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Charles Bassett and Sarah Anne Bassett née Dennis


Registration number 20090324C


This certifies that heraldic arms of Charles Bassett and Sarah Anne Bassett née Dennis which are the differenced arms of the former's 5th great-grandfather John Bassett are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Or three piles conjoined in base Gules on a canton Argent three bars wavy Azure.
Crest: A demi-woman garbed holding a loaf of bread and a butcher's knife proper.




Descent from earliest armiger

  • Father: Eldad Bassett (1784-1859) Hamden, CT / Owego, Tioga, NY,
  • GFather: Hezakiah Bassett (1745-1823) Hamden, New Haven, CT
  • 1GGFather: William Bassett (1718-1760) New Haven, CT,
  • 2GGFather: John Bassett (1691-1757) New Haven / Hamden, CT,
  • 3GGFather: John Bassett (1652-1713) New Haven, CT
  • 4GGFather: William Bassett (1620-1684) Bapt. East Keal, Linc. / North Luffenham, Rutland, Eng. / New Haven, CT
  • 5GGFather: John Bassett (Abt. 1587/1591) Bassett manor, North Luffenham, Rutland, England / CT


Biographical information

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. Harriet died on the 23rd day of November, 1841. Charles and Sarah Anne Dennis were married in New York State in 1852. They headed west in 1853 from Broome county NY, according to the Hopkins City Historical Society, arriving in the Minnesota territory in May of 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/Elmira 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 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 First Congregational Church of West Minneapolis, later known as the Mizpah Congregational Church at Hopkins. This was organized on 9 September 1888. Anna Mabel was the church organist. 10 children were born to Charles and Sarah Ann Bassett. 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.

For extended information, see: Arms and History of Kenneth Eugene Aberle and Affiliated Families

Design rationale

The shield contains the basic ancient metal of gold and color red of the arms of Ralph Bassett. The three piles meeting in the base are reminiscent of the Ridel /Ridell arms. The canton was changed to reflect the locality of Bassett manor near the River Chater /Chatter. The prior crest for the Bassetts of North Luffenham/ East Keal, at Bassett Manor, was a boar’s head erect and erased gules, gorged with a dual cornet or. The Bassett crest has been changed as a difference. The newly displayed crest is a stylized image of a woman in blue, representing the person of Sarah Anne Bassett nee’ Dennis as a pioneer woman at what is now known as Hopkins, Minnesota. 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. This is intended to recall her fearless response to an adverse frontier, which is mentioned in the Seventh Generation of the Bassett family in America. The crest also is meant to show a new chapter in the family's story (Source: Heralds Visitation of Rutland 1618; General Armory p. 56.). Herald’s visitation of Lincolnshire, England, p.106, and (D1023.0 Excerpt D 36.0 13) First Current p. 29 (Bassett file) Hopkins Historical Society Hopkins MN.

Registered by

Craig Scott Aberle

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Personal, Ancestral, US, B

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