Second Generation
Family of Jacob BASFORD (1) & Elizabeth CLIFFORD
2. James BASFORD (Jacob1). Born abt 1685 in Hampton, NH. [1], [2] James was baptized in Hampton, NH, on 9 May 1697. [15, p. 588], [10, p. 465] James died in prob. Chester, NH, aft 26 Mar 1756. [25] he was sued on a note dated 25 Dec 1729. Occupation: Yeoman, Husbandman, Farmer, Weaver. [26], [27], [28], [29]

No record of his birth has been found, but a deed dated 29 Dec 1729 confirms that he is the son of Jacob Basford. [7] He was probably born before his sisters whose births are recorded in Hampton.

James was an apprentice of Benjamin Batchelder in 1705. He was taxed in Hamptin Falls in 1708. [11, p. 79] (Since Hampton falls was not created until 1726, this should probably read Hampton. [3])

He bound himself to Joseph Curtis of Kittery, ME for one year on 30 Oct 1710 to repay a debt of £50. He was of Hampton when he was sued by Curtis for non-performance on 10 Jan 1711 and arrested 1 Jul 1711. [30]

He was of “Exeter, alias Hampton,” on 19 Apr 1711 when he borrowed £13.6.7 from Palatiah Wittemore of Portsmouth. [31]

On 13 Aug 1715, James bought 30 acres of land in Oyster River Bog from Joseph Davis for £20. His residence was given as Oyster River (in Dover Township, now Durham) at the time. [32] James and Mary Sold this land to William Burley of Exeter for £30 on 30 Jan 1715/6. [33]

On 14 Aug 1716 he bought 80 acres of land in Oyster River from Samuel Bean of Exeter, husbandman for £40. [34] James & Mary sold 25 acres on the west end of this land to Joseph Jenkins on 2 Oct 1719 for £16. [35] They sold the remainder of this land to William Pittman and William Willy on 13 Jun 1720. [26]

He had a habit of going into debt, and then not being able to repay his loans, being sued by his lenders on mnay occasions.

On 6 Feb 1718, he borrowed £10 from Joseph Ham, promising to repay the loan before 1 May 1718. [36] He also obtained a loan from Nathaniel Rendall of Dover on 29 May 1718 for £2.6 to be repaid before 25 Jun 1718. James was sued for non-payment of this loan on 16 Nov 1718. [37]

On 8 Aug 1718, James, together with Samuel Smith and Daniel Davis, purchased from John Bus, Sr. of Dover his “interest in the estate of my father law Vallentine Hill of Dover dec'd & father of my late wife Mary who was a legatee with her brother Nath'l Hill.” [38]

On 14 Mar 1719 James Basford filed a complaint against John Rollins, one of the constables of Dover, for failing to deliver two writs from James Davis to attach the goods of Edward Skitticks. Rollins was fined 10 shillings. [39]

On 20 Oct 1721, James and Mary Basford of Dover sold 20 acres of land in Dover Townschip to Jonathan Renals for £20. They had purchased this land from Phillip Duley, it being part of 100 acres granted to William Roberts in 1662. [40]

On 18 Dec 1721, James Basford signed a note to James Langly of Oyster River for £3.15 of merchantable white pine boards. “James Basford of Exeter, weaver, alias James Basford late of the town of Dover” was sued 17 May 1723 for non-performance. He pled not-guilty. [41]

On 10 May 1722 he was given a 1/3 share of lot #83 in the town of Rochester, NH to share with Joseph and Zachariah Small. [42, p. 40]

On 20 Jun 1723, ”Jeames Basford of Exeter, weaver” agreed to repay Joshua Brackett of Greenland £20 by 20 Sep 1723. On 21 Jun 1723 he paid 12 shillings on account. Then Ephraim Folsum paid £3.16 in Feb 1723/4. “James Basford late of Exeter, now of Chester” was sued for non-payment in 1732. The debt remained unpaid 1 July 1734. [43]

