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John “Old” Bassett

Also Known As: "John “Old Bassett”"
Birthplace: England
Death: between February 15, 1652 and February 21, 1653 (61-68)
New Haven, New Haven Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margery Bassett
Father of Robert “the Drummer” Bassett; Mary Baldwin; Anna Webb; Sarah Bassett and Elizabeth Finch

Occupation: Carpenter
Immigration Year: Before 1639
Managed by: Private User
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About John “Old” Bassett

John “old Bassett” Bassett was born say 1589/ 90, probably in England, and died between 17 Feb. 1652 (will date) and 21 Feb. 1653 (will proved) at New Haven, New Haven Colony. He was buried in the Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.


Unknown. Parents seen as Robert Bassett & Joan Bassett without supporting evidence. Disconnected Oct 2018. FindAGrave has Birth: May 17, 1589 Claybrooke Magna, Harborough District, Leicestershire, England without citations.Geni previously had Birth: May 17, 1589 Heyshott, Sussex, England without citations.



John Bassett, with his wife Margery, located in New Haven, Connecticut in 1642/1643. He was sometimes called "Old Bassett" in the records. He, with his son, Robert, was a committee to repair the fence and gate towards the farms, 18 Aug 1645. "Old Bassett" and Henry Peck were appointed by the town to set the great guns. John Bassett and Robert, his son, were appointed a committee to repair the meeting house.
Listed in Margery Bassett's will are her son Robert Bassett, Mrs. John Webb, Mrs. John Emery, and Elizabeth Bassett.

From JOHN BASSETT OF NEW HAVEN, CT contact info on site

1. JOHN BASSETT was born say 1585/1590 probably in England. He died on 15 Feb1653 in New Haven, CT.1

John Bassett lived in Boston MA and New Haven, CT. He came to New Haven fromBoston with Mr. Eustice who had secured employment for him with Mr. Goodyear butJohn was found to be too old and feeble to do the work that Goodyear wanted done. John eventually found work mounting the cannon at the fort and repairing the old church building.2
John Bassett and his son Robert were in New Haven by 1639 where they served on acommittee for the repair of the meetinghouse 3 John & his son Robert took the Oath ofAllegiance 5 Aug.1644 4 He lived at what was eventually 43-63 George St. and was a carpenter.5 In 1646 he had paid his transportation money of 11 pounds 7 shillings.6 On 3 Nov. 1646 John purchased a house and two lots of land in New Haven from Lt.Robert Seely.7 On 10 Mar 1646-47 John Bassett had the third seat on the other side ofthe door in the men's section of the New Haven meetinghouse.8 Sister Bassett, probably John's wife, had the fourth seat on the side in the woman's section.9
John Bassett's will was dated 17 Feb. 1652 and was proved 21 Feb. 1653. He lefteverything to his widow and after her death to son Robert Bassett. The will waswitnessed by Richard Miles and John Harriman. Richard Miles, John Harriman & Thomas Munson took an inventory on 21 Feb. 1653 and the estate amounted to 69pounds 9 shillings10 The widow Margery Bassett before removing from New Haven toStanford, CT declared the inventory correct11


JOHN married MARGERY. Margery was born say 1590/1595 probably in England. She died in 1656 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT.

Her will is dated 5th of the 4th month 1653 and was proved upon oath May 1656.12 She
gave her house and homelot to her son Robert (born England) and personal estate to the eldest four of her children John Emery, John Webb, Sarah & Elizabeth Bassett. Bedding, linen & clothes were to be divided between Goodwife Emery & Goodwife Webb. Robert Bassett was to care for Elizabeth Bassett not yet of age 13

JOHN and MARGERY had the following children:14(may not be complete)

  • + 2 F i. MARY BASSETT.
  • + 3 F ii. ANN BASSETT was born about 1620 and died on 26 Aug 1667.
  • 4 F iii. SARAH BASSETT.
  • + 5 F iv. ELIZABETH BASSETT was born about 1638 and died before 22 May 1688.
  • + 6 M v. ROBERT BASSETT died about 1670.


From the profile for William Basset, of New Haven

William Bassett of New Haven, Connecticut who died 1684 has no relationship to William Basset of Sandwich or William Bassett of Lynn. This is proven by DNA. The descendants of William Bassett of New Haven, Connecticut have a Y chromosome match to John Bassett of Connecticut who died 1652. The most logical explanation was that John was his father. But he could have simply been from the same lineage. Their DNA also matches the Bassetts of Claybrooke, Leicester, England. Note there are at least 12 different Bassett lineages based on DNA.

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John “Old” Bassett's Timeline

Probably England
December 21, 1617
Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Probably England
England or, New Haven, New Haven County, Colonial America
October 8, 1638
New Haven, New Haven Colony, Colonial America
February 15, 1652
Age 63
New Haven, New Haven Colony, Colonial America
Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States