William Bullard

William BULLARD (1562 – 1610) was Alex’s 12th Grandfather; one of 8,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Robert Bullard - Coat of Arms

William Bullard (Bulleward, Buller) was born about 1562 in Saint Martin Barnham, Suffolk, England. His parents were Henry BULLARD and Margaret [__?__]. He married Grace BIGNETT 2 Jul 1587 in St. Martin’s Barnham, Suffolk, England.  William left a will on 16 May 1610 in Barnham, Suffolk, England.  His estate was probated on 18 Jun 1610 in Barnham, Suffolk, England.

Ruins of St Martin's Church in Barnham abandoned in 17th Century

Until after the Reformation, Barnham was two parishes, and had two parish churches. This is because it stands on the spot where the Liberty of St Edmund and the Liberty of Thetford met, and there was a Barnham in each. Blatchly & Northeast (1975) tell us that the two parishes were consolidated in 1639, and the bells sold off in 1682. For the next few centuries it was used as an animal shelter, presumably for pigs. The raised garden suggests that there are foundations just below the surface.

The photographer had tried to find it on a rain-swept stop-off on the way to Thetford, but could not. He came back with someone more tenacious; drove around the small village looking in back gardens, and eventually spotted it. Completely encased as it is in a coat of ivy and honeysuckle, set back from the road and hedged into a garden, it was easy to see how it had been missed before. He knocked on the cottage door to ask if he could go and photograph it, Permission granted, but in all honesty there isn’t a lot to see.

Grace Bignett was baptized 8 Jun 1567 in Hoxne, Suffolk, England. Her parents were William BIGNETT and Margaret [__?__]. Grace’s will was proved 8 Feb 1630 in Barnham St Martin, Suffolk, England.

The area around the village is of archaeological note as the find-spot of the Hoxne Hoard of Roman treasure, very early finds of hand axes and as the type site for the Hoxnian Stage (“Hoxnian interglacial”).

The Swann Inn in Hoxne dates from before Grace's time. I don't know if she got to go, but perhaps William BIGNETT downed a pint or two.

Hoxne village is also home to The Swan Inn. The Swan occupies a 15th Century, Grade II listed lodge, formerly known as Bishops Lodge. This pub is set at the bottom end of the village green, opposite the village Post Office and grocery store, only a short walk from Saint Edmund’s memorial and bridge. Built in 1480 by the Bishop of Norwich, The Swan has a long history; both the restaurant and bars reflect Hoxne’s ecclesiastical past, with ornate ceiling beams and wide-planked floors.

Here's the Swann Inn's ornate ceiling beams

Children of William and Grace:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Grace Bullard 1588
Barnham, Suffolk, England
2. Ellen Bullard 1591 1630
Barnham, Suffolk, England
3. William Bullard 1594 Mary Tracy
1619 in Barnham, Suffolk, England
Mrs. Mary Griswold (wife of Francis GRISWOLD
4 Jan 1653 Cambridge, Mass
23 Dec 1686
Dedham, Mass
4. Mary Bullard 24 Feb 1599
Barnham, Suffolk, England
5. Robert BULLARD 1600
Barnham, Suffolk, England
ca.  1624/25
Barnham, Suffolk, England.
24 Apr 1639 at Watertown, Mass.the result of “the overthrow of a cart,
6. John Bullard 1602
Barnham, Suffolk, England
Magdalene Martyn (or George)
2 May 1639
Dedham, Norfolk, Mass.
Eleanor Ellen Whittington
Medfield, Norfolk, Mass
27 Oct 1678
Medfield, Norfolk, Mass.
7. Joane Bullard 1605
Barnham, Suffolk, England
Barnham, Suffolk, England
8. George Bullard 1607
Barnham, Suffolk, England
Margaret [__?__]
1631 in Watertown, Mass.
Beatrice Hall
Feb 1640
Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.
Mary Marplehead
20 Apr 1655
Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.
14 Jan 1688
Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.
9. Margaret Bullard 1609
Barnham, Suffolk, England

William Bullard served in 1599 in St. Martin’s, Barnham, Suffolk, England, as a Churchwarden.


3. William Bullard

William’s first wife Mary Tracy was born 1630 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Stephen Tracy and Tryphosa Lee. Mary died 1655 in Norwich, New London, CT.

William’s first wife Mary Griswold (Grissel) was born 1594 in Barnham, Suffolk, England. Mary died 1685 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass

William’s second wife Mary [__?__] was born about 1617 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England.  She first married Francis GRISWOLD before 1637. After Francis died in 1652, she married William Bullard on 4 Jan 1653/54 in Cambridge, Middlesex , Massachusetts.  Mary died in 1685 in Cambridge, Mass.

1638 – Robert immigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony.

13 Dec 1639 – He was admitted to the Dedham church ; removed to Charlestown, where he was also a proprietor.

4 Jan 1653/54 – He married Mary Griswold on  in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts

9 Nov 1655 –  ”Jonas PALMER and Elizabeth GRISWOLD PALMER of Rehoboth” sold to William Bullard, for a consideration part of which was to be paid to “Hannah Grissell daughter of Francis Grissell of Charlestown aforenamed deceased,” land in Charlestown “by the last will and testament of the said Francis Grissell deceased given and bequeathed unto the said Elizabeth Palmer” [ MLR 1:152-53; Wyman 447]);

William died at Dedham December 24, 1786, aged about eighty-five years; will dated July 5, 1679, with codicil dated May 22, 1684, proved at Boston Mar 17, 1686/87; had sons Nathaniel and Isaac, named by Morse as immigrants

5. Robert BULLARD (See his page)

6. John Bullard

John’s first wife Magdalene Martyn was born 29 Jan 1607 in Barnham, Suffolk, England.  She was Anne’s sister and her parents were John MARTYN and Agnes [__?__].  Alternatively, her maiden was George. Magdalene died 29 Jan 1661 in Medfield, Norfolk, Mass.

John’s second wife Eleanor Ellen Whittington was born 1601 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. Her parents were John Whittington and Margaret Hill. She first married 20 Oct 1631 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass. to Thomas Dickerman (b. 1597 in England – d. 11 Jun 1657 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass.) Eleanor died 10 May 1671 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass.

John Bullard settled first at Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1636.  John married Anne’s sister, Magdalene and they also emigrated to Watertown about the same time where he was a proprietor in 1638, and with his wife, Magdalene, was admitted to the church  2 May 1639.  He took the freemen’s oath 13 May 1640. With his brother William, he became a proprietor of the settlement at Dedham, when the company of Watertown church members established themselves there. His dismissal from the church at Watertown to the one at Dedham, was dated May 30, 1641, “Mr. Phillips, the pastor, and Elders Carter and Howe, testifying in his favor.”  John was a proprietor in 1650 in Medfield, Norfolk, Mass. In 1675, he is on the list of subscribers to the fund for the “new brick college” (Harvard), his contribution to be a bushel and a half of “Indian corn.”.  John died at Medfield, 27 Oct 1678.

8. George Bullard

George’s first wife Margaret [__?__] was born 1607 in Barnham, Suffolk, England. Margaret died 8 Feb 1639/40 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass

George’s second wife Beatrice Hall was born 1610 in Barnham, Suffolk, England. Her parents were Thomas Hall and Isabel [__?__]. Beatrice died 29 Mar 1652 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass

George’s third wife Mary Marplehead was born in 1614 in England. Mary died 30 Apr 1684 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass

George Bullard, of Watertown, born in England in 1608, died 14 Jan 1688/89, married Margaret, who died 8 Feb  1639/40 (second), 30 Apr 1655, Widow Mary Maplehead.

George Bullard became a freeman on 2 June 1641 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. George Bullard deposed in 1658 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, giving his age as 50 years.






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John Clark (Hingham)

John CLARK (1560 – 1615) was Alex’s 12th Great Grandfather, one of 8,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.

We have more unrelated Clark families in our tree than any other surname.  In addition to John CLARK (Hingham), our Clark family founders are: John CLARK (Plymouth) (1575 – 1623), Arthur CLARK (Boston) (1620 – 1665) and Lt. William CLARKE (Northampton) (1610 – 1690)

John Clark was born in 1560 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. His parents were Thomas CLARK and Elizabeth EGGLESFIELD. He married Elizabeth HOBSON in 1585 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. John died 6 Jun 1615 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.

Elizabeth Hobson was born 1564 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. Her parents were Henry HOBSON (1530 – 1616) and Isabelle OVERTON (1532 – 1596). Elizabeth died 11 Apr 1602 in Hingham, Norfolk, England

Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Rebecca CLARK 2 May 1585 in Guildford, Surrey, England. Joseph PECK
21 May 1617
24 Oct 1637 in Hingham, Suffolk, Mass.
2. Margaret Clark 1588
Windham, Norfolk, England
Richard Ibrook
Southwold, Suffolk, England
 4 APR 1664 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass
3. Jane Clark 1589
Hingham, Norfolk, England
Robert Kirby
25 Jul 1616
Hingham, Norfolk, England
4. Mary Clark 1590
Hingham, Norfolk, England
Edward Gilman
3 Jun 1614 in Hingham, Norfolk, England
22 Jun 1681 Hingham, Plymouth, Mass
5. John Clark 1591
Uffington, Shropshire, England
Mary Coley 1632 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT 5 Feb 1673 Milford, New Haven, CT
6. Sarah Clark 1600
Hingham, Norfolk, England
21 Jan 1600
Hingham, Norfolk, England



1. Rebecca CLARK (See Joseph PECK‘s page)

2. Margaret Clark

Margaret’s husband Richard Ibrook was born circa 1580 in Southwold, Suffolk, England. Richard died on 14 Nov 1651 in Hingham, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Margaret Clark and Richard Ibrook immigrated , arriving 1635 in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Their children Elizabeth, Margaret and Helen traveled with them.

