Bassett Ancestors: Voyage on the “Truelove” and “Jamestown Massacre”
"Thomas Bassett arrived in America in 1635 via the
ship Truelove. I don't know if he was the first Bassett (in my line)
in this country or what his relationship is to the Massachusetts
Source: Information regarding two William Bassett's in:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I and
VA Magazine Vol I
"Name: William Bassett, son of William Bassett, "yeoman," of Newport,
in Isle of Wight, England, had seen military service; came to
Virginia prior to 1665, when he was made commander of the workmen
employed in building a fort at Jamestown; was paid 10,000 pounds of
tobacco for his services; acquired a large estate on the upper parts of the York River, he purchased a Plantation from Sir Phillip Honeywood, known as "Langston Plantation. He died in 1672,
leaving a son, William Bassett, of "Eltham," New Kent county, member
of the council, by Bridget Cary, daughter of Capt. Miles Cary."
Name: William Bassett, of "Eltham," New Kent county, Virginia, was
son of Col. William Bassett and Joanna Burwell, his wife; was member
of the assembly of 1742-1747, but died in 1744, before the
termination thereof. He married Elizabeth Churchill, daughter of Col.
William Churchill, and was father of Burwell Bassett (q. v.).
Name: William Bassett of "Eltham," New Kent county, was a son of Capt. William Bassett of
the same county and was born in 1670. He was a member of the house of
burgesses from New Kent in 1692, 1696, 1702 and probably in the
On May 22, 1702, Edmund Jennings and John
Lightfoot certified that
Col. William Bassett, who was elected Burgess for New Kent,
"was tendered the oaths for burgess and
returned the following answer,
'I have already in several
qualifications testified my allegiance to King William's government
by taking the oaths &c.; but I am now informed, and fully satisfied
that he is dead, and therefore I think myself obliged both in
prudence and conscience to decline taking ye oaths to him at this
On May 14, 1702, the Queen appointed him a member of the
council of Virginia and he was present at sessions of that body until
April 15, 1708. Within a few years Bassett desired to retire from the
council and wrote to England to that effect, stating that neither his
health nor his private affairs would permit him to attend. This,
after some delay, was granted.
Bassett seems to have made too
high a record as an official to be allowed to remain long in
retirement. In 1711, he was returned to the council, but declined
to accept as he was not restored to his former position in that body.
On March 11, 1714-15, he was again included in a commission to the
councilors and this time took his seat, attending regularly the
sessions until his death in 1723."
III--Colonial Councilors of State
Generation No. 1
"WILLIAM BASSETT was born about 1590 in England and died 1624 in
Jamestown, Virginia. He married ISABELLA about 1615 in England.
Notes for WILLIAM BASSETT
WILLIAM and ISABELLA had been in the Virginia Colony less than a
month when he died in the Jamestown Massacre.
On 22 Mar 1623/24: The Record of the Virginia Company of London notes
that: Wm Bassett was one of the massacred by the savages of Virginia.
Notice to be given to his family in England, "to the end that Heyres
(Heirs) may take heed for the property: College People (about 2 miles
from Henry City, Va.) Copy filed under Va Prob. or Land and Prop.
Child of WILLIAM BASSETT and ISABELLA is:
i. THOMAS BASSETT, b. 1617, England; d. before 1659, York, Virginia
Generation No. 2
THOMAS BASSETT (WILLIAM BASSETT1) was born 1617 in England and died
about 1655 in York, Virginia. He married MARY about 1642. She was
born about 1622 in England and died January 1677/78 in York,
Notes for THOMAS BASSETT
Sailed on the "Truelove" which departed London June 10, 1635 bound
for Barbados and the Sommers Islands. Living in York County,
Virginia in April 1639.
Notes for MARY BASSETT
After THOMAS died, MARY married WILLIAM FELGATE who died in 1660.
MARY and WILLIAM had no children. MARY married as her third husband,
CAPTAIN JOHN UNDERHILL and had four children by him: JOHN, JANE,
NATHANIEL, and MARY.
