Sunday, April 20, 2008

IN MEMORIUM - Janice Irene LeBuis Bassler


...on Cass Hill Road near Reidsville, is the small, well kept burying ground of the family of David Conger (1791-1878). In 1984 it was said to be well kept with monuments in excellent condition. We need GPS coordinates for this FBG.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Janice LeBuis Bassler, eldest daughter of the late Doris and Leo LeBuis and devoted wife of Fred "Pete" Bassler. She is dearly missed by her family and the entire Berne community.

I decided to do a some research on the Lebuis family to add to the Berne Families Genealogy. Janice's paternal grandparents, Arthur and Eugenie (Landriau) LeBuis were French Canadians from Qu├ębec. They immigrated in 1901 and settled in Albany. In 1910 they were living at 839 Broadway in Albany; Arthur was a carpenter and Eugenie was the mother of 7 children of whom 5 were alive and living at home. Janice's father, Leo, (called Leopold in the 1920 census) was born in Albany on 10 Feb. 1912, making him the youngest of 8 children.

On Aug. 19, 1935 Leo LeBuis married Doris Irene Filkins, eldest daughter of Frederick Hazael Filkins Jr. and Nettie F. Skinner, both descended from early Berne area families. Frederick's second great-grandfather, Isaac Filkins, was born 1755 in Pittstown, Rensselaer, NY and settled on what became known as Filkins Hill about 1801. Nettie's second great-grandfather, Josiah Skinner, was born 1754 in Sharon, Litchfield, CT and moved to Rensselaerville in 1787.

Janice's husband, Pete Bassler, has even deeper Berne roots. His fifth great-grandfather, Frederick Bassler Sr., was born in Riehn, Basil Canton, Switzerland in 1712 and immigrated in 1749 to Philadelphia with his first wife, Esther Thommen. The family remained there about 6 years while Frederick likely worked as an indentured servant to pay for the ships passage. During that time his first wife died and he married a widow, Anna Margaret (Leys) Leip / Leib. About 1755 Bassler moved to the Beaver Dam and homesteaded a farm on what is now Hill and Dale Road in the Town of Knox. Shortly thereafter his second wife died and he married Anna Dannerin.

Pete Bassler's mother was Sarah Weidman. His fifth great-grandparents were Jacob Weidman, who immigrated from
Switzerland between 1738-1743, and Elisabetha Dietz, whose family was from the German Palatinate. They moved from Greene County to the Beaver Dam (now Berne) about 1751. Jacob, is said to have led a small band of settlers including the Dietz and Bassler families. Actually, the Bassler family arrived about 1755, and two of Elisabetha's brothers had settled about 1740 on the flats between what are now the hamlets of Berne and West Berne.

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