Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Bassett


The  Shelbyville  News
July 5, 1995
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Jack C[arol] Bassett, 60, died Wed.  Born Oct. 31, 1934, in Shelbyville, to Edward and Lettie (Baker) Bassett.  Married Dec 17, 1968 to Betty Lee, surviving.
Truck driver for Shelby Gravel Ind.; American Legion Post No. 70.
Survivors:  4 daughters, Mrs. Bob (Peggy) Underwood,  Saundra Bassett,  Mrs. Jeff (Dawn) Scroggham  and  Nicole Bassett;  3 sons, Anthony Bassett  and  Jack E. Bassett,  Donald Bassett;  4 sisters, Mrs.Wayne (Marilyn) Wilson,  Mrs. Joe (Ruth) Lanwerlen,  Lucy Saunders,  Mrs. Charles (Mary) Henderson.
Brother, 5 sisters preceded him in death.
Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery, Rays Crossing.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
August 2, 1979
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Robert K. Bassett, of Corpus Cristi, Texas, born Nov 29, 1917, in Shelbyville; died at Corpus Cristi hospital Aug 2, 1979; s/o  Edward and Lettie M. Bassett.
WWII veteran.
Survivors:  wife  Iva Mae Ashcraft;  2 daughters, Dawn Doubrava  and  Joyce Adams;  2 sons Kenneth Robert Bassett,  Philip Lee Bassett;  1 brother,  Jack Bassett;  8 sisters, Mrs.Charles (Mary) Henderson,  Mrs. Walter  (Ruby) Tucker,  Mrs Joseph  (Ruth) Lanwerlen,  Mrs. James  (Betty) Taggart,  Mrs. Dale  (Pat) Bastin,  Mrs. Jessie  (Nell) Sparks,  Mrs. Wayne  (Marilyn) Wilson,  Mrs. Arthur  (Lucy) Saunders.
One sister, Martha, preceded.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Oct 11, 1971
Mr. Bassett dies Services Wednesday
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Edward Bassett, 77.  Resided w/daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Marilyn) Wilson.
Born in Shelby County November 22, 1893, s/o  Martin  and  Mattie  (Collins)  Bassett.  Married Lettie Baker in 1915, she died Sept 26, 1959.
Last employed by the city of Shelbyville; employed for years at the former Chambers Corp.
Surviving:  daughter (above}, 9 other children:  Mrs. Joseph (Ruth) Landwerlen,  Jack Bassett,  Mrs.  Jesse (Nellie)  Sparks,  Mrs. Ruby Tucker,  Robert Bassett,  Mrs. Arthur (Lucy) Saunders,  Mrs. Dale (Patsy) Bastin,  Mrs. James (Betty) Taggart,  Mrs. Charles (Mary) Henderson; 43 Grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.  Brother preceded in death.
Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, August 31, 1962
Page 1
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Death Claims Andrew Bassett
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Heart Condition Fatal to Local Resident, 82
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Andrew J. (Andy) Bassett, 82, 15 N. West St., died Thursday, 7:20 p.m, heart condition.
Born April 16, 1880, Shelbyville, s/o  William H. and  Elizabeth Bassett.
Married  Ursula Friday  in 1905;  she died May 20, 1925.
Survivors:  children, Mrs. Irma K. Backous, Shelbyville,  Gayle J. Bassett, Evansville;  brother, Bruce W. Bassett, Shelbyville;  sisters, Mrs. Martha Whaley, Shelbyville,  Mrs. John (Nora) Bland, North Vernon,  Mrs. Mary Schneider, Indianapolis;  two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
One grandchild preceded in death.
Member of the First Christian Church and Eagles Lodge.
Employe of Bryant-Roth Furniture Company.
Murphy Mortuary with Rev. James H. Horner officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
March 24, 1959
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Carl Emerson Bassett, 40, Hendricks Township, suicide by hanging, Saturday.
Brother-in-law,  Harold Canary.
Employed at one time at the Hougland Packing company, New York Central Railroad.  S/o Calvin and Josie (Quick) Bassett.
