July 2012


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

So, according to Civil War records, Martin Van Buren, Orlow, and George Washington, all thought of William and Sarah Babcock as their parents.

One more item was found.  I thought about looking for the death certificate for George Washington Babcock.  Remember, it is known through hand-written letters by Orlow’s wife, Phenie, that Orlow and George are brothers.  Recently put on the Internet are the Morgan County, Tennessee, death certificates.  George’s provides the following information3 (his son Clarence is the informant):

Name:   Geo Washington Babcock

Birth:  25 June 1844

Birthplace:  Centerville, New York

Death:  17 March 1922

Name of father:  William Babcock – born Canada

Name of mother:  Sarah Austin – born Unknown

Now there are more questions:

  1. Did Daniel have two children, Orlow and George Washington, before he married to Adelia Sturtevant?
  2. Did Adelia Sturtevant know that Daniel had these two sons?
  3. Was there a reason that a relative’s personal copy of a family tree stated that the father of Orlow was Daniel P.?  Could it be that he didn’t want such a family story getting around?
  4. Could it be that the relative told my grandmother about Daniel, and she believed him?  And, maybe she didn’t want such a story being known either? Did she assume the story was true?
  5. Was the information really true? Or, are the parents of Orlow and George really William and Sarah?

So many questions!

Any ideas and suggestions are always welcome!

Maggie

 

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SOURCES

  1. The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin…  Chicago:  Western Historical Company, 1880.
  2. Ibid.
  3. “Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1951,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for Geo Washington Babcock; citing Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1951, Tennessee State Archives, Nashville, Roll 144, Certificate 77.

My father, Robert Bryan, was the historian in the family before I became a genealogist.  I have him to thank for introducing me to genealogy.

One of the things that my dad always wanted to do was to determine who his earliest ancestor was.  He had determined who his great-great-grandfather was in Lincoln County, Kentucky.  However, it was a mystery to him who HIS father was.  The search for the father of William H. Bryan was talked about in my blog in February 2012.

Before my father knew the name of this ancestor, he found out everything he could about William’s family in Lincoln County, Kentucky.  This would have been in the early to mid-1800s.

So, one of his activities was to plot every piece of land that was either owned or managed by William H.  Dad wanted to know where the land was, and was hopeful that by knowing the location of the land, he would be one step closer to finding the father of William.

My dad went through the deed books in Stanford, the Lincoln County seat.  He made a hand-written copy of every deed found concerning William H. Bryan.  Then, he plotted every piece of land on graph-paper.  And, besides all of this, he kept his papers where he calculated poles and links.

When I was working on this same type of activity in a lesson in the Home Study Course by NGS, I used my dad’s notes for how to do this type of plotting.  His notes were excellent and helped me so much on this lesson.

Below is a scan one of the plots which he graphed.  It is wonderful that I now have a notebook which contains all of these scans.

Maggie

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

As shown in the previous post about Orlow Babcock, I found 2 records for him about his Civil War service.

I found the following records at ancestry.com:  “New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865” and “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,” also for Martin V. 3, 4 and George W. Babcock.5, 6 (Martin V. was in same household as Orlow and his brother, George W. in 18507 and 18608 census records.)  The first record was faint.  However, by looking at both records, I was able to decipher the following information:

Babcock, Martin Van Buren; residence-Centerville Allegany Co.; born Jan. 13, 1838, Rushford, NY; Private; in 130th Inf., 1st Dragoons; Enlisted August 11, 1862; Mustered  Aug. 19, 1862  as a Private;   enlisted for 3 years  at Portage; white, town of Centerville paid bounty of $50, single;  parents William Babcock and Sarah Austin; farmer; injured at the Battle of Antietam; After seeing activity … the battle of Junction…killed at Cold Harbor 31 May 1864; buried on Battle Field.

Babcock, George Washington; residence-Centerville Allegany Co.; born June 21, 1844, Rushford, NY; Private; in 130th Inf., 1st Dragoons; Enlisted August 9, 1862; Mustered Aug. 19, 1862 as a Private;   enlisted for 3 years at Portage; white, town of Centerville paid bounty of $50, single; parents William Babcock and Sarah Austin; farmer; discharged June 15, 1865 after serving nearly three years…in nearly all engagements of the company….

Obviously, George W. thought of William and Sarah as his parents as well.

And, of course, William and Sarah Babcock died before death certificates were issued in Allegany County, New York.  I have also looked for a will on the website http://www.sampubco.com/, and none is available.

There will be one more post on this topic.  However, any ideas and suggestions are always welcome!

