Captain William Bassett of Lynn Massachusetts is my 10th great-grandfather. He is also a 3rd great-grandfather of Cornelius Garrison and a 4th great-grandfather of Eleanor Garrison. William was born May 30th 1624 in Dorking, County Surrey, England. His parents are Rogers Bassett and Ann Holland, they were married in St. Martin’s Church, Dorking, County Surrey, England, on April 27th 1623. The marriage record still exists there, as does the baptismal entry on May 30th 1624 for William, who is apparently was their only child. William is the ancestor of The Bassett Family of Lynn Massachusetts and Salem County, New Jersey. Father of Elizabeth Proctor and Sarah Elwell.
William’s family was deeply affected by the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trails, 11 of his family members was involved.
(This is just crazy! No wonder why my ancestor Sarah Bassett bolted after the trail. but she stayed in touch)
The will of Capt. William Bassett Sr. of Lynn Massachusetts
Proved and allowed 22 May 1703:
“In the name of God everlasting Amen: I William Bassett Senr. of Lyn in ye County of Esex in Newengland being of good & perfect memory & Rationally Disposed And having attained to ye years of a good old age & being very sensable of ye decay of nature & ye many Distempers & Infirmities that do attend my outward (mein?) not knowing how soone my great & last chang may come have therefor taken this opportunity to settle ye affaires of my family & so leave this as my last will and testament. Impr: as for my precious mortall soul I freely resign it to him that gave it & to my Redeemer Jesus Christ which by his precious blood hath ransome my soul from Death. as for my body which is fraile I comend it to ye dust willing a decent Interment thereof suitable to my Rank & quality. Although worms my skin destroy yet in my flesh I shal see God – Amen. As for the disposall of my outward Estate which God of his Goodness hath given me – my will is that after my funerall charges & lawfull debts bee paid I bequeathe to my deare & loving wife who hath bin carefull of mee & industrious in her place for ye procurement of what outward Estate I have I bequeath unto her the Improvement of my whole Estate during her naturall life and all the moveable estate in my house which is mine to be at her disposall – as shee shall see cause: Item: I give to my eldest son willm Bassett all ye housing land meddowes marshes and movalbes within y bounds of Lyn township or Elsewhere to bee at his absolut disposall: further it is to bee under stood that my son willm Bassett is to pay out of such Estate all such Legasies as I shall give to ye rest of my children as followeth: Item: I give to my son John Bassett five pounds in mony: Item: I give to my son Elisha Bassett fivetie shillings in mony: Item: I give to my son Samuel Bassett fivetie shillings in mony: Item: I give to my daughter Elizebeth Bassett allias Richards forty shillings in mony: Item: I give to my daughter Sarah Elwell fortie shillings in mony: Ittem: I give to my daughter Merriam Sandy fortie shillings: Ittem: I give to my daughter Mary Ruck fortie shillings in mony: Ittem: I give to my daughter Rachel Silsbe fortie shillings in mony: Ittem: I give to my daughter Rebeckah Bassett fortie shillings in Mony: Ittem: I give to my Hannah Lille fortie shillings in mony — and if any of ye above named Children Except my son Willm should then to be divided Equaly amongst them all. It is to be understood that these legasies are to be paid with-in a one yeare after my disease and my wives and my will is that neither str? nor waste be made But to the end foresaid. Ittom my will is that my son William Bassett bee sole Executtor to this my last will and testament. Heare unto I have sett to my hand and seale this tenth day of february in the yeare of our 1701. Sighned William Bassett with a seale–Wittnessed by Before sighning it is to be understood that my son William Bassett is to have my whole Estate as is above mentioned to him & his heirs for ever.”
Samuel Johnson, Lois Rogers, Ezekiel Rogers.
Note: William’s daughter Elizabeth Proctor has remarried to Daniel Richards of Lynn, Mass on September 22, 1699, after the Salem Witch Trails of 1692
The Immediate Family Members of Capt. William Bassett Sr. of Lynn, Mass. and Sarah Burt