Family Names

Monday, 19 June 2017

Living in the wake of family disaster

Article - 3 John Bassett of Madron (1790- 1868) 

This week I am going to take a look at the ramifications of criminal charges that were brought against John’s brother, his father-in-law and brother-in-law.

The incident in question happened only eight months after the couple’s nuptials on 13th December 1812 just before Christmas. However, although a warrant had been issued for their arrest, they were not apprehended at the time as they had absconded to sea. [i]   

Times would have been very lean after the incident, as the extended family had lost 3 main breadwinners all at once.  This must have put enormous pressures on those who remained to keep the home fires burning.  This may have been why John & Martha did not have their first until almost 2 years after they got married.  

Author unknown, Map of the County Cornwall England, digital image,  Opc-cornwall.org. Accessed 19 June 2017. http://www.opc-cornwall.org/MAPS/parish_map.pdf  Edited to show the movements of John Bassett in the first few years of his marriage to Martha Carbis.

They were no longer living in either John’s home parish of Madron or Martha’s home parish of Paul, they had moved to Perranuthnoe where their first born, John was christened on 13 November 1814 in the local parish church. [ii] 

When John Bassett married Martha he was listed as a sojourner however on each of his children’s christenings he was listed as a miner which may be more indicative of his true profession.[iii]  Perranuthnoe is about 5 miles (as the crow flies) from Paul.

Artist Unknown, An engraving of Cornish miners from the St Ives area in 1866, French publication. digital image, accessed 19 June 2017 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACornish_miners_-_1866.png

The couple may have moved to enable John to find work in various mines or perhaps they left their towns of birth to put distance between (them and) the embarrassing events of  their relatives.
What happened to the following relatives is not yet known:-
  • John’s mother-in-law Anne Carbis nee Drew would have been aged approximately  53 years in 1812 and her son Richard Carbis only 15 years old at the time. It is likely that Anne did not remarry given her age and unless there was a benevolent relative somewhere would have most likely ended her days in the parish poor house.  Richard being a lot younger would have made his way in the world as best he could.  At present there are a few working theories as to Richard’s fate.  Theory one is that he worked as a miner and eventually came out to Australia and settled near Martha, the alternative theory is that he went onto become a shoe maker and never left Cornwall.
  • John's sister-in-law Anne Drew Bassett nee Carbis (wife of Francis Bassett) had no children at the time.  It is thought that Anne may have married Robert Carne in 1820, however more research needs to be done to establish if this true especially as her convict husband would have still been alive albeit in the Australian Colony of New South Wales.
  • John's sister-in-law Grace Carbis nee Martins who had young child at the time of the incident.

Life must have been very hard for everyone concerned.

Previous articles on John Bassett in this June 2017 series 

  1. Article 1 -  Who is John Bassett?
  2. Article 2 - Looking for the Parent's of John Bassett.

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Originally posted on the 19 June 2017
Updated and revised on 24 June 2017

Sources



[i] West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser 7th April 1815 Pg. 1 & 4
[ii] FamilySearch, Baptism of John Bassett baptised 13 November 1814, Perranuthnoe Church Parish Register, Cornwall England, p.6  "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, Baptisms Perranuthnoe Cornwall, 1813-1837, Cornwall Records Office, Truro  https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DCP3-NBN?cc=1769414&wc=3CBC-DPG%3A138123201%2C140492201%2C138123203, Accessed 14 April 2015 (image 7 of 53).
[iii] FamilySearch, Marriage of John Basset & Martha Carbis, married 15 Mar 1812 Paul Church Register, Cornwall p. 273"England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, Marriage banns, marriages, Paul, Carnwall 1754-1813, Cornwall Records Office, Truro. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D8M7-YCZ?cc=1769414&wc=3CBW-GPX%3A138123201%2C140206301%2C1582887602.  Accessed 14 April 2015 (Image 141 of 143) [annotated by minister as Copy 1]; FamilySearch, Marriage of John Basset & Martha Carbis, married 15 Mar 1812 Paul Church Register, Cornwall p. unpaginated  "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, Marriage banns, marriages, Paul, Carnwall 1799-1813, Cornwall Records Office, Truro. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R77-9ZNQ?cc=1769414&wc=3CB7-BZ7%3A138123201%2C140206301%2C1582899508.  Accessed 14 April 2015 (Image 38 of 40) 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Looking for the Parent's of John Bassett

Article - 2 John Bassett of Madron (1790- 1868

The internet is scattered with possible candidates for the parents of John Bassett, there has been much copying and pasting over the years Ancestry.com has John descended from various couples.  Before the advent of DNA there was little one could do to refute the claims of others.  My fourth cousin, Marsha and I spent many hours together hours together pulling together what we knew to break down this brick wall, below is the results of our efforts.

