The Bobo & Fletcher Family:Information about Gabriel Baubeau
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Gabriel Baubeau (b. 1651, d. Aft. 1737)Gabriel Baubeau (son of Gabriel Baubeau and Catherine Rivault) was born 1651 in St Sauvant, Poitou District, France, and died Aft. 1737 in Maryland.He married (1) Elizabeth Spencer on 19 Feb 1702 in King William Co. Va, daughter of Thomas Spencer and Elizabeth Julie Flournoy.He married (2) Unknown on Aft. 1704.
Notes for Gabriel Baubeau:
Married between19 February 1702/03 to 23 October 1703 to Elizabeth Spencer.
Elizabeth Spencer was a widow
The BOBO family (BAUBEAU, BEAUBEAU and various spellings)
were Huguenots who escaped from France, probably to England,
and the original immigrant ancestor,
Gabriel BAUBEAU, came to Virginia in 1700.
Gabriel emigrated from France to England to Virginia. [Dunn] Robert Nash paid for his transportation in exchange for 50 acres from Virginia.
October 25, 1700:
Robert Nash granted 350 acres is St. Stephens Parrish, New Kent County for the transportation of seven persons, including Gabriel Baubau into the colony. .
Gabriel had a piece of land in KingWilliam County, Virginia about two miles south of present day Beulaville on Herring Creek described as "Bubboes Plantation" [Dunn]
February 19, 1703 King William County, Virginia (PB5:P17):
Elizabeth White made a gift of 1300 hundred pounds of tobacco, a horse and 100 acres "about a quarter mile below Bubboe's house" to each of her sons, Thomas and James. "the land being 200 acres given me by my father Thomas Spencer of King and Queen County." Witnessed by Gabriel Babau.
April 17, 1703 King William County, Virginia (PB9:P552):
Elizabeth Bubboe, widow of James White, received a grant of 250 acres for transporting 5 persons into the colony. The 250 acres were between the Herring Creeks beginning run of the Middle Herring Creek about 1/4 mile below Bubboe's house and along the run of Dividing Branch.[Haynie]
1704 Quit Rent Roll:
Shows Elizabeth Bobo as taxable head of household responsible for 200 acres in King William County, Virginia. 
April 1, 1717 (PB10:P313)
Elizabeth Boboe and Thomas Cartwright purchased 400 acres in Kiing William County, Virginia. 
Elizabeth Bobo received a grant of land in King and Queen County, virginia. 
Aka: Gabriel Baubau. "Presumed to be of French Huguenot descent through family folklore. There is little doubt that the Gabriel Baubau of the Nash grant is the immigrant ancestor from whom we are all descended. This grant, coupled with the records in which Elizabeth Spencer appears, are key elements in establishing his identity.
Although I was unable to find a direct link to the Baubeau's of St. Sauvant, it appears likely that the Gabriel Baubeau, the son of Gabriel Baubeau and Catherine Rivault, fled France sometime after 1681. There is no record of his having a wife. If this is the Gabriel of the Nash grant then he would have been 49 years old when he arrived in Virginia in 1700. His age might explain his early disappearance from early Virginia records.
The conclusions that I have drawn with regard to Gabriel Baubeau, his parents and siblings are my own, resulting from my research in France in July, 1997 and the discovery of the Journals of Jean Rivierre in la Couarde. The material from these journals appears to be a primary source for "Huguenots in the Back Country", a collection of material that Scott Johnson had collected sometime earlier, which I used as a guide to my work in 1997.
The date of Gabriel's death is important because it defines a time span during which he could have fathered children. Most researchers tend to ignore Moses Boboe who witnessed the deed of John Coffey on Nov 28, 1752, but his birthdate (before 1731) limits his relationship with Spencer to a brother or son. Since there is some considerable material for the children of Spencer, it seems more likely that he is Spencer's brother.
