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James Baby 1763-1833

James Baby 1763-1833

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

James Baby 1763-1833

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The City of Windsor
On the southeast corner of Mill Street and Russell Street

Coordinates: N 42 18.148 W 83 04.621


Plaque Text

The first member of Upper Canada's French community to gain prominence in government circles, Baby was born in British-controlled Detroit, the son of a well-established trader. He was educated in Quebec and, after returning to this area, he entered the mercantile business. In 1792, through his family's influence, he received lifetime appointments to the Executive and Legislative councils, Upper Canada's pre-eminent political bodies. Three years later, Baby moved from Detroit to the south shore and in 1807 took up residence in this commodious, 18th century house. For his long and loyal government service, he was granted the post of Inspector-General of Public Accounts in 1815. To attend to the duties of this position Baby moved to York (Toronto) where he lived until his death.

Related Ontario plaques
The Francois Baby House

Related Toronto plaque
Baby Point



Windsor Plaques

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> Posted July 17, 2013
Greetings. My name is John Donnelly, formerly of Detroit, now of Novi, Michigan. I have been researching our family lineage and have recently discovered we are descendants of the Hon. James Baby. I would be most interested in learning more of this fascinating history.
My great grandfather was: John Patrick (James) Donnelly (1831-1908) married 1856 to Emily Adelaide Baby (1831-1889) Mooretown, Ont. My grandfather: James Patrick Caldwell Valentine Donnelly (1863-1930)
John Donnelly, 42963 Clay Ct, Novi, MI 48377, ajodon@twmi.rr.com

> Posted October 3, 2011
Hello my name is David Kennedy and my grandmother was Charlotte Baby and lived at 3378 Sandwich most of her life. Her father was Charles Philip Baby and her mother was Mathilda, her brother was Richard Baby. I am looking for more relatives related to this part of the Family.

> Posted September 21, 2011
My name is Victoria Doan I've been trying to find my genealogy and I came across a graveyard in Sparta that was donated by Jonathan Doan. Jonathan was a land agent for the Honourable James Baby.

> Posted May 30, 2008
I am the great times 4 grandson of James. My name is Christopher Patrick Baby.

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