Marriages Listed in the parish records 1754-1800 for Madron

Groom
Bride
Date
Witness 1
Witness 2
Location in record
Notes
William Bassett (signed with a mark)
Eleanor Sampson
(signed with a mark)
1761  23 Jun
Witness
James Bassett who signed his name
Witness Margery Grenfell made a mark
Page 45 Reg#578[i]
W.Bassett makes his mark

Bassett signature #1


James Bassett
who signed his name
Magery Grenfell
(signed with a mark)

1761   2 May
Witness William Bassett who signed his name
Witness
Arthur Rich who signed his name
Page 46 Reg#183[ii]
Witness W. Bassett
Signature No 2
(very clear)

Bassett signature #2

William Bassett


(signed with a mark)
Jane Mathews
(signed with a mark)
Banns Pub July 27, Aug 3 & 10  1783
Marr 13 sep 1783
Witness Sibion Thoastes?
who signed his name
Witness Mathew Hoken
who signed his name
Page 212 Reg#844[iii]
SignatureNo 3
(child like writing)

Bassett signature #3



Three William Bassetts are found in the Marriage Register in Madron during this period.  All three appear to be different people for the following reasons-

Comparing the William Bassett signatures, at least three different  William Bassett names have been identified based on the following reasoning
1.      The first William Bassett in March 1761 makes a mark  and in May 1761 at James Bassett wedding a W.Bassett signs his name as a witness very clearly (Signature  #2)– this indicates that it is most likely not the same person because even if he had learnt to write in the last 3 months it would not have been so accomplished.
2.      The first Willm Bassett in March 1761 makes a mark (Signature  #1)  and in 1783 another William Bassett (Signature  #3)   makes a very poor signature however they are not the same otherwise the second William Bassett(Signature  #2)  would have been identified as a widower as this would have been his second marriage
3.      Comparing the second William Bassett signature with the third William Bassett – (Signature No 2) Clearly not the same due to the visual difference in the signatures
Of those William Bassetts identified in Madron, there are only 2 suitable marriages
1.       William Bassett (signed with a mark) & Eleanor Sampson (signed with a mark) married by banns on 23 June  1761, however, this marriage is 29 years before John is christened, so it is unlikely that William and Eleanor are his parents
2.      William Bassett & Jane Matthews on 13 September 1783, -  the marriage between William Bassett & Jane Matthews in Madron did look very promising, however, DNA test has revealed that although this couple is related to the family they are not direct ancestors. [Unfortunately, I have not been given a copy of DNA results however I trust the confidential source that shared her conclusions with me]

Further afield

William Bassett
Mary Symons
12 July 1787
William Williams
Mary Symons
Transcribed John  Evans



The marriage between William Bassett & Mary Symons in Newlyn did produce a child named John Bassett baptised in St Issy, however, he died in an asylum in England.
John Bassett [son of William Bassett (1761-1831) & Mary Symons (1767-1832)]Christened  27 Mar 1788 in St Izzy, Cornwall who died 7th Oct 1851 in Fairwater House, Taunton Somerset.  John was a lunatic confined to Fairwater House Lunatic Asylum for many years admitted July 1828 having previously been a patient at a similar establishment near Taunton, Fivehead House since 25 Oct 1822.  This was a wholesale move and transfer of licence from the one to the other asylum by the same surgeon/owner.  Private patient.  Cause of death peritonitis and effusion in the chest (Somerset RO 1/5/87)

Conclusion
Although we have not been able to establish who the parents of John Bassett are; the links between the Carbis[Johns wife's family] and Bassett families are very strong.  You can read more about the connections here.

Next week we will take a look at the effect that John's father in-laws-arrest had on John Bassett and his newly wed wife Martha Carbis.

Previous articles on John Bassett in this June 2017 series 


1. Article 1 -  Who is John Bassett?

Sources


[i] FamilySearch, Banns of Marriage for  William Bassett & Eleanor Sampson "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, Marriage banns, marriages, 1754-1800, Penzance Madron Cornwall, Cornwall Records Office, Truro  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12877-90083-27?cc=1769414  : 14 April 2015,  image 27 of 198.)
[ii] FamilySearch, Banns of Marriage for  James Bassett & Margery Grenfell  "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, Marriage banns, marriages, 1754-1800, Penzance Madron Cornwall, Cornwall Records Office, Truro  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12877-95385-36?cc=1769414  : 14 April 2015,  image 28 of 198.)
[iii] FamilySearch, Banns of Marriage for  William Bassett & Jane Matthews "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, Marriage banns, marriages, 1754-1800, Penzance Madron Cornwall, Cornwall Records Office, Truro  (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12877-92229-15?cc=1769414 : 14 April 2015,  image 112 of 198.)