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Elmer and Maggie (McWhirter) Bassett
of
Marion County, Illinois


Elmer Bassett, born 29 August 1871, Bassett Homestead, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Harvey Foster and Sarah (CHILTON) BASSETT. He died Friday, 10 Nov 1950, same place. He is buried in Sandy Branch Cemetery, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Elmer married Margaret "Maggie" McWhirter 3 October 1897, Marion County, Illinois.
    Maggie was born 21 Jun 1881, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Charles Pitts and Rebecca (HAMMER) McWHIRTER. Maggie died 2 Mar 1935, Peroia, Illinois, from lung cancer. She is buried next to her parents in Martin Cemetery, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Elmer lived his entire life in the same home. At the age of 5, he had to face the death of his brother Charles. Elmer was the youngest child of the family and was a bit spoiled, but he was also very intelligent.
    Elmer took up the trade of farming, as did his father.
    By 1897, when Elmer married, Elmer's sister, Mary Catherine (BASSETT) MARSHALL, had died. His brother, Sid BASSETT and family, and his sister Belle (BASSETT) ALTUM and family, had all moved to Cooke County, Texas, near Gainesville. His brother, Lafe BASSETT, had built a house just west down the road where he was farming and raising his family.
    Elmer was good friends with Pitts McWHIRTER. Together they arranged the marriage of Pitts' daughter, Maggie, to Elmer. Unfortunately, Maggie did not want to marry Elmer. She was in love with another man. She did as her father said and married Elmer. She was only age 16.
    Maggie had grown up on her father's farm at Greenridge on Section 34 of Foster Township. Their property bordered Tonti Township. She had four brothers and six sisters. Maggie was one of the younger children.
    Maggie's mother, Rebecca, was the daughter of Wiley and Ellender (HULTZ) HAMMER. Wiley having been born in Tennessee, son of John, Esq. and Nancy (GARNER) HAMMER. Nancy was the daughter of John and Susannah (HALL) GARNER of North Carolina. Ellender (HULTZ) HAMMER was born in Ohio and was living in Madison County, Illinois when she met and married Wiley.
    Elmer provided well for Maggie and his children. They lived in a nice home, which he built onto.
    Maggie was a hard worker, as were all farm wives, and the prospered well. Unfortunately, prosperity does ot bring happiness. Maggie was a woman who wanted to enjoy life to the fullest. She enjoyed getting away from the farm and going to town in the buggy, which caused much gossip among the community. The gossip was totally unfounded, as she remained faithful to her husband. She would often take her friend, Mrs. HEADLEY, with her to town. She also took her grandson, Lyle CONANT, with her on many of her trips, to try to end the gossip.
    One of her best friends was Edith (IRWIN) NICHOLS. Edith's sister-in-law, Ellen, married Sid BASSETT, Elmer's brother. When I was a boy I would go visit Mrs. NICHOLS. She was in her 90's. She was one of the nicest persons I ever knew. She would talk about "Mag," as she called her. She said that "Mag" was a wonderful person who was full of life.
    Elmer would often loan money to people of the community. He was easier to other people than to his own family. When his children borrowed money, they had to pay it back to the penny. Even after the death of his son, Charles, he made his daughter-in-law, Vera, who was a young widow having to care for her fatherless son, pay back all the money Charles had borrowed form Elmer for his schooling. He also denied his daughter, Grace, the high school education she longed for and asked him for. He wouyld not pay for her lodging in Kinmundy, so that she could attend the high school, even though he had the money to do so. She loved school and wanted to learn more, so much so that she went to the 8th grade twice. He did allow his youngest daughter, Edith, to attend high school.
    One wonders what made Elmer such a hard man, especially since the rest of the family were a loving people. Possibly the loss of his one eye, ot the loss of his brother at such a young age, or was it because he had a wife that would never love him? Only he could answer that question.
    Elmer aquired one-hundred-sixty acres of the home place.
    On 1 Sep 1892, Elmer bought the inherited land of his brother, Henry BASSETT, who was living in Florence Township, Hand County, South Dakota, for $600.00. It was finalized 13 Dec 1894. This property was in Sections 22, 23 and 27 of Foster Township.
    On 15 Feb 1893, Elmer bought the inherited land of his brother, Lafe BASSETT, for $1,600.00. It was finalized 13 Dec 1894. All of this land was in Section 22 of Foster Township.
    On 14 Dec 1894, Elmer bought the Edmon L. THOMAS 80 acres for $1,500.00. It was finalized 20 Feb 1895. This land was in Sections 27 and 34 of Foster Township.
    On 13 Jun 1900 the census shows Elmer and May BASSETT living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them is their son George BASSETT. (Note: Of course May should be Mag and George should be Gage.) It shows that Elmer was a farmer. It lists all of their birthdays correctly.
    On 28 Apr 1910, the census shows Elmer (38) and Maggie (28) BASSETT living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Gage age 11, Gail age 9, Grace age 7, Charles age 5, and Mason age 3.
    On 5 Dec 1912, the "Kinmundy Express" has, " Mrs. Elmer BASSETT, residing west of this city, underwent a surgical operation in the Mt. Vernon Hospital on Monday."
    On 24 Jun 1916, Elmer bought the George B. WAKEFIELD property, which consisted of the home, a tenant house, barns and 80 acres at the cost of $4,000.00.
    On 26 Jan 1920, the census shows Elmer (48) and Margarett (38) BASSETT living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were children Gayle age 18, Grace age 16, Charles E. age 14, Mason age 12, Edith age 7 and Ellis age 5.
    On 8 Feb 1924, Elmer purchased 10 acres for $100.60, from C. E. ARNOLD, S. W. ARNOLD, Doris (ARNOLD) JONES and Dale ARNOLD. This land was in Section 23 of Foster Township.
    On 14 Aug 1926, Elmer sold 10 acres for $160.00 to Jesse R. WEHRLE. This land was in Section 23 of Foster Township. This left Elmer with 320 acres of prime farm land of the Illinois prairie.
    On 19 Apr 1930, the census shows Elmer (58) and Margaret (48) BASSETT living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them was their son Ellis age 15.
    On 9 Apr 1931, after Maggie had fulfilled her duty as a wife and mother, and after her youngest child became 17 years of age, she left Elmer. Maggie knew that she could never be happy and enjoy life as long as she was with Elmer. Maggie first moved to Peoria to live with her sister, Cora.
    On 1 Apr 1932, Elmer's divorce to Maggie became final.
    Maggie became sick and went to live with her daughter, Gayle JONES, in St. Louis. She knew she was going to die. This caused a bit a conflict between Gayle and her father, as Elmer insisted that Maggie move back home to die. Before her death, she went back to Peoria.
    On 2 Mar 1935, Maggie died from lung cancer. She was taken back to Foster Township and buried next to her parents in Martin Cemetery.
    On 7 Mar 1935, the "Kinmundy Express" had, "Mrs. Elmer BASSETT Dies in Peoria: Mrs. Elmer BASSETT passed away at the home of her sister in Peoria, Saturday, after having suffered for the past several weeks from cancer of the lungs. The body arrived in Alma Tuesday morning where the funeral services were held at 11 o'clock from the Methodist-Episcopal Church and interment made in the Martin Cemetery."



