samuel Breed, June 25, 1719-20. 
Settled at Nahant. 

Abigail, married Samuel Ailing, 1728. 

Elisha, son of William and Sarah (Burt) Bassett, married Elizabeth . 

He removed from Lynn with his family to Pelesgrove, Salem County, 
New Jersey, in 1691. 

CHILDREN. 

Zebedee, born 1680; married Rachel . 

Elisha, born April 21, 1682; married Abigail Elizabeth Davis. 

William, born 1685; married Rebecca . 

Benjamin, born 1686-7; probably died unmarried. 

Hannah, born Dec. 15, 1689. 

Elizabeth, born April 25, 1691; married Peter Keene. 

Daniel, born Oct. 20, 1694; married Mary Lawrence. 

Elizabeth, daughter of William and Sarah (Burt) Bassett, married for 
her first husband John Proctor, who was executed for witchcraft. 

She married for her second husband Richards. 

Sarah, daughter of William and Sarah (Burt) Bassett, married Thomas 
Ewell, November 23, 1675, and removed to Salem, New Jersey, where some 
of her descendants live at the present time. 

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Fortune. 

Fryer. 

Andrews. 

Andrews. 

Pierce. 



Rebecca, daughter of William and Sarah (Burt) Bassett). I have no record. 
John, son of William and Sarah (Burt) Bassett. We have no positive 
information about him. 

Mr. W. W. Kellogg-, of Newtonville, found a record at Marblehead 
which leads us to think that the John Basset mentioned in the record at 
Marblehead was John, the son of William, of Lynn. The records state that 
a John Bassett married Charity Curtiss, November 26, 1712. Now, whether 
this was John, son of William, Sr., of Lynn, or whether it was John, son of 
William, Jr., whose wife was Sarah Hood. This John was born September 8, 
1682 ; he would have been thirty years of age ; while John, son of William 
of Lynn, would have been fifty-nine years of age November 26, 17 12, the 
time Charity Curtiss was married. 

Mr. Kellogg also found a will of a John Bassett, dated 1735, and in this 
will he mentioned his children as follows : 

John, born — 

William, " — 

Michael, " — 

Sarah, " ; married 

Miriam " — 

Deborah, " — 

Abigail, " — 

Hannah, " — 

The will was witnessed by Simon Proctor. 

Sarah Proctor. 
Francis Bowden. 

You will remember that Elizabeth, sister of John Bassett, married John 
Proctor, who was executed for witchcraft. Now, I am of the opinion that 
possibly Simon and Sarah Proctor were children of Elizabeth. You will 
also observe that his oldest son is William, his oldest daughter is Sarah, 
after her grandmother, Sarah Burt. His second daughter is Miriam, after 
another sister. These facts will assist us in establishing the fact that John 
Bassett who made the will, and John son of William, of Lynn, are one and 
the same person. Now, I trust, if there are any here to-day — any who 
descend from the Marblehead Bassetts — that they will take it upon them- 
selves to search the records and unravel the mystery. 

Miriam, Mary, Hannah, Samuel and Rachel, children of William, of 
Lynn, I have no record except that which I gave in the report of last year. 

Thomas Bassett, who located and died at Fairfield, Conn., had a son 
Thomas, who married Sarah, daughter of John Baldwin, of Milford, Conn., 
where he located. 

CHILDREN. 

Mary . 

Alice Canfield, April 25, 17 17. 
Azaiah Canfield, Feb. 27, 17 19. 

Walter Lewis, Nov., 1728. 
Sarah Pearson, Aug. 24, 1727. 
Anne Burwell, a widow. 

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John, born 


1688; 


married 


Josiah, " 


1690 


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Mercy, " 


1693 


u 


Abigail, " 


1695 




Sarah, " 


1697 


u 


Thomas," 


1699 


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Jerusha, " 


1701 


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They were all baptized in the old Plymouth Church at Milford, Conn., 
October 24, 1703. 

John Bassett, who located at New Haven, Conn., with his son Robert 
and wife Margrey, came from Boston to New Haven with one Eustice, who 
had secured employment for him with Mr. Goodyear, but on arriving- at 
New Haven, John was found to be too old and feeble to do the work that 
Mr. Goodyear wanted done; he was therefore thrown upon his own resources, 
and we find him employed in repairing the old church building, and at 
the fort mounting the cannon. 

He died, February 15, 1653. 

Margrey died 1756. 

John's will was dated at New Haven, Conn. He gave his property to 
his wife during her life, and at her death it went to their son Robert, who 
was at that time residing at Stamford, Conn. 

The will was witnessed by Richard Miles and John Harimon. 

Robert, son of John and Alargrey Bassett, was a shoemaker by trade; 
he is better known in history as Robert Bassett the drummer. He seemed 
to be a man with a mind of his own, and when he saw anything he thought 
ought to be done, he did it without asking the consent of anyone. This 
independence of his caused him a great deal of trouble. On one occasion 
the General Court ordered him to place a ladder upon his house, which he 
refused to do, and was accordingly fined. At another time we find him rais- 
ing an army for the purpose of driving the Dutch out who had taken pos- 
session of the western part of Connecticut, for which act he was arrested, 
but subsequently released on a bond. And while a resident at Stamford 
there was an electors' meeting called for the purpose of electing deputies to 
the General Court at New Haven. The law of the New Haven colony de- 
nied the right of franchise to all who were not members of the established 
Church of the colony. Robert appeared to be one of those who was not a 
member of the Church, and was therefore denied the right to vote, although 
a taxpayer. He appeared at this meeting and demanded to know what the 
meeting was for. On being informed that it was for the purpose of electing 
deputies to the General Court at New Haven, Robert then said, in sub- 
stance : We know no New Haven court or its laws. We only know the laws 
of England, which we are willing to obey. They give us the right to vote, 
and we now demand our rights. The laws of the New Haven court are laws 
of tyranny, not laws of right and justice. Give us our votes which we have 
a right as taxpayers to demand. We are mere donkeys for fools to ride, and 
our backs are wellnigh broken. You make laws when you please and what 
you please ; you lay what rates you please and give what reasons you please. 
We are bondsmen and slaves, and there will be no better times for us until 
our taskmasters are well out of the way. 

The record states that he was arrested and convicted of insubordination 
and imprisoned over the powder house for thirty days. The records also 
state that he apologized, and was liberated. 

After his liberation he was appointed drum major. He was the only 
man in the New Haven colony that there is a record of as holding office 
that was not a member of the established Church. 



The records state that the plea he made in his behalf was the most elo- 
quent ever heard in the court. 

He removed from Stamford, Conn., to Hemstead, Long Island, where he 
died about 1670. 

His children, as far as known, were: 

John, born 1638, died at Milford, Conn.; unmarried. 

Robert, born 1640; married Elizabeth Riggs, and located at Stratford, 
Conn. 

Elizabeth, born 1642; married Isaac Finch, Jan. S, 1658; resided at Stam- 
ford, Conn. 

Mary, born March 8, 1649; died March 17, 1649. 

Having now called your attention to some of the leading or early 
comers of the family, and occupations and various relations and stations in 
life, and as a whole they have been an eminently respectable people, hardy, 
wiry and enduring; many have lived to an advanced age, one hundred years 
or more. 

As citizens they have been peaceable, law-abiding, lovers and promoters 
of good order, and interest in the general welfare. Black sheep have been 
rare among them. They have been intelligent, self-respecting, fairly edu- 
cated, and not a few have sought the advantages of college training in the 
best institutions. 

Though not given to office-seeking, they have been frequently sought 
out for positions of trust. In these positions they have discharged their 
responsibility with conscientious fidelity, and have shown themselves to be 
possessed of efficiency and ability. They have been preeminently patri- 
otic, responding promptly when their country has called, and in every case 
acquitted themselves with great credit. 

In view of all these, we should be inspired with a new and lasting inter- 
est in whatever pertains to the history of our family — a kind of Gulf Stream 
to us in the great ocean of humanity about us; in the forthcoming work of 
our genealogy this ought to make us, as members of this great family, desir- 
ous that every item or data pertaining to the family should be recorded, but 
it cannot be done without each member does their part. And when every 
part is gathered and placed in its proper place we may rejoice in the fact 
that this great family is again united under one cover. 

Now when I look upon the assembly of Bassetts, my mind goes back to 
William Bassett, who landed on this beautiful shore 276 years ago. I am 
prompted to believe, that could he come back to-day, and behold his chil- 
dren, he would fold them with a just pride to his breast, and with a pater- 
nal love crown you with the benediction of peace. 

At the conclusion of the Historian's address, Mr. J. Gardner Bassett pre- 
sented the report of the Nominating Committee. 

Mr. Bassett : — The committee nominated to appoint officers for the ensu- 
ing year beg leave to present the following report. We have thought it best 
to put a man in nomination for President who has several qualifications for 
the office. In the first place, he comes from Boston, where there are many 
Bassetts who are indifferent to our association, and I hope that he may 
awaken an interest among them; in the second place, he is possessed of the 



address and the ability required of a presiding officer; and in the third 

place, we hope the position will help him to brush up his pedigree. We offer 

the following': 

President. 



Abbot Basset i , 



Vice Presidents. 



I. Austin Bassett, - 
Homer F. Bassett, 
S wii i: i. A. Bassett, - 
Arthur H. Bassett, 
John J. Bassett, 
J. Gardner Bassett, 
J. Colby Bassrtt, 
Judge William G. Bassett, 
Sheldon B. Thorpe, - 
Edwin P. Bassett, 
H. C. Hurlbert, 
Harrison W. Bassett, - 
Jay Bassett, - 
A. L. Bassett, 
Samuel Bassett, 
Carroll P. Bassett, 
Judge C. F. Barrett, 
Edward D. Bassett, 
Newcomb M. Bassett, 
Josiah Bassett, 
Sidney G. Bassett, 
George Bassett, 
H. E. Bassett, 
James A. Basset t, 
Hon. Isaac N. Bassett, 
Judge John R. Bassett, 
W. J. Bassett, 
George J. Bassett, 
Charles W. Bassett, 
Hiram Bassett, 
George K. Bassett, - 
George C. Gorham, 
Frank. L. Bassett, 
George G. Bassett, 



Frank G. Bassett. 



