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William Bassett and Elizabeth Tilden

William BASSETT. (Basset). [Our Basset Ancestors], [PC T3-9].
Born probably in 1600 (S6).

Said to be the son of William BASSETT and Cecily LIGHT.
While it is possible that the William Bassett of Leiden in 1611 was the father of the immigrant to Plymouth in 1621, but there is no evidence directly favoring this hypothesis. (S10).

It is said that he was christened on 24 October 1600 in Stepney, Middlesex, England. (S10). (per Charles Edward Banks, "The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1971), p.106).
No DNA evidence has been found to link William Bassett in Plymouth to the Bassetts in Kent. William Bassett of Lynn is connected through DNA to the Bassetts in Kent, but not William Bassett of Plymouth. (S9).
Nothing is known of his life in England. There was a man named William Bassett, from Sandwich, who lived in Leiden in 1611. [This was William Basset who married Cecily Light]. While some historians (see Wikipedia) have identified William Basset of Leiden as the same man who emigrated to Plymouth Colony, others believe that the man in Plymouth was too young to have been a widower by 1611.

William Bassett arrived in Plymouth in early July 1621 aboard the ship Fortune, Thomas Barton, master.
The Fortune, the second ship to arrive at Plymouth, was sent by the Merchant Adventurers, the same group that financed the Mayflower. It arrived unexpectedly and without significant supplies, thus further stressing the colony. Upon return to England, the Fortune was carrying £500 of cargo to pay off the Pilgrims' debt, but it was captured by the French en route.
Sailed: 9 Aug 1621 from London, England under Master Thomas Barton
Arrived: 9 Nov 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, shortly after the first Thanksgiving

The Adventurers were a group of businessmen who ventured capital into the Plymouth settlement in the expectation of great profits. The settlers got one share in the company for each man and woman above the age of sixteen. The Adventurers, some of whom were undoubtedly of Separatist or at least Puritan persuasion themselves, were nonetheless hard-nosed entrepreneurs, and they obtained one share in the company for each £10 they invested to transport and provision the settlers. (S1). William Bassett married (1) Elizabeth (Tilden?). It is not known if William married Elizabeth in Plymouth or before emigrating. It is thought that she probably arrived in New England with William. (S6). If so, she could have been one of the 7 out of 35 Fortune passengers unaccounted for. It is apparent that they were married at least before 1623 since William drew 2 acres in the 1623 Division of Land in Plymouth.
It is also said that the records of the "Fortune", which arrived in Plymouth, MA in 1621, show William Bassett with one other family member, presumably his wife.
It is also said that William arrived Unmarried, but that he married in Plymouth before the land division of 1623. (per Charles Edward Banks, "The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1971), p.106).
William was a blacksmith and armorer.

In the 1623 Division of Land in Plymouth, William Bassite drew 2 acres that lye beyond the first brook to the wood westward. Today this home lot would be located on the west side of Main Street about 400 feet north of the Samoset House on the westerly side of Court Street.

Willm Basset was one of the 55 Plymouth names in the 25 October 1626 list of Purchasers for £1,800 of all the said stock, shares, lands, marchandise, and chatles which had belonged to the Adventurers. This list was an important one for, in general, these people were privileged above all others in future land grants in the colony.

At a publique Court held the 22th of May [1627] it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowe, & the Goates should be equally divided to all the psonts of the same company & soe kept untill the expiration of ten yeares after the date above written:
The sixt lott fell to John Shaw & his companie Joyned:
1. to him
2. John Adams
3. Eliner Adams
4. James Adams
5. John Winslow
6. Mary Winslow
7. Willm Basset
8. Elizabeth Bassett
9. Willyam Basset Junor
10. Elyzabeth Basset Junor
11. ffrancis Sprage
12. Anna Sprage
13. Mercye Sprage
To this lot fell the lesser of the black Cowes Came at first in the Ann wth which they must keepe the bigest of the 2 steers. Also to this lott two shee goats.

In July 1627 an agreement was entered into by the citizens of New Plymouth for a monopoly in the trade of beaver skins and other commodities. There were 30 signers to this, William Bassett being one and William Palmer another.

In 1628 William Bassett, William Palmer and Samuel Fuller signed a covenant between the Colony of New Plymouth in N.E. of the one party and William Bradford, Capt. Miles Standish and Isaac Allerton and such others as they shall take as partners & undertakers with them of the other party.

William was a deputy for Duxbury to the Plymouth court. (S6).

