It's James Baby
) was a judge and political figure
in Upper Canada
born C'est Jacques Bâby, the son of Jacques Baby, to a prosperous family in
Detroit in 1763 and educated in Upper Canada, then part of the province of
Quebec, where his uncle, François Baby,
In 1792, he was appointed to the Executive Council
of Upper Canada
and became lieutenant for Kent County
. In 1793, he was appointed
judge in the Western
Jay Treaty in 1795, the Baby family left
the Detroit area and moved to Sandwich (now Windsor).
(Today his house
is owned by the
Ontario Heritage Trust
currently houses government offices.) Over the years, the family
acquired large amounts of land in the western region of Upper
Canada. Baby was put in charge of the 1st Kent militia.
War of 1812, Sandwich was seized by the
Americans and Baby was later taken prisoner at the Battle of the
During the American occupation, his
property suffered extensive damage.
he was appointed Inspector General and moved to York (Toronto), where he
was part of the ruling clique known as the Family Compact.
In 1823 he represented
Upper Canada in resolving a dispute with Lower Canada
over the sharing of customs
revenues. A Roman
Catholic, he helped establish the first Catholic church at
He died at York in 1833.