Charles E. P. San ford. 



Frank G. Bassett, 



Secretary 



Treasurer. 



Historian. 



Boston, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Waterbury, Conn. 

New Haven, Conn. 

- Barre, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

- Bridgewater, Mass. 

- Winslow, Maine 
Northampton, Mass. 
North Haven, Conn. 

New York City. 

- New York City. 

Saline, Mich. 

Detroit, Mich. 

Cleveland, Ohio. 

New Britain, Conn. 

Summit, N. J. 

Proctorville, Vt. 

Providence, R. I. 

New Haven, Conn. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Fort Valley, Ga. 

Lady Lake, Fla. 

Colorado Springs, Col. 

Mt. Sterling, Ky. 

Aledo, 111. 

Burlingame, Kan. 

Duluth, Minn. 

New Haven, Conn. 

- Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Indianapolis, Ind. 

Baltimore, Md. 

- Washington, D. C. 

Swathmore, Pa. 
- Salem, N. J. 

Seymour, Conn. 

- New Haven, Conn. 
- Seymour, Conn. 



The meeting voted unanimously for the election of the list as presented. 



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President Bassett : — I am truly grateful for this unexpected manifestation 
of your appreciation. The honor comes to me unexpectedly, because I 
appointed a committee composed of men who knew me so well that I 
expected them to hold that contempt which familiarty breeds. I have in 
mind several things which I think we as an association ought to do, and 
these I shall try to carry out. I promise you an energetic administration 
and I shall not be satisfied with meagre results. 1 do not care to say more 
than this, and so I will resort to the conventional and say that I thank you 
for your generous favor and I will perform the duties of the office to the 
best of my ability. 

We often hear it said that every American can make a speech. I think 
Ananias must have originated that remark, for it is worthy of his record. 
Speechmakers are rare. We all think great thoughts, but few of us can 
utter them. Language is the garb with which we clothe our thoughts. 
Modesty keeps many great thoughts hidden from view. 

But there is one class of men which has speeches always ready at hand. 
When a toastmaster is in search of speechmakers a clergyman has no rights 
which he is bound to respect. We have with us to-day the Rev. Frederick 
G. Bassett of Providence, R. I., and I am going to ask him to open his bar- 
rel of speeches and produce one of his best ones for our edification. 



ADDREvSS OF THE REV. FREDERICK J. BASSETT, OF PROVI- 
DENCE, R. I. 

Mr. President and Kinsmen: — On the theory that a clergyman can readily 
"turn over his barrel " and find something to say at any time and upon any 
subject, I am bidden by the Chairman, without special preparation, to rise 
and speak. It is certainly complimentary in him to take for granted the 
possession by me of the gift of extemporaneous speech, especially when one 
recalls the familiar story of the backwoodsman who, upon hearing an 
extemporaneous sermon from a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, said: 
" I like that preacher. But he is the first one I ever saw of those petticoat 
fellows that could shoot without a rest." 

A Rhode Islander not by birth, but by adoption, it is with much pleas- 
ure, though without surprise, that I have found our family name an honored 
one in that State. The family, however, is not perhaps specially numerous 
there. But our kinsmen from adjacent States, accustomed to make merry 
at the expense of their little neighbor, would probably ask, " How could it 
be otherwise in so diminutive a State as Rhode Island, without incurring 
the danger of crowding somebody into the waters of Narragansett Bay ?" 

The Bassetts of Rhode Island, if I may speak for them, give you greet- 
ing on this occasion. There is no need of a prolonged speech. The occa- 
sion and the place of our gathering are sufficient of themselves to suggest 
appropriate reflections. It is good for us to be here to-day. It is wholesome 
and helpful to visit this spot sacred to the memory of our Puritan ances- 
tors. It is wise to cultivate the historic sense. A family, as well as a nation, 
a race, a church, should value "historic continuity." To take an interest in 
the Apostolic succession, so to speak, in one's family pedigree, is an earnest 

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and a token of the individual's purpose to jealously guard and maintain the 
honor of the family name, to be true to its highest ideals, and to preserve 
and transmit its best traditions and traits. This, I take it, is the meaning 
and the spirit of such a gathering as this. It is a taeit and voluntary pledge 
of our interest and concern in making the records of the Present the suit- 
able sequence of an honorable Past. 

Toast master. — The hour is getting late and we have much to do before 
train time. It is always better to rise from a feast a little hungry, and it is 
better to wish for more of a thing than to feel that we have had too much. 
We have many with us to-day who are willing and ready to say a word to 
us, but among so many I cannot choose, and we have not time for them all. 
We have had a successful meeting and a joyful time. New friendships have 
been made and old ones have been renewed. I think we shall all feel that 
it has been good for us to have been here, and that what we have passed 
through will whet our appetite for the meeting of next year. I bid you, 
one and all, good bye, and say to you : 

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, 
That I shall say good night till it be morrow." 

The President has since appointed the following Standing Committees: 

Reunion Committee. 

I. Austin Bassett, Dorchester, Mass. 
Dickerman M. Bassett, Derby, Conn. 
Charles F. Bassett, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Historical Committee. 

Sheldon B. Thorpe, North Haven, Conn. 

Arthur H. Bassett, Barre, Mass. 

J a}' Bassett, Detroit, Mich. 

B. Frank Leeds, Hackettstown, N. J. 

Rev. Frederick J. Bassett, Providence, R. I. 

H. C. Hurlbert, New York City. 

Newcomb M. Bassett, New Haven, Conn. 

Mrs. C. A. C. Hadselle, Pittsfield, Mass. 

Mrs. Rosalie Caldwell, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Auditing Committee. 

John I. Bassett, Boston, Mass. 
George J. Bassett, New Haven, Conn. 
Charles W. Bassett, Allegheny, Penn. 



Attest: 

Seymour, Conn., April 25, 1899. 

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Frank G. Bassett, Secretary. 



OFFICERS AND MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE REUNION. 



President. 
Dickerman M. Bassett, Derby, Conn. 

Vice President. 
Arthur H. Bassett, Barre, Mass. 

Secretary. 
Frank G. Bassett, Seymour, Conn. 

Historian. 
Frank G. Bassett, Seymour, Conn. 



AT embers. 

Mrs. Julia A. Bassett Clark, 

Mrs. H. H. Burnham, 

Abbot Bassett, 

Mrs. Abbot Bassett, 

Marian Drew Bassett, 

Rev. Frederick J. Bassett, 

Joel E. Bassett, 

Mrs. Joel E. Bassett, 

William W. Clemence, 

Mrs. Mary Bassett Clemence, 

Levi Bassett, 

Mrs. Lydia M. Bassett, 

David H. Brown, 

Charles E. Bassett, 

Mrs. S. W. Bassett, 

Mrs. Sarah Basset Kellogg, - 

Caroline H. Stimson, 

Genevie S. Foster, 

Mrs. Catherine Bassett Dill, 

Joshua M. Dill, 

William Bassett, - 

Abbie M. Bassett, 

J. Gardner Bassett, 

Annie H. Bassett, 

Elizabeth Bassett, 

Mrs. Jennie Bassett, - 

John I. Bassett, 

Mrs. Louise Bassett Umberfield 

D. Umberfield, 

Mrs. Seth Bassett Caldwell, - 

Charles L. Bassett, 

Mrs. Charles L. Bassett, 



New Bedford, Mass. 

- Putnam, Conn. 

Newtonville, Mass. 

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Providence, R. I. 
North Haven, Conn. 

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Terryville, Conn. 



West Med ford, Mass. 
Chelsea, Mass. 

Newtonville, Mass. 
Salem, Mass. 

Newton, Mass. 

- Bridgewater, Mass. 

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Boston, Mass. 

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New Haven, Conn. 

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Buffalo, N. Y. 
Derby, Conn. 



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J. M. Bassett, 

Mrs. J. M. Bassett, 

Mrs. George M. Bassett, 

Mrs. Mary Bassett Liim Carpenter, 

Mrs. E. F. Fletcher, 

Master Raymond Bassett Fletcher, 

Miss Mary A. Bassett, 

Miss Hannah Williams Bassett, 

Mrs. M. Jennie Bassett Dean, 

Mrs. Susan A. Bassett Lincoln, 

Miss Flora Disbrow, 

Mrs. Mary Baker vSmith Fox, 

Mrs. Hannah B. Belcher, 

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Nye, 

Abbie M. Holway, 

Annie B. Holway, 

Burdette R. Tuttle, 

I. Austin Bassett, 

Mrs. Minnie M. Bassett, 

Mrs. Gertrude M. Doten, 

H. C. Hurlbert, - 

Charles F. Bassett, 

William Bassett, Jr., 

Mrs. D. M. Bassett, - 

Lillie M. Bassett, 

Harriet E. Bailey, 



Worcester, Mass. 



Waterbury, Conn. 
Worcester, Mass. 

Berlin, Mass. 

Bridgewatcr, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Lyons, Iowa 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Randolph, Mass. 

Sandwich, Mass. 

East Sandwich, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

- Wallingford, Conn. 

Boston, Mass. 



Brooklyn, N. Y. 

(I u 

Arlington, Mass. 
Derby, Conn. 

New Haven, Conn. 



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REPORT OF THIRD 
REUNION OF THE 
BASSETT FAMILY^ 
ASSOCIATIONS <* & 







WOODMONT, CONN. 
SEPTEMBER EIGHTH 
EIGHTEEN HUNDRED 
AND NINETY-NINE** 



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" The pioneers of two great nations' 



REPORT 



OK THE 



PROCEEDINGS OE THE THIRD REUNION 



OF THE 



Bassett Family Association 



OF AMERICA 



HELD AT 



COLONIAL PARK 



WOOD MONT, CONN. 



SEPTEMBER EIGHTH 



1899 



new haven, conn.: 
Press of The Price, Lee & Adkins Co. 









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ABBOT BASSETT, PRESIDENT. 




FRANK G. BASSETT, SECRETARY, 




H E third reunion of the Rassett Family Association of America 
was held at Colonial Park, Woodmont, Conn., Friday, September 
8, 1899. The dinner was served at the Colonial Inn, adjoining 
the Park, and the exercises were held in the Connecticut 
Building, the chief feature of Colonial Park, and which was 
removed to its present position at the close of the World's Fair at Chicago, 
in 1893. Although the reunion was not the largest in point of numbers, it 
was still a great success, members of the family being present from many 
distant States, and all who attended were enthusiastic in their praise both 
of the spot and of the arrangements. After the dinner was served the mem- 
bers adjourned to the Connecticut Building, where the following exercises 
were held. 

The meeting was called to order by the President, Abbot Bassett, of 
Boston, who made the following remarks: 



ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT. 

To-day the Bassett family meets under the most pleasant auspices to 
add one more delightful occasion to the list of pleasant family gatherings 
that it has enjoyed. Let us hope that it will be no less joyful than those 
which have preceded it, and let us one and all lend our energy and enthusi- 
asm to make it memorable. All nature smiles upon us and we are privi- 
leged to meet in the open air, with a delightful prospect of land and sea 
stretching out before to delight the eye, while our ear is gratified by what 
we shall hear. 

Long years ago in old Granada, when, by the triumph of Spanish arms, 
the ancient Moors were driven from their homes and forced into exile across 
the great sea, it is related that each householder locked the door of his dwell- 
ing and put the key in his pocket. He could not believe that Allah, the doer 
of all good things, would for a long time divorce him from the home which was 
to him one of the sacred places of earth, and he said to himself: " Some day 
I will return and once more live surrounded by my household gods in the 
home that I have made for them, and once more I shall breathe the beauti- 
ful air of fair Andalusia in the valley that is smiled upon by the Alhambra." 

And so with sorrowing heart and tearful eyes he Uirned from his door- 
way and went into that long exile which to this day has known no end. 
And if you should go to Tangiers or to Morocco you would see the keys, 
brought from Granada, still hanging by the firesides in the old Moorish 
dwellings. They are held to be the most precious of all heirlooms, and they 
have been handed down from father to son through centuries. They link 
the present to the past, and teach the lesson of love for the home in a man- 
ner more forceful than could be conveyed by the written or spoken word. 

It is a pretty story and it appeals to us especially to-day. 



Man builds four walls on the earth, puts a roof above them and lights a 
fire within, but it is not yet his home. Home is the place of peace and good 
will. Too many a dwelling place is not of this kind. 

Woman comes to the house which man has erected, and she glorifies it 
by making for him the home which his heart longs for. 

There are no three words in the English language more sacred than 
those which woman gives to us in her three capacities of Mother, Wife and 
Daughter. Happy is the man who has enjoyed her in all of these relations. 
Happy is the man who, amidst the sweet influences of the home which a 
true woman has made for him, can take her to his heart of hearts and say 
with the poet: 

" Why man, she is mine own! 
And I as rich in having such a jewel 
As twenty seas, if all their sands were pearls, 
Their waters nectar, and their rocks pure gold.'' 

Our mission as an association is to reach back into the past and dis- 
cover, if we may, the homes which have been made and the families which 
have been reared by those who bear our name. It is a good thing to get 
together. It is a good thing to meet for work in a common cause. In our 
communion we shall get to know and esteem one another. We may 
exchange facts which shall be gathered and interwoven to make a complete 
whole. We shall celebrate the past and profit by its successes. And while 
we are doing all, we shall learn to know the good that is in ourselves and 
enjoy what we may get one from the other. 

We have come this year to Connecticut from places remote, and from 
places near at hand. Connecticut welcomes us to her hospitality, and she 
will give expression to her welcome through one of her sons. I take great 
pleasure in introducing Mr Samuel Bassett, of New Britain, who will give 
the address of welcome. 

ADDRESS OF SAMUEL BASSETT. 

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distant Relatives possibly, but Friends I feel 
assured : 

Upon me devolves the pleasant duty of welcoming you in the name of 
the Bassetts of Connecticut to the shores of cur State once more. Surely 
no more appropriate spot could have been selected than this, so near the 
homes of a large number of our ancestors, for the doughty John, probably 
with doubt and uncertainty in his heart, entered the then small hamlet 
which proved to him a haven and a home. In this vicinity the irrepressible 
William, with his " f oole gunne," made trouble for himself and doubtless 
for others. No doubt during his rambles he has trod this very spot and 
these shores have resounded with the report of that gun. This reminds 
me of an incident. When I first settled in New Britain over twenty-seven 
years ago, Squire O. B. Bassett, whose aged widow is with us to-day, 
requested me to spend an evening with him, as he would like to talk over 
family history. One of the first questions he asked was, " Where is that 
gun ?" En surprise I asked him, " What gun ?" He then informed me that 



it was one of the traditions of the family that the oldest son of the oldest 
son was named Sam, and to him was committed the custody of the family 
gun. Like a flash it came over me that in my early boyhood days an old great- 
aunt told me about a gun which I must always treasure, but unfortunately 
soon afterward our family was separated, and I thought no more of the gun 
until the good old squire's remark. But I digress. My province is but to 
welcome you, and I beg the pardon of our worthy, able and indefatigable 
historian for intruding on his territory. Would that my duty had fallen 
upon a more able and eloquent representative of our name, but I assure 
you none could be more sincere in extending to you a hearty welcome. 
May th.2 day prove so enjoyable that its memories will linger long with you, 
and may the great spirit above bring you safely to your homes and guard 
and care for you in your various walks in life. Welcome, thrice welcome. 

The President: In the name of and in behalf of the Bassett family I 
accept with pleasure the welcome that has been conveyed. We appreciate 
the spirit of hospitality which prompts what has been said, and we do not 
doubt we shall profit by our sojourn with your people. And now we come 
to the principal paper in our collection, and I commend it most earnestly 
to your careful attention. There is an old story of the hod carrier who 
carried bricks to the man above who did all the work. It is for us to carry 
the bricks of fact to our historian, who will use them to erect the structure 
of history upon which he is working It is unnecessary for me to intro- 
duce one who is known to us all, and so I will simply call upon the histo- 
rian to tell us what is new in the line upon which we are all working. 



ADDRESS OF THE HISTORIAN. 

In my report of last year I mentioned some of the facts connected with 
the house of Sapcote, and my opinion as to the possibility of the American 
Bassetts being descendants of that house. I have thought it advisable to 
give you a more extended account of that family at this time, that you 
might more fully understand the reasons that lead me to the opinion that I 
expressed in the report, and also give you an opportunity to form your own 
conclusions as to whether it was possible for the Bassetts on this side of the 
water to be descendants of that house. 

William's son (or grandson of Richard; some of the historians give it 
son, while others give it grandson) settled in Sapcote, and was deputy 
sheriff to his brother Ralph, 1163. In the following year he was justice 
itinerant and was sheriff of Lincoln from 1177 to 1184. 

William's son wSimon succeeded him in the barony of Sapcote. Simon 
married a daughter of William Armel. Simon's son Ralph married a 
daughter of Robert de Chancombe for his first wife, and for his second he 
married Elizabeth de Colvill, sister of Edward de Colvill. He also suc- 
ceeded his father in the barony of Sapcote. Ralph was sheriff of Lincoln 
in the reign of Edward. 

The Earl of Warwick was made Chamberlain of the Exchequer. He 
appointed Ralph Bassett to act for him in the Court of Great Exchequer. 
In 1248 he went on a pilgrimage to St. James in Galecia. 



In 1258 he was commanded to attend the King at Chester with a large 
force to act against the Welsh, who were committing outrages on the border. 
In 1262 he was made Governor of Northampton Castle. In 1264 he sided with 
the rebellious Barons and fought with them at Northampton. He was in 
the fight at Evesham, being there opposed by his kinsmen, who took sides 
with the King. He was called to Simon Montfort's Parliament, but he did 
not receive the royal sanction. But his son Ralph, by his second wife, who 
succeeded him in the barony, was summoned in 1294 to attend the King 
wherever he should be, to advise touching the " weighty affairs of the 
Realm," and shortly after was ordered to Portsmouth, well furnished with 
horse and arms, to accompany him to Laskney. 

He died in 1296, two years after he was called by the King. 
His son Ralph, who succeeded him in the barony, was in the wars in 
Scotland, in 1310. In 1314 he attended the King with a military force to 
New Castle. 

He died 1326. 

Simon, his son, married a daughter of Lord William Boteler. 
Ralph, his son, who succeeded to the barony, was, in 1339-40, with 
Edward III., in the wars of France and Flanders. 

In 1346 he was with the King at the siege of Aquillon, and in the same 
year fought in the famous battle of Grecy, after which he served at the 
siege of Calais, and was sent with Sir Walter Manny to arrange the terms 
of surrender with the commander of the garrison. 
In 1359 and 1369 he was in France. 

In 1369 the Manor of Balingfield (Northampton) was bequeathed to him 
by his relative, Robert Colvell; and as he was serving abroad in the interest 
of the King, the King excused him from rendering homage on his acces- 
sion to the Manor. 

In 1372 he was again in France with an expedition under the Duke of 
Lancaster. 

In 1376 he built a chantry against the north side of the Church of Sap- 
cote. 

Lie died 1378, leaving no sons, at which time the title of Lord of Sap- 
cote became extinct, and the estate passed to his daughter, from whom 
descended the present Earl of Harrington, Earl Fitz William, Earl de 
Gray, Earl Gray de Wilson, and many others. 

These are the facts as I have found them in the histories that I have 
had access to in my research, but it is possible that there were other sons 
born to that branch of the family in the various generations which are not 
mentioned in history; in that day and time the oldest son inherited the 
title and property from whom the Bassetts of America might have descended. 
I trust that this question may be solved to the satisfaction of all parties 
concerned. It is my desire to see the record traced back to Normandy in 
an unbroken chain, the links of which being forged on the anvil of facts 
that no storm of criticism or the torrent of research can break one link. 

I am led to believe that we can accomplish the forging of the links of 
facts into a chain leading back to Normandy many years before the Con- 
queror invaded England, from records now existing, the correctness of 
which cannot be disputed, and in support of my belief I will give you 



some facts, found by Mrs. G. B. Van Norman, of Chicago, 111., entitled notes 
from the Norman people. 