On 25 Mar.ch 1633 According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of or Soveraigne lord Charles --- the p’sons here under menconed were rated for public use, to be brought in by each p’son as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vis p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing. In this list there were 88 names, William Bassett being the fortieth with a rate of £1/07/-. Only five citizens of Plymouth paid a higher tax than William. He also was rated at £1/07/- on the 27 Mar. 1634 list.

Under the heading, the Names of the Freeman of the Incorporacon of Plymouth in New England, An: 1633 is a list of 68 freemen, the 28th name being William Basset.

On 1 July 1633 the Court issued 20 grass mowing orders. The one to William Bassett read That Will Bassett mow at the ende of his owne ground.

On 2 March 1635-1636 Will Bassett was one of the jury of 12 men to enquire after the death of John Deacon.” They reported: “Having searched the dead body, we finde not any blowes or wounde, or any other bodily hurt. We finde that bodily weakenes, caused by long fasting & wearines, by going to & fro, with the extream cold of the season, were the causes of his death.

On 7 March 1636-1637 Willm Basset was listed 32nd in a list of 123 men in The Names of the Freemen.

On 20 March 1636-1637 there were 36 hay mowing orders issued for Plymouth, Eele River & Duckbury. One read: To Francis Sprage and William Basset, the same hey ground they had the last yeare; and that Mr. Brewster have that which was not cutt by them the last yeare.

About this time William Bassett and his family removed to Duxbury. This was at least by 1637. (S6).

On 2 May 1637 At a Court of Assistants, an agreaement was reached, that the heigh wayes, both for horse, cart and foote, shalbe as followeth :… the heighway leadeing from Xpofer Wadesworths to be continued through Francis Sprague and Willm Bassets, being his garden or orchard to the east side. Also, we allowe a heighway from the cutt betweene Willm Bassets & Francis Sprage, to goe to Ducksborrow towne; the heighway to be continued from Willm Bassets garden or orchard through John Washburnes ground to Willm Palmer’s gate.

Bradford Govnor, The xxiiijth of June Anno Dui 1637. Anno Carot R Angl C:xiijo: William Bassett of Ducksburrow hath in writing under his hand & Seale freely remitted and released unto Mr. Raph Partridg of the same all his Right and title into so much of the lott of his land lying in Ducksburrow aforesaid as is now enclosed by the said Mr. Partridg To have & to hold the said land to the said Ralph Partridge his heires and Assignes forever & to their onely pp use & behalfe.

On 2 January 1637-1638 Francis Sprague was fined 6 shillings & 8 pence for beating William Halloway (fined 5 shillings), late servant of William Basset. Witness: William Halloway.

On 5 March 1637-1638 At a Court of Assistants, William Basset was deposed to the last will and testament of William Palmer, the elder deceased. He had witnessed the will 7 November 1637 and taken the inventory 13 November 1637.

On 7 May 1638 William served on a committee to admit newcomers to Duxbury.

On 3 September 1638 At a Court of Assistants, Mr. Collyer, Jonathan Brewster & Wm Basset are to lay out some land grants on Greenes Harbour River. The job was reported completed on 28 October 1640.

On 4 March 1638-1639 Mr. Alden, Willmm Bassett, and Joshua Pratt are appoynted to view & lay forth Mr. Partrich lande.

On 6 April 1640 Willm Bassett, of Duxborrow, is granted one hundred acres of upland, with meddow conveynient to be layd to yt, lying betweene the lands graunted to Mr Comfort Starr and the Beaver Pond, & to begin at the creeke by the iland of there aboute, and Mr Alden, to be added to Mr. Collyer, Mr Patrich, and Jonathan Brewster, to view it and lay it forth.

On 1 June 1640, At the Genall Court, under the heading Committees for the sev Townes, Willm Bassett and Xpofer Waddesworth were the deputies for Duxborrow. William Bassett was re-elected in 1643, 1644, 1645 and 1648. Capt. Myles Standish served with him in 1644 and John Alden during the last three terms.

On 6 June 1643 Mr. David Offley was ordered to pay William Bassett, planter, xli for the trouble of bringing him to Court as a juryman when no action had been entered.

In a 1643 List of 76 Freeman in Duxborrow age 16-60, both Wm Bassett Sen and Jun were listed.

William was a blacksmith, and a number of smith’s tools were listed in his inventory. (S6). On 27 February 1643-1644 John Atwood of New Plymouth, gent, had in his inventory 1 broken peece at Wm Bassetts. Presumably it was a metal piece awaiting repair at the blacksmith shop in Duxbury.

