Third Generation
Family of Thomas BASSFORD (2) & Rebekah McDONALD
6. William Burleigh BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born on 28 Oct (abt 1813-1814) in New York City, NY.29,59,16,40 age 37 in 1850 census, age 41 in 1855 census, died in 53rd year, day and month from gravestone. William Burleigh died in Fordham, NY, on 2 Jan 1866.59 Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.59 Occupation: Jewelry Manufacturer.17

1850 federal census for 14th Ward, New York, NY, p. 229
William B. Bassford, male, age 37, b. NY
Mary A., female, age 34, b. NJ

He may also be the William, age 25, listed with his mother for the 1850 census, although the age is wrong, and he was married at that time.29

1855 state census for New York, Ward 14, ED 5, New York Co., NY, household #59340
William Basford, male, head, age 41, b. NY, jeweler, married,
resident for 41 years
Maryanne, female, wife, age 39, b. NJ, married, resident for 16 years
Rosey Robinson, female, daughter, age 9, b. NY
(I am guessing that Rosey is probably a step child from an earlier marriage of Maryanne?)

Died without issue.17

Gravestone inscription, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY16
W. B. Bassford Eldest son of Thomas & Rebekak Bassford
Born Oct. 28th, 18__
Died Jan. 2nd, 1866
Mary C. Field Eldest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Feb. 16(?), ____
Died ___. __, ____
Henry A. Bassford Infant son of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Jan. 7th, 1830 (?)
Died Jan. 13th(?), 18__
Evelina M. Bassford Youngest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Bord Oct. __, 1835
Died Oct. __, 1848

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He married Mary A. (BASSFORD) ? . Born abt 1816 in New Jersey.29,40 age 34 in 1850 census, age 39 in 1855 census. Mary A. died ? . aka: Maryanne.40

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They had no children.
7. Mary Catherine BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born on 16 Feb 1816 in New York City, NY.60,16 day and moth from gravestone, year from Field Genealogy. Mary Catherine died on 6 Jan 1838.60

Gravestone inscription, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY16
W. B. Bassford Eldest son of Thomas & Rebekak Bassford
Born Oct. 28th, 18__
Died Jan. 2nd, 1866
Mary C. Field Eldest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Feb. 16(?), ____
Died ___. __, ____
Henry A. Bassford Infant son of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Jan. 7th, 1830 (?)
Died Jan. 13th(?), 18__
Evelina M. Bassford Youngest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Bord Oct. __, 1835
Died Oct. __, 1848

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She married Almeron FIELD on 28 Jul 1836.60 Born on 15 Aug 1809.61 Almeron died in Aug 1885.60 Occupation: Billiard Partor Proprietor.52 aka: Alernon.

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They had one child:
29i.
8. Thomas BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1817-1820 in New York City, NY.1,63,49,55 age 3 in 1820, age 30 in 1850 census, age 52 in 1870 census, age 63 in 1880 census, age 69 at death. Thomas died in New York City, NY, on 14 Sep 1887.64 Buried on 17 Sep 1887 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.64 Occupation: Lawyer.55

1850 federal census 4th Ward Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH, p. 35263
Tho's Basford, male, age 30, b. NY, attorney
Mary J., female, age 28, b. OH
Mary C., female, age 8, b. OH
Rebecca V., female, age 5, b. OH
Evaline N., female, ag 2, b. OH
Meary Paine, female, age 21, b. VA

He is also listed with his mother in the 1850 NY census.29

1860 census for West Farms, Westchester Co., NY, p. 421.41
Tho's Basford, male, age 40, b. NY, attorney, personal estate 300
Mary J., female, age 38, b. OH
Mary C., female, age 18, b. OH
Rebecca V., female, age 14, b. OH
Eveline L., female, age? 11, b. OH
Amelia A., female, age 2, b. NY

1870 federal census for Fordham, Westchester Co., NY, p. 41549
Thomas Bassford, male, age 52, b. NY, real estate agt, real estate 15000,
personal estate 1520
Mary, female, age 48, b. OH, keeping house
Evelina, female, age 21, b. OH, teacher
Amelia, female, age 12, b. NY

1880 federal census for New York, New York Co., NY, Madison Ave., p. 498B55
Thomas Bassford, male, head, age 63, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, lawyer, married
Mary J., female, wife, age 60, b. PA, father b. PA, mother b. PA, keeping house, married
Mary C., female, daughter, age 37, b. OH, father b. NY, mother b. NY, clock maker, single

I assume he would be the Thomas Bassford of 2244 Bathgate Ave. who died 14 Sep 1887 and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.64

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He married Mary Jane SINGER, daughter of Enion SINGER & (?) COONS, abt 12 Jan 1841 in Cincinatti, OH.68 marriage notice. Born abt 27 Dec 1822 in Ohio.69 age 82 years 10(?) months 2(?) days at death. Mary Jane died in New York City, NY, on 29 Oct 1905.64,69 Buried on 31 Oct 1905 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.64 aka: Mary Kate.17