Last Will and Testament of Elmer BASSETT

I, Elmer BASSETT, of the Town of Alma, County of Marion and State of Illinois, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, ordain, establish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby expressly revoking any and all prior will by me executed.

ITEM FIRST: It is my will and desire that after my death, all my debts and funeral expenses be first fully paid and that a suitable grave marker be placed at my grave.

ITEM SECOND: Any money which I may have at the time of death, after the payment of the above mentined debts and expenses, I hereby give and bequeath to Gage BASSETT, Gale JONES, Grace CONANT, Mason BASSETT, Edith ARNOLD, Ellis BASSETT, my children, and Charles Roy BASSETT, my grandson, to be divided equally between them, share and share alike.

ITEM THIRD: I have heretofore deeded my real estate to my heirs reserving all oil and mineral rights; it is my will should there be any production of iol or any royalty sold under any of the tracts so deeded by me, that the proceeds therefrom be divided equall among my six children and my granchild above named. All rights to lease and all lease bonuses, however, to go to the owner of the surface.

ITEM FOURTH: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, realpersonal or mixed, of whatsover kind and character and wheresoever situated, whether owned by me now or acquired by mehereafter I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Edith ARNOLD, absolutely in fee simple forever.

LASTLY, I hereby nominate and appoint my sons, Gage BASSETT and Mason BASSETT, the executors of this my Last Will and Testament and request that as such executors they be not required to give bond.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of April, A.D. 1950.

Elmer BASSETT (seal)

The above and foregoing instrument consisiting of one page, was at the date thereof signed, sealed, publishedn and declared by said Elmer BASSETT as and for his Last Will and Tesatment, in the presence of us, who, at this request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnessed thereto, believing that said Elmer BASSETT to be, at the time of so subcribing our names as aforesaid, of sound and disposing mind and memory.

E. J. JONES

L. D. MARTIN

On Sunday, 12 Nov 1950, Elmer's funeral was held at 2:00 P.M. at Zion Methodist-Episcopal Church in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. The service was conducted by Rev. Oscar L. HAWKINS.
    Elmer's obituary in the newspaper:

Final Rites Held Sunday Afternoon For Elmer Bassett

"Again the enemy, Death, ahs passed through our community, bringing to an end the life of a p rominent citizen, a good neighbor, and sincere friend.
    "Elmer Bassett, son of Henry F. and Sarah Bassett, was born in Foster Township August 29, 1871, finished his earthly career November 10, 1950, aged 79 years, 2 months and 12 days.
    "He was of a family of six children, one sister and four brothers; also two half sisters and one half brother, all of whom preceded him in death.
    "On October 3 1897 he was united in marriage to Maggie McWhirter, whose life span ended march 2, 1935.
    "As the years rolled by, four sons and three daughters came to bless this matrimonial union, all of whom survive, except one son, Charles was killed in an auto accident January 30, 1930.
    "The deceased had been in failing health for more than a year. He realized time was running out for him, having so confided to some of his children and close friends.
    "Mr. Bassett lived his entire life on the farm where he was born, was a man of sterling character and sound judgment, dealing honestly and fairly with his fellow man.
    "Many are they who have southt his advice on problems confronting them.
    "The high standards by which he lived, proved conclusively by his belief in a just and loving God, who has made provision future life in a rightous "New World for All Who Seek After It."
    "Left to mourn his passing are six children, namely, Gage, Gale, Grace, Mason, Edith and Ellis, all living within the same township, where they and their father were born, three sons-in-law, three daughters-in-law, thirteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, a large number of nieces, nephews and other relatives, not to mention the host of friends and neighbors.
    "We, his neighbors and friends, feel very keenly that we have lost the council of a substantial citizen and friend, and how much more must the children and other relatives realize their loss.
    "Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Zion Church, Rev. Oscar L. Hawkins officiating. Iterment was made in Sandy Branch Cemtery."



Children of Elmer and Margaret (McWHIRTER) BASSETT:

1. Gage BASSETT, born 5 Dec 1898, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Gage married Anna ROLLER.
    (See #1 following)

2. Gale/Gayle BASSETT, born 16 Aug 1900, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. Gayle married Milburn JONES.
    (See #2 following)

3. Grace BASSETT, born 14 Dec 1903, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Grace married George William "Bill" CONANT.
    (Visit Grace's or Bill's Links to see this family.)

4. Charles BASSETT, born 12 Jun 1905, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Charles married Vera MORRIS.
    (See #4 following)

5. Mason "Peck" BASSETT, born 31 Jul 1907, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Mason married Marjorie DOOLEN.
    (See #5 following)

6. Edith BASSETT, born 18 May 1912, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Edit married Mark Lyle ARNOLD.
    (See #6 following)

7. Ellis "Buck" BASSETT, born 7 Mar 1914, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Ellis married Clella CALDWELL.
    (See #7 following)

Gage (back), Mason, Ellis and Charles Bassett and Grace, Edith and Gayle Bassett in 1914.


Pleasant Grove School
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois
1913


Photo taken about 1919/1920



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#1
Gage Bassett

of
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois


Gage BASSETT , born 5 Dec 1898, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. He died 7 Aug 1971 at his home in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. Gage and Ann are buried in Martin Cemetery, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Gage married Anna "Ann" ROLLER, 15 Feb 1922, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 8 Aug 1897, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Sebastion and Mary (HREJACKOVA) ROLLER, Bohemian immigrants. Ann died Monday, 16 Dec 1985, Washington County Hospital, Potosi, Missouri.
    On 1 May 1930, the census shows Gage (31) and Anna (32) BASSETT living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were daughters Elle age 4 years and 3 months; and Dorothy age 3 years and 3 months.
    Gage was a farmer and he raised sheep. He also had an orchard. He purchased the Wakefield House and farm from his father, where he raised his family and lived all of his life. He was a good man. Aunt Ann was a woman who spoke her mind, which sometimes rubbed people the wrong way, but I liked her and she was very witty.
    Gage and Ann belonged to the Republican Party. They did not adhere to any religion.

Children of Gage and Anna (ROLLER) BASSETT:

1-1. Stanley Lewis BASSETT, born 24 Sep 1924 and died 30 Oct 1924. He is buried in Martin Cemetery, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.

1-2. Ellen Virginia BASSETT, born 13 Dec 1925, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. Ellen has lived her entire adult life in St. Louis, Missouri.

1-3. Dorothy Evelyn BASSETT, born 8 Dec 1927, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Dorothy married Irvin CORNWELL in California.
    He was employed buying parts for airplanes. They lied in Colorado Springs at one time.

    Children of Irvin and Dorothy Evelyn (BASSETT) CORNWELL:

    1-3-1. Karen Elizabeth CORNWELL, born 28 Oct 1959, Denver, Colorado.

    1-3-2. Bruce CORNWELL, born 19 Jul 1961, Denver, Colorado.



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#2
Gayle Bassett Jones

of
St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri
and
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois
and
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada


Gale/Gayle BASSETT, born 16 Aug 1900, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) BASSETT. She died Sunday, 22 Feb 1998, Doctors Health and Rehabilitation, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. Aunt Gayle's name at birth was Gale. She changed it to Gayle. Gayle and Mub are buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery on Lone Mountain Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Gayle married Milburn "Mub" JONES 13 Aug 1920, Marion County, Illinois. Mub was born 28 Nov 1895, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Thomas Marion "Tough Eye" and Mary Etta (GREEN) JONES. He died 5 Jul 1984, Las Vegas, Clarke County, Nevada.
    Mub's grandparents were Thomas Palmer and Mariah (LEE)(ROBINSON) JONES, and Philip and Sarah (PETERS) GREEN. Maria was said to be a cousin of General Robert E. LEE. Mub's great-Grandparents were James and Mary (WHALEY) JONES, and Burl and Lucinda (RAMSEY) LEE, and Thomas and Vienna (SMALLEY) GREEN.
    Mub served in the United States army during World War 1.
    Gayle and Mub lived for about five years in Foster Township on Garrett Road, just south of Sandy Branch Road. It was about a mile east of the Bassett Homestead. They then moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Mub became a tool and die maker. Gayle worked in a dress factory for 20 years.
    On 1 Apr 1930, the census shows Milburn (32) and Gayle (29) JONES living in St. Louis, Missouri. Also with them was their daughter, Juanita E. age 6. Also with them was Gayle's sister, Edith BASSETT age 17. They owned their own home and it was valued at $2,500.00. They had a radio. Mub was working at a car factory. Gayle was working at a dress factory. Edith was working as a housekeeper for private homes.
    In 1948, Gayle and Mub moved back to Foster Township, buying the house across the road and west of her brother's house, Gage BASSETT, on Green Ridge Road.
    On 6 Jun 1951, Mub was in a very bad automobile accident. He was a lmost killed.
    In Nov 1958, Gayle and Mub moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where their daughter, Juanita, was living. They lived there a short time and then moved back to Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. They bought property on Sandy Branch Road. This land included the old Sandy Branch School. They built a new home next to the school. Their driveway was directly in line with Parker Road. It was a ranch style home with two bedroom. They later added another bedroom to the house, after their daughter, Juanita, moved in with them.
    In the autumn of 1978, Gayle and Mub moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, with their daughter Juanita. They built a new home next to their grandson's, Jimmy CLOUD's, home on Lone Mountain Road. It was a nice home with a gorgeous view. It had four bedroom, 3 baths, kitchen, breakfast room, formal dining room and a living room. It also had a two-car garage. It was on 1 1/2 acres. Gayle, Mub and Juanita lived there, as did granddaughter, Jodie, when she wasn't at college in California.
    After the death of Juanita and Mub, Gayle's granddaughter, Jackie WILLIAMS, and her two children, Rhonda and Jeff, moved in with her.
    In 1991, Gayle sold her house in Vegas and moved back to Salem, Illinois with her granddaughter, Jackie. They moved to South Franklin Street, on the opposite side of the 300 block from Gayle's niece, Monna (CONANT) FRAKES.
    Aunt Gayle was a very hard working person. Even in her 90's she worked hard. I saw her digging and planting a tree when she was in her 90's. She always had a garden, even in Vegas, where people told her she couldn't grow one. She always had flowers and fruit trees. She was a great seamstress and she crocheted, knitted, etc.

Child of Milburn and Gayle (BASSETT) JONES:

2-1. Emily Juanita JONES, born 16 Nov 1923, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Juanita married James William "JW" CLOUD.
    (See #2-1 following)



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#2 -1
Juanita Emily Jones Cloud

of
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada


Juanita Emily JONES, born 16 Nov 1923, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Milburn and Gayle (BASSETT) JONES. She died 9:20 P.M., 5 Aug 1981, Las Vegas, Clark County, Neveda, in a head-on collision by a drunk. Burial in Memory Gardens Cemetery on West Lone Mountain Road in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada.
    Juanita married James William "JW" CLOUD 3 Jun 1944, Dallas, Texas. He was born 13 Oct 1920, Campbell, Kunklin County, Missouri, son of Fred House and Alicia Frances (McELYEA) CLOUD. He died Apr 1968, Las Vegas, Nevada. Juanita divorced JW and later remarried him 3 Jun 1954, St. Louis, Missouri. She divorced him the 2nd time.
    JW was the grandson of James and Sarah (BYRD) CLOUD, and Thomas William and Dollie May (SHIRFIELD) McELYEA. JW was the great-grandson of Solomon Isaiah and Ellen (FRANCIS) SHIRFIELD, and George Washington and Mary Jane (WINTERS/WITHERS) McELYEA. George was the son of Samuel McELYEA, who was the son of Patrick Henry and Hannah McELYEA. Patrick was the son of Laughlin McELYEA of Scotland, who married Mary POWERS, the daughter of William and Phillis (DENNISON) POWERS.
    Juanita grew up in St. Louis Missouri, where she met JW. After they married, they lived in Dallas, Texas for a few months, then moved to Beaumont, Texas, where they lived for two years, where their first child was born. They then moved back to St. Louis, Missouri, then Cincinnati, Ohio, then Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, then Washington, D.C. and then back to St. Louis, where their second child was born. They moved to Beaumont, Texas, Lke Charles, Louisiana, then to Reno, Nevada, which is where they lived when Juanita divorced him.
    Juanita moved back to S. Louis and lived there for about three years, until JW talked her into marrying him again. They moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they went into their own business. JW had been a professional gambler (Crap Dealer) up to this point. They opened a nursery, florist and landscaping business. It was called Roseland. Their third and last child was born while living in Vegas. They built a very nice home and things were prosperous for them.
    Nine years after the 2nd marriage, Juanita divorced JW the 2nd time. She moved back to Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, with her parents. She opened a business in Salem. It was a dry cleaners on West Main Street, located where Pizza Man is today in 2007.
    About 1973, Juanita and her daughter, Jodie, moved into the Bassett Homestead, which was now owned by Juanita's daughter, Jackie. There Juanita lived with her two daughter and two grandchildren. Juanita spent hours and hours in the garden turning the large lawn into a garden of eden. She had the most beautiful irises, which her nursery in Las Vegas had created. They spent a lot of time restoring the Bassett Home as well.
    In 1978, Juanita moved to Las Vegas.
    On 5 Aug 1981, Juanita and her daughter, Jodie, who was there visiting from her home in Pasadena, California, were on a shopping trip and on their way back to the house on the freeway when they were hit head-on by a drunk. Juanita was killed instantly, as the engine ended up in her lap. Jodie died a couple days later. The drunk was hardly hurt.

