Harriet Cordelia Bassett

Female13 September 1850–2 October 1884

Brief Life History of Harriet Cordelia

When Harriet Cordelia Bassett was born on 13 September 1850, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, Loren Elias Bassett Sr, was 41 and her mother, Huldah Dimeras Vaughn, was 42. She married George Hill on 13 December 1866, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Ulster, Floyd, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Millville, Cache, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 2 October 1884, in Lewisville, Oneida, Idaho, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Lewisville Cemetery, Jefferson, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Hill
Harriet Cordelia Bassett
Marriage: 13 December 1866
George William Hill
Henry Edwin Hill
Hulda Elizabeth Hill
Joseph H Hill
Alma O Hill
Alice Hill
Jane Louise Hill
Emma Hill

Sources (47)

  • Harriet Hill in household of George Hill, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Harriet Hill in entry for Henry Hill and Bettie Spikes, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Harriett Bassett in entry for George William Hill, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 December 1866Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 6

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 6

    Historical Boundaries: 1856: Floyd, Iowa, United States

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 11

    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from Old French basset ‘of low stature’, a diminutive of basse ‘low, short’, either a nickname for a short person or a status name for someone of humble origins.

    Altered form of French Bessette 1 or Besset (see Bessette 2).

    History: William Bassett (c. 1598–1667) came to Plymouth, MA, from Kent, England, in the 1620s; c. 1650 he moved to Duxbury and subesequently to Bridgewater. He had many prominent descendants, among them one of the earliest families on Martha's Vineyard. — The surname Bassett of French origin (see 2 above) is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of America.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Harriett Cordelia Bassett was born on 13 September 1850 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois to Loren Elias and Hulda Dimrus Vaughn Bassett. She was the fourth of five children,two girls and three boys. All …

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