In his diary, Rev. Peter Hobart [son of our ancestor Edmund HOBART] records that “mother Ibrook dyed 4 April 1664.” (This is in reference to the death of Margaret Ibrook , mother of his first wife.)

3. Jane Clark

Jane’s husband Robert Kirby was born 1587 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. Robert died in 1616

4. Mary Clark

Mary’s husband Edward Gilman was born 1587 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. His parents were Edward Gilman and Mary Hawes. Edward died 22 Jun 1655 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Edward “The Emigrant” came with Mary and his sons, John, Moses and Edward and two daughters to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1647. They sailed in June on the ship, “Dilligent” from Suffolk, England to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving on 10 Aug 1638. There were about one hundred passengers on board, most from Hingham, Norfolk destined for Hingham, Massachusetts

5. John Clark

John’s wife Mary Coley was born 1616 in Great Munden, Hereford, England. Her parents were John Coley and [__?_]. Mary died 22 Jan 1678 in Farmington, Hartford, CT.




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Thomas Harvey Sr.

Thomas HARVEY Sr. (1580 – 1647) was Alex’s 12th Great Grandfather; one of 8,192 in this generation of the Miner line.

Thomas Harvey – Coat of Arms

Thomas Harvey was born in 1580 in Ashill, Somerset, England. His parents were William HARVEY and Thomazine [__?__] He first married Ann Hall 17 Feb 1598 in St Michaels Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. After Ann died, he married Joan COLLIER 22 Jun 1612 in Ashill, Somerset, England. Thomas died in 1647 in Ashill, Somerset, England.

Anthony Slocum (b. 11 Nov 1590 in Taunton, Somerset, England – d. 1675 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass. or Edenton, Ablemarle, NC) wrote a letter where he called Thomas’ son William Harvey Brother-in-law. This may refer to his step brother or half brother, but some have taken it as evidence Anthony’s wife Agnes was William Jr’s sister. However, there is no proof that Anthony was married to an Agnes Harvey. There are at least three William Harvey’s that came here in the 1600′s and I can find at least three William Harvey’s in England that would fit. Two in Somerset and one in Bristol.

To complete this version of events, Thomas Harvey supposedly married an Agnes Clark 1591 in Ashill, Somerset, England. If our Thomas was really born in 1580 he would have only been 11 years old at the time. The date seems to be too early for Thomas’ father William Harvey (1560 – 1630) to be the grandfather. This Thomas and Agnes had a daughter Agnes Harvey who was born 1594 in Ashill, Somerset, England. She married 2 Mar 1637 in Taunton, Somerset, England to Anthony Slocum Agnes Harvey died 1689 in Edenton, Albermarell, North Carolina.

Another explanation for Anthony’s letter is William married his sister,  perhaps, Martha Slocum, after his first wife Joane Hucker died in 1647.

Ann Hall was born 1585 in Ashill, Somerset, England. Ann died 13 Mar 1605 in Ashill, Somerset, England

Joan Collier was born 1580 in Ashill, Somerset, England. Joan died 1647 in England.

Children of Thomas and Joan:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Daughter Harvey 1610
Ashill, Somerset, England
Anthony Green
2. James Harvey 1612
Ashill, Somerset, England
3. William Harvey 1614
Ashill, Somerset, England
Joane Hucker
2 Apr 1639 New Plymouth (Taunton), Mass
Martha Slocum?
15 Aug 1658 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass.
4. Thomas HARVEY 1617
Ashill, Somerset, England
Elizabeth ANDREWS. 1642 in Taunton, Mass. 1651 in Taunton Mass.
5. Joanna Harvey 1620
Ashill, Somerset, England
Robert Barnard before 1641 31 March 1705 Nantucket, Mass.

Thomas, son of William (2) Harvey, was born about 1585, in Somersetshire, and died there before 1647, as shown by the will of Agnes Clark, of Ashill, Somerset, widow. He lived at Ashill, a small village on rising ground three miles west of Ilminster, and nine miles east of Taunton. It is named for the ash trees of the great forest formerly near there.


HARVEY traces its ancestry to the time of the Conquest. The progenitor is believed to be Herveus de Bourges, or Hervey of Bourges, who came with William the Conqueror, and according to Domesday Book was in 1086 a baron in county Suffolk. He was a grandson of Geoffry, third viscount of Bourges, an ancient city of Berry, a former province of France. Geoffry rebuilt the abbey of St. Ambrose at Bourges in 1012. Harvey as a surname is undoubtedly derived from the ancient baptismal name variously spelled Herveus, Hervey, Harvey, etc. Surnames came into general use in England about A. D. 1200. The family of this sketch has an unbroken lineage to about 1450.

(I) Humphrey Harvey, first of the ancestors definitely known and traced, lived at Brockley, Somersetshire, and owned a third of the Manor of Brockley, besides other estates. His ancestors doubtless lived in Somersetshire also. He died at Brockley, 4 Jan 1526. He had sons: 1. Richard, father of Nicholas. 2. Turner, mentioned below.

(II) Turner, son of Humphrey Harvey, was born in 1485. He was a noted archer and warrior, the mightiest man with the long bow in all England, we are told. “At his death there was no man in the country who could spring his bow.” He was a favorite henchman of King Henry VIII. After a battle in which Harvey had especially distinguished himself, the king bestowed an escutcheon upon which Harvey’s arms were emblazoned, and as late as 1640 this had been preserved in the family. It is described: Sable on a chevron between three long-bows argent as many pheons of the field. Crest: A leopard or langued gules holding in a paw three arrows proper. Motto: “Faites ce que I’honneur .exige.”

(III) William, son of Turner Harvey, was born in 1510, and resided in Somerset. He was appointed blue mantle pursuivant in the Herald’s College ordinary, and accompanied his patron, William Paget, on an embassy to France. He was made Somerset herald in 1545 by Henry VIII, when the office was established, and became Norroy king-at-arms, February 4, 1555, and paid seven official visits to Germany. He was deputed to go to France, June 7, 1557, to declare war. He was appointed Clarencieux king-of-arms and held this office until he died, February 27, 1567.

(IV) William (2), son of William (1) Harvey, was born in Somersetshire, in 1560, and resided in Bridgewater, in that county. He had sons: 1. Thomas, mentioned below. 2. Henry, bought the Manor at Bridgewater.

(V) Thomas, son of William (2) Harvey, was born about 1585, in Somersetshire, and died there before 1647, as shown by the will of Agnes Clark, of Ashill, Somerset, widow. He lived at Ashill, a small village on rising ground three miles west of Ilminster, and nine miles east of Taunton. It is named for the ash trees of the great forest formerly near there. Children: 1. Daughter, born 1610, married Anthony Green. 2. James, born 1614; died 1691. 3. Thomas, mentioned below. 4. William.


3.William Harvey

William’s wife Joan Hucker was born about 1616 in England.  Her parents were John Husker and [__?__]. William Harvey married Joane Hucker on 2 April 1639 in Taunton, Plymouth Colony, now Bristol County, Massachusetts. Their’s was the second marriage in the new Taunton settlement, and was recorded at Plymouth. Joan died  in 1647 in Cohasset, Norfolk, Mass.

William was of Cohannet, April 2, 1639; was proposed to take up his freedom in 1653; admitted as freeman at court in 1656; member of the Grand Inquest 1655-1660; constable 1661; surveyor of highways 1662; appointed to collect the excise 1661; deputy or representative to the General Court for fourteen years from 1664; selectman for twenty years from 1667; appointed “to looke after the minnester’s rate” in 1670; appointed “to be of the Towne Councell of War” in 1675. A mortgage of land made over by Philip the Sachem to Constant Southworth was made over to William Harvey and John Richmond in 1672 and thus described: “Four miles square down Taunton River and next unto Taunton bounds.” Among the first and ancient purchases of the township was eight shares by William Harvey.  Assonet Neck, conquered from the Indians, was divided among six freemen, including William Harvey. Another purchase, made in 1672 by William Harvey and four others, afterwards constituted the town of Dighton. This deed was signed by King Philip or Metacomet.

5. Joanna Harvey

Joanna’s husband Robert Barnard was born circa 1614 in Suffolk, England. His parents were Thomas Barnard and [__?__]. Robert died in 1682 in Nantucket, Province of New York, now Nantucket County, Mass.




History of the Slocums, Slocumbs and Slocombs of America, genealogical and biographical, embracing twelve generations of the first-named family from A.D. 1637 to 1908, with their marriages and descendants in the female lines as far as ascertained”



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William Bassett

William BASSETT Sr. (c. 1600 – 1667) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,056 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Bassett Coat of Arms

William Bassett was born before 1600 in Sandwich, Kent, England.  His parents may have been William BASSETT Sr. and Cecilia LECHT. He first married Elizabeth [__?__]. William Basset, of the Leiden Separatists, arrived in 1621 on the Fortune. (According to Banks, From Bethnal Green, Stephney, Middlesex [now a district of the East End of London], bound for Plymouth.)In Leiden records, he is shown as a master mason, from Sandwich, Kent. He received three lots (two acres in total) of land beyond the fort to the wood west in the 1623 Plymouth land division. William, his wife Elizabeth and his children, William and Elizabeth, were in lot six of the 22 May 1627 Plymouth cattle division. He married Mary Tilden 5 Jun 1651 in Plymouth, Mass. William died 4 Apr 1667 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass.

