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James Babcock, Sr.

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Birthplace: Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Death: Died in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Babcock Burying Ground, Masatuxet, Westerly, Kings (now Washington Co.), RI
Immediate Family:

Son of John Babcock and Mary Babbitt
Husband of Elizabeth Babcock and Content Hiscox
Father of Mary Babcock; James Babcock, Jr.; Mary Elizabeth Clarke; Samuel Babcock; Daniel Babcock and 7 others
Brother of Anna Barber; Mary Macomber; Capt. John Babcock; Job I Babcock, Sr.; George Babcock and 6 others

Occupation: Blacksmith, Captain, Town Treasurer, Councilman, Justice of the Peace and Representative of RI Legislature
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About Capt. James Babcock, Sr.

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  • Parents:
    • John Babcock (1644 - 1685)
    • Mary Lawton Babcock (1646 - 1711) 
  • Spouses:
    • Elizabeth Saunders Babcock (1662 - 1730)*
    • Content Maxson Babcock (1709 - ____)* 
  • Children:
    • Anna Babcock Clarke*
    • James Babcock (1688 - 1731)*
    • Elizabeth Babcock Clarke (1691 - ____)*
    • Samuel Babcock (1697 - 1772)*
    • Joshua Babcock (1707 - 1783)*
  • Sibling:
    • James Babcock (1663 - 1736)
    •  Anna Susanne Babcock Barber (1665 - 1688)*
    • Susannah Babcock Reynolds (1677 - 1723)*
    • Oliver Babcock (1683 - 1773)*
  • Military Service: Captain of militia in Westerly, RI.
  • Burial: James Babcock Ground, Westerly, Washington Co, RI, USA

From: http://ricemeteries.tripod.com/wy_ceme.HTM#WY007

Cemetery notes and/or description:

  • WY007 JAMES BABCOCK GROUND WESTERLY RI
  • Location: 15 ft east of WATCH HILL RD at TEL pole # 1100
  • 40 burials with 28 inscriptions from 1731 to 1898 150 ft x 200 ft in fair condition enclosed with a stone wall; sign ???
  • NOTE: Frederic Denison recorded this lot 1867-8;
    • This is south of Mastuxet Brook, on the slope of the hill, east of the highway leading to Lottery Village. It is perhaps the largest, and it is one of the oldest of the ancient burial places in the town.
    • This contains John Babcock and his wife Mary, and many of their descendants.
    • We copy from the inscriptions of the tombstones of all persons above the age of twenty, taking only the names and dates. see article in Westerly Daily Sun 10 Jul 1906 This cemetery has been recorded and checked.
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From: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jonsaunders&id=I3134

  • Note: Wm. E. WRIGHT: 'Ancesters & Descendants Of William Browning Greene And Mary Hoxsie Lewis'; Gateway Press; Baltimore, MD; 1993; pp 18-20. He married a his second wife in his late 60's and had another family. His second wife was only 23!
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TANYA BABCOCK POIRIER THE BABCOCK GENEALOGY 73 Sandpiper Drive Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6B9 Canada tpoirier@klondiker.com

  • Supposedly the first white child born in Westerly, Washington (now Kings) County, Rhode Island.

The inscription upon his gravestone (which is six feet long and four feet wide and three feet above the surface of the ground) reads: "In memory of Captain James Babcock who died January Ye 17, 1736, in ye year of his age. Having been in his life of extensive charity and beneficence and not wholly silent at his death."

On April 1, 1698, twenty days before his mother married Erasmus Babbit, his brothers Elihu, Robert, Joseph and Oliver, chose him to serve as the ir guardian.

He served for may years as town treasurer, was town councilman, was oft en moderator at town meetings, and for many years he represented Westerly in the Legislature of the Colony of Rhode Island, held at Newport

In 1692 the town council voted 100 acres of and to each of twenty-five cit izens, among whom were James and Job Babcock.

BABCOCK AND ALLIED FAMILIES, by M. M. Lewis, Brooklyn, New York. page 10.

  • Born in Westerly, Rhode Island about 1663 and died there 17 Jan 1736- 7. He being the eldest son, received all his father's real estate, half of which he deeded and contracted to his mother, June 26, 1685. In Apri l, 1686, he was made a freeman at Westerly, and on March 28, 1692, he w as voted one hundred acres of land. He united with the Seventh Day Bapti st Church of Newport and Westerly in 1692, and when the Westerly branch (n ow the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton) became an independent body in 1708, he was a constituent member. He continued a member to the time of his death, and bequeathed to it one hundred pounds in money. Prior to 1690 he was commissioned Captain of Militia in Westerly, Rhode Island. On April 1, 1698, twenty days before his mother married Erasmus Babbit, his brothers Elihu, Robert, Joseph and Oliver, chose him to serve as their guardian. He served for many years as town treasurer, was town council man, was often moderator at town meetings, and for many years he represented Westerly in the Legislature of the Colony of Rhode Island, held at Newport.

Capt James Babcock's last will, written January 9, 1736/7, eight days before his death, was entered for probate January 31, 17376/7. By his w ill he gave to his children and grandchildren eight or ten farms, comprising some two thousand acres of land, each farm carefully bonded. He provided that his infant son, James should receive a college education, and also that in case his wife should marry again the three younger children should be taken from her and brought up by his executor, heir half-brother Joshua.

