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Capt John Vassall
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Birth: 1544
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France
Death: Sep. 13, 1625
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Greater London, England

Son of John/Jean Vassall of Normandy, France.

Husband of, first, Anne Hewes/Hughes who predeceased him, second Anna Russell who also predeceased him but with whom he had three children who survived into adulthood, and lastly Judith Borough/Aborough whom he predeceased.

Father of Judith (Vassall) Freeborne, John Vassall (who died in infancy), Samuel Vassall (who became a Member of Parliament), William Vassall, John Vassall (the second of the name, who also died in infancy), and John Vassall (the third of the name, who died at about 2 years of age).

Humbly identifying himself as a "mariner" in his will, John Vassall was also an Alderman of the City of London, a prosperous sea captain who joined the Royal Navy and fought the Spanish Armada, and a merchant-adventurer in the early 17th century's age of exploration.

He commanded, and outfitted at his own expense, two ships - "Samuel" and "Little Toby" - with which he joined the Royal Navy and fought the Spanish Armada in 1588. He was subsequently granted a coat-of-arms, an image of which appears on the west face of the National Armada Memorial in Plymouth (unveiled in 1890).

As a merchant-adventurer, he had a keen interest in the colonisation of North America and became one of the founding members of the Virginia Company. He helped finance England's first permanent colony in North America - Jamestown (1607).

Some sources speculate that Vassall was half-owner of the famous "Mayflower," aboard which his future grandson-in-law, Resolved White, was a passenger along with his parents (William and Susanna White) on its 1620 voyage to North America and ultimately what came to be known as Plymouth Colony.

Today, his numerous descendants may be found in North America, the Caribbean Islands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Requiescat in pace. 
Family links: 
  Anna Russell Vassall (1556 - 1593)
  Samuel Vassall (1586 - 1667)*
  William Vassall (1592 - 1656)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Gravestone missing (2007). Added to database by a descendant.
St Dunstan Church
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Greater London, England
Created by: wildgoose
Record added: Oct 13, 2007
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Capt John Vassall
Added by: wildgoose
Capt John Vassall
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Roses are for remembrance and this one is for you, my 12th great grandfather. Gone from life but not from love.
- Rhonda J. Freeman
 Added: Feb. 9, 2015
Rest in Peace : to my great grandfather of wife of 8th great grandfather
- Rhonda Weiss
 Added: Dec. 30, 2014
Rest in Peace - you are remembered.Your 11th great granddaughter...
- Debra Merrill Krsek
 Added: Sep. 23, 2014
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