No record of the family of the first William Basset has been preserved. It appears that he was married but had no children at the division of the land in 1623 ; but at the division of the cattle in 1627, he had two, William and Elizabeth.

Mary Tilden was born 20 May 1610 in Tenterden, Kent, England. Her parents were Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep. She first married 13 Mar 1637 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. to Thomas Lapham (b. 1608 in Tenterden, Kent, England – d. 15 Jun 1644 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.). Mary died 28 Mar 1690 in Bridgewater, Mass

Children of  William and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. William Bassett 1624
Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
Mary Rainsford
1652 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
10 Jun 1670
Lynn, Essex, Mass.
2. Elizabeth Bassett 1626
Thomas Burgess
8 Nov 1648
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
William Hatch
Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass
Swansea, Bristol, Mass
3. Nathaniel BASSETT 1628
Dorcas JOYCE 1672 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. 16 Jan 1709 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
4. Joseph Bassett 1629
Mary Lapham
1658 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
Martha Hobart
6 Oct 1677 Hingham, Mass.
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass
5. Sarah Bassett 1630
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass
Peregrine White (Wiki)
24 Dec 1646 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass
22 Jan 1711
Marshfield, Mass.
6. Ruth Bassett 1633
Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass
John Sprague
1655 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass
26 Mar 1676
Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass
7. Jane Bassett 1634
Thomas Gilbert 1712
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass

William Bassett came over on the ship Fortune in 1621 settling first in Plymouth, then Duxbury and finally in Bridgewater, a town of which he was an original proprietor. He died there in 1667. He was comparatively wealthy, being a large landholder, only 4 in Plymouth paying a higher tax in the year 1663.

There was a William Bassett who was married to Cicely Lecht. He intended (19 Mar 1611) to marry Mary Butler in Leyden, but she died before the wedding. He married second Margaret Oldham on 13 Aug 1611 in Leyden. It has been suggested that this William and the one who came to New England are the same William. But, this William seems older and there is no evidence that our William had children from previous marriages. He could have been William’s father, but there is no evidence of this.

Perhaps our William was a widower of Cicely Lecht, and he was betrothed in Leiden in 1611 to Mary Butler, with William BREWSTER, Roger Wilson, Anna Fuller, and Rose Lisle as witnesses, but Mary died before the marriage. He was betrothed on 29 July 1611 to Margaret Oldham, with Edward Southworth, Roger Wilson, Elizabeth Neal, and Wybra Pontus as witnesses, and they married 13 August 1611. He married in Leiden a third time to Elizabeth [__?__], and he brought her to Plymouth.

Our William died between 3 April 1667, when he wrote his will, and 12 May 1667, when inventory was taken. He married Elizabeth [__?__]. Elizabeth was alive when she received land in the 1627 division. He married Mary (Tilden) Lapham, the daughter of Nathaniel Tilden and widow of Thomas Lapham, after 1651 and before 12 Dec 1664. She was living at Bridgewater as late as 28 March 1690 .

William came to New England on the Fortune in 1621. He received three lots of land beyond the fort to the wood west in the 1623 Plymouth land division. William, his wife Elizabeth and his children, William and Elizabeth, were in lot six of the 22 May 1627 Plymouth cattle division.


July 1627 – An agreement was entered into by the citizens of New Plymouth for a monopoly in the trade of beaver skins and other commodities. There were 30 signers to this, William Bassett being one and William Palmer another.

1628 – William Bassett, William Palmer and Samuel Fuller signed a covenant “between the Colony of New Plymouth in N.E. of the one party and William Bradford, Capt. Miles Standish and Isaac Allerton and such others as they shall take as partners & undertakers with them of the other party.”

Before 1 Jan 1632/33 – William was a freeman in Plymouth. Under the heading, “the Names of the Freeman of the Incorporacon of Plymouth in New England, An: 1633,” is a list of 68 freemen, the 28th name being William Basset.

2 Jan 1632/33 and 2 Jan 1633/34 – The General Court asked the colonists to pay taxes, in grain or the equivalent. William was assessed relatively high taxes in the first year and relatively low taxes in the second year.

25 Mar 1633 – “According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of or Soveraigne lord Charles — the p’sons here under menconed were rated for public use, to be brought in by each p’son as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vis p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing.” In this list there were 88 names, William Bassett being the fortieth with a rate of £1/07/-. Only five citizens of Plymouth paid a higher tax than William. He also was rated at £1/07/- on the 27 Mar. 1634 list.

1 July 1633 – The Court issued 20 grass mowing orders. The one to William Bassett read “That Will Bassett mow at the ende of his owne ground.”

2 Mar 1635/36 – William was on the Plymouth coroner’s jury – Will Bassett was one of the jury of 12 men “to enquire after the death of John Deacon.” They reported: “Having searched the dead body, we finde not any blowes or wounde, or any other bodily hurt. We finde that bodily weakenes, caused by long fasting & wearines, by going to & fro, with the extream cold of the season, were the causes of his death.”

1637 – William Bassett and his son-in-law Peregrine White volunteered to serve in the Pequot War under Lieut. William Holmes.

20 Mar 1636/37 – There were 36 hay mowing orders issued for Plymouth, Eele River & Duckbury. One read: “To Francis Sprage and William Basset, the same hey ground they had the last yeare; and that Mr. Brewster have that which was not cutt by them the last yeare.” About this time William Bassett and his family removed to Duxbury.

2 May 1637 – “At a Court of Assistants,” an agreaement was reached, “that the heigh wayes, both for horse, cart and foote, shalbe as followeth :… the heighway leadeing from Xpofer Wadesworths to be continued through Francis Sprague and Willm Bassets, being his garden or orchard to the east side. Also, we allowe a heighway from the cutt betweene Willm Bassets & Francis Sprage, to goe to Ducksborrow towne; the heighway to be continued from Willm Bassets garden or orchard through John Washburnes ground to Willm Palmer’s gate.

“Bradford Govnor, The xxiiijth of June Anno Dui 1637. Anno Carot R Angl C:xiijo: William Bassett of Ducksburrow hath in writing under his hand & Seale freely remitted and released unto Mr. Raph Partridg of the same all his Right and title into so much of the lott of his land lying in Ducksburrow aforesaid as is now enclosed by the said Mr. Partridg To have & to hold the said land to the said Ralph Partridge his heires and Assignes forever & to their onely pp use & behalfe.

Between 7 Mar 1636/37 and 3 Sep 1639 – He was on the Plymouth petit jury five times

Between 2 Jun 1640 and 7 Jun 1648 – He was the Duxbury deputy to the Plymouth court five times .

Between 3 Sep 1638 and 5 Oct 1640. He was on the committee to lay out land six times

5 Mar 1637/38 – “At a Court of Assistants, William Basset was deposed to the last will and testament of William Palmer, thelder deceased”. He had witnessed the will 7 Nov. 1637 and taken the inventory 13 Nov 1637.

7 May 1638 – He was on the committee to admit newcomers to Duxbury

5 Jun 1638 – He was on the Plymouth grand Jury.

3 Sep 1638 – “At a Court of Assistants, Mr. Collyer, Jonathan Brewster & Wm Basset are to lay out some land grants on Greenes Harbour River.” The job was reported completed on 28 Oct. 1640.

1639 – He was a freeman in Duxbury.

4 Mar. 1638/9 “Mr. Alden, Willmm Bassett, and Joshua Pratt are appoynted to view & lay forth Mr. Partrich lande.”

6 Apr 1640 – Willm Bassett, of Duxborrow, is granted one hundred acres of upland, with meddow conveynient to be layd to yt, lying betweene the lands graunted to Mr Comfort Starr and the Beaver Pond, & to begin at the creeke by the iland of there aboute, and Mr Alden, to be added to Mr Collyer, Mr Patrich, and Jonathan Brewster, to view it and lay it forth.”

1 Jun 1640 – “At the Genall Court, “under the heading “Committees for the sev Townes,” Willm Bassett and Xpofer Waddesworth were the deputies for Duxborrow.” William Bassett was re-elected in 1643, 1644, 1645 and 1648. Capt. Myles Standish served with him in 1644 and John Alden during the last three terms.

6 Apr 1640 – He was granted 100 acres of upland.

2 Mar 1640/41 – He was on the committee on bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield.

27 Sep 1642 – He was on the council of war for Duxbury.

1643 – He is in the Duxbury section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony.

6 Jun 1643 – Mr. David Offley was ordered to pay William Bassett, planter, 10 pounds for the trouble of bringing him to Court as a juryman when no action had been entered.

1643 – List of 76 Freeman in Duxborrow age 16-60, both Wm Bassett Sen and Jun were listed.

27 Feb. 1643/4 John Atwood of New Plymouth, gent, had in his inventory “1 broken peece at Wm Bassetts.” Presumably it was a metal piece awaiting repair at the blacksmith shop in Duxbury.

6 Mar. 1648/9 – He was fined five shillings for neglecting “to mend guns in seasonable times” – an offense of not a very heinous character – but it shows that he was a mechanic as well as a planter. “William Basset of Duxbery, Seni, having been presented at the General Court holden at Plymouth aforesaid, the 4th of October, 1648, for not mending of guns in seasonable time, acording to order of Court, is fined for his neglect heerin five shillings.”

9 June 1650 – Edmund Weston of Duxburrow, administrator of the estate of Tho. Howell, bricklayer, dec’d., sold to John Barker of Marshfield a parcel of land in Marshfield, beyond the South River and bounded “videlect from the marked tree of William Bassetts the Iland or necke of Land lying in the mersh on the south side of the said tree; and the Meaddow Land lying before the said Iland beginning att the homack wher William Bassett leaves; to the head of a Cove.”