  • Captain James Babcock married 1st about 1687, one tradition says Elizabeth Saunders, daughter of Tobias, while another says Elizabeth Babbitt, daughter of Erasmus.
  • James Babcock was married 2nd in Westerly by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, July 7, 1731, to Content Maxson, who was born at Westerly, Jan 28, 1709, eldest child of Jonathan and Content (Rogers) Maxson. She married 2nd Dec. 22, 1742 William Hiscox (widower), son of Thomas and Bethia (Clark) Hiscox, by whom she had four children.

THE BABCOCK GENEALOGY, by Stephen Babcock, page 14.

  • James-3 Babcock, better known as Capt. James, eldest child of John and Mary (Lawton) Babcock (James-1), born Westerly, RI, 1663 (?); died there Jan. 17, 1736-7. He was buried in the Babcock Burying Ground at Massatuxet, which is upon the east side of the road, about midway between Westerly and Watch Hill. His grave is covered by a horizontal tablet, six feet long and four feet wide, and is about three feet above the surface of the ground. The inscription upon the tablet is as follows: "In memory of Capt. James Babcock, who died January ye 17th, 1736, in ye year of his age. Having been in his life of extensive charity and beneficence and not wholly silent at his death." The year of his age has been, by time or vandalism, completely obliterated.

John Babcock, father of Capt. James, when eighteen years of age, went, March 1662, to Westerly with the first company of permanent settlers.

  • Tradition says that James was the first white male child born in Misquamicut (Westerly). Presuming this to be true James was no doubt born in 1662 or 1663.
  • June 22, 1731 (fifteen days before his second marriage), he signed a " Covenant made and contracted between Capt. James Babcock of Westerly yoeman, and Content Maxson daughter to Jona. Maxson," viz.; "I ye sd, Babcock do hereby convenant with sd. Content that on condition shee doth take me as her husband and doth outlive me I do oblige my heirs to pay her w ithin 3 years after my deceased 100 pounds currant Money in Lieu of her right to her thirds. -- On these terms Content is willing and satisfied to be married." (Westerly Town Records, 1719, page. 26).
  • Capt. James, being the eldest son, was by the English law of primogeniture heir to all the real estate of his father. "With a devotion to his mother worthy of all praise." he surrendered to his "loving and natural mother, Mary Babcock." one half of all the real estate left by his father, " to have and enjoy and to dispose of as she shall see it meet during the time of her life or after her decease, provided she shall dispose of it unto my father's male children." The contract was dated June 26, 1685. (Westerly Town Records, Book i, page. 65)
  • In public records he is often referred to as "James, the widow's son".

In 1692 the town council voted 100 acres of and to each of twenty-five citizens, among whom were James and Job Babcock. In that year he united with the Seventh Day Baptist Church and continued a member until his death, when he willed 100 pounds to the church.

  • His title and rank of Captain came from his being commissioned Captain of Militia in Westerly, prior to 1690. When their mother remarried, the four youngest brothers chose James as their guardian. He later deeded some parcels of land to his younger brothers, "for brotherly love".
  • For many years Capt. James was Town Treasurer, Town Councilman, and often Moderator at town meetings, and represented Westerly in the Legislature of the Colony of Rhode Island, held at Newport. In 1717 he was Justice of the Peace for Westerly.

By his will he gave to his children and grandchildren eight or ten farms, comprising some two thousand acres of land. He provided that his infant son James should receive a college education. The family burying ground is reserved from his farm. It has been said of Captain James Babcock that he was a good as he was rich, a true philanthropist who lived for God and his fellow men.

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'Wm. E. WRIGHT: "Ancesters & Descendants Of William Browning Greene And Mary Hoxsie Lewis"; Gateway Press; Baltimore, MD; 1993; pp 18-20. \

  • He married his second wife in his late 60's and had another family. His second wife was only 23!

BABCOCK genealogy NOTE: The 1903 BABCOCK genealogy & the 1954 MAXSON genealogy confirm that this James BABCOCK was the one with these families-- not James-3 of James-2 BABCOCK.

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From: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/a/m/Norman-V-James

Capt James Babcock b 1663 Westerly, RI & d Jan 17 1735 Westerly, RI. He m1 Elizabeth Saunders 1687 Westerly, RI, dtr of Tobias Saunders & Mary Peckham. She b c1661 Westerly, RI & d Mar 3 1730 Westerly, RI. He m2 Content Maxson Jul 7 1731 Westerly, RI, dtr of Jonathan Maxson & Content Rogers. She b Jan 28 1708 Westerly, RI & d 1749. Children of Capt James Babcock & Elizabeth Saunders: i. James b Dec 23 1688 Westerly, RI; d Apr 9 1731, N Stoningham, CT ii. Elizabeth b Feb 18 1691 Westerly, RI; d c1723 Westerly, RI iii. Samual b Feb 15 1697 Westerly, RI; d 1772, Westerly, RI iv. Daniel b Feb 15 1699 Westerly, RI; d 1740 Westerly, RI v. Anna b Nov 29 1701 Westerly, RI; d May 13 1731, Westerly, RI vi. Joshua , Dr b May 17 1707 Westerly, RI; d Apr 1 1783 Westerly, RI vii. Sarah b Dec 13 1704 Children of Capt James Babcock & Content Maxson: viii. Anna b Mar 30 1732 Westerly, RI; d Nov 7 1768, N Stoningham, CT ix. James Jr b Nov 1 1734 Westerly, RI; d Sep 1781 Westerly, RI x. Jonathan b Oct 11 1736 Westerly, RI; d 1767 At Sea

