According to a Babbitt family genealogy he was “A farmer—also distiller—converted to Methodism he destroyed his distillery and liquor.” He and his wife are buried in the Old Chapel Burying Ground in Fly Creek. So are his parents: Elkanah Babbitt (1737-1807) and Rachael Babbitt (ca. 1737-1815).
At the Theatre of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of the western district of the state of New York, the Medical Lectures commence, annually, on the first Tuesday of November.
Anatomy and Surgery—by L. Spalding, M.D.
Obstetrics—by Westel Willoughby, Jun. M.D.
Chemistry, Materia Medica, and Mineralogy—by Dr. Stadley.
Institutes of Medicine—by L. Spalding, M.D.
JONATHAN SHERWOOD, Register, Fairfield, Herkimer County, July 31, 1813.
COMMENT: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of New York operated from 1812-1841. The Fairfield Academy had given medical courses since around 1809.
Dr. Lyman Spalding (1775-1821) was a very prominent doctor and medical teacher, who established the United States Pharmacopoeia. You can find a full biography of him (1916) on line on Google Books.
Dr. Westel Willoughby, Jr. (1769-1844) was an almost equally prominent doctor (and a New York state politician).
Jonathan Sherwood (1779-1829), of Fairfield, studied under Dr. Spalding and Dr. Willoughby in 1812-1813; as a Trustee of the College, and its Register, he didn’t have to pay the usual fee of $12.50; he earned a medical degree in 1818.