Registration number 20081017A
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Charles Bassett and Sarah Anne Dennis which were borne by the former's 6th great-grandfather John Bassett are registered and described by the blazon below
Charles Bassett was born at Hamden, New Haven, CT, on 4, March 1824. He was the son of Eldad Bassett and Harriet (Stacey) Bassett. His father Eldad moved the family to Owego, Tioga, NY, in the 1840s after Harriet's death at Hamden CT, on the 23rd day of November 1841.
Charles and Sarah Anne Dennis were married in 1852 New York. They headed west in 1853 from Broome county, NY, according to the Hopkins City Historical Society, arriving in the Minnesota territory in 1854. His wife Sarah Anne Dennis was the daughter of Oliver H. Dennis who was a blacksmith born in the state of CT, in 1810. He later settled at Wayzata, MN, where he died on 19 November, 1872.
Sarah's mother Almira G. Fish was born in CT, 1812-1813 and died 16 January 1840 at Otsego, Otsego NY.
Sarah Anne Dennis was born in September of 1834 at Otsego, Otsego, New York. Charles and Sarah had some harrowing experiences with the Indians. They made a practice of entering the cabin and taking any bread they found there. One day when they tracked up her newly scrubbed floor, Mrs. Bassett, her patience exhausted, seized a butcher knife and chased them out. However when news of the Sioux uprising reached Hopkins in 1862, Mrs Bassett did not rely on her butcher knife. Instead,the Bassett family, along with other early settlers sought refuge for the night in the home of the Hopkins family which was then the most substantial structure in the settlement at that time. The next day the party fled to Minneapolis where they remained for two days before venturing to return to their homes.
Charles and Sarah Anne Bassett were charter members of the Mizpah Congregational church at Hopkins, MN, where Anne Mabel Bassett played the organ. Eleven children were born to Charles and Sarah Ann Bassett: Ellen, Charles, Hattie, Lyman, Jennie, Lillian, Elizabeth, Clara,Viola, and Anna Mabel, Myrtle. All were born in Hopkins and were all raised on the Bassett farm. Anne Mabel Bassett became a teacher at the Burns school in Hopkins.
Mr. Charles Bassett died at his farm on the 11th day of April 1909 at the age of 85 years. Charles was laid to rest at Grandview Park Cemetery Hopkins, MN. Sarah Ann followed in death at Minneapolis, MN, on the 17th day of December 1911 at the age of 77. She was laid to rest next to her husband.
Heralds visitation of Rutland 1618; General Armory p. 56.
Craig Scott Aberle