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2096. Nathan BASSETT23 was born in 1667 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He died on Nov 16, 1743 in Chilmark, Martha's Vinyard, Mass. He was a blacksmith. According to the Banks History of Martha's Vineyard, he resided originally in Sandwich and Falmouth Massachusetts, removing to Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard about 1694. He was a blacksmith and in all deeds is called "gentleman". He married Mary Huckins, daughter of
John and Hope (Chipman) Huckins [daughter of Hope (Howland) Chipman, and granddaughter of John Howland of the Mayflower] of Barnstable [Cape Cod] about 1690. He established his residence on his purchase near Abel's hill.

By occupation he ws a blacksmith, and he carried on his smithing in a shop near his house. Parson Homes said of him, "he was one that feared God and was peaceable and industrious," and this character he maintained throughout his long life. His public services were of a modest nature being chosen surveyor of highways in 1713, 1718-21, 1724-6, 1736, and fence viewer on several occasions. He was an invalid for a long time, being a sufferer from palsy before his death which occurred Nov. 16, 1743, in the 77th year of his age. He was a man of large influence and a benefactor to the church of Chilmark donating to it a site for its location in 1724 on Abel's hill.

His will January 31, 1740 was probated January 29, 1743 and the inventory of his estate showed property to the value of L256-18-8. It will be noted that husband and wife made their wills on the same day and died within eight days of each other, both being over three-score and ten years of age. [This last is untrue from the dates given, perhaps eight months was meant?] Nathan BASSETT and Mary HUCKINS were married on Oct 2, 1690 in Barnstable.

2097. Mary HUCKINS23 was born on Apr 3, 1673 in Barnstable, Mass. She died on Nov 8, 1743 in Chilmark, Martha's Vinyard, Mass. "An unusual Death's Head was carved for Mrs. Mary Bassett who
died in 1743. Above the blank-eyed skull is an empty hourglass,
also with wings, indicating that time had run out for Mrs.
Bassett. Banks indicates that Mary Huckins Bassett was "a woman
of strong intellect and deep religious character." He also says
that she left a manuscript account of her experiences for the
benefit of her children, but unfortunately it hasn't been
found." June 18, 1976 Directory edition, Vineyard
Gazette, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Children were:

1048

i.

Samuel BASSETT.

ii.

William BASSETT23 was born on Dec 17, 1702 in Chilmark, Martha's Vinyard, Mass. He was a Blacksmith. Wm Bassett b 1702 m Anna Mayhew (both came on the FORTUNE).
Children: Nathan, Nathaniel b 1727, Barachiah b !732, Fortunatus b
1742. He married Sarah Bassett b 1747, a cousin --- both b in
Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, MA. The family moved to upper NY state
after the Am Rev. This William's parents were Nathan and his mother
was Mary Huckens....8/6/07 email from "Mary Gravelle" <mollyandcarlg@comcast.net>

iii.

Ruth BASSETT.

iv.

Cornelius BASSETT.

v.

Mary BASSETT.

vi.

Elizabeth BASSETT.

vii.

Nathan BASSETT.

viii.

Barachiah BASSETT.

ix.

John BASSETT.

x.

Hope BASSETT.