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Dr James Burnite Sebastian
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1867
Kent County
Delaware, USA
Death: May 15, 1947
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

The current evidence that James Burnite Sebastian was born James B. Bastian is his mention as Dr. Burnite Bastian, one of the sons of George M. Bastian, in sibling Dr. Joseph W. Bastian's obituary.

If this is true, then Dr. Bastian or Sebastian fudged and altered a number of facts about himself. Several records list his birth year as 1875, when in fact he was three years old in the 1870 census. He said he had been born in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, when all the evidence points to his having been born on a farm near Felton, in Kent County, Delaware.

Dr. Bastian signed his name "SeBastian" on the back of this portrait. He may have taken the name because of a legend that his father's immigrant ancestor was a Count Sebastian. This story is recorded in his father's biography in Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, vol. 2

From the early 1890s until his entrance into dental school, James earned his living as a traveling salesman, and, along with his brother, future Wilmington, De. physician George W. Bastian, as a telegraph operator in Wilmington.

By 1900 he was living in Baltimore, and he received a DDS degree from the University of Maryland Dental Department in 1902.

The University of Maryland year book, "Bones, Molars and Briefs," lists his surname as Bastian, using the same portrait posted here, but a notice of the commencement ceremony in the journal Dental Cosmos (vol. XLIV, No. 6, June 1902) lists his surname as Sebastian. And it was Dr. James Burnite Sebastian that he lived his life in Baltimore.

Next to his name, the year book editors wrote "I am so fresh the very grass / turns pale with envy as I pass," possibly a satirical reference to his claim to be much younger than he actually was.

In 1906, he married Mrs. Caroline Alderson, a clerk at Hutzler Brothers department store.

Dr. Sebastian was a captain in the Dental Corps of the US Army Reserves. During World War I he briefly served in the dental infirmary at Camp Mills, New York. 
Family links: 
  George M Bastian (1832 - 1908)
  Rachel Brion Bastian (1836 - 1919)
  Anna Bastian (1858 - 1920)*
  Charles D Bastian (1864 - 1955)*
  James Burnite Sebastian (1867 - 1947)
  Joseph W Bastian (1868 - 1935)*
  Roselle Bastian (1878 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Lorraine Park Cemetery
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
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Record added: Feb 23, 2013
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Dr James Burnite Sebastian
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