Current records make it impossible to accurately determine a date for the death of Gabriel. Some researchers use the Quit Rent Rolls of 1704, showing Elizabeth renting 200 acres, as proof of Gabriels death. It was unusual for women to act in legal matters if they were married, but not unknown. Gabriel, a recent immigrant, may have been unfamiliar with the legal vagaries of a new world. He may have been unable to speak or understand English, may have been unable to read or write English even if it were his native tongue. They might well have agreed to leave legal matters to a more worldly, and better educated, Elizabeth who appears to have been involved in the importation of immigrants in her previous marriage to James Whitte and later in the purchase or rental of land. It seems more likely that Elizabeth became a widow sometime after 1704." (Robert G. Bobo, April, 1999)
Robert Nash granted 350 acres in St. Stephens Parrish, New Kent County for the transportation of seven persons, including Gabriel BauBau, into the colony. Dated October 25, 1700. Filed Nov 7, 1700. (Virginia Patent Book 9, pp281-282.
Samuel Williams and Daniel Coleman granted 600 acres in King William Co.,Between Williams' and Bubboe's plantations on April 23,-1703. (KingWilliam Co., VA, Patent Book 9, p. 549)"
Huguenot Sketch: GABRIEL BAUBEAU,
born c. 1651 probably in St. Sauvant,
Gabriel Baubeau, aged 30, is listed in the town of St. Sauvant
with his brothers Laurence aged 25, and Jean, aged 24, and
their parents Gabriel Baubeau and Catherine Rivault. Their
names appear in a list dated 1681which includes sentences
of death for those on the list. The 1681 list is followed by a
second document headed “Recanted in 1681 at the inquiry in
Couhe.” In the second document the same Baubeau family
appears under the heading “At Saint Sauvant.”1
The next documentation found, dated 25 Oct 1700, is a grant
to Robert Nash in St. Stephen’s Parish, New Kent County,
Virginia for the transportation of seven people, one of them
named Gabriel Baubau.2
On 19 Feb1703 Gabriel Bobo (Bubau) witnessed a deed made
by Elizabeth White, whom he then evidently married before
Oct of that year. She was the daughter of Thomas Spencer
and the widow of James White. By 1704, Elizabeth Bobo
was listed by herself with no mention of Gabriel, leading to
the assumption that he was dead by then. The only child of
Gabriel and Elizabeth Spencer Bobo is thought to be a son,
Spencer. There is no record of his birth or baptism and the
first mention of him is as a defendant in a suit brought in
The names Sampson and Spencer Bobo had been listed as
the names of the ancestor of this line, but the ancestor has
now been changed to Gabriel Baubeau.
Another familiar name on the pages we have the Dictionaire
des Familles du Poitou, 1680-1780 is that of Gaillard. We
The Society is continuing its efforts to provide accurate and
updated information about the ancestors used by our
members. We are also slowly (very slowly) inputting the data
in our files to a computer program (The Master Genealogist)
donated by a Board member. Although I am fearful that the
computer will melt when we have completed the task and try
to merge the information (at some quite distant time in the
future), we continue to add data as time permits.
(from previous page)
are trying to get a copy of Dictionaire to see if it will give
more information on the Baubeau and other families.
The Society extends its thanks to member Bryan S. Johnson
whose diligence and persistence have finally resulted in
correcting a case of mistaken identity for one of the ancestors
used by members of this Society. In addition to his research
on the ancestor, the Society also has information from Robert
J. Stevens which sheds light on some of the later generations.
1 Dictionaire des Familles du Poitou, 1680-1780, Vol. 1
by Pasteur Jean Rivierre. Translated in an unpublished MS
by Robert J. Stevens.
2 Johnson, Bryan Scott. “Huguenots in the Backcountry: The
Bobo Family of France Virginia and South Carolina.”
Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina
#100: 37. It is interesting that the first name on the list of
transportees is John Boyd, although it is believed that there is
no connection with Jean Boyd and his 1686 Map.