She made a deposition with regard to her sister-in-law Anna C. Bassford’s application for a widow’s pension on 29 Mar 1905.66

I assume that she would be the Mary J. Bassford of 2244 Bathgate Ave. who died 29 Oct 1905, and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.64

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They had the following children:
30i.
Mary Catherine (Died Unmarried) (1842-1902)
31ii.
Rebecca Virginia (~1845-1880)
32iii.
Hannah Jane (Died as Child) (~1847-1849)
33iv.
Eveline N. (Died Unmarried) (~1848-?)
34v.
Amelia Augusta (~1858-~1914)


There was an Eveline M Bassford of 2244 Bathgate Ave. who died 10 Aug 1886, age 34, and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery.64 She may be another daughter of Thomas and Mary Jane since this is the same cemetery, and since the address that is given is the same.
9. Rebecca Ann BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born abt Mar 1820 in New York.50 age 63 years 2 months at death. Rebecca Ann died in New York City, NY, on 7 May 1883.50 Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.50

She is probably the Rebecca Basford listed in the 1840 federal census for 4th Ward, New York City, NY, p. 172.39
Rebecca Bassford
1 female 20-29

Gravestone inscription, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY16
Thomas Bassford
Born April 14th, 1792
Died Aug. 12th, 1852
Rebekah Bassford widow of Thomas Bassford
Born Jan. 19th, 1796
Died Nov. 30th, 1858
Rebecca A. Smith Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Feb. 17th(?) 18__
Died May _th, 18__
John O. Smith
Born June _1th(?) 1821
Died Feb. 21st 1890(?)

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She first married (?) SCHMIDT ? . Born ? . (?) died ? .

17
They had the following children:
35i.
Katy (?-?)
36ii.
Fred (?-?)
She second married John O. SMITH ? . Born in Jun 1821 in England.71,16 gravestone. John O. died in New York City, NY, on 21 Apr 1890.16 gravestone. Buried on 23 Apr 1890 in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.50 aka: Johann.52

The death record for his son Thomas gives his name as “John O. S. Bassford”.70

Gravestone inscription, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY16
Thomas Bassford
Born April 14th, 1792
Died Aug. 12th, 1852
Rebekah Bassford widow of Thomas Bassford
Born Jan. 19th, 1796
Died Nov. 30th, 1858
Rebecca A. Smith Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Feb. 17th(?) 18__
Died May _th, 18__
John O. Smith
Born June _1th(?) 1821
Died Feb. 21st 1890(?)

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They had the following children:
37i.
Kate D. (?-1897)
38ii.
Frederic (1846-~1918)
39iii.
Irene (1851-?)
40iv.
Thomas Smith (1860-1921)
10. Joseph McDonald BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born on 10 Dec 1821 in New York.72 Joseph McDonald died in Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, on 4 Jul 1894.72 Buried in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, Solano Co., CA.72 Occupation: Carpenter.17 aka: J. H.72

He was employed by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he learned the trade of sho[ carpenter. in 1849, he went to California in search of gold. He was employed for about 10 years at the Pacific Mail Ship Yard at Benicia, CA. He took his savings and set out to return to the East in order to purchase some horses. He survived the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America on its way to New York from San Francisco via Panama. More than 400 passengers of this ship drowned. Joseph was rescued by a passing ship after spending several days in the water. He returned to California after a short stay in New York. He settled in Vaca Valley in the latter part of the 1860s. He later removed to Brown’s Valley in Napa County, where he purchased a farm, and devoted it chiefly to cherries. After a few yeas residence in Napa County, he returned o his home near Vacaville, where he spent the remainder of his life.73

His extensive account of the shipwreck of the Central America was published in the New York Herald.74

1860 federal census for Napa Twp., Napa Co., CA, pp. 60-6175
Joseph Bassford, male, age 39, b. NY, farmer, real estate 4000
Julia, female, age 24, b. NY
Fordham, male, age 14, b. NY
Geo. W., male, age 11, b. CA
Joseph, male, age 6, b. CA
Henry, male, age 5, b. CA
Frank, male, age 2, b. CA
Beecher, male, age 3/12, b. CA

1870 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, p. 13476
Joseph Bassford, male, age 47, b. NY, fruit grocer, real estate 10000, personal estate 1200
Catherine, female, age 32, b. Ireland, keeping hose
Joseph, male, age 18, b. CA, farm laborer
Henry, male, age 16, b. CA, at school
Frank, male, age 12, b. CA, at school
Beecher, male, age 10, b. CA, at school
Amelia, female, age 8, b. CA, at home
Nellie, female, age 3, b. CA, at home
Dexter, male, age 6/12, b. CA, at home

1880 federal census for Napa, Napa Co., CA. p. 363B77
Joseph Bassford, male, age 55, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, farmer
Kate, female, wife, age 38, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, keeping kouse
Frank, male, son, age 22, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY, farm hand
Amelia, female, daughter, age 18, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at home
Julia, female, daughter, age 14, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. Ireland, at School
Abraham, male, son, age 9, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. Ireland, at School
Mamie C. , female, daughter, age 7, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. Ireland, at School
Ida, female, daughter, age 2, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. Ireland, at home

38 gives birth as 1825, and indicates that he had an additional son Abraham F. Bassford, b. 1871.