3 June 1652 – “Wm Bassett Senior of Duxborrow hath freely given unto his son in law Leiftenant Perigrine White forty acares of upland on which the said leiftenant White now liveth.”

3 Jun 1652 – He was the constable in Duxbury.

6 Jun 1654 – He was on the Plymouth grand Jury

7 Mar 1652/53 William Bassett and Mr. [John] Howland jointly held one share as Dartmouth purchasers.

9 Jun 1653 – “William Bassett Senior, for neglecting to publish and make knowne an order directed to him from the counsell of warr, prohibiting provisions for being transported out of the collonie, is fined ten shillings.” This would indicate that he was constable of Duxbury at this time.

William and his family removed to Bridgewater probably as early as 1655

16 June 1656 – “I William Basset senir of Duxburrow now liveing Att Bridgwater for Divers Reasons …. Doe give up all my proper and whole Interest in my land lying upon the South River …. Unto my two sonnes there liveing viz. Perigrine White and Nathaniell Bassett.”

12 Mar 1656/57 – “Its agreed upon by the Towne of Bridgewater that there shall be five woulfe traps made & completely finished, the first two traps by Goodman Bassett.”

ca. 1658 – Willam Bassett, Senir was one of ten in a List of Freeman in Bridgwater

12 De. 1664 – Will, Timothy Hatherly mentioned William’s wife, Mary (Tilden) Bassett. Lydia Tilden, Mary’s mother, had married (2) Timothy Hatherly.

8 Nov 1666 – William Bassett, blacksmith, of Bridgewater sold to John Sprague of Duxbury, husbandman, for £40 four lots of upland containing fourscore acres and five acres of meadow, with dwelling house, cowhouse, stable, barn, outhouse, orchard and garden.

3 Apr 1667 – William Bassett on his death bed dictated his will “The last Will and Testament of William Bassett senr exhibited to the Court holden att Plymouth the fift Day of June Anno: Dom 1667, on the oathes of Mr. William Brett: and John Carey.

William was a blacksmith of Bridgewater at the time of his death.

3 Apr 1667 = William made a nuncupative will. He left his movables to his wife, and his house and land to her during her life, after which it was to go to his son William’s son. He left his tools to his son Joseph. His inventory included twenty books, mostly theological.


1. William Bassett

William’s wife Mary Rainsford was born 1 Jun 1632 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. After William died, she married Jun 1671 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. to James Percival (b. 1632 in England — d. 1691 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.). Mary died 12 Apr 1694 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

William is in the Duxbury section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. He was a soldier in the Pequot War of 1637/38.

Some of the inhabitants of Sandwich had religious differences with the authorities. Ralph ALLEN and Richard Kirby were summoned at the 7 Oct 1651 Court to answer for their ‘deriding, wild speeches’ about God’s word. They were bound over to the next Court and ordered to post bonds of £10 and £20, respectively. William Bassett the younger, Thomas Dexter, Sr. and Thomas Landers were also to appear and ordered to post bonds of £10 each.

On 20 May 1655, William pledged ten shillings for the building of a meeting house in Sandwich. On 17 Jul 1657, he agreed to pay one pound towards the minister. In 1657 he was constable in Sandwich. On 22 May 1658, he was one of three men appointed to find three trooping horses for the town. By 13 (10) 1659 he was paid a pound for 500 nails for the construction of the meeting house. On 16 May 1662, the town chose Goodman Burge, Sr and William Bassett to be Deputies. On 16 Jul 1662, the town of Sandwich chose Goodman Skef, Goodman Tupper, William Bassett and William Swift to arrange for Lieut. John Ellis to finish the town dock. On 15 May 1663, William was chosen a grandjuryman. On that date, William and Joseph Burge were chosen to be troopers for the town. On 11 May 1665, William was again a trooper for the town. On 2 Apr 1667, William Bassett, Mr. Richard Bourne and James Skiffe were appointed to the council of war for Sandwich.

Inventory on his estate, taken on the oath of Mis. Mary Bassett, amounted to £184.10.

William, removed to Sandwich, was called Mr., married Mary, daughter of Hugh Burt of Lynn, and died in 1670, leaving a large estate. Had daughter Mary born 21st November, 1654; William, 2d, 1656, and probably others. Col. William, 3d, married Rachel, had Mary, Oct. 20, 1676; Nathan, 1677; Eachel, Oct. 25, 1679 ; William, Jonathan, and another daughter. William married Abigail, daughter of Elisha Bourne, and had Elisha, who removed to Yarmouth, and other children. Nathan married Mary Huckins, 1690, removed to Chilmark and had eleven children. His son Nathan graduated at Harvard in 1719, and was afterwards settled in Charleston, 8. C. An interesting account of the Bassets of Martha’s Vineyard has recently been published by R. L. Pease, Esq. Mary, the wife of Nathan, was a daughter of John Huckins of Barnstable, and was brought up in the family of her grandfather. Elder John Chipman. The account of her religious experience, written by herself, is a narrative of thrilling interest. Jonathan married Mary , and died Dec. 13, 1683, leaving, I think, one son, Jonathan, who is named in his grandfather’s will.

2. Elizabeth Bassett

Elizabeth’s first husband Thomas Burgess was born 1627 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Thomas Burgess and Dorothy Waynes. Elizabeth divorced him on 10 Jun 1661 after he was “brought to court for an act of uncleanliness with Lydia Gaunt” The Court allowed Elizabeth to keep small things “that are in William Basset’s hands” (PCR 3:221).The Court decree gave Elizabeth one third of Thomas’ property and 40s worth of bed and bedding “that are at William Bassetts. It was the first divorce in Plymouth Colony.

Thomas married 8 Nov 1662 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass to Lydia Gaunt (b. 2 Apr 1636 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 1684 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island). He removed to Rhode Island and was a resident at Newport in 1671. Thomas died 26 Feb 1717 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass

Elizabeth’s second husband William Hatch was born 1626 in Bridgewater, Worcester, Mass. Elizabeth resided at Sandwich. No record of children.

3. Nathaniel BASSETT (See his page)

4. Joseph Bassett

Joseph’s wife Mary Lapham was born 1641 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Lapham and Mary Tilden. Her mother married Joseph’s father in 1651, seven years before these step-children married themselves. Mary died 1676 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass.

He married second Martha Hobart on 16 Oct 1677 in Hingham. Martha was the youngest daughter of Edmund & Elizabeth Hobart of Hingham. Martha was baptized in Hingham 1 June 1647

Joseph moved to West Bridgewater with his parents ca. 1655. He had “sixt acors of upland for a garden next unto his Father running in length North & South.” He also had 20 acres of upland “being at Mattfield.”

3 Jul 1668 – It was agreed to lay a foundation for a “Ware to catch the Alewifes (i.e., herring) herein the Towne River & yt Joseph Bassett & his companie is to lay and make the foundation of the ware at Satuccut to catch the Aleifes there and the Town is to se them paid for it.”

As a Bridgewater proprietor in 1668, Joseph held right #41 for a planned distribution of land four miles from the center of Bridgewater but the actual distribution was not made until 5 Feb. 1682/3.

1 Jun 1669 – Joseph Bassett was sworn in as constable of Bridgewater.

2 Jun 1669 – “William Bassett of Sandwich …. The eldest son and heir of William Bassett sometimes inhabitant of … Bridgewater … now deceased” confirmed to “Joseph Bassett of Bridgewater my youngest brother” land in Bridgewater granted him by his father in his lifetime but not legally confirmed.

7 Jun 1670 – Joseph Bassett and Robert Latham were named “Surveyors of the Highwaies” for Bridgwater.

8 Jul 1670 – “It was agreed upon by the Towne mett together that the Cedar Swamp shall be all laid out.” Joseph Bassett was one of those who “weare to be paid for their paines by their severall Companies.”

5. Sarah Bassett

On 3 Jun 1652 Sarah’s father gave “his son-in-law Leiftenant Perigrine White” forty acres of upland with the meadow adjoining. On 16 Jun 1656 “William Bassett Senior of Duxburrow now living at Bridgewater” made a deed of gift of his Marshfield lands to his “two sons there living viz: Perigrine White and Nathaniell BASSETT

Peregrine White Reenactor

Sarah’s husband Peregrine White (Wiki) was born  20 Nov or 19 Dec 1620 aboard the Mayflower, docked at Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown, Mass.  His parents were William White and Susannah Fuller. Peregrine died 20 Jul 1704 in   Marshfield, Mass.  He was the first English child born to the Pilgrims in the New World.

Peregrine White’s Craddle — The cradle was likely of Dutch origin, and certainly in the Dutch style, and was not typical of the baby cradles and cribs of the early colonial period.

His parents  named him “Peregrine”, which means: “one who journeys to foreign lands” or “pilgrim.” Soon after the landing, William died, and Susanna married Edward Winslow. Winslow adopted Peregrine and his older brother, Resolved, and made them his heirs

Edward Winslow (1595 –  1655) was an English Pilgrim leader on the Mayflower. He served as the governor of Plymouth Colony in 1633, 1636, and finally in 1644. His testimony in Mourt’s Relation is one of only two primary sources of the “first thanksgiving” in existence.

Edward Winslow

Elisabeth Winslow died in the first winter in New England and Edward Winslow remarried, in May 1621, to Mrs Susannah White, the widow of fellow pilgrim William White, and the mother of Resolved White and Peregrine White, the first child born to the Pilgrims in the New World. (1620–1704). This was the first marriage in the New England colonies. Winslow later founded what would become Marshfield, Massachusetts in the Plymouth Colony where he lived on an estate he called Careswell.

