950 William Bassett Sarah Unknown
1865 - 1927  
865 John Bassett
b. Sep 1653
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. Before 9 Feb 1736 (Will proved on that date)
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Mary Unknown
b. ?
d. ?
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
By about 1687 Marriage Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  Sarah Bassett b. About 1687 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
Samuel Fortune on 27 Oct 1707 in in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ? Five children: Samuel, Sarah, Deborah, John, and Rebeckah Fortune
Ancestor Leaf 785 John Bassett b. About 1690 probably in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. bef 1758 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Charity Curtis on 26 Nov 1712 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Six children: Rebecca, William, Sarah, Charity, John and Deliverance Bassett
  Hannah Bassett b. About 1693 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
Richard Pearse on 22 Sep 1713 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Five children: Abigail, Richard, John, Hannah and Deborah Bassett
  William Bassett b. About 1696 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Mary ? in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Shoreman; One son John who died early.
  Michael Bassett b. About 1698 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Huldah Hood Fisherman and Shoreman. Six Children: John, Hannah, Mary, Michael, Content, and Abigail Bassett
  Deborah Bassett b. In Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1. Nicholas Andrews before 1730 and widowed before 1737; 2. Joshua Kimball 7 Apr 1737 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Six children: Nicholas and William Andrews; Daniel, Deborah, John, and Joshua Kimball
  Abigail Bassett b. In Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
_______ Andrews before 1735; widow in Marblehead in 1759 Unknown
  Merriam Bassett b. In Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Thomas Fryer on 25 Dec 1729 in Marblehead; still living in 1757 Unknown
What We Know

Birth: Estimated. No known record.
Marriage: Estimated. No known record of his wife's name, although the name "Mary" is published in several sources.
Death: Verified by the date of the proving of his will.
Parentage: We see John mentioned in his father's will.

In the Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B, located at the New England Historical Genealogical Society, we learn a little about John. "John Bassett, son of William and Sarah Bassett, was born in Sep 1653 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was a cooper by trade, and a shoreman, with his residence in Marblehead, Massachusetts. His wife was Mary."  (A cooper is one who makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs).

Little is known of John and his family. He moved from Lynn, where he was born and grew up, to Marblehead, and from the records of his children, it appears he relocated there as a very young adult. He was married before the witchcraft trials in which two of his sisters and his brother's wife Sarah were brought to trial and imprisoned. In the aftermath, as noted in the history of his father, he and William joined the Quaker Church. That might explain why better birth records are not available for the children born after this time (the Quakers apparently did not believe in keeping records).

According to Benjamin Shurtleff in The History of the Town of Revere (Boston: 1937), we know from real estate records that John Bassett and his brother William Jr. bought 20 acres of salt Marsh and upland or pine Land from Hugh Floyd for £90. They bought 13 acres more on the Pine River on 22 May 1725.

Of his children, we know that his oldest daughter Sarah married Samuel Fortune, and together they had several children.



His first son John is our direct ancestor. He married a woman named Charity Curtis, and they had six children, the oldest of whom (Rebekah) married Robert Harris.

His daughter Hannah married Richard Pearse, and we know of five children from this union. Richard had two brothers who married Elizabeth and Mary Merritt, daughters of 870 Nicholas and Elizabeth Ashton Merritt.

His son William was also a shoreman, and he married a woman named Mary, who survived her husband and married a man named Wills. The only child of which there is a record is a son John, who apparently died young without children of his own.

John's son Michael married a woman named Huldah Hood, and we have no knowledge of children from this marriage.

John and Mary's daugher Deborah married first Nicholas Andrews, and had two boys with him (Nicholas and William Andrews (wigmaker) before he died a few short years later. She married a wigmaker, Josiah Kimball. From his will, we know that Josiah and Deborah together had Daniel (a fisherman), Deborah (wife of cordwainer Benjamin Hawkes), John (wigmaker in Cumberland, Maine), and Joshua (a tanner).

His will was dated 16 Jan 1735 and proved 9 Feb 1736, so we know he died in between those two dates.   His wife Mary is not mentioned in his will, so we assume that she died before his will was drawn.

Brick Walls of Knowledge

Many pieces of information about John Bassett are missing (such as his wife's name); however, the Bassett family has been much researched, and I doubt that any further verified information will be forthcoming.

A note of caution: Sidney Perley published considerable research about Marblehead and her families. He published a genealogy for


the William Bassett family in the Essex Antiquarian. Much of his information was accurate; however, he placed our ancestor John Bassett, Jr. (son of this John Bassett) as the son of Michael Bassett and Hulda Hood. I discussed this by e-mail with Jeff Bassett of who has done considerable research on all the Bassett families, and he and I are in agreement that the genealogy as shown here is probably the correct one.




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