James  Babcock

James Babcock (1663 - 1736)

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Captain James Babcock
Born in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Islandmap
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Husband of — married in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Islandmap
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CAPTAIN JAMES BABCOCK 1663 - 1737

James Babcock (better known as Captain James Babcock, commissioned sometime before 1690 Captain of Militia in Westerly, Rhode Island) was the eldest child of John Babcock and Mary Lawton. He was born in Westerly, Rhode Island about 1663; and died there about 1736 or 1736. Family tradition records that James Babcock was the first white child born in Massatuxet (Westerly); born shortly after his parents, John and Mary Babcock moved there from Portsmouth. [1]

James' first marriage about 1867 is uncertain; it was to either Elizabeth Saunders, the daughter of Tobias Saunders; or to Elizabeth Babbitt, the daughter of Erasmus Babbitt. [2]

James Babcock's second marriage was on July 7th 1731 at Westerly to Content Maxon, the daughter of Jonathan Maxon and Content Rogers. [3]

At the death of his father, John Babcock in 1685, James as the eldest son received all his father's real estate, half of which he deeded and contracted to his mother. [4]

In April 1686, he was made a freeman at Westerly and, on 28 Mar 1692, the town council voted 100 acres of land to each of twenty-five citizens, among whom were James and Job Babcock. [5]

James and his family became members of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Newport and Westerly in 1692. When the Westerly branch (now the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton) became an independent body in 1708, James was a constituent member. He continued as a member to the time of his death and bequeathed the church one hundred pounds in money.

James Babcock held a series of public offices in Westerly, at various times, Town Treasurer, Town Councillor, and represented Westerly in the Legislature of the Colony of Rhode Island, held at Newport. [6]

On the 1st of April 1698, in preparation for his mother's marriage to Erasmus Babbit, James Babcock's brothers; Elihu, Robert, Joseph, and Oliver, chose James as their guardian.

James Babcock is buried in the Babcock Burying ground at Massatuxet. The inscription on his grave stone read In memory of Captain James Babcock who died January ye 17th 1736 in ye .... year of his age. [7] [8]

Captain James Babcock's last will, written 9th January 1736/7, eight days before his death, was entered for probate January 31st 17376/7. By his will, he gave to his children and grandchildren eight or ten farms, comprising some two thousand acres of land, each farm carefully bonded. He provided that his infant son, James should receive a college education, and also that in case his wife should marry again the three younger children should be taken from her and brought up by his executor, heir half-brother Joshua. [9]

Children with Elizabeth:

  1. James Babcock Jr. b. 23 Dec. 1688[10]
  2. Elizabeth Babcock b. 8 Feb. 1691[11]
  3. Samuel Babcock b. 15 Feb. 1697[12]
  4. Daniel Babcock b. 23 Apr. 1699[13]
  5. Anna Babcock b. 29 Nov. 1701[14]
  6. Sarah Babcock b. 13 Dec. 1704[15]
  7. Major General Joshua Babcock b. 17 May 1707[16]

Children with Content:

  1. Ann Babcock b. 30 Mar. 1732[17]
  2. James Babcock b. 1 Nov. 1734[18]
  3. Jonathan Babcock b. 11 Oct. 1736[19]

Sources

  1. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 15]
  2. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 15]
  3. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 15]
  4. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 15]
  5. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 16]
  6. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 16]
  7. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 15]
  8. - Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission
  9. Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy Page 15 & the text of this will is in the Appendix]
  10. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HH-V9P : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for James Babcock, 23 Dec 1688; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  11. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HC-466 : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Elizabeth Babcock, 08 Feb 1691; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  12. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HC-QJL : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Samuel Babcock, 15 Feb 1697; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  13. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HH-L5Q : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Daniel Babcock, 23 Apr 1699; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  14. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HC-HTP : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Anna Babcock, 29 Nov 1701; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  15. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HH-ZZP : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Sarah Babcock, 13 Nov 1705; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  16. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HC-3BR : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Joshua Babcock, 17 May 1707; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  17. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HC-SLG : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Ann Babcock, 30 Mar 1732; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  18. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HC-H9H : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for James Babcock, 01 Nov 1734; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.
  19. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2HH-LJG : 6 December 2014), James Babcock in entry for Jonathan Babcock, 11 Oct 1736; citing WESTERLY,WASHINGTON,RHODE ISLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 930,814.

See also:

Babcock, James 1/wf Elizabeth Saunders/Babbit (166-1771) b. 1687 Westerly, RI
  • Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899 Vol. 05: Washington ::County: Births, Marriages, Deaths, p. 45, 2-87.
James Babcock and Content Maxson
Marriage Date: 7 Jul 1731
Marriage Place: Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
James, Capt Babcock
Death Date 17 Jan 1737
War COLONIAL
Burial Place James Babcock Ground, Rhode Island
Cemetery Number WY007 Map 00007
Condition poor
Stone Material sandstone, Shape: box tomb
Stone Height 24 Stone Width 80
Number of Graves on Stone 1
Legibility Poor
In memory of Captain James Babcock who died January Ye 17, 1736, in ye year of his age. Having been in his life of extensive charity and beneficence and not wholly silent at his death."
Notes: [first white person born in Westerly, probably ca 1663]
  • James Badcock: Who WAS This Man? The Tradition: Fact or Fiction?
  • Ancestry.com Public Member Trees . Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;Date: 2006.
  • Yates Publishing U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. The Generations Network, Inc.; Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004. Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
  • Ancestry.com Rhode Island, Births, 1636-1930 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2000;
  • Family Data Collection - Individual Records Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Note: APID: 1,4725::0
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) , Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. APID: 1,2204::0
  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVKF-GNV9 : 13 December 2015), James Babcock, 1736; Burial, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States of America, James Babcock Ground; citing record ID 43815922, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.


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On 5 May 2017 at 15:06 GMT V (Brannan) W wrote:

Do a search at National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for SAR Membership Numbers 86114, 5619, and 83370. There are no records found. Do a search for James Babcock and there are two records found neither of which match the birth and death information for this James. There is a James b. 31 Jul 1753 and a James b. 1 Nov 1734 d. 30 Sep 1781.

On 5 May 2017 at 10:22 GMT V (Brannan) W wrote:

The use of just numbered sources that go nowhere is not very helpful. Cannot find any traces of where they came from. I have looked back through all of the changes on this profile. Please give me a clue.

On 5 May 2017 at 09:03 GMT V (Brannan) W wrote:

Please see the use of U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 as a source .

The discussion on citing "Public Family Trees as source".

The use of Edmund West's Family Data Collection as a source.

On 5 May 2017 at 02:07 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Oh, goody! This profile has 19 footnotes that cite sources only by source number, but the source numbers have been stripped off the bibliographic citations. Hours of unproductive busy work ahead.

On 28 Apr 2017 at 23:54 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

Babcock-97 and Babcock-1155 appear to represent the same person because: same name, birth, parent



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