On 6 March 1648-1649 William Basset of Duxbery, Seni, having been presented at the General Court holden at Plymouth aforesaid, the 4th of October, 1648, for not mending of guns in seasonable time, acording to order of Court, is fined for his neglect heerin five shillings.

On 9 June 1650 Edmund Weston of Duxburrow, administrator of the estate of Tho. Howell, bricklayer, dec’d., sold to John Barker of Marshfield a parcel of land in Marshfield, beyond the South River and bounded videlect from the marked tree of William Bassetts the Iland or necke of Land lying in the mersh on the south side of the said tree; and the Meaddow Land lying before the said Iland beginning att the homack wher William Bassett leaves; to the head of a Cove.

He married (2) Mary (Tilden) Lapham after 1651 and before December 12, 1664. (S6).

On 3 June 1652 Wm Bassett Senior of Duxborrow hath freely given unto his son in law Leiftenant Perigrine White forty acares of upland on which the said leiftenant White now liveth. William was the Duxbury constable at that time.

On 7 March 1652-1653 William Bassett and Mr. [John] Howland jointly held one share as Dartmouth purchasers.

On 9 June 1653 William Bassett Senior, for neglecting to publish and make knowne an order directed to him from the counsell of warr, prohibiting provisions for being transported out of the collonie, is fined ten shillings. This would indicate that he was constable of Duxbury at this time.

William and his family removed to Bridgewater probably as early as 1655 (S?), but at least by 1656. (S6).

On 16 June 1656 I William Basset senir of Duxburrow now liveing Att Bridgwater for Divers Reasons …. Doe give up all my proper and whole Interest in my land lying upon the South River …. Unto my two sonnes there liveing viz. Perigrine White and Nathaniell Bassett.

On 12 March 1656-1657 Its agreed upon by the Towne of Bridgewater that there shall be five woulfe traps made & completely finished, the first two traps by Goodman Bassett.

Willam Bassett, Senir was one of ten in a List of Freeman in Bridgwater ca. 1658.

In his 12 December 1664 will, Timothy Hatherly mentioned William’s wife, Mary (Tilden) Bassett. Lydia Tilden, Mary’s mother, had married (2) Timothy Hatherly. (S1).

On 8 November 1666 William Bassett, blacksmith, of Bridgewater sold to John Sprague of Duxbury, husbandman, for £40 four lots of upland containing fourscore acres and five acres of meadow, with dwelling house, cowhouse, stable, barn, outhouse, orchard and garden.

On 3 April 1667 William Bassett on his death bed dictated his will. (S6).
The last Will and Testament of William Bassett senr exhibited to the Court holden att Plymouth the fift Day of June Anno: Dom 1667, on the oathes of Mr. William Brett: and John Carey.

William died in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, between 3 Apr. and 12 May 1667.

On 12 May 1667 an inventory was taken of the moveable goods of William Bassett of Bridgewater deceased. (S6). It was exhibited to the Court called at Plymouth the fift Day of June 1667. Mary the Relect of the above said William Bassett tooke oath to the truth of this inventory this 25 of May 1667 before me Thomas Hinckley Assistant. William Bassett Junir was appointed administrator of the estate on 5 June 1667.

A number of smith’s tools were listed in his inventory. His inventory also contained a number of theological books. (S6).

WIFE (S1):
Elizabeth (TILDEN?)
The publication Gen. Notes of Barnstable Families (S2), states: His wife was named Elizabeth and it is stated by Judge Mitchell that she was probably a Tilden.

It is postulated that her maiden name was Neil (S1), but a source is not given.

Elizabeth appeared in no record after 1627, but it is noted that her last child Joseph was born about 1635. She therefore died probably sometime between about 1635 and 1650, and probably at Duxbury.

