Fourth Generation (Continued)
Fourth Generation (Continued)
Family of Joseph McDonald BASSFORD (10) & Julia SPRAGUE
41. Fordham Clay BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1846 in New York City, NY.77,76,75 age 14 in 1860 census, age 24 in 1870 census, age 34 in 1880 census. Fordham Clay died in Solano Co., CA, on 23 Jun 1924.209

He is probably the F. Basford, age 24, b. NY, living with the family of A. Gorham at the time of the 1870 census of Vallejo, Solano Co., CA, p. 177.76

He was unmarried and living with his brother Joseph at the time of the 1880 census.77

He is probably the F. C. Bassford of Solano Co., CA who was charged with “seduction” by Mary Willard in 1886.210

He is probably the Ford C. Bassford living with his son in the 1910 federal census for Valleo, 2nd Ward, Solano CA., ED 189, 139 Pennsylvania Ave., p. 120A83
Ford C. Bassford, male, head, age 59, b. NY, father b. U.S., mother b. U.S., retired, widower
Timothy, male, son, age 16, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. CA, student, single

He is living with his son TImothy at the time of the 1920 census of Vallejo, ED 214, Solano Co., CA84

20,17,73,52,77,76,84,75,83,209

He married Mary DORAN on 13 Jan 1893 in Solano Co., CA.20 Born ? . Mary died ? .

20

They had one child:
118i.
Timothy Jackson (1894-?1929)
42. George W. BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1849 in New York City, NY.84,75 age 11 in 1860 census, age 71 in 1920 census. George W. died in Solano Co., CA, on 30 Dec 1923.209

He was of Vallejo, CA.73

He is probably the George W. Bassford who married Louisa Hildreth on 16 Sep 1872 in Vacaville, CA.211

He is probably the George W. Bassford listed with a son George S. Bassford in the 1900 federal census for Vallejo, 1 Ward, Solano Co., CA, 4 Jun 1900, p. 304A81
George S. Bassford, male, son, age 25, b. Aug 1874, CA, father b. ME, mother b. ME,
blacksmith, single
George W., male, father, age 63, b. Jan 1837, ME, father b. ME, mother b. ME,
wheelwright, widower

1920 federal census for Vallejo, ED 212, Solano Co., CA, 713 El Dorado St., p. 2A84
George Bassford, male, head, age 71, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
wheelwright, widower

He is probably the George W.(?) Bassford, d. 30 Dec 1923, age 75, listed in the California death index.209

52 gave birth as 1847.

17,73,52,81,84,75,211

He married Louisa HILDRETH on 16 Sep 1872 in Vacaville, CA.211 Born ? . Louisa died bef 1900.81 husband a widower in 1900 census.

211

They had one child:
119i.
George Sherman (1873-1957)
43. Joseph McDonald BASSFORD Jr. (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born on 25 Jun 1852 in Benicia, Solono Co., CA.73,72 Joseph McDonald died in Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, on 28 May 1910.209,72 Buried in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, Solano Co., CA.72

He served as an apprentice in the ship joiner’s trade at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo. He returned to his home in Lagoon Valley and became manager of a ranch there.73

1880 federal census for Vacaville, Solano, CA, p. 470B77
Joseph Bassford , male, age 28, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY, farmer
Ida, female, wife, age 23, b. CA, father b. NH, mother b. NH, keeping house
Lillie, female, daughter, age 1, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA
Fordham, male, brother, age 34, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY, works on farm
Inez Barker, female, sister-in-law, age 14, b. CA, father b. NH, mother b. Ireland, at home
William Washburn, male, other, age 20, b. CA, father b. ME, mother b. OH, works on farm
John Webster, male, other, age 20, b. CA, father b. IL, mother b. IL, works on farm
(a number of Chinese persons are also listed with the family)