Surviving:  4 sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Ford,  Mrs. Alta Canary,  Mrs. Mary Fish,  Mrs. Helen Pitcher;  2 brothers, Dudley,  Ralph.
Burial will be in the Ninevah Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
September 26, 1959
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Mrs. Bassett dies at home, city Woman's rites to be held Tuesday
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        Ill for the past several months and critically ill for 10 weeks, Mrs. Lettie Bassett, 58, died at her home, 707 Colescott St. at 3:00 o'clock this morning. Death was caused by carcinoma.
        A native of Rays Crossing, Mrs. Bassett was a daughter of  Elmer  and  Katherine  Baker  and was born Dec. 15, 1900.  In 1915, she was married to Edward Bassett who survives with 10 of 11 children born to the union. A daughter, Mrs. Martha  Clayton,  preceded her in death and a brother, Clarence Baker, died last April.
        The children who survive with another brother, Jess Baker of this city, 38 grandchildren and three great grand children are:  Mrs. Lucy Saunders;  Mrs. Pat Bastin,  Mrs. Betty Taggart,  Mrs. Ruth Lanwerlen,  Mrs. Marilyn Wilson, and  Jack  and  Mary Marie Bassett of this city;  Mrs. Ruby Tucker, Paramount, Calif.; Robert Bassett, Indianapolis,
and  Mrs. Nellie Sparks, Bethato, Illinois.
        Mrs. Bassett was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the funeral will be held at the church Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Marvin Isley officating. Interment will be in Bennett Cemetery in charge of Murphy Mortuary. Friends may call at the mortuary from 2:00 p.m. Sunday to noon Tuesday and after that at the church.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, September 20, 1958
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          Mrs. Lucy Bassett,  79, 824 E Broadway, a lifelong resident of Shelbyville and a former teacher in the city and county, was found dead at her home at 5:45 p.m. Friday by a newsboy who came in the door.  Mrs. Bassett apparently died of a heart attack about 4:30 p.m. yesterday according to Dr. James H. Tower, county coronor.
          Mrs. Bassett was born in Shelby County in a log cabin next to her present home on January 28, 1879 and was a daughter of  Ernest W. and  Marie (Hultsch) Degelow.  She was married to    in 1908 and he preceded in death in 1924.  Mrs. Bassett was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Sheldon Bible Class of the church, and the Rebekah lodge in Shelbyville.
          The only immediate survivor is a brother,  Albert J. Degelow, Sr.,  of Shelbyville.  Nine nephews and nieces also survive.  Seven brothers and sisters preceded in death.
          Memorial prayers for Mrs. Bassett will be given by Rev. Roscoe Wolvington durig the Sunday morning worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.  The public is invited to attend but friends are asked to omit flowers.  Mrs. Bassett will her body to science and arrangements were in charge of the Sleeth Funeral Home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday September 7, 1950
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DEATH  CLAIMS  MRS. BASSETT
Rites for Lifelong County Resident To Be Thursday
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           Tuesday, August 29-- Mrs. Rose Bassett, lifelong resident of Shelby county, died at the Maple Nursing Home near Fountaintown this morning at 10:00 O'clock.  Mrs. Bassett whose home was at 115 1/2 North Harrison street, was 88 years of age and had been a patient at the nursing home since suffering a fractured hip several months ago.  She was the daughter of  James and Eliza Gray and was born in Shelby county on July 27, 1862.  She was a member of the First Methodist Church in this city and of the Women's Society of Christian Service of the local church and of the Brandywine Methodist Church.  She also was a member of the B.P. Club of Marion township.
           In 1887 she was married to George Bassett whose death occurred in 1939.  Three daughters were born to the union and two survive.  Mrs. Clyda Williamson preceded her in death and the two surviving are Mrs. Hazel Jones and  Mrs. Clara Alford of Shelby county.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
           Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary Thursday at 3:00 p.m., Dr. J. W. McFall of Rushville will officiate and interment will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Carolyn Hoffman


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, January 21, 1943
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FORMER  LOCAL    
    MAN  SUCCUMBS
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          Rev. Herbert D. Bassett,  former resident of this city and county, died suddenly at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday at his home, 1018 Laurel street, Indianapolis.
