William Bassett, Esquire (1656 - 1721) MP

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Birthplace: Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Occupation: Captain; Hon. Judge
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About William Bassett, Esquire

Hon. William Bassett was born 1656, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, and died 29 Sep 1721, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.

Parents: Deacon William Bassett (b. abt 1624-1670) and Mary Rainsford (1632-1689).


  1. on 9 Oct 1675, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA to Rachel Williston (abt 1657-1744). She was the daughter of Thomas Williston.

Children of William Bassett and Rachel Williston:

  1. Mary Bassett b 20 Oct 1676, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.
  2. Rachel Bassett b 25 Oct 1679, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.
  3. William Bassett b 1680, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.
  4. Jonathan Bassett b 31 Dec 1682, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA., d 13 Dec 1683.
  5. Nathan Bassett b 1 Mar 1685/86, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.
  6. Thankful Bassett b 1687.
  7. Jonathan Bassett b 1690, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.


Third successive William Bassett of this line was the "Hon. Judge" William Bassett of Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Being but fourteen years of age when his father died, guardianship was granted to Mr. Hinckley, later Governor of the Colony. William Bassett attained considerable distinction in the colony. In addition to serving as a captain in the militia and member of the war council in 1689, he became a judge of the superior court of Massachusetts from 1710-1715, also serving as chief marshall of Plymouth colony from 1689-1692. He was stated to be "the most distinguished of any of the name in Massachusetts." and his gravestone is marked "Here lies ye body of Colonel William Bassett, Esq. who departed this life Sept. the 29th 1721 in ye 65th year of his age. He was a gentleman of great worth and usefulness. Blessed are the dead that dye in the Lord."



ANC: The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, ongoing research project under the auspices of NEHGS, profile of immigrant William Bassett; GL: Massachusetts, 1620-1930 Local and Family Histories, History of the Town of Duxbury, First Settlers, p 66, 70; Bassett-Preston Ancestors, by Belle Preston, 1930, pp 23-27; Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, Signers of the Mayflower Compact, p 103-104.

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William Bassett, Esquire's Timeline

Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
October 9, 1675
Age 19
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
October 20, 1676
Age 20
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
October 25, 1679
Age 23
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
November 23, 1680
Age 24
Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, USA
December 31, 1683
Age 27
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
May 1, 1685
Age 29
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 31
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
September 29, 1721
Age 65
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts