Orlow and Phenie Cordelia Jones Babcock were my great-great grandparents. This is the 2nd blog concerning my research into the father of Orlow, Daniel P. Babcock.
According to The History of Fond Du Lac County Wisconsin, Daniel P. Babcock was born 1 February 1818 in Riga, Monroe County, New York. (The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin… Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880.) “…his father died when he was 3 years old, and he was bound out to Elihu Burr, of Castile, in what was then Genesee Co., now Wyoming Co., N. Y. When 19 years of age he went to Illinois and lived three years in De Kalb Co. ; then returned to Castile and was married, by Elder Joseph Weeks, April 23, 1843, to Adelia Sturtevant, who was born Oct. 30, 1822, in Castile, N. Y., daughter of Noah and Cynthia Sturtevant, natives of Vermont, who came to Castile before they were married, and lived there till 1867 ; then went to Livingston Co., where Mrs. Sturtevant died Aug. 3, 1875, in the 76th year of her age ; Mr. Sturtevant came to Wisconsin in October, 1877, and is now living with his daughter, Mrs. Babcock, in the 70th year of his age. Mr. and Mrs. Sturtevant were among the first settlers of Genesee Co., N. Y., and had their share of the privations and Indian scares incident to this early settlement of that county ; Mrs. Babcock well remembers sitting, when a little girl, in the lap of Mary Jemison, the famous “white woman” of Western New York…”1
I will continue this excerpt from The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin in my next blog!
- The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin… Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880.