          Rev. Bassett was born in Shelby county about sixty-two years ago.  He moved from this city with his family many years ago.
          He is survived by the widow, the former  Audra Jones, of this city; two sons,  Martin and  Dale;  the aged father,  Marshall Bassett,  of Waldron, and two brothers,  Ernest and  William,  both of Kokomo.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the Edwin Ray Methodist church, of which the Rev. Mr. Bassett was pastor at the time of his death, at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon.  The Rev. L. C. Carpenter, district superintendent, will officiate.  At 4:00 o'clock short services will be conducted at the Charles M. Ewing mortuary in this city, where the casket will be open.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  (Continued on Page 6).
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Republican
Monday February 13, 1939
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GEORGE,  ELMER  BASSETT  RITES ARE ANNOUNCED
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          The death of George Bassett, 73 years old, well known Shelby county farmer, having occurred within fourteen hours after the death of his brother, Elmer Bassett, 72, retired Shelbyville attorney, numerous friends and relatives of the two prominent residents of the county will pay their final tributes to the decedents in funeral services today and tomorrow.
          Last rites for Elmer Bassett, who died at 5:45 p.m. last Friday, three hours after having suffered a apoplectic stroke, will be held at the late home in Marion township, north of Shelbyville on State Road 9 at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon, with the Rev. J.W. McFall officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
          The funeral service for George Bassett, who died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday as a result of a stroke he suffered Friday upon being informed of his brother's critical condition, will be held at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence in Marion township.  The Rev. C.O. Carnes, pastor of the Fairland and Brandywine Methodist Episcopal churches will conduct the service.  Interment in charge of Morris H. Sleeth, will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Morris Bass,  K. H. Gordon,  P. R. Gordon,  Otis Jones,  Melvin Bassett  and  Oris Kepley.
          George Bassett was born June 27, 1865, and was married on November 23, 1887, to Miss Rose Gray.  Three daughters were born to the union, two of whom survive with the widow.  They are Mrs. Hazel Jones, of Marion township, and  Mrs. Clara Alford, of near Milroy.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren and the two brothers.  He was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge and the Brandywine M.E. church.  He has been a farmer in Shelby county throughout his life time and also had dealt in the livestock trade.
Submitted by Barb Huff


An  Indianapolis  Newspaper
February 11, 1939
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Contact the Indiana State Library for a full copy.
Bassett, Elmer / Shelbyville lawyer dies. N. Feb. 11, 1939. pt. 1 p 1, Column 2.


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 29, 1938
Page 1, column 2
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BASSETT RITES TO BE HELD THURSDAY
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          Funeral services for  Mrs.  Mattie  Bassett,  who died Tuesday at Madison, will be conducted Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the home of the son,  Edward  Bassett,  574 West Taylor street.  The Rev. Clarence Hager, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Miller cemetery, southwest of this city.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
Wednesday, December 28, 1938
Page 1, column 6
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MRS. BASSETT  DIES  AT  MADISON  TUESDAY
Funeral of Native of County Not Arranged
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          Mrs. Mattie Bassett, age sixty-nine, a native of Shelby county, died Tuesday at Madison.  She had lived her entire life in this county until several months ago.  A son, Edward Bassett, of 574 West Taylor street, is the only survivor.  Mr. Bassett preceeded his wife in death.  The body will be brought here for services and burial.  Complete arrangements will be announced later.
[Paper of December 29, 1938 read same as Democrat, above -- Barb Huff]
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, September 6, 1921
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AGED  LADY  DIED  MONDAY  NIGHT
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Mrs. Sarah Bassett Passed Away
At Her Home After Illness Of Few Days
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HOLD  FUNERAL  WEDNESDAY
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          Mrs. Sarah Bassett, age seventy-two years, well known woman of VanBuren township, where she had lived for many years, died Monday night at eight o'clock, at her home.  Her death was caused by an attack of heart trouble, and followed an illness of three days.
          Mrs. Bassett was a daughter of  Jerome and Elmira Cole, who were early residents of the county.  She was the widow of  John R. Bassett, who died August 10, 1920.
