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. The name Babcock was introduced from England in various forms, such as Badcock, Badcook, Badcoke, Badcooke, and Babcock. The early settlers usually spelled it Badcock, which is the form in general use in England. James Badcock, the immigrant ancestor of the family of that name in Pennsylvania, was born in England, in 1612, in County Essex, and died June 12, 1679. He came to America in the schooner "Ann" about 1640, and settled first in Portsmouth, R. I., where he was admitted an inhabitant of the town in 1642. He had a grant of land; was admitted a freeman on July in. 1648; was juryman several times, and assessor in 1650; was on the committees to treat with the Indians and other important committees for the town; and was a member of the General Court in 1657-58-59. He was on committees to lay out highways and settle boundary lines in 1661. He removed to Westerly, R. I., in March, 1662, and owned lot No. 52 in that place. He married (first) Sarah, whose death occurred in 1665. They were the parents of four children, as follows : James, born in 1641, married Jane Brown; John, born in 1644, married Mary Lawton; Job, born in 1646, married Jane Crandall; Mary, born in 1648, married William Champlin. He married (second) Elizabeth, and they became the parents of three children, as follows: Joseph, Nathaniel, and Elizabeth. James Badeock's name appears in various records in connection with grants of land for churches and other important buildings, and also in connection with grants of land for the later settlers of Westerly, R. I.