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He first married Julia SPRAGUE ? in New York.73 Born abt 1821 in New York.52 Julia died bef 1871.80 husband had child by second wife.

She died at age 60.73

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They had the following children:
41i.
Fordham Clay (~1846-1924)
42ii.
George W. (~1849-1923)
43iii.
44iv.
Henry Augustus (1856-~1920)
45v.
Frank Jones (~1858-1883)
46vi.
Beecher F. (1860-1936)
47vii.
Amelia (~1862-1923)
48viii.
Julia A. (~1866-?)
He second married Catherine McCLENCY ? . Born in Aug 1837 in Ireland.81 Catherine died in Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, on 4 Dec 1934.82,72 Buried in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, Solano Co., CA.72 aka: Kate C.72

She was a native of Philadelpha, PA.73

1900 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, 1 Jun 1900, p. 229A81
Kate M. Bassford, female, head, age 62, b. Aug 1837, Ireland, father b. Ireland,
mother b. Ireland, widow, 7 children, 3 living, year of immigration 1849
Abraham T., male, son, age 28, b. Oct 1871, CA, father b. NY, mother b. Ireland,
farm laborer, single
Ida V., female, daughter, age 22, b. Jan 1878, CA, father b. NY, mother b. Ireland, single
Mary C. Pearson, female, daughter, age 27, b. F Jan 1873, CA, father b. NY,
mother b. Ireland, married 1 year, no children
William L., male, son-in-law, age 33, b. Aug 1866, CA, father b. MO, mother b. IL,
carpenter, married 1 year
Martin Smith, male, employee, age 19, b. Jun 1880, VA, father b. VA, mother b. MS,
farm laborer, single

1910 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, ED 205, p. 81A83
Mrs. Kate Bassford, female, head, age 72, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland,
widow
Ida, female, daughter, age 32, b. CA, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland,
nurse-private family, single

She might be the widow Annie T. Bassford listed next to her son Abraham T. Bassford in the1920 federal census for Vacaville, ED 205, Solano Co., CA, p. 2A84
Annie T. Bassford, female, head, age 82, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland,
farmer-fruit, widow, year of immigration 1850
(the age and place of birth line up, although if is the same person I don’t know where where the name Annie might come from)

She is probably the Kate C. Bassford who died 4 Dec 1934, age 97, Solano Co., CA.82

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They had the following children:
49i.
Nellie (~1867-<1900)
50ii.
Dexter (Died as Child) (1870-?)
51iii.
Abraham T. (1871-1940)
52iv.
Mary E. (1873-?)
53v.
Ida Viola (Died Unmarried) (1878-1948)
54vi.
Stephen Allen (Died as Child) (1878-1878)
11. George Washington BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1824-1830 in New York.64,29,56,55 age 20 in 1850 census, age 44 in 1870 census, age 52 in 1880 census, age 73 at death. George Washington died in New York City, NY, on 13 Apr 1897.64,19,85 Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.64

1855 state census for New York, Ward 10, ED 4, New York Co., NY, household #340
George W. Basford, male, boarder, age 31, b. New York Co.
(living with family of Sibala Cockson)

He is listed in the New York City Directory86
1858-9, artificial flower maker at 875 Broadway, res. 128 White
1860, artificial flower maker at 400 Broadway. res 3- Mercer St.
1861-4, makes artificial flowers and sells “segars” at 473 Broadway, res. 158 Mott St.
1864, importer at 473 Broadway
1865, artificial flower maker, res. 173 Tenth Ave.
1867-9, sells flowers and “segars” at 613 Broadway, res. 51 East 125th St.
1869-70, sells “segars” at 115 Elm St. with brother Stephen, res. 51 East 125th St.
1871-2, sells artificial flowers at 781 Broadway
1873, millinery at 781 Broadway
1874-81, sells artificial flowers at 781 Broadway
1875, res. Madison Ave. near 125th St.
1878-80, sells flowers in Purchase, NY
1893-95, res. 52 W 96 St.

