When Samuel Bassett was born on 7 September 1756, in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, Samuel Bassett, was 33 and his mother, Susannah Morris, was 27. He married Jerusha Hotchkiss on 30 October 1775, in Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He registered for military service in 1831. He died on 27 December 1836, in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
English (of Norman origin): from Old French basset ‘of low stature’, a diminutive of basse ‘low, short’, either a nickname for a short person or a status name for someone of humble origins.
Altered form of French Bessette 1 or Besset (see Bessette 2).
History: William Bassett (c. 1598–1667) came to Plymouth, MA, from Kent, England, in the 1620s; c. 1650 he moved to Duxbury and subesequently to Bridgewater. He had many prominent descendants, among them one of the earliest families on Martha's Vineyard. — The surname Bassett of French origin (see 2 above) is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of America.