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Burwell Bassett Jr. (1764–1841)


In 1806 Congressman Bassett and Bushrod Washington exchanged letters regarding title to lands of George Washington


Burwell Bassett Jr., a nephew of Martha Washington and cousin of William Henry Harrison, was born on 18 March 1764 at Eltham, the family plantation near present-day West Point, New Kent County, Virginia. He attended The College of William and Mary before inheriting a large estate, which he would work with upwards of 100 slaves.


Thomas E. Buckley and Brent Tarter, "Burwell Bassett (17641841)," in John T. Kneebone et al., eds., The Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Aaroe-Blanchfield (Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 1998), 38485.

"To George Washington from Burwell Bassett, Jr., 26 November 1797," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 1, 4 March 1797 – 30 December 1797, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 486–487.]

Burwell Bassett at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Burwell Bassett at Find a Grave.

Burwell Bassett at FamilySearch.