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 Lunaic Asylum for many years admitted July 1828 having previously been a patient at a similar establishment near Tauton, 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)And so it was back to the drawing board.
Eventually the issue was solved slowly by comparing signatures in the parish marriage registers. It was a long process but now we think that our John Bassett is the son of William Bassett & Jane Mathews.