1870 federal census for 12th Ward 14-E Dist., New York, NY, p. 44356
George Bassford, male, age 44, b. NY, no occupation
Amanda, female, age 35, b. NY
Louisa, female, age 13, b. NY, keeping house
Thomas, male, age 11, b. NY
Abraham, male, age 9, b. NY
Ida, female, age 7, b. NY
Anna Murphy, female, age 25, b. Ireland, domestic servant

They are also listed in the 1870 federal census for 12th Ward 5-E Dist., New York, NY, p. 31656
Geo. Bassford, male, age 58, b. NY, florist
Amanda, female, age 37, b. NY
Louisa, female, age 14, b. NY
Thos., male, age 13, b. NY
Abm., male, age 11, b. NY
Ida, female, age 9, b. NY
Long Anna 21 F Ireland

1880 federal census for Harrison, Westchester Co., NY, p. 388D55
George W. Bassford, male, age 52, b. NY, father b. NY. mother b. NY, farmer
Amanda T. W 47, b. NY, father b. NY. mother b. NY, keeping House
Thomas, male, son, age 22 M, b. NY, father b. NY. mother b. NY, segar manufacturing
Ida T., female, daughter, age 18, b. NY, father b. NY. mother b. NY, at home
Abram G., male, son, age 7, b. NY, father b. NY. mother b. NY, at school
Winnie Sullivan, female, other, age 34, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland,
housework
John Custer, male, other, age 21, b. VA, father b. VA, mother b. VA, works On Farm

In his later years, he spent much of his time at his “country place” in White Plains, NY.85

His last residence was 52 W 96 St.64

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He married Amanda Teresa FOHKES on 25 Jan 1856 in New York City, NY.93 Born in Nov 1833 in New York.94 Amanda Teresa died in New York City, NY, on 11 Mar 1917.64,95 Buried on 14 Mar 1917 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.64 aka: Agnes.86

1900 federal census for Manhattan Borough, ED 532, New York Co., NY, 52 W 96 St.,.4 Jun 1900, p. 32A94
Mrs. Amanda Bassford, head, female, age 66?, b. Nov 1833, NY, father b. Germany,
mother b. NY, widow, 6 children, 3 living
Thomas, male, son, age 42, b. Jan 1858, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, advertising, single
Ida T. A., female, daughter, age 24, b. Mar 1876, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, single
Mary M. Manning, female, servant, age 24, b. Dec 1875, Ireland, father b. Ireland,
mother b. Ireland, maid, single, year of immigration 1893
Sarah M. McShane, female, servant, age 29, b. Feb 1871, England , father b. Ireland,
mother b. Ireland, servant, single, year of immigration 1880

She must be the Agnes Bassford, widow of George W. listed in the New York City Directory for 1908, living at 52 W 96 St.86

1910 federal census for Manhattan, 12th Ward, New York Co., NY, ED 593, p. 111A96
Amanda Bassford, female, head, age 69, b. NY, father b. England, nother b. Germany,
widow, married 40 years, 6 children, 1 living
Ida, female, daughter, age 27, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, single
Josephine L., female, sister?-in-law, age 32, b. NY, father b. ?, mother b. ?, widow
(several servants are also listed in the home)

Her last residence was 52 W 96 St.64

Her estate was valued at $74,577, and was composed of holdsings of Standard Oil Company stock and other oil and pipe line companies. The net esate of $70,118 went to her daughter Ida T. Bassford of 52 W96 St.97

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They had the following children:
55i.
Louise V. (Died Unmarried) (~1855-1873)
56ii.
Thomas (1858-1909)
57iii.
(son) (Died as Child) (1859-?)
58iv.
Abraham (Died as Child) (~1861-1872)
59v.
Ida Teresa (~1863-1932)
60vi.
Lorenzo (Died as Child) (~1866-1866)
61vii.
George Abram (1873-1903)
12. Virginia Lafayette BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born in 1825-1828 in New York.17,29,56,55 age 23 in 1850 census, age 42 in 1870 census, age 54 in 1880 census. Virginia Lafayette died ? .

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She married Edwin V. WELCH ? . Born abt 1825 in England.56,55 age 45 in 1870 census, age 55 in 1880 census. Edwin V. died ? . Occupation: Sea Captain, Merchant.17 aka: Edward.55

1870 federal census for Fordham, Westchester Co., NY, p. 39456
Edwin V. Welch, male, age 45, b. England, leather mfg, real estate 30000, personal estate 5000
Virginia, female, age 42, b. NY, keeping house
Edward, male, age 22, b. NY, clerk in store
Mary Bassford, female, age 23, b. OH, at home
(several servants are also living with the family)

1880 federal census for New York City, New York, NY, ED 678, p. 50455
Edward Welch, male, head, age 54, b. England, father b. England, mother b. England,
feather dealer, married
Virginia, female, wife, age 54, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, keeping house, married
Edward, male, son, age 33, b. NY, father b. England, mother b. NY, unemployed, single
Bessie, female, daughter, age 30, b. NY, father b. England, mother b. NY, unemployed, single
Gracie, female, daughter, age 8, b. NY, father b. England, mother b. NY, at school, single
Harris, male, son, age 8, b. NY, father b. England, mother b. NY, at school, single
Jennie, female, daughter, age 8, b. NY, father b. England, mother b. NY, at school, single
Mary Evans, female, servant, age 32, b. England, father b. England, mother b. England
Ellen Driscoll, female, servant, age 28, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
Thomas Dolan, male, servant, age 40, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
Isador Gillett, male, gardner, age 70, b. France, father b. France, mother b. France
(I believe that Bessie is actually Edward, Jr.’s wife, and the younger children are probably Edward and Virginia’s grandchildren.)

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They had one child:
62i.
Edwin V. Jr. (~1847-1918)
13. Col. Stephen Allen BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born on 28 Sep 1827 in West Farms, NY.100 Stephen Allen died in New York City, NY, on 19 Dec 1904.12,101 age 78. Buried on 22 Dec 1904 in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.12 Death Cause: Apoplexy.11 Occupation: Cigar Manufacturer.102

In 1848, he removed to Cleveland, OH, traveling by boat to Albany, canal packet to Buffalo, and a steamer to Cleveland. He engaged in the cigar business there. He was later a foreman during the construction of the Little Miami railroad, the first railroad in Ohio.100

He is listed with his mother in the 1850 census, even though it is reported that he had already moved to Ohio.29

He removed to Xenia, OH where he married Martha Allen. He Removed to Leavenworth, KS in 1858. He was there during the “Kansas troubles,” and he returned to Xenia when his establishment was burned.21,17

When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted as a private on 3 Oct 1861, and was promoted to captain two months later on 5 Dec 1861. He mustered into the 4th Ohio Infantry on 18 Jan 1862. He rose to lieutenant colonel on 11 Aug 1862 when he transferred to the 94th Ohio Infantry. He later rose to the rank of colonel. He was on the famous march from Atlanta when he received word that this wife had died. He resigned and returned home to take care of his family.21,17,11

1860 federal census for Xenia, 3rd Ward, Greene Co., OH, p. 172103
Stephen Bassford, male, age 32, b. NY, tobaconist
Martha, female, age 27, b. OH
Frost, male, age 2, b. OH
J. Antony, male, age 2, b. OH
Riley, male, age 6/12, b. OH

At the close of the war, he returned to New York and resumed the tobacco business. For several years he was tobacco examiner for the government.100

1870 federal census of 19th Ward, 18 E Dist., new York City, NY, 28 Jun 1870, p. 24749
Stephen Bassford, male, age 43, b. New York City, segar maker
(living with family of Theodore Marshall)

1870 federal census of 19th Ward, 14 E Dist., 2d Ave 57 to 58, New York City, NY, 27 Dec 1870, p. 468-46949
Stephen Bassford, male, age 43, b. NY, cigar mfg
Ann, female, age 22, b. NY, keeping house
Foster, male, age 13, b. OH, at school
John, male, age 13, b. OH, at school
Hellen, female, age 10, b. OH, at school
Stephen, male, age 8, b. OH
Mary Magoon, female, age 17, b. England, domestic servant

He is listed in the New York City Directory
1869-70, sells “segars” at 115 Elm St., together with brother George86
1890, sells cigars, res. 625 E. 140th St.104

He is probably the Stephen Basford listed in the 1880 census, although the age and birthplace do not agree with other sources:
1880 federal census for New York, New York Co., NY, p. 153D55
Stephen Bassford, male, age 45, b. OH, father b. --, mother b. --, cigar manufacturer
Annie, female, wife, age 32, b. England, father b. England, mother b. England, keeping house
Helen, female, daughter, age 21, b. OH, father b. --, mother b. England, at home
Mary Trupet, female, other, age 21, b. NY, father b. Germany, mother b. Germany, at home

1900 federal census for Bronx Borough, New York Co., NY, 631 East 136th St., 5 Jun 1900, p. 271A94
Stevan Bassford, male, head, age 72, b. Sep 1827, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
married 30 years
Anna C., female, wife, age 51, b. Aug 1848, Germany, father b. Germany,
mother b. Germany, married 30 years, 4 children, 3 living, year of immigration 1854
Eugh E., male, son, age 27, b. Jul 1872, NY, father b. NY, mother b. Germany, single
Martha A., female, daughter, age 25, b. Jun 1874, NY, father b. NY,
mother b. Germany, single
Mary, female, daughter, age 19, b. Jan 1881, NY, father b. NY, mother b. Germany,
at school, single

His address was 631 East 136th St., Bronx, NY at the time of his death. He had been a resident of New York City for 55 years.11

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He first married Olive Eliza WARNER, daughter of Warren WARNER & Fanny A. PEASE, ? in Dayton, OH.105 Born on 21 Oct 1832 in Aurora, Portage Co., OH.16 Olive Eliza died in New York City, NY, on 29 Jul 1853.123 Buried in near Cleveland, OH.123

She died in the home of Mr. E. C. Frost.123

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He second married Martha Donna ALLEN, daughter of John ALLEN & Wilmoth FOREMAN, on 14 Jun 1854 in Xenia, OH.115 Born on 10 Oct 1832 in Greene County, OH.124 Martha Donna died in Xenia, OH, on 3 Dec 1867.125 Buried in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, OH.126 aka: Donna Martha.105,115

126 gives death as 12 Dec 1867, age 35 years, 2 months, 2 days.

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They had the following children:
63i.
Henry A. (Died as Child) (1854-?)
64ii.
Ethan Frost (Twin) (1857-1914)
65iii.
John Ancony (Twin) (1857-1915)
66iv.
Helen R. (1860-?)
67v.
Stephen Van (1862-~1912)
68vi.
Edward W. (Died as Child) (~1864-1870)


105 shows another son Riley, b. abt 1859.
He third married Anna Clara ROEMER, daughter of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ROEMER & Christine Caroline SALZ, on 29 Sep 1903 in Bronx, NY.110 Born on 30 Aug 1848 in Minden Stadt, Westfalen, Preussen.20 Anna Clara was baptized in Sankt Simeonis Evangelisch, Minden Stadt, Westfalen, Preussen, on 17 Sep 1848. Anna Clara died in New York City, NY, on 5 Nov 1924.12,128 age 75. Buried on 8 Nov 1924 in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.12 Death Cause: Diabetes.11 aka: Annie, Romer, Rohmur.

Her death certificate gives her parents’s names as William Romer and Caroline Salz.128 The 1900 census gives her birth as Aug 1848, Germany.94 Her birthplace is given as Berlin, Germany on her daughter Martha’s birth certificate.120 She is probably the Anna Clara Roemer b. 30 Aug 1848, Minden Stadt, Westfalen, Preussen, the daughter of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Roemer and Christine Caroline Salz.20

She is probably the Anne Romer, age 7, who came to America on 6 Aug 1855 aboard the ship Palestine with her mother Caroline, age 29, and sister Rebecca, age 8 months.127

There is some conflicting data regarding her marriage to Stephen Bassford. Stephen indicated they were married 24 May 1870, Jersey City, NJ on a questionaire he filled out as part of his Civil War pension applicatoin.125 We have a copy of a marriage certificate for Stephen A. Bassford and Ann C. Romer dated 29 Sep 1903, Bronx, NY.110 Perhaps they were married, divorced and then remarried? Or perhaps they were never officially married, or were unable to prove their marriage to the satisfaction of th pension department? The 1903 marriage certificate indicates that it was Stephen’s third marriage and Anna’s first. This is consistent with the fact that Stephen was married twice before (to Olive Warner and Martha Allen).

The census data is also a little confusing. Stephen’s wife Annie in the 1880 census was listed as being born in England, but in 1900 his wife Anna was born in Germany, which is consistent with the 1903 marriage certificate. (Although both of these dates predate the 1903 marriage.) The ages of the wives in the two entries are close enough that they could be the same women, but the different birthplaces are inconsistent with this (although errors like this are common in the census records).

On 16 Apr 1906, the Committee on Pensions granted an increase in her widow’s pension baesd on Stephen’s service in the Civil War. At that time she was found to be without any property except for her household furniture, and had no means of support and was dependent upon the daily labor of her oldest child. An affidavit of Dr. Edward F. Brennan indicated that she was suffering from general debility and rheumatism, and at times was hardly able to walk.117



1910 federal census for Bronx, 11-Pct, 34-AD, New York Co., NY, ED 1545, 1107 Forest Ave., p. 284B129
Anna C. Bassford, male, head, age 61, b. Germany, father b. Germany, mother b. Germany,
widow, 4 childre, 3 living, year of immigration 1850
Eugene E., male, son, age 36, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. Germany,
clerk-state legislature, single
Mabel K., daughter, female, age 26, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. Germany,
stenographer-city, single

She was living with the family of her daughter Martha in the 1920 census for East Conemaugh, Cambria Co., PA.130

12,2,20,105,10,17,22,129,49,94,96,127,107,16,11,100,111,114,131,132,130,117,120,102,128,121
They had the following children:
69i.
William A. (Died as Child) (1871-1871)
70ii.
Eugene Earl (Died Unmarried) (1872-1910)
71iii.
Martha Allen (1874-1955)
72iv.
Mabel Kate (1881-~1915)


Witnesses to the marriage were John A. Bassford and Margaret A. Bassford.110 These would probably be Stephens son and daughter-in-law.