CHILDREN of William Bassett and Elizabeth (Tilden):
  1. William Bassett, Jr.. [Familytree]. Born about 1624 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (S6). In August 1643 Wm Bassett Jun, in Duxboro, age 19, was listed as a male able to beare Arms. He was one of 80 in the Duxboro list. William settled in Sandwich in 1644. He and James Skiff came from Duxbury. William was a trader and licensed to draw wines. On 24 Feb. 1652 William Bassett was one of the jurors appointed to lay out a road from Sandwich to Plymouth. William married Mary Rainsford (Raynsford) about 1652 in Boston, Massachusetts. (S6). Mary was born 1 June 1632 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary was christened on 17 June 1632. On 2 March 1657-1658 the Plymouth Colony Court authorized William Bassett, the cunstable of Sandwich, to confiscate the property of delinquent taxpayers. About 1661 William Bassett was superseded by Marshall Barlow as constable of Sandwich. William was fined £10/- for spreading false reports of the marshal. George Barlow had been assessing fines and penalties upon theQuakers. On 2 June 1662 Willam Bassett’s name appeared on a list of 32 who were granted land as being the first borne children of the goument. In 1665 William Bassett & Richard Bourne were appointed to view and purchase some lands desired by Edmund Freeman & Thomas Butler, lying towards Saconeesett. On 5 June 1667 Tres of adminnestration were graunted unto William Bassett, Junir, to adminnester on the estate of William Bassett Senir, deceased. Wm Bassett held right #19 to undivided lands in the town of Bridgewater in 1668. This right very likely represented a former holding of his father. The land was not actually distributed until 5 February 1682-1683. Before then William sold the right and it was then held by Isaac Harris. On 2 June 1669 William confirmed land to his youngest brother, Joseph Basset of Bridgewater. On 28 October 1669 William Bassett signed a bond along with Syseliah Fish and Stephen Skiffe. William died on (29 May-S6)(10 June-S?) 1670 at Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Mary Bassett, widow of William, was appointed administrator of his estate on 11 August 1670. On 9 August the inventory had been determined by Mrs. Mary Bassett to amount to £184/10/-. Mary died on 12 April 1694 at Falmouth, Massachusetts.
  2. Elizabeth Bassett. Born about 1626 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (S6). She was named (Elyzabeth Bassett Junor) in the 22 May 1627 Division of the Cattle. She married (1) Thomas Burgess, Jr. on 8 November 1648 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. (S6). On 10 June 1661 Elizabeth divorced Thomas after he was brought to court for an act of uncleanness with Lydia Gaunt. This was the first divorce in Plymouth Colony. (S6). This was perhaps the first divorce in Plymouth Colony. The Court decree gave Elizabeth one third of Thomas’ property and 40s worth of bed and bedding that are at William Bassetts. She may have married (2) William Hatch. She died in 1670 in Swansea, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Thomas died after 1687. Elizabeth resided at Sandwich. There is no record of children.
  3. Nathaniel Bassett. [Familytree]. Born (about 1628-S?)(about 1630-S6) in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married (1) Dorcas Joyce (before 1652-S?)(about 1661-S6). Dorcas was a daughter of John Joyce and Dorothy (Cochet/Crotchet) of Yarmouth. Nathaniel lived first in Marshfield, then in 1684 in Yarmouth. (S6). Dorcas was born ca. 1640 in Yarmouth, and died on 10 June 1707 in Yarmouth. On 2 March 1651-1652, Nathaniel Basset and Joseph Prior, for disturbing the church of Duxburrow on the Lord’s day, were sentenced each of them to pay twenty shillings fine, or the next towne meeting or training day both of them to bee bound unto a post for the space of two hours, in some public place, with a paper on their heads on which theire capital crime shall be written perspecusly, soe as may bee read. Nathaniel Bassett took the Oath of Fidelitie at Duxborrow in 1657. He was a constable at Yarmouth. He resided there near the first meeting-house. He married (2) Hannah (S6) about 1661. (S?). [Dates don't work]. He died intestate on 17 January (1709-1710-S?)(1710-1711-S6) in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Hannah died in 1709-1710.
