Monday, July 7, 2014

Bassett of Noble Lineage

Bassett of James City County

The first Bassett, Thurstine de Bassett, came with William the Conqueror to England and includes many noble families.   From this illustrious lineage descends William Bassett, who came to America in 1621 in the ship "Fortune." His name appeared on the list of freemen in 1633. He served as a representative to the court for six years; was in the Pequod War. William Bassett, captain in the King's army; after the defeat of Dunkirk, immigrated to Jamestown, Virginia, where he was contracted to build a fort. He was married to Bridget Cary, the daughter of Colonel Miles Cary of Southampton, England. Like so many of the first settlers to Jamestown, he died shortly after the birth of his son.  His cousin, the famous Nathaniel Bacon, then Governor of Virginia, was directed to care for his son. Bacon dutifully raised the boy; he build a mansion in New Kent County, Virginia, named it "Eltham" after the Bassett family residence in England. 

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