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  1. James Babcock: Birth: 1641 in Portsmouth,Newport Co.,Rhode Island. Death: 1698 in Westerly,Kings Co.,Rhode Island

  2. John Babcock: Birth: 1644 in Portsmouth,Newport Co.,Rhode Island. Death: 12 JUN 1685 in Westerly,Kings Co.,Rhode Island

  3. Job Babcock: Birth: 1646 in Portsmouth,Newport Co.,Rhode Island. Death: 1718 in Westerly,Kings Co.,Rhode Island

  4. Mary Babcock: Birth: 1648 in Portsmouth,Newport Co.,Rhode Island. Death: 1747 in Westerly,Kings Co.,Rhode Island


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  1. Nathaniel Babcock: Birth: 1666 in Westerly,Kings Co.,Rhode Island. Death: 2 JAN 1718/1719

  2. Joseph Babcock: Birth: 1670 in Westerly,Kings Co.,Rhode Island. Death: 1762 in No. Stonington,New London Co.,Connecticut

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a. Note:   THE BABCOCK GENEALOGY, by Stephen Babcock, page 1 thru 7. James-1 Babcock, born 1612, probably in Essex County, England; died June 12, 1679; m. (1) Sarah, who died 1665 or later; m. (2) 1669 (?) Elizabeth; she m. (2) Sept. 22, 1679, William Johnson and settled in Stonington, Conn. A myth often repeated and published by writers, who probably believed it true, states that James came to his country in the ship Anne, etc. From the Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth, edited by State Librarian, under direction of the Rhode Island Legislature, published 1901, and from Colonial Records of Rhode Island, the account of James Badcock's from twenty years in Rhode Island, was copied. His residence for that period was in Portsmouth, and the records of that town meeting, namely, Badcock, Badcooke, Badcocke, and Badcook. For the first forty years the surname of James and his sons was usually written Badcock. In the Probate records of John Badcock's estate the name is spelled Babcock, and at the time that spelling seems to have been adopted by the family. James Badcock was admitted an inhabitant of the "towne" of Portsmouth Feb. 25, 1642. At that time no one was allowed to "build or plant" without first having been voted at town meeting an inhabitant. At a town meeting held Oct. 5, 1642, James Badcock and Richard Moris were ordered "to look up all the armes in the Towne within the month above writ," and "to mend any which were defective for use." Owners were to forfeit five shillings if they failed to bring the arms in time. At the same meeting ten acres of land were ordered to be "laide our to James Badcock at the first brooke, next the footpath eastward." The land is described as 'lying Toward the head of said brooke." (C.R. of RI) About this time there must have been a threatening of war in the air, as every man was ordered to have "four pounds of shot and two pounds of powder lying by him in readiness by the 24th of this month, and to be in readiness to assemble at the beat of the drum". James Badcock was made a freeman July 10, 1648, and was appointed a member of a large committee "for the tryall of the general officers". He was chosen a juryman on several occasions and as an assessor in 1650. In 1650 he was again directed to mend all firearms in the community. In 1656 James Badcock and seven others were "appointed to go over to the mayne to treat with the Indian Sachems to inform them of the mynd of the tiwne, that they come not upon the Island but according to order given." He was appointed one of a committee to apportion land in 1657 and was a member of the General Court of Commissioners of Rhode Island for Portsmouth in 1657, 1658, and 1659. In 1661 he was appointed with others ot lay out highways and settle disputed land boundaries. In 1660 a tract of land, estimated to be twenty miles by ten miles, known as Misquamicut, afterward Westerly, was purchased from the Indian chief Sosoa by a company organized at Newport, RI. In September, 1661, the purchasers visited Misquamicut and a certain part of the tract was apportioned by lot. The number of James Badcock's lot was 52. The following March, 1662, the company made their first permanent settlement at Misquamicut (Westerly). The company named James Badcock and four others to manage their affairs at Misquamicut. He took a prominent part in a number of disputes caused by Connecticut's claim to the terriory in and about Westerly, RI, and by Indians' claims. In 1665 James sold his dwelling house, barn, orchard, etc., in Portsmouth to Thomas Fish for fifty pounds. Westerly was incorporated May, 1669, at which time there were twenty-four freemen in the town, four of whom were Badcocks. James and his three sons, James, John and Job. Westerly then comprised the present towns of Westerly, Charlestown, Hopkinton, and Richmond. James in his fifty-ninth year, 1678, was baptized by Elder William Hiscox and untied with the Seventh Day Baptist church of newport and Westerly. In his will he bequeathed all his housing and lands to his son Joseph and the remainder of his estate to his wife, Elizabeth. These glimpses of an interesting life show that James Badcock (Babock), Sr. was a man of sterling integrity and of strong convinctions. He was respected by his neighbors, honored and trusted as a citizen, and ready to serve the community in whatever capacity he was appointed.