Stephen’s Civil War pension records indicate that they were married 24 May 1870, Jersey City, NJ by Rev. Allison.66,117 However, no record of this marriage has been found in the Jersey City records, and a marriage certificate for 1903 has been located. Perhaps no official record of their marriage could be located and they decided to reaffirm their marriage to provide official documentation? Another possibility is that they were not officially married until 1903, although they apparently lived together and had four children. Perhaps she was still married to Richard Renckwitz? A third possibility is that Stephen and Anna were married and divorced then remarried, although this is contradictory to the depositions in Stephen’s pension application which state that Stephen and Anna lived together as man and wife from the time of their marriage on 24 May 1870 until Stephen’s death.
14. Henry A. BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born on 7 Jan 1830 in New York City, NY.16 gravestone. Henry A. died in New York City, NY, on 13 Jan 1830.16 gravestone.

Died in infancy.17

Gravestone inscription, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY16
W. B. Bassford Eldest son of Thomas & Rebekak Bassford
Born Oct. 28th, 18__
Died Jan. 2nd, 1866
Mary C. Field Eldest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Feb. 16(?), ____
Died ___. __, ____
Henry A. Bassford Infant son of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Jan. 7th, 1830 (?)
Died Jan. 13th(?), 18__
Evelina M. Bassford Youngest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Bord Oct. __, 1835
Died Oct. __, 1848

17,16
15. Henry Augustus BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born on 5 Jan 1834 in New York City, NY.24,133 age 63 years 1 month 14 days at death. Henry Augustus died in New York City, NY, on 19 Feb 1897.89,24 Buried on 22 Feb 197 in Kensico Cemetery, Vahalla, Westchester , NY.24 Occupation: Artificial Flower Maker.55

He might be the Henry Basford listed in the 1855 state census for Brooklyn, Ward 17, Kings Co., NY, household # 50740
Henry Basford, male, boarder, age 24, b. New York Co., shipjoiner
(living with family of Henry and Catharine Miller)

He served in the Civil War.17

They are listed twice in the 1870 census.

1870 federal census for Elizabeth, 8th Ward, Union Co., NJ, 15 Jun 1870, p. 571134
Ray? Cummings, male, age 52, b. VT, butter merchant
Sarah, female, age 48, b. MA
Lillie R., female, age 11, b. NY, going to school
Henry Bassford, male, age 35, b. NY, inspector? 3000
Sarah L., female, age 26, b. NY
Gussie, female, age 3, b. NJ
Virginia, female, age 2/12, b. NJ
Mary Tully, female, age 25, b. __

1870 federal census for New York, 19th Ward 20-E Dist., New York Co., NY, p. 21156
Henry Bassford, male, age 37, b. U.S., Importer
Sarah, female, age 23, b. U.S.
Betsey, female, age 4, b. U.S.
Virginia, female, age 1, b. U.S.

1880 federal census for New York, New York Co., NY, p. 159D55
A.? A. Bassford, male, age 46, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, artificial flower maker
Dollie, female, wife, age 37, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, keeping house
Bessie, female, daughter, age 13, b. NJ, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at school
Virginia, female, daughter, age10, b. NJ, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at school

His residence at the time of his death was 1638 Washington St., New York CIty, NY.24

2,17,50,29,56,55,134,89,135,136,93,24,133,40
He married Sarah Lovell CUMMINGS, daughter of Jay CUMMINGS & Sarah L. ARNOLD, on 21 Apr 1866 in New York City, NY.93 Born in Apr 1844 in New York.94 Sarah Lovell died in New York City, NY, on 4 May 1908.106,137 age 65. Buried on 7 May 1908 in Kensico Cemetery, Vahalla, Westchester , NY.138 aka: Dorothy, Dollie, Sarah Dorothy.

She was living with her daughter Bessie at the time of the 1900 census.94

17,50,56,55,94,106,136,93,137
They had the following children:
73i.
Bessie (1867-?)
74ii.
Virginia L. (Died as Child) (~1870-1881)
16. Evelina Matilda BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born in Oct 1835 in New York City, NY.16 gravestone. Evelina Matilda died in New York City, NY, on 31 Oct 1848.27 Buried on 2 Nov 1848 in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.12

Died in childhood.17

Gravestone inscription, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY16
W. B. Bassford Eldest son of Thomas & Rebekak Bassford
Born Oct. 28th, 18__
Died Jan. 2nd, 1866
Mary C. Field Eldest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Feb. 16(?), ____
Died ___. __, ____
Henry A. Bassford Infant son of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Born Jan. 7th, 1830 (?)
Died Jan. 13th(?), 18__
Evelina M. Bassford Youngest Daughter of Thomas & Rebekah Bassford
Bord Oct. __, 1835
Died Oct. __, 1848

12,17,16,9,27
17. Col. Abraham B. BASSFORD (Thomas2, William1). Born abt 13 Dec 1837 in New York.50,72 age 84 years 9 months 17 days at death. Abraham B. died in Long Branch, NJ, on 30 Sep 1922.50,139,72 Monmouth Medical Center. Buried in White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, NY.50,139,140,72 Occupation: Real Estate. aka: Abram.

