Biographical Sketch of
1819 -- 1897
Birth: Jul. 20, 1819
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1897
Edward Bassett was born in New York City, July 20, 1819. His parents moved to Michigan in 1828 and there died, the father in 1860 and the mother in 1882. Edward grew to manhood in Michigan and received a good common school education.
He was twice married. In November 1848 he married Levina Bruce, a native of Ohio, and moved to Dane County Wisconsin, where his wife died in 1856. To this first marriage were born three children: Mary, William and Charles.
For his second wife he married Jane McQuivey in July 1857. She was a native of Vermont. In the same month Mr. Bassett came to Mower County to look at the country, and, being well pleased, took a claim and returned to Wisconsin. In the fall of 1858 he returned to his claim and the following July he was joined by his family, who moved into the house he had erected on the south half of section 21 in Udolpho. It is interesting to note that Mr. Bassett met the family at McGregor with an ox team and brought them here in that conveyance.
Jane McQuivey Bassett died November 2, 1864, leaving four children: Edson, of Washington; Judson, of Michigan; George W. of Udolpho; and Elbra J., of North Dakota. Mr. Bassett was interested in all public affairs and served in many township offices. He gave his religious affiliation to the Baptist church. He died June 24, 1897.
NOTE: On the left is a photo of his tombstone at Udolpho Cemetery, Mower county, MN.
Transcribed from "HISTORY OF MOWER COUNTY," published in 1911
Submitted to MnGenWeb by Kathy Pike, Mar. 2007