Rev. Ancel Henry Bassett was born on July 1, 1809 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He was the youngest child of Elisha and Abigail (Dillingham) Bassett. The Bassetts moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1810, and Ancel’s father died there in 1814. He became a Christian at age twelve and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, but left that denomination because he sympathized with the Methodist Protestant cause. In 1830, he received his license to preach, and in 1840 he was elected as President of the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church. Ancel married Priscilla White, the daughter of Rev. Robert and Mary (Johnson) White, on August 24, 1837 in Greenbush, Ohio.
In 1845 Ancel became the editor of the Western Recorder, a Methodist Pro… Go to person page >