Children of James William and Emily Juanita (JONES) CLOUD:

2-1-1. James David "Jimmy" CLOUD, born 28 Dec 1944, Beaumont, Texas.
    Jimmy married Carolyn "Carol" ROGERS.

2-1-2. Jacquelynne Lee CLOUD, born 1 May 1946, St. Louis, Missouri.
    Jackie married 1st Robert LINTON.

2-1-3. Jodie Lynell CLOUD, born 28 Jan 1960, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada.
    Jodie married Mark Alan DENNY.


Juanita (Jones) Cloud and her Irises at the Bassett home when she lived there. Photo taken 1978.




(The rest of the Juanita's family was removed by request of a family member.)


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#4
Charles Bassett

of
Marion County, Illinois


Charles BASSETT, born 12 Jun 1905, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) BASSETT. He died 30 Jan 1930, automobile accident. Hi car slid on ice and overturned, killing him.
    Charles married Vera L. MORRIS 12 Nov 1927, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 16 Apr 1903, Kinmundy, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Ira and Laura (LAMBORN) MORRIS (See Holt Genealogy, #2 Henry G. HOLT, 1-6 in Sandy Branch Yahoo Group). She died 21 Jul 1992, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Kinmundy, Marion County, Illinois.
    Charles attended and graduated from a mechanic school.
    Vera taught school in Kinmundy for 3 years 1921-1923. She was a member of the Kinmundy United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of Easter Star #606 and Royal Neighbors of America - Camp 569.
    On the 13 Apr 1930, the census shows the widowed Vera BASSETT age 26 living with her parents, Ira and Lewella MORRIS, in Kinmundy, Marion County, Illinois. Vera's son Charles R. BASSETT age 3 months was also living there.
    In 1938, Vera married 2nd James Burdette MAXEY. Vera and Burdette had two sons, James MAXEY of Tuscola, Illinois; and William Louis MAXEY of Decatur, Illinois.
    On Thursday, 12 October 2006, The Kinmundy Express (Kinmundy, Illinois), has, "Bassetts To Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary Charles and Millie (BAILEY) BASSETT of Evansville, IN, formerly of Kinmundy will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, October 14 with a family dinner hosted by their children. Charles retired from CSX railroad after 44 years as a dispatcher. He then graduated from collge at ISU after which he taught school and coached elementary, middle school and high school sports. Both Charles and Millie are avid golfers. Charles loves to golf with his sons and grandsons, while Millie plays in leagues and Tournaments. Their favorite past-time is visiting their children and grandchildren. Charles and Millie are the parents of five children. Larry (Diane) BASSETT of Orland Park, Dennis (the late Sharon) BASSETT, Zionsville, IN, Barbara (Bruce) SCHOFIELD, Danville, Jim (Robyn) BASSETT, Bourbonnaise, and Jeanne BAKER, Indianapolis. They also have eight grandsons and one great grandson. They currently reside at 5800 Ward Street, Evansville, IN 47711."

Son of Charles and Vera L. (MORRIS) BASSETT:

4-1. Charles Roy BASSETT, born 15 Dec 1929, Oerland, Missouri.
    Charles Roy married Mildred "Millie" BAILEY 14 Oct 1946, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 15 Dec 1929, Oklahoma, daughter of Cecil E. and Irene (___?___) BAILEY.
    Charles Roy was a railroad dispatcher for CSX Railroad. He also taught school athletics.
    Charles Roy was a graduate of Indiana State University.
    They lived much of their married life in Evansville, Vanderburg County, Indiana.
    In 2006, they were living in Evansville, Indiana.

Children of Charles Roy and Mildred (BAILEY) BASSETT:

4-1-1. Larry Charles BASSETT, born 28 Oct 1946, Salem, Marion County, Illinois.
    Larry married Diane VATER.
    In 2006, they lived in Orland Park, Illinois.
    They have at least one son.

4-1-2. Dennis Lee BASSETT, born 24 May 1948, Salem, Marion County, Illinois.
    Dennis married Sharon ___?___ . She died before Oct 2006.
    In 2006, Dennis lives in Zionsville, Indiana.

