I will include my Vasser and Carrol files below;
The name Vasser originated in the 13th century in the Kingdom of Lotharinga, now called Lorraine.
Vavassour is not a common name, but was frequent in the 12th and 13th centuries. it derives from
Vavassour (Latin Vassus Vassorum, "Vassal of Vassals")and was used of a Feudal tennant ranking
immediately below a Baron or Viscount.
In 1599 the Presbyterian Church was established in France. Henry of Navarre (Henry IV) was a
champion of the protestant cause and, in 1572, opposed Henri Guise, head of the Catholic League.
This resulted in the War of the Three Henrys and in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre on Aug.
24, 1572. Thousands of protestants were slain. The religious wars were resumed and the
persecution of protestants spread over France. "The industrious, talented refugees took up residence
in Holland, England, Brandenburg, and not the least, in America, where their influence is attested by
a sample roll call of Hugeunot names: Revere, Bowdoin, Fanenil, Delancy, Huger, Jay, Delano,
Manigault, Vasser, Galluder, Baynard." Many additional spellings of the name Vasser resulted from
In England, Queen Elizabeth I befriended the Huguenot refugees, giving them financial help
throughout her reign. However, the Vassers of England observed the religious unrest in their new
environment. Among these were John Vasser and his wife Elizabeth. Born in England about 1595,
John Vasser was a descendent of a Huguenot who had fled the St. Bartholonew's Day Massacre.
No doubt because of the troubled times, John Vasser applied for a patent and permission to sail,
"beyond the seas."
He took the oath required and, in the old script, made his mark on a spelling of (Jo, Viccar).
According to the ship's manifest, in the spring of 1635, John Vasser, his wife Elizabeth, and their
indentured servant, Wm. Baker, sailed aboard the barque "Alice" with Richard Blake as Master of
the Ship. They departed from Gravesend, County Kent, England. This port was the embarking point
of the London Company emigrees.
In due time John Vasser, his wife, and servant settled in Virginia. Spellings from early records in
Virginia are Verser, Valser, Vassar, Vesser, Vassor, and Veser--all descendants of the first John
Vasser. Other spellings of this name include Vawser, Visser, Vausour, Vavasour, Vavazor, Vassall,
and some with the prefix Le. The surname survives rarely as Vawser.
Records show in England, in 1327, a Thomas Vassar of Essex and in 1332, a John Vassar in
Meaot. In Huguenot Historical Records are found Michael Vasseur and Nicholas Vasseur who were
killed by Indians in an attempted settlement of Florida.
The above from "The Descendants of John Vasser of Virginia (1635-1984): A Family History by
Lyndal G. Vessar.
DESCENDANTS OF JOHN VASSER
John Vasser, his wife Elizabeth, and servant William Baker arrived in
Virginia in 1635.On 16 Nov 1635 John Vasser patented land (150 acres)
on Pagen creek in Isle of Wight County.John Vasser's will dated 14 Jan
1650, names his wife Elizabeth and these children (all of whom must have
been born in Virginia).
Elizabeth Vasser (oldest daughter)
John Vasser (oldest son)
+ Peter Vasser
The immigrant John Vasser's oldest son. John, married and had a son
William, but by 1700 both that son John and his son William were dead,
leaving no further issue.Peter therefore laid claim to the 150 A. his
father, John the immigrant, had patented.
Peter Vasser's will probated 9 Jul 1709, names his wife Margaret Vasser
and these eight children:
+ Elizabeth Carroll
Sounds like you know quite a lot about Peter Vasser already.According to
records of Isle of Wight county Virginia, he was born about 1640.In 1679,
he married Margaret Cripps,step daughter of George andpresumed daughter of Joyce Cripps.
(who in her will names here mother as Flake)His will,dated 1708, names wife Margaret, sons;
William, Samuel, Daniel, Joseph,John, and Peter, Jr.and daughters; Elizabeth Carroll and
Peter, of course, was the son of the "original" John Vasser, the immigrant,
who was born in England about 1595, and came to Isle of Wight county VA in
1635, aboard the ship "Alice", which sailed from Gravesend, County Kent,
England.His wife's name was Elizabeth DOW/DEW, and their marriage is
recorded on microfilm of the vestry book of St. Stephen's parish,
Gravesend, Kent, England.
