Very little is known about Roger Bassett, who married Ann Holland and died shortly after their son was born. It is assumed that he was their only child. Amateur genealogists have tried to associate both Roger and his wife Ann to British royalty, but I have found no authenticated (or even likely) connection.
Ann Holland Bassett married Hugh Burt sometime after 3 Oct 1628 when his previous wife Ursella was buried. Hugh (35) and Ann (32) Burt registered for passage on the Abigail with Hugh’s son Edward (8) and Ann’s son William (age 9 and the only Bassett on board ) on 17 Jun 1635. The Abigail sailed from England to Massachusetts in that year. Hugh Burt, Jr. at age 15 was registered on 1 July 1635 by Shipmaster Robert Blackwell for the same passage. Other researchers have concluded that the ages given on the log may have been incorrect by a few years since Hugh Burt, Sr. according to Salem Court records, should have been about 44 years of age at the time.
The Burt family settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Hugh Burt’s name appears among the original inhabitants of Lynn, who were given land in 1638. He received 60 acres, and was known as a "husbandman" (farmer).
We will give some details of Ann's second husband Hugh Burt as it is with him that she spent the majority of her adult life. Hugh was baptized in Dorking, Surrey, England on 9 Aug 1590, and was the son of John Burt. He married Ursula (surname unknown) by 1614, when their first child's baptism was recorded. The baptismal dates of his children follow:
Alice, 26 Dec 1614. No further record for Alice can be found.
John, 5 Jan 1616; buried in Dorking 27 Jan 1637 (in the burial record, he is explicitly called "John Burte, son of Hughe.") He was eighteen when other members of the family sailed for New England, and he apparently chose to remain behind.
William, 2 May 1619; buried in Dorking 16 May 1619.
Hugh, 21 Oct 1621; m. by 1647 Sarah Johnson, daughter of John Johnson of Roxbury, Massachusetts). Their eldest known child was born in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts on 21 Jul 1647).
Ursula, ? Dec 1623; buried Dorking 25 Oct 1628.
Edward, 9 Jul 1626; m. by 1657 Elizabeth Bunker, daughter of George Bunker. Their eldest know child was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts 28 Sep 1657.
Stillborn child, buried Dorking 2 Oct 1628.
It's important to note that there is no record of a daughter Sarah born to Hugh and Ursula Burt. Unverified sources record that Ann's son William Bassett married Sarah Burt, the daughter of his step-father Hugh; however, no Sarah accompanied them on the ship to America, and no record of her birth can be found. Another man by the name of Burt was present in the Massachusetts area in these early days, and it's possible that William married this Burt's daughter, but again, there are no authenticated records of this relationship.
A little of the lives of Hugh and Ann Burt after they arrived in Massachusetts can be gleaned from the various court records of the time. Ann was sued on 25 Sep 1638 by Isaac Disberoe of Lynn. Hugh Burt answered for her in her absence, and neither the charge nor the outcome were recorded. Hugh Burt of Lynn countersued Isaac Disberoe on 24 Sep 1639. The case was continued until December, but again the outcome was not recorded.
Ann was in trouble again in Dec 1643 when "Auld Churchman of Lynn" was presented for living without his wife for seven or eight years, and "for having the wife of Hugh Burt locked with him alone in his house". A few months later on 4 Aug 1644, Hugh Burt appraised the estate of this same Hugh Churchman, in whose will Burt's son Edward was bequeathed 10 shillings.
John Poole sued Hugh Burt and Robert Mansfield on 9 Jul 1644 for "taking away his arms". And on 4 Aug 1646, "Hugh Burt the elder" was admonished for "sleeping in time of service." (Church service?)
On 26 Mar 1661, Hugh Burt, then aged 70, deposed that he had lived in Lynn about 25 years and remembered the purchase of land by Richard Longley.
In Nov 1661, Hugh Burt was expected in court to witness against Hugh Dickman for absence from public ordinances, but the court noted he did not come because "Hugh Burt was dead."