GENEALOGICAL and PERSONAL MEMOIRS
Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts
Prepared under the editorial supervision of William Richard CUTTER, A. M.
Historian of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; Librarian of Woburn Public Library; Authur of “The Cutter Family,” “History of Arlington,” “Bibliography of Woburn,” etc., etc.
Volume 3.; Illustrated
New York; Lewis Historical Publishing Company; 1908
James Babcock immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1612, probably in county Essex, and died June 12, 1679. The name is spelled in various ways, Badcock, Badcooke, Badcocke and Badcook. The early settlers used the spelling Badcock, which is the one in general use in England at the present time. The American family uses the spelling Babcock. James Babcock settled first in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and was admitted an inhabitant of the town February 25, 1642. He had a grant of land, and was admitted a freeman July 10, 1648. He was juryman several times, and assessor in 1650. He was on a committee in 1642 to see that all firearms were in repair. In 1655 he was on a committee to treat with the Indians, and on other important committees for the town. He was a member of the general court in 1657-58-59. He was on a committee to lay out highways and settle boundary lines in 1661. He removed to Westerly, Rhode Island, in March, 1662, and had lot 52 in the new town. His name appears on a petition to the general court for protection from the men of Southertown, Connecticut, an adjoining town. He was in constant trouble with the Pequot Indians, and was brought into court on a charge of driving them off their planting ground. In 1678 he was baptized by Elder William Hiscox, and united with the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Newport and Westerly. He made a nuncupative will to his sons John and Job, June 12, 1679, and they appeared before the governor of Rhode Island, September 17, 1679, and testified to the truth of the will. He married (first), Sarah ________, who died 1665; (second) Elizabeth ________, who married (second), September22, 1679, William Johnson. Children of first wife: 1. James, born 1641, married Jane Brown. 2. John, born 1644, mentioned below. 3. Job, born 1646, married Jane Crandall. 4. Mary, born 1648, married William Champlin. Children of second wife: 5. Joseph, married (first) Dorothy Key; (second) Hannah Coates, widow. 6. Nathaniel, died January 2, 1719. 7. Elizabeth.
(II) John Babcock, son of James Babcock, born Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1644, and died at Westerly, 1685. Tradition says that he and his wife eloped and settled upon the east bank of the Pawcatuck river. He was among the early settlers of Westerly, when he was about eighteen years old. He received the twenty-seventh lot, on the banks of the Pawcatuck, near what is now Avondale, Rhode Island. It is said that he was in the Great Swamp fight in King Philip's war, and he received land for his services in the war from the colony of Connecticut. His name appears in the Stonington militia. He was admitted a freeman of Connecticut in 1676, when that state claimed the town of Westerly. He was deputy to the general court in 1682-84. He died intestate and his estate was disposed of by the town council, June 25, 1685. He married Mary Lawton, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Hazard) Lawton, of Portsmouth. She married (second), April 21, 1698, Erasmus Babbitt and died November 8, 1711. Children: 1. James, married (first) Elizabeth _______; (second) Content Maxson. 2. Ann. 3. Mary. 4. John, married Mary Champlin. 5. Job, married Deborah _______. 6. George, born 1673, married Elizabeth Hall. 7. Elihu, born tradition says, the day of the Great Swamp fight, December 19, 1675; died unmarried. 8. Robert, married Lydia Crandall. 9. Joseph, mentioned below. 10. Oliver, married (first) Susanna Clark; (second) Deborah Knowles.
(III) Joseph Babcock, son of John Babcock, was born about 1681 in Westerly, Rhode Island. On April 21, 1698, his father being dead, he chose Captain James Babcock, his brother, to be his guardian. His will was dated September 6, 1741, and bequeathed to his wife the use of "my negro man, named Primus, during her natural life, and after her decease to my son Joseph, his heirs and assigns forever." The man was valued at one hundred and fifty pounds. The will was proved February 22, 1741-42. He married Rebecca Stanton, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Lord) Stanton. She was born April, 1678, died July 5, 1747. Children: 1. Rebecca, died July 15, 1747; married _______ Ingraham. 2. Ann, married Enos _______. 3. Jemima, married Ichabod Babcock. 4. Joseph, mentioned below.
