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Tradition says that John and his wife, Mary, eloped from Newport, settled upon the east bank of the Pawcatuck River, on Massatuxet Cove (what is now Avondale, town of Westerly, Rhode Isand) with no neighbors but the friendly Indians and that they were not discovered by their parents for several years. Much poetry and romance have been written upon this tradition, but as no history has been found to establish it as a fact, and as authentic records seem clearly to disprove the statement, we must class the elopement story as fiction.
John was proposed a freeman of the Colony of Connecticut 14 May 1676, later admitted as a freeman.
John Badcock and his father were members of the Misquamicut Company and went there with the first permanent settlers. At that time John was about eighteen years of age. He received an apportionment of land and the same as other settlers. He settled in Westerly on the banks of the Pawcatuck River, near what is now Avondale, RI, and his oldest son, James, inherited and occupied the homestead. Some of the homestead land was still occupied by descendants of John in 1903.
When King Philip's War broke out in 1675, and most of the pioneers of Westerly were obliged to flee from their homes and take refuge on the island of Rhode Island. By Sep and Oct 1676 they had begun to return to their abandoned lands and to rebuild their ruined houses and barns. The indications are that John Babcock and his family remained in their home in Westerly, which was aross the river from Connecticut, and as he could have no protection from Rhode Island sought the protection of Connecticut. From the time of its settlement, Westerly was claimed by both Rhode Island and Connecticut, and Connecticut did not relinquish her claim to the town until 1728.
Traditions says that John volunteered with the Connecticut Militia, which was organized for protection against the Indians; that in King Philip's War he was with the Connecticut Militia in the "Great Swamp Fight", 19 Dec 1675, and that his son Elihu was born at that time. After King Philip's War was over, and the white settlers of Westerly had returned to their homes, John Badcock was elected Conservator of the Peace for Westerly, 12 Jun 1678. He was Deputy from Westerly to the Colonial Legislature in 1682 and 1684.
He died intestate (1685) and a will disposing of his estate was made by the Town Council. The inventory of the personal property amounted to 790 pounds and was the largest recorded in the town for many years. By law the oldest son, James, received all the real estate, one half of which he conveyed by deed to his mother. The widow received one third of the personal property, the remaining two thirds being divided equally among the nine younger children.
James Babcock Burial Ground, Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island 
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