Elizabeth Bassett

Brief Life History of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Bassett was born about 1726, in Salem, Salem, New Jersey, British Colonial America, her father, Daniel Bassett, was 33 and her mother, Phebe Torbet, was -34.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Bassett
1694–1745
Phebe Torbet
1761–1817
Zebedee Basset
1722–1767
Zebedse Bassett
1724–
Elizabeth Bassett
1726–
Hannah
1728–
Amy Bassett
1732–
Elizabeth Basset
1723–
Hannah Basset
1725–
Mary Basset
1731–
Elijah Basset
1735–

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    Name Meaning

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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