James Babson (c.1623 - 1683)

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
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About James Babson

James Babson was baptized on 7 April 1622 at Wookey Parish, Somersetshire, England. He died on 21 Dec 1683 at Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. His estate went through probate on 25 Mar 1684.

Parents: Thomas Babson and Isabel.

Married:

  1. on 16 Nov 1647 at Gloucester to Elinor Hill (

Children of James Babson and Elinor Hill

Events

  • He came to New England in Apr 1637 from Weymouth England with his mother and brother aboard a vessel commanded by John Driver.
  • On 28 Dec 1658 James Babson (3) was granted "twelve acres of fresh meadow [at Beaver Dam] lying above the Mill, also twenty acres of upland lying by the side of it". This was where he and his wife settled and was known as the James Babson farm. It was here that he built the little stone cooperage shop, still standing today, which is open to visitors every summer at Gloucester. James, a cooper, made barrels that were taken to Good Harbor Beach, filled with fish, and shipped to England and the West Indies. Roger W. Babson's research indicated that James Babson's stone shop was the first factory on Cape Ann.
  • James Babson was in court in 1660 at Gloucester when James Babson's neighbor, John Jackson, was accused of lascivious behavior toward his own maid, Mary Somes. James and 26 other Gloucester citizens made this testimony: Gloster, this 6:& mo, 1660. Wee whose hands are heare under written doe testiefie that our nabor John Jacksonn, Sener, hath lived in our Towne Sevenn yeare or thereabought and behaved himselfe in good order soe fare as wee cann or could see and lived onestly, witness our hands. Following this was a list of 27 names, including James (his mark) Babson's. Only 14 of the 27 could sign their names.

Estate

James Babson made a will on 4 Dec 1683 at Gloucester. He gave his son John "my two acres of land which his house standeth upon Lying & being situate adjoining the harbor in Gloucester" and "to all the rest of my children five shillings a piece after my decease." All the rest and remainder was to go to his wife. If she should marry again, then all the residue was to be divided equally amongst her children. His wife and his son, Phillip, were named to be the executors.

The inventory, which was taken on 21 December 1683, included:

Houses and upland and Marsh, fresh & salt £ 52.10s; other pieces of land in the harbour 10.0; Cattle, great and small 30.16s; one mare £1; swine great and small 2.10s; beds & bedding thereunto belonging 6. ; pots, kettle & frying pan £1. ; pewter .10s ; guns & sword, bullets & bullet moulds 2.0 ; barrels, chest & other lumber .10s; one cart and sled, one plough and tackling thereunto belonging and other husbandry tools 3.10s; wearing clothes 1.10s; Total: £111.16s.

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James Babson's Timeline

1547
October 16, 1547
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1622
April 7, 1622
1623
1623
England
1648
September 29, 1648
Age 25
Gloucester, Massachusetts
1651
June 15, 1651
Age 28
Gloucester, Massachusetts
1654
October 15, 1654
Age 31
Gloucester, Massachusetts
1656
February 15, 1656
Age 33
Gloucester, Massachusetts
1658
May 21, 1658
Age 35
Gloucester, Massachusetts
1660
November 27, 1660
Age 37
Gloucester, Massachusetts
1662
June 1, 1662
Age 39
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States