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Roger Bassett


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  • Name Roger Bassett 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 3F847BC1369B264FB51CC2EB7E5D949ED00B 
    • The immigrant ancestor of the Bassett family of Lynn, Massachusetts and Salem County, New Jersey, was William, who came to New England at the age of 11 in 1635. His parents, Roger Bassett and Ann Holland, were married in St. Martin's Church, Dorking, County Surrey, England, on 27 Apr 1623. The marriage record still exists there, as does the baptismal entry on 30 May 1624 for William, who apparently was their only child.
      After the early death of her husband, Ann (Holland) Bassett married Hugh Burt. The marriage took place sometime after 3 Oct 1628, the day of burial of Ursellah Burt, Hugh's first wife.
      Hugh Burt, his wife Ann, William Bassett and Edward Burt registered as passengers on the ship "Abigail" 17 Jun 1635. The family settled in the colony of Massachusetts Bay. Hugh Burt's name is found among the original inhabitants of Lynn who were given land in 1638. He received 60 acres.
      William Bassett is said to have married, about 1646, Sarah Burt, the daughter of his stepfather, Hugh. No mention of her thus far has been found in ship passenger lists, nor is her baptism recorded with other of Hugh's children in St. Martin's Church. Early histories of Massachusetts mention the wife of William Basset of Lynn, stating that she was Sarah Burt, daughter of his stepfather. William and Sarah lived on Nahant Street, and this property was owned by their descendants when the History of Lynn, by Lewis and Newhall, was published in 1865.
      During the Indian wars William Bassett was an ensign in Captain Gardner's company from nearby Salem. Later he became a captain. For his services in this capacity he was awarded by the General Court a grant of three acres 128 poles of land. In Lynn and Essex County records he was called "Quartermaster". He served many times on the jury for trials in the Quarterly Court, was a constable of Lynn, a selectman, and was among those citizens who signed for the purchase of land from the Indians in 1686. In 1669 he was a member of the Council of War with Major Benjamin Church of Scarborough, Maine.
      All his children were born in Lynn, Massachusetts and were all living at the time William Bassett made his will 10 Feb 1701. William Bassett died 31 Mar 1703. The date of Sarah (Burt) Bassett's death is not known.
    Person ID I2  4B William Bassett of Lynn, Massachusetts
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2012 

    Family Ann Holland 
    Married 27 Apr 1623  St. Martin's Church, Dorking, County Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. William Bassett,   c. 30 May 1624, Dorking, County Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1703  (Age ~ 78 years)
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