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William Bassett

Male Abt 1596 - 1667  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name William Bassett 
    Born Abt 1596  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Apr 1667  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Between 3 Apr 1667 and 12 May 1667  Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I14062  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2020 

    Family Elizabeth,   d. Aft 1634 
    Married Bef 1623  [3
    Children 
    +1. Nathaniel Bassett,   b. Abt 1630,   d. 16 Jan 1710, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    Last Modified 14 May 2018 
    Family ID F8768  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He came to Plymouth in 1621 on the Fortune. At Duxbury by 1637, then Bridgewater by 1656.

      He is widely said to have served as a volunteer in the Pequot war, but Robert Charles Anderson has shown that this is probably a misconception caused by a defect in the index to the first volume of published Plymouth Colony records. He did, however, serve in numerous offices in Duxbury, including the 27 Sep 1642 council of war.

      He was a blacksmith and sometime gunsmith. He was clearly literate; his inventory included more than twenty books, most of them theological in nature. In a sad note, when he made his nuncupative will, he "being demanded about his books which he formerly took care about, answered he could not now do it."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    2. [S4384] George Eldridge, Hydrographer, and Eliza Jane His Wife: Their Ancestors and Their Descendants by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1982.

    3. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., "(and probably by 1621)".