Birth: 28 Apr 1744 Place: New Milford, Connecticut
Death: 12 Jul 1830 Place: Gagetown, New Brunswick
Father: Elkanah BABBIT (1710-1816)
Mother: Obedience PRINDLE ( May 13, 1717-~ death abt 1816 Duchess County, New York
First Spouse: Mary CLOSE
Birth: abt 1740 Place: Duchess Co, New York
Death: Jul 1795 Place: Gagetown, New Brunswick Buried: 7 Jul 1975
Marriage: abt 1771 Place: Duchess County, New York
Daniel (3 Dec 1770 Duchess County, NY - 16 May 1864, Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada. Married Dorothy Hoben 30 Mar 1797, Gagetown, NB. Children: John, Mary & Ann)
Samuel Wellington (-1850)
Rebecca (15 Jul 1773 - 23 May 1845. Married Richard Yeamans 20 Mar 1796.)
Hannah (1775 - 11 Feb 1860, Gagetown, New Brunswick. Married John Smith. Children; Daniel)
Elizabeth (1777 - 03 May 1810. Married Daniel Morton 23 Dec 1798)
William 1784 - Dec 1794
David Lee (1789- . Married Mary Ann Purdy 06 Feb 1802(?) and Clarissa Hallet 18 Mar 1832. Children: Daniel & Richard)
Phoebe (23 April 1790. Married Gabriel Fowler 10 Jan 1818, Gagetown, New Brunswick.)
Samuel Perry (06 Apr 1792, Gagetown, New Brunswick - 01 Oct 1875. Married Susanna Thomas, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Phoebe Creighton 15 Mar 1827, Gagetown, New Brunswick.
Thomas (05 Oct 1794. Married Elizabeth Watson, 05 Sept 1822. Children: Thomas)
Second Spouse: Rhoda Annis CRONK
Birth:............................ 1750 Place: New York, USA (according to 'The Babbit Family History)
Death:............................9 May 1819? Place: Gagetown, New Brunswick
Marriage: abt 1796 Place: USA
Elkana (29 Oct 1798 - 23 Nov 1837. Married Dorothy Creighton. Children: Henry)
Henry (1799-) (Dec 1798 from gravestone marked Died April 17, 1896, 97 yrs 5mos - see pic) Children: William.
Mary (22 May 1800 -) Married George Tilley Children: George
Obedience (13 June 1802 - 11 July 1809)
Mahala (19 Aug 1804-) Married Henry Cromwell. Children: George W.
William (21 July 1805 - 11 July 1809)
Benjamin (2 Aug 1808 - 18 Mar 1893 Married Phoebe Burns 30 May 1833) - see gravestone pic)
Ann (11 Jun 1809 -) Married James P. Brown. Children: Charles J.
Rhoda (18 Jul 1813 - ~1870)
"Daniel Babbit, Loyalist, the ancestor of the Babbit family of New Brunswick, was born in New Milford, Connecticut, a son of Elkanah and Obedience Babbit. According to family records, he was a great-great-grandson of Edward Bobet who married Sarah Tame in Plymouth in 1643.
Daniel Babbit was living in Duchess County when the troubles broke out, and was drafted three times by the Revolutionaries. The first time, he bought himself off; the second time he provided a substitute, and the third time he escaped within the British lines. On Long Island, he worked as a blacksmith. His property in Duchess County was forfeited. In April, 1783, he returned to Duchess County, but his clothes and most of his money were taken. He came to New Brunswick during the summer of 1783; and early in September he went up the river to Gagetown where he established as a blacksmith. He is reported to have brought with him a horse, a large boat, hand mills and a quantity of gold which he had earned by shoeing horses at a guinea a horse. His grant of 200 acres on the Washadamoak he turned to profit. In 1787 he had built a house, barn and blacksmith shop on a small town lot in Gagetown. The land in front lying along Grimross Creek was a common.
In 1792, when the town plan of Gagetown was laid out, Daniel Babbit and his neighbours petitioned, twice, to have the strip lying along Grimross Creek either granted to them or remain a common. It was needed for hay for their stock. Their petitions were not allowed, the land having been allocated for the Church. Daniel Babbit was granted 8 acres in the rear of the town. Through the years, he prospered. According to his will, years later, he owned many lots in and near Gagetown.
The wife of Daniel Babbit was Mary, a sister of Lieutenant Abraham Close, who, in 1776, was publicly advertised as a Loyalist for whose capture a reward of 50 Pounds was offered. Daniel and his wife had nine children. She died, in Gagetown, in 1795. Daniel Babbit married, secondly, Rhoda Annis Cronk, and by his second wife he had nine children.
Late in 1815 or early in 1816, Daniel Babbit returned to Duchess County to see his mother Obedience, a daughter of Samuel and Dorothy Plum Prindle. She was almost one hundred years old as she was born on the 13th day of May 1717.
Daniel Babbit petitioned for more land in Gagetown, in 1823.
"Daniel Babbit, widower, with fourteen children and of the age of 79 years, his sons Thomas a married man with one child, 29 years, Elkanah, a married man, 24 years, and Henry, a single man aged 24 years, all natives of this Province except Daniel who came in 1783, British subjects ...."
Thomas was his youngest child by his first wife.
Daniel, his eldest son, born in 1772 in Duchess County, was old enough to share the worries of his parents in his early youth, to assist his father in a blacksmith shop in Long Island, and recount, in his old age, the details of the journey to Gagetown. He was married, in Gagetown, to Miss Dorothy Hoben, in 1797, and he farmed for the rest of his life at Burton. They had seven children.
Daniel Babbit, Loyalist, provided well for his large family, and he died in Gagetown in 1830.
Two sons of Samuel Wellington Babbit who made his home in Fredericton and died in 1850 brought fame to the name, each in his way. George Nealon (1842-1915) was a valued civil servant and for his services was awarded the Imperial Service Order; and John Babbit (1845-1889) built the first telephone in New Brunswick. Daniel Babbit the Loyalist of Gagetown built better than he knew."
Photo left: Chair donated by the Babbitt family to Queens County Heritiage
|There is some
great information to be found in the book 'The Babbitt Family History
1643-1900' by W. Bradford Browne. Section (144) on Daniel Babbit
“Daniel Babbit, the founder of the Canadian branch of the Babbit family was born April 28, 1749 in New Milford Conn., the son of Elkanah and Obedience Babbit. Little is known of is boyhood or what influences led him to become a member of the Church of England and a Tory when all of his relatives and almost all of the Babbitt name were Revolutionists.”
The 6 pages pertaining to Daniel start at page 146 and
can be read online at
as part of the Open Library a
online line initiative of Online
The 6 pages pertaining to Daniel start at page 146 and can be read online at http://archive.org/stream/babbittfamilyhis00brow#page/146/mode/2up as part of the Open Library a online line initiative of Online Archive.
Excerpt from The Babbitt Family History:
Daniel's mother Obedience"was born May 13, 1716, and lied to an extreme age. It is related that her son Daniel came from Canada to see her when she was almost one hundred.
Excerpt from Queens County Heritage blog "Loyalist of the
Day - Government & Church"
Excerpt from Queens County Heritage blog "Loyalist of the Day - Government & Church"
"When Quaker Daniel Babbit converted, he not only supplied the land
upon which St. Johns Anglican Church at Gagetown was built in 1790, but
also hosted church meetings and served as the church warden for
"When Quaker Daniel Babbit converted, he not only supplied the land upon which St. Johns Anglican Church at Gagetown was built in 1790, but also hosted church meetings and served as the church warden for decades."
Daniel Babbit's Will ... page 32 marked at top N2442 includes a reference to his daughter Rhoda Babbit:
"Unto my youngest daughter, Rhoda Babbit the upper or northern half of Block letter K containing four acres bring that upon which the Tan House now stands and in the Town Plot aforesaid."
An enlarged view of the original may be seen by clicking here or on photo to right.