BASSETT23 was born
between 1595 and 1600 in in or near Sandwich, Kent, England. He died
in Jun 1667 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Mass. He was a REFN:
2254. William came on the Ship Fortune; resided at Duxbury and Bridgewater,
Mass.; was a gunsmith and metal worker. The Bassett family in Sandwich, England
is Huguenot per Barber's "British Family Names"
William is of the Sandwich, England and Bethnal Green, Middlesex line.
The surname appears in 1066--Thurstine de Bassett was Grand Falconer to the
Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. The name is thereafter notable in England
- in the Domesday Book as well as the Battle Abbey Roll. Thurstine built Beaupre
Castle near Cambridge in Glamorgan, Wales, soon after the Conquest, and his son
Ralph was Lord Chief Justice of England under King Henry I. Another Bassett castle
is at Tehidy Park in Camborne, Cornwall; this line had large incomes from mining.
Two Bassetts were among
the King's counsellors at the signing of the Magna Charta. The Leyden, Holland
record indicates that "Pioneer" William Bassett came from Sandwich,
England, a master mason, widower of Cecelia Light. William was Representative,
1640-44; with Gov. Bradford and others he joined in the purchase of Dartmouth
and moved to Bridgewater, Mass. in 1652.
Arriving in 1621, he was one of the "purchasers", first in Plymouth
with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, William, and daughter, Elizabeth, and took
part in the division of cattle in 1627; then resided at Duxbury; then was among
the first settlers and a proprietor of Bridgewater.
"Pioneer" William Bassett was baptised at Stepney, 24 Oct 1600, per
Charles Edward Banks, "The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers"
1971), p.106, who also states that he arrived in America never married and married
there before the land division of 1623!
"The Mayflower Planters" (Balt.: Gen.Pub.Co.) lists William who arrived
on the Fortune in 1621 as married to Margaret Oldham and settled in Duxbury,
an "iron monger from Bethnal, Co. Middlesex," whose father is John
Bassett. Also see the "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families."
(Note: Mary and Elizabeth are often the same name - Mary Oldham may be Elizabeth
Bassett.) Cf. "Plymouth Colony," Eugene Stratton, pp. 242-3; "One
Bassett Family in America," Buell Burdett Bassette (New Britain, Conn.:
1926), pp. 1-10. William BASSETT and Elizabeth NEIL were married about 1622
in Sandwich, Kent, England.
NEIL23 was born about
1603 in Sandwich, Kent, England. She died in 1649/50 in Duxbury,
Plymouth Co, MA. A footnote on "Gen. Notes of Barnstable Families"
presented the inventory of his estate, May 12, 1667, and took
required. The names Mary and Elizabeth were formerly considered
symonymous, and it may be that Mary was not his second wife."
states "His wife was named Elizabeth and it is stated by Judge
that she was probably a Tilden." The proposed Tilden ancestry is
this database. Children were: