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Cornelius Bassett
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Birth: 1722
Dukes County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1778
Dukes County
Massachusetts, USA

CORNELIUS BASSETT, son of Samuel and Martha (Pease) Bassett, was born in 1722 and resided in Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts. He was styled a gentleman. He m. LYDIA NORTON about 1746. She was born on June 21, 1726, the daughter of John and Hepsibah (Coffin) Norton. Lydia was living a widow in the 1790 U.S. census.

Cornelius Bassett was a distinguished person in civil and military affairs, being Colonel of the militia 1757-1762 and deputy sheriff 1768. He was selectman 1767-73 and was licensed as innholder 1762-73. He died on October 1, 1778 and administration of his estate was granted on December 11, 1778 to his sons Ebenezer and John. Inventory of 2228-3-3 indicated his great wealth. The estate was divided 1782.

Children of Corenlius Bassett and Lydia Norton:

i. Sarah, b. 13 Jan. 1747; m. Fortunatus Bassett on 9 Feb 1769.

ii. Sanuel, b. 18 March 1749.

iii. Ebenezer, b. 1751.

iv. John, b. 1753.

v. Martha, b. Sept. 1756; m. Nathan Bassett, Jr. on 19 June 1776.

vi. Mary,

vii. Lydia

viii. Norton, b. 22 May 1770.

Source: Charles Edward Banks, M.D., The History of Martha's Vineyard, (Boston, Massachusetts 1911; Dukes County Historical Society 1966), Vol. III, pp. 33-34.

Cornelius Bassett's gravestone was apparently intact in 1904 as it is recorded in Vital Records of Chilmark, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, published by the New-England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, Mass. 1904) at p. 85, but no cemetery is mentioned:

Chilmark Deaths:

Bassett, Cornelius, Col., Oct. 1, 1778, in 56th y. GR

[GR = gravestone record]
Family links: 
  Samuel Bassett (1693 - 1770)
  Martha Pease Bassett (1696 - 1774)
  Lydia Norton Bassett (1726 - ____)
  Sarah Bassett Bassett (1747 - 1818)*
  Sarah Bassett Norton (1718 - 1804)*
  Cornelius Bassett (1722 - 1778)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: John R.
Record added: Nov 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61223131

Brother of 6th Great Grandma Sarah (Bassett) Norton
- God Bless
 Added: Dec. 9, 2014
For my 7G Grandfather.
- Jarilyn
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014
Remembering Cornelius
- Pam
 Added: Jan. 14, 2011
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