William Bassett

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William Bassett, son of Roger Bassett and Ann Holland, was born probably shortly before his baptism at St. Martin's, Dorking, Surrey, England, 30 May 1624.1 He died at Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 31 March 1703.1

William married Sarah (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), in 1646.1,2

With his mother and step-father, William Bassett is listed as age 9 on the passenger list for the Abigail out of London, bound for New England, Robert Hackwell, master. No place of origin is shown for these passengers, though it is for others. The list was gathered from 4 May through 10 July 1635, probably near the date of sailing.3

William left a will dated 10 February 1701, and proved 22 May 1703:
In the name of God Everlasting Amen: I William Bassett Senr. of Lyn in ye County of Esex in Newengland being of good & perfect memory & Rationally Disposed And having attained to ye years of a good old age & being very sensable of ye decay of nature & ye many Distempers & Infirmities that do attend my outward (mein? man?) not knowing how soone my great & last chang may come have therefore taken this opportunity to settle ye affaires of my family & so leave this as my last will and testament.

Impr: as for my precious mortall soul I freely resign it to him that gave it & to my Redeemer Jesus Christ which by his precious blood hath ransome my soul from Death. as for my body which is fraile I comend it to ye dust willing a decent Interment thereof suitable to my Rank & quality. Although worms my skin destroy yet in my flesh I shal see God-Amen.

As for the disposall of my outward Estate which God of his Goodness hath given mee - my will is that after my funerall charges & lawfull debts bee paid I bequeathe to my deare & loving wife who hath bin carefull of mee & industrious in her place for ye procurement of what outward Estate I have I bequeath unto her the Improvement of my whole Estate during her naturall life and all the moveable estate in my house which is mine to be at her disposall - as shee shall see cause:

Item: I give to my eldest son willm Bassett all ye housing land meddowes marshes and movables within ye bounds of Lyn township or Elsewhere to bee at his absolut disposall: further it is to bee under stood that my son willm Bassett is to pay out of such Estate all such Legasies as I shall give to ye rest of my children as followeth:

Item: I give to my son John Bassett five pounds in mony:

Item: I give to my son Elisha Bassett fivetie shillings in mony:

Item: I give to my son Samuel Bassett fivetie shillings in mony:

Item I give to my daughter Elizebeth Bassett allias Richards forty shillings in mony:

Item: I give to my daughter Sarah Elwell fortie shillings in mony:

Ittem: I give to my daughter Merriam Sandy fortie shillings in mony:

Ittem I give to my daughter Mary Ruck fortie shillings in mony:

Ittem I give to my daughter Rachel Silsbe fortie shillings in mony:

Ittem I give to my daughter Rebeckah Bassett fortie shillings in mony:

Ittem I give to my daughter Hannah Lille fortie shillings in mony--

and if any of ye above named Children Except my son Willm should dye then to be divided Equaly amongst them all. It is to be understood that these legasies are to be paid within a one yeare after my disease and my wives and my will is that neither str? nor waste be made But to the end foresaid.

Ittom my will is that my son William Bassett bee sole Executtor to this my last will and testament.

Heare unto I have sett to my hand and seale this tenth day of february in the yeare of our 1701. Sighned William Bassett with a seale---

Wittnessed by Before sighning it is to be understood that my son William Bassett is to have my whole Estate as is above mentioned to him & his heirs for ever.

Witnesses: Samuel Johnson, Lois Rogers, Ezekiel Rogers.


Sarah (…)
  • Elizabeth Bassett1 b. say 1647
  • Sarah Bassett+1 b. say 1649, d. aft. 1707
  • William Bassett1 b. say 1651
  • John Bassett1 b. Nov 1653
  • Miriam Bassett1 b. Sep 1655
  • Mary Bassett1 b. Mar 1657/58
  • Hannah Bassett1 b. 25 Feb 1659/60
  • Elisha Bassett1 b. say 1662
  • Samuel Bassett1 b. 18 Mar 1663/64
  • Rachel Bassett1 b. 13 Feb 1666
  • Rebecca Bassett1 b. say 1668
  • Hannah Bassett1 b. say 1670
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  1. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635 (7 vols., Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 1:190-195, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 105, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 143, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.