Winslow was delegated by his associates to treat with the Native Americans in the vicinity and succeeded in winning the friendship of their chief, Massasoit (c. 1580–1661). He was one of the assistants from 1624 to 1647, except in 1633–1634, 1636–1637 and 1644–1645, when he was governor of the colony. He was also, in 1643, one of the commissioners of the United Colonies of New England. On several occasions he was sent to England to look after the interests of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colony, and defend these colonies from the attacks of such men as John LyfordThomas Morton and Samuel Gorton. He left on his last mission as the agent of Massachusetts Bay, in October 1646, and spent nine years in England, where he held a minor office under Cromwell, and in 1654, was made a member of the commission appointed to determine the value of certain English ships destroyed by Denmark.

In 1655 he was the chief of the three English commissioners whom Cromwell sent on his expedition against the West Indies to advise with its leaders General Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn, but died near Jamaica on 8 May 1655, and was buried at sea. His son Josiah Winslow later served as governor of Plymouth colony.

About 1638 the Winslows with young Peregrine and his older brother Resolved moved to Green Harbor, now called Marshfield. There the Winslows established what was almost a feudal manor, naming it Careswell, a large estate later occupied in part by Daniel Webster, who was buried there in the old Winslow Burying Ground. Peregrine’s mother, Susanna, was buried there in 1680. In her later years Peregrine had visited her daily. He made these visits on a black horse and wore a coat with buttons the size of silver dollars.

Records state that White held some minor civil and military posts. The records also mention that he and his now-wife Sarah were fined “for fornication before marriage or contract.” The couple married on 14 Dec 1646, and had 7 children.

7 June 1636 – Peregrine White was one of 30 voluntaries to join with those of Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut to fight the Pequot Indians.

27 Sep 1642 – Peregrine was appointed auncinet-bearrer (i.e., ensign) of the “train band” (i.e., Town company). The Court had met to provide defensive and offensive war measures against the Indians under Miantinomo who had been reported to be preparing to kill all the English in the Land.

23 Oct. 1643 – Peregrine White of Marshfield sold to Mannasses Kempton of Plymouth land at Eel River given him the previous year by his step-father Edward Winslow. Peregrine’s brother Resolved witnessed the deed.

6 Mar 1648/49 – Peregrine White and his wife Sarah, both of Marshfield, were fined for fornication before marriage.

1649 = Peregrine White and William Holloway were indicted for fighting.

3 June 1652 – “Wm Bassett senior of Duxborrow hath freely given unto his son in law Leiftenant Perigrine White forty acares of upland on which the said leiftenant White now liveth.”

Recognition of Peregrine as the first English child born in New England was given on 11 Oct. 1655 when “in Respect that hee was the first of the English that was borne in these ptes …… The Court have graunted unto him two hundred Acrees of Land Lying and being att the Path that goes from Bridgwater to the bay adjoyning to the Bay line.”

16 June 1656 – Peregrine received from his father-in-law, William Bassett, Sr., lands lying on the South River in Scituate.

Apparently Peregrine resided in Marshfield all his life except for a brief period around 1656 when the above deed places him in Scituate.

On 2 June 1662 Leiftenant White’s name appeared on a list of 32 who were granted land “as being the first borne children of this goument.”

“According to a graunt of the Court bearing date June, 1662 and by Court order bearing date 1671, Leiftenant Peregrine White and John Nelson layed out one thousand acrees of land, lying neare the Old Indian Way att Teticutt River, about a mile westerly, where Namassakett River runs into Teticutt, and soe runs easterly, marked by the river syde, ten lots of one hundred acres in a lott, running halfe a mile in length southerly, and one hundred lotts in breadth.” Included in the list of ten granted 100 acres each were Leiftenant Perrigrine White and William Bassett.[32]

28 Nov. 1671 – Peregrine White & Ephraim Little witnessed the will of Ralph Chapman of Marshfield.[33]

27 Jan. 1671/72 – Peregrine White & Philip Lenard took the inventory of the estate of Ralph Chapman, Sr., late of Marshfield.

When his eldest son was to be married, Peregrine not only deeded to “son Daniel White of Marshfield in consideration of his intended marriage my dwelling, barn, outhouses and lands in Marshfield and a share of the enlargement recently granted, from the day of my decease,” but he also provided for his own wife and daughters: “except I died before Sarah my wife, she may enjoy the new end of my dwelling …. Daniel shall pay to my two daughters Sarah and Mercy White £20 each when they are 18 or marry.” The deed was dated 19 Aug. 1674 and acknowledged the same day.

1675 – Peregrine’s half-brother Josiah Winslow bequeathed to Peregrine his Spanish rapier and buff belt with silver clasps.

Jun 1688 – Peregrine was a Justice of the Peace \

He was admitted to the Marshfield Church: “Capt. Peregrine White the first born Child of New England born November 1620 was admitted into this Church May 22 1698 In the 78th year of his age. Mat. 20.6.7.”

White traveled to England with Winslow, but returned to Massachusetts before his death at the age of eighty-three.

31 Jul 1704 – The Boston Newsletter carried the following obituary: “Marshfield, July, 22 Capt. Peregrine White of this Town, Aged Eighty three years, and Eight Months; died the 20th Instant. He was vigorous and of a comly Aspect to the last; Was the Son of Mr. William White and Susanna his Wife; born on board the Mayflower, Capt. Jones Commander, in Cape Cod Harbour, November, 1620. Was the First Englishman born in New-England. Altho’ he was in the former part of his Life extravagant; yet was much Reform’d in his last years; and died hopefully.”

Click here for Peregrine White’s last Will and Testament – 1704

6. Ruth Bassett

Ruth’s husband John Sprague was born 26 Mar 1633 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Francis Sprague and Lydia Archer. John was killed 26 Mar 1676 at Nine Men’s Misery,Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  Among the fallen fighters whom we imagine probably to have been armed Quakers were:

— Friend Stephen Wing, Jr. of Sandwich
— Friend Samuel Bourman or Bowerman of Barnstable
— Friend John Sprague of Duxbury

After John died, Ruth (Basset) Sprague married (2) a man whose surname was Thomas (TAG 41:179).

2 Jan. 1637/38 – Francis Sprague was fined 6 shillings & 8 pence for beating William Halloway (fined 5 shillings), late servant of William Basset. Witness: William Halloway

At the 6 Jun 1655 Court at Plymouth, John Sprague and Ruth Bassett, of Duxbury, were presented for fornication before they were married. They paid a fine.

Ruth’s parents, Wilm & Elizabeth Bassett, were in lot #6 along with ffrancis & Anna Sprage at the time of the 1627 Division of Cattle. According to Goodwin, Francis Sprague was licensed as an inn-holder in Duxbury. He continued to be so until 1666, though often before the court. He killed Hatherly’s mare, beat Bassett’s servant, drank “overmuch,” sold liquor illegally, etc. In 1669 he was succeeded by his son [i.e., John] who was much like him.

John spent hours in the stocks for “highly misdemeaning himself in the house of James Cole of Plymouth, near unto or on the evening before the Sabbath Day, in drinking gameing, and uncivill reveling, to the dishonor of God and the offense of the govment, by his gameing and bringing his mare uncivilly into the parlour of James Cole aforesaid.”

27 Apr 1661 Francis Sprague of Duxbury deeded his dwelling house and land to his son John with the provision that John would not take possession until his father’s death.

3 May 1664 – John Sprague was granted also his father’s land at Namskakett (Middleborough).

8 Nov 1666 – William Basset, who described himself as a blacksmith of Bridgewater, sold four lots to John Sprague of Duxbury, and Basset’s wife Mary gave her consent, John Sprague being her husband’s son-in-law (Ply. Colony LR 3:66)

John & Ruth lived in Marshfield. In 1683 widow Ruth Sprague registered an agreement with her son John Sprague whereby John acquired a small parcel of land which was formerly his grandfather Bassett’s land.

6 June 1683 – Goodwife Sprague and her son John agreed about land which formerly belonged to John Sprague’s grandfather Basset (PCR 6:109).

A descendant of John & Ruth Sprague was Sir Winston Churchill

7. Jane Bassett

Jane’s huband Thomas Gilbert was born about 1632.



Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families by Amos Otis and revised by C.F.Swift published by The Patriot Press vol. I 1861





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Nathaniel Bassett

Nathaniel BASSETT Sr. (1628 – 1709) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,028 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Nathaniel Bassett was born in 1628 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were William BASSETT and Elizabeth [__?__]. He married Dorcas JOYCE 1672 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His wife Hannah, who died in 1709, was probably a second wife. The record of his family is lost. Nathaniel died 16 Jan 1709 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Dorcas Joyce was born in 1644 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John JOYCE and Dorothy COTCHET. Dorcas died 12 Nov 1709 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of  Nathaniel and Dorcas:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Nathaniel Bassett 1664
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Joannah Borden
10 DEC 1695
Mrs. Elizabeth Merrick
30 Mar 1743.
Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
2. Mary Bassett 1666
Eastham, Barnstable, Mass
Thomas Mulford
28 Oct 1690
Eastham, Barnstable, Mass
26 Jan 1741
Truro, Barnstable, Mass
3. Nathan Bassett 25 Sep 1667
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
 Mary Crowell 7 Mar 1709
Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
 27 Nov 1728
Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
4. Ruth Bassett 1673
5. Dorcas Bassett 1676
10 Jun 1707
6. Hannah Bassett 1678
Joseph Covell
1 Mar 1703 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass
10 Jan 1709
Eastham, Barnstable, Mass
7. Joseph BASSETT Sr. 1680 Yarmouth Susannah HOWES
27 Feb 1707 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
Thankful Hallet
3 Dec 1719 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
6 Jan 1750 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
8. Sarah Bassett 1682
John Nickerson 1710 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass 1744
Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
9. Samuel Bassett 1685
 Elizabeth Jones 1699 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass  Feb 1760
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island
10. William Bassett 1685
Martha Godfrey
23 Feb 1710 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
Sarah Jenkins
30 Jan 1723 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass

Nathaniel lived in Duxbury and later settled in Marshfield and then Yarmouth in 1684, where he died 16 Jan 1709/10 aged 82

2 Mar 1651/52 –  “Nathaniel Basset and Joseph Prior, for disturbing the church of Duxburrou, on the Lord’s day were sentenced each of them to pay twenty shillings fine or the next towne meeting or training day both of them to bee bound unto a post for the space of two hours, in some public place, with a paper on their heads on which theire capital crime shall be written perspecusly, soe as may bee read.” Whether they paid the fines imposed or suffered the novel mode of punishment to which they were sentenced does not appear.

