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Thomas BABB, Sr.

Male Abt 1664 - Bef 1751  (~ 87 years)

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  • Name Thomas BABB 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1664  Hog [now Appledore] Island, Isles of Shoals, York County, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 17 Aug 1748  New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 13 Aug 1751  New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 13 Aug 1751  New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Source: Sargent, Jean A. & Mansur, Ina Babb, Babb Families of New England - And Beyond, First Ed., Laurel, MD, 1987, pp. 20-21.

      (2) Kerns, Wilmer L., Frederick County, Virginia - Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley - 1730-1830, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD: 1995, pp. 91-98:

      The Babb surname was one of the earliest to appear in Frederick County records, and cannot be ignored in any discussion of Frederick County settlement. The name was connected with other first-settler families who came to "Old Frederick County" during the early 1730s. Thomas Babb Sr. (ca. 1664-1751) was born in New England on Hog Island among the Isles of Shoals. His father, Phillip Babb was settled there as early as Nov. 24, 1652, when he was named as Constable for the Isles of Shoals. He was a fishing master, a local magistrate, and operated a butcher shop. Philip Babb died in early 1671. Philip's wife, Mrs. Mary Babb, died about three years later, by 1674. In April 1675, Thomas Babb Sr. was indentured to Henry Green of Hampton, New Hampshire, until he was 18 years old.

      While living in Hampton, Thomas Babb met and married Bathsheba Hussey, daughter of John and Rebecca (Perkins) Hussey. Hussey became a Quaker and found it necessary to leave New Hampshire, about 1695, to avoid persecution. He decided to move to New Castle County, Delaware, where Quakers were allowed more freedom to practice their religion. In 1695, Thomas Babb Sr. also moved to Delaware, where he obtained land in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware.

      Bathsheba (Hussey) Babb was born on Sept. 21, 1671, and died in Delaware in 1713. Seven children were born to Thomas and Bathsheba. March 25, 1720, Thomas Babb Sr. married second to Elizabeth (Conway) Booth, but they had no children. Elizabeth was a widow of Charles Booth, and her parents were Thomas and Mary (Hollingsworth) Conway. Her maternal grandfather was Valentine Hollingsworth. The senior Babb signed his will in New Castle, Delaware on Aug. 17, 1748, and it was proved Aug. 13, 1751.

      While living in Delaware, Thomas Babb Sr. learned about land opportunities in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Abraham Hollingsworth had settled near the present site of Winchester, in Frederick County, in 1732, and told his friends and relatives in Delaware. Although Babb had accumulated land in Delaware, he received a patent of 600 acres from Virginia Lieut. Governor William Gooch, in 1734. Col. James Wood, of Orange County, Virginia, surveyed this tract of land, which was situated along an eastern border of the Back Creek water and land basin.

      Babb's Run, which is a tributary of Back Creek, was named for the first family to own the land that included the stream. The elder Babb selected choice farm land that contained the best springs within the Back Creek watershed. Like Wood's other pre-1738 land surveys, Babb's 600 acres was a long and narrow track [sic] that maximized the fertile and level ground, and eliminated mountain land. Consequently, its shape was oblong and jagged. It appears that Thomas Babb Sr. did not move to Virginia, but assigned his sons, Thomas Jr. and Philip, to occupy and develop the land to meet settlement requirements. In his will dated Aug. 17, 1748, Thomas Sr. indicated that the two sons had settled on equal, adjoining, portions, and that he bequeathed the land to them.

      Another significant connection that linked Thomas Babb to Frederick County was through the children of his second wife, Elizabeth (Conway) Booth, who was born on the 9th day, 7th month, 1687. Charles and Elizabeth Booth had a daughter Mary Booth who married Isaac Parkins (then spelled Perkins), the latter being one of the first settlers in old Frederick County. A second daughter, Lydia Booth (1707-1794) married Isaac Malin Jr., son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Jones) Malin Sr. Lydia (Booth) Malin signed a Frederick County will, Oct. 10, 1784, and it was probated Jan. 7, 1794. The instrument names four children, all of whom married into first families of Back Creek, as noted in the sketch of the Malin family.