Children of THOMAS BASSETT and MARY are:
i. WILLIAM BASSETT, b. about 1643, York County, Virginia; d. before May
1724, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia
ii. MARY BASSETT, b. about 1645
WILLIAM BASSETT was born unknown and died unknown. He married ANNE.
Child of WILLIAM BASSETT and ANNE is:
i. WILLIAM BASSETT, England; d. about 1671/72, Virginia
WILLIAM BASSETT (THOMAS BASSETT2) was born about 1643 in York County,
Virginia and died before May 1724 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent
County, Virginia. He married ANNE. She was born about 1645.
NOTES: Is listed as being Sheriff of New Kent County in 1699 and
Vestryman for St. Peter's Parish (Churchwarden in August 1700). This
information was taken from an article in The Virginia Magazine of
History and Biography, Vol. I (January 1894), No. 3, pp. 229 and 235.
Children of WILLIAM BASSETT and ANNE are:
i. THOMAS BASSETT, b. about 1668, New Kent County, Virginia; d. April
20, 1720, New Kent County, Virginia
ii. (PHEOBY) ANNE BASSETT, b. about 1670, New Kent County, Virginia; m. (1) THOMAS MOORE; m. (2) CHARLES BOSTICK
iii. URSULA BASSETT, b. between 1670 - 1673, New Kent County, Virginia; d.
iv. MARY BASSETT, b. between 1672 - 1673, New Kent County, Virginia; d.
1724; m. JOHN BAUGHAN
vi. JOHN BASSETT, b. between 1675 - 1682; m. ELIZABETH
vii. ELIZABETH BASSETT, b. July 4, 1676, New Kent County, Virginia; d.
October 4, 1738; m. JOHN HOWLE; d. 1741
viii. FRANCES BASSETT, b. between 1676 - 1678; d. after 1733; m. ROBERT
WILLIAM BASSETT (WILLIAM BASSETT2) was born unknown and died about
1671/72. He immigrated to America about 1665. He married BRIDGET
CARY in 1670 in Virginia, daughter of CAPTAIN MILES CARY and ANNE
TAYLOR. She was born 1652 and died unknown.
Child of WILLIAM BASSETT and BRIDGET CARY is:
i. WILLIAM BASSETT, b. 1671; m. JOANNA BURWELL, November 28, 1693
THOMAS BASSETT (WILLIAM BASSETT3) was born about 1668 in probably
York County, Virginia and died April 20, 1720 in New Kent County,
Virginia. He married (1) ELINOR about 1693. She died September 7,
1713 in New Kent County, Virginia. He married (2) ELIZABETH. She
died April 7, 1717 from complications of childbirth. He married (3)
MARY. She died April 18, 1719 from complications of childbirth.
Children of THOMAS BASSETT and ELINOR are:
i. JOHN BASSETT, b. February 5, 1694; d. March 17, 1716
ii. THOMAS BASSETT, b. December 10, 1696, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent
County, Virginia; d. 1758, St. Paul's Parish, Richmond County,
iii. NATHANIEL BASSETT, b. February 18, 1701; d. 1732
iv. ANNE BASSETT, b. 1703; d. before 1732
v. WILLIAM BASSETT, b. July 1, 1705; d. March 8, 1716
vi. ELIZABETH FRANCES BASSETT, b. 1707; m. WILLIAM ALLEN
vii. JANE BASSETT, b. 1711
Children of THOMAS BASSETT and ELIZABETH are:
i. URSULA BASSETT, b. June 7, 1715
ii. MARY BASSETT, b. April 4, 1717
Child of THOMAS BASSETT and MARY is:
i. DAVID BASSETT, b. April 7, 1719"
IN GENERATION 3:
(PHEOBY) ANNE BASSETT (WILLIAM BASSETT3) was born about 1670 in New Kent
County, Virginia and died unknown. She married 1) THOMAS MOORE; 2)
Research gathered by: Wanda Bostic Dunlap August 2008