Immigrant John Vasser died in 1650, leaving Elizabeth, his wife, and his
children, Elizabeth, b. 1636, John, Jr., 1638, Peter, 1640, Mildred, 1642,
and Ann, 1644, who were all minors, the eldest being 14 years old.
Source first chapter of "The Descendants of John Vasser 1635 - 1984" by Lyndal Vessar.
DESCENDANTS OF JOHN CARROLL
Generation No. 1
+1.JOHN1 CARROLL was born in Whales, and died in Isle of Wight Co.,
VA.About 1706 He married ELIZABETH (?) he arrived between 1663-1679 on
Sarah and Elizabeth.
Children of JOHN CARROLL and ELIZABETH (?) are:
+2. i. JOHN2 CARROLL, d. Before Aug. 23 1714, Isle of Wight Co., VA.
2a ii. THOMAS CARROLL, d. Aft. October 01, 1716; m. MARY HOUSE.
Generation No. 2
+2.JOHN2 CARROLL (JOHN1) died Before Aug. 23 1714 in Isle of Wight Co.,
VA.(page 585 Isle of Wight Will Book 2)He married ELIZABETH VASSAR
daughter of Peter Vasser & Margaret Vasser (Peter Vasser died before July 9
1709 in Isle of Wight Will Book 2 page 497 and named his daughter Elizabeth
as Elizabeth Carroll)
Children of JOHN CARROLL and ELIZABETH VASSAR are:
+3.i. ELIZABETH3 CARROLL, d. 1769, Johnston Co. NC.
4. ii. JOHN CARROLL, b. Isle of Wight Co., VA; d. Bef. October 18, 1763,
iii. SAMUEL CARROLL.
iv. JOSEPH CARROLL.
v. THOMAS CARROLL.
vi. WILLIAM CARROLL.
5. vii. BENJAMIN CARROLL, b. October 03, 1705, isle of Wight Co., VA.
2a. THOMAS CARROLL, d. Aft. October 01, 1716; m. MARY HOUSE.(Will recorded
on page 616 of Isle of Wight Book 2)
Children of THOMAS CARROL and MARY HOUSE
i. JAMES CARROLL
ii. THOMAS CARROLL
iii. JOHN CARROLL
vi. ROBERT CARROLL
v. WILLIAM CARROLL
Generation No. 3
+3.ELIZABETH3 CARROLL (JOHN2, JOHN1) died 1769 in Johnston Co. NC.She
married SILVANUS "SILL" JOHNSON , SR. Aft. 1744,who as son of HENRY JOHNSON.
Died 1722 Had marriedhis first wife ELIZABETH ? .
Children ofSILVANUS JOHNSONSfirst wife ELIZABETH and SILVANUS JOHNSON are:
i. RICHARD JOHNSON
ii. SILL4 JOHNSON , JR., b. Abt. 1740; d. Rowan Co., NC; m. ELIZABETH
iii. WILLIAM JOHNSON
ii. HENRY JOHNSON, b. Abt. 1742; d. Abt. 1807; m. (1) SEALY WEST; m.
(2) MARTHA BEASLEY.
+Children ofSILL JOHNSONS 2nd wife ELIZABETH CARROLL and SILVANUS JOHNSON are:
i. ABSALOM JOHNSON, b. Aft. April 1744, Johnston Co. NC; d. Robeson
+6. ii. BENJAMIN JOHNSON , SR., b. Aft. April 1744, Johnston Cty. NC; d.
Aft. 1820, Cumberland Co., NC(Later Harnet Co.).
4.JOHN3 CARROLL (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born in Isle of Wight Co., VA, and
died Bef. October 18, 1863 in NC.He married STANDLEY (CARROLL).