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  Sources: Babcock and Allied Families by Louis E. de Forest (929.273, B114d); Potter-Richardson Memorial; NEHGR, v12, p238 & v14; "Saturday's Children, A History of the Babcock Family in America" by C. Merton Babcock (929.273, B114c); Immigrants to America Before 1750; Ancestral Lines Revised; Founders of Early American Families; A Witter Family History.
  De Forest: James Babcocke or Badcocke, as he himself spelled the name, and as it is still spelled in England, was born in 1612, probably in Essex, England. Recorded first in New England when admitted as an inhabitant of Portsmouth, RI, 25 Feb. 1642, and granted 10 acres of land. He died 12 June 1679. He married (1) Sarah _______, who died about 1665; (2) Elizabeth _______, possibly in 1669. Memorial: James Babcock, born 1612, emigrated from Essex County, England, to Portsmouth, RI, by 1642. He was a blacksmith; was a freeman by 1655; was commissioner from Portsmouth to the General Court from 1656 to 1659. He removed to Westerly, RI, and became a freeman there in 1669. He was baptized in the Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1676. He married (1) Sarah __________; (2) Elizabeth. NEHGR, v14: James Babcock Sr., died at Stonington 12 June 1679. A verbal will mentions son Job, daughter Mary Champlin, a gift to William Champlin's eldest daughter, son Joseph when he reaches age 20, and wife Elizabeth. Vol. 12, p238, lists him as a free inhabitant of Westerly 18 May 1669. NEHGR, v12: James Babcock Sr. and Jr. were listed as free inhabitants of Westerly, R.I., 18 May 1669. C.M. Babcock: James Babcock, 1612-1679; married Sarah. They had four children. It is believed he came from Essex. He was a skilled blacksmith and gunsmith. Portsmouth freeman in 10 July 1648. Named tax assessor and collector 19 Feb. 1650, town constable 1660 and 1661; member of the RI General Court of Commissioners from Portsmouth, 1657-1659. He was a member of the company that founded Westerly, RI, in 1661. Named a town trustee 12 Nov. 1661. He moved his family to Westerly from Portsmouth 28 March 1664 after selling his property there for 50 pounds. James Babcock died 12 June 1679. Immigrants: James Babcock (Badcock), probably born in Essex, England, in 1612; died 12 June 1679 Westerly, R.I.; perhaps the brother of Robert and George Badcock of Dorchester, MA. He came from England between 1630 and 1640 and settled at Portsmouth, RI. He was a blacksmith. Baptized by Elder William Hiscox of Seventh Day Baptist Church 2 May 1678. [More backgrond on page 111.] Ancestral Lines: James Badcock, born 1612, perhaps in Essex, England (his age determined by an affidavit made 23 June 1670 concerning the ages of himself and his sons). He died in Stonington, CT, 12 June 1679, having given his will to his sons John and Job verbally on that day. He left most of his estate to his minor children by his second wife. He married (1) Sarah _________, (2) in 1669, Elizabeth. Admitted an inhabitant of Portsmouth, RI, 25 Feb. 1642. He lived there for 20 years, his name being spelled in town records as Badcock, Badcooke, Badcocke or Badcook, depending on the whim of the town clerk. He moved to Westerly, RI, in March 1662, a company headed by William Vaughn having bought Misquamicut, later called Westerly, from Chief Sosoa on 29 June 1660. The eight trustees for the "Squamicuck" purchase were increased to 18 on 12 Nov. 1661. Among the 10 new trustees were James and his son John. James was James was one of five men appointed to act for the company in running the affairs at "Misquamucock." Westerly was claimed by both Rhode Island and Connecticut. James Badcock, as one of the company officials, and the Pequot Indians also were involved in the dispute. In 1667 their chief described James Badcock and others as men who wore "hats and clothes like Englishmen, but have dealt with us like wolves and bears..." (P. Records of Colonial Connecticut, book 1665-1668, 529ff). Westerly was incorpated in May 1669, with 24 freemen in the town, including James Badcock and sons James, John and Job. The town included the present towns of Westerly, Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond. In 1678 James was baptized by Elder William Hiscox and he joined the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Newport and Westerly. [More detail on James' public service in Portsmouth on page 41.] Founders: James Babcock/Badcock, Portmouth, RI, 1642; Westerly 1662, died there 12 June 1679. Blacksmith. Commissioner. Freeman. Witter Family: James Babcock, born about 1612, probably in Essex, England; baptized 1678, age 59, Westerly, R.I., as a 7th Day Baptist. Will dated 12 June 1679 at Westerly or Stonington, Conn. Emigrated to Portsmouth, R.I., by 1642. He lived in Westerly, R.I., and Stonington, Conn. Bought land in Westerly in 1660. He was a blacksmith and gunsmith and granted land there in 1664. Member of Rhode Island General Court, 1656-59, and of governing council of Westerly. "A man of sterling worth and integrity, a man of strong convictions, respected by his neighbors, honored and trusted as a citizen, ever ready to serve the community in whatever capacity he was appointed." Married Sarah _______, possibly Vose, who died about 1665. The had seven children. He possibly married (2) Elizabeth ________, possibly Marsh, who married (2) William Johnson in 1679.


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