In 1895, he was elected to the California State Legislature.73

1900 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, 1 Jun 1900, p. 229A81
Joseph M. Bassford, male, head, age 47, b. Jun 1852, CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
fruit grower, married 22 years
Ida C., female, wife, age 42, b. Dec 1857, CA, father b. NH, mother b. ME, married 22 years,
3 children, 2 living
Joseph E., male, son, age 15, b. Nov 1884, CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, at school
Burleigh B., male, son, age 9, b. Nov. 1890, CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, at school

1910 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, ED 205, p. 81A83
J. M. Bassford, male, head, age 57, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
farmer-general farm, widower
Joseph Edward, male, son, age 24, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA,
farmer-farm, first marriage, married 1 year
Edith, female, wife, age 26, b. CA, father b. MI, mother b. CA,
first marriage, married 1 year, no children
Burleigh, male, son, age 20, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA,
farmer-farm, single
Joseph Diapold?, male, hired man, age 44 Germany Germany Germany laborer-farm S

20,73,52,77,76,81,75,83,209,72

He married Ida C. BARKER, daughter of George F. BARKER, on 4 Sep 1876 in Solano Co., CA.20 Born on 31 Dec 1857 in California.72 Ida C. died in San Francisco Co., CA, on 24 Jan 1906.209 Buried in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, Solano Co., CA.72

She is probably the Ida C. Bassford, d. 24 Jan 1906, age 46, listed in the California death index.209

20,73,77,81,209,72

They had the following children:
120i.
Lillian (~1879-?)
121ii.
Joseph Edward (1884-1952)
122iii.
Burleigh Barker (1892-1957)
44. Henry Augustus BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born on 25 Jun 1856 in Benicia, Solono Co., CA.73 Henry Augustus died in Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, abt 17 Feb 1920.79 “last Tuesday” on 20 Feb 1920. Occupation: Fruit Grower.79

He was a proprietor of the “famous Ulatia Ranch” located about three miles northwest of Vacaville.73

1880 federal census for Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, p. 471C
Henry Bassford, male, age 26, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY, orchardist
Addie, female, wife, age 22, b. ME, father b. ME, mother b. ME, keeping house
Alonzo, male, son, age 2, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. ME
Beecher, male, brother, age 19, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY, works on farm
Junius Lewis, male, other, age 34, b. MO, father b. MO, mother b. MO, works on farm
John Spaulding, male, other, age 27, b. CA, father b. IL, mother b. IL, works on farm

1900 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, 15 Jun 1900, p. 263B81
H. A. Bassford, male, head, age 43, b. Jun 1856, CA, father b. NY,
mother b. NY, farmer, married 22 years
Addie, female, wife, age 39, b. Nov 1860, MA, father b. MA,
mother b. MA, married 22 years, 5 children, 5 living
Lonnie P., male, son, age 21, b. Aug 1878, CA, father b. CA,
mother b. MA, box maker
Roy, male, son, age 19, b. Mar 1881 19, CA, father b. CA,
mother b. MA, box maker
W'm, male, son, age 17, b. May 1883 17, CA, father b. CA,
mother b. MA, student
Lulu, female, daughter, age 15, b. May 1885, CA, father b. CA,
mother b. MA, student
Amy, female, daughter, age 9?, b. Jan 1891, CA, father b. CA,
mother b. MA, student S
Florence Lasalle?, female, cousin, age 8, b. 1892, CA, father b. MA,
mother b. CA, student
Charles ___, male, boarder, age 40, b. Jun 1860, Germany, father b. Germany,
mother b. Germany, carpenter, single, year of immigration 1877
W'm ___, male, boarder, age 30, b. Sep 1869, PA, father b. PA,
mother b. PA, farm laborer, single

1910 federal census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, ED 205, p. 84B83
H. A. Bassford, male, head, age 49, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
farmer-general farm, second marriage
Emily, female, wife, age 32, b. CA, father b. Canada (English),
mother b. Canada (English), second marriage, married 2 years, 8 children, 6 living
William, male, son, age 22, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA,
farmer-home farm, single
Amy, female, daughter, age 17, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, single
Florence, female, daughter, age 15, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, single
Clemet, male, son, age 12, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, single
Ellen, female, daughter, age 9, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, single
John, male, son, age 1, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, single
(several boarders are also living with the family)
The younger children (Clemet, Ellen and John) are step-children from his wife’s first marriage, and should actually have the surname “January”. The “son” Clemet, is actually a daughter Clementina, who married Weston Robinson.

