John  Bassett

John Bassett (abt. 1790 - 1868)

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John Bassett
Born about in Madron, Cornwall, England, United Kingdommap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married in Paul, Cornwall, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sailors Gully, Victoria, Australiamap
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Categories: Great Britain 1861 | Eaglehawk Cemetery, Eaglehawk, Victoria.

Biography

John Bassett was born in 1790

John Bassett was baptised on the 5th Sept 1790 in Madron, this date is roughly consistent with his age at death (80) in 1867, although there is a 2-year discrepancy this is probably due to the rounding up of his age at the time.[1] His father is listed as William and his mother is not given:-.

"5 Sep 1790 John s/o William Bassett, pauper at Madron"

Not much is known about John Bassett before his marriage to Martha Carbis in 1812 in the Paul Parish Church.[2] The notation for his occupation was listed as sojourner in the parish register.

A sojourner “means someone who is a temporary resident, but in Parish Registers its meaning is a little more precise. When the Hardwicke Act was introduced in 1754, clerks were required to enter the parish for each party to a marriage. If they had been a resident for more than 3 weeks then they were shown as “o.t.p.” (of this parish). However, for someone who had only taken up residence in lodgings to avoid the necessity for banns fees, this was frowned upon and the word “sojourner” was added to the entry to indicate that they had met the letter of the law but didn't really belong.”[3]

As John Bassett was identified as a sojourner it implies that he had moved into the parish in order to marry Martha and may not have been living in Madron for much longer than 3 weeks.

The idea that he was not born in Paul is also supported by 1851[4] 1861[5]census which gives John’s birthplace as Madron a neighbouring parish of Paul, Cornwall.


The identify of his parents has not yet been established. See note below.
Details that are know about his life are:-

1841 Census[6]
He was living with his family in Blowing House Stamps, Breage, Cornwall, England
1. John Bassett, aged 50, Tin Miner, born Cornwall
2. Martha Bassett, aged 45, , born Cornwall
3. William Bassett, aged 25, Tin Miner, born Cornwall
4. John Bassett, aged 20, Tin Miner, born Cornwall
5. Ann Bassett, aged 15, Dressing, born Cornwall
5. Martha Bassett, aged 12, Dressing, born Cornwall
6. James Bassett, aged 8, born Cornwall
7. Jenifar Moffatt, aged 15, Dressing, born Cornwall

1851 Census[7]
The following list of people were recorded as living in the house -
1. John Bassett, Head, aged 60,Tin Dresser, born in Madryn Cornwall,,
2. Martha Bassett,Wife aged 57, born in Paul Cornwall,,
3.James Bassett, Son, aged 16, Tin Miner, born in Breage Cornwall,,
4. Martha Bassett,Dau, aged 22,Tin Dressing, born in Breage Cornwall

1861 Census[8]
The following list of people were recorded as living in the house -
1. John Bassett, head, mar, aged 70, Tin dresser, born in Madron, Cornwall
2. Martha (Carbis) , Wife, mar, aged 65, born in Paul Cornwall
Next Door to
1. Martha Bassett, head, marr, aged 45, miners Wife Husband in Australia Cornwall, Breage
2. Nanny , “ , Daughter, umar, aged 19, Dressmaker, Crowan, born in Cornwall
3. Mary, " , Daughter, unmar, aged 18, works the tin mine, born in Breage, Cornwall
4. Martha J, " , Daughter, unmar, aged 14, Learning dress making born in Breage, Cornwall
5. Elizabeth, " , Daughter, aged 11, born in Crowan, Cornwall
6. John Bassett, " , son, aged 7, born in Gwinear Cornwall

John Bassett came out to Australia in 1861 as part of a large family group on the SS Great Britain (Voyage 21) which arrived in Hobson’s Bay, Williamstown, Victoria on the 23rd Dec 1861.[9] Travelling with him were his wife Martha, and daughters Ann Davey and Martha Rowe, their husbands and children and soon to be daughter-in-law Eleanor Symons.

John Bassett lived for seven years in the colony of Victoria before he died in Sailors Gully, in the borough of Eaglehawk.[10] The first location I can confirm was in 1866, when he was living in his own weatherboard home in Eaglehawk.[11] His widow Martha continued to live at the property in Lester Street in 1869 after his death until her own death in 1882.[12] After arriving in the colonies John Bassett (Snr) was an active lay preacher in the California Gully Wesleyan Church. “Mr John Bassett, known as Grandfather Bassett, was a much-loved and esteemed local preacher and class-leader; also was Mr. T. Featonby and others, whose names cannot be erased by time, as their works follow them. Mr. Bassett was called Home at 80 years of age in 1869”[13]

Burial
John died on 24 November 1868 in Sailors Gully, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia. and is buried in Eaglehawk Cemetery.[14] He is interned in Section G - Row 2, Burial Plot # 34G with his wife Martha[15]

Newspaper Notices

"The Friends of the late Mr John Bassett, of Sailor's Gully, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the Eaglehawk Cemetery, This Day; funeral to move from his late residence at four o'clock."[16]

“Mr John Bassett, known as Grandfather Bassett, was a much-loved and esteemed local preacher and class-leader; also was Mr. T. Featonby and others, whose names cannot be erased by time, as their works follow them. Mr. Bassett was called Home at 80 years of age in 1869” [17]

[Note due to recent DNA testing it has been shown that William Bassett & Jane Matthews (Matthews-1824) are not the parents of John Bassett born 1790 there is some connection but not as his parents. Unfortunately I have not been given a copy of DNA results, however, I trust the confidential source that shared her conclusions with me - Sandra Williamson 17 June 2016]


Sources

  1. Death Certificate John Bassett, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. Year 1868, # 8567
  2. FamilySearch, Marriage Banns for John Bassett & Martha Carbis, married 15 March 1812 St Paul’s Church, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," Marriage banns, marriages, 1754-1813, Paul, Cornwall, Cornwall Records Office, Truro. Accessed 14 April 2015 (image 141 of 143, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11130-159580-8?cc=1769414)
  3. Found in the Glossary of the website belonging to West Penwith Resources which can be found at http://west-penwith.org.uk/wpenlink.htm
  4. Ancestry.com. 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA. Class: HO107; Piece: 1913; Folio: 245; Page: 14
  5. Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA. Class: RG9; Piece: 1585; Folio: 37; Page: 35
  6. PRO HO107/136/3/64/19
  7. PRO HO107/1913/11/1/245/14
  8. PRO RG 9/1575
  9. Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 July 2017) Passenger List of S.S. Great Britain 19 October 1861, marked p.9, Line 14, John Bassett, age 70;[ Series: VPRS 7666; Series Title: Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Victoria.]
  10. Death Certificate of John Bassett, died 24 Nov 1868, Registrar of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia, 8567 / 1868
  11. Extract from the Borough of Eaglehawk Rates Book 1866.
  12. Hanson, Bev & Webster, Karolyn , 1996, Borough of Eaglehawk Rate Book 1869, Eaglehawk Heritage Society
  13. The Methodist History of Victoria and Tasmania: Originally published in the Spectator, Volume 2, 1898 onwards
  14. Victorian Death Certificate, District of Eagle Hawk, 1868/8567, John Bassett
  15. Remembrance Parks – Central Victoria (Bendigo Cemeteries Trust) website. Burial record for John Bassett buried November 25, 1868, Eaglehawk Cemetery (2017). http://rpcv.com.au/deceased-search/deceased/?id=44047, Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  16. 1868 'Advertising', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 25 November, p. 3. , viewed 13 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87900031
  17. The Methodist History of Victoria and Tasmania: Originally published in the Spectator, Volume 2, 1898 onwards




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