Children of JOHN CARROLL and STANDLEY (CARROLL) are:
i. LUCY4 CARROLL, b. Unknown.
ii. BRITTIAN CARROLL, b. 1740, Johnston Co. NC; d. Wilkes Co., Ga.
iii. JAMES CARROLL, b. Abt. 1742.
7. iv. WILLIAM CARROLL, b. Abt. 1742; d. December 17, 1811, Johnston Co.
8. v. JOHN CARROLL, b. 1754, Johnston Co. NC; d. 1817, Johnston Co. NC.
vi. SUSANNAH CARROLL, b. Abt. 1755.
vii. BENJAMIN CARROLL, b. 1756; d. TN.
viii. ABSALEM CARROLL, b. 1762, Isle of Wight Co., VA; d. Abt. 1829,
MS; m. ELEANOR ROBINSON.
5.BENJAMIN3 CARROLL (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 03, 1705 in isle
of Wight Co., VA.He married JOYCE (?).
Children of BENJAMIN CARROLL and JOYCE (?) are:
i. CATHERINE4 CARROLL, b. November 15, 1727, Isle of Wight Co., VA.
ii. JOSEPH CARROLL, b. April 22, 1736, Isle of Wight Co., VA.
Generation No. 4
+6.BENJAMIN4 JOHNSON , SR. (ELIZABETH3 CARROLL, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born
Aft. April 1744 in Johnston Cty. NC, and died Aft. 1820 in Cumberland
Co., NC(Later Harnet Co.).He married MARY "?".
Children of BENJAMIN JOHNSON and MARY "?" are:
+i. SILVANUS "SILL"5 JOHNSON, b. Abt. 1786; d. Bef. 1870; m. (1) EDITH
STEPHENSON; m. (2) SALLIE, Aft. 1850.
ii. BENJAMIN JOHNSON JR., b. Bef. 1775.
7.WILLIAM4 CARROLL (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1742, and died
December 17, 1811 in Johnston Co. NC.He married (1) ANN COX.He
married (2) SARAH PENNY.
Children of WILLIAM CARROLL and ANN COX are:
i. MITCHELL5 CARROLL, b. Unknown.
ii. WILLIAM CARROLL, b. Unknown; m. (1) PIETY FLUELLIN; m. (2) SALLY
STEVENSON, Bef. March 18, 1797.
iii. MARY CARROLL, b. 1756, Smithfield, Johnston Co., NC; m. WILLIAM
iv. BETHIA CARROLL, b. 1758, Smithfield, Johnston Co., NC; m. EDWARD O.
v. JOHN CARROLL, b. 1760; m. REBECCA (?).
vi. MICHAEL CARROLL, b. 1762, Smithfield, Johnston Co., NC; m. SARIAH
vii. JAMES CARROLL, b. 1765, NC; d. May 16, 1834, Johnston Co,. NC; m.
RHODIE STEVENSON, February 01, 1792, Johnston Co,. NC.
8.JOHN4 CARROLL (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1754 in Johnston Co.
NC, and died 1817 in Johnston Co. NC.He married ALY FERRELL.
Children of JOHN CARROLL and ALY FERRELL are:
i. ALY5 CARROLL, b. Unknown, Johnston Co,. NC.
ii. BENJAMIN CARROLL, b. 1805, Johnston Co,. NC; m. PEGGY (?).
iii. DELILAH CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC; m. WARREN HOUSE.
iv. LUCY CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC; m. WILLIAM CARROLL.
v. MATTHEW CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC.
vi. MERRICK CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC.
vii. PENNY CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC.
viii. RANSOM CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC; m. LUCINDA STEPHENSON.
ix. SALLY CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC; m. MITCHELL CARROLL.
x. SUSANNA CARROLL, b. Johnston Co,. NC; m. LABON GRIFFITH.
- xi. WINIFRED CARROLL, b. 1774, Johnston Co,. NC; d. 1833, Johnston Co,.
NC; m. WILLIE JOHNSTON, August 15, 1792, Johnston Co,. NC.
(Willie Johnston was a younger brother ofAbel Johnson a direct ancestor from my William