Orlow and Phenie Cordelia Jones Babcock were my great-great grandparents.

Continuing from previous blog:

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.)  “…Mr. Babcock was a miller by trade, but being in poor health when he returned to Castile from Illinois, he went into the boot and shoe business which he followed till October, 1855 ; then came West, and settled in Fond du Lac Co., Wis., living in the town of Alto one and a half years ; then, in Springvale, seven years, and, in March, 1863, bought the farm now occupied by his widow on Sec. 12, in the town of Waupun, where he resided until his death, which occurred Dec. 12, 1877, in the 59th year of his age, having been nearly blind for the last eighteen years of his life.  Left two sons—Harlow N., born Oct. 11, 1850 ; married Lydia Fisher, of Waushara Co., Wis., Feb. 22, 1873, and now lives in Stoughton, Dane C., Wis., where he is foreman in a large flouring-mill ; Charles F., born April 29,1857, in Springvale ; is living with his mother on the homestead, which consists of 85 acres of land, valued at about $40 per acre ; P. O. Ladoga.”1

This is what I really have on Daniel Babcock.  I have proven/disproven some of the information contained in the sketch above.

First, I will show what I know about another possible member of the family – William D. Babcock.  This is the head of the family in which Orlow and his brother, George Washington, lived.

I will begin about William D. Babcock in my next installment.





  1. The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin…  Chicago:  Western Historical Company, 1880.