An American Family History

Bassett Family






English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.

History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: Including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscot, and Nahant by Alonzo Lewis, James Robinson Newhall Published by J. L. Shorey, 1865

William Basset was a farmer, and died 31 March, 1703. He had two sons;
William [Bassett, Jr.], who married Sarah Hood, 25 Oct. 1675; and
Elisha, whose wife's name was Elizabeth [daughter of John Collins].

His descendants remain. [He lived on Nahant street, on land which is still (1863) in possession of his descendants. He married Sarah, daughter of Hugh Burt, who died in 1661. He was an ensign in the company of Capt. Gardner, of Salem, in the Indian war, and was at the "swamp fight." For his services, the General Court made him a grant of land. Capt. William Bassett, supposed to be the same individual, was one of a council of war, with Major Benjamin Church, at Scarborough, Me. 11 Nov. 1689. His name often appears in the oldest town records of Lynn, where, in 1691, he is called Quartermaster Bassett. He died 31 March, 1703.

His son William [Bassett], who married Sarah Hood, as stated above, by Mr. Lewis, succeeded to the estate. This Sarah [Hood Bassett] was the same person spoken of under date 1692, as having been imprisoned for witchcraft. He also had a daughter Elizabeth [Bassett], who married John Proctor, of Danvers, who was executed for witchcraft. She was condemned, but pardoned. She had a second husband, named Richards.

His children, besides those named, were
Sarah, who married Thomas Elwell, of Gloucester, in 1675, and in 1701 lived in Salem county, N. J.;
Rebecca; John, born in 1653;
Miriam, b. 1655;
Mary, b. 1657, who was also imprisoned for witchcraft, in 1692;
Hannah, b. 1660, who married John Lilley, of Woburn;
Samuel, b. 1664; and
Rachel, b. 1666, who married Ephraim Silsbee.

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).

The indigenous population in the United States before the arrival of Europeans included many distinct tribes and languages
Colonial Maryland
Colonial New England
Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watauga Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

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