      Information on the early generations is sketchy and tentative. Many of the Babbs who settled north at Winchester went to the Carolinas during the 18th century, and to Ohio during the 19th century. The order of births is given as in the will of Thomas Babb Sr.

      Children of Thomas and Bathsheba (Hussey) Babb Sr.:

      1. Peter Babb was bom circa 1695, and died circa October 1773. He married Mary Lewis, daughter of Evan and Ann Lewis, on the 11th month, 12th day, 1728, in Chester County, Penn. They had eight children. Peter received the home place in Delaware through his father's will, but gave it to his son Thomas, and remained in Penn.

      2. Thomas Babb Jr. was born circa 1702, and died in Frederick County in 1760. Thomas Jr. married Sarah Foulke on June 26,1729 in Holy Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He and brother Philip were the first Babb residents in Frederick County, arriving circa 1734 to settle on their father's 600-acre grant, most of which was in the Back Creek watershed, "east of North Mountain." Between 1749 and 1762, Thomas Babb Jr. had surveyed 658 additional acres in three tracts, most of which adjoined his father's grant. All of these surveys resulted in grants from Lord Fairfax to Thomas Babb Jr. Brother Philip acquired additional land by patent in 1760.

      Children of Thomas and Sarah (Foulke) Babb Jr. were:

      a. Philip Babb was born in Pennsylvania on the 26th day, 8th month, 1731 and died Jan. 19, 1813. He first married Mary Perkins in 1752. Mary was born on the 13th day, 12th month, 1730. She and daughter Phebe Babb were disowned by Hopewell Monthly Meeting, on the 10th month, 4th day, 1779, for joining the Methodists and turning her backs against the Friends. His second marriage was to Nancy Hanna (Haines) Antrim in Greene County, Tennessee on Match 13, 1802.

      Some children of Philip and Mary (Perkins) Babb were:

      (1) Sarah Babb was born the 9th day, 2nd Month, 1754.

      (2) Joseph Babb was born on the 2nd day, 2nd month, 1756.

      (3) Thomas Babb was born on the 17th day, 3rd Month, 1758.

      (4) Seth Babb was born Feb. 1. 1760 (Oct. 2 per gravestone), and died Aug. 26, 1836 in Greene County, Tennessee. He served In the Revolutionary War, and applied for a pension in 1832. His wife, Mary McClellan, applied for a widow's pension after his death. He was disowned by the Quakers in 1779, and he joined the Society of Methodists. Mary was born Oct. 7, 1763. Seth Babb stated in his pension application that he moved to Tennessee In 1792. A record of their children may be found in the Daughters of the American Revolution Library In Washington, D.C. Hopewell Quaker Meeting in Frederick County show that Seth was disowned in 1779 for joining the Methodist Church.

      b. Peter Sabb was born circa 1734, and died in Frederick County in 1820. He married Mary Bowen, daughter of Henry and Anne (Moon) Bowen Jr. Mary was born on April 3, 1742, and died in 1825. Peter served in the Revolutionary War, attaining the rank of Captain. He bought land and lived along Little Timber Ridge on the north side of Cross Junction, Frederick County. He owned extensive acreages throughout Back Creek Valley. Peter and Mary Babb had at least ten children, among whose descendants were the last Babbs to remain in Back Creek Valley. Many of the later generations converted to the Methodist Episcopal Church, which is known today as the United Methodist Church.

      Children of Peter and Mary (Bowen) Babb were:

      (1) Rachel Babb was born in 1762 and died in 1790. She married, in 1781, Isaac Thornas Sr. (1754-1825).

      (2) Sampson Babb was born in 1764 and died about 1812. He married Nancy Fitzpatrick (1761-1835), who died in Clinton County, Ohio. They had four children. Nancy married second to William McDaniel, in Ohio.

      (3) Henry Babb (1766-1821) married Elizabeth Walker, Jan. 31, 1793, in Frederick County. The officiating minister was the Rev. Christian Streit, a Lutheran clergyman. They went to Clinton County, Ohio about 1806. Twelve children were born to their marriage.