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http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nanc/babcock/aqwg03.htm Capt James Babcock (John, James) b 1663 Westerly, Kings Co, RI, d 17 Jan 1736/1737 Westerly, Kings Co, RI & bur Babcock Burying Grnd, Massatuxet, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI 1636-1850, Washington Co. Marriages, Arnold Collection by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, James & Content Maxson, m by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, Jul 7 1731 Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 10 b Westerly, RI c1663, d there 17 Jan 1736-7. He being eldest son, recd all father's real estate, 1/2 of which he deeded & contracted to mother Jun 26 1685. Apr 1686 he was made freeman at Westerly & Mar 28 1692 was voted 100 acres of land. He united w/7th-Day Baptist Church, Newport & Westerly in 1692, & when Westerly branch (now 1st 7th-Day Baptist Church, Hopkinton) became independent body in 1708, he was constituent mbr. He continued mbr to time of his death, & bequeathed to it 100 pounds in money. Prior to 1690 he was commissioned Capt of Militia, Westerly, RI. Apr 1 1698, 20 da bef his mother m Erasmus Babbit, his bros Elihu, Robert, Joseph & Oliver, chose him to serve as guardian. He served for many years as town treas, was town councilman, was often moderator at town mtgs, & for many yrs he represented Westerly in Legislature of Colony of RI, held at Newport. Capt James Babcock's last will, written Jan 9 1736/7, 8 da bef his death, was entered for probate Jan 31 17376/7. By his will he gave to his children & grdchildren 8 or 10 farms, comprising some 2000 acres land, each farm carefully bonded. He provided his infant son, James should receive college education, & also in case his wife should marry again 3 younger children should be taken from her & brought up by his executor, heir half-brother Joshua. Capt James Babcock m1 c1687, 1 tradition says Elizabeth Saunders, dtr of Tobias, while another says Elizabeth Babbitt, dtr of Erasmus. James Babcock was m2 in Westerly by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, Jul 7 1731 to Content Maxson, who b Westerly, Jan 28 1709, eldest child of Jonathan & Content (Rogers) Maxson. She m2 Dec 22 1742 William Hiscox (widower), son of Thomas & Bethia (Clark) Hiscox, by whom she had 4 children. Babcock Genealogy, Stephen Babcock, p 14 James Babcock, better known as Capt James, eldest child of John & Mary (Lawton) Babcock (James-1), b Westerly, RI, c1663; d there Jan 17 1736-7. He bur in Babcock Burying Grnd, Massatuxet, which is upon east side of rd, abt midway bet Westerly & Watch Hill. His grave is covered by horizontal tablet, 6 ft long & 4 ft wide, & is abt 3 ft above ground. Inscription upon tablet is as follows: "In memory of Capt James Babcock, who died January ye 17th, 1736, in ye year of his age. Having been in his life of extensive charity and beneficence and not wholly silent at his death." Yr of his age has been, by time or vandalism, completely obliterated. John Babcock, father of Capt James, when 18 yrs of age, went Mar 1662, to Westerly w/1st company of permanent settlers. Tradition says James was 1st white male child b in Misquamicut (Westerly). Presuming this to be true James was no doubt b 1662-63. Jun 22 1731 (15 da bef his 2nd marriage), he signed "Covenant made & contracted bet Capt James Babcock of Westerly yoeman, & Content Maxson dtr to Jona. Maxson," viz; "I ye sd, Babcock do hereby convenant with sd. Content that on condition shee doth take me as her husband and doth outlive me I do oblige my heirs to pay her within 3 years after my deceased 100 pounds currant Money in Lieu of her right to her thirds. -- On these terms Content is willing and satisfied to be married." (Westerly Town Records, 1719, p 26). Capt James, being eldest son, was by Eng law of primogeniture heir to all real estate of his father. "With a devotion to his mother worthy of all praise." he surrendered to his "loving & natural mother, Mary Babcock" 1/2 of all real estate left by his father, "to have & enjoy & to dispose of as she shall see it meet during the time of her life or after her decease, provided she shall dispose of it unto my father's male children." Contract dated Jun 26 1685. (Westerly Town Records, Book i, p 65). In public records he is often referred to as "James, the widow's son". 1692 town council voted 100 acres of & to each of 25 citizens, amg whom were James & Job Babcock. In that yr he united w/7th-Day Baptist Church & continued mbr until his death, when he willed 100 pounds to church. His title & rank of Capt came from his being commissioned Capt of Militia in Westerly, prior to 1690. When their mother remarried, 4 youngest bros chose James as their guardian. He later deeded some parcels of land to his younger bros, "for brotherly love". For many years Capt James was Town Treas, Town Councilman, & often Moderator at town mtgs, & represented Westerly in Legislature of Colony of RI, held at Newport. 1717 he was Justice of Peace for Westerly. By his will he gave to his children & grdchildren 8 or 10 farms, comprising some 2000 acres of land. He provided his infant son James receive college education. Family burying grnd is reserved from his farm. It has been said of Capt James Babcock that he was good as he was rich, true philanthropist who lived for God & his fellow men. Babcock Cemetery, Wolf Stone Capt James Babcock d Jan 17 1736. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 212 James, b ____. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 James Babcock b prob 1664, m Elizabeth ____, prob 1687. His wife d Mar 3 1731, & he m2 Content Maxson, Jul 9 1731. He made his will, Jan 9 1737 & d Jan 17 1737. NOTE: "In Memory of Capt James Babcock who died Jan 17 1736-7. In ye ___ of his age, Having been in his life, One of righteousness, charity and benevolence, And not altogether silent at his death." Researching this line is Jean Reid, 106 Beal's Court, Tama, Iowa 52339 Researching this line is Nancyann Norman at nancn@exis.net James m1 Elizabeth Saunders dtr of Tobias Saunders & Mary Peckham, c1687. Elizabeth b 1667. She d 3 Mar 1730/1731 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY. p 10 Capt James Babcock m1 c1687, 1 tradition says Elizabeth Saunders, dtr of Tobias, while another says Elizabeth Babbitt, dtr of Erasmus. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 James Babcock b prob 1664, m Elizabeth ____, prob 1687. His wife d Mar 3 1731. Researching this line is Jean Reid, 106 Beal's Crt, Tama, Iowa 52339 Researching this line is Nancyann Norman at exis.net Source: C Merton Babcock. C M Babcock: Elizabeth Saunders, b c1664; d 3 Mar 1731. Dtr of Tobias & Mary (Peckham) Saunders. They had following children: M i James Jr. b 23 Dec 1688, d 9 Apr 1731. F ii Elizabeth b 8 Feb 1690/1691. M iii Samuel b 15 Feb 1697, d 1772. M iv Daniel b 23 Apr 1699, d 1740. F v Anna b 3 29 Nov 1701 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. She d 13 May 1731. Vital Records of RI, Westerly, Kings Co, RI, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James Arnold, Vol 5, p 73. Babcock, Anna, of Capt James, Jr, & Elizabeth, b Nov 29 1701. Vital Records of RI, Marriages of S Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, Ann, & Silas Greenman, Mar 23 1730 History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 Anna, b Nov 19 1701. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 405 Silas Greenman m2 Anne Babcock, Mar 23 1731. She d May 13 1731. Anna m Capt Silas Greenman, son of Edward Greenman & Margaret MNU, 23 Mar 1730/1731 in S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. Silas b c1690. Vital Records of RI, Marriages of S Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, Ann & Silas Greenman, Mar 23 1730. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 405 Silas, b c1690. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 405 Silas Greenman m Katharine Greenman in Kingstown, Jan 3 1715, by Christopher Allen. Mrs.Katharine d Apr 17 1730, age 36. Mr Silas Greenman m2 Anne Babcock, Mar 23 1731. She d May 13 1731, & aft her death he m3 Eunice Babcock of Babcock family, of S Kingstown, RI, May 10 1737. Vital Records of RI, Marriages of S Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, Eunice, of S Kingstown, & Capt Silas Greenman, of Stonington, CT, May 10 1737. Vital Records of Stonington, CT, Vol 3, p 55 Babcock, Eunice, d George, of South Kingstown, RI, m Capt Silas Greenman, of Stonington, May 10 1737, by Rev Danniel Everett. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY. p 27 Eunice, b Jan 13 1712-13; m Silas Greenman. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 Eunice, b 1712, m Silas Greenman, that family, 1st, & 2nd, ____. F vi Sarah b 13 Dec 1704 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. She d 2 13 Nov 1705 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Sarah, of Capt James Jr, & Elizabeth, b Dec 13 1704. Vital Records of RI, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Sarah, of Capt James Jr, & Elizabeth, d Nov 13 1705. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 Sarah, b Dec 3 1704, d Nov 13 1705. M vii Dr Joshua Babcock b 17 May 1707, d 1 Apr 1783. James m2 Content Maxson, dtr of Jonathan Maxson & Content Rogers, 7 Jul 1731 in Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Content b 28 Jan 1709 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. She d Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI 1636-1850, Washington Co Marriages, Arnold Collection by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, James, & Content Maxson, m by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, Jul 7 1731. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 10 ...James Babcock m2 Westerly by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, Jul 7 1731, to Content Maxson, b Westerly, Jan 28 1709, eldest child of Jonathan & Content (Rogers) Maxson. She m2 Dec 22 1742 William Hiscox (widower), son of Thomas & Bethia (Clark) Hiscox, by whom she had 4 children. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 James Babcock m2 Content Maxson, Jul 9 1731. They had following children: F viii Ann b 30 Mar 1732, d 7 Nov 1768. M ix Maj James b 1 Nov 1734, d Sep 1781. M x Jonathan b 11 Oct 1736,d 1767. Anna Babcock (John, James) b 1665 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 212 Ann, b. ___. Colonial Families of the USA NEHGR, v14/23 Ancestral Lines Revised RI Genealogical Register, Vol 1, p 112 NEHGR: Ann Babcock, named in 1685 will of her father, John Babcock. Families: Anna Babcock, sis of Col Oliver Babcock, m Joseph Clarke of Westerly. Ancestral Lines: Ann Babcock, b c1665. Potter-Richardson Memorial Anna Babcock (1701-1731), dtr of Capt James Babcock (not John & Mary Lawton Babcock), m Joseph Clarke. Since Anna was 2nd wife, she could be much younger than Joseph. But she also would be abt 20 yrs younger than bro Oliver, b c1683. RI Genealogical Register, Vol 4, p 354 (Westerly Town Records, Land Evidence No 1, 1661-1707) has will of John Babcock, who died intestate. Town council made his will 26 Jun 1685 & named dtr Ann Barber amg 10 children. It looks like Ann(a) m Mr Barber bef she m Elisha Clarke aft death of his 1st wife in 1716. RI Genealogical Register, Vol 1, p 112 Moses Barber, b 1652-possibly son of James Barber, b 1620, of Newport-m c1679 unk 1st wife. She may have been dtr Ann Barber, b 1663, mentioned in 26 Jun 1685 will of John Babcock, b 1644, of Westerly. His wife, Mary, b c1645. Anna m Joseph Clarke Jr, son of Joseph Clarke Sr. & Bethiah Hubbard, c1717. Joseph b 14 Apr 1670, d 5 Jun 1719. 1 source says he is son of Joseph & Bethia Hubbard Clarke but sources do not all show Joseph Jr. Sources: Genealogies of RI Families; Colonial Families of the USA; 160 Allied Families; NEHGR, v12, p238. Col Families: Joseph Clarke, b 14 Apr 1670, Westerly, d 5 Jun 1719. He was town clerk & elder in Westerly Church. He & father were ministers & very prominent in 7th-Day Baptist Church. He m 5 Jan 1692, Dorothy Maxson, who d 1716; m2 Anna Babcock, sis of Col Oliver Babcock. 160 Families: Joseph Clarke, b 4 Apr 1670. NEHGR: Joseph Clark Jr was on list of free inhabitants of Westerly, RI, 3 Mar 1679/80. He had lot 43. They had following children: M i Elisha Sr b 17 Nov 1718, d Aug 1796. John BABCOCK (John, James) b 1669 in Westerly, Kings Co, RI, d 28 Mar 1746 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 22 Was b Westerly RI, 1669, d there Mar 28 1746. He & wife lived abt 2 mi east of Pawcatuck Bridge, Westerly, on what in 1903, was Post Rd, & in house which was later hotel kept by Sylvester Gavitt. He was prominent both in local affairs & Gen'l Assembly from 1691, when he assisted in survey of town lands, to w/in 9 yrs of his death, serving as tax assessor, 1697-99; town councilman, 1699; town clerk, Apr 26 1700; probate clerk, 1700; rate maker, Mar 22 1703; Capt of Militia for yrs 1709, 11, 15, 18, 20, 21, 23; town clerk 1706-1732, when he was succeeded by son William; deputy for town of Westerly in Gen'l Assembly in yrs 1695, 1702, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26; justice of peace for Westerly 1730-1737. May 19 1710 John & Robert Babcock w/10 others bought from colony tract of land containing 2684 acres known as "Maxson purchase." John & wife Mary, "quit claim Jan 18 1715-16, unto William Champlain all maner of action, suits, bills, bonds, depts, etc, on account of any legacy, sum or sums of maney due us out of our deceased father, William Chaplain's estate." He m 1700 cousin, Mary Chaplin, 2nd child of William & Mary Babcock Champlin. Ancestry of Babcock Family, Gwendolyn Garland Babcock, San Marino, CA, Nov 1992, p 96-7 Babcock Genealogy, Stephen Babcock, p 18 Capt John Babcock, son of John & Mary Lawton Babcock, b Westerly, RI, 1669?; admitted freeman Feb 13 1689; d Westerly Mar 28 1746; m 1700? cousin Mary Champlin, 2nd child of William & Mary Babcock Champlin. They lived abt 2 mi east of Pawcatuck Bridge, Westerly, on what is now Post Rd. Later house was hotel kept by Sylvester Gavitt. Sources: C Merton Babcock; NEHGR, Vol 14, p 23; Potter-Richardson Memorial; Ancestral Lines Revised; A Witter Family History. NEHGR: John Babcock, named in father's will, dated 1685. C M Babcock: John Babcock (1669?-1746). Ancestral Lines: John Babcock, d Westerly, RI, 28 Mar 1746; m Mary Champlin, dtr of Mary Babcock Champlin. Witter Family: Capt John Babcock, b c1669, Westerly, RI, d 28 Mar 1746 Westerly. Capt of militia, 1709-23; deputy to Gen'l Assembly, 1695, 1702, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23-26; justice of peace, 1730-37; 7th-Day Baptist; freeman, 1689; tax assessor, 1697-99; town councilman, 1699; town clerk, 1700; probate clerk, 1700. Vital Records of RI, Westerly, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Capt John d Mar 28 1746. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 212 John, b. ____. John m Mary Champlin, dtr of William Champlin Sr & Mary Babcock, c1700. Mary b 1675 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. She d 1746. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 22 John & wife Mary, "quit claim Jan 18 1715-16, unto William Champlain all maner of action, suits, bills, bonds, depts, etc, on account of any legacy, sum or sums of maney due us out of our deceased father, William Chaplain's estate." He m 1700 cousin Mary Champlin, 2nd child of William & Mary Babcock Champlin. Sources: C Merton Babcock; Potter-Richardson Memorial; Witter Family History. C M Babcock: Mary Champlin, dtr of William & Mary Babcock Champlin. Married c1700. Memorial: Mary Champlin, 1675-1746, m 1700, John Babcock. Witter Family: Mary Champlin, b Westerly, RI, d 1746. Had 7 children. They had following children: M i John b 4 May 1701 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. He d 10 Jul 1719 Westerly, Kings Co, RI & bur 11 Jul 1719. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, John, of John & Mary, b May 4 1701. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, John Jr, of John & Mary, d Jul 10, bur 11, 1719. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 23 M ii Ichabod b 21 Nov 1703. M iii Stephen b 2 May 1706, d 22 Dec 1775. M iv William b 15 Apr 1708, d 15 Jan 1751/1752. F v Amey born 8 Feb 1712/1713. F vi Mary b 23 Jul 1716. F vii Ann b 14 Sep 1721 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Ann, of John & Mary, b Sep 14 1721. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 23 Not being mentioned in father's will, she prob d young. Job BABCOCK (John, James) b 1671 in Westerly, Kings Co, RI, d 10 Feb 1754/1755 S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 212 Job b ____. NHR Vol VII, p 241 1st Town Council of S Kingston, elected in 1723, consisted of Job Babcock & 5 others. May 1727, Job chosen Deputy from S Kingston to Gen'l Court of RI. June 1727, he was appointed prothonotary. Feb 1712, in lawsuit bet John Knight & Job abt some Naraganset land, appeal was allowed to Great Britain. (Potter's Early History) 1731, Job conveyed to each of his sons, Job, Samuel & John, certain land. Sources: NEHGR, Vol 14, p 23; C Merton Babcock; Ancestral Lines Revised. NEHGR: Job Babcock, named in father's will, dated 1685. C M Babcock: Job Babcock (1671?-1754/5), m Deborah ______, c1695?. Ancestral Lines: Job Babcock, d S Kingstown, RI, c1754; m Deborah Reynolds. Job m Deborah Reynolds 1695 S Kingstown, Washington Co, RI. Deborah d bef 1755. Sources: Ancestral Lines Revised. Ancestral Lines: Deborah Reynolds. They had following children: M i Job b 1697. M ii Samuel b c1700. M iii John b 12 Aug 1702, d 1 Nov 1763. F iv Mary b c1704 S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI, m Mr Stanton. F v Deborah b c1706. F vi Abigail b c1708 S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. m John Segar. George Babcock (John, James) b 1673 Westerly, Kings Co, RI, d 1 May 1756 S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850 N Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, Marriages, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 8 Babcock, George & Elizabeth Hall, Nov 28 1694. Babcock & Alllied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 26 Was b Westerly, RI 1673, d S Kingstown, RI, May 1 1756. Dec 1696 mother deeded to him tract of land in Westerly. He was living in Kingstown Dec 31 1706 on which date he sold land to bro James in Westerly. George Babcock baptized Jun 1707, & united w/7th-Day Baptist Church, Newport & Westerly, RI, & was ever aft closely indentifed w/it as mbr, leaving it 300 pounds. Jun 28 1709, George Babcock w/26 others bought from Colony of RI a lrg tract of land in Kingstown & Westerly known as "Shannock Purchase." His tract of land thus purchased was located in Westerly on south side of Shannock Hill & extended west to Pawcatuck Riv in what later was known as Hopkinton & Richmond. He served many years as justice of peace. Graves of George Babcock & wife lie side by side in what is now "Tucker Burying Grnd," formerly "Babcock Burying Grnd". By will dated Nov 13 1750, probated & recorded in S Kingstown, RI, May 10 1756, he gives away lrg no of farms & much personal property. Son David is exector. George Babcock m Nov 28 1694, Elizabeth Hall, dtr of Henry & Content MNU Hall. She d S Kingstown, May 8 1762. History of Stonington CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 212 George, b 1673, d May 1 1756. History of Stonington CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 George Babcock m Elizabeth Hall, Nov 28 1694. His will was proved May 10 1756. Elizabeth was dtr of Henry & Content Hall of Kingstown, RI. Potter Families & their Descendants in Am, 1888 (929.273,P851g), George Babcock of Westerly. Some RI Descendants of Nathaniel Potter, 1989 (929.273,P854c), George Babcock of Kingstown & Westerly. NEHGR, Vol 14, p 23, George Babcock, named in father's will, dated 1685. C Merton Babcock, George Babcock (1673-1756), m 1694 Elizabeth Hall. Ancestral Lines Revised, George Babcock, b 1673, d S Kingstown 1 May 1756; m 28 Nov 1694 Elizabeth Hall. George m Elizabeth Hall, dtr of Henry Hall & Content, 28 Nov 1694 N Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. Elizabeth b est 1688 Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. She d 8 May 1762 S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850 N Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, Marriages, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 8 Babcock, George & Elizabeth Hall, Nov 28 1694. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 26 George Babcock m Nov 28 1694, Elizabeth Hall, dtr of Henry & Content Hall. She d S Kingstown, May 8 1762. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 George Babcock m Elizabeth Hall, Nov 28 1694. His will was proved May 10 1756. Elizabeth was dtr of Henry & Content Hall of Kingstown, RI. Ancestral Lines Revised, Elizabeth Hall, m 28 Nov 1694. NEHGR, Vol 14, Elizabeth Hall, called Elizabeth Button in father's will. C M Babcock, Elizabeth Hall, dtr of Henry & Content Hall. Tripp Children, Elizabeth Hall Babcock, wife of George Babcock. [Note: Did she also m Button?] They had following children: F i Mary b 20 Sep 1695. M ii George b 9 Apr 1699, d 1767. M iii David b 22 Dec 1700, d Mar 1783. M iv Jonathan b 22 Mar 1702/1703. F v Elizabeth b 16 Mar 1704/1705. F vi Abigail b 6 Feb 1706/1707. F vii Ruth b 1 Mar 1709 N Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850 N Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, Births & Deaths, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 56 Babcock, Ruth, of George & Elizabeth, b Mar 1 1709. Vital Records of RI, Marriages of S Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, Ruth, of S Kingstown, & Caleb Hill, of Prudence Island, Feb 21 1730. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 213 Ruth, b 1709. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 27 Ruth, b Mar 14 1709, m by Christopher Allen, Justice, Caleb Hill, of Prudence Island, RI, Feb 25 1730-31. Ruth m Caleb Hill 21 Feb 1730 S Kingstown, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, Marriages of S Kingstown, Washington Co, RI, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 6 Babcock, Ruth, of South Kingstown, & Caleb Hill, of Prudence Island, Feb 21 1730. Babcock & Allied Families, M M Lewis, Brooklyn, NY, p 27 Ruth, b Mar 14 1709, m by Christopher Allen, Justice, Caleb Hill, of Prudence Island, RI, Feb 25 1730-31. F viii Eunice b 13 Jan 1712/1713. M ix Hezekiah b 26 Mar 1715, d 1798. M x Elisha b 18 May 1718. Robert Babcock (John, James) b 1678 in Westerly, Kings Co, RI. He d 27 Aug 1719 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 212 Robert b ____. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 221 Robert Babcock m Lydia ____. Murdered by John. C M Babcock: Robert Babcock (1678?-1719, m 1701 Lydia Crandall, dtr of Rev Joseph & Deborah Burdick Crandall. NEHGR, Vol 14, p 23. Robert Babcock, named in father's will, dated 1685. Ancestral Lines: Robert Babcock, d Westerly, RI, 27 Aug 1718; m Lydia Crandall. Robert m Lydia Crandall, dtr of Rev Joseph Crandall & Deborah Burdick, 1701. Lydia b c1683 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. She d aft 11 Feb 1720. History of Stonington, CT, Richard A Wheeler, p 220 Robert Babcock m Lydia ____. Sources: C Merton Babcock; Ancestral Lines Revised. C M Babcock: Lydia Crandall, dtr of Rev Joseph & Deborah Burdick Crandall. They had following children: F i Mary b 31 Aug 1702 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Mary, of Robert & Lydia, b Aug 31 1702. F ii Lydia b 3 Nov 1703. M iii Robert b 8 May 1706 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Robert, of Robert & Lydia, b May 8 1706. iv Elisha b 5 Jun 1708 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Elisha, of Robert & Lydia, b Jun 5 1708. F v Sarah b 28 Mar 1710 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Sarah, of Robert & Lydia, b Mar 28 1710. F vi Patience b 23 Dec 1711 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Patience, of Robert & Lydia, b Dec 23 1711. M vii Simeon b 17 Oct 1714, d 30 Nov 1751. M viii Ezekiel b 22 Jun 1716. M ix Joseph b 9 Apr 1718 Westerly, Kings Co, RI. Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Joseph, of Robert & Lydia, b Apr 9 1718. x Remember b 11 Feb 1719/1720 Westerly, Kings Co, RI Vital Records of RI, 1636-1850, Washington Co, Births & Deaths, Arnold Collection, by James N Arnold, Vol 5, p 73 Babcock, Remember, of Robert & Lydia, b Feb 11 1720. -------------------- Military Service: Captain -------------------- Had the rank of Captain. -------------------- From: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nanc/babcock/aqwg03.htm#2434