(IV) Joseph Babcock, son of Joseph Babcock, was born in Westerly. He was appointed administrator for the estate of his mother, July 27, 1747. He was admitted a freeman in October, 1733. He married, December 9, 1730, Susanna Thompson, born November 25, 1713, daughter of Isaac and Mary Thompson, of Westerly. Children: 1. Hosanna, died young. 2. Prudence, born October 22, 1732, married January 9, 1755, William Saunders, Jr. 3. Joseph, born December 9, 1734, died young. 4. Jesse, born April 3, 1737, married, March 8, 1763, Abigail Mulkins. 5. Hannah, born January 27, 1739-40. 6. Joseph, born January 9, 1741-42, married Mary _______. 7. Rebecca, born April 14, 1744, married Champlain Lanpheare. 8. Joshua, born October 5, 1747, mentioned below. 9. Ann, born June 18, 1749, married William West. 10. Ichabod, born June 10, 1751.
(V) Captain Joshua Babcock, son of Joseph Babcock, was born in Westerly, October 5, 1747. He was a soldier in the revolution, in Captain Arnold's company, Colonel Lippet's regiment in September, 1776, and again in 1780. He had the rank of captain. He married Nancy Hawkins. Children: 1. Joshua, born October 16, 1774, mentioned below. 2. Joseph. 3. Hannah.
(VI) Joshua Babcock, son of Joshua Babcock, born October 16, 1774, died in Bethlehem Centre, New York, May 22, 1852. He was a Democrat in politics and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. He was a farmer. He married at Bethlehem, New York, Elizabeth Frazier, born in Ireland, February 20, 1775, died August 26, 1843, daughter of William and Mary (McClure) Frazier. Children, born in Bethlehem: 1. Hiram, born February 18, 1802, died August 21, 1883, unmarried. 2. David, born March 5, 1804, mentioned below. 3. Joshua Frazier, born August 23, 1806, died September 23, 1873, unmarried. 4. Mary Ann, born September 13, 1808, died unmarried February 1, 1885. 5. William, born October 11, 1811, married Ann Wilson. 6. John, born June 19, 1814, married Hester Van Derzee. 7. Robert, born April 24, 1817, died unmarried December 7, 1892. 8. Henry, born July 8, 1820, married (first) Rachel McGill; (second) Margaret Moore. 9. Elizabeth, born February 9, 1823, died unmarried February 17, 1901. 10. James Leonard, born December 15, 1825, died February 13, 1881; married Mary Vosburgh.
(VII) David Babcock, son of Joshua Babcock, born Bethlehem, New York, March 5, 1804, died there March 24, 1864. He was educated in his native town, and came when a young man to Salem, Massachusetts, to work in the leather factory, where he learned the trade of currier. He was a Democrat and attended the Old South Congregational Church there. He married in Salem Eliza Glover, daughter of Ephraim and Sally (Irving) Glover. Her father was a rope maker and died in 1839, aged sixty-one. Her mother was born September 5, 1784, daughter of George and Mehitable (Gardner) Irving. George Irving was a ship builder in Salem, with yards on the South river where the railroad station now stands, and gave land for Mill street. Children: 1. David, married Mary Ann Peabody. 2. John Henry, married Nancy Malley and had David, Charles, William and Eliza. 3. Eliza Matilda Irving, married Daniel P. Weir (see sketch of Weir family herewith). 4. Mary Ann, born July 21, 1838, married Stephen W. Munroe. 5. Charles S., born 1840, married Martha Abbott and had Lillian. 6. Joseph G., married Susan Stone and had Alden, Edward and Susan. 7. Emily, died unmarried.