Basset, from its ancestor, Bathet, or Baset, Duke of the Normans of the 
Loire, 895-905. He acquired Oreilly Bassett and Normanvillc, in 912, and 
had issue. 

Norman, father of Osmond, Viscount of Vernon, 960. Hugh Bassett, 
oldest son of Osmond, was Baron of Chabeau Bassett, held from the Abbey 
of St. Denis, in the time of Hugh Capet, which barony, by his widow, went 
to the house of Montmorency, 990. 

Tulco De Alneto was father of 

i. Osmond. 

2. Robert D'Ouilly, ancestor of the Doyleys. 

William de Lisures, ancestor of the house of Lisures. 
4. Tulco, or Fulcelin D'Alnet, ancestor of the Dawnays. 



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Osmond Basset accompanied the Conqueror, 1066, and had issue. 

1. Huo-h Fitz Osmond, ancestor of the family of Norman ville and Bas- 

set of Normandy. 

2. Norman, Sire de Montrevel. 

3. Anchebie Fitz Osmond, ancestor of the Palmers. 

4. Ralph Fitz Osmond, ancestor of the Lords of Drayton. 

5. Richard Bassett, ancestor of the Bassets of Devon. 

6. William Bassett, ancestor of the Bassetts of Essex and Wales. 

D'Oyley, a baronial family from Pont Dolly, or Duilly, Normandy, a 
branch of the Bassets. 

Robert of Pont Drylby, brother of Osmond Basset, Baron of Norman- 
ville, had issue. 

1. Robert. 

2. Nigel, and other sons, who went to England, 1066, from whom 

descended the barons and baronies Doyley. 

Dannay or De Alneto, a branch of the baronial house of Basset, deriving 
from Fulco or Fulcelin de Alneto, brother of Osmond, Baron of Norm and ville, 
who witnessed a charter with him in Normanville, 1050. He had issue. 

Ingelram (sometimes called Paganus) D'Alnai, who is mentioned at the 
battle of Hastings, as Sire d'Alnai. He granted the church of Alneto to St. 
Stephen Cam, 1082. 

Berenger deAlnai, son of Ingelram, witnessed a charter of Stephen, 
Count of Albermarle, and Gouther, his brother, had custody of Bayeux, 1106. 

William de Alneto, son or grandson of Berenger, held fiefs in Devon, 
1165. 

William D'Annay accompanied Richard I. to Palestine. 

Fulco and Hugh de Alneto occur in Devon in the 13th century. 

John de Alneto was father of Nicholas, summoned by writ, as Baron, 
1326. 

Thomas, his son, married an heiress in York, where the family settled, 
and from them descended Viscount Downe. 



Normanville, a branch of the Bassets of Normandy, from Hugh Fitz 
Osmond, who held in Capete Hauk, 1086. From him descended the Barons 
of Normanville, a younger branch of whom (the Bassets) held the barony 
until 1500. 

Gerold de'Normanville held possession in Sussex, in the time of 
Henry I. 

He also witnessed a charter of Humet, time of Henry II. 

Norman de'Normanville was a baron in Sussex, 1165. 

Sir Ralph de'Normanville lost his Norman barony, time of John, and 
had grants in Lincoln, and from him descended the great family of Norman- 
ville in York and Lincoln. 

The Palmers of Hauk and Sussex were a branch of the Bassets, deriv- 
ing from Auchebil Fitz Osmond, or Bassett, Lord of Cosham, Hauk, 1086, 
who went to Palestine, 1096, and appears, 11 10, as Auchebil Palmericus, at 
Winchester. 

Geoff ry Fitz Auchebil, or Basset, was son of Auchebil Fitz Osmond, 
living 1103; this son was Herbert Fitz Geoffrey, or Palmericus, 1148, and 
father of Herbert Fitz Herbert of Hauk, 1165, who had issue. 

1. Peter de Cosham, mentioned in Normandy as Pout Doylly. 

2. William de Paumer, or de Casham, time of John. Had issue. 

Sir William Basset of Sussex, Knight (where the family had long held 
estates called Basset Fee in Bellinghurst, from the Abbey of Fescamp, Nor- 
mandy, whose daughter Lucy was admitted a nun at Easeborne, by letter 
of Archbishop Peckham. 

Ralph and Adam Basset, sons of Sir William, occur in Sussex, 1281. 
They were subsequently residing at Steyning, bearing the name of Palmer. 
From Ralph descended the Palmers of Augmering, who bore the Basset 
Arms. 

You will see by the above that the name of Thurstan is not mentioned, 
but I have found a record which states that Bishop Littleton had an MSS., 
written by many hands, which states that Thurstan Basset confirmed New- 
bold, .the gift of his father Osmond, to the Abbey of Evesham, and this state- 
ment is confirmed by the records of Evesham. 

The above facts confirms the statement made by W. J. Saxton, that he 
found the name of both Osmond and Thurstan, and that Thurstan was a son 
of Osmond. 

THE AMERICAN BASSETTS. 

I mentioned in my last report that there was an Edward Bassett, a ship 
carpenter, who landed at Boston. The date of his arrival I am unable to 
give, but it was before 1683. 

Edward married Elizabeth, daughter of Allen Breed, of Lynn, and it is 
supposed he had the following issue: 

David, born. 
Daniel, " 

David married Mary , and had the following issue: 

Mary, born Feb. 20, 1683. 



David, born Sept. 3, 1687. 

Edmund, " 

Zephaniah, " who married Mary •, and had issue. 

John, " Jan. 6, 1732; died Jan. 8, 1732. 

Abigail, " Feb. 2, 1733; died Jan. 8, 1735. 

Mary, " Dec. 8, 1735. 

Abigail, " Nov. 26, 1737. 

Hannah, " Nov. 4, 1739. 

Edward, " April 15, 1742. 

Zephaniah, " July 27, 1744; died 1745. 

Zephaniah, " May 5, 1746. 

John, " Jan. 23, 1750. 

Joseph, " May 23, 1752. 

Edward, son of Zephaniah, married Huldah Cleverly, of Braintree, Mass 
Edward died Aug. 26, 1821, aged 86 years. 

Issue. 
Zephaniah, born; baptized Oct. 4, 1772. 
Edward, " 

Samuel, " 

Mary, " 

Hannah, " 

Samuel, son of Edward, married Elizabeth Scott, Jan. 10, 1802. 
Samuel died at Danvers, Mass., June 23, 1858. 
Elizabeth died at Boston, May 14, 1814, aged 39 years. 

Issue. 

Elizabeth, born. 
Samuel, " 

Zephaniah, " 
William, 

Edward, " Jan. 4, 1809, at Boston; was father of our President, 
Mr. Abbot Bassett. 

I have brought this branch of the family down to the present generation 
in hopes that the members of this branch might become interested enough 
to assist our President in establishing a pedigree in order that he may stand 
upon the same level with his better half. 

I have during my research found a number of Bassetts who came to this 
country in recent years, but they have failed thus far to give me an account 
of their family, consequently I am unable to give any record of them at this 
time, but I trust your historian in the future may be able to do so. 

The following named Bassetts were officers in the English army and sta- 
tioned in New England: 

Lieut. Thomas Bassett, 1 7 1 5. 

Lieut. C. Bassett. 

Major Henry Bassett, 1765. 

Lieut. James Bassett, 1764. He was present at the Kings street riot, 

1771. 
Ensign Richard Bassett, 177 1. 

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William Bassett, the ward of Governor Bacon of Virginia. He was the 
ancestor of the Bassets in Virginia. He was born previous to 1692. 

The Governor makes mention of him in his will; he also built Eltham 
Mansion for his ward, William Bassett, the bricks of which it was built 
being brought from England. 

The Governor died 1692. 

William was the father of Col. Burwell Bassett, and undoubtedly other 
children. 

Colonel Burwell married Annie Dandridge, a sister of Martha Washing- 
ton, and had the following issue: 

Ann, born about 1748. 

Elizabeth, born about 1750; married Benjamin Harrison; their son Wil- 
liam Henry was born February 9, 1773; was inaugurated President March 4, 
1841, and died April 4, 1841. 

John, born 175 2-3; married Betty Carter. 
The above facts I have found in various books and papers. The reason 
for incorporating them in this report was in the hopes that it might stimu- 
late the descendants of this branch to labor diligently in searching for the 
history of their family (that is written in the Church, Town and Probate 
records of Virginia) until they have a complete record. 

In order not to make my report too lengthy, I have thought it best not 
to give you record of each branch, but to give you some facts as regards the 
branches I neglected to give last year. 

John, the son of Thomas, Jr., and Sarah (Baldwin) Bassett, married 

Mary , 1712. 

John died 1759. 
Mary died Oct. 23, 1752. 

Issue. 

John, born Sept. 13, 17 13. 

Mary, " 17 15; died unmarried, wSept. 19, 1802. 

Hannah, " 17 17; married John Jones, of New Haven, Conn., Oct. 

6, 1738. 
Abigail, " June 20, 1720. 

Sarah, " July, 1723; married Edward Green. 

Enoch, " March, 1725. These four children were not mentioned 

in their father's will; undoubtedly died young. 
Joel, " June, 1727. 

Abraham, " 1729. 
Isaac, " 1730-31. 

Josiah, son of Thomas, Jr., and Sarah (Baldwin) Bassett, married Alice, 
daughter of Jeremiah Canfield, April 25, 17 17. 

Issue. 

Josiah, born Oct. 14, 17 19. 

Abigail, " Dec, 1720; married Caleb Turrell. 

Samuel, " 1723; married Susanna Morris, May 17, 1746. 

Eunice, " 1725; " Richard Baldwin, May 30, 1745. 

Edward, " 1727; " Sarah Sanford. 

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Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah (Baldwin) Bassctt, married, first, 
Sarah Pearson, Aug. 24, 1727; married, second, widow Ann Burwell. 

Thomas died 1756, at Fairfield, Conn. 

Issue. 

Elylay, born Jan. 11, 1729, at Derby, Conn.; died young. 

Joel, " Jan. 11, 1734 " " " married Burwell 

and removed to. Vermont. 
John, " Aug. 6, 1738, at Derby, Conn. 

Susannah, " Oct. 12, 1741, " " " 

Henry. " Jan. 9, 1744, " Stratford, Conn. 

