David Basden was born about 1801 in N.C. and died in Trenton, Dade County GA in 1863. He was 62.

David and Anna Rouse Basden first came to Dade County GA around 1837. They settled in the Trenton area of Dade County. It is not known what his occupation was, perhaps a farmer, perhaps mining, or perhaps the railroad. David Basden is found purchasing land in Liberty County, FL on 20 Oct 1835. His first son, John Henry Basden, was born in Florida on 1 Mar 1833. David and wife, Anna, are found on the 1840 Dade County GA census with children: John Henry, Mary, and Joseph.

1840 Dade County GA census, p 4: Baisdain, David: 1m -5; 1m 5-10; 1 m 30-40; 1 f 20-30.

1850 Dade County GA census, p. 21, DW #285, family #285:

Baisdon, David 49 NC

Anna,35 NC

John, 14 FL

Mary, 13 GA

Joseph, 12 GA

Sarah, 09 GA

Rachail, 06 AL

Betsy, 04 GA

Family of Elizabeth Basden Kidwell states that she was born in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN in 1847, however, census shows that she was born in GA. Sister Rachel is shown born AL in 1844. Elizabeth and Alphonso Kidwell were married in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN., on 29 Nov 1863. John Henry Basden is found in Dade County GA in 1860 but his father, David, and his family are not found in 1860. Neither David nor any members of his family are found on the Hamilton County TN census in 1860/70.

On the 1870 Dade County, GA census (p. #491; dw 172), P.O. Morganville: Baisden, Nancy 40 f, widow, keeping house, GA [born 1830] David, 10m GA [born 1860] Nancy, 7f GA [born 1863]

[Marriage record in Hamilton County, TN for David Basden to Nancy Pennington on 27 Octl858…jtb]

About 1832 when David was 31, he first married Anna Jane Rouse, born about 1815 in N.C. or Sumter County, S.C. Anna Jane died in Trenton, Dade County, GA in 1851, she was 36.

They had the following children: John Henry (1833-1889); Mary Jane (1835-1893) ; Joseph, born in 1838 in Trenton, Dade County, GA.

(Joseph Basden has not been found on any census since the 1850 Dade County, GA census. There is a Joel B. Basden on the roster of soldiers in the 6th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company B, CSA, the “Lookout Dragoons” from Dade County, GA. This is the same regiment to which his brother, John Henry belonged. This may or may not be Joseph, but if not, who? )

Sarah Catherine (1840-1925) ; Rachel, born in 1844 in AL (Rachel married unknown Simmons?); Elizabeth Ellen “Betsy” (1847-1926).

On 27 Oct 1858 when David was 57, he married a second wife, Nancy Pennington, in Hamilton County, TN. She was born in 1830 in GA.

They had the following children: David, born in 1860 in Dade County, GA. (On 14 Aug 1881 when this David was 21, he married Mary M. Massengale in Hamilton County, TN. She was born in 1859 in Marion County, GA.); Nancy, born in 1863 in GA.

The second generation of Basden in the family of David and Anna Jane Rouse Basden:

John Henry Basden was born on 1 Mar 1833 in Florida and died in Grapevine, Tarrant County, TX on 29 Mar 1889; he was 56. John was buried in White Chapel Cemetery in Grapevine, Tarrant County, TX. His occupation was that of a farmer and he was a Confederate veteran.

John Henry Basden served with the CSA during the Civil War. He enlisted on 27 May 1861 at Dade County, GA in Co. B., 6th Georgia Regiment “Lookout Dragoons.” He surrendered with Gen. Robert E. Lee in Virginia and was paroled as a 1st Lieutenant. Martha Ann Wakefield Basden was born on 12 Mar 1845 in Trenton and died in Grapevine, Tarrant County, TX on 28 Aug 1928; she was 83; buried in White Chapel Cemetery, Grapevine.

Martha Ann Wakefield was a beautiful woman. Everyone says that about a grandparent, but she really was. I have a picture of her and she is indeed beautiful. I also have her reading glasses. They are tiny and are attached to a chain which pinned to her dress. Martha Ann was known as “Aunt Matt” by her nieces and nephews. There were other members of the Wakefield family who migrated to Tarrant County, TX prior to and at the same time as John Henry and Martha Ann.

They had the following children: Sopha Lula Soler (1866- ); George Henry Sutton (Sutton), (born on 10 Feb 1868 in Trenton, Dade County, GA and died in Dallas, Dallas County, TX. George Henry Sutton (called Sutton) and Sarah Taylor Basden had no children. However, they raised Ruth Knight and Alice White, both nieces of Marion White who married Sutton’s sister, Lillie Olivia Basden… jtb.George Henry Sutton (Sutton) married Sarah Taylor, born in Mar 1873 in TX.)

Mary Belle Josephine (1869-71940); Harriet Alice Elizabeth (1871-); Charles Walter (1872-1933); Claude Franklin (1875-1947); Lillie Olivia (1880-1964); John Carl (born on 13 Mar 1886 in Grapevine, Tarrant County, TX and died ca 1887 in Grapevine. He was buried in White Chapel Cemetery.) Submitted by Jo Treece Basden, Norman, OK 73069.

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