Note: The Babcock Genealogy, by Stephen Babcock, page 24. b. Westerly RI, 1683, d. Oct. 1773, m. (1) Susanna Clark m. (2) Deborah Knowles 2 Dec 1761. Oliver was a minor, Apr. 21, 1698, at which time he chose his brother, Capt. James, as gardian. On Nov. 25, 1715, Oliver gave a mortgage on one hundred and thirty acres of land for 100 lbs. currency, which he borrowed from the Colony of Rhode Island, without interest. A month earlier his brother James had borrowed 300 lbs. under similar conditions, fully described in his biography. Oliver was admitted a freeman May 1, 1716. He was Deputy from Westerly to the General Assembly in 1730, '34, '37, '38, '52. (C.R. of R.I., vol. v.) For a large part of his life public records refer to him as "Col. Oliver Babcock." At a meeting of the General Assembly held at Warwick, RI, on the second Monday of August, 1735, Capt. Oliver Babcock was appointed on of a committee "for creating a new harbor in Westerly by turning the Pawcatuck River into the largest salt pond along the Westerly shore, so that said pond would become a very commodious and navigable harbor, and would likewise be very convenient for catching and making codfish". Mar 19 1757, Hopkinton was set off from Westerly and Col. Oliver Babcock's home was in the new town. He was probably ninety years old at the time of his death in 1773.
Sources: Babcock and Allied Families by de Forest; Colonial Families of the USA; Potter-Richardson Memorial; C. Merton Babcock; Ancestral Lines Revised; NEHGR, v88, p37. De Forest: Oliver Babcock, born about 1673/83, Westerly; died 1773. He was a minor when his father died in 1685, so he chose his brother, Capt. James Babcock, as his guardian. Married (1) Susannah Clarke; (2) Deborah Knowles. C.M. Babcock: Col. Oliver Babcock (1683?-1773), married (1) 1704 Susanna Clarke; (2) 1761 Deborah Knowles. Families and Memorial: Oliver Babcock. Ancestral Lines: Oliver Babcock, died Hopkinton, RI, October 1773; married (1) January 1704/5 Susanna Clark, (2) Deborah Knowles. NEHGR: Col. Oliver Babcock of Hopkinton married Deborah Knowles, born about 1742; died s.p. Married at Hopkinton 2 Dec. 1761
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