Samuel, " Sept., 1746, " " 

Robert, Jr., son of Robert and grandson of John and Margarey Bassett 
1642-3, married Elizabeth, daughter of Ensign Samuel and Sarah (Baldwin) 
Riggs, 1687-88. 

Robert, died at .Stratford, Conn., Aug. 5, 1720. 
Elizabeth, " " " " March, 1744. 

Robert came to Stratford and bought his first land November 6, 1881, and 
February, 1682, he purchased a house lot from John Wells, and in 1683 he 
built a house on this lot, placing a stone near the mantelpiece in the ceiling, 
with the following letters and figures: " R. B., 1623." When the house was 
taken down by John McEwen and another built on the same site in 1723, this 
stone was placed on the cellar wall, where it may still be seen. 

Issue. 

John, born June 23, 1689; died young. 

Samuel, " Nov. 28, 1692; married Deborah Bennett. 

Jonadab, " July 20, 1695; " Mary Phippeny, May 28, 1819. 

Robert, " July 11, 1699; " (1) Eunice Clark; (2) Obedience 

Sherman. 
Elizabeth, " Dec. 15, 1701; " Francis Whitmore. 

Ebenezer, " Jan. 31, 1707; " Sarah Tomlinson. 

On reading a pamphlet entitled "Signers of the Mayflower Compact, "by 
Anne Arnoux Huxton, I found the following comment on the Bassetts: 

"The Bassetts are in the right line for almost anything; it is a field 
worthy of fine searching, and surely will reward the time spent upon it." 

This is not all, however, for William Bassett's family relations, as " in 
the division of the lands by the General Court of Colony on the 22d of May, 
1627, the name of the wife of William Bassett is given as Elizabeth, as there 
are two of that name mentioned in the family. 

In the history of Duxbury she is given as Elizabeth Tilden(?). 

This has a historical ring, as Thomas Tilden, who arrived on the Ann, 
probably brought out wife and children, as evidenced by his three shares in 
the cattle division of 1623, and there being none of his name in the allot- 
ment, 1627, it seems as if they were daughters who had merged their rights 
in other families by their marriages. 

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The Adams' and Bassetts' marriage relations bring them together into the 
families of William Vassal, William White and the Winslows, taking in the 
hundreds of Bassetts which filled the northeast corner of Nottinghamshire, 
striking Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, from which we bring the Mortons, 
Southworths, Cooks, Bradfords and Canns. 

Take William Bassett to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, or 
any surrounding country reached by the various roads to the Great North- 
ern, let him renew his acquaintance with George Morton and Edward 
Southworth, the merchants, and history may prove him as well born and 
bred, quite enough so to have his descendants feel a natural pride in the 
citizenship which dates back to the arrival of the Fortune in 162 1. 

It is her belief that midway in this Great Northern Post Road was 
where the strength and power of the Pilgrim movement was located, and it 
was from there that Edward Southworth came, the friend of William Bas- 
sett. 

These few suggestions of Mrs. Huxton may assist us in locating the 
English home of the early Bassetts that came to New England. 



We have come to-day to meet old friends and to make new ones. A door 
has been left open for our reception. We hear familiar voices, see friendly 
faces, and clasp the hands of those in whose breasts beat the heart of a Bas- 
sett, which I trust contains the noblest of human virtues and the gentlest of 
human feelings; and as we meet from year to year, may we brighten and 
broaden the chain of friendship which unites us in one family, and as we 
separate to-day and go to our homes, let us remember that this organization 
was not organized for our pleasure alone, but to cement the family ties more 
firmly, and let us hand it down to our posterity filled with the love of 
family and name, that it may be an incentive to encourage those who follow 
us to labor diligently to reach that higher plane of manhood which is per- 
fection or sfodliness. 



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The President: The Bassett family seems to have been able in the 
past to carry the burden of titles of every degree. I hope you will remem- 
ber the full details of what you have heard and preserve it in your mem- 
ory, till one day you shall have it in book form. We had with us last year 
a very bright woman from Western Massachusetts, with whom we were 
all charmed. She is unable to be with us to-day, but she has sent a 
representative in the shape of a poem which I shall take great pleasure in 
reading. It is by Mrs. C. A. C Hadselle, of Pittsfield, Mass. 



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POEM BY MRS. HADSELLE. 

My dear Cousins Bassetts, annexes and all, 
A greeting I send you— a far-away call 
From the Hills of Old Berkshire, whose towering crest 
Rises high, in its majesty, over the rest 
Of that part of New England lying south, east and west. 
Down, then, to New Haven on wings of the wind 
My message I send, and, if mind acts on mind, 
Over spaces like this, 
Why then you'll not miss 
My presence. I'm there, 
And, with a nod to the Chair — 
To the Chair, to the Sec, and, in fact, the whole lot 

Where the toasts are kept hot 
And waiting the moment when, the inner man full, 
There comes o'er the crowd an ominous lull ; 
(The knives and the forks have ceased their rude clatter, 
The cat in tne kitchen is licking the platter), 
There's a clearing of throats and a wiping of chins, 
A settling back com'f'tably and the fun begins. 
Just here my next neighbor gets in on the sly : 

" O my! 
Wasn't that a good dinner ?" To which I reply, 

" Why, yes; but if I 
Remember correctly, the one last year 
At the ' Samonset House' was as good and as dear." 

To this plat- 
itude he, 
Iambically 
Says, " Urn, um, may be; 
But recollection's dim, 
And while that wasn't slim, 
I'm to-day 
Free to say, 
I 'njoy this more'n that." 
But a rat-a-tat 
On the table close by 
Calls to order. Now, it's no use to try 
To follow that program ; no man knoweth it, 
Yet I'll venture a guess that it's choke full o' wit, 
(You see, being a Yankee, I'm privileged to guess.) 
There's the President— now for a year, a week less, 
He's been bottling up good things for this very day, 
And when the cork's drawn— well, I will not say 

There'll be the somebody to pay. 

But you'll laugh till you cry, 
And you'll wonder why 
You co'dn't say things like that, 
But you can't, and that's flat. 
There are thirty-four " Vices;" every one wears a hat! 
Now, really! brothers! co'dn't you do better'n that? 
There were a few women that braved the bleak wind 
Of this New England coast! They left all behind; 



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Shared all the hardships; otherwise — my blushes are hid — 
That Colony wo'dn't have grown as it did. 

All which leads me to write 

That, considering this, 

If you'd 'a' sprinkled a Miss 

Or a " Mrs." in that long list of Misters, 

'Twouldn't have hurt you a mite 

And wo'd 'a' suited the sisters. 

"Sore?" Not at all! 

I'm not to the wall! 

Fact is, I'm feeling my oats 

For, of the forty to fifty 

Officers and committee 

Just two wear petti , I mean flowers; 

And, Ahem! 
Pin one o' them! 
Now comes the Historian; poor man! if he 
Doesn't find an asylum in that pedigree 
'Twill be strangest of all things that ever I knew. 
Demented long since I'd 'a' been; wo'dn't you? 

But he's patient and kind, 

So I know he won't mind 

If I ask him to hurry the "book" up a bit. 

We're all so anxious for a look at it! 
And some of us will — now I'm sure as can be 
By no remote possibilit-ee, 
The last half year of the next century see. 
And that but reminds me that this one in time 
Will come to an end; so, then, must my rhyme. 

Moreover, Cousin Abbot, I think 

There's a puncture! 

Did you wink 

Or make a grimace 

At this juncture ? 
As much as to say, " If your tire, Madame, 
Is all right, ours isn t. And I am 
Free to announce that you're out of the race!" 
Very well, I'm good-natured; now who'll take my place ? 

Really, friends, I beg your pardon. I didn't mean to write that doggerel. 
Like the boy's whistle in school, "it did it itself." I'm very sorry not to be 
with you to-day. The doctor's mandate alone prevented. Next year, if I'm 
living, I'll try to be at the " Meet." If not, here's a parting hand to each of 
you and a parting word to all: — "Keep up the Association." It has an 
uplifting influence. There is in it an incentive to live up to that grand 
family motto, " Death rather than Dishonor ! " I would rather my child 
lived up to that than be crowned king — as kings run. The family has cer- 
tainly a remarkable record. In a long life and a wide circle of acquaint- 
ances, I have never known a convicted criminal with a drop of Bassett blood 
in him ! I will not say that some of them, had I been judge or jury, would 
not have met swift punishment; but they were smart enough to stop just 
outside the clutches of the law, and for this we should be truly thankful. 

On the other hand, many have reached, others are climbing, to positions 
of trust and honor. For higher reasons than selfish pride, these, I think, 
should go on record. For the encouragement of this and coming genera- 

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tions, shall we start a " Roll of Honor?" Here is a name, Hon. Howard J. 
Rogers, first deputy under Commissioner Peck at the World's Fair at Paris 
in 1900, where he has entire charge of the United States Educational 
Department. He held the same office for New York State at Chicago in '93, 
and his report of same is not second to any issued. He is a graduate of 
" Williams; *' office, Capitol, Albany, N. Y. 

One other, Hon. Frank A. Hadselle, whilom member Legislature, upper 
house; served successive terms as high sheriff over a county only a little 
larger than the State of Massachusetts— they do have such big things "out 
\V cs t "_and last year was appointed United States Marshal of the South- 
ern District of Wyoming; office, Cheyenne. (A word of warning. If you call 
on him, don't say anything against President McKinley. They lynch people 
for smaller offenses out there, and I don't believe he'd try to save you.) 

These men are respectively grandson and great-grandson of Polly 
Bassett Chapman, daughter of James Bassett, of Voluntown, Conn., and 
who was the sixth in line from William and Elizabeth Tilden Bassett, of 
the good ship " Fortune," 1621. 

And now. with poor " Old Rip," as impersonated by dear old Joe Jeffer- 
son, "'ere's 'ealth and long life to every one of you " 

Celia Antoinette Chapman Hadselle. 
18 Church Street, Pittsfield, Mass., September 5, 1899. 

The President: It is now necessary to choose officers under the new 
Constitution. Anticipating this action I went about and tried to find three 
men who would serve on a nominating committee. My quest was unsuccess- 
ful. This determines me to look elsewhere than among the men. Where 
man is weak woman is sure to be strong. I am going to appoint a com- 
mittee entirely composed of ladies. I appoint Mrs. Joel Bassett, of North 
Haven; Mrs. Homer F. Bassett, of Waterbury, and Mrs. L. B. Umberfield, 
of New Haven. They will retire and prepare a list for presentation to the 
meeting. We have with us one who has devoted a great deal of time to the 
study of our history and he always has for us a word of cheerfulness. We 
shall all be glad to hear from Sheldon B. Thorpe. 



ADDRESS OF SHELDON B. THORPE. 

I had no expectation, Mr. President, of being called up at this time, 
and I do not know why I am, unless that the Bassetts may look at me. 
After listening to the Secretary's paper, with its prodigious array of names, 
dates, facts and traditions, it seems to me that as supplementary to the 
felicitous remarks with which you introduced him, you might have added 
the words of the venerable bishop, who, presiding over one of the great 
Methodist Conferences, announced that a brother would read a paper upon 
the devil, and added that he hoped great attention would be paid, for the 
author had spent much time upon it and was full of his subject. 

Try as I may, my kinsman, I cannot lift myself to the genealogical 
level of this occasion; I am yet too near the present gathering of the vet- 

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erans of the Grand Army of the Republic in Philadelphia, from which I 
have just returned. Although here is everything attractive in nature and 
lovely in woman, yet my thoughts are far away with that royal line in blue, 
with its old battle-flags, swinging down one of the fairest avenues of the 
new world, packed from curb to cornice with waves of people, shouting, 
clapping, cheering, waving a triumph of welcome that shall endure in mem- 
ory until the last soldier of the Civil War is carried over the border and 
mustered into the camp of eternity. 

For this reason I trust you will pardon any seeming lack of interest in 
this gathering, for it is but seeming. I am loyal to this clan. It is an honor 
to be a part of it, and I close using the words of an army friend, who, when 
he was appointed chaplain to the Connecticut State penitentiary, said on 
addressing his first congregation, "I am glad to see so many here." 

Mr. President: Not a great way from where we now are is a great big 
village that has been annexing other big villages with the hope that one 
day it will be as big as Chicago. We have with us a member from Greater 
New York, and it is my great privilege to introduce to you Mr. Edward M. 
Bassett, of New York. 



ADDRESS OF EDWARD M. BASSETT. 

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen; — When I arrived here a little before 
dinner, and our general manager, Frank Bassett, had tagged me, taxed me, 
fined me, and issued me a certificate to prove that I was a genuine and 
authentic Bassett, he coolly informed me that I would have to make am 
address after dinner. Your President makes my position doubly embarrass- 
ing by intimating that because I am a lawyer and a Bassett, I must be 
unusually eloquent. Well, that's where he makes a mistake. I am not a 
Connecticut Bassett, like most of you, who from the samples we have had, 
can make good extemporaneous speeches on two hours' notice. I am from 
the Massachusetts Bassetts, who need three or four days' notice to make 
any kind of an extemporaneous speech. Then, too, that dinner we have 
just survived was enough to take the eloquence out of any man. That 
tempting succession of clams, crabs, lobsters and other tough things from 
the sea was exactly calculated to produce the "ominous lull" referred to 
by our poet. That same "ominous lull " seized me right after dinner, and 
its effects have not entirely disappeared. Still, here I am, and I suppose I 
am expected to talk about the Bassetts and their descent. You would think 
I should find this a prolific subject, because I have been a Bassett all my life, 
but at just this minute it seems to be the hardest subject I ever stood up 
against. We have been hearing and talking a great deal to-day about that 
ancient William Bassett, who must have been such a wonderful man because 
he came over in the ship Fortune and landed at Plymouth Rock. Surely it 
has been a great descent from him down to us. I am reminded of the Irish 
immigrant who was seized upon by the cheap suit selling Hebrew in Baxter 
street. The merchant remarked that he was descended from David, the 
King of the Jews. "Shure, and thot's a divil of a descint," says Patrick. 

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Have you ever noticed that the further we are away in point of time 
from any particular ancestor the greater he appears to be. This may be an 
optical delusion. Perhaps the first William was quite an ordinary man and 
considered by his contemporaries very much the same as the highly 
respected citizens here present are considered by their neighbors. Perhaps 
in some respects our President, for instance, is a more commendable man 
than William the Pilgrim. Those Pilgrims are said to have been severe, 
stern men, and a perfect terror in the household. They get all the credit 
for enduring hardships, and we don't hear their wives mentioned very often. 
We should more highly honor the Pilgrim mothers. They not only had to 
endure all the hardships that befell the Pilgrim fathers, but they had to 
endure the Pilgrim fathers, too. 

I will now endeavor rapidly to trace my line from the aforesaid William, 
and to explain the reason thereof. From William down, my particular line 
has been hunting, Yankee like, for an easy thing. They went to Cape Cod 
to find more fertile fields and greener pastures. Now, Cape Cod has a repu- 
tation for fertility, but my line of ancestors was looking for something 
easier than Cape Cod, so they migrated west, to the boundless and produc- 
tive west, and settled at Ashfield, in Franklin Co., Mass. The hill country 
was rather easy, easier, at least, than Cape Cod, but before long some of 
the Bassett young men began to think that farming was a rather hard 
business, anyway, and to cast about for something else to do. The ped- 
dling business appealed to some, especially peddling among the guileless 
Dutchmen over in York State. Maybe it was a Bassett pack-peddler of 
my line that Washington Irving tells about when he relates how the wife 
of Rip Van Winkle died from bursting a blood vessel in a dispute with 
a Yankee peddler. Or perhaps it was a Connecticut Bassett. They are 
known to be second to none in the race of Bassett in turning an honest 
dollar. 

By some such process my own father left the granite hills of Massa- 
chusetts and finally brought up in that big town which our President states 
is competing with Chicago for supremacy. He became a New York busi- 
ness man, and perhaps he found an easier thing than farming in Frank- 
lin County or Cape Cod, and then again perhaps he didn't. He is not here 
to say. True to the instincts of his race, the Bassett who is now address- 
ing you sought to improve on his ancestors in the line of something easy, 
and became a lawyer. He might have done better, and doubtless some 
descendant will hereafter strike a better thing. 

But to be serious, if we may consider that what I have said is not suffi- 
iently serious, we should be proud to belong to the Bassett family. It is one 
of the good old New England families that has spread over the whole country 
and helped to make this land what it is. The descendants of the early colon- 
ists have been added to by a multitude from every nation, but they have 
formed and still form the real basis of our civilization. Just so the English 
language is still the Anglo-Saxon, although new words have been added from 
all languages. Take away the new words, and the language is still all there. 
But not only are these old families the structural basis of the nation, but 
the Pilgrim families, Bassett and others, have helped to teach and to 
exemplify the industry and perseverance, the progressiveness and thrift, 

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the high principle and piety, the modesty and honesty, that have been 
important factors in the building up of the American people. 

The President : And now I am going to bring before you for considera- 
tion an entirely new code of laws. It has seemed to me that we are not 
working in a way to produce the best results. We have a meeting once a 
year, which is supposed to bring together all the Bassetts in America, but it 
does nothing of the kind. If we meet in Connecticut we get a preponder- 
ance of Connecticut people. If we meet in Massachusetts we see only 
Massachusetts faces. Our members cannot afford to go great distances -to 
meetings of this kind. My new Constitution provides that we shall be 
divided into branches and each branch shall have officers of its own and 
meet yearly. The National body shall meet once in three years. Other 
changes will appear. 

The President read the Constitution, which is hereunto appended, and 
it was adopted unanimously. 

The Nominating Committee being ready to report, Mrs. Joel Bassett, for 
the Committee, presented the following names: 

For President : Abbot Bassett, of Boston, Mass. 

For 1st Vice President : Samuel Bassett, of New Britain, Conn. 

For 2d Vice President: Mrs. C. A. C. Hadselle, of Pittsfield, Mass. 

For Treasurer : George J. Bassett, of New Haven, Conn. 

For Secretary and Historian : Frank G. Bassett, of Seymour, Conn. 

On motion the list, as presented, was unanimously elected. 

The President : Thanking you all for this renewed expression of your 
confidence, I can only say that I shall in the future, as I have in the past, 
endeavor to deserve it. 

And now we have come to that portion of our proceedings when we are 
called upon to approach the moment of parting. We have not many orators 
in our company, and formal speech-making is impossible to the greater 
number. We are more at ease when we address each other informally, and 
so let us pass from the formal to the informal, and while the day is yet with 
us talk and chat to our full bent. Though we adjourn the meeting we 
should not disperse. It will be three years before we meet again. I hope 
to see at the next Association meeting all who are with us to-day and many 
more besides. I hope that Father Time will deal kindly with us all and 
that we shall come together again with no less enthusiasm than we have 
given evidence of on this occasion. Till we meet again, then, Good-Bye. 



In closing this report I wish to say a few words in regard to the family 
genealogy. It was the great desire of all those present at the reunion that 
the genealogy should be completed as soon as possible, but it will be impos- 
sible for your Historian to complete this work unless he has the assistance 



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of other members of this large and scattered family, in looking up the local 
records of each particular branch and sending them to him for classification. 
I would therefore urge upon the members of the family the necessity of 
looking up their family records as soon as possible and sending them to me. 
This work is worthy of your earnest labor, and when the history is com- 
pleted we believe that it will be one of which you will be justly proud. You 
can assist me greatly in compiling it, as you will undoubtedly have access to 
records which it will be impossible for me to find. The records of your old 
churches and the records of the Probate Courts in the different towns in 
which Bassetts have lived will throw valuable light upon both the early 
and recent history of the family. 

Let us all, therefore, make this a banner year in the way of progress 

towards the completion of our family history, and it is my earnest hope that 

all members of our Association will do all in their power to accomplish this 

end. 

Fraternally yours, 



Frank G. Bassett, 

Secretary and Historian. 



Seymour, Conn., November /, iSgg. 



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APPENDIX. 



CONSTITUTION 



Article I. 



The name of this organization shall be the Bassett Family Association 
of America. 

Article II. 