79 gives birth as 1854.

78 gives death as 6 Nov 1928, age 69.

209 gives death of a Henry A. Bassford on 6 Nov 1925, age 69 in Solano Co., CA.

212 gives death as 6 Nov 1923.

20,17,73,52,77,76,81,75,83,209,78,79,212

He first married Adelaide Viola LASSELLE, daughter of Benjamin LASSELLE, on 4 Sep 1876 in Solano Co., CA.20 Born on 22 Oct 1858 in Massachusetts.72 or Maine. Adelaide Viola died in Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, on 22 May 1906.209 Buried in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, Solano Co., CA.72 aka: Addie, Sassille.

72 gives death as 25 Aug 1906.

20,73,77,81,209,79,72

They had the following children:
123i.
Alonzo Perkins (1878-1923)
124ii.
Henry Leroy (1882-1953)
125iii.
William Louis (1883-1950)
126iv.
Lulu L. (1885-?)
127v.
Amy Evaline (1891-?)

He second married Emily Elizabeth ROBINSON, daughter of Robert ROBINSON & Hanna HORNE, on 8 Jun 1909 in Vacaville, CA.212 Born on 23 Jul 1873 in California.83 Emily Elizabeth died in Vacaville, Solano Co., CA, on 19 Aug 1947.213 Buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo Co., CA.72

Emily Bassford is listed in the 1925 city directory for Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA as the widow of H.A., living at 2737 Fulton B.214

1930 federal census for Berkeley, ED 292, Alameda Co., CA, 2136 Ward St., 11 Apr 1930, p. 14B215
Emily E. Bassford, female, head, age 58, b. CA, father b. Canada,
mother b. Canada widow, age 23 at first marriage, nurse-practical nurse
Walter H. Robinson, male, nephew, age 25, b. CA, father b. Canada,
mother b. Canada, single, helper-parking station

She is living with her daughter Mary Helen’s family at the time of the 1940 census.216

217 gives her maiden name as Emily E. January, the daughter of WIlliam A. January. However, 73 indicates that Henry Bassford was survived by three step-children “Mrs. Weston Robinson and Miss Helen January of Berkeley and John January of Oakland.” This would suggest that “January” was the name of a first husband of Emily rather than her maiden name.

Greenlawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo Co., CA72
John W. Robinson/1865-1915/
James I. McClees/1865-1916/ Martha E. McCleees/1867-1942/
Emily E. Bassford/1873-1947/
Walter H. Robinson/1907-1951
(John W. is Emily’s brother. Walter is the son of John W. and Julia A. per 1910 census)

77,215,83,79,72,216,214,217,213,218

They had one child:
128i.
S. (Died as Child) (1909-1909)
45. Frank Jones BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1858 in California.77,76 age 12 in 1870 census, age 22 in 1880 census. Frank Jones died in Alaska in 1883.78 Death Cause: Lost at sea during seal hunding expedition.78

He was a champion pigeon shot.17

In 1883, Frank went on a seal hunting expedition to Alaska. Several days after arriving in the north aboard a vessel, Bassford, along with two other men, were assigned to a small boat, and along with several other small boats, were sent out to shoot seals. According to the captain of the vessel in a later interview, a fog came up, separating Bassford's boat from the others. Shots were heard from the direction of the boat, but they could not be located. Bassford and his two partners were never seen again and were given up for lost.78

Rumors later circulated in 1899 that Frank J. Bassford was being held for poaching as a prisoner by the Russians on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The article refers to a brother “ex-assemlyman E. M. Bassford”.219 It is not clear whether this would be some unknown borther, or whether the newspaper had the initials wrong. Another account gives the location of the imprisonment as Siberia.220 This article indicates that he had been “mourned for dead for five years,” so it is not clear whether the 1883 date given in 78 is correct, or whether perhaps it should have been 1893.