Nathaniel first settled in Marshfield, but removed to Yarmouth where he was an inhabitant in 1664, and perhaps earlier. He resided near the first meeting house and his descendents still enjoy his lands. Notwithstanding the trifling irregularity in his conduct when a young man at Duxbury, he was a very worth and respectable citizen, had a large family, ten of whom lived to mature age.

William Bassett’s deed to Peregrine White and Nathaniel BASSETT Transcribed from the Original Records, BY GEORGE ERNEST Bowman [Plymouth Colony Deeds, II: I: 277 & 178] [p. 177]

1656 Bradford Govr A Deed appointed to bee Recorded Know all men by these prsents that I Willam Bassett senir of Duxburrow now liveing Att Bridgwater for Divers Reasons and Considerations Doe freely Surrender and give up all my proper and whole Interest in my landes lying being and Scittuatt upon the south River with all the Emunities and privilidges belonging therunto both uplands and meddow lands unto my two sonnes there liveing viz Perigrine White and Nathaniell Bassett; I say I give all my proper Right & enterest unto them and to theire heires for ever with full power to establish theire Right and enterest according to court order under the prsent Govrment after the usuall order of confeirmacon of lands;

provided that both the aforsaid pties bee fully agreed upon the Devision of the lands which was to bee measured and ordered by mr Garrett of Scittuate whoe was appointed Survayor of the same; In Witnesse wherof I have sett toe my hand my owne proper Act and Deed June the 16th Anno: Dom: 1656 Witnesse heerof Willam Bassett; Willam Britt Willam Bassett senir: of Bridgwater Desired mee Richard Garrett to Survay his lott of upland and marsh att marshfeild *

The day of the month was omitted. 26 William Basett’s Deed by the south River and to make a Devision of the said upland and marsh unto his two sons viz Mr Perigrine White and Nathaniell Bassett which accordingly I have Done;

According to the Record wee began to measure att mr Starrs line by the marsh and from thence Did Run a west southwest line of 220 Rods for the length of the lott att a marked hee; and from thence wee Did Run a line north northwest 119 Rodds att a stake for the corner in the plaine and from thence wee Did Run a line east northeast 94 Rodds to the old Marked hee att the north side of Daniell Coles Iland which by meanes of the Swamp and mersh coveing Up into the upland the lott is Narrow att One end and Broad att the other and Mr Whites two fiftes of upland is bounded att Mr Whites south Range Runing from the point of marsh 106 Rodds 12 feet in Mr Starrs south Range att a marked hee and from thence it Runs 60 Rodds north northwest to a marked hee neare to Nathaniell Bassetts Barne;

out of which share of upland the said Mr White hath graunted to the said Nathaniell to have A triangle of upland by his Barne bounded from the corner of Mr Whites said lott to Run twenty three Rodds to a marked hee in the Range and from thence thirty seaven Rodds to a white oake hee by the cart way and from thence to Run twenty eight Rodds to the marked hee at the corner of Mr Whites lott Mr White is to Run from the said White oake hee twenty one Rodds on the south side of the cart way to an old ffence and by the fence to the marsh and by the marsh to Mr Starrs Range for his 2 fiftes of the upland; Mr Whites two fiftes of marsh is bounded to an old fence (aforsaid) by a swamp which fence Runes [p. 178] Runes into the mersh to a little Creeke and by that Creeke to Run Untill it comes to the great Creeke that Runes by the homacke and by the homacke Creeke Untill it comes to the River and by the River untill it comes to Mr Starrs Range and by the Range to the marked hee;

All the Rest of the marsh and upland that belonges to Willam Bassetts share is Nathaniell Bassetts 3 fiftes both of upland and Marsh; And the said Mr White and Nathaniell Bassett Doe likwise agree that convenient waies shalbee allowed to each other all which said prises wee Doe both of us Cordially and Really Agree unto Witnesse our hands this 17th of Aprill 1656 P White N; Bassett This is a trew Coppy taken from the original by mee Richard Garrett Records from the Burial Ground of the James Family 27 Nathaniell Bassetts 3 fiftes of upland and Marsh lyeth Together and is bounded att an old marked hee att the Swamp near the marsh by the brooke att the north side of Daniell Coles Iland and from thence It Runes 94 Rodds on a west southwest line to a stake in the plaine and from thence It Runes 119 Rodds on a south southeast line to a marked hee and from thence it Runes 123 Rodds on a East northeast line to a marked hee att the corner of Mr Whites lott in the south Range of Mr Starrs;

and from thence it Runes 137 Rodds on a north northwest line att a marked hee in Mr Whites Range by Nathaniell Bassetts New feild and from thence it Runes 37 Rodds towards the east att a marked white oake by the cart path and from thence it Runes twenty one Rodds towards the north alonge by the south side of the cart way untill it Comes to an old ffence and by that ffence to the marsh and from thence to a little creeke that Runes by a great pond and by that Creeke untill it comes to a greater Creeke that Runes by a little homack of upland and by that Creeke to Daniell Coles line of his mersh and by that line alonge by the homacke and from thence to the uttermost extent of Daniell Coles Iland and by the Iland untill it comes to the old Marked hee att the Swamp aforsaid; Moreover this is the boundes of Nathaniell Bassetts upland and marsh Accordingly as hee and his brother Mr White Did agree

Nathaniel’s will, dated 10 Jan 1709/10, six days before his death, is a carefully drawn instrument, witnessed by Rev. Daniel Greenleaf, Experience Rider, and his nephew Col. William Basset, and furnishes much genealogical information. He names his nine children then living, says he is “aged and under much decay of body,” being then 82 years of age. To his son William he gave meadow and upland, which was John Joyce’s drying ground, bought of Mr. Thomas Wally, and meadow bought of Mr. Thornton.

He names the eldest son of Thomas Mulford of Truro, who married his daughter Mary ; the eldest son of his son Nathaniel; the eldest son of his son Joseph; to Nathaniel he gave property that was his Grandmother Joyce’s, and his lands in Middleboro’. He names his daughter-in-law Joannah, perhaps wife of Nathaniel, who removed to Windham, Conn., and his daughter Euth Basset. He gives certain property unto six of his children, Mary Mulford, Samuel Basset, Hannah Covell, Joseph Basset, Sarah Nickerson and Nathan Basset, Mr. Thomas Mulford of Truro, and his son Joseph of Yarmouth,

Estate appraised at £228,11. Though William is first named in the will, he was probably the youngest son.


1. Nathaniel Bassett

Nathaniel’s wife Joannah Borden was born about 1670. Joanna died 03 Dec 1740 in Mansfield, Connecticut.

Nathaniel was one of the incorporators of the town of Mansfield in 1703,  a town in Tolland County.The population was 20,720 at the 2000 census.

Marshfield, Tolland County, Connecticut

Mansfield was incorporated in October 1702 from the Town of Windham, in Hartford County. When Windham County was formed on 12 May 1726, Mansfield then became part of that county. A century later, at a town meeting on 3 April 1826, selectmen voted to ask the General Assembly to annex Mansfield to Tolland County. That occurred the following year.

The town of Mansfield contains the community of Storrs, which is home to the main campus of the University of Connecticut.

2. Mary Bassett

Mary’s husband Thomas Mulford was born 1665 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Thomas Mulford and Hannah Williams. Thomas died 4 Sep 1747 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass,

Thomas and Mary were original settler in Truro, Mass, a town in Barnstable County, comprising two villages: Truro and North Truro. Located two hours outside Boston, it is a summer vacation community just south of the northern tip of Cape Cod, in an area known as the “Outer Cape”.  English colonists named it after Truro in Cornwall.  The historic Wampanoag Native American people called the area Pamet orPayomet. Their language was part of the large Algonquian family. This name was adopted for the Pamet River and the harbor area around the town center known as the Pamet Roads, The population of Truro was 2,087 at the 2000 census. Over half of the land area of the town is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, established in 1961.

The English Pilgrims stopped in Truro and Provincetown in 1620 as their original choice for a landing before later deciding the area to be unsuitable. While there, they discovered fresh water and corn stored by the Kakopee. Historians debate the accuracy of the account about the latter discovery, but in popular lore it led to the place being called Corn Hill.

Truro was settled by English immigrant colonists in the 1690s as the northernmost portion of the town of Eastham. The town was officially separated and incorporated in 1709. Fishing, whaling and shipbuilding made up the town’s early industry. These industries had to shift to other locations as the harsh tides of the Lower Cape began decimating the town’s main port in the 1850s. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Cape Cod was a popular location for artists because of its light.