  4. Sarah Bassett. Born (about 1628-S6)(in 1630-S?) in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She married (Captain) Peregrine White before 6 March 1648-1649. (S6). Peregrine was born about 7 or 10 December 1620 aboard the Mayflower in Cape Cod Harbor at what is now Provincetown; the first white child born in New England. Peregrine’s parents were William & Susanna White. William White died 21 Feb. 1621 in Plymouth. Susanna married (2) Edward Winslow 12 May 1621. About 1638 the Winslows with young Peregrine and his older brother Resolved moved to Green Harbor, now called Marshfield, Massachusetts There the Winslows established what was almost a feudal manor, naming it Careswell, a large estate later occupied in part by Daniel Webster, who was buried there in the old Winslow Burying Ground. Peregrine’s mother, Susanna, was buried there in 1680. In her later years Peregrine visited her daily. He made these visits on a black horse and wore a coat with buttons the size of silver dollars. In the 1627 Division of Cattle the third lot fell to Capt. Standish and his companie joyned to him: 2. his wife Barbara Standish 3. Charles Standish 4. Alexander Standish 5. John Standish 6. Edward Winslow 7. Susanna Winslow 8. Edward Winslow 9. John Winslow 10. Resolued White 11. Perigrine White 12. Abraham Peirce 13. Thomas Clarke To this lot fell the Red Cow wch belongeth to the poore of the Colonye to wch they must keepe her Calfe of this yeare being a Bull for the Campanie. Also to this lott Came too she goats. On 7 June 1636 Peregrine White was one of 30 voluntaries to join with those of Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut to fight the Pequot Indians. On 27 Sept. 1642 Peregrine was appointed auncinet-bearrer (i.e., ensign) of the “train band” (i.e., Town company). The Court had met to provide defensive and offensive war measures against the Indians under Miantinomo who had been reported to be preparing to kill all the English in the Land. On 23 Oct. 1643 Peregrine White of Marshfield sold to Mannasses Kempton of Plymouth land at Eel River given him the previous year by his step-father Edward Winslow. Peregrine’s brother Resolved witnessed the deed. On 6 March 1648-1649 Peregrine White and his wife Sarah, both of Marshfield, were fined for fornication before marriage. In 1649 Peregrine White and William Holloway were indicted for fighting. On 3 June 1652 Wm Bassett senior of Duxborrow hath freely given unto his son in law Leiftenant Perigrine White forty acares of upland on which the said leiftenant White now liveth. Recognition of Peregrine as the first English child born in New England was given on 11 Oct. 1655 when in Respect that hee was the first of the English that was borne in these ptes …… The Court have graunted unto him two hundred Acrees of Land Lying and being att the Path that goes from Bridgwater to the bay adjoyning to the Bay line. On 16 June 1656 Peregrine received from his father-in-law, William Bassett, Sr., lands lying on the South River in Scituate. Apparently Peregrine resided in Marshfield all his life except for a brief period around 1656 when the above deed places him in Scituate. On 2 June 1662 Leiftenant White’s name appeared on a list of 32 who were granted land as being the first borne children of this goument. In June 1662, Leiftenant Perrigrine White and William Bassett were included in a list of 10 men granted 100 acres each. According to a graunt of the Court bearing date June, 1662 and by Court order bearing date 1671, Leiftenant Peregrine White and John Nelson layed out one thousand acrees of land, lying neare the Old Indian Way att Teticutt River, about a mile westerly, where Namassakett River runs into Teticutt, and soe runs easterly, marked by the river syde, ten lots of one hundred acres in a lott, running halfe a mile in length southerly, and one hundred lotts in breadth. On 28 November 1671 Peregrine White & Ephraim Little witnessed the will of Ralph Chapman of Marshfield. On 27 January 1671-1672 Peregrine White & Philip Lenard took the inventory of the estate of Ralph Chapman, Sr., late of Marshfield. When his eldest son was to be married, Peregrine not only deeded to “son Daniel White of Marshfield in consideration of his intended marriage my dwelling, barn, outhouses and lands in Marshfield and a share of the enlargement recently granted, from the day of my decease,” but he also provided for his own wife and daughters: except I died before Sarah my wife, she may enjoy the new end of my dwelling …. Daniel shall pay to my two daughters Sarah and Mercy White £20 each when they are 18 or marry. The deed was dated 19 August 1674 and acknowledged the same day. In 1675 Peregrine’s half-brother Josiah Winslow bequeathed to Peregrine his Spanish rapier and buff belt with silver clasps. Peregrine was a Justice of the Peace in June 1688. He was admitted to the Marshfield Church: Capt. Peregrine White the first born Child of New England born November 1620 was admitted into this Church May 22 1698 In the 78th year of his age. Peregrine died 20 July 1704 in Marshfield. The Boston Newsletter of 31 July 1704 carried the following obituary: Marshfield, July, 22 Capt. Peregrine White of this Town, Aged Eighty three years, and Eight Months; died the 20th Instant. He was vigorous and of a comly Aspect to the last; Was the Son of Mr. William White and Susanna his Wife; born on board the Mayflower, Capt. Jones Commander, in Cape Cod Harbour, November, 1620. Was the First Englishman born in New-England. Altho’ he was in the former part of his Life extravagant; yet was much Reform’d in his last years; and died hopefully. Sarah died on 20 January 1711-1712. (S6).
