1641 (c.)Isabel Babson arrived in Gloucester with her son James.People and Communities, Notable People, Women's History

Isabel Babson (1577/1580-1661) was the first of the Babson family to arrive in New England and the foremother to generations of Babsons in Gloucester. At age 60, after the death of her husband Thomas, Babson and two of her seven living children left England, arriving first in Salem around 1637. She then moved to Gloucester where she lived for the rest of her life. She was highly respected as both a literate woman and as a midwife.

Isabel Babson bought a house on Front St. near what is today 69 Main St., the site of the Isabel Babson Memorial Library.

Babson, John James. Notes and Additions to the History of Gloucester, Part First: Early Settlers. Gloucester, Mass: M.V.B. Perley, 1876. https://archive.org/details/notesandadditio00babsgoog/page/n6/mode/2up. Babson Profiles – Babson Historical Association. https://babsonassoc.org/babson-profiles/
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