Parents
  865 John Bassett Mary Unknown
1653- 1735  
Parents
 
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?
   
HUSBAND
785 John Bassett Jr.
b. 1690
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. Before 23 Oct 1758
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Charity Curtis
b. ?
?
d. 1781
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
26 Nov 1712 Marriage Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
     
     
     
CHILDREN:
Ancestor Leaf 640 Rebecca Bassett bp. 14 Sep 1718 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
m.
Robert Harris on 11 Jun 1747in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ? Eight Children: Rebeckah, Robert, Sarah (1), Sarah (2), John, Deliverance, Mason, and William Harris
  William Bassett bp. 14 Sep 1718 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
Not mentioned in his father's will. Probably died young.  
  Sarah Bassett bp. 11 Jan 1917 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
m.
Philip Lewis in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA on 29 Dec 1738 Eight Children: Mary, Sarah, Charity, Rebeckah (1), Rebeckah (2), Deliverance, Philip, and William Lewis
  Charity Bassett bp. 10 Mar 1723 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
m.
John Roles in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA on 7 Jul 1761 "Heirs" are mentioned in her father's will, but no record of their births exists.
  John Bassett III bp. 27 Nov 1726 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
m.
Mary Bubier, b. in 1731 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 6 Jan 1689 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA John was a mariner in Marblehead in 1781. No record of any children.
  Deliverance Bassett bp. 23 Nov 1729 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d.?
m.
Thomas Morgan in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA on 6 Apr 1748 No records of children.
What We Know


Birth: Estimated year, in the Essex Genealogist
Marriage:
Recorded in Massachusetts Vital Records before 1850.
Death:
Estimated according to the date of the granting of administration for his estate.


 John Bassett, son of John and Mary Bassett, was born around 1690 probably in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married Charity Curtis on 26 Nov 1712 in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts. Administration for his estate was granted on 23 Oct 1758. He was a shoreman.

The estate of John Bassett, late of Marblehead, fisherman, was divided as follows: Part of the dwelling house and 1/8 of cow commonage was divided into 3 parts, being as many as we think it can be divided into without prejudicing the whole. No.1 to his only son John Bassett, he to pay 20 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence each to his sisters Sarah Lewis, Deliverance Morgan and Rebecca Harris.

 

No. 2 was settled on Charity Bassett, a daughter of the deceased, and on her heirs, and Charity is to pay her sister Rebecca Harris, 4 pounds 6 shillings 8 pence. No.3 was settled on Rebekah Harris, a daughter of the deceased and now wife to Robert Harris, as final payment of the estate. (The Essex Genealogist, Volume 18, Number 1).

The mention of his son "John" and John's sisters, one of whom is Rebecca Harris, proves the parentage of John and Rebecca, who married Robert Harris. Robert himself signed the documents related to his wife Rebecca's share of the estate.

 

Excerpts from the probate papers of John Bassett's estate

Brick Walls of Knowledge


The biggest mystery of this family group is the genealogical history for Charity Curtis. Her marriage to John Bassett is recorded in the Massachusetts Vital Records. At the same source is recorded the marriage of John Curtis to Margarett Dolliver on 25 Dec 1707. With only four years between the two marriages, it's possible that John and Charity Curtis are siblings.

There were four brothers by the name of Curtis who settled in Massachusetts in the early 17th century: Richard, Thomas, John, and William. Richard is called "the founder of the Marblehead vranch of the family, appears to have been a man of great


importance. He did not remain long in Marblehead, although some of his descendants continued to live there."

Richard had land in Marblehead in 1648, and in the same year, bought land in Scituate and built his house there. (Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 1 by William Richard Cutter). His son Thomas was born in 1659, and he is a possible ancestor of Charity.

 

VITAL RECORDS:

 

OTHER DOCUMENTS:

Below is an article detailing the Curtises who were found in the Massachusetts area in the early days. It offers possible clues as to the ancestry of Charity Curtis.

Below is an example of how genealogical sources may not always have the correct information. The source below is correct except for the wife of John, Jr. His father, also John Bassett, was married to "Mary" unknown.

 

 

 

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