On 18 Dec 1724, James Basford of Dover sold 1/16 part of sawmill on Lamperel River on Packer's falls with 1/8 part iron & wooden works belonging to the stream frame & 2/30 part of stream to James Gipsen for £22. James had purchased his interest in the sawmill from John Tasker. [44]

He signed several notes in 1724, agreeing to pay Richard Wibird a total of more more than £65. He was sued by Richard’s widow Elizabeth and others for non-payment. [45]

On 3 June 1725, he signed a note agreeing to pay John Ayers £5.12 before 3 July next. Wit: Clement Hughey, Paul Wentworth. James Basford, of Hampton, husbandman, was sued for non-payment on 22 Jul 1729. [27]

On 8 Sep 1725 he was “late of Exeter, now of Hampton” when he signed a note to Bartholomew Thing for £12.5.8 to be paid before 8 Oct 1725. When he was sued for this debt on 24 Jan 1726/7 his residence was given as Dover. [46]

On 9 Dec 1725, James Basford signed a note promising to pay Samuel Penhallow £19.10.9 before 15 Apr 1726, being the balance of his account. James was of Oyster River in Dover when he was sued 3 May 1726 for non-payment. [47]

On 14 Jun 1728 he promised to pay Frances Durgon “£8 in boards and staves at market price by 10 Oct next.” Francis Durgin of Oyster River got a judgment against James Basford of Chester which remained unpaid 25 Jun 1731. [48]

On 16 May 1728, James Basford, “late of Oyster River in Dover,” was sued by John Frost of Newcastle for non-payment of £38.5.9. He had bought, on account, rum, rope, an iron pot, bottles, flour, molasses, sugar, calico, rimbrigo, stuff, nutmeg, handkerchiefs, muzlin, cotton wool, great gundelo, culling staves, buttons, string, bone, salt, double lens, pocket knife, and board worth £72.9.8. John Frost died and his wife Mary continued the suit 4 May 1736 against James Basford of Chester. [49]

On 4 Sep 1728, he took out a note promising to pay Henry Sherburne of Portsmouth to pay £6.2 on or before 15 Oct 1728. .James Bassford, “late of Dover, now of Hampton, farmer,” was sued for non-payment on 18 Feb 1729/30. [50]

On 15 Aug 1729, Jacob Basford of Hampton “for fatherly love to my son James Basford of Dover and unto his eldest son,” deeded his dwelling house, barn, orchards, upland & meadow grounds, pasture land & woodland all in Hampton. After the death of Jacob and his wife, James was to have all moveable part of my estate, and after his death and his mother's death his eldest son was to have the real estate. [6]

On 3 Nov 1729 he sold his Dover homestead to Nathaniel Rendle, presumably to take up residence in Hampton on the farm that his father had just deeded to him. His wife Mary agreed to a dower release. [51]

On 25 Dec 1729, James Basford of Dover took out a note agreeing to pay John Jenkins £7.2 on or before 1 May 1730. Simon Randell of Durham, admin. of the estate of John Jenkins of Durham sued James Basford for non-payment on 26 Mar 1756. [25]

On 16 Mar 1729/30, James Basford of Hampton bought part interest in a sawmill on Taylor's River in Hampton from Jacob Garland Jr. for £23 [52]

On 29 Dec 1729, Jacob Basford and his son James, "both of Hampton Falls" made an agreement deeding Jacob’s estate to his son in exchange for James providing for the needs of his parents and taking on their debt. [7] This transaction was nullified when Jacob and James sold the farm in Hampton, NH on 26 Jul 1730. [8], [9]

In 1730 he settled in Chester where he purchased a whole proprietor's share, a home lot and one half of a saw mill. [3]

He exchanged lots in Chester with his father, Jacob Basford, on 8 Jul 1730. [53], [54] He bought a whole proprietors share together with a home lot and 1/2 saw mill, all in Chester, from Edmund Toppan of Hampton, physician, for £400 on 27 Jul 1730. [28] He sold rights to use the saw mill “3 days 2 nights in a fortnight” back to Edmund Toppan on 10 Sep 1730. [55] He made several land transactions with Page Bachelder in Aug 1730. [56]

On 15 Sep 1730, he bought property in Chester from Jonathan Goodhue of Chester, carpenter, for £15. [57] (Johathan was presumably the future father -in-law of his son Joseph.)

