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About the study
They arrived in Sheerness, Kent in or before 1855.
They had 2 sons and 2 daughters.
William Thomas Baskett 1853-1885 (unmarried).
Ellen Ann Baskett 1855-1932. Married my great grandfather Thomas Francis Richards Briggs.
Alfred Seymour Baskett 1858-1923. married Martha Coulter.
Emily Mary Baskett 1860-1934. Married Army man George Nutty. More information available on family tree.
I have had contact with several others researching a BASKETT branch and I have launched a dropbox in which I have set up an individual folder for each researcher and we share this amongst us.
Old variations: Basquet, Bascote, Basuca,
History of the name
One branch of Basketts' lived for over 200 years in Somerset, where they grew willow to make 'Basketts'.
Frequency: (673) (number of times this surname appears in a sample database of 88.7 million names, representing one third of the 1997 US population)
English: 1. from Middle English basket âbasketâ, hence a metonymic occupational name for a basket maker, or perhaps, as Reaney suggests, for someone who carried baskets of stone to a lime kiln. In some cases, it appears to have been a topographic name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a basket (who was therefore probably a basket maker). 2. habitational name for someone from Bascote in Warwickshire, probably so named with an unattested Old English personal name Basuca + cot âcottageâ.
Distribution of the name
â¢ 681 results in Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
â¢ 637 results in 1930 US Census
â¢ 420 results in England & Wales 1891 Census
â¢ 393 results in Moberly Weekly Monitor (Moberly, Missouri)
â¢ 342 results in England & Wales 1881 Census.
Indexing Commenced: Baskett births, marriages, deaths; Wills; Probates; Emmigration to Australia
I welcome any input from others researching this surname