About Capt. 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."
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.
- The Babson Genealogy, 1606-1997, by Ann Theopold Chaplin, CG, published 1997
- William, Capt., in the insane hospital at Charlestown, Dec. 30, 1831, a. nearly 83 y. "Early Vital Records of Mass. (Gloucester Deaths)"
- William, s. William and Martha, [born] Sept. 5, 1749-50. "Early Vital Records of Mass. (Gloucester Births)".
- Babson, Capt. William & Mrs. Nancy Rogers married Apr. 17, 1777. "Early Vital Records of Mass. (Gloucester Marriages)".
Capt. William Babson's Timeline
September 5, 1749
Gloucester, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
January 11, 1778
June 7, 1779
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
March 2, 1781
July 3, 1782
June 17, 1784
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
July 28, 1786
December 20, 1788
Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 24, 1791