Mary Richards is the accepted name of the first wife of Rev. James Babcock. The particulars of her birth are not known, but she was probably born in Essex, England, about 1584. She was possibly born in Wivenhoe. About 1610, she married James Babcock. Neither the date or location of their marriage is known. James was a minister, and was a strict Puritan in his faith. The family was forced to flee to Leyden, Holland about 1620. They stayed in Holland for three years, then came to Plymouth in 1623, arriving in June or July of that year, possibly in the ship “Ann”. James & Mary had another child in Dorchester, but Mary died soon after. Neither the date or location of her death is known.
Information from “A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut”, by R. R. Hinman and American Ancestry