BIRTH: Family bible, held by submitter, Ronlad L. Bassett, "Thomas Bassett was born April 14th 1791, and died April 14 1852 or 53 (very faded)

1. Family bible, held by Ronald L. Bassett
2. Thomas' will was written on 28 Feb 1852.

In the name of God Amen, I, Thomas Bassett, Sen. of the County of Ripley and State of Indiana being of sound mind and disposing memory but being advanced in years and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do hereby make known my Will in regard to such Estate as it has pleased God to bless me.
First I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Bassett three beds and bedding together with all the money that I may leave at my death (after paying all mu just debts and expenses of administration) and after paying to my youngest daughter Margaret M. Rau wife of James Rau, Jr. two hundred dollars which is her equal share with my two elder daughters to do with as she please,
Second as to my four eldest sons to wit, William, John, Thomas and James Bassett they have each of them had three hundred dollars which is to be their respecitve shares and as to my two eldest daughters to wit, Nancy Weatherbee wife of Thomas Weatherbee, Sarah Ann Watts wife of John Watts they have each of them had two hundred dollars which is to be their respective share and as to my fifth and youngest son Stephen M. Bassett I will and bequeath unto him the farm and lands I now live on (eighty acres of which was conveyed to be by Jonathan Skein and wife by deed February the 24th, 1835 and thirty acres by Thomas Bassett, Jr. and wife by deed bearing date Junyary 17, A.D. 1848, and all the personal property not by me disposed of and in consideration of which he is to maintain and take care of me and my wife during our lives and to pay our funeral expenses,
Thirdly I do hereby constitute my two sons William H. Bassett and John Bassett or the survivor or successor of either of them the Executors or Executor as the case may be of this my last Will and Testament and in case of the death or removal of both of said executors before the final settlement of my estate as is therein provided then it is my will that my son Thomas Bassett take upon him the final settlemtn of my estate.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of February in the year of Our Lord Eighteen Hudnred and fifty-two.

Thomas Bassett (his mark)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Thomas Bassett as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscreibed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other. James Nickolson

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