John Babcock

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ChartsAncestors of Jennie Luene Logan
John Babcock, son of James Babcock and Sarah (…), was born at Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, 1644.1 He died at Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island, 1685.1

John married Mary Lawton, daughter of George Lawton and Elizabeth Hazard, say 1662.1,2

When Westerly was settled, John was one of the additional trustees appointed, and received lot number 27. He was about 18 at this time.

When King Phillip's War broke out in 1675, Rhode Island had little part in it, due to a large Quaker influence. John Babcock enlisted in the nearby Stonnington militia and took part in the Great Swamp Fight. He was made a freeman of the Colony of Connecticut on 14 May 1676, but at the end of the War, returned to Westerly where he was Conservator of the Peace, elected by the General Court of Rhode Island, 12 Jun1678.

He swore allegiance to the King and to Rhode Island on 17 May 1671 and 17 Sep 1679.

As he died intestate, and probably owing to the size of the estate, the town council made his will on 26 Jun 1685. Their findings included that eldest son James had made a "settled agreement" (which the council accepted) with his mother, by which she was to have half the real estate, which otherwise would have come to him by the law of primogeniture. The movable estate totaled £790 03s. current silver of New England and was the largest estate recorded in the town for many years. It included a "neggar boy, 2 Injin men & Indian garls." The Indians, being captives, were sold into slavery. The estate also included 329 oxen, horses, cows, sheep, etc., £141 15s. 00d. in current money of New England, seven bedsteads with bed sheets, pewter flagons, porringers, earthenware, etc. Of this, the widow received £263 07s. 08d. and each of the nine children were to have £57 02s. 04d. as they came of age. The widow was executrix and had to give a bond.

In 1696, the Court of Connecticut recognized the service of the volunteers during King Phillip's War, granting six square miles to those who served. Although deceased, John was granted land there that went to his heirs. 14 Apr 1749, "Oliver Babcock of Westerly . . . son of John Babcock of Westerly, deceased who was one of the volunteers" sold to John Dixon "the lot of land in Voluntown . . . which was laid out in the right of the above John Babcock, deceased; who was one of ye original proprietors of Voluntown."3


Mary Lawton b. say 1645, d. 8 Nov 1711
  • Captain James Babcock+1 b. abt. 1663, d. 17 Jan 1736/37
  • Ann Babcock4 b. say 1665
  • Mary Babcock4 b. say 1667
  • Captain John Babcock5 b. say 1669, d. 28 Mar 1746
  • Job Babcock5 b. say 1671, d. bt Aug 1754 - Feb 1755
  • George Babcock5 b. abt. 1673, d. 1 May 1756
  • Elihu Babcock4 b. 19 Dec 1675
  • Robert Babcock4 b. say 1678
  • Joseph Babcock4 b. say 1681, d. Feb 1741/42
  • Oliver Babcock4 b. say 1683, d. abt. Oct 1773
This person was last edited on28 Apr 2016


  1. [S641] Stephen Babcock, Babcock Genealogy (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1903), 8-12, further cited as Babcock, Babcock Genealogy.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 60, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S1779] Louis Effingham de Forest, Babcock and Allied Families (New York: de Forest Publishing, 1928), 13-14, further cited as de Forest, Babcock.
  4. [S641] Babcock, Babcock Genealogy, 12.
  5. [S641] Babcock, Babcock Genealogy, 12, 18-19.