I went to the Tuscola IL. museum this last week, they have a wonderful collecton of books and family lineages. This was from "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map of Douglas County, IL." This book was published in 1875 and says it was "carefully compiled from personal examination and surveys." The following was about William H Bassett. William H. Bassett, County Judge, was born in 1832, in Harrison County Ky. He graduated at Bartlett's Commercial College in 1854. He came to Coles (now Douglas) County in 1857, and farmed until he enlisted, July 21, 1862, Company K, 79th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Col. Buckner) He held all the offices from Corporal to Captain, While he was in rebel prison, he was commissioned as Captain, but was not mustered in. He took part in the battles of Stone River, Liberty Gap and Chickamauga. At the latter battle, September 19, 1863. he was captured, and spent eighteen months in prison: he was in Libby eight months: Macon four months, in Charleston under fire of our guns one month: was then taken to Columbia, where he remained until 2 days before Sherman's army came: thence removed to Raleigh, later to Goldsboro, and through our lines March 1, 1865. He went to Benton Barracks, MO. and remained there until the fall of Richmond: then realizing that the war was over, he resigned, and returned to Arcola, his home. He has lived here most of the time since, and has been engaged in mercantile pursuits. He has frequently been honored by his fellow - citizens with office: he was Assessor of the township several terms, and held the office of Justice of the Peace from 1873 to 1882, when he was elected County Judge, which office he still holds. It is generally acknowledged that his offical record has been marked by honesty, promptness and ability. He was married in 1860, to Nellie M. Gruelle, from Kentucky: Jonathan H. and Hzekiah M. are their children. Both parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Bassett united in marriage with the church in Arcola by letter in 1858: he is now the only surviving member here who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in this place at that time. The Judge has been an Odd Fellow for a number of years. Politically, he is a Republican. Jonathan, his son, was married on his 21 birthday to Miss Nora, daugher of Rev. J. W. and Mollie Perkins, of Arcola: Nellie is their only child. Jonathan is the editor of the Arcola Record, one of the leading papers of the county.
I do not believe I am connected to this family and have no further info. Nancy