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.
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:
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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>