The records of the proprietors, distinctive from the records of Eastham, commenced in 1700, and in the meetings as recorded, and in the admission of freemen from time to time we find the following named persons were residents when the town was incorporated: Jedediah Lombard, senior [son of Thomas LUMBERT] and junior, Thomas Lombard, Dr. William Dyer, Benjamin Smalley, Thomas Newcomb [son of Andrew NEWCOMB Jr.], Isaac Snow, Jonathan Collins, Nathaniel Harding, Joseph Young, David Peter. John Snow, Constant Freeman, Thomas Paine, senior and junior, Nathaniel Atkins, Francis Small, Lieutenant Jonathan Bangs, John Rogers, John Steele, Thomas Mulford, Hezekiah Doane, Samuel Treat, jr., Hezekiah Purington, Humphrey Scammon, Beriah Smith, Richard Stevens, John Myrick, Moses Paine, Jonathan Vickery, Micah Atwood, Josiah Cook, Ebenezer Hurd, Samuel Small, Samuel Young, Jonathan Paine, Edward Crowell, Ebenezer Smith, Jonathan Dyer, John Savage, Israel Cole and Thomas Smith.

Thomas Mulford Headstone -- Old North Cemetery Truro Barnstable County Mass

Here lyes the body of Elder Thomas Mulford who died Sept ye 14th 1747 in the 82d year of his age.

Mary Bassett Mulford Headstone -- Old North Cemetery Truro Barnstable County Massa

Here Lyes ye Body of Mrs Mary Mulford Wife of Elder Thomas Mulford She died JANry 29th 1741/2 in ye 76th year of her age

3. Nathan Bassett

Nathan’s wife Mary Crowell was born 2 Dec 1688 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Crowell and Deborah [__?__]. Mary died 1742 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.

Nathan is the ancestor of the Chatham and Harwich families. He married March 7, 1709,
Mary, daughter of Thomas Crowell of Yarmouth, He died in 1728, leaving seven children. She died in 1742, and names in her will sons Nathan, Thomas, Nathaniel, who married Sarah Chase of Yarmouth, Aug. 23, 1729, Samuel, and daughters Mary Basset, Dorcas Nickerson and Hannah Co veil.

5. Dorcas Bassett

One of the oldest monuments in the Yarmouth graveyard is that of Dorcas Basset, who died June 9, 1707, aged 31. She was probably a daughter of Nathaniel.

6. Hannah Bassett

Hannah’s husband Joseph Covell was born 1675 in Chathamn (Monomoit), Barnstable, Mass.  His parents were Nathaniel Covell and Sarah Nickerson.   He first married Lydia Steward, daughter of Ensign Hugh of Monomoit, about 1700.  She died not long after and he married second Hannah Bassett.   Joseph died in 1732 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.

Joseph’s farm was on the east side of Muddy Cove and extended east to the present road from the old cemeteries over to the lat Rufus Smith’s.  It was part of the old Wiliam Nickerson farm.  There is no record of his death or of his children and no settlement of his estate.  He was living as late at 1732, but does not appear on the tax list of 1755.

7. Joseph BASSETT Sr. (See his page)

8. Sarah Bassett

Sarah’s husband John Nickerson was born 1686 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Joseph Nickerson and Ruhamah Jones. John died in 1722 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.

9. Samuel Bassett

Samuel’s wife Elizabeth Jones was born 1695 in E Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island. Her parents were Josiah Jones and Elizabeth Berry. Elizabeth died in 1742 in Rhode Island

10. William Bassett

William’s first wife Martha Godfrey was born 1689 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Godfrey and Martha Joyce. Martha died 1720 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

William’s second wife Sarah Jenkins was born 15 Nov 1693 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Jenkins and Mary Parker. William and Sarah were dismissed from the Yarmouth to the Barnstable Church, Aug. 1727. Sarah died 1 Nov 1746 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

Sarah Jenkins Bassett Headstone -- Ancient Cemetery Centerville Barnstable County Mass

The findagrave researcher RColbath was just about to give up looking for Sarah’s headstone, when she spotted it laying on the ground, broken, near the edge of the cemetary. It’s difficult to read her last name, but the name Bassett is legible in her husband’s name.




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Joseph Bassett Sr.

Joseph BASSETT Sr. (1680 – 1750) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512  in this generation of the Shaw line.

Joseph Bassett Sr. was born in 1680 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Nathaniel BASSETT and Dorcas JOYCE. He married Susannah HOWES 27 Feb 1707 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. After Susannah died, he married Thankful Hallet 3 Dec 1719 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Joseph died 6 Jan 1750 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Susannah Howes was born in 1682 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Susannah died 27 Feb 1719 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Thankful Hallett was born in 1682 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Hallett and Mercy Howes. Thankful died 12 Aug 1736 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of  Joseph and Susannah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Sarah Bassett 10 Dec 1707
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
William Nickerson
 3 Jul 1736?
2. Joseph BASSETT Jr. 15 Jun 1709
Yarmouth, Mass
29 Mar 1738 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
5 Sep 1833 Barnstable, Mass.
3. Daniel Bassett 11 Nov 1710
Yarmouth, Mass
Elizabeth Crowell
1 Jul 1735 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
 1742 [Date his wife obtained permission to remarry because he had deserted her)
4. Joshua Bassett 13 Sep 1712
Yarmouth, Mass.
Hannah Brimhall
8 Mar 1739
Hingham, Mass
5. Susannah Bassett 22 Jan 1715
Yarmouth, Mass
John Hawes
(Son of Capt. Ebenezer HAWES)
10 Feb 1732 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
6. Samuel Bassett 23 Oct 1716
Yarmouth, Mass.

Children of Joseph and Thankful

Name Born Married Departed
7. John Bassett 14 Dec 1720
Yarmouth, Mass
8. Ebenezer Bassett 9 Jul 1722
Yarmouth, Mass
16 Aug 1723
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mas
9. Thankful Bassett 9 Feb 1724
Yarmouth, Mass
Joshua Brimhall
14 Jun 1750 Barnstable, Cape Cod, Mass.
17 Nov 1759 Hingham, Plymouth, Mass
10. Nathan Bassett 7 Oct 1725
Yarmouth, Mass.
Hannah Hallett
26 Feb 1790 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Desire Taylor
17 Mar 1793 Barnstable, Mass
10 Jan 1806
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass



1. Sarah Bassett

Sarah’s husband William Nickerson was born 1698 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Thomas Nickerson and Mary Bangs.  He first married Oct 1725 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass to Bethia Harding ( b. 1708 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass – d. 1739 in Chatham, Mass).  William died 27 Feb 1759 in Ridgefield, CT.

There is question whether this is the same Sarah Bassett who married William
Nickerson as his third wife in 1747. Her death date is given as 3 July 1736 in the
Bassett family in the following reference.

!Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families by Amos Otis and revised by
C.F.Swift published by The Patriot Press vol. I. page 49.

2. Joseph BASSETT Jr. (See his page)

3. Daniel Bassett

Daniel’s wife Elizabeth Crowell was born 5 Feb 1714 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Seth Crowell and Mercy Nickerson.  On March 20, 1741/42 (seven years after their marriage) in Barnstable County, Elizabeth petitioned the Court for permission to be married a second time because her husband, Daniel Bassett had deserted her. Permission to remarry was given.  She married Hezekiah Marchant.  Elizabeth died 10 Sep 1793 in Hyannis, Barnstable, Mass. and is buried at the South Street Cemetery, Hyannis.

Hezekiah Marchant was born 27 May 1713 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Hezekiah died 19 May 1792 in Hyannis Port, Barnstable Co, Mass.

Elizabeth’s Headstone:

In Memory of
Mrs Elisabeth Marchant
who died Sept’r 10 1793
in ye 81st Year
of her Age

Daniel and Elizabeth had only one son, Daniel, born 7 Aug 1736. Daniel Jr resided at Hyannis, and is the ancestor of the Bassets in that vicinity. He married a daughter of Jabez Bearae, and had sons Joseph, Daniel and Seth. He was a Lieutenant in the Continental Army. Joseph, his son who enlisted as a soldier, but served in the capacity of waiter to his father, was one of the last surviving revolutionary pensioners of the town of Barnstable. He died July 7, 1855, aged 93. He married two wives and was the father of twenty-four children. One of his wives had four children by a former husband, so that in fact there were twenty-eight in his family who called him father.

4. Joshua Bassett

Joshua’s wife Hannah Brimhall was born 1 Aug 1716 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were George Bramhall and Anna Baker. Hannah died 26 Sep 1758 in Hingham, Mass.

Joshua was an ensign in Col. Shubael Gorham’s Regiment in the expedition to Louisburg, in 1745. He married in 1738, Hannah Brimhall of Hingham, and had Sarah, Oct. 28, 1739; Susannah, May 16, 1741; Anna, March 3, 1742-3, and Joshua, Nov. 18, 1744. The latter probably died young.

5. Susannah Bassett

Susannah’s husband John Hawes was born 3 May 1702 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Ebenezer HAWES and Sarah NORTON. John died after 1746.

6. Samuel Bassett

Samuel was a whaleman, died unmarried at the age of 24.

9. Thankful Bassett

Thankful’s husband Joshua Brimhall was born 24 Sep 1722 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were George Bramhall and Anna Bacon (Baker?). Joshua died 17 Nov 1757 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass.

10. Nathan Bassett

Nathan’s first wife Hannah Hallett was born 28 Oct 1729 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Hallet and Abigail Thacher. Hannah died 26 Feb 1790 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Nathan’s second wife Desire Taylor was born 7 May 1732 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Hezekiah Taylor and Mehitable Tobey. She first married 11 Jan 1757 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. to Prince Crowell (b. 28 Aug 1724 in Yarmouth, Mass – d. 1792). Desire died 20 Dec 1796 in Barnstable, Mass.

