*JOHN2 VASSALL, b. 1544; d. September 13, 1625, Stepney, Middlesex, England.
Generation No. 2
2.*JOHN2 VASSALL (*JOHN1) was born 1544, and died September 13, 1625 in Stepney, Middlesex, England.He married (1) ANN HEWES September 25, 1569 in Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England.She died Bef. 1580 in Stepney, without issue.He married (2) *ANN RUSSELL September 4, 1580 in Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England.She was born 1556, and died May 4, 1593 in Stepney, Middlesex, England.He married (3) JUDITH BOROUGH March 27, 1594 in Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England, daughter of STEPHEN BOROUGH and JOAN OVERYE. Notes for *JOHN VASSALL: John Vassall was a subscriber for two shares of stock in the Virginia Company with an investment of 25.10.0 pounds in 1618. He was the son of John Vassall, a Huguenot of Normandy. His father had sent him into England due to the troubles in France. In 1588, John of Essex, England, fitted out at his own expense and commanded the ships, the Samuel and the Little Toby, to help repel the Spanish Armada. The arms granted to him by Queen Elizabeth I in consequence of this service were adopted by his family replacing thereafter the arms that were used by his french forebearers. John was an alderman of London and a vestryman in Stepney Parish, Middlesex. In a disposition made in 1610, he described himself as being of Eastwood, Essex and age 62 years. He died of the plague 13 Sept 1625 and was buried at St. Dunstan, Stepney. His will was dated 29 April 1625, proved 16 September 1625, naming his wife Judith and his children. Judith Vassall, of Eastwood, died testate, her will having been written 9 Nov 1638, proved in Jan of 1638/39. (Ref: Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5 by Virginia M. Meyer and John Frederick Dorman, 1987, abstracted) "John Vassall, the first member of this illustrious family of which anything is definitely known, was an alderman of London, and in 1588 fitted out and commanded two ships of war to oppose the Spanish Armada. He was descended from an ancient French family traced back to about the eleventh century of the house of Du Vassall, Barons de guerdon, in Querci, Perigord." "John Vassall had two sons, Samuel and William. Samuel was one of the original patentees of lands in Massachusetts in 1628. His monument in King's Chapel, Boston, erected by Florentinus Vassall, his great grandson, in 1766, sets forth that he was 'a steady and undaunted asserter of the liberties of England in 1628, he was the first who boldy refused to submit to the tax of tonnage and poundage, an unconstitutional claim of the crown arbitrarily imposed for which to the ruin of his family, his goods were seized and his person imprisoned by the star chamber court, the Parliment in July 1641, voted him oe10,445:12:2 for his damages, and resolved that he should be further considered for his personal sufferings.' " "His (John) name headed the subscription list to raise money against the rebels in Ireland, and his whole life was indicative of the energy and liberality which characterized many of his descendants." Reference: Loyalists of Massachusetts Notes for JUDITH BOROUGH: Judith Borrough was the daughter of Stephen Borrough of Stepney, Middlesex, England. She first married, in 1586,Thomas Scott of Colchester, Essex and London, England. She then married John Vassall, as his third wife, in 1591. The following mentions of Judith Borrough are from the the will of her father, Stephen Borrough and the will of her Uncle William Borrough. Will of Stephen Borowghe, 1 July 1581, "I bequeath....To Joan my faithful wife my house at Gravesend called the sign of the Maidenhead during her natural life; and after her decease I bequeathe the same unto Christopher Boroughe my eldest son and to the heirs of his body &c.; and if he die before he have any child of his own body lawfully begotten then I will that the said house be sold to the best advantage and the money thereof to be equally divided between my five daughters Judith, Susan, Mary, Anne and Elizabeth, or the longest livers of them, by even portions. .... To my five daughters (as above) thirty pounds apiece, to be paid at the days of their marriages."Also mentioned are properties "my house over against Barking church" and "my house in Chatham call Goodsight". The later property he leaves instructions for the use of,toJoan and his daughters, as follows;"I will that the said Joan my wife enjoy my house in Chatham call Goodsight during her widowhood or during the time my daughters be marriageable; and then will that the same house be sold to the most advantage for the accomplishing of the legacies to my said five children." He also provides for the sale of his "apparel" and the monies to be used towards the maintenence of his "young children". The will was written at Goodsight, Chatham on the first day of July 1584. [note: the years of the will are in conflict. 1581 vs 1584...They are given has they appear.] The will was proved 18 August 1584 before Mr. Francis White. (Rochester Wills, Vol. xvi, 1578-84, fo. 262) The Will of William Borowghe, Esq., 26 July 1598, proved 28 Nov 1598. "Whensoever it shall please God to call me out of this transitory life (if it be at Limehouse or near London and not far distant off or at seas) I will...To my sister Borroughe, the widow of my brother Stephen deceased, twenty pounds and to her three daughters (if they marry with the consent of their mother and some of my executors), vizt. To Mary, Anne, and Elizabeth thirty pounds apiece in preferment of their marriage. And I give unto Judeth the wife of John Vassall and to Susan the wife of William Kinge, being my said brother's daughters, twenty pounds apiece.....To the poor of Stepney twenty pounds, to be paid in such manner as shall be thought need by the overseers of my will and my nephew John Bassall (sic) or two of them, whereof my nephew to be one....I do constitute, ordain and make Sir Henry Palmer, Knight, my cousin, Mr. Thomas Leighe and my nephew, Mr. John Bassall (sic) my executors. For overseers I appoint my well beloved wife Jane, Lady Jane Wentworth and the Lady Elisabeth, Countess Dowager of Rutland my especial good lady and honorable friend, and Mr John Brewster, especially relying upon the said Ladies to take care of my children, specially matching of my daughter for marriage. [note: In the probate the third executor is named as John Vassall] Reference: An article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1897, Edward D. Harris, contributor. Children of *JOHN VASSALL and *ANN RUSSELL are:
JUDITH3 VASSALL, b. March 25, 1582, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England; d. 1667; m. JOHN FREEBORNE; b. Prittlewell, Essex, England.