He served in the Civil War.17 He is probably the Major Abraham Bassford who shot Joseph T. Donnelly during an altercation at a bar in New York City on 20 Aug 1863. Mr. Donnelly got into an argument with a Col. Mott and while being restrained by some friends kicked Maj. Bassford in the throat. When Mr. Donnelly broke away from his friends to attack Maj. Bassford, Maj. Bassford shot him in the neck. Mr. Donnelly died in the hospital a few days later, and there was a coroner’s inquisition into the death. At the inquest there was a split jury with two of the jurors in favor of Bassford’s acquittal, and six that held him responsible for the homicide. It is not clear what was the final disposition of the case.141,142,143

1870 federal census for 12th Ward, 13-E Dist., New York City, NY, p. 41149
Abram Bassford, male, age 36?, b. NY, artificial flowers, personal estate 1500
Sarah, female, age 26, b. NY, real estate 1500?, personal estate 1000
Bernard, male, age 8/12, b. OR, Sep
Carlina, female, age 2, b. NY
Maria Morrell, age 18, b. Ireland, nurse
(blank) Bassford, female, age 7, b. OR, adopted child
Margaret Barney?, female, age 21, b. ireland, domestic servant
Ellen O'Neil, female, age 15, b. Ireland, domestic servant, personal estate 500

He is probably the Abraham Basford listed in the New York City directory for 1871-4 (business: flowers, 781 Broadway, res. 143 E 120th)38

1880 federal census for Greenburgh, Westchester Co., NY55
Abram Bassford, male, age 41, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, real estate, married
Sarah E., female, age 32, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, keeping house, married
Evalina, female, age 12, b. ID, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at school, single
Bernard, male, age 10, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at school
Sarah E., female, age 6, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at school, single
Abram, male, age 3, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at home, single
George W., male, age 6/12, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at home, birth month Dec.
Boise, female, daughter, age 14, b. ID, father b. ID, mother b. ID, at home

He is probably the Abraham Bassford listed in the 1890 New York City Directory, who was involved in real estate at 196 7th, res. Hartsdale.104

1900 federal census for Brooklyn Borough, 22 Ward, Kings Co., NY, 820 President St., 8 Jun 1900, p. 52A94
Abraham Bassford, male, head, age 62?, b. Dec 1837, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
real estate manager, married 33 years
Sarah E., female, wife, age 57, b. Jun 1842, NY, father b. Ireland, mother b. MD,
married 33 years, 6 children, 5 living
George N., male, son, age 19, b. Dec 1889, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
salesman (wholesale grocers), single
Henry H., male, son, age 17, b. Jul 1882, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, at school, single
Sara E., female, daughter, age 24, b. Jun 1875, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, single
Abraham B., Jr. , male, son, age 22, b. Dec 1877, NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
civil engineer, single
Elizabeth Wilson, female, servant, age 49, b. Jul 1850, Ireland, father b. Ireland,
mother b. Ireland, cook, single, year of immigration 1865

1910 federal census for Bronx, 7-Pct. 35-AD, New York Co., NY, ED 159, 1753 Washington Ave., p. 103.96
Abraham Bassford, male, head, age 72, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
manager-real estate __, widower
Henry H., male, son, age 27, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, civil engineer-city, single

I died while visiting friends in Long Branch, NJ.144

2,17,50,38,29,55,104,129,49,94,96,144,139,141,145,146,147,148,149,150,85,151,142,152,143,153,72
He married Sarah Ellen HANNIGAN, daughter of Bernard I. HANNIGAN & Elizabeth HILLIER, on 24 Jan 1867 in New York City, NY.148,153 Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Born abt Jun 1844 in New York City, NY.154 age 65 years 3 months at death. Sarah Ellen died in New York, on 18 Sep 1909.106,154 Buried in White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, NY.50,140 aka: Harrigan.38

50 indicates that her age at death was 76 years 4 months 18 days, which would correspond to a birth date of abt 30 Apr 1833. This is a little inconsistent with the birthdate of Jun 1742 given in the 1900 census.94

153 gives mother’s name as Alice Hall.

2,17,50,55,49,94,106,146,148,154,149,150,152,153
They had the following children:
75i.
Boisie (Adopted) (~1863-1892)
76ii.
Eveline E. (~1868-1919)
77iii.
Bernard I. (Died Unmarried) (1869-1891)
78iv.
Sarah Ellen (1875-1941)
79v.
Abraham B. Jr. (1876-1947)
80vi.
George Washington (1880-1905)
81vii.
Henry Hall (1882-1963)
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