Nathan lived in the ancient Hallet house, situated nearly opposite the Barnstable Bank. He married first, Hannah Hallet, 1751, by whom he had seven children, and second, Desire, widow of Prince Crowell. He had 1st, John, Nov. 4, 1753, 2d, Thankful, Nov. 3, 1756, who died young; 3d, Joseph, Feb. 13, 1759; 4th, Ebenezer, May 24, 1761 ; 5th, Thankful, Sept. 19, 1763, married Ebenezer Taylor ; 6th, Francis, Jan’y 14, 1766 ; 7th, Joshua, Aug. 7, 1768, father of Capt. Joshua Basset.



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Joseph Bassett Jr.

Joseph BASSETT Jr. (1709 – 1803) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Joseph Bassett Jr. was born in 15 Jun 1709 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Joseph BASSETT Sr. and Susannah HOWES. He married Mary WHELDON  25 Feb 1737 or 29 Mar 1738 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  According to Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families Joseph died 5 Sep 1833 in Barnstable, Mass at the age of 93. The date is probably a misprint for 1803.

Mary Wheldon was born in 1713 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan WHELDON and Mercy TAYLOR. Mary died 15 Jan 1804 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Joseph and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joseph Bassett 23 Dec 1738 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass Thankful Bearse
15 Feb 1760 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Marcy Hall
20 Dec 1781 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
5 Sep 1833 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
2. Mary BASSETT 20 Jan 1744 Yarmouth, Mass Edward STURGIS V
28 Jan 1767 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.
Kennebec, Maine
3. Jonathan Bassett 10 Nov 1746 Yarmouth, Mass. Elizabeth Hallett
13 Jan 1774.
3 Jan 1801 Hallowell, Maine
4. Samuel Bassett 4 Dec 1748 or
26 Mar 1749 Yarmouth, Mass.
Lucretia Crowell
25 Apr 1771 Yarmouth, Mass
Anne Wells
10 Feb 1774 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine



1. Joseph Bassett

Joseph’s first wife Thankful Bearse was born in 1736. Her parents were James Bearse (1692 – 1758) and Thankful Linnell (1696 – 1774). Thankful died 22 Dec 1774 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Burial: Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port

Joseph’s second wife Marcy Hall was born 27 May 1750 in Barnstable, Mass. Marcy died 25 May 1797 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Marcy Bassett Headstone Ancient Cemetery  Yarmouth Port -- Find A Grave Memorial# 28562328

Marcy Bassett Headstone Ancient Cemetery
Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 28562328

Joseph inherited the paternal estate ; married three times. One of his wives was a daughter of Capt. John Bearse, who came over as a revenue officer before the Revolution. He bought the Rev. Mr. Smith’s house, in Yarmouth, where Joseph Basset and Elisha Doane afterwards kept a public house. He had two children who lived to mature age, Susannah, who married the late Elisha Doane, Esq., and Joseph, now [1861] living, unmarried, on the Basset farm.

Children of Joseph and Thankful

i. John Beare Bassett b. 20 Dec 1762 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 9 Jun 1780 Burial: Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port

ii. Susannah Bassett b. 30 Jun 1764 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 2 Jan 1766 Yarmouth,

iii. Sarah Bassett b. 29 Jul 1768 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Aug 1768 Yarmouth

iv. Susannah Bassett, b. 14 Aug 1769, d. Deceased

Child of Joseph and Marcy:

v. Joseph Bassett b. 19 Sep 1785 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 17 Nov 1785 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vi. Joseph Bassett, b. 18 Sep 1785, d. 17 Nov 1785

vii. Joseph Bassett b. 23 Aug 1787; d. 8 Feb 1788

viii. Mercy Bassett, d. Deceased

2. Mary Bassett (See Edward STURGIS V‘s page)

3. Jonathan Bassett

Jonathan and Elizabeth moved to Vassalboro, Maine in 1799.

Jonathan’s first wife Elizabeth Hallett was born 21 May 1754. Her parents were Moses Hallett (1729 – 1809) and Phebe Hamblin (1731 – 1769). Elizabeth died 12 Nov 1802 in Kennebec, Maine.

Jonathan removed with his brother Samuel to Hallowell, Maine.

Children of Jonathan and Elizabeth

i. Phebe Bassett b. 13 Jul 1775 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1 Sep 1864; m. 29 Oct 1797 China, Kennebec, Maine to Randall Clark (b. 1 Sep 1772 Nova Scotia, Canada d. 15 Sep 1862 China, Kennebec, Maine; Burial:  Clark Cemetery, Kennebec)  Randall’s parents were  Edmund Clark (1743 – 1822) and   Rachel J. Coffin  (1749 – 1829).  Phebe and Randall had four children born between 1798 and 1817.

ii. Jonathan Bassett b. 20 Sep 1777 Yarmouth, Mass.; 1793 Virginia

Jonathan died while on a Virginia voyage with Captain John Bassett.

Jonathan’s estate was divided between his brothers & sisters

iii. Mary “Polly: Bassett b. 7 Aug 1779 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 24 Jul 1799 Vassalboro, Maine to Edmund Thacher

iv. Moses Bassett b. 19 Mar 1782 Yarmouth, Mass; d. 5 May 1867 in China, Kennebec, Maine; m. Abagail Clark ( b. ~ 1783 in Maine – d. 27 Dec 1863 China, Kennebec, Maine) Abigail’s father was Andrew Clark.

Moses went to China, Maine in 1799. The farm Moses and Abigail settled is still known as the Bassett place, It is located on the Pond Road midway between East Vassalboro and South China.

1850 Federal Census of China, Kennebec County, Maine (6 Aug 1850)
Moses Bassett 67 M Massachusetts Farmer
Abigail 66 F Maine
Jonathan 44 M Maine Farmer 1600
George 47 M Maine

In the 1860 census, Moses and Abigail were living in in China, Kennebec, Maine

v. Capt. Joseph Bassett b. 17 Mar 1784 Yarmouth, Mass; d. 4 Oct 1821 Kennebec River, Solon, Maine; Burial: Bingham Village Cemetery, Bingham, Somerset, Maine; m. Phoebe Weeks (b. 24 Dec 1786 in Moscow, Somerset, Maine – d. 4 Sep 1863) After Joseph died, Pheobe married Asa Baker ( d. 28 Apr 1847 )

From Vassalboro, Maine, Joseph Bassett moved to China, Maine, and from there, shortly after his marriage to Pheobe Weeks, they moved to Moscow, Maine, where they lived on a farm overlooking Bingham Village, on the east shore of the Kennebec River.

The spring after she lost her husband (1822), Pheobe Weeks Bassett sheared 3 sheep with her house shears because she was not strong enough to use sheep shears; did up the fleeces; tied the bundle behind her saddle; mounted her horse with the baby, Joseph Bassett, in her arms, and followed the bridle path down the Kennebec to the nearest carding mill to get her wool carded into rolls for spinning. She stayed overnight and returned the next day.

In 1823 she married Asa Baker who was the son of Joseph Baker, said to be the first settler in Moscow, Maine. Joseph Baker was very religious and was in the habit of retiring to a small cave in the mountain near his home for a time with his Bible. Pheobe Weeks had a number of children by her 2nd husband, 1 baby being drowned in the Kennebec River. She and Mr. Baker had driven across the ice one spring day to visit a neighbor. Returning at night they were almost on their own interval when the sleigh broke through. The colt jumped for the bank, Mr. Baker clinging to the reins, but Pheobe, wearing a long quilted cape with a
hood, the baby in her arms, was swept out of the sleigh her hood falling back. Mr. Baker grabbed her hair and the colt dragged the couple to safety, but the baby was jerked from her arms and swept under the ice and away. Asa Baker died 28 Apr 1847, aged 69 years.

After Joseph’s death the children, except for the baby Joseph whom his mother took to the Baker farm, were left on the Bassett farm, their mother and Mr. Baker going there every so often to tell them what to do.

The older children refused to take orders from the stepfather, and on 8 Jul 1823, Charles Baker of Moscow, Maine was appointed their guardian, the two oldest children then being minors over 14, while the rest were minors under 14 according to Moscow town records.

vi. Benjamin Bassett b. 11 Oct 1789 Yarmouth, Mass; d. 4 Oct 1821 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 1 Jan 1809 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Thankful Crowell (b. 26 Jan 1766 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts – aft. 1860)

4. Samuel Bassett

Samuel’s first wife Lucretia Crowell was born 11 Apr 1753 in Yarmouth, Mass. Her parents were Jabez Crowell (1721 – 1787) and Thankful Vincent (1722 – 1788). Lucretia died before 1774.

Samuel removed with his brother Jonathan to Hallowell, Maine.

1790 Federal Census of Vassalboro, Lincoln County, Maine
Bassett, Samuel 1-3-5

Children of Samuel and Lucretia:

i. Barnabas Bassett b. 10 Aug 1771 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 7 Mar 1854 in Preston City, New London, CT; m. 12 May 1795 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine to Drusilla “Peggy” Gaslin (b. 2 May 1777 in Vassalboro)

ii. Abigail Bassett b. 3 Oct 1773 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

iii. Samuel Bassett b. 27 Jun 1775 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

iv. Jabez Bassett b. bef. 1790 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. bef. 1859; m. Livonia Nichols (b. 1793 – d.  31 Dec 1859 in Boston, Mass.)   Jabez and Livonia had eight children born between 1831 and 1844.

Jabez Bassett 1812 Service

Jabez Bassett 1812 Service

Livonia divorced Jabez Nov 1854 in Kennebec County Supreme Judicial Court



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