3 Johnson in Transactions #100: 38-9.
Note for:Gabriel Baubeau,1651 - BEF 1717Index
Individual note:Huguenots in the Backcountry: The Bobo Family of France, Virginia and South Carolina by Brya n Scott Johnson, pages 1-4. In his article he quotes the following:" First, the surname BOBO , BEAUBEAU,BAUBEAU, BOBEAU is of French origin, being found in the Poitou district towns(sout h-west of present day Poiters) of Couhe, Rom, Payre, Brux, Vaux, Messe, Ceaux, Saint-Sauvant , and Lusignan. Second, the surname BOBO is found among the lists of "reformers" (Protestants ) in the French district of Poitou, who dissented under pressure from the "dragonnades" in 16 81. The Poitou records aalso list a Louis and Jean Bobo(Bobeau) as being among those person s arrested for assisting in the clandestine (Protestant) assemblies in 1697. The province o f Poitou in western France was a haven for many Protestants, with their number being estimate d around 90,000 in the 1660s, but falling to near 20,000 by the 1690s. Their ranks were prima rily composed of merchants, craftsmen, artisans, and moderately prosperous farmers. Third th e surname BOBO appears among the
records of the French Church at Threadneedle Street in London, where on 1 September 1706, Sus eane BOBO(BEAUBO) witnessed the baptism of Suseane GODIN, daughter of Jean GODIN and his wif e Estere CALEAU. Fourth, the timing and place of arrival of the first BOBO emigre' to Americ a were consistant with those of many other Huguenots, particuliarly when considering the near by French ssettlement of Manakintowne, King William County,Virginia, that had been founded i n 1699.Further, Gabriel BOBO's name is the only one of French derivation listed in the Nash p atent, the others being traditionally English
surnames." Johnson further states the following on the First Generation of Bobo and their
issue: "The first record of the surname BOBO in the America occurs in 1700. In that
year a patent of land was granted to Robert Nash in New Kent County, Virginia.This land paten t was dated 25 October 1700 and was in return for the transportation of seven persons into th e colony. Among the persons listed as being transported was Gabriel BOBO(BAUBAU); this was th e progenitor of all BOBOs in the United States. On 19 Feb 1703, Gabriel BOBO(BUBAU) witnesse d a deed conveying 100 acres in King William County from Elizabeth WHITE to her sons Thomas a nd James. This deed mentions Gabriel BOBO's (BUBBOE's) house and reveals the maiden name of h is wife to be. Between the time of his arrival in 1700 and April of 1703, Gabriel BOBO appear s to have successfully intergrated
himself into the society of early Virginia. In the interval between February and October of 1 703 Gabriel BOBO also appears have married Elizabeth WHITE, widow of James WHITE and daughte r of Thomas SPENCER." "In October of 1703, Elizabeth BOBO(BUBBOE) was granted land under he r own name without any mention of her husband Gabriel BOBO. An examination of the quit rent r oles for 1704 provides a fuller understanding of the absence of his name. The 1704 Quit Ren t Role for King William County, Virginia shows Elizabeth BOBO
as the taxable head of a household responsible for 200 acres. This listing of a women as a ta xable entity was a highly unusual practice unless she were herself a widow.There are four (17 17, 1719, 1724, and 1725) more references to Elizabeth BOBO with regard to Virginia land tran sactions during the second and third decades of the eighteenth century. A complete examinatio n of records for New Kent, King William, and King & Queen counties is not possible owing to t heir destruction during the War Between the States. However, it appears from the extant recor ds that Gabriel BOBO and his wife Elizabeth both had died by the end of the first quarter o f the eighteenth century.One one child is known to have been a product of their union.His nam e was Spencer BOBO." THE FAIRFOREST STORY History of the Fairforest(Lower) Baptist Church an d Community by Vera Smith Speaks p. 92, lists the ollowing about the BOBO family: "The Bobo( Beaubeaux) family originally came from a town not far from the city of LaRochelle, France. Th ey were Huguenots and were followeres of
Calvin. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 a great number of the members o f the family migrated to England and Switzerland. From the early records of Virginia, Elizabe th Bobo (Gabriel's wife) was granted land by the Proprietors in 1719. The name is found in th e counties of King and Queen, Prince William, Orange, Culpeper and Caroline Counties, Virgini a."
More About Gabriel Baubeau and Elizabeth Spencer:
Marriage: 19 Feb 1702, King William Co. Va.
More About Gabriel Baubeau and Unknown:
Marriage: Aft. 1704
Children of Gabriel Baubeau and Elizabeth Spencer are:
- +Spencer Bobo, b. 1704, King William Co. Va., d. 15 Mar 1764, Virginia.
Children of Gabriel Baubeau and Unknown are:
- +Gabriel Bobo, b. Abt. 1719, Charles Co., Maryland, d. 1790, Prince William Co., Virginia.
- Thomas Bobo, b. Abt. 1717, Charles Co., Maryland, d. 1782, Stafford Co., Va.
- Moses Bobo, b. Bef. 1719, d. Aft. 1752.