Babcock, Amos (1800)

Amos Babcock signed two Mashpee petitions in October and December of 1788.  The first was in favor of the continuance of all three non-native guardians: Gideon Hawley, John Percival, and Reuben Fish and the second, because of an emerging conflict between the guardians themselves, was in favor of substituting a guardian in the place of two others who had declined the position.   Between 1792 and 1796 Babcock signed several petitions supporting the community's efforts to overturn the 1788 and 1789 Acts of the Massachusetts General Court that limited the tribe's self-governance.  The removal of the minister Gideon Hawley from the affairs of the tribe was part and parcel of these efforts. 

In a June 1776 community census, performed by Gideon Hawley, Amos Babcock, his wife and three children lived in a shingled house at Mashpee.  It may be that Amos Babcock was the son or possibly the husband of Hannah Suncasin Babcock.  In 1793 he maintained a household, with Joseph Webquish and other, adjacent to that of Hannah near to Santuit Pond in the northeast portion of the Mashpee lands. Seven years later in another community census his household was again enumerated.  This time Amos Babcock was living with his wife, children, and some grandchildren.

Remonstrance of Mashpee Proprietors and Others to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1788.10.31.00; Petition of the Mashpee Indians to the Massachusetts General Court, 1788.12.29.00; Petition of Elijah Pocknet and Other Mashpee Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 1792.01.14.00; Petition of Sarah Mye and Other Mashpee Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1792.05.28.00; Petition and Remonstrance of Ebenezer Queppish and Other Mashpee Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1795.05.20.00; Petition of Noah Webquish and Other Mashpee Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 1796.02.22.00;

1776 Census, Unbound Papers of Gideon Hawley, MHS, Boston, MA; 1793 Mashpee Census, Autograph File, Houghton Library, Harvard University, transcribed by Richard Andrew Pierce; 1800 Mashpee Census, Ms. 48: SPG, Account of Indians, Box 2, Folder 16, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.