  5. Ruth Bassett. Born (about 1633-1634-S?)(about 1634-S6). She married (1) John Sprague (by 1655-S6)(on 8 June 1655-S?) in Duxbury, Massachusetts. John was born ca. 1635, the son of Francis & Anna Sprague. Ruth’s parents, Wilm & Elizabeth Bassett, were in lot #6 along with ffrancis & Anna Sprage at the time of the 1627 Division of Cattle.According to Goodwin, Francis Sprague was licensed as an inn-holder in Duxbury. He continued to be so until 1666, though often before the court. He killed Hatherly’s mare, beat Bassett’s servant, drank “overmuch,” sold liquor illegally, etc. In 1669 he was succeeded by his son [i.e., John] who was much like him. John spent hours in the stocks for highly misdemeaning himself in the house of James Cole of Plymouth, near unto or on the evening before the Sabbath Day, in drinking gameing, and uncivill reveling, to the dishonor of God and the offense of the govment, by his gameing and bringing his mare uncivilly into the parlour of James Cole aforesaid. On 27 Apr. 1661 Francis Sprague of Duxbury deeded his dwelling house and land to his son John with the provision that John would not take possession until his father’s death. On 3 May 1664 John Sprague was granted also his father’s land at Namskakett (Middleborough). On 8 Nov. 1666 John Sprague of Duxbury, husbandman, for £40 bought land from his father-in-law. John & Ruth lived in Marshfield. John died 26 March 1676 in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, presumably from wounds suffered 19 Dec. 1675 in the Great Swamp Fight of King Philip’s War. In 1683 widow Ruth Sprague registered an agreement with her son John Sprague whereby John acquired a small parcel of land which was formerly his grandfather Bassett’s land. A descendant of John & Ruth Sprague was Sir Winston Churchill. Ruth married (2) [-?-] THOMAS (S6). Ruth died between 22 March 1693-1694 and 1 January 1700.
  6. Joseph Bassett. Born (about 1632-S6)(about 1635-S?). Joseph moved to West Bridgewater with his parents ca. 1655. He had sixt acors of upland for a garden next unto his Father running in length North & South. He also had 20 acres of upland being at Mattfield. He married (1) his step-sister Mary Lapham (about 1658-S?)(about 1660-S6). Mary was born ca. 1641 in Scituate, MA, died in 1676. Her mother, Mary (Tilden) Lapham, married (2) William Bassett, Sr. about 1651. On 3 July 1668 it was agreed to lay a foundation for a Ware to catch the Alewifes (i.e., herring) herein the Towne River & yt Joseph Bassett & his companie is to lay and make the foundation of the ware at Satuccut to catch the Aleifes there and the Town is to se them paid for it. As a Bridgewater proprietor in 1668, Joseph held right #41 for a planned distribution of land four miles from the center of Bridgewater but the actual distribution was not made until 5 Feb. 1682-1683. On 1 June 1669 Joseph Bassett was sworn in as constable of Bridgewater. On 2 June 1669 William Bassett of Sandwich …. The eldest son and heir of William Bassett sometimes inhabitant of … Bridgewater … now deceased confirmed to Joseph Bassett of Bridgewater my youngest brother land in Bridgewater granted him by his father in his lifetime but not legally confirmed. On 7 June 1670 Joseph Bassett and Robert Latham were named “Surveyors of the Highwaies” for Bridgwater. On 8 July 1670 It was agreed upon by the Towne mett together that the Cedar Swamp shall be all laid out. Joseph Bassett was one of those who weare to be paid for their paines by their severall Companies. Joseph married (2) Martha Hobart on 16 October 1677 at Hingham, Massachusetts. (S6). Martha was christened on 1 June 1647 in Hingham 1 June 1647. Martha was the youngest daughter of Edmund & Elizabeth Hobart of Hingham. Joseph died in 1712. (S6).

WIFE (S2):
Mary Tilden.
Christened in 1610 in Tenterden, Kent, England; daughter of Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep.

Mary Tilden married (1) Thomas Lapham.

Mary (Tilden) Lapham married (2) William Bassett, after 1651 and before December 12, 1664. (S6). Mary’s mother, Lydia (Huckstep) Tilden, had married (2) Timothy Hatherly in 1642. He died in 1664, leaving £5 to his step-daughter Mary, wife of William Bassett, Sr.

Mary Tilden (Lapham) married William Bassett about 1651.

Mary was living in Bridgewater on 28 March 1690. (S6).


William Bassett and Elizabeth Tilden
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