    Son of Dennis Lee and Sharon(___?___) BASSETT:

    4-1-2-1. Daron BASSETT, born Dec 1976, Indianapolis, Indiana.

4-1-3. Barbara Ann BASSETT, born 16 Feb 1952, Salem, Marion County, Illinois.
    Barbara married Bruce SCHOEFIELD.
    In 2006, they lived in Vermilion County, Illinois.

    Children of Bruce and Barbara Ann (BASSETT) SCHOEFIELD:

    4-1-3-1. Andrew "Andy" SCHOEFIELD, born 11 Nov 1973, Victoria, Texas.

    4-1-3-2. Travis SCHOEFIELD, born 29 Jun 1974, Victoria, Texas.

    4-1-3-3. Robert "Robbie" SCHOEFIELD, born in Danville, Illinois.

4-1-4. James E. "Jim" BASSETT, born 25 Jun 1953, Salem, Marion County, Illinois.
    Jim married 1st Debbie WILLSON.
    Jim married 2nd Robyn DONESKE 5 Oct 1980, Riverside Presbyterian Church, Riverside, Illinois.
    In 2006, Jim and Robyn live in Bourbonnaise, Illinois.

    Children of James E. BASSETT:

    4-1-4-1. Daniel "Danny" BASSETT.

    4-1-4-2. Thomas "Tommy" BASSETT.

4-1-5. Jeanie Sue BASSETT, born 16 May 1973, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.
    Jeanie married ___?___ BAKER.
    In 2006, Jeanie lives in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.



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#5
Mason BASSETT

of
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois


Mason "Peck" BASSETT, born 31 Jul 1907, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) BASSETT. Peck died 10 Aug 1989. They are buried in Doolen Cemetery-West, which was next to their home.
    Peck married Marjorie Gayle "Margie" DOOLEN 7 Dec 1926, Patoka, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 29 Nov 1906, Vernon, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Oscar Lewis and Cora Alice (CAMPBELLIN) DOOLEN (See Doolen Family Genealogy, Chapter 7, #4). Margie died 6 Mar 2002, Illiopolis, Sangamon County, Illinois.
    Margie and her 2nd cousin, Ruth DOOLEN, daughter of Clement "Clem" DOOLEN (See Doolen Family Genealogy, Chapter 6, 3-2), would ride horseback to high school in Vernon. As Vernon only had a 2 year high school. They had to go to Vandalia to complete their high school education. Becuase of the distance, they had to stay in Vandalia during the school year.
    On 11 Apr 1930, the census shows Mason (22) and Marjorie (23) BASSETT living in Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. With them were their children Mason L., Jr. BASSETT age 2 years and 10 months; and Bonnie J. BASSETT age 1 year and 3 months.
    On 7 Apr 1949, the Kinmundy Express has, "In Foster township, Mason BASSETT, R. was re-elected supervisor over his Democrat opponent, Joe POLANKA."
    Peck was a farmer.
    Uncle Peck and Aunt Margie were members of the United Methodist Church in Vernon.

Children of Mason and Marjorie Gayle (DOOLEN) BASSETT:

5-1. Mason Lewis BASSETT, born 15 May 1927, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Lewis married Margaret O'NEAL.
    (See #5-1 following)

5-2. Bonnie Jeanne BASSETT, born 4 Dee 1928, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Bonnie married Lee H. PEYTON.
    (See #5-2 following)

5-3. Elmer Richard BASSETT, born 18 Feb 1934, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Richard married Patricia SEARLS.
    (See #5-3 following) (NOTE: This line to be continued when I have time to add it.)



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#6
Edith Bassett Arnold

of
Salem, Marion County, Illinois


Edith BASSETT, born 18 May 1912, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) BASSETT. Edith died 1 Aug 1996, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. Burial in Sandy Branch Cemetery, Marion County, Illinois.
    Edith married Mark Lyle ARNOLD 18 Jan 1936, Marion County, Illinois. He was born 3 Mar 1909, Marion County, Illinois, son of Orie and Lora Etta (GARRETT) ARNOLD (See Garrett Family Genealogy, Chapter 4, #1-2). Mark died 20 Aug 1997, Salem, Marion County, Illinois. Burial in Sandy Branch Cemetery, Marion County, Illinois.
    Mark's mother Lora was the daughter of Moses Augustus and Lucy (LOWE) GARRETT. She was the great-granddaughter of James and Sarah Frances (COLLINS) GARRETT and the g-great-granddaughter of Moses and Hannah (MORRIS) GARRETT. Orie was the son of James Wesley and Permelia J. (ROBB) ARNOLD. He was the grandson of John Wesley and Nancy (JONES) ARNOLD. He was the great-grandson of Johnathan and Elizabeth (WEBB) ARNOLD.
    Aunt Edith and Uncle Mark lived for several years in the Bassett Homestead in Foster Township. They lived a few years in Fairfield, Illinois. Their last place of residence was on East Elm in Salem, Illinois, which is the only place they ever lived in my lifetime.
    Mark served in the United States military.
    Mark was in the construction business, from which he retired.

