George Hairston BASSETT ID#3332, b. 18 October 1806, d. 9 October 1895
Father*Burwell BASSETT1 b. 5 Jul 1767, d. 1 Jun 1815
Mother*Mary "Polly" HUNTER b. 25 Jul 1777, d. a 1866
Marriage*George Hairston BASSETT married Columbia Rentfro STAPLES, daughter of Samuel STAPLES and Ruth Hairston RENTFRO.2 
Birth*George Hairston BASSETT was born on 18 October 1806 in Virginia.2,3 
He was the son of Burwell BASSETT and Mary "Polly" HUNTER.1 
Residence*George Hairston BASSETT lived about 1838 in Missouri.3 
Census 1850*He appeared on the census of 27 November 1850 in District 59, Monroe County, Missouri.3 
Death*He died on 9 October 1895 at age 88.2 
Burial*He was buried in Middle Grove Cemetery, Monroe County, Missouri.2 
Obituary*"The father of George Hairston Bassett, was Burwell Bassett b. 5 July 1767, Prince Edward County VA & d. 1 June 1815 in Henry County VA. His mother was Mary (Polly) Hunter, b. 25 July 1777, Henry County, Virginia; d. 26 July 1866, Madison, Monroe County, Missouri. They were married 25 Jan 1794.

Mary Hunter Bassett wrote "A band of about 40 settlers, mostly Bassetts and their relatives left Henry County, Virginia by wagon train with the expectation to buy cheap land in Missouri and engage in the raising of tobacco." The women and children rode in wagons and the men walked to Wheeling, West Virginia. From there boats carried them down the Ohio River to Cairo, Illlinois then up the Mississippi to Hannibal, Missouri. From Hannibal the wagons carried them westward to the then thriving town of Middle Grove where they bought land.
Mrs. Bassett appears not to have been satisfied in Missouri. She advised her son, Alexander, to stay in Virginia and she, herself, wanted to return and made elaborate plans but complications prevented her escape. Her son, Alexander, remained in Henry county, where his children founded the highly successful Bassett Furniture Company.
Thanks to contributor Anna Jaech for the above information. "
from: Find A Grave page created by PShannon 7 Ovt 2009. 


Columbia Rentfro STAPLES b. 7 Dec 1814, d. 27 Jul 1900
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  1. [S145] Pedigo, Virginia G. and Pedigo, Lewis Gravely. History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia - Genealogical Publishing Co., 1933 available on - CAUTION - this book was written in 1933 and has many errors regarding the Hairston family., Personal Collection - printed book.
  2. [S48] Find A Grave Website with Photo - only listings with photos of grave markers that are contemporary to the deceased individuals death are acceptable for genealogical proof.
  3. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
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