Colonel James Baby served in the Kent Militia, Canada in the War of 1812 Service started: 1812 Unit(s): 1st Regiment Service ended: 1814
James Baby is/was a significant Ontarian .
Born in Detroit and baptized on August 25, 1763 at Fort Pontchartrain, James' family moved across the river to Sandwich when the Americans took control of the city. Appointed to the Legislative Council of Upper Canada in 1792, he was appointed a judge of the Western district the following year.
Col. Baby was commanding officer of the 1st Kent Militia during the War of 1812. After the war, he was appointed Inspector General and he moved to the capital of Upper Canada at York, where he continued as an active member of the Family Compact. A slaveowner, he opposed Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe's attempts to prohibit slavery in Upper Canada.
He married twice and had five sons and one daughter. He was a widower for the last twenty years of his life.