On 5 Mar 1730/1, Jacob Basford of Chester, husbandman, sold two full rights in the town of Canterbury to Samuel Ingalls. One of which he had purchased of John Blackdon, and the other right was his own. [58]

James Basford, husbandman, of Chester sued by John Tolford of Chester for non-payment of debt dated 18 Mar 1731. [59]

He was one of the original proprietors of Canterbury, NH, receiving a 40 acres home lot on 27 May 1731. [60, p. 4]

On 19 Aug 1731, James Basford of Chester, weaver, sold “1/4 part of the first saw mill that was ever built in the town of Chester, and 1/4 of stream, saw, iron work & privileges” to Ebenezer Durbun for £40. [29] He sold another 1/8 part of the old mill to James Wilsonon on 12 Mar 1732 for £27. At that time, his occupation was given as yeoman [61]

On 17 Mar 1731/2, James Basford of Chester, yeoman, bought a 20 acre home lot from Jacob Gilman of Kingstown for £35. [62]

On 26 Feb 1732/3, James Bassford of Chester was indebted to John Brown Jr. for sundry goods, wares and merchandise £4.11.5. The debt was still unpaid 1 July 1734. [63]

On 7 Mar 1734, James Basford of Chester, yeoman, was indebted to Jonathan Chase of Kingstown for 4000 white pine boards to be delivered before 16 Nov 1734. He was sued for not fulfilling this obligation on 26 Jul 1738. The debt remained 26 Dec 1738. [64] Similarly, on 4 Jun 1734 he promised to pay Joseph Grele of Ords 2300 merchantable white pine boards to be delivered by 1 Oct 1734. He was also sued for not fulfilling this obligation on 17 Oct 1735. The obligation remained unpaid on 10 Dec 1736. [65]

He took a loan from Nathaniel Ladd of Exeter for £6 on 10 Jun 1734. He was suied for non-payment on 25 Jun 1737. [66]

In 1734, James Basford of Chester, husbandman, sold a 50 acre home lot that he had purchased from Edmund Toppin to Joseph Stiel of Londonderry for £80. [67]

On 2 Dec 1734, he promised to pay Timothy Clements of Haverhill £8 in money or lumber. The debt was still unpaid 6 Nov 1735. [68] He promised to pay Benjamin Woodman of Newbury, Essex Co., MA, £8 per a note dated 13 May 1735. He was sued for non-payment on 3 Nov 1738. [69] On 2 Oct 1735, he owed George Jaffrey of Portsmouth, merchant, £27.10 for the balance of his account. He was sued for this debt on 5 Jan 1736. [70] On 7 Feb 1734/5, he promised to pay Richard Clifford of Kingston £5.14 in money or white pine boards by 4 April next. He was sued 12 May 1736 and the debt was still unpaid 10 Dec 1736. [71] And on 21 April 1735, he agreed to pay Richard Clifford another £3.10 in white pine boards. This debt remained unpaid 16 Dec 1736 [71]

On 3 Oct 1735, James Basford of Chester, yeoman, sold 50 acres in Chester to his son Jacob his son for £300. [72]

On 1 Mar 1735/6, James Basford of Chester agreed to deliver 3500 foot white pine boards to John Ambross by 1 May 1736. [73]

On 1 May 1736, James Basford of Chester, yeoman sold 20 acres of land to Anne Wallis of Manchester, Essex Co., MA, widow, for £20. [74]

On 1 Apr 1737, James promised to pay Samuel Renkin £7 on demand. He was sued for non-payment on 20 April 1738. [75]

On 13 Apr 1737, James Basford of Chester, yeoman sold 20 acres of land in Chester to Nathan Tilton of Hampton for £50. [76] On 15 Apr 1737, he sold 17-3/4 acres of land in Chester to John Aken for £8. [77]

