James Babcock

Essex, England
Death 12 Jun 1679 (aged 67)
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 92174883 View Source
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His PARENTS: Rev. James and Mary Badcock, He MARRIED:
1) Sarah BROWN, m. in 1641 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island b. abt. 1613, d. 1665
*CHILDREN: James, John, Job, Mary.
2) Elizabeth MARCH, m. abt. 1666
*CHILDREN: Nathaniel, Joseph, Elizabeth.
3) Elizabeth JOHNSON
After James passed away in 1679, his probate proceedings were filed under Babcock instead of Badcock. After this, his children began to use the name Babcock.
Thank you Ken Smith #46985536 for biography:
**Family lore has it that James was the oldest son of James Babcock of Wivenhoe, Essex. If that is so, then James the younger was born there about 1612. All that is known of James' mother is that her name was Mary. When James was about eight years old, the family fled to Leyden, Holland, because of their Puritan religious beliefs. They spent three years there, and in 1623, when James was around eleven, they sailed to Plymouth Colony, possibly on the ship "Ann". All this prior information is not proved.
**What is known is that by 1638, James had settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he was admitted as an inhabitant on February 25, 1642. His first wife was named Sarah, her family name was probably Brown, who was also born in Essex, about 1616. She was probably also from a Puritan family. James and Sarah had several children, all born in Portsmouth by 1650. James was a blacksmith and gunsmith. At a town meeting in 1643, James was one of two men charged to see that all arms were in good repair. The settlers must have felt threatened, for every man was ordered to have four pound of shot and two pounds of powder readily available. He was made freeman in 1648 and chosen as assessor in 1650. He represented Portsmouth in the Rhode Island legislature in 1656, 1658 & 1659.
**In 1660, James was a member of a company of men who bought some land called Misquamicut from Chief Sosoa. In February 1662 he agreed to go to Misquamicut and stay there until November. That land was to become the site of Westerly, Rhode Island. James sold his land in Portsmouth in 1665 and moved his family to Westerly, on the Connecticut side of the Pawtucket River, midway between Westerly and Watch Hill. In February of 1665, the Pawcatuck Indians complained to the Council at Hartford, saying they were forced off their lands. James and other men from Westerly were forced to defend their title to Misquamicut.
**Sarah died later that year. James married a second wife, Elizabeth March, about 1669. That same year the town of Westerly was incorporated. There were 24 freemen in the town, four of them Babcocks. At that time, Westerly comprised the present towns of Westerly, Charlestown, Hopkintown and Richmond. James made a deposition in 1670 in which he stated that he was 58, his son James was 29 and son John was 26 years old. James and Elizabeth had three children, all born in Westerly. James joined the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Newport & Westerly on March 2, 1678. James died in Westerly on June 12, 1679, and is probably buried in the James Babcock Ground in Westerly. On September 17, his sons John and Job appeared in court, claiming that James made an oral will, leaving Job his smith's tools, daughter Mary Champlin and her daughter a cow and calf. The rest of the estate was left to wife Elizabeth, to bring up the younger children. SOURCES: "A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut", by R. R. Hinman; "The Babcock Genealogy" by Stephen Babcock; "Babcock and Allied Families" by Louis E. DeForest; "Ancestral Lines" by Carl Boyer

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