Daughter of Mark Lyle and Edith (BASSETT) ARNOLD:

6-1. Janet Sue ARNOLD, born 2 Jun 1938, Foster Township, Marioni County, Illinois.
    Janet married 1st Floyd NEBLETT.
    Janet married 2nd Robert BEESE.
    (See #6-1 following)



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#6-1
Janet Sue Arnold Neblett Beese

of
Gainesville, Prince William County, Virginia


Janet Sue ARNOLD, born 2 Jun 1938, Foster Township, Marioni County, Illinois, daughter of Mark Lyle and Edith (BASSETT) ARNOLD.
    Janet married 1st Floyd NEBLETT Aug 1956, Virginia. They divorced.
    Janet married 2nd Robert BEESE. He as born 27 Sep 1934. Robert died 30 Jun 2002. Last place of residence was Gainesville, Prinice William County, Virginia. He died from cancer.
    Janet has lived most of her life in Virginia, working in Washington, D.C.
    In 2006, Janet lives in Gainesville, Prince William County, Virginia.

Children of Floyd and Janet Sue (ARNOLD) NEBLETT:

6-1-1. Mark Howard NEBLETT, born 27 Sep 1957, Virginia.
    Mark married Cristina Suzanne HATTIER.
    In 2011, Mark and Cristina are residing in Fairfax, Fairfax County, Virginia.

    Son of Mark Howard and Cristina Suzanne (HATTIER) NEBLETT:

    6-1-1-1. Alexander "Alex" NEBLETT, born 16 Oct 1992, Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia.
    In 2011, Alex is attending the University of North Carolina.



6-1-2. Dana Sue NEBLETT, born 23 Oct 1959, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Dana died 23 Oct 2006, at her mother's home in Gainsville, Prince William County, Virginia. Dana died from cancer.
    Dana married Steven Douglas TUCK.
    Dana was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service.

    Son of Steven Douglas and Dana Sue (NEBLETT) TUCK:

    6-1-2-1. Michael Sheldon TUCK,
    In 2011, Michael is living in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia.



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#7
Elis Bassett

of
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois


Ellis "Buck" BASSETT, born 7 Mar 1914, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) BASSETT. born 7 Mar 1914, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) BASSETT. He died 23 Dec 1976, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois. Buck and Clella are buried in Sandy Branch Cemetery, Foster Township.
    Buck married Clella C. CALDWELL 1 Sep 1933, Marion County, Illinois. She was born 7 Nov 1914, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of Fenton "Fent" and Maude (GORE) CALDWELL. She died 5 Oct 1978, St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois. Fenton was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth "Lizzie" CALDWELL from Missouri.
    Uncle Buck and Aunt Clella made their home in Foster Township. Uncle Buck was a farmer. He had both cattle and grain farm.
    They were members of the Kinmundy Christian Church. They were also members of the Republican Party.

Children of Ellis and Clella (CALDWELL) BASSETT:

7-1. Dayne Ellis BASSETT, born 26 Nov 1934, Marion County, Illinois.
    Dayne married Virgie TUTT.
    (See #7-1 following)

7-2. Dale Ernest BASSETT, born 1 Jan 1937, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois.
    Dale married Eva Lorraine DATSON.
    (See #7-2 following)



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#7-1
Dayne Ellis Bassett

of
Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois


Dayne Ellis BASSETT, born 26 Nov 1934, Marion County, Illinois, son of Ellis and Clella (CALDWELL) BASSETT.
    Dayne married Virgie TUTT 10 May 1953, Marion County, Illinois. Virgie was born 10 May 1937, Stillwater, Wolfe County, Kentucky, daughter of Luther and Mallie (BAILEY) TUTT.
    Dayne and Virgie made their home on the Kinoka Road, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, where they raised their children. They built a home on land that had been in the Bassett family for four generations. They are owners of several horses.
    Dayne was employed for many years by the John Deer Tractor Company. He was later employed with the State of Illinois.
    Politically, Dayne and Virgie are republicans.
    In regards to religion, they are members of the Kinmundy Christian Church.

Children of Dayne Ellis and Virgie (TUTT) BASSETT:

7-1-1. Michael Dayne BASSETT, born 24 Feb 1954, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    Mike married 1st Anne Marie STEPHENS.
    Mike married 2nd Diana Kay HANON.
    (See #7-1-1 following)

7-1-2. Kathy Lynn BASSETT, born 21 Dec 1955, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    Kathy married 1st Stephen WILKINS 25 May 1975. They divorced. He married 2nd Kathy DOOLEN.
    Kathy married 2nd Dale A. HEADLEY. They divorced.
    Kathy married 3rd ___?___ .
    (See #7-1-2 following)

7-1-3. Diana Kay BASSETT, born 2 Nov 1959, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    Diana married 1st Charles Brian SULLIVAN 11 Oct 1980, Kinmundy Christian Church, Kinmundy, Marion County, Illinois. He was the son of Charles D. SULLIVAN. They divorced. No children.
    Diana married 2nd Buddy BODENHAMER.