James Basford of Chester, husbandman, promised to pay Samuel Rankin of Londonderry £30 on demand per note 28 Jun 1737. He was sued 19 Nov 1737 and the debt was unpaid 14 April 1738. [78]

James sold 7 acres and one first division of meadow containing 4 acres to Page Bachelor for £19 on 15 Jul 1737. [79] He bought a home lot from Joseph Clark of Chester for £90 on 19 Aug 1737. [80] He sold a home lot with 20 acres to Samuel Ranken of Londonderry, trader, for £70 on 19 Aug 1737. [81] He sold two more pieces of property to Samuel Ranken on 16 Jun 1738 and 17 Jun 1738, for £60 and £90, respectively. [81]

On 24 Jun 1738, James Basford of Chester promised to pay Eleazer Burbank of Newbury, Essex Co., MA, £20 on demand. He was sued for non-payment on 3 Nov 1738. The debt was not yet paid on 26 Dec 1738. [82]

On 12 May 1739, a lawsuit was brought against James Basford of Chester, yeoman,

On 12 May 1739, a lawsuite was brought against James Basford of Chester, yeoman “to answer John Tolford, whereas on 6 Jun 1733 for £10 did sell a full right in the township of Canterbury originally granted to Benjamin Davis. That the defendant knew he did not have the right to the premises, also that Benjamin Davis never had the right.” [83]

On 3 Jul 1739, James sold a home lot to Jethro Tilton of Hampton Falls for £100. [84] On 16 Apr 1741, he sold 100 acres in Kingston part of 200 acres and part of 80 acres “of first division lot laid out by Chester & returned 19 Sep & 27 Sep 1733” to Jonathan Longfellow of Hampton , for £400, leaving to James Basford 100 acres on the lower end. [85] He sold another 34 acres of the land in Kingstown to Jonathan Longfellow to Notingham for £22.10 on 16 Mar 1744, [86] and another 89 acres to Jethro Tilton of Hampton Falls for £75 on 1 May 1744. [87] On that same day, he sold another 50 acre lot in Chester to Jethro Tilton for £75. [88] On 29 Jul 1745, James sold 40 acres of land in Kingstown to Jethro Tilton of Hampton Falls for £100. [89] He bought 80 acres of land in Chester from Jethro Tilton for £100 on 7 Aug 1745. [90]

He is on a list of taxpayers for Chester, NH in 1741. [91]

On 15 Aug 1746, he obtained a writ of mandamus ordering the town of Kingston to record his title to two lots of land of two hundred and forty acres which he claimed had been laid out to him in Sep 1733. [92] The town disputed his title and petitioned for a stay of mandamus until he could prove it. [3] On 21 Nov 1747 the sheriff to attach goods of James Bassford of Chester, yeoman, Jethro Tilton of Hampton Falls, gentleman, Jonathan Longfellow of Exeter, gentleman and Timothy Ingalls late of Chester, yeoman, to answer to proprietors of Kingston. They plead not guilty. A committee viewed the town books to see who had forfeited their rights. James Basford was listed 6 May 1715. The town records indicated that on 19 Sep 1733, at the desire of James Basford, the ot layers of Chester laid out to his grant 200 acres and 80 acres. The jury found for the defendants and the case was appealed. From the town book of 9 Dec 1705. Samuel Welsh and James Basford are taken into said town and were granted a first and second division and one right in the common as had been granted to others. (However, James Basford was not on a 1708 list of proprietors in the town book, although Samuel Welsh was). On 22 Mar 1747, a jury finds for the appellees, James Basford et al. [93]

On 3 Dec 1745, James sold 50 acres of land to his son Joseph Basford for £80. [94] He sold another 80 acres to his son James Basford, for £50 on 10 Dec 1745. [95]

On 9 Jul 1747, James Basford of Chester, yeoman, sold a 4 acre meadow lot to John Tolford of Chester for £6. [96]

On 8 Mar 1749, James Basford of Chester promised to pay Mathew Morton of Portsmouth £28.10.10 balance of account for a looking glass, quintle of fish, 4 makrel barrels 2 bags. He was sued for non-payment on 15 May 1750. [97]

He received two land grants in Canterbury in 1750: a 40 acre lot (#42) and a 100 acre lot (#113) [98]

[24] gives birth as 9 May 1697, Hampton Falls, NH However, no record of this birth is found in the Hampton VRs.