      (4) Abner Babb Sr. was born in 1768 and died by Sept. 7, 1815. He married Susannah Robinson, daughter of James and Mary Robinson, May 28, 1793. They migrated to Clinton County, Ohio, but their nine children were born In Frederick County: (i) Robinson Babb, born May 4.1794, and died Feb. 8, 1863. He married Rachel Bailey, Nov. 29, 1817. They went to Clinton County, Ohio. Eight children. (ii) Peter Babb was born Feb. 13, 1796, and died Oct. 25, 1865 in Greene County, Ohio, where he migrated in 1822. Peter married Jane Scharff (1795-1889), daughter of James and Mary (Hollingshead) Scharff. Eight children were born to them. (iii) Archibald Babb was born May 2, 1797, and died in 1848. He married Margaret Stone. They first lived In Hampshire County before settling in Marion County, Missouri where they died. Eleven children. (iv) Harriett Babb was born in 1801 and died in 1883 in Greene County, Ohio. She married Benjamin Keiter, son of George and Esther (Buzzard) Keiter. Possibly, Harriet first married one Jacob Fries. (v) Bowen Babb marded Linda Horney, and moved to Montgomery County, Indiana. (vi) Abner Babb Jr.(1803-1870), married Anna DeHaven. After living in Greene and Clinton Counties, Ohio, they moved to Cass County, Indiana. (vii) Mary A. Babb (1806-1865) married George Yeakley (1801-1867), son of John and Mary Ann (Fries) Yeakley. They had nine children and lived in Frederick County. (viii) Rees Babb was born in 1807, married Elizabeth Anderson, and went to Ohio Illinois. (ix) James H, Babb was born Jan. 17, 1811 and died in 1849. He married Rosanna Douglas. An 1828 orphan bond in Frederick County shows that James was orphaned and apprenticed to Henry Baker to learn the occupation of "house joiner." James later went to Burlington, Iowa. They had five children.

      (5) Peter Babb Jr. (1769-1837) married Jane Bell, daughter of James and Eleanor Bell, Nov. 9, 1797, in Frederick County. Va. The officiating minister was the Rev. Alexander Balmain, an Episcopal clergyman. After her death, he married second Elizabeth Norris, Oct. 30, 1817, in Belmont County, Ohio. Seven children were born to the first marriage, and six by the second.

      (6) Ann Babb was born circa 1771. She married John Mercer, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Brown) Mercer, Sept. 12, 1792.

      (7) Mary Babb was born circa 1774. She married Richard Hollingshead, Dec. 13, 1796, in Berkeley County, Va.

      (8) Hannah Babb was born circa 1775. She married Thomas Smith, Oct. 20, 1796, in Frederick County. The officiating minister was the Rev. Alexander Balmain, Episcopal rector in Winchester.

      (9) Sareh Babb, born circa 1777, married Christian Stevens, Oct. 31,1808.

      (10) David Babb, born in March 1778, married Mary Hartsell, Jan. 10, 1805, in Frederick County. The officiating minister was the Rev. James Walls, a Methodist clergyman. David and Mary moved to Clinton County, Ohio and later to Indiana.

      c. Elizabeth Babb, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Foulke) Babb Jr., was born circa 1740. She married David Rees on Jan. 5, 1761, and they went to Grayson County, Virginia.

      d. Joseph Babb was born circa 1740 and died in South Carolina about 1780. He married Mary McCool, daughter of James and Am (Wright) McCool, on Sept. 17,1761. Joseph sold his Frederick County land to his brother Peter Babb in 1768. Joseph moved to Berkeley County, South Carolina about 1767.

      e. Stephen Babb, in his will of Oct. 7, 1760, named his father as executor for his estate, but his father died after Stephen's will was written and before it was probated. Harrington believes that Stephen Babb was married to Mary Malin who later married Mercer Beeson.

      f. Thomas Babb III, was on the Frederick County voter list in 1758, but not named In his father's will in 1760.

      g. Sampson Babb was born circa 1744 and died by 1784, without known children. Sampson inherited the ancestral homeplace in Frederick County and, after his death in 1784, it passed to his brother Philip Babb, who sold to Joseph Lupton III (1718-1701).

