William VASSAL/Anne KING

Husband: William VASSAL (V240)
Born: ABT 1593 at: , , , England Married: at: Died: BEF 1655 at: , , , Barbados Father:John VASSAL Mother: Other Spouses:
Wife: Anne KING (K520)
Born: ABT 1593 at: , , , England Died: at: Father: Mother: Other Spouses:
Name: Judith VASSAL Born: 1619 at: , , , England Married: 5 NOV 1640 at: Scituate, Plymouth, MA Died: at: Spouses: Resolved WHITE
Name: Francis VASSAL Born: ABT 1623 at: Married: 1646 at: Died: at: Spouses: James ADAMS
Name: John VASSAL Born: ABT 1625 at: Married: at: Died: at: Spouses:
Name: Ann VASSAL Born: ABT 1629 at: Married: at: Died: at: Spouses:
Name: Margaret VASSAL Born: ABT 1633 at: Married: at: Died: at: Spouses:
Name: Mary VASSAL Born: ABT 1634 at: Married: at: Died: at: Spouses:


William VASSAL, one of the Assistants of the Governor and Comp. of the Massachusetts Bay, named in the First Charter by King CHARLES, March 1629, of whom CRADOCK was the first Governor, came the next year in the fleet with the next Governor WINTHROP. He went home in the "Lion" the first month after reaching New England, and came again in 1635 in the "Blessing", then aged 42, with his wife Anne (daughter of John KING) - 42 and children Judith - 16, Francis - 12, John - 10, Ann - 6, Margaret - 2, and Mary - 1. He stayed only a short time at Roxbury and soon settled at Scituate and joined the church of John LOTHRUP. He seems to have differed from Massachusetts policy, especially after the triumph of the latitudinarians at home who desired freedom of worship. But as he could not bring many to his opinion, he went home again in the ship with CHILD, FOWLE, and perhaps others as discontented as himself. He removed to Barbados and there died before 1655.

William VASSAL was the son of John VASSAL, who built and commanded the "Samuel" and gained a high reputation in the fight with the Spanish Armada in 1588. John VASSAL was later a founder of the Jamestown Colony, 1607.

William VASSAL was named as a member of the Council of War in the Alarm of 1642 of the Pequot War. William and his son, John were both named as NCO's or privates of Scituate Company, 1643.


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