Mortimer Bassett was born in Shelby County Indiana to Jeremiah & Martha Emily (Young) Bassett. He took his own life on Wednesday May 29,1895. He leaves behind his wife Martha Ann (Collins) Bassett. Mortimer & Martha Ann were married 25 Feb, 1895. He also leaves behind four children from the previous marriage of 24 years to Sarah Ann Johnson Bassett. She preceded him in death on the 11 Jan. 1894.
Shelbyville Democrat 6 Jun 1895
Coroner Knapp was called to Brandywine twsp last Wednesday to hold an inquest on the remains of Mortimer Bassett, who had committed suicide by shooting himself with a shot gun. About two o'clock that afternnoon, Bassett to ok down his shotgun and informed his wife (Martha Collins Bassette) and her sister, who was there on a visit, that he intended going out and killing a few squirrels in order to give himself something to do. Shortly afterward the report of t he gun, and going out behind the house Mrs basset found the lifeless fo rm of her husband. he had placed the gun on a bench, pulled the trigger and ended his life, the load taking effect near the mouth, almost blowing h is head off. There are several reasons among them being the fact that his wife had threatened to leave him that morning upon his return from Fair land, and return to her home among the Brown County hills. The thought of this, no doubt, drove him to commit the deed. Basset's first wife Sarah Ann Johnson Bassette died about a year ago, leaving him 4 children and four months ago he went to Brown County and married Miss Collins. He was a poor man, aged forty -four years. Funeral services were held at Brandywine at 10 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Seddgwick officated. Internment was in Brandywine Cemetery. Marshall G Tindall was in charge of the remains and cortege.