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#7-2
Dale Ernest Bassett

of
Centralia, Marion County, Illinois


Dale Ernest BASSETT, born 1 Jan 1937, Foster Township, Marion County, Illinois, son of Ellis and Clella (CALDWELL) BASSETT.
    Dale married Eva Lorraine DOTSON 18 Aug 1942, Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois, daughter of T. C. and Eva E. (DAVIDSON) DOTSON. Eva was the daughter of Augusta "Gus" and Mae Effie (BROWN) DAVIDSON.
    On 25 Oct 1951, the Kinmundy Express has, "Senior Class See Their King and Queen Crowned At Annual Junior Fall Festival: As a prelude to the Junior Festival, a parade started at the Kinmundy school and traveled through the town last Friday afternoon. The theme of popular songs were well illustrated by the four high school classes. The 1950 King, Dale BASSETT, and Queen, Delores GARRETT, crowned the Senior Candidates, Helen BASSETT and Jimmy ALEXANDER for the 1951 King and Queen as the Senior Class won by a $40 margin. The other royal candidates who were attendants were: Rosemary BURKETT and Russell BOUSEMAN, Freshmen; Alta ALBERT and Neil BRASEL, Sophomores; Helen HALL and Herbie WILLIAMS, Juniors."
    On 22 Dec 1955, the Kinmundy Express has, "Students spending the holidays at home are: Jim McHATTON, Jim WHITE, Don HANKS, Keith DISS, Dale BASSETT, Mike BUTTS, S.I.U.; Gary KLINE, Asbury College; Shirley ERNST, Eastern; Gerald DOOLEN, Rolla School of Mines; John DOOLEN, U. of I."
    Dale taught at Kaskaskia College, near Centralia. He was Division Administrator of the Business and Technical Occupations Division at Kaskaskia College. He was founder and developer of Kaskaskia College Business Learning Center.
    In 2003, Lorraine was named Centralia Business and Professional Women's Club Woman of the Year.
    Dale and Lorraine raised their children in Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    On 20 Feb 2006, Lorraine's mother died. Her obituary from the WJBD web page, "Eva E. Dotson, age 87, of Centralia, died Monday, February 20th, at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. She had worked for P.N. Hirsch and the Carbondale City Grade School. Funeral services for Eva E. Dotson will be held at ten Saturday morning at the Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home in Centralia. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be held at five until seven at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory for the Centralia Relay For Life. On-line expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at spfh@sbcglobal.net. Survivors include son: Thomas and wife Beth Dotson of Washinton State. Daughter: Lorraine and husband Dale Bassett of Centralia. Brothers: Arnold Davidson of Christopher and Robert Davidson of South Dakota. Sisters: Marsha Farley of New York, Frances Davidson of Herrin and Gwen and husband Bob Schroeder of Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews."

Children of Dale Ernest and Eva Lorraine (DOTSON) BASSETT:

7-2-1. Lori Ann BASSETT, born 24 Nov 1961, Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois.
    In 1980, Lori graduated from Centralia High School, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.

7-2-2. Grant Dale BASSETT, born 22 Oct 1963, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    In 1982, Grant graudated from Centralia High School, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.
    In 1987, Grant graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Murray State University in Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky.
    Grant was a commercial account representative for Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Companpy in Nashville, Tennessee.



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Links of Interest

Ancestry of Harvey Foster Bassett
This has the ancestry back to William Bassett of Plymouth, Massachusetts
Who came to America in 1621 on the ship Fortune.


The Harvey Foster Bassett Family
This is the father of Elmer Bassett.
Has information on the entire family.


My Grandmother Grace Bassett Conant
This is a memorial to my Grandmother
It also has the names of all her descendants


Bassett Family Association
Bassett Family Association Home Page
History & DNA


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***United States Census Records (Note: I always spell the names and put the dates and all info exactly like it is recorded in the census, even when I know it is not correct.SF)
***United States Social Security Records.
***World War I Draft Registration Card.
***Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900.
***Divorce Records of Illinois.
***Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950.
***Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916.
***Birth Records of Illinois.
***Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database.
***Cemetery Records and Grave Stones of Marion County, Illinois.
***Sandy Branch Cemetery. A list of all graves with dates and genelogical information is availible online. Also has photos of all graves.
***Obituaries from the Salem Times-Commoner, Salem, Illinois.
***Gleanings from the Kinmundy Express, Compiled by Dolores Ford Mobley.
***Obituaries and Articles from the Kinmundy Express, Kinmundy, Illinois.
***Court House Records of Marion County, Illinois.
***Family Bible of Harvey Foster Bassett Family.
***Information from Grace BASSETT CONANT.
***Information from Gayle BASSETT JONES.
***Information from Mark Howard NEBLETT.
***First hand knowledge.

Gleanings from the Kinmundy Express


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Compiled by:
(Great-Grandson of Elmer and Maggie (McWHIRTER) Bassett)

Stephen P. H. Frakes
321 South Franklin Street
Salem, Illinois 62881-2120
stephenfrakes@yahoo.com

Additions and Corrections Greatly Appreciated

Updated:
12 March 2017

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