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

Daniel P. Babcock was born 1 February 1818 in Riga, Monroe County, New York. 1  “… 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.”2

Known is that sons Harlow/Harlo and Charles F. were living with their parents, Daniel and Adelia, in 1860 and 1870.3, 4  Also known is that by 1 June 1880, both of the sons were no longer living with their widowed mother.5  It is also known that Harlow/Harlow was married and had an unnamed son (died 6 September 1875) and son Frankie H. (died 2 February 1879).6  Harlow/Harlo (and wife Lydia and daughter Cara) is in the 1880 U.S. Census in Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin.7

By 1900, Harlow and wife Lydia are in Clearmont, Sheridan County, Wyoming.8  In the household, as of 1-2 June 1900, are Harpa (age 49, born New York), Lydia A. (age48, born Wisconsin), Catharine M. (age 9, born Nebraska), Russell Sweat (age 89, Grand Father, born New York ), and James E. Miller (age 30, boarder, born Iowa).  Harpa is listed as being a bar tender, and James is listed as being a gambler!  And, there was a crossed out Household of “3” next to Russell Sweat and a crossed out Household of “8” next to James E. Miller.

Upon further investigation, I determined the relationship of Russell Sweat to the family.  By the census, one would think that he was the grandfather of Harlow Babcock.  When I first found this, I thought Aha!  A clue!  However, upon further investigation, I found this not to be true.  As seen in the 1880 census, Harlow and Lydia had a daughter Cora.  Cora married Jeptha Sweat in Sheridan County, Wyoming, 10 April 1900.  (Cora and Jeptha are found in Household 3 on same page of 1900 census.)  The father of Jeptha Sweat was Levi.  And, the father of Levi was Russell Sweat.  So, Russell Sweat was the grandfather of Jeptha Sweat!  Apparently, on the day of the census, Russell Sweat was “visiting” Harlow and Lydia when the census taker came around.  Russell “told” the census taker that he was really lived with Jeptha (Household 3).  Russell Sweat was written down as being in Household 8, but was really in Household 3!

The next installment of my research will be more on Harlow and his family.  More to follow!

Maggie

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SOURCES

  1. The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin…  Chicago:  Western Historical Company, 1880.
  2. Ibid.
  3. 1860 U. S. census, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, population schedule,  Springvale, p. 83 (penned), p. 951 (penned), dwelling 616, family 622, D P Babcock, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 1408.
  4. 1870 U. S. census, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, population schedule, Waupun, p. 30 (penned), dwelling 235, family 237, Daniel Babcock, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 1714.
  5. 1880 U.S. census, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, population schedule, Waupun, SD 1, ED 60, page 1A (penned), p. 493 (stamped), dwelling 4, family 4, Adelia Babcock; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 1426.
  6. Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter 43 (April 1997):  173.
  7. 1880 U.S. census, Dane County, Wisconsin, population schedule, Stoughton, SD 2, ED 69, page 14B (penned), dwelling 125, family 146, Harlow Babcock; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 1421.
  8. 1900 U.S. census, Sheridan County, Wyoming, population schedule, Clearmont, SD Wyoming, ED 50, Sheet 1A, page 97 (penned), dwelling 8, family 8, Harpa Babcock; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll T623.

 

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