      3. Philip Babb was born circa 1700 at Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, and wrote his will in Frederick County on March 6, 1762. Apparently he died about a month later as the will was probated on April 7, 1762. On Feb. 1, 1738, Philip married Margaret Mercer, and was disciplined by the Quakers for marrying "contrary to discipline." The Mercers were not Quakers. Philip's membership was reinstated by March 6, 1748, when he was transferred from Kennet Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania to Hopewell Meeting in Frederick County. In his father's will of 1748, Philip was to share equally with brother Thomas Jr. in developing the 600 acres in Frederick County. In 1760, Philip acquired an additional 117 acres on Babb's Mountain, adjoining Edward Mercer. It is possible, though not proven, that Margaret was a sister of Edward Mercer who died in 1783.

      Children of Philip and Margaret (Mercer) Babb were:

      a. Thomas Babb was born June 14, 1740, and died in Winchester in 1779. He married Blanch Mercer who was born June 14, 1742 in Virginia. Thomas and Blanch were married March 17, 1762.

      b. Jane Babb married a Mr. Reeves.

      c. Mercer Babb was born circa 1744, and died Sept. 1, 1797. He owned a lot in Winchester and sold it prior to his move to South Carolina in 1766. Mercer married Rhoda Paty, and they left no direct heirs, but left land to nephews.

      d. Margaret Babb was born circa 1746 in Frederick County, and died in Caldwell, Kentucky after 1815. Margaret married James Wadlington, and they moved to South Carolina about 1766, with her brother, Mercer Babb.

      4. Mary Babb was bom circa 1696. Mary married James Swaffer circa 1714/1715, and they lived in Delaware.

      5. Rebecca Babb was born circa 1703, and was named in her father's will. Nothing further is known about her at this time.

      6. Lydia Babb was born circa 1705. She married John Morgan on Oct. 17, 1735, at Newark, Delaware, and remained In Delaware.

      7. Hulda Babb was born circa 1706. In 1726, she married Simon Gregory. Hulda's three children are named in their grandfather's 1748 will, and they lived in Baltimore, Maryland.

      (3) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 190-191:


      Thomas (b. 1671) married Bathsheba Hussey Babb, the daughter of John and Rebecca Perkins Hussey. Thomas and Bathsheba's children were; Peter, Mary, Hulda, Thomas Jr., Lydia, Philip and Rebecca. His will was proved on 13 August 1751 in New Castle Delaware.

      Thomas Babb (b. 1700 c.) married Sarah Faulk, daughter of William and Elizabeth Cope Faulk, on the 6th day, 6th month, 1729 at Old Swedes Church. On 12 November 1735, Thomas received a 600-acre patent from the Colony (surveyed on 10 October 1734); it was located west of Frederick County Highway 739 (Apple Pie Ridge Road) and south of Highway 672 with 673 crossing the south part on Babbs Run. . . . James Wood surveyed a 179-acre tract for him (where he lived) in 1735/36, and he received a Fairfax grant for it on 21 October 1754. . . . Thomas received one other tract from Lord Fairfax on 21 October 1754; this grant was for 400 acres on Babbs Mountain and a branch of Hoggs Creek. On 17 February 1742/43, Thomas sold 215 acres of the 600-acre patent land to his brother Phillip Babb. . . .

      Thomas Babb's will was proved on 4 November 1760, leaving his home plantation (179 acres) to his son Sampson Babb and listing sons Philip, Joseph and Peter, also daughter Elizabeth. Philip and Peter were named executors.

      On 2 July 1767, Joseph (son of Thomas, deceased) and his wife Mary (of South Carolina, Bush River Quaker Monthly Meeting, Newberry County) sold 140 acres which had been left him in his father's will to Joseph Lupton for 200 pounds. On 18 October 1768, Joseph and Mary also sold his inherited one-fourth share of the 400-acre Fairfax grant land to Peter Babb for 15 pounds.

      Philip Babb (son of Thomas) and his wife Mary sold 140 acres (devised by Thomas Babb's will to Philip) to Joseph Lupton for 280 pounds on 26 November 1773. Philip was born on the 26th day, 8th month, 1731 to Thomas and Sarah Babb.

      Philip Babb married Mary Perkins (b. 13th day, 12th month, 1730); they were the parents of Sarah (b. 9th day, 2nd month 1754), Joseph (b. 2nd day, 2nd month 1756) and Thomas (b. 17th day, 3rd 1-13 month 1758).