17,73,52,77,76,75,78,219,220

46. Beecher F. BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born in Mar 1860 in California.221 Beecher F. died in Alameda Co., CA, on 10 Jun 1936.82

He was living with his brother Henry at the time of the 1880 census.77

1900 federal census for Etna Twp., Siskiyou Co., CA, 5 Jun 1900, p. 288B81
Beecher F. Basford, male, head, age 40?, b. Mar? 1860?, CA, father b. NY,
mother b. NY, married 15? years
Laura W., female, wife, age 34, b. Jan? 1866, CA, father b. OH, mother b. IN?,
dress? maker, married 15? years, 2 children, 2 living
Eileen B., female, daughter, age 14? b. Dec? 1885, CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, at school
Lorna? A., female, daughter, age 10, b. May 1890, CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA,
at school

1910 fedearl census for Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA, ED 205, p. 84B83
Beach Bassford, male, head, age 47, b. CA, father b. NY, mother b. NY,
miner-mining, single

73,52,77,81,75,83,82

He married Laura E. (BASSFORD) abt 1885.221 married 15 years in 1900 census. Born in Jan 1866 in California.221 Laura E. died ? . aka: Laura W.81 They were divorced bef 1910.83

1910 federal census for Oakland Twp., Alameda Co., CA, ED 55, 2815 Cherry St., p. 213B83
Laura E. Basford, female, head, age 43, b. CA, father b. IN, mother b. IL,
dressmaker, widow, 2 children, 2 living
Lorina? A., female, daughter, age 20, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, single
(several boarders are also living with the family)

1920 federal census for Berkeley, ED 164, Alameda Co., CA, 2815 Cherry St., p. 6B84
Laura E. Bassford, female, head, age 50, b. CA, father b. U.S., mother b. U.S.,
dressmaker, dressmaker
Lorena?, female, daughter, age 27, b. CA, father b. CA, mother b. CA, trained nurse, single
Mary A. Sellar?, female, roomer, age 75, b. IL, father b. KY, mother b. VA, widow
Nellie Tiscomb, female, roomer, age 45, b. U.S., father b. U.S., mother b. U.S., single

1930 federal census for Berkeley, ED 290, Alameda Co., CA, 2815 Cherry St., 4 Apr 1930, p. 6A215
Laura E. Bassford, female, head, age 60, b. CA, father b. IN, mother b. IL, dressmaker,
divorced, age 21 at first marriage
Alice Lorena D F 28 S California California California nurse, private care
Marion C. Story?, female, niece, age 23, b. England, father b. England, mother b. England,
nurse-hospital, single, year of immigration 1930

1940 federal census for Berkeley, ED 1-110, Alameda Co., CA, 2815 Cherry St., 12 Apr 1940, p. 11A216
Laura Bassford, female, head, age 67, b. CA, widow
Lorena, female, daughter, age 46, b. CA, single
Illen McMaine, female, daughter, age 53, b. CA, widow
Doris, female, granddaughter, age 14, b. CA, single

81,84,215,83,216

They had the following children:
129i.
Eileen B. (1885-?)
130ii.
Lorina Alice (1890-?)
47. Amelia BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1862 in California.77,76 age 8 in 1870 census, age 18 in 1880 census. Amelia died in 1923.73

20,73,77,76

She married George Hewitt PEABODY on 12 Apr 1882 in Solano Co., CA.20 Born ? . George Hewitt died ? .

20,73

They had one child:
131i.
Charles A. (1893-1968)
48. Julia A. BASSFORD (Joseph McDonald3, Thomas2, William1). Born abt 1866 in California.77 age 14 in 1880 census. Julia A. died ? .

20,73,77,222

She married Rufus B. ALLISON on 20 Sep 1885 in Sunnyvale, CA.222 Born ? . Rufus B. died ? .

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