The object of this Association shall be to promote good fellowship 
and genial companionship by pleasant association at reunions and social 
gatherings, whereby the members of this widely scattered family may be 
brought together for social intercourse and the interchange of information 
concerning family history and tradition, with the ultimate object of compil- 
ing and publishing a complete history of the family. 

Article III. 

Any person who is connected, either by birth or marriage, with the 
Basset or Bassett Family in America, is eligible to membership. 

Article IV. 

Section i. The annual dues shall be fifty cents, payable September i 
in each year, and all memberships shall expire on August 31 in each year, 
unless renewed before that date. 

Sec 2. All payments of dues, whenever made, shall date from Septem- 
ber 1 preceding the payment, and the membership thus created or renewed 
shall expire on August 31 next succeeding. Provided, however, that a 
member who forfeits his membership by non-payment of dues may not be 
renewed under the original date of entry except he pay full dues for each 
year of absence. 

Article V. 

The officers of this Association shall consist of a President, a First and 
Second Vice President, a Secretary, who shall also be the Historian, and a 
Treasurer. 

Article VI. 

There shall be the following Standing Committees: 

1. Executive and Finance, to consist of the five officers. 

2. Historical. 

3. Reunion. 

4. Auditing. 

5. Transportation. 

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Article VII. 

Section i. This Association shall be sub-divided for convenience in 
government and administration into State Branches, which shall take the 
name of the States in which they are located. 

Sec. 2. When there shall be ten members of the Association in any 
State or Territory, a Branch shall be constituted and the President shall 
appoint a Parent, a Scribe and Historian from its membership. The offi- 
cers thus appointed shall serve till the election or appointment of their suc- 
cessors, and shall constitute an Executive Board for the Branch. 

Article VIII. 

The Treasurer shall pay to the Scribe of each State Branch twenty-five 
(.25) cents from each fee received from a member connected with the State 
Branch of which the Scribe is an officer, but no rebate shall be given on 
fees received before the constitution of the State Branch. 

Article IX. 

The Association shall hold a reunion once in three years, beginning 
with the year 1902, at such time and place as the Executive Committee may 
determine. 

Article X. 

The officers of the Association shall be elected at the reunion, and a 
plurality of votes shall determine the choice. 

Article XI. 

Twenty-five persons present and voting shall be a quorum for the 
transaction of business at the reunions. 

Article XII. 

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of all members 
present at any reunion of the Association, provided that all such amend- 
ments shall be sent to the Secretary at least thirty days prior to such 
reunion. 



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BY-LAWS. 
Article I. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS. 

Section i. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Associa- 
tion; shall appoint all committees not otherwise ordered; may fill vacancies 
in any office or committee not otherwise provided for; shall have a general 
supervision over the affairs of the Association; shall approve all bills before 
they are paid, and shall have the power to call special meetings upon the 
request of five members. 

Sec. 2. The Vice Presidents, in the order of their priority, shall preside 
at meetings in the absence of the President, and shall succeed to the office 
of President in the order of their priority in a case of a vacancy in that 
office. They shall assist and advise with the President in the discharge of 
his duties. 

Sec 3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the 
Association and of the Executive Committee; he shall conduct the corre- 
spondence of the Association and issue all notices of meetings, elections and 
appointments. 

Sec 4. The Secretary, in his capacity as Historian, shall be Chairman 
of the Historical Committee. He shall, in conjunction with the Historians 
of the State Branches, collect and classify whatever facts and statistics may 
be obtainable relating to the family, and at each reunion he shall give an 
account of his work and its results. 

Sec 5. The Treasurer shall collect and receipt for all dues and other 
money due the Association, and shall deposit the same in an institution 
agreed upon by the Executive Committee and to the credit of the Associa- 
tion; he shall issue a ticket of membership to each full paid member, and 
this ticket shall plainly indicate the date when the membership that it rep- 
resents shall expire; at frequent intervals he shall report to the Scribe of 
each established Branch the names and addresses of the members of the 
Branch, paying to the Scribe the amount of money due him under Article 
VIII of the Constitution; he shall also make report and payment in the 
case of renewal of membership each year; his books shall be open to the 
inspection of the Executive Committee at any time, and he shall prepare 
and submit to the Executive Committee for audit before Septemer 1 in each 
year a detailed financial statement. He shall perform all other duties 
usually pertaining to his office. 

Article II. 

DUTIES OF COMMITTEES. 

Section i. The Executive and Finance Committee shall have the gen- 
eral management and control of the affairs of the Association; shall regu- 
late and direct all matters of revenue, disbursement and investment; fix 

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the place for all reunions and determine all questions of detail arising in 
the conduct of the Association. 

Sec. 2. The Historical Committee shall consist of the Historian of the 
Association, who shall be Chairman, and the Historians of the vStatc 
Branches. It shall be the duty of this Committee to co-operate in the work 
appointed for the Historian of the Association. 

Sec. 3. The Reunion Committee shall consist of three members. It 
shall arrange for the reunions and shall have power to appoint sub-commit- 
tees to assist in the work. 

Sec. 4. The Auditing Committee shall consist of three members. It 
shall audit the accounts of the Treasurer and report its finding - to the Exec- 
utive and Finance Committee. 

Sic. 5. The Transportation Committee shall consist of two members, 
who shall have the power to appoint a third member located at place of meet 
ing. It shall be the duty of this Committee to make arrangements for the 
transportation of members to the reunions, at such reductions of fare as it 
may be able to secure. 

Article III. 

POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE BRANCHES. 

Section, i. Each State Branch of the Association shall have power 
to make Rules and Regulations for its own government, and such Rules and 
Regulations must be consistent with the Constitution and By-Laws of the 
Association. 

Sec. 2. Each State Branch shall hold an annual reunion at such place 
and time as may be determined by the Executive Board. 

Sec. 3. At the time and place of the reunion of the State Branch there 
shall be an election of officers, and a plurality of votes shall decide the 
choice. 

Sec. 4. At the time and place of the reunion, the State Board shall 
take all necessary steps to formulate or amend a code of Rules and Regula- 
tions, which shall be consistent in every particular with the Constitution 
and By-Laws of the Association. 

Sec. 5. If at any time a State Branch shall fail to hold an annual 
reunion, its officers for the ensuing year shall be appointed by the President 
of the Association. 

Sec. 6. One-tenth of a membership of a State Branch, but not less than 
five members, shall be a quorum for the conduct of all business. 

Article IV. 

These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of all the members 
present at any reunion of the Association; provided, that all such amend- 
ments shall be sent to the Secretary at least thirty days before date of 
meeting. 

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STATE BRANCHES, 

The following branches have been organized in accordance with the 
Constitution and By-Laws adopted by the Bassett Family Association of 
America, at its reunion held at the Colonial Inn, September 8, 1899: 

CONNECTICUT. 
Organized September 8, 1899. 

Parent, Samuel Bassett, of New Britain, Conn 
Scribe, Frank G. Bassett, of Seymour, Conn. 
Historian, Sheldon B. Thorpe, of North Haven, Conn 

MASSACHUSETTS. 
Organized September 12, 1899. 

Parent, John I. Bassett, of Boston, Mass. 

Scribe, Marion D. Bassett, of Newtownville, Mass. 

Historian, Arthur H. Bassett, of Barre, Mass. 



REPORT OF THE TREASURER. 

C. E. P. Sanford, Treasurer, in account with The Bassett Family Asso- 
ciation. 

1898. Dr. 

September 15. To Balance, ... $ 8.56 

Received from Secretary for Membership 

Fees and Contributions, . . $ 70.25 

Received from Secretary for Dinner Tick- 
ets sold, ..... 112.50 182.75 



1191.31 



1899. 
September 8. Received from Secretary for Membership 

Fees and Contributions, . . . $133.00 

Received from Secretary for Dinner Tick- 
ets sold, ..... i5 2 - 2 5 285.25 



$476.56 



1898. Cr. 

September 17. By paid for Dinner at Samoset House, 

Plymouth, ..... $103.75 
By paid for Printing, Postage, etc., . 87-7° 

$ I 9 I -45 
1899. 

vSeptember 8. By paid for Printing, Postage, etc., $138.40 

" Dinner at Colonial Inn, 101.50 $239.90 431.35 



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Balance, .... $45- 2I 

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM BASSETT. 

The following numbers are given to correspond with those in the manu- 
script volume of William Bassett and his descendants. The closest criti- 
cism is solicited to correct errors and misstatements. 

William Bassett came to New England in the ship Truelove, 1624, in 

company with the Rev. Peter Hobcrt, and among their shipmates were John 

Cooper, William Ives, Abraham Dickerman and others, who located at New 

Haven, Conn. 

WILLIAM BASSETT. 

New Haven Colony. 

William Bassett first appears in the New Haven Colony in 1642. He 
came from Massachusetts, but his exact relation to the Bassett families 
there is not yet determined. The name of " William " is common to the 
records of Plymouth, Lynn, Duxbury and other colonial towns. He mar- 
ried Hannah, widow of William Ives, November 7, 1648, and died August 

29, 1684. 

Children. 

100. Hannah, born Sept. 13, 1650. 

101. John, " Dec. 24, 1652. 

102. Samuel, " 1654. 

103. Abiah, baptized Feb. 7, 1658. 

100. 
HANNAH. 
Married John Parker (born October 8, 1648; died 17 11), Nov. 8, 1670. She 
died June 7, 1726. They had 

Hannah, married William Andrews, Jan. 12, 1692. 
Thankful, " Matthias Hitchcock, Dec. 27, 1710. 

Matthias, " Eunice Hull, Jan. 28, 17 12. 

William, " Phebe Hotchkiss. 

Nancy, " Joel Osborne. 

Catherine, " Charles Ives. 

IOI. 

JOHN 
Married Mercy, daughter of Christopher and Grace Middlebrook Todd, 
about 1675. John died Feb. 8, 1714. Mercy died April 8, 1717. Christopher 
Todd and wife were among the first settlers of New Haven. They came 
from Pontrefact, England. The)' had 

no. Mercy, born Dec. 15, 1676; married Benjamin Miller, of Middlefield, 

Conn. 
Oct. 3,1679; " Ebenezer Mansfield, of New Haven, 

Conn. 
June 3, 1862; Daniel Bradley, of Hamden, Conn. 

