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Family Sheet
Name: William Bassett Note Born: 1595 at Sandwich, Kent County, England Married: at London, Middlesex County, England Died: 4 Apr 1667 at Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA Other Spouses: Mary Tilden
Father: William Bassett Mother: Cecilia Light
Name: Elizabeth Tilden Born: 1603 at Bridgewater, Worcestershire, England Died: Abt 1627 at Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA Father: Nathaniel Tilden Mother: Lydia Hatche Huckstepp
Name: William Bassett Born: 1624 at Plymouth Colony, MA Died: 29 Aug 1684 at New Haven, New Haven County, CT Wife: Hannah Dickerman
Name: Nathaniel Bassett Born: 1628 Died: 1709 Wife: Dorcas Joyce
1). WILLIAM1 BASSETT came from England in 1621. The earl i e s t B assett record in England is of Thurstine de Basse t t , wh o ca me from Normandy in 1066, as Grand Falcone r o f Wi llia m th e Conqueror. His name is in the Domesda y Boo k an d in t he Ba ttle Abbey Roll. Thurstine built Be aupr e Castl e, nea r Cowbr idge in Glamorgan, Wales, soo n afte r the bat tle o f Hastings . His son Lord Ralph Bass ett wa s Chief Jus tice o f England , under Henry I 1068 1 135 . T he Bassett s of Engl and are pr obably descended fr om thi s family bu t we have n o records th at show any lin e. The following translation from the records of the c i t y o f L eyden, Holland, where the Pilgrims were then li vi ng , ma y po ssibly refer to William who came in the For tun e , but m ore p robably to his father. On the 19th o f Marc h , 1611, w ere af fianced William Bassett, drayma n or jou rn eyman maso n fro m Sandwich in England, the w idower o f Cec ilia Light , accomp anied by Roger Wilson an d Willia m Brews ter, his fr iends, an d Margaret Butler. The brid e died be fore the thi rd calling , and was inte rred Apr. 9 , 1611. O n the 26th o f July, 1611 , were aff ianced, an d on the 13t h Aug. were ma rried Willia m Basse tt, English man, widowe r of Cecilia Ligh t, accompanie d b y Roger Wils on and Edwar d Southworth, hi s friends, an d M argaret Oldh am, young mai d from England. William Bassett was one of thirty five who came in 1 6 2 1 , i n the Fortune, landing in November. He remaine d i n Pl ym out h until 1638, then went to Duxbury where fo r se vera l ye ar s he and Capt. Miles Standish were altern atel y depu tie s o f the town to General Court. As he wa s rate d one o f th e hig hest on the tax list he must hav e bee n a man o f prope rty. In 1645 the town of Duxbury was granted a plantatio n , t o t h e west, four miles in each direction from a giv e n cen ter . T his was divided between fifty four, who we r e calle d ori gina l proprietors among them were John Al de n, Mile s Stand ish , William Bradford, William Bassett , Wi lliam Co llier, C onst ant Southworth and Christophe r Wadsw orth al l but th e firs t two being Bassett ancest ors. The y paid Ma ssasoit , the fri endly chief of the nei ghborin g Indians, f or thi s land, seve n coats a yard an d a hal f in each coat nin e hatchets, eig ht hoes, twent y knives , four moose sk ins an d ten and a hal f yards o f cotton cl oth. Each settle r ha d a grant of a hous e lo t of six acre s. This was incor porat ed as Bridgewate r i n 1656. The nearest corn mill was at Taunton and they often w a l k e d there carrying their grists on their backs. He became a large land holder and had the largest lib r a r y o wned by any of the Pilgrims. He was a blacksmit h a n d a rmor er. He was a volunteer in the war against the Pequots i n 1 6 3 7 a member of Capt. Myles Standish s Military Com pan y , 16 43. He married, probably in England, Elizabeth ??? , w h o w a s t he mother of his children. When a division of t h e cat tl e o f the colony was made in 1627, the sixth lo t , consis tin g o f the lesser of the black cowes came a t f irst in t he A nn , the bigest of the two steers, and t wo s hee goats cam e t o a company of thirteen persons am ong w hom were W illia m an d Elizabeth Bassett and Willya m Basse tt, Jr., an d Elyz abet h Bassett, Jr., showing the re wer e two childre n at tha t tim e. His wife died before 1650, and he married, after 165 1 , M a r y Tilden Lapham, who was baptized in Tenterden , E ng. , 1 61 0, daughter of Nathaniel Tilden, and widow o f Th oma s Lap ham who died 1648. He had no children by h is se con d wife . H e died in Bridgewater in 1667, betwee n Apr . 3 t he dat e o f his will and May 12the date o f inven tory. H is wido w, M ary, signed a receipt Sept. 16 67, whic h is th e lates t recor d we have of her. In the i nventor y of his p ropert y appear , a pair of bellowes, a n Anvill , a vice, t ongs an d hammer s and coal shovels , a feathe r bed and bols ter an d sheets, o ne other sma l feather bed , 2 pillows , 2 blanket s, 4 guns , 1 buggy, and several b ooks, amon g them being Wilson s D ixonar y, two concorda nces, and m any commentarie s on book s o f the Bible. Late r a highwa y was laid out t o run by o l d Goodm. Bassett s . The la st will and Testa ment o f Willi am Bassett Sen . as dictate d by him on his de at h bed exhib ited to th e court, holdin g at Plymouth th e 1 st day of June , Anno D om. 1667, on th e oath of Willi am Bre tt and John Car ey . The third of th e second mont h Anno Dom . 1667, the la s t will and Testamen t of Willia m Bassett, Se n. being ver y we ak and sick, an d having sp oken to his wife , and said , Wife , I must leav e thee, b ut I shall leave th ee wit h the Lord . If God ha d lengthe ned out my life it mig ht h ave been tha t thou mig htest h ave been more comfortabl y p rovided for. B ut it be ing d emanded of him by one who w a s acquainted wit h his mi n d about the disposition of hi s e state, whether hi s mi n d was as formerly That he woul d giv e his movable goo d s w ith his chattels to his wife , answere d, yes, it wa s hi s m ind and that she should ha ve his hous e and grou nds ti l l she died If she married n ot, and the n he woul d give i t t o his son William, and hi s tools to hi s so n Joseph an d i t being demanded about h is books whic h h e formerly too k car e about, answered h e could not no w d o it. To satisf y as so on as we may. Pr esent then wi th hi m we have set ou r hands a s witnesses t o the abov e writin g so far as we kn ow.

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