More About JOHN FREEBORNE: Will: dated 27 Jan 1617/18 and proved 17 Feb 1617/18
JOHN VASSALL, b. April 1, 1584, Stepney, Middlesex, England; d. October 3, 1585, Stepney, Middlesex, England.
SAMUEL VASSALL, b. June 5, 1586, Stepney, Middlesex, England; d. 1667, England; m. FRANCIS CARTWRIGHT, 1623.
Notes for SAMUEL VASSALL: A monument to Samuel Vassall stands at King's Chapel in Boston, Mass. Although Samuel never lived in New England, he owned land there and his ships provided the colonies with supplies. England attempted to tax these supplies and Samuel was imprisoned for refusing to pay these taxes. (Ref: Memorials of the Dead in Boston, Bridgman, 138, 228: The History of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, London 1765, Thomas Hutchinson, 17) It is reported that he died onboard a ship bound for Virginia. Samuel, along with his brother William, was listed as one of the original patentees of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
*WILLIAM VASSALL, b. August 27, 1592, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England; d. July 13, 1655, Barbadoes.
Children of *JOHN VASSALL and JUDITH BOROUGH are:
ANNA3 VASSALL, b. January 10, 1595/96; d. 1640; m. JOHN JONES; d. May 14, 1636, Highgate, Middlesex, England.
More About JOHN JONES: Occupation: Rector of St. Nicholas Acons, London
RACHEL VASSALL, m. PETER ANDREWS.
STEPHEN VASSALL, d. 1643; m. (1) MARY GRUBBE; b. January 2, 1614/15, St Albans, Hertforshire, England; m. (2) MARY BROMLEY; b. Orsett, Essex, England; d. January 30, 1632/33.
More About STEPHEN VASSALL: Degree: B.A. in 1620 and M.A. in 1623 from Pembroke College, Cambridge Occupation: Rector of Rayleigh, Essex, England
THOMAS VASSALL, b. April 7, 1602, St. Leonard, Eastcheap, London; m. ANNE DICKENSON, June 27, 1625, St, Nicholas Acons, London.
MARY VASSALL, m. EDWARD WEST; b. Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England.
More About EDWARD WEST: Occupation: Mariner
ELIZABETH VASSALL, b. 1607, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England; m. HENRY CHURCH, January 20, 1625/26, St, Nicholas Acons, London; b. 1602, Wapping, Middlesex, England.
Generation No. 3
3.*WILLIAM3 VASSALL (*JOHN2, *JOHN1) was born August 27, 1592 in Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England, and died July 13, 1655 in Barbadoes.He married *ANNA KING June 29, 1613 in Cold Norton, Essex, England, daughter of *GEORGE KINGE and *JEAN LORRAN.She was born September 24, 1592 in Castle Hedingham, Essex, England, and died April 13, 1670 in Barbadoes. Notes for *WILLIAM VASSALL: IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR "William Vassall,...was the first of his name who came to America. He was an assistant in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the original patentees of New England. In June, 1635, he embarked with his wife and six children on board the Blessing, for New England. He undoubtedly settled at first in Roxbury, for in the church record of that town is the following entry: 'Mrs. Anna Vassaile, the wife of Mr Willia Vassaile. Her husband brought five children to this land, Judith, Frances, John, Margaret, Mary.' Also one other, Anne, who afterwards married Nicholas Ware." "William Vassall removed later to Scituate, where he proved himself ever the staunch Episcopalian. The Puritans had strong suspicion of him always as 'inclining to the Bishops.' While he lived in Sciuate he was rgarded as a highly respectable citizen and of 'a busy and factious spirit'. He was proprietor of a large estate, which bore the name of Newland. In 1646 he sailed to England for the redress of wrongs in the government and never returned, but in 1648 removed to Barbados and resided in the parish of St. Michael, where he died in 1655, aged 65 years. He bequeathed to his son John one third of his estate and the remainder to his five daughters. His Scituate estate consisted of about 120 acres, with house, barns, and the priviledge of 'making an oyster bed in the North River,' before his house. The estate was conveyed by Joshua Hubbard (husband of his daughter Margaret) to John Cushen and Mathyas Briggs for oe120." Reference: The Loyalists of Massachusetts "Vassall in 1635 had lands granted to him on the North River for the purpose of a barn and plantation. These he called 'West Newland' and his residence, the house beautiful, 'Belle House'. He was a learned man for the times and ambitious to become a landed proprietor and person of importance in the new colony. His neighbors evidently did not take him at his own valuation. The only public service which he preformed among them was to 'sett' bounds between disputing land owners and this probably because he was a competent surveyor and possessed one of the few 'instruments' in the colony. The great objection to him was apparently his endeavor to secure so large a tract, containing so much valuable salt marsh, and bordering the river for himself. " "The place is too staite for them, the lands adjacent being stony, and not convenient to plant upon", Upon these representations a court of Assisstants held on the