Birth: William Bassett was born in England by 1600.
Death: He died in Bridgewater between April 3, 1667, the
date of his will, and May 12, 1667, when his inventory was taken.
Ship: Fortune, 1621
Life in England: Nothing is known of his life in England.
Life in Holland: There was a man named William Bassett,
from Sandwich, who lived in Leiden in 1611. He was a widower, and in
that year married Margaret Oldham.While some historians have identified
him as the same man who emigrated to Plymouth Colony, others believe
that the man in Plymouth was too young to have been a widower by 1611.
Life in New England: William Bassett arrived in Plymouth
in November 1621, most probably with his wife, Elizabeth. He moved to
Duxbury by 1637, and to Bridgewater by 1656. He served on a number of
juries and committees, and was a deputy for Duxbury to the Plymouth
court. He was a blacksmith, and a number of smith’s tools were listed in
his inventory. Interestingly, his inventory also contained a number of
Family: William married (1) Elizabeth _____ by 1623. She
died sometime after 1634. He married (2) Mary (Tilden) Lapham after 1651
and before December 12, 1664. She was still living in Bridgewater on
March 28, 1690.
Children of William and Ellizabeth Bassett: