Descendants of William Bassett

Descendants of William Bassett


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1. William Bassett was born on 30 May 1624 in Dorking, County Surrey, England 1 and died on 31 Mar 1703 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 1 at age 78.

General Notes: Captain William Bassett of Lynn, Massachusetts
He came in the "Abigail" 1635, when 9 years old, with his mother Ann and his stepfather, Hugh Burt. They came from Dorking in Surrey, and he afterwards had property rights there. He was at Lynn as early as 1640; was a selctman there in 1678, and for several years collector of taxes. He was one of those who negotiated with the Indians for the purchase of all the land included in the townships of Lynn, Nahant and Reading. In King Philip's War, he was Sergeant in Col. Gardiner's regiment and carried the colos in the "Swamp Fight" He was Quarter-Master of the Lynn company in 1679 and 1691. His name headed a petition to the General Court in 1685 for grants of land "in the Nipmugg country" for services rendered during the war. "It is supposed he was that Captain William Bassett who was at the council of War with Major Benjamin Church at Scarborough, Maine Nov 18, 1689." (N.E. Reg. 3, p 25) He was made freeman, April 18, 1691. According to Lewis and Newhall, (Annals of Lynn), he married as early as 1640, Sarah daughter of Hugh Burt, but this could not be, for at that time he was only 14 years old. His wife could not be the daughter of his stepfather, Hugh Burt because he had no daughters, at least none are recorded to him or mentioned in his will. In that will, William Bassett id called "my son Will Bassett" which doubtless means stepson; and this clause probably caused the statement that he was his son-in-law, having married the mythical Sarah. There was another Hugh Burt living in Lynn at the time, and it is possible he had a daughter, Sarah, who was William Bassett's wife; but this is pure speculation. Aspinwall's Notarial Rec., 32 p. 29; Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts, 37; Hotten's Lists, pp 93, 98; Salem Quarterly Court Rec., and Files, 2 p. 329; Bassett Reunion, Sept. 15, 1900

William married Sarah. Sarah was born about 1625 in Surrey, England and died after 1700 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.2

Children from this marriage were:

   2 M    i. William Bassett was born in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 3 and died on 16 Oct 1732 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.3

William married Sarah Hood (b. 2 Aug 1657, d. 29 Dec 1729) on 25 Oct 1675 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.3

   3 F    ii. Elizabeth Bassett was born in 1650 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.4

Elizabeth married John Proctor (b. 1632, d. 19 Aug 1692) on 1 Apr 1674 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.2

Elizabeth next married Daniel Richards on 22 Sep 1699.

   4 F    iii. Sarah Bassett was born in 1651 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 5 and died in 1692 in Salem County, New Jersey at age 41.

Sarah married Thomas Elwell (b. 12 Nov 1654, d. 25 Apr 1706) on 23 Nov 1675 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts 5.,6

   5 M    iv. John Bassett was born in Nov 1653 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 5 and died in 1736 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 5 at age 83.

John married Mary.

   6 F    v. Miriam Bassett was born in Sep 1655 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.5

   7 F    vi. Mary Bassett was born in Mar 1657 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts 5 and died after 1701.

Mary married Michael Derich.5

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