Thomas P. Bassett vs. Lydia Bassett

 (Journal 7 p35/98 - 12 Mar 1867)

            No marriage date or maiden name for the bride has currently been discovered, but they were married before the 1860 federal census.  The case was continued.  She committed adultery but was granted alimony and an interest in land, which Thomas held in fee simple in Sec 3 (N1/2 of SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 - 20 acres) in Defiance Co, OH.  Thomas was born on 5 Apr 1829 in England, the son of William Earl and Jane Pelham Bassett.  He immigrated with his parents to the US in 1831, settling in Huron Co, OH.  Thomas was a Civil War veteran, having served in Co E 86th OVI.  The couple was listed in the 1860 Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p397 as Thomas Bassett 31 ENG and wife Lydia 29 OH.  By the 1870 Milford Twp federal census p149, Thomas 41 ENG lived as a single man with the J. Fletcher Haller family.

            Later Thomas married Sibyl Sprague on 21 Mar 1871.  Sibyl, born 9 Nov 1828, Fowler, St. Lawrence Co, NY, was the daughter of Samuel Bliss Sprague and Sibyl Hall.  She had been married before to Isaac Miller Ferguson c1850.  In the 1870 Milford Twp federal census p150, Sibel Sprague 40 NY was the head of house with her son George S. Ferguson 19 NY.  The Bassett couple was enumerated in the 1880 Milford Twp federal census p207A, as Thomas 51 ENG, Sibyl Elizabeth 50 NY, Clifford 7 OH.  Thomas died on 11 Dec 1891 in Defiance Co of heart disease @62Y 8M 6D and was buried in the Six Corners Cem, Hicksville.  His wife died on 22 Oct 1915 in St. Joseph, Belmont Co, OH.


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