first day of January 1637 passed the following order:- "Whereas certain freemen of Scituate, Mr. Tymothy Flatherly, Mr. John Lothrop, William Gilson, Anthony Annable, James Cudworth, Edward Foster, Henry Cobb, Isaak Robinson, George Kennerick, Henry Rowley, Samuel Fuller, John Cooper, Bernard Lumbard, George Lewis, and Humphrey Turner, have complayned that they have such sinale porportions of lands there allated them that they cannot subsist upon them, the Court of Assistants have this day granted them all the upland & necke of land lying betweene the North & South Rivers, and all the meadow ground from the North River to the Beaver Pond, and all along by the North River side, and to hold the breadth front the South River trey, or passage, by a straight line to the North River, so far up into the land as it shall be marked and set forth unto them. Always provided and upon condition that they make a towneship ther & inhabit upon the said land, and that all differences betwixt them and Mr Vassall or others of Scituate be composed & ended before the next Court, or if any doe then remayne, that they be referred to the consideration of the Governor & Assisstants, that ththeir removall from Scituate may be without avarice. And also provided and upon condition that whereas a proportion of two or three hundred acres of lands above said should have been granted to Mr. Vassall, upon condition he should have erected a ferry to transport men and cattell over the North River at these rates, for a man a penny, for a horse four pence, and for every beast four pence; and to make causes (causeways) or passages through the marshes on both sides the ferry both for man & beast to passe by, which he was willing to doe, and to answere all damages which might happen in default thereof; and the Court in their judgements did conceive it more expedient to prefer the necessities of a number before one private person. That the said freemen of Scituate above named do so erect a ferry over the North River, to transport men and beasts at the rates above said, and make such passages on both sides through the marshes to the ferry, & provide a sufficient man to attend the same, that may answer all charges which may happen through his neglect therof, or else the graunt above said to be voyde." "While it is true that both sides were capable of making a good fight and that the freemen won the first encounter before the court, it is not clear that they lived up to the condition imposed upon the grant, that of maintaining the ferry. On April 2, 1638 Vassall obtained this order from the court: 'Two Hundred acres of upland and a competency of meadow lands to be layed to that, are granted to Mr. William Vassall to keepe a ferry over the north river where the old indian ferry was, and to transport men & beasts at these rates, for a man, * & for a beast 4 d, for a horse and his rider 4 d and make the way passable for man and beast through the marshes on both sides the river at his own charges, and to keepe them in repaire from tyme to tyme & Captain Standish and Mr. Alden are appoynted to set the land forth to him.' Even assuming that Standish and Alden attended to this duty the land was not immediately given to him. The Scituate freemen remained fractious. (Plymouth Colony Records Vol 1, page 82) They insisted that Vassall take the oath of "fidelitie', which he did the following February. This was supposed to settle the whole trouble. Bradford, Winslow and Browne were appointed to view the'neck of land granted unto Mr. William Vassall & to set the same forth to him except ther being some difficultie therin that will require further consideration of the Court.' Finally on the third day of June 1639 he was granted a 'parcell of land to lye in forme of a long square containing, with the marsh, one hundred and fifty acres which included his original Newlands. Reference: The Early Planters of Scituate,,pages 28-32 Children of *WILLIAM VASSALL and *ANNA KING are:
JOHN VASSALL, b. 1625, Stepney, Middlesex, England; d. 1719, Jamica, West Indies.
Generation No. 4
4.*FRANCES4 VASSALL (*WILLIAM3, *JOHN2, *JOHN1) was born 1623 in Stepney, Middlesex, England, and died 1670 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass..She married *JAMES ADAMS July 15, 1646 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass., son of *JOHN ADAMS and *ELEANOR NEWTON.He was born December 17, 1630 in Plymouth, Mass., and died January 19, 1654/55 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass.. Notes for *FRANCES VASSALL: IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR Children of *FRANCES VASSALL and *JAMES ADAMS are:
MARTHA5 ADAMS, b. April 1, 1648, Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.; d. December 29, 1717.
WILLIAM ADAMS, b. May 16, 1647, Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass..
More About WILLIAM ADAMS: Christening: May 23, 1647
ANNA ADAMS, b. April 18, 1649, Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass..
More About ANNA ADAMS: Christening: May 20, 1649, Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.