John  Babcock

John Babcock (abt. 1644 - 1685)

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John Babcock
Born about in Portsmouth, Rhode Islandmap
Husband of — married in Westerley, Rhode Islandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Westerly, Rhode Islandmap
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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.[1]
John was proposed a freeman of the Colony of Connecticut 14 May 1676, later admitted as a freeman (p 10).[1]
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] (p 9).[1]

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 (p 10).[1]
The indications are that John Babcock and his family remained in their home in Westerly, which was across 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 (p 10).[1]

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.[2]


James Babcock Burial Ground, Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island [3]


He went, at eighteen years of age, March 1662, to Westerly with the first company of permanent settlers
John died either the last day of 1684 or the first day of 1685 because January 6, 1685 his oldest son, James, and his mother, Mary, recognizing the English law of primogeniture as in force in Rhode Island, agreed that he might take all of the real estate in his father's name, which he assumed, and gave his mother one-half by deed.
Name: John Babcock : SAR Membership: 5619 [4]
Birth Place: Katy, Rhode Island
Spouse: Mary Babcock
Children: James Babcock


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Babcock, Stephen, (1903) Babcock Genealogy. New York: Eaton & Mains, (Pages 8-12 Note: pages 9-12 are out of order in this particular digital copy).
  2. Babcock, A. Emerson, (1903) Isaiah Babcock, Sr. and his Descendants. New York : Eaton & Mains, (Page 11).
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 82913716 biography by Ken Smith. Originally Created by: Paula & Maintained by: J.L. - Record added: Jan 03, 2012.
  4. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, : Volume: 29; SAR Membership Number: 5619.

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Westerly Cemetery
Westerly Cemetery

John Babcock, Westerly Cemetery
John Babcock, Westerly Cemetery

Mastuxet - On the shores of this cove landed John and Mary Lawton Babcock, first white settlers in Westerly
Mastuxet - On the shores of this cove landed John and Mary Lawton Babcock, first white settlers in Westerly

John and Mary Babcock - cemetery information
John and Mary Babcock - cemetery information

Babcock-Smith House built by grandson Dr. Joshua Babcock in Westerly R.I. c.1734
Babcock-Smith House built by grandson Dr. Joshua Babcock in Westerly R.I. c.1734


On 28 Apr 2017 at 20:18 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

removed Elizabeth Unknown as wife

removed Susannah Clarke as wife

On 27 Apr 2017 at 22:27 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

this profile needs to be disconnected from Sarah Brown & connected to correct mother Sarah Unknown) Babcock UNKNOWN-216345

On 17 Mar 2017 at 22:41 GMT Anne B wrote:

I think you should remove the picture of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (the second one) It's very deceptive to leave it attached.

On 15 Nov 2016 at 06:30 GMT Jill (Smith) Bogner wrote:

Babcock-1153 and Badcock-105 appear to be he same person. Badcock seems to be the common spelling used during his lifetime. I propose a merge using the name Badcock. Am also posting this to Badcock-105.

On 3 Nov 2016 at 09:50 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

The Babcock genealogy records only one wife Mary Lawton. What is the proof for the other two? Also no proof that his daughter Ann was the first wife of Moses Barber. Disconnecting her from the Barber family.

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