[12] and [2]give death as 16 Dec 1745, Chester, NH. However, he was living on 26 Mar 1756 when he was sued for non-payment on a note dated 25 Dec 1729. [25]

[15, p. 588], [10, pp. 227, 465], [16], [11, pp. 79, 186], [17], [1], [12], [18, pp. 71-73], [2], [91], [3], [7], [8], [9], [30], [31], [99], [32], [33], [34], [36], [37], [38], [39], [35], [26], [40], [41], [42, p. 40], [43], [44], [45], [27], [46], [47], [48], [49], [50], [6], [51], [52], [25], [58], [100], [53], [54], [56], [28], [55], [57], [59], [60], [29], [61], [62], [63], [64], [65], [66], [67], [68], [69], [70], [72], [71], [73], [101], [74], [75], [76], [77], [78], [79], [80], [81], [82], [83], [84], [85], [86], [87], [88], [92], [89], [90], [94], [95], [96], [93], [97], [98], [20, p. 11], [102]
He married Mary DAVIS, daughter of Lieut. Joseph DAVIS (1660-~1743) & Mary STEVENS (?->1743), abt 1712. [1], [2] Born abt 1695 in Dover, NH or Hampton, NH. [17], [12] Mary died in prob. Chester, NH, bef 25 May 1761. [103] deed indicates she was deceased.

Her identity as the daughter of Joseph Davis is confirmed by a deed dated 25 May 1761 for a parcel land in Durham, NH from Joseph Basford, Abigail the wife of the deceased Jacob Basford, and the widow Elizabeth Clough to Joseph Davis of Durham. The land “fell to our mother, Mary Basford, of Chester aforesaid, deceased, which would have fallen to her out of her father Joseph’s estate.” [103], [102]

[2] gives birthplace as Dover, NH, but [12] gives birthplace as Hampton, NH.

[17] gives death as 1757.

[16], [11, pp. 79, 186], [17], [1], [12], [2], [103], [102]
They had the following children:
8i.
Mary (~1713-~1757)
9ii.
Jacob (1715-~1760)
10iii.
James (<1721-?)
11iv.
Joseph (~1720-1791)
12v.
Elizbeth (?-?)


Some sources show a son John born abt 1717-1720. [18, p. 73], [2] However, no reliable data has been found to support this fact.

There was a John Basford was rated for a poll in a Chester list of 1741, but this is possibly in error for his father James Basford whose name was not listed. [3]

There are two deeds for a John Basford in Rockingham Co. 79:180 (1765) and 105:346 (1767). As one of these is in partnership with Ebenezer Basford they are probably for the sons of Jacob who married Abigail Silver. [3]
3. Mary BASFORD (Jacob1). Born on 28 Aug 1687 in Hampton, NH. [104], [19, p. 20], [105] Mary was baptized in Hampton, NH, on 9 May 1697. [15, p. 588] Mary died in Newmarket, NH, on 8 Oct 1744. [1], [12], [105]

[15, p. 588], [16], [11, p. 79], [17], [1], [12], [104], [18, p. 72], [2], [19, p. 20], [20, p. 11], [105], [21]
She married Jeremiah FOLSOM, son of Dea. John FOLSOM (<1641-1715) & Abigail PERKINS (1655-?), on 26 Jan 1709 in Hampton, NH. [15, p. 588], [11, p. 79], [105] Born abt 1680 in Exeter, NH. [105] Jeremiah died in Newmarket, NH, on 8 Oct 1757. [105]

