The New Zealand Bassetts
Great-grandfather Bassett - Ballygawley inch
Four children died on the voyage and one sailor - three births occurred.
Thursday, 23rd October 1862: The "Indian Empire" anchored off Orakei Bay (Auckland).
Friday, 24th: The"Indian Empire"took her berth off Queens Wharf.
The Basset family has lived in Inch parish, north of Downpatrick, for over two hundred and fifty years
Ann Leonard 1820 - 1907
Edward (son of
Edward was Born Portaferry, Ireland. Emigrated to NZ 1862
They have eight children
Isabella 1851 - 1915 married (1874) George Lendrum 1844 - 1920
*Isabella Bassett 1851 - 1915married (1874)George Lendrum1844 - 1920
Isabella is thought to be about eleven years old, when she arrived in New Zealand. 1862
Ann Jane 1853 - 1944 married James Kidd
Thomas1856 - 1928 married Minnie Chadwick
Thomas was one of the early settlers on the Tatarariki flats region (Kaipara, North Auckland. Thomas a Farmer and Road contractor.
Minnie was born in Portaferry, Ireland. Emigrated to NZ (?) She was a daughter of a storekeeper in Aratapu
Elizabeth (Lizzie) 1858 - 1947 married William Dickinson
Margaret(Meggie)1860 - 1942married Thomas Leonard (Ann's brother) in Downpatrick, Ireland.
They emigrated to New Zealand in 1864 on the ship "British Trident".
The have a child
Anne married (?) her double first cousin (?) William John Bassett
They have two daughters
Madeline (Maud) 1863 - 1958
Edward 1865 - 1937 married (1901) Eva Corkill 1876 - 1942
They have five children
Jack 1901 - 1979
Evelyn 1902 1985
Alan 1905 - 1978
Margaret 1907 - 1983
Edward 1910 - 1947
Clare Brown 1912 - 1986
They have three children
Michael Bassett 1938 - married (?) Judith
Nephews:William and Sam Kennedy (jr) emigrated to New Zealand in 1890
Williammarried (1894) Minnie McClurg
Sam Kennedy (jr) is the father ofJohn Bassett (the aurthor of the attached letter)
no further information or connections
Samuel Kennedy 1840 born in Downpatrick, Ireland.
Samuel emigrated to New Zealand in 1869 - he meet up with David Morrow
Sarah married (at the age of 16) to a distant Bassett relative (?) He died (?)
They have two children
Sarah emigrated to New Zealand in 1875 (after selling the farm "Blairgowrie)
Madeline married David Morrow
Madeline died giving birth - both buried at Saul Graveyard, Ireland.
"Saul Parish" church and graveyard are in the town of Saul; on the old secondary road from Downpatrick to Strangford.
The site is the oldest associated with Christianity in Ireland.
David Morrow emigrated to New Zealand in 1860 - with Samuel they went into business, selling hardware and machinery - in Christchurch.
R.I.P - Bassetts
This photo of Irish Street, Downpatrick was taken around1915. Irish Street used to the commercial centre of the town until the marshes were drained in 1832 then Market Street (off the the far left of the photo) became the hub.
In the centre of the photo you can see the Assembly Rooms which were built in 1882 on the site of the old market house. On the skyline is the massive Downpatrick gaol; built in 1835 by the Grand Jury.
it was taken over by the government in 1878 and converted into a convict prison for those convicted of agrarian crimes. Today it is a high school.
Correspondence with Jonathan McClure (McClurg) Further information required. Attached letter.
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