  • 15. Capt. James BABCOCK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (John , James ) was born 1663 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. He died 17 Jan 1736/1737 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island and was buried in Babcock Burying Ground, Massatuxet, Kings Co., Rhode Island.
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VITAL RECORDS OF RHODE ISLAND 1636-1850, WASHINGTON CO. MARRIAGES, Arnold Collection by James N. Arnold, Vol. 5, page 6.
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  • BABCOCK, James, and Content MAXSON, m. by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, July 7, 1731.
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BABCOCK AND ALLIED FAMILIES, by M.M. Lewis, Brooklyn, New York. page 10.
    

  • Born in Westerly, Rhode Island about 1663 and died there 17 Jan 1736-7. He being the eldest son, received all his father's real estate, half of which he deeded and contracted to his mother, June 26, 1685. In April, 1686, he was made a freeman at Westerly, and on March 28, 1692, he was voted one hundred acres of land. He united with the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Newport and Westerly in 1692, and when the Westerly branch (now the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton) became an independent body in 1708, he was a constituent member. He continued a member to the time of his death, and bequeathed to it one hundred pounds in money. Prior to 1690 he was commissioned Captain of Militia in Westerly, Rhode Island. On April 1, 1698, twenty days before his mother married Erasmus Babbit, his brothers Elihu, Robert, Joseph and Oliver, chose him to serve as their guardian. He served for many years as town treasurer, was town councilman, was often moderator at town meetings, and for many years he represented Westerly in the Legislature of the Colony of Rhode Island, held at Newport.
    