          She is survived by her step-children, Charles Bassett, of VanBuren township;  Mrs. Harvy Wilkins, and  Mrs. Harry Logan, both of VanBuren township;  Mrs. Otto L. Coyle, of Shelby township; and  Mrs. Otto Harris, of this city; and two brothers, George Cole, and  Warren Cole, both of VanBuren township.
          Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Liberty church in VanBuren township, and burial will be made in the church cemetery.
Submitted by Tim Coyle


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, August 10, 1920
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JOHN  BASSETT  DIED  TUESDAY
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Life-Long Resident Of Shelby County,
Passed Away At Country Home
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HOLD  FUNERAL  THURSDAY
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          Mr. John Bassett died at his home in VanBuren township Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock.  Three weeks ago last Sunday evening while milking at his barn Mr. Bassett was stricken with paralysis.  He was found unconscious a few minutes later by his wife.  His condition was precarious all the time up to Monday when he suffered a second stroke, death soon resulting.
          Mr. Bassett belonged to one of the oldest families in Shelby County.  He was the direct descendant of  Nymphus Bassett, the founder of the Bassett family in Shelby County.  His father and mother were Oliver and Elizabeth Bassett, both of whom are dead.  He was born in Marion township 67 years ago last April.  By his first wife the following children survive:  Mrs. Flora Wilkinson,  Mrs. Fannie Coyle,  Mrs. Ethel Harris,  Mrs. Betty Logan  and  Charles Bassett.  His brothers are Marshall  and  James K. Bassett, his sisters being  Mrs. Nancy Bowman  and  Mrs. Lee Carrithers.
          Mr. Bassett lived in Shelby County all his life and was well known.  His entire life was passed in the country and he was recognized in his community as being a good man and citizen.
          Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock at the Liberty church.  Burial will be made in the Liberty cemetery.  Ralph J. Edwards in charge.
Submitted by Tim Coyle


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, March 7, 1911
Page 4
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DEATHS  AND  FUNERALS.
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          Wallace Bassett, son of  John R. Bassett  of Van Buren township, died at the home of his parents Monday night at 10:30 o'clock, after a serious illness of only a few days, the young man having suffered a stroke of paralysis last Sunday.  Deceased, for several months, had suffered from lung, stomach and kidney troubles, but his condition was not considered serious.  At the time of his death he was aged sixteen years, eleven months and seventeen days.  Besides his father he leaves his step-mother, four sisters -- Mrs. Flora Wilkins,  Mrs. Fannie Coyle,  Mrs. Elizabeth Logans  and  Miss Ethel Bassett,  and one brother,  Charles Bassett.  The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 'clock in the Liberty church in Marion township.  Interment will be in the church cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday, October 15, 1909.
Page 1
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ANGEL  OF  DEATH
REAPED  RICH  HARVEST
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Three  Prominent  Residents  of  County
Passed  Away  Yesterday  Afternoon --
John  Mohr,  A  Shelby  County  Farmer,
Died  At  Home  On  South  Miller  Street --
Mrs.  James  Bassett  and  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Rush
Also  Passed  to  Great  Beyond
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Mrs.  James  M.  Bassett
         After month of terrible suffering, death came as a relief to  Mrs. James Bassett  at her home, three and one-half miles north of the city, at four-thirty o'clock yesterday afternoon.  She had been ill for over a year and was in a critical condition for several weeks preceding her death.
          Mrs. Bassett was a daughter of the late  Thomas Norvell  and was born October 1, 1841.  Her girlhood days were spent on a farm in this county and on August 29, 1861, she was united in marriage to  James M. Bassett.  The union was a most happy one and was blessed with seven children, all boys.  Six of them survive.  They are  William N.,  Merris T.,  George,  Elmer,  Curtis,  and  Walker, all of this county, and  Clancy of Thorntown.
          [A few lines are missing here.]  ful wife and mother and a devout Christian woman.  She was an ardent worker in the Marion M. E. Church, with which she has been affiliated since her fifteenth birthday.
