Name: Mary MCCOOL
ALIA: Mary "Polly" /McCool/
Birth: 27 NOV 1743 in Frederick Co., VA
Death: 3 JUN 1816 in Laurens Co., SC
Burial: Babb-Kellett Cemetery, Laurens Co., SC
Mary's will is on record in the Laurens Co., SC Court House. She is buried in the Babb-Kellett Cemetery in lower Laurens County. Mary was disowned by the Quakers on April 4, 1792. No reason was given, but it is presumed it was for remaining in South Carolina when the Quakers left the state. It could also have been due to her participation in the American Revolution. Mary provided stores and lodging to soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Those who are interested, may join DAR "Daughters of the American Revolution" on Mary's service.
Babb or McCool Question: It is thought by many Babb researchers, that Mary was a BABB prior to marriage. Mary was born in 1743 or 1744 and along with several other entries in a family Bible, she has been proven to be the granddaughter of William, the oldest son of Phillip of Kittery, Maine who moved to Virginia at the same time as Thomas Sr., the grandfather of Joseph.
Recent speculation, however, is that Joseph's wife was, prior to marriage, Mary "Polly" McCool, daughter of James McCool (b. in Ireland) and emigrated in 1725. James McCool married Ann Wright. Mary "Polly" McCool was married first to Eldridge Fuller and reportedly married secondly to Joseph Babb. If Mary Babb was the granddaughter of William Babb, it seems unlikely that she was a McCool. However, the dates for Mary McCool match those of Mary Babb. Regardless of Mary's maiden status, this does not effect the line of descent from Joseph Babb.
Father: James MCCOOL b: ABT 1710 in co. Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland
Mother: Ann WRIGHT b: 29 JAN 1724/25 in East Nottingham, Chester Co., PA
Joseph Edwin BABB b: BET 1737 AND 1740 in Winchester, Frederick Co., VA
- Abner BABB b: ABT 1763 in Winchester, Frederick Co., VA
- Thomas BABB b: ABT 1764 in Frederick Co., VA
- Sampson BABB b: 11 AUG 1766 in Frederick Co., VA
- Mary BABB b: ABT 1768 in Laurens Co., SC
- Joseph Edwin BABB b: 15 JUL 1772 in Laurens Co., SC
- James BABB b: ABT 1775 in Laurens Co., SC
- Nancy BABB b: 1777 in Laurens, Laurens Co., SC