Immigration: 1621
Note: on the ship “Fortune”.

Land: In the 1623 Plymouth land division “William Bassite” received two acres as a passenger on the Fortune in 1621

Living: Settled first in Plymouth, Massachusetts, then Duxbury by 1637, and finally Bridgeport by 1656, a town in which he was an original proprietor.

Occupation: Blacksmith
Note: the first five lines of his inventory included blacksmith’s tools, including a pair of bellows, an anvil, a vice, tongs and hammers and coal shovels, and “all the rest of the smith shop” items).

1st Marriage: By 1623 (and probably by 1621) to Elizabeth _____, probably also a passenger on the Fortune in 1621; she appears in no record after 1627, and may have died soon after the birth of the last child about 1634, or she may have lived until just before William Bassett married his second wife.

Birth of Son: ABT 1624
Name: William Basset

Birth of Daughter: ABT 1626
Name: Elizabeth Basset

Land: In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle, the sixth company included William Basset, Elizabeth Basset, William Basset Jr. and Elizabeth Basset Jr.

Birth of Son: ABT 1630
Name: Nathaniel Basset

Birth of Daughter: ABT 1628
Name: Sarah Basset

Birth of Daughter: ABT 1634
Name: Ruth Basset

Freeman: Plymouth list of freemen, among those admitted before 1 January 1632/3

Birth of Son: ABT 1632
Name: Joseph Basset

Taxes: Assessed £1 7s. in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634

Note: On 1 July 1633, 14 March 1635/6 and 20 March 1636/7 William Bassett was ordered to “mow at the end of his own ground”

Office: Plymouth coroner’s jury, 2 March 1635/6

Freeman: also in freeman list of 7 March 1636/7

Office: Plymouth petit jury, 7 March 1636/7, 2 January 1637/8, 6 March 1637/8, 4 June 1639, 3 September 1639

Note: He was known to have a large library, which indicates he was an educated man of some means. Inventory included more than twenty books listed by title, mostly theological, valued at £9 18s.

Military: 1637
Note: Volunteered for the Pequot War.

Land: On 23 June 1637 William Bassett of Duxbury released to Mr. Ralph Partridge “so much of the lot of his lands lying in Ducksborrow aforesaid as is now enclosed by the said Mr. Partridg” [PCR 12:18-19], and again on 7 November 1637 a similar agreement was reached regarding land released to William Leverich and Ralph Partridge

Office: committee to admit newcomers to Duxbury, 7 May 1638

Office: Plymouth grand jury, 5 June 1638, 6 June 1654

Office: committee to lay out land, 3 September 1638, 7 January 1638/9, 4 February 1638/9, 4 March 1638/9, 31 August 1640, 5 October 1640

Freeman: In Duxbury portion of freeman list of 1639

Office: committee on bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield, 2 March 1640/1

Land: On 6 April 1640 Plymouth Colony granted to “William Basset of Duxburrow” one hundred acres of upland with “meadow convenient” [PCR 1:144, 146].

Office: Duxbury deputy to Plymouth court, 2 June 1640, 6 June 1643, 29 August 1643, 5 March 1643/4, 7 June 1648

Office: Council of War for Duxbury, 27 September 1642

Note: In Duxbury portion of 1643 list of men able to bear arms

Court: On 6 March 1648/9 William Bassett was fined 5s. “for not mending of guns in seasonable time,” and on 9 June 1653 he was fined 10s. “for neglecting to publish and make known an order directed to him from the council of war, prohibiting provisions for being transported out of the colony” [PCR 2:137, 3:36]. On 9 August 1655 and 10 June 1661 the colony treasurer received payment of fines by William Bassett [PCR 3:93, 8:104].

Land: William Bassett and Mr. [John] Howland jointly held one share as Dartmouth purchasers, 7 March 1652 [MD 4:187, citing PCLR 2:1:107].

2nd Marriage: After 1651 and before 12 December 1664 Mary (Tilden) Lapham, daughter of Nathaniel Tilden, widow of Thomas Lapham [see TIMOTHY HATHERLEY]; she was living at Bridgewater as late as 28 March 1690 [ Bassett Gen 6, citing BridTR 1:320].

Office: Duxbury constable, 3 June 1652

Land: On 3 June 1652 William Bassett of Duxbury gave to “his son-in-law Leiftenant Perigrine White” forty acres of upland with the meadow adjoining [ MD 1:96, citing PCLR 2:1:5].

Office: committee to lay out highways

Land: On 16 June 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” [MD 10:25-27, citing PCLR 2:1:177-78].

Freeman: In Bridgewater portion of freeman list which has been dated in 1658

Land: On 8 November 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; William Bassett acknowledged the deed on 7 November 1666, and on 5 November 1666 “Mary Bassett the wife of William Bassett Sr. … of Bridgewater” consented to the sale [PCLR 3:66, with dates in the unlikely order as given].

Will: On 3 April 1667 William Bassett Senior made a nuncupative will, bequeathing the movables to his wife, and the house and land to her during her life, after which it was to go to his son William’s son, and bequeath~ing his tools to his son Joseph, and “being demanded about his books which he formerly took care about, answered he could not now do it” [MD 16:162, citing PCPR 2:2:37].

Death: 1667 Bridgeport, Massachusetts

Inventory: His inventory was taken 12 May 1667 and totalled £123 2s. 6d. (which included no land, but did include his blacksmith’s tools and more than twenty books) [PCPR 2:2:37-38]. On 5 June 1667 letters of administration were granted to William Bassett Jr. on the estate of William Bassett Sr. deceased [PCR 4:155].

Parents are unknown

Elizabeth ?

Parents are unknown

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