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Nymphas BASSETT
Thankful Ann BRUCE
Note:  Nymphas may have had a prior wife, with whom he may have had three daughters.
Husband:  Nymphas BASSETT
Birth (date according to censuses):  1784, Benson, Rutland Co., VT
Birth (sources differ):  1782 or 7 Mar 1785
Death (sources differ on location):  16 Oct 1873, Taney Co., MO, or Vincennes, Knox Co., IN
Father:  Rufus BASSETT (1757-1796) — William5, William4, William3, William2, William1— passenger on the Fortune, 1621
Mother:  Jedida / Jedidah HANDY (1757-1813)

"Nymphas" is a scriptural name (shortened form of the Greek name, Nymphodorus); "Jedidah" is also scriptural; "Nymphus" and "Jedida" are misspellings ("Jedidiah" is simply the wrong name).

Marriage said to be:  1806, Jay, Essex Co., NY
Wife:  Thankful Ann BRUCE
Birth:  1787/8, MA
Death:  1856, Marion Twp., Shelby Co., IN
Occupation:  homemaker
Father said to beBenjamin BRUCE
Mother said to bePhiladelphia WHEELER — descendant of Resolved WHITE, passenger on the Mayflower, 1620

If Thankful is the daughter of Benjamin & Philadelphia, then she was born in Bolton, Worcester Co., MA.

Children:
— born in Jay, Essex Co., NY:
  1.  Barnabas / Bernard Handy BASSETT, b. 8 Jun 1809; d. 26 May 1882, Elmira, Solano Co., CA
  2.  Jonah Bruce BASSETT, b. 12 Dec 1811; d. 5 Feb 1892, Shelby Co., IN

— born in Jackson Twp., Highland Co., OH:
  3.  Sylvester BASSETT, b. 24 Mar 1814; d. 23 Feb 1902, Shelby Co., IN
  4.  Samuel BASSETT, b. 1815; d. 20 Jul 1864
  5.  Jeremiah O. BASSETT, b. 1818; d. May 1865, Shelby Co., IN
  6.  Nymphas BASSETT, b. 1821/2; d. 10 Jul 1880
  7.  Hannah BASSETT, b. 1822/3; d. 3 Mar 1863, Bridgeport, IN

— born in Shelby Twp., Shelby Co., IN :
  8.  Oliver Clemens BASSETT, b. 1825 or Aug 1824?; d. Jul 1906
  9.  Olive BASSETT, b. 1828; d. 1866
10.  Rufus BASSETT, b. 1830; d. 24 Jan 1886, Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN

Grandchild(?):
.  Nymphas W. BASSETT, b. 1835/6
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Sources (n.b., Shelby Co. was formed in 1822 from Delaware New Purchase, and its boundaries have not changed since; both Shelby and Marion Twps. existed in the 1830 census, so the change from 1830 to 1840 appears to be a genuine move):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 4 — indexed "Bassil"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 NY Essex Co. Jay Roll 27 p. 18 Ln. 21 Nymphes Basset 00100-30100-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
0 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = where's Bernard? 
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = Nymphas (b. 1784)
3 females 9 or under 1800-1810 = Daughter?
= Daughter?
= Daughter?
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Thankful (b. 1787/8)
Either Thankful married very young, was fibbing about her age, or Nymphas had a prior wife.  Whatever… who are the three girls?  Or is this just a gross enumerator error?  I would suspect this is not our subject, except that, beyond the extreme rarity of his name, he is listed one line below his father, Rufus BASSET (æ 45+).  Was Bernard missed, or was he born in 1810, not 1809?

3a.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 3 — indexed "Nymphas Batsell" and mis-labeled as being in Fayette County; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 OH Fayette [actually Highland] Co. Jackson Twp. Roll M33_92 (Part 1) p. 29 Ln. 8 Nymphas Bassett 410010-00100-0-000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
4 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = Jeremiah (b. 1818)
= Samuel (b. 1815)
= Sylvester (b. 1814)
= Jonah (b. 1811)
1 male 10-15 1804-1810 = Bernard (b. 1809)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = Nymphas (b. 1784)
1 female 16-25 1794-1804 = Thankful (b. 1787/8)
1 person engaged in agriculture

3b.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com):  the images here are correctly placed in Highland County.

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 10 — indexed "Nenphew Bassell"; list was roughly alphabetized; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 IN Shelby Co. Shelby Twp. Roll 28 p. 380 Ln. 7 Bassett Nymphas 211 200 100 - 200 000 100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = Rufus (b. 1830)
= Oliver (b. 1825)
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = Nymphus (b. 1821)
1 male 10-14 1815-1820 = Jeremiah (b. 1818)
2 males 15-19 1810-1815 = Samuel (b. 1815)
= Sylvester (b. 1814)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = Nymphas (b. 1784)
2 females 4 or under 1825-1830 = Olive (b. 1828)
= Hannah (b. 1822/3?)
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Thankful (b. 1787/8)
Where's Jonah?  Also in Shelby Township: Barneby BASSETT (00001-00001).