Aug. 10, 1665; " Stephen Munson. 
March 15, 1688; " Phineas Clark, of North Haven, Ct. 
July 11, 1691; " Elizabeth Thomson. 
April 19, 1694; died young. 
March 14, 1695. 
Dec. 14, 1697; married Miriam Bradley, of N. Haven, Ct. 

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III. 


Hannah, 


112. 


Sarah, 


"3- 


Lydia, 


114. 


Abagail, 


"5- 


John, 


116. 


Joseph, 


117. 


Rebekah, 


118. 


Joseph, 



102. 

SAMUEL. 

Married Mary, daughter or Abraham Dickerman, June 21, 1677. Samuel 
died April 8, 17 16. Mary died November 28, 1728. (See monuments in 
cemetery at North Haven, Conn.) They had children. 

Mary, born Feb. 14, 1678; married Capt. Daniel Sherman. 

" Oct. 9, 1681. 



200 

201. Phebe, 

202. Abiah, 

203. Samuel, 

204. John, 

205. Abram, 

206. Martha, 

207. Amos, 

208. Ebenezer, 

209. Thankful, 



" John Hitchcock. 
" Mary Hitchcock. 
Lydia Holt. 
Mehitable Street. 
David Yale, of North Haven 
Conn. 
Feb. 19,1698; " Mary Gilbert, of Hamden, Conn. 
May 12, 1700; died unmarried, 1722. 
Oct. 10,1702; married Nathaniel Yale, of North Haven; 
married, second, Nathaniel Heaton, of New Haven. 



Dec. 1, r684; 
March 16, 1687; 
March 3, 1690; 
Nov. 9, r692; 
Sept. 8, 1695; 



103. 
ABIAH. 



Married Ralph Lines (son of Ralph) jApril 27, r68i. 
Ancestry, page 181.) They had children. 
Hannah, born July 28, 1684. 



(See Dickerman 



Joseph, 

Phebe, 

Alice, 

Ralph, 

Benjamin, 

Abiah, 

Rebecca, 

Ablis, 



Feb. 20, T685. 
June 18, 1687. 
Feb. 27, 1689. 
Sept. 23, 1690. 
Jan. t, r6 94 -5. 
Feb. 7, 1696-7. 
Feb. — , 1698-9. 
March 1, 1702. 



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NAMES OF THOSE PRESENT AT THE THIRD 

REUNION. 



Cullen B. Foote, 

S. T. Hitchcock, 

Mrs. S. T. Hitchcock, . 

Eugene M. Tolles, 

Mrs. Julia E. Bassett Tolles, 

Robert J. Bassett and son, 

Wilson M. Bassett, 

Mr. and Mrs. Nestor F. Richardson 

Mrs. Mary Bassett Foote Griggs, 

Lewis B. Tucker, . 

Levi H. Dunbar, 

Stillman Bassett Doolittle, 

Tallmadge Swift, 

Mrs. Dennis Fenn, . 

Miss Olive Rose, 

Samuel B. Bassett, . 

Herbert Swift, 

Mrs. Emeline Eno Bassett, 94 years of 

Lottie B. Bassett, . 

Mrs. Samuel Bassett, 

Samuel Bassett, 

Judge William G. Bassett, 

Mrs. Mary C. Bassett, . 

Mrs. Julia D. Brown, 

Helen E. Brown, 

Bessie F. White, 

Mrs. Juliette Bassett, 

Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Wadham, 

Miss K. A. Prichard, 

Miss Sarah Wadham, 

Mrs. Julia P. Bassett, 

Marshal L. Bassett, 

Frank Bassett, 

Mr. and Mrs. Abbot Bassett, 

Mrs. Delia Bassett Tolles, 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Bassett, 

Henry Atwater, 

Mrs. M. A. Lewis, . 

Herbert H. Bassett, 

Mrs. Lucy B. Mitchell, . 

Jesse Bassett Goodsell, . 

George L. Gordon, . 

Mrs. Florence Bassett Williams 



. New Haven, Conn. 
Wolcott, Conn. 

South Nor walk, Conn. 
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Litchfield, Ky. 



Portsmouth, Va. 

Waterbury, Conn. 

Plainville, Conn. 

Plymouth, Conn. 

Wallingford, Conn. 

Hartford, Conn. 

. Milford, Conn. 

Wallingford, Conn. 

New Britain, Conn. 



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Northampton. 



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Mass. 



New Haven, Conn. 



Seymour, 

An son i a, 

West Haven, 

Waterbury, 



Conn. 
Conn. 
Conn. 
Conn. 
West Haven, Conn. 



Huntington, Conn. 

Boston, Mass. 

Terryville, Conn. 

Green Island, N. Y. 

Derby, Conn. 

New York City, N. Y. 

New Britain, Conn. 

New York City, N. Y. 

North Haven, Conn. 

Plymouth, Conn. 

Bridgeport, Conn. 



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Mrs. Philo L. Bassett, . 

Joel E. Bassett, 

Mrs. Joel E. Bassett, 

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon B. Thorpe, 

Mrs. J. T. Jacobs, . 

Miss Bertha M. Lane, . 

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Bassett, . 

Mrs. I. L. Doolittle, 

Miss Catherine A. Smith, 

Mrs. Nelson E. Goodsell, 

Fred. L. Mansfield, 

Mrs. Hattie E. Bailey, . 

Mrs. Alma Bassett Curtis, 

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. P. S-nford, 

Mrs. C. M. Squires, 

Mrs. William J. Dorsey, 

Miss Kate Tuttle, . 

Charles F. Bassett, . 

Newcomb M. Bassett, 

Edwin Tuttle, 

Mrs. Newton J. Gunn, . 

Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Umberfield, 

James E. Smith, 

Aaron Bassett, 

Edward L. Bassett, 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Stewart, 

Mrs. Walter Radcliffe, . 

Mrs. Fannie Bassett Stewart, 

Mrs. A. Willard Case and daught< 

Mrs. Seymour C. Loomis, 

Ellis A. Bassett, 

George E. Smith, . 

Mrs. Jennie Bassett Sawyer, 

Charles L. Bassett, 

Mrs. Charles L. Bassett, 

Miss Lillian M. Bassett, 

D. M. Bassett, 

Mrs. D. M. Bassett, 

Royal M. Bassett, . 

Samuel A. Bassett, 

Mrs. Samuel A. Bassett, 

Miss Alice Tucker, 

Philo L. Bassett, . . 

Mrs. J. P. Lawler, . 

Mrs. Mary E. Bassett Wooster, 

Cornelia A. Bassett, 

Miss Ethel M. Wright, . 

Mrs. Jennie L. Bassett Wright, 

Miss Ida M. Wright, 



South Norwalk, 
Terryville, 
North Haven, 



Stratford, Conn. 
North Haven, Conn. 



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Conn. 
Conn. 
Conn. 






Ansonia, 
New Haven, 

North Haven, 
New Haven, 

North Haven, 
New Haven, 



Derby, Conn. 

Conn. 

Conn. 

Conn. 

Conn. 

Conn. 

Conn. 
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North Haven, Conn. 
New Haven, Conn. 

u a a 

North Haven, Conn. 
Clintonville, Conn. 
New Haven, Conn, 
Seymour, Conn. 
Shelton, Conn. 
Seymour, Conn. 
South Manchester, Conn. 
New Haven, Conn. 
Fair Haven, Conn. 
Shelton, Conn, 
Derby, Conn. 

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New Haven, Conn. 



Plainville, 

Stratford, 

Waterbury, 

New Haven, 



Conn. 
Conn. 
Conn. 
Conn. 



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Alice F. Bassett Brown 

Thomas J. Brown, 

Mrs. Lois Bassett Coe, 

Clara L. Jacobs, 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Bassett, 

Mr. and Mrs. William W. Clemence, 

Franklin B. Scott, 

Miss Anna M. Fenn, 

Mrs. Nathan H. Fenn, 

Walter F. Tolles, . 

Mrs. Mary E. Jacobs, 

Mrs. M. Jennie Bassett Dean, 

William F. Dean, . 

Erskine B. Bassett, 

Albert F. Bishop, . 

Mrs. Antionette Bassett Thatcher, 

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Canfield, 

George D. Moulthrop, . 

Samuel L. Bassett and wife, 

Francis H. Bassett and family, 

Mrs. Frederick demons, 

Mrs. Frank G. Bassett, . 

W. J. Tuttle and wife, . 

Homer F. Bassett, wife and daughter, 

Mr. Charles R. Jordon, 

Mrs. Elizabeth P. Bassett Jordon, 

Loren D. Nichols, .... 

Mrs. Marilla J. Bassett Nichols, 

Frank G. Bassett, .... 



Bridgeport, Conn. 

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Terryville, Conn. 

New Haven, Conn. 

Brooklyn, N. Y, 

Terryville, Conn. 

. Milford,Conn. 

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Terryville, Conn. 

New Haven, Conn. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Hopkinsville, N. Y. 
New Haven Conn. 

It a a 

Bridgeport, Conn. 

West Haven, Conn. 

Seymour, Conn. 

Bridgeport, Conn. 

. Shelton,Conn. 

Seymour, Conn. 

New Haven, Conn. 

Waterbury, Conn. 

Kamms, Ohio. 



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Seymour, Conn. 



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REUNION SONG. 
Air -Annie Laurie. 



Three years have passed so swiftly, 

We cannot trace their flight, 
Since first we met together 

In the Autumn's golden light- 
In the Autumn warm and bright, 

And ne'er shall we forget 
Our joyous first Reunion — 

Its halo lingers yet. 

Dear friends have since departed, 

We miss them sadly here, 
Their presence, all-inspiring, 

Their friendly words of cheer — 
Our eyes are dimmed with tears, 

As we think of each dear face — 
We'll ever keep their mem'ry green, 

Which time can ne'er efface. 

Since the landing of " The Fortune," 

Down to the present time, 
Our "clan " has grown and flourished, 

And dwelt in every clime — 
And proudly do we greet them, — 

Many are known to fame — 
Our motto from our Heraldry 

Is " Rather Death than Shame." 

M. Jennie Bassett Dean. 
Taunton, September 8, 1899. 



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