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WILLIAM BASSETT (d. 1667) of Plymouth and Bridgewater
There was a William Bassett who was married to Cicely Lecht. [Ref] He intended (19 Mar 1611) to marry Mary Butler in Leyden, but she died before the wedding. [Ref] He married second Margaret Oldham on 13 Aug 1611 in Leyden. [Ref] 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. [Ref]
William died between 3 April 1667, when he wrote his will, and 12 May 1667, when inventory was taken. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Unknown. [Ref] Elizabeth was alive when she received land in the 1627 division. William married Mary (Tilden) Lapham, the daughter of Nathaniel Tilden and widow of Thomas Lapham, after 1651 and before 12 Dec 1664. [Ref] She was living at Bridgewater as late as 28 March 1690 [Ref].
William came to New England on the Fortune in 1621. [Ref] He received three lots of land beyond the fort to the wood west in the 1623 Plymouth land division. [Ref][Ref says that he received two acres.] William, his wife Elizabeth and his children, William and Elizabeth, were in lot six of the 22 May 1627 Plymouth cattle division. [Ref]
William was a freeman in Plymouth before 1 Jan 1632/3. [Ref] He is in the Duxbury section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref]
On 2 Jan 1632/3 and on 2 Jan 1633/4 the General Court asked the colonists to pay taxes, in grain or the equivalent. [Ref][Ref] William was assessed relatively high taxes in the first year and relatively low taxes in the second year. [Ref]
William Bassett and his son-in-law Peregrine White volunteered to serve in the 1637 Pequot War under Lieut. William Holmes. [Ref]
William was on the Plymouth coroner's jury on 2 Mar 1635/6. [Ref] He was on the Plymouth petit jury five times between 7 Mar 1636/7 and 3 Sep 1639. [Ref] He was the Duxbury deputy to the Plymouth court five times between 2 Jun 1640 and 7 Jun 1648. [Ref] He was on the committee to lay out land six times between 3 Sep 1638 and 5 Oct 1640. [Ref] He was on the committee to admit newcomers to Duxbury on 7 May 1638. [Ref] He was a freeman in Duxbury in 1639. [Ref] He was on the Plymouth grand Jury on 5 Jun 1638 and 6 Jun 1654. [Ref] He was on the committee on bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield on 2 Mar 1640/1. [Ref] He was on the council of war for Duxbury on 27 Sep 1642. [Ref] He was the constable in Duxbury on 3 Jun 1652. [Ref]
On 6 Apr 1640 he was granted 100 acres of upland. [Ref]
William was a blacksmith of Bridgewater at the time of his death. [Ref]
On 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. [Ref]
His inventory included twenty books, mostly theological. [Ref]
Children of William Bassett and Elizabeth Unknown
Parents: William Bassett and Elizabeth Unknown
Nathaniel Bassett was born about 1628. [Ref][Ref "say 1630"] He died on 16 Jan 1709/10. [Ref] He married Dorcas Joyce, the daughter of John Joyce [Ref] and Dorothy (Cochet) Joyce, about 1661. Dorcas was born about 1640 and died on 10 Jun 1707. [Ref]
Children of Nathaniel Bassett and Dorcas Joyce:
Parents: Nathaniel Bassett and Dorcas Joyce
Hannah Bassett married Joseph Covell of Monomoy on 1 Mar 1703/4 in Eastham. [Ref, 3;180]
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