          The funeral services will be held at the home at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, Rev. G. M. Smith officiating.  Interment in the Marion cemetery in charge of M. G. Tindall.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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Shelby County Indiana Marriages
James M. Bassett  and  Clarinda Norvell
August 29, 1863
Book 8  Page 33
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Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday, July 26, 1898
Page 2
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          Lillian Bassest, the three-year-old daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. William Bassett, of East Jackson street, died at 11:00 o'clock Sunday night.  The taking away of this bright child has cast a gloom and a sorrow through this happy house that nothing but the passing of time can or will eradicate and then after years have flown the fair face of Little Lillian will often come back, her prattle will be heard and often in the gloaming the father and the mother will sit and talk of her; recall the bright things she said and live over her life.  In the trying ordeal of giving up their child Mr. Bassett and family have the warm sympathy of all their friends.  The funeral will be held at the First Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, the services to be conducted by the Rev. Groom, of the Christian church.  The interment will be at Forest Hill.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
June 6, 1895
Page 3
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          Coroner Knapp  was called to Brandywine township, last Wednesday, to hold an inquest on the remains of  Mortimore Bassett,  who had committed suicide by shooting himself with a shot gun.  About two o'clock that afternoon, Bassett took down his shot gun and informed his wife and her sister who was there on a visit, that he intended going out and killing a few squirrels, in order to give them something to do.  Shortly afterward the report of the gun was heard, and on going out behind the house Mrs. Bassett found the lifeless form of her husband.  He had placed the gun on a bench, pulled the trigger and ended his life, the load taking effect near the mouth, almost blowing his head off.  There are several resons given for his having taken his life, among them being the fact that his wife had threatened to leave him that morning upon his return from Fairland, and return to her home among the Brown county hills.  The thought of this no doubt , drove him to commit the deed.  Bassett's first wife died about a year ago, leaving four children and four months ago he went to Brown county and married a  Miss Collins.  He was a poor man, aged forty-five years.  Funeral services were held at Brandywine at 10 a.m. Thursday, Rev. Sedgwick officiating.  Interment in Brandywine cemetery, Marshall G. Tindall in charge of remains and [the last line is missing].
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 15, 1894
Page 3, column 1
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          Elizabeth, wife of  John R. Bassett, died at her home in VanBuren township at eleven o'clock a.m. Tuesday, November 6, of typhoid fever, aged thirty-five years and eight months.  Funeral services were held at the Liberty church at two p.m. Wednesday. Rev. G.W. Bundy, officiating. Interment in the Liberty cemetery.  Cummins & Edwards had charge.
Submitted by Tim Coyle


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Thursday, Jan 11, 1894
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          Sarah A., wife of  Mortimer Bassett,  died at their residence in Marion township, at 5:30 a.m. January 11, 1894 of cancer, aged forty three years, five months, and 10 days.  Funeral services will take place at the Brandywine M.E. Church, Pinhook, at two o’clock p.m. Friday.  Rev. Cohagen officiating. M.G. Tindall had charge of the remains.  Dr. J.K. Stewart, of Fairland, will hold a postmortem on the remains this evening.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley


The  Democrat - Volunteer
Shelbyville, Ind., Feb. 26, 1880.
OFFICIAL  ORGAN  OF  SHELBY  COUNTY.
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CRADLE --- ALTAR --- TOMB.
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Died.
          BASSETT --- On the 20th day of February, 1880, in Brandywine Township, Mrs. Permelia Bassett.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Weekly  Volunteer
Thursday January 1, 1874
Page 3 column 2
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A  PIONEER  GONE
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          Mr. Nymphus Bassett, one of the pioneers of Shelby county, died in Taney county, Missouri, October 16, 1873, at the great age of 97 years.  Mr. Bassett settled in this county in the spring of 1824, and remained a resident here until about one month previous to his death, when he left these parts for the express purpose, as he said when going, to settle again in a new country, having grown tired of his conventionalites of life in a thickly settled community.  He was the father of ten children, grandfather of sixty-one children and great grand father of eighty five children.  Thus the life light of another of the early lights that helped to light up the way of civilization in these once Western wilds, has gone out-blotting out a number of early reminiscences.  So they go.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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