  • Capt James Babcock's last will, written January 9, 1736/7, eight days before his death, was entered for probate January 31, 17376/7. By his will he gave to his children and grandchildren eight or ten farms, comprising some two thousand acres of land, each farm carefully bonded. He provided that his infant son, James should receive a college education, and also that in case his wife should marry again the three younger children should be taken from her and brought up by his executor, heir half-brother Joshua.
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  • Captain James Babcock married 1st about 1687, one tradition says Elizabeth Saunders, daughter of Tobias, while another says Elizabeth Babbitt, daughter of Erasmus. James Babcock was married 2nd in Westerly by Theodoty Rhodes, Justice, July 7, 1731, to Content Maxson, who was born at Westerly, Jan 28, 1709, eldest child of Jonathan and Content (Rogers) Maxson. She married 2nd Dec. 22, 1742 William Hiscox (widower), son of Thomas and Bethia (Clark) Hiscox, by whom she had four children.
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THE BABCOCK GENEALOGY, by Stephen Babcock, page 14.
    

  • James-3 Babcock, better known as Capt. James, eldest child of John and Mary (Lawton) Babcock (James-1), born Westerly, RI, 1663 (?); died there Jan. 17, 1736-7. He was buried in the Babcock burying ground at Massatuxet, which is upon the east side of the road, about midway between Westerly and Watch Hill. His grave is covered by a horizontal tablet, six feet long and four feet wide, and is about three feet above the surface of the ground. The inscription upon the tablet is as follows: "In memory of Capt. James Babcock, who died January ye 17th, 1736, in ye  year of his age. Having been in his life of extensive charity and beneficence and not wholly silent at his death." The year of his age has been, by time or vandalism, completely obliterated.
    