[15, p. 588], [11, p. 79], [17], [12], [18, p. 72], [2], [105]
They had one child:
13i.
Col. Jeremiah (1719-1802)
4. Elizabeth BASFORD (Jacob1). Born on 7 May 1692 in Hampton, NH. [104], [19, p. 19], [21] Elizabeth was baptized in Hampton, NH, on 9 May 1697. [15, p. 588] Elizabeth died bef 1772. [17], [1]

In a deed dated 10 Mar 1711/2 her father Jacob Basford deeded some land to Elizabeth and her husband John Davis. [1]

In 1762, Elizabeth was living with her son Josiah Davis. [1]

[15, p. 588], [16], [11, pp. 79, 185], [17], [1], [12], [104], [18, p. 72], [2], [19, p. 19], [106, pp. 678-679], [20, p. 11], [21]
She married Capt. John DAVIS, son of John DAVIS (~1660-~1710) & Elizabeth BOWDEN (1661-~1700), on 2 Aug 1711 in Hampton, NH. [15, p. 657], [11, p. 79] Born on 4 May 1689 in Amesbury, MA. [11, p. 185], [18, p. 11] John died in Biddeford, ME, on 12 May 1752. [11, p. 185] Buried in Lower Biddeford Burying Ground, Biddeford, ME. [1]

On 28 Oct 1719 John Davis purchased land in Biddeford, ME on the eastern side of the Saco River. [1]

Gravestone in the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground, Biddeford, ME [1]
Here lies the body of Capt. John Davis Aged 64 years & 8 days Died May 12, 1752.

Will dated 25 May 1752 in Biddeford, ME, proved 6 Jul 1752, names wife Elizabeth, ; sons Jacob, Ezra, John and Josiah; and daughters Sarah Parker, Elizabeth Patterson, Hephzibah Sawyer, Mary Stagpole and Margaret Davis. Josiah was named executor. Inventory was taken 14 Jul 1752. [106, pp. 678-679]

[15, pp. 588, 657], [11, pp. 79, 185], [1], [12], [18, pp. 11, 72], [2], [106, pp. 678-679], [20, p. 11]
5. Margaret BASFORD (Jacob1). Born on 20 Jun 1695 in Hampton, NH. [104], [19, p. 63], [21] Margaret was baptized in Hampton, NH, on 9 May 1697. [15, p. 588] Margaret died aft 1730. [17]

[15, p. 588], [16], [11, p. 79], [1], [12], [104], [18, p. 72], [2], [2], [19, p. 63], [24], [20, p. 11], [21]
She married William WILLEY, son of John WILLEY (?-?) & Alice (WILLEY) (?-?), on 9 Dec 1718 in Hampton, NH. [11, p. 79] Born abt 1694. [2] William died aft 1730. [2]

of Durham. [15, p. 588]

[15, p. 588], [11, p. 79], [1], [12], [18, p. 72], [2], [2], [24], [20, p. 11]


[17] gave marriage as 6 Mar 1719/20.

[20, p. 11] gives marriage as 7 Dec 1718.
6. Hephzibah BASFORD (Jacob1). Born on 28 Jun 1699 in Hampton, NH. [104], [19, p. 69], [21] Hephzibah died bef 1741. [2] aka: Hepzibah.

[15, p. 588], [16], [11, pp. 79, 151], [1], [12], [104], [18, p. 72], [2], [19, p. 69], [24], [20, p. 11], [21]
She married Richard CLIFFORD, son of Israel CLIFFORD (~1650-?) & Ann SMITH (?-?), on 26 Dec 1721 in Hampton Falls, NH. [11, p. 151], [24] Born on 27 Mar 1698 in Hampton, NH. [11, p. 151], [19, p. 67] Richard died in Kingston, NH, aft 1762. [1]

[1] gives birth as 27 Mar 1699, Hampton, NH

[15, p. 588], [11, pp. 79, 151], [1], [12], [18, p. 72], [2], [19, p. 67], [24], [20, p. 11]
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