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Ann Bassett

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Ann Bassett-Willis The goal of this project is to ...

Right now this project just has 2 members,

  1. Terry Wright
  2. Carole Taylor.

Here are some of the tasks that we think need to be done.We'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • remove all Research Notes from profile and place here
  • verify accuracy of our DATA against the Museum data.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

NOTE: WE have had an email that some of the info is incorrect. We will certainly research the suggestion at Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, Colorado
Comparing SOURCES:
  1. wikipedia.com gives place of birth as: "Brown's Park, Colorado" AND does not mention or document the Bassett FAMILY, they only talk about "2 daughters" no mention of the brothers. WE have census, death, marriage, & newspaper articles, for all, except the question as to Elizabeth CRAWFORD.. but one of the son's middle name is CRAWFORD. so [citation needed]
  2. Her birth and death are still in question, because one record says one thing and another says something else. We have a "WARNING" to that affect. MOST CENSUS RECORDs she is listed on states, "state of birth: UTAH.......So she thought she was born in UTAH, should we change our profile to match the RECORDS???
  3. find-a-grave gives "Moffat County Colorado" as place of birth--- "Bio" is excerpts right out of some of the same books we have listed below. no "reliable sources" are mentioned.
  4. Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, Colorado.. This will be the next place we will compare our SOURCES to their SOURCES...
WARNING: The death CERTIFICATE does not agree with the f-a-g and wikipedia..
but the Informant, her husband, did not know where she was born either.Birth Date 12 May 1879 2nd she is said to be born in Utah and Colorado. part of the territory during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, resulting in the discovery of gold at Breckenridge in Utah Territory in 1859. In 1861 a large portion of the eastern area of the territory was reorganized as part of the newly created Colorado Territory.

Death Certificate

Birth Date 12 May 1879
Birthplace: Willow Creek, Dagget Co., Utah
Father's Name Herbert Bassett
Mother's Name Elizabeth Chamberlain
Informant: Francis Marion Willis (husband)
Cremated at: S. L. Memorial Mauseleum


  1. Parents: PROVEN: YES, we have census records & her death cert that PROVES her mother/father
  2. Siblings: PROVEN: YES, obituaries, newspaper items
  3. Marriages: PROVEN: YES, a record for Bernard marriage/ newspapers & census records for Willis..
  4. Birth date and place of birth. ---SOURCES: CENSUS RECORDS/ Death certificate, by husband.
  5. DATE of BIRTH: Every census record "age" given calculates a different YEAR BORN from 1877-1880. So they are no help in narrowing it down.
  6. PLACE of BIRTH: PROVEN: YES, "The Willow Creek Ranch is located in Browns Park, Utah, and is comprised of 710 deeded acres." (So the fact that it is 377 miles from Moffat, IS still part of their land Brown's Park). "Browns Park, originally called Brown's Hole, is an isolated mountain valley along the Green River in Moffat County, Colorado and Daggett County, Utah, south at ending at the Gates of Lodore ." So I can see where the PLACE of birth can be MIXED together, because they were in fact one/the same in 1878, when Ann was born. (the 2 Brown's Parks, Colorado/Utah are just 16.7 miles on the maps.com)
  7. No children have been documented.........PROVEN: YES
  8. DEATH Date/Place: PROVEN: YES Death certificate
  9. BURIAL PLACE: Cremated, ashes kept by her husband, Frank Willis, later scattered by family.
The rest of "Queen Ann's" life, regarding, lovers, friends, enemies, and of course her "Colorful" exploits are "LEGENDARY" TRUE or NOT it is in the heart of the believer.

Duplicate info

Removed and placed here.

wikipedia.com [1]
"Ann Bassett (May 12, 1878 – May 8, 1956), also known as Queen Ann Bassett, was a prominent female rancher of the Old West, and with her sister Josie Bassett, was an associate of outlaws, particularly Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.
The Wild Bunch.
This is a duplicate to the first paragraph.........

Born to Amos Herbert Bassett and Mary Elizabeth Chamberlain (1855 - 1892) in Utah Territory and then 1880 they had moved to Sweetwater, Wyoming and again they moved in 1885, Herb moved the family to the Brown's Park farm, just 97 miles south. This is where she learned to ride before she was 8 and rope.

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