  • John Babcock, father of Capt. James, when eighteen years of age, went, March 1662, to Westerly with the first company of permanent settlers.
    Tradition says that James was the first white male child born in Misquamicut (Westerly). Presuming this to be true James was no doubt born in 1662 or 1663.
    
  • June 22, 1731 (fifteen days before his second marriage), he signed a "Covenant made and contracted between Capt. James Babcock of Westerly yoeman, and Content Maxson daughter to Jona. Maxson," viz.; "I ye sd, Babcock do hereby convenant with sd. Content that on condition shee doth take me as her husband and doth outlive me I do oblige my heirs to pay her within 3 years after my deceased 100 pounds currant Money in Lieu of her right to her thirds. -- On these terms Content is willing and satisfied to be married." (Westerly Town Records, 1719, p. 26).
    Capt. James, being the eldest son, was by the English law of primogeniture heir to all the real estate of his father. "With a devotion to his mother worthy of all praise." he surrendered to his "loving and natural mmother, Mary Babcock." one half of all the real estate left by his father, "to have and enjoy and to dispose of as she shall see it meet during the time of her life or after her decease, provided she shall dispose of it unto my father's male children." The contract was dated June 26, 1685. (Westerly Town Records, Book i, p. 65)
   
  • In public records he is often referred to as "James, the widow's son".
    
  • In 1692 the town council voted 100 acres of and to each of twenty-five citizens, among whom were James and Job Babcock. In that year he united with the Seventh Day Baptist Church and continued a member until his death, when he willed 100 pounds to the church. His title and rank of Captain came from his being commissioned Captain of Militia in Westerly, prior to 1690. When their mother remarried, the four youngest brothers chose James as their guardian. He later deeded some parcels of land to his younger brothers, "for brotherly love".
    
  • For many years Capt. James was Town Treasurer, Town Councilman, and often Moderator at town meetings, and represented Westerly in the Legislature of the Colony of Rhode Island, held at Newport.
  • In 1717 he was Justice of the Peace for Westerly.
    By his will he gave to his children and grandchildren eight or ten farms, comprising some two thousand acres of land. He provided that his infant son James should receive a college education. The family burying ground is reserved from his farm. It has been said of Captain James Babcock that he was a good as he was rich, a true philanthropist who lived for God and his fellow men.
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BABCOCK CEMETERY, Wolf Stone
    

  • Capt. James Babcock, died Jan. 17, 1736.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard A. Wheeler, page 212.
    

  • 15. James, b. ____.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard A. Wheeler, page 213.
    

  • James Babcock (No. 15) b. probably 1664, m. Elizabeth ____, probably 1687. His wife d. Mch. 3, 1731, and he m. 2nd Content Maxson, July 9th, 1731. He made his will, Jan. 9, 1737, and d. Jan. 17, 1737.
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NOTE: -- "In Memory of Capt. James Babcock who died January 17, 1736-7. In ye ___ of his age, Having been in his life, One of righteousness, charity and benevolence, And not altogether silent at his death." Researching this line is Jean Reid, 106 Beal's Court, Tama, Iowa 52339
Researching this line is Nancyann Norman at nancn@exis.net

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Capt. James Babcock, Sr.'s Timeline

1663
January 8, 1663
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1686
1686
Age 22
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA
1686
Age 22
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
1687
1687
Age 23
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1688
December 23, 1688
Age 25
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1690
February 8, 1690
Age 27
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
1697
February 15, 1697
Age 34
Westerly, Kings (now Washington Co.), RI, USA
1699
April 23, 1699
Age 36
Westerly, Kings, Rhode Island, United States
1701
November 29, 1701
Age 38
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1704
December 13, 1704
Age 41
Westerly, Kings, Rhode Island, United States