|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1867|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1935|
Frank Cole Babbitt was born in Bridgewater, Litchfield County, CT to Isaac and Susan (Cole) Babbitt. During his early years he attended grammar school in Bridgewater and helped his father with farming and carpentry chores. His father was a professional carpenter and joiner (cabinet maker)and also ran a small farming operation. It was noted early that Frank was an exceptionally gifted student and for his his middle education he attended Phillips Academy at Andover, MA. He then went on to Harvard University where he received his Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Classical Languages. He married Ethel Hunt Hall in June 1900. Frank began his long association with Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1905 and remained there until his death in 1935. While doing research in Greece in the late 1800's, Frank dicovered the ruins of an ancient Greek Theater at Corinth. He played high level tennis for many years at Trinity and took up squash at age 60. Frank, his wife, Ethel and three children, Lewis, Sarah and Katherine, maintained a summer place in Petersham, MA, where he kept hives of honeybees. He was an avid apiarist, probably from his chilhood farming days. During his later years he translated many volumes of Ancient Greek literature at a feverish pace. His translations are considered superior to all others and are available in most college bookstores to this day. At Trinity College, Frank was Hobart Professor of the Greek Language, Secretary of the Faculty, and one of the most prominent classicists of the 1930's.
None of Frank's children had issue, thus this branch of the Babbitt family tree has died out.
(2006 Update: This compiler recently found one of his children still living in Vermont and in her 90's).
Frank is buried at Center Cemetery, Bridgewater, CT in the newer Babbitt family plot with his wife, several of his children and some relatives.
(2007 Update) Frank's youngest daughter, Katherine "Kate" Maida Babbitt died in October, 2007 at Shelburne, Vermont. She was 92 years old and her mind was sharp as ever until the last. She was the final member of this branch of the Babbitt family of Bridgewater, CT.
Isaac Babbitt (1831 - 1888)
Sarah Cole Babbitt (1833 - 1898)
Sarah Frances Babbitt (1906 - 1988)*
Katherine Maida Babbitt (1915 - 2007)*
Eugene Howard Babbitt (1859 - 1927)*
Frank Cole Babbitt (1867 - 1935)
Plot: New Section
Created by: Bill Cole
Record added: Oct 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12075725