William Babson (1749 - 1831)

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Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Privateer, merchant
Managed by: Thomas Shirley
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About William Babson

Capt. William Babson

  • Birth: 5 Sep 1749 at Gloucester
  • Parents: Capt. William Babson, Martha Haraden
  • Married: Anna Rogers, daughter of Rev. John Rogers and Mary Ellery, 17 Apr 1777 at Gloucester
  • Death: 30 Dec 1831 at Charlestown, MA, at age 82 in the insane hospital

Capt. William Babson .... " was bred to a sea faring life; and after several years spent in privateering and mercantile voyages, settled in business at Annisquam."


McLean Insane Asylum

The hospital, also called Sommerville Correction Facility as well as the Charlestown Asylum, was built in 1811 as a normal hospital.  In the late 1830's, it was transformed into a public place for the housing and treatment of the mentally ill.  Named for John McLean, a wealthy businessman from Boston, McLean was a very well funded institution.  After moving from Belmont, Massachusetts to Oaks Hill, Massachusetts in 1895, many notable patients began to arrive.  Many musicians spent time at McLean, including Ray Charles, James Taylor, and most recently, Rick James.


  1. The Babson Genealogy, 1606-1997, by Ann Theopold Chaplin, CG, published 1997
  2. William, Capt., in the insane hospital at Charlestown, Dec. 30, 1831, a. nearly 83 y. "Early Vital Records of Mass. (Gloucester Deaths)"
  3. William, s. William and Martha, [born] Sept. 5, 1749-50. "Early Vital Records of Mass. (Gloucester Births)".
  4. Babson, Capt. William & Mrs. Nancy Rogers married Apr. 17, 1777. "Early Vital Records of Mass. (Gloucester Marriages)". 


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Capt. William Babson's Timeline

September 5, 1749
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
April 17, 1777
Age 27
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
January 11, 1778
Age 28
June 7, 1779
Age 29
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
March 2, 1781
Age 31
July 3, 1782
Age 32
July 28, 1786
Age 36
December 20, 1788
Age 39
April 24, 1791
Age 41