      (4), Calendar of Delaware Wills, New Castle County, 1682-1800 [database online], Provo, UT:, 2002:

      Thomas Babb. Aug. 17, 1748. -. G. 484. Granddau., Lydia Gregory; granddau., Rebecca Gregory; grandson, John Gregory; son, Peter Babb; son, Thomas Babb; son, Phillip Babb; dau., Mary; dau., Rebecca; dau. Lydia. Exc. Peter Babb, son. . . .

      Thomas Babb, Senr. B'wine H'd. Aug. 17, 1748. Aug. 13, 1751. G. 484. Sons. Peter Babb, Thomas Babb, Phillip Babb; daus., Mary, Rebecca, Lydia; grandson, John Gregory; granddau., Rebecca Gregory; granddau., Lydia Gregory. Exc. Peter Babb.

      (5) Standing, Herbert, Delaware Quaker Records: New Castle County [publication online],

      BABB . . .

      Thomas s Philip & Mary, Isle of Shoals
      d ca 1751

      Bathsheba Hussey dt John & Rebecca (Perkins) Hussey who moved to New Castle Co, Del fr Hampton, NH
      d 1713


      b - d ca 1773 m Mary Lewis, rem to West Caln Twp, Chester Co, PA, 1725

      b - m (_____) Swaffer

      b - m Simon Gregory

      Thomas Jr
      b - m Sarah Faulk

      b - m John Morgan of Caln Twp, Chester Co, PA

      b - rem to Hopewell, VA, cert to Hopewell, 3-6-1748

      2nd w Elizabeth Connaway Booth, wid of Charles Booth of Middletown Twp & dt of Thomas & Mary (Hollingsworth) Connaway
      b 7-9-1687 m 3-25-1720

      Name of Bathsheba Babb first appears in Newark MM Women's Records of 9-11-1699

      See Babb Records, Chester Co Hist Soc
      Also Mss Film, Hist Soc of Del

      On November 30, 1702 Thomas Babb bought 220 acres of land in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle County, from Timothy Atkinson of the Province of West Jersey. Thomas Babb was indentured in April 1675 to Henry Greene of Hampton, NH & his account with Philip English, Salem merchant, ran to 1685. Thomas Babb Sr willed the Delaware plantation to his son, Peter, who in turn gave it to his son, Thomas. New Castle County records indicate that Thomas Babb bought 100 acres of land from Timothy Atkinson in 1695, Records of New Castle, Del, Vol 2, p 217. Thomas Babb's will was proved Aug. 13, 1751 (Book G, p 484)

      (6) New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800 [database online], Provo, UT:, Inc., 2000:

      Name: Thomas Babb, Senr
      Will Loc: B'wine H'd.
      Will Made Date: 17 Aug 1748
      Will Probate Date: 13 Aug. 1751
      Will Book: G
      Page: 484
      Comment: Sons. Peter Babb, Thomas Babb, Phillip Babb; daus Mary, Rebecca, Lydia; grandson, John Gregory; granddau., Rebecca Gregory; granddau., Lydia Gregory. Exc. Peter Babb.
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    Father Philip BABB,   d. Bef 31 Mar 1671, Hog [now Appledore] Island, Isles of Shoals, York County, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary (BABB),   d. Bef 24 Jun 1676, Hog [now Appledore] Island, Isles of Shoals, York County, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1660  Hog [now Appledore] Island, Isles of Shoals, York County, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Bathsheba HUSSEY,   b. 21 Sep 1671, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1713, New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married Abt 1694  Hampton, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Peter BABB,   b. Abt 1695,   d. Abt Oct 1773  (Age ~ 78 years)  [natural]
     2. Thomas BABB, Jr.,   b. Abt 1697,   d. 1760, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)  [natural]
     3. Philip BABB,   b. Abt 1699, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Apr 1762, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary BABB,   b. Abt 1701  [natural]
     5. Rebecca BABB,   b. Abt 1703  [natural]
     6. Lydia BABB,   b. Abt 1705  [natural]
     7. Hulda BABB,   b. Abt 1707  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F2529  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth CONWAY,   b. 9 Jul 1687 
    Married 25 Mar 1720  New Castle County, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F4623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Source: U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database online]. Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2012, p. 28.