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 10; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 IN Shelby Co. Marion Twp. Roll 93 pp. 322B-323A Ln. 6 Nymphas Basset 110 200 100 - 001 100 100 0300000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Nymphus W? (b. 1835/6)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = Rufus (b. 1830)
2 males 15-19 1820-1825 = Oliver (b. 1825)
= Nymphus (b. 1821)
1 male 40-49 1790-1800 = Nymphas (b. 1784)
1 female 10-14 1825-1830 = Olive (b. 1828)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Hannah (b. 1822/3)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Thankful (b. 1787/8)
3 person employed in agriculture
Listed one line below Samuel BASSET, who is one line below Sylvester BASSET; listed one line above Jonah BASSET, who is two lines above Bernard H. BASSET.  Where's Jeremiah?

6a.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 20):  Marion Twp., Shelby Co., IN, Roll M432_172, p. 386A, 34/34, enumerated 11 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Nymphus Bassett 66 M   Farmer 5000 Vt
Thankful   " 62 F       Mass
Nymphus    " 29 M       Ohio
Rufus      " 20 M       Ind
Nymphus W 14 M       "

6b.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Oliver BASSETT (æ 24, b. IN) is living in Marion Twp., Shelby Co., IN (p. 385A), with his wife, Elisabeth (æ 18, b. 18); they are listed two households form Oliver's married sister, Hannah (BASSETT) KELLY (æ 27, b. OH), her husband, Jonathan KELLY (æ 21, b. OH), and his presumed father, Benjamin KELLY (æ 65, b. VA).  Samuel BASSETT (æ 35, b. __) is on the next page, living with his wife, Permelia (æ 37, b. IN).

7.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Nymphus BASSETT (æ 76, b. VT) is living in Marion Twp., Shelby Co., IN (p. 714), with his married daughter, Olive (BASSETT) ELLIS (æ 32, b. IN).  They are listed next to Nymphus BASSETT (æ 38, b. OH) and his family, who are next to Rufus BASSETT (æ 28, b. IN) and his family.  In the other direction, the ELLIS's are next to Oliver BASSETT (æ 35, b. IN) and his family.  On the next page is Sylvester BASSETT (æ 47, b. OH) and his family.  Jonah BASSETT (æ 45, b. NY) is living in Addison Twp., Shelby Co., IN (p. 664), with his wife and family.

8.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Nymphas, and I really looked, including a page-by-page check of Marion Twp., Shelby Co., IN.  Jonah BASSETT (æ 59, b. NY) is living in Marion Twp., Shelby Co., IN (p. 273A) with his wife and family.  Bernard BASSETT (æ 62, b. NY) is living with his wife and family in Vacaville Twp., Solano Co., CA (p. 127B).  Oliver BASSETT (æ 43, b. IN) is also in Marion Twp. (p. 239A) living with his wife and family and listed two households from his brother, Sylvester BASSETT (æ 58, b. OH) and his wife and family; on the next page is Nympheus BASSETT (æ 50, b. OH) with his wife and family.  Plus other, younger BASSETT families from the next generation.

9.  Anon.  Thursday, 1 Jan 1874.  "Obituary: A Pioneer Gone."  The Shelbyville Weekly Volunteer (Shelbyville, IN), p. 3 (online at the Shelby County INGenWeb site; submitted by Barb Huff):
Mr. Nymphus Bassett, one of the pioneers of Shelby county, died in Taney county, Missouri, October 16, 1873, at the great age of 97 years.  Mr. Bassett settled in this county in the spring of 1824, and remained a resident here until about one month previous to his death, when he left these parts for the express purpose, as he said when going, to settle again in a new country, having grown tired of his conventionalites of life in a thickly settled community.  He was the father of ten children, grandfather of sixty-one children and great grand father of eighty five children.  Thus the life light of another of the early lights that helped to light up the way of civilization in these once Western wilds, has gone out-blotting out a number of early reminiscences.  So they go. 
He would have been 89, not 97.

10.  James M. Bassett, William H. Bassett, & John R. Bassett.  1912.  History of Nymphas Bassett's Family: Reunion at Shelby County Fair Grounds, Shelbyville, Indiana, July 18, 1912.  Self-publ.  (selections kindly provided by Jeff N. Bassett).  Thankful is given middle name, Ann.

11.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

11.  Messages posted to the Bassett Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

13.  Email from Jeff N. Bassett:  the Anna BASSETT (1791-1865) buried in Shelby Co., IN, is not the wife of our subject; she's Anna (nee PARKER), second wife of John BASSETT (1778/9-1834).  Thankful died in 1856, while Nymphas was making a visit to New York.

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