Maggie

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SOURCES

  1. The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin…  Chicago:  Western Historical Company, 1880.
  2. Ibid.
  3. “New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for Martin Van Buren Babcock; citing Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1865-1867, New York State Archives, Albany, Roll 1, Box 2.
  4. “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for Martin V. Babcock; citing Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts of New York State Volunteers, United States Sharpshooters, and United States Colored Troops, New York State Archives, Albany, Roll 113-114, Box 462.
  5. “New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for George Washington Babcock; citing Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1865-1867, New York State Archives, Albany, Roll 1, Box 2.
  6. “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for George W. Babcock; citing Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts of New York State Volunteers, United States Sharpshooters, and United States Colored Troops, New York State Archives, Albany, Roll 113-114, Box 462.
  7. 1850 U. S. census, Allegany County, New York, population schedule, Centerville, p. 212 (penned), p. 498 (stamped), dwelling 252, family 261, William D. Babcock, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 March 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 476.
  8. 1860 U. S. census, Allegany County, New York, population schedule, Centerville, p. 301 (stamped previous page), dwelling 1716, family 27, William Babcock, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 March 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 717.

For a few years, I have been in the process of going through and organizing my parents’ photos and papers.  While doing this, I came upon a few items that I knew they had, but I had not seen for a long time.

This is one item which I discovered:

 

I am the one on the far left!  My class at school had gone to see the Mona Lisa – I lived in Northern Virginia, and the Mona Lisa was making her way around the world, and was currently in Washington, D.C.  My class studied the painting as well as visited it.  Then, we made our own renditions of the painting.  My crayoned “painting” was one of three chosen because of their excellent renditions.  I remember Mom telling me too that it was obvious from the drawing that I had artist skills, even at such a young age!  I was 7!

Well, those artist skills certainly did not continue!  As I grew, it was obvious that I was very much left-brained – logical, math oriented.  While in high school, I took science and math, and stayed away from art!  In college, I majored in math.  Then, did post-graduate work in Operations Research.

I am not sure what happened to the art side of me, but it certainly is no longer dominant!

By the way, the actual crayon drawing is with the newspaper article in an acid-free environment.

Maggie

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

Since Orlow is presumably the son of Daniel, I checked on a birth and death record for him.

Orlow was born before birth records were kept in Allegany County, New York, so no birth record is available.  Additionally, he died in Morgan County, Tennessee, before death certificates were kept.

However, something new was found!

I found the following records at ancestry.com:  “New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865”3 and “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900.”4 The first record was faint.  However, by looking at both records, I was able to decipher the following information:

Babcock, Orlo; residence-Centerville Allegany Co.; born Sept. 26, 1842, Rushford, NY; Serg. in 108th Inf.;  Enlisted July 21, 1862; Mustered  Aug. 16, 1862  as a Private;   enlisted for 3 years  at Rochester; white, town of Centerville paid bounty of $50, single;  parents William Babcock and Sarah Austin; farmer; Promoted Sergeant Jan. 14,  1863; injured at the Battle of Antietam; discharged  May 28, 1865.

Now, more questions arise!  Were William and Sarah Babcock the “birth” parents of Orlow, or were they the “adoptive” parents of Orlow?  This is a question that will likely remain unanswered.  However, it is known (from a previous post) that Orlow was living with William and Sarah in 1850 and 1860, and that William and Sarah were living with Orlow and his family in 1870.

More on next post!

Maggie

 

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SOURCES

  1. The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin…  Chicago:  Western Historical Company, 1880.
  2. Ibid.
  3. “New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for Orlo Babcock; citing Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1865-1867, New York State Archives, Albany, Roll 1, Box 2.
  4. “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,”digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2012); entry for Orlow Babcock; citing Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts of New York State Volunteers, United States Sharpshooters, and United States Colored Troops, New York State Archives, Albany, Roll 113-114, Box 462.

I am going to Midwestern Roots 2012 next week.  This is a family history and genealogy conference, sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society, and will be 19-20 July 2012 in Indianapolis, IN.  There will be pre-conference activities, such as travelling to the Indiana State Archives for an orientation on their holdings, and traveling to Crown Hill Cemetery.  And, once the actual conference begins, there will be many sessions for learning.

Another aspect of the conference will be networking.  And, part of this, is the exhibits.  There will be many exhibits from national, regional, and local family history exhibitors.  One of the exhibitors will be the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  I will be in the booth for awhile.  I hope you will stop by!

Maggie

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  “…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.…”

According to History of Wyoming County, N. Y.2, “[during the year 1818] …Elihu Burr commenced building a grist-mill where the Hopkins mill now is, and built a log house near the Hopkins mill, …The events of 1819 were as follows:  …E. Burr completed the mill began the year before.”

Previously posted:  Elihu Burr is found in Perry, Genesee County, New York, in the 1820 Federal Census.3  As of 7 August 1820, in his household were 1 male 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 16-25.  Since there is no child about the age of Daniel in 1820, one would assume that he was not yet living in the household.

In 1850, Ellihu Burr is found in Schroeppel, Oswego County, NY.4  As of 6 August 1850, in the household are Ellihu (age 80, Miller, born Connecticut), Sally Parker (age 57 born Connecticut), and Laura Parker (age 30, value of real estate owned 800, born New York).

Also, according to the 1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule, there is an Elihu Father of T. G. Burr, age 89, born Connecticut, died August, was a Miller, died of Old Age, and was ill 3 weeks.5

I have checked about a death certificate and obituary for Elihu Burr, and death certificate is not available for that time period.  I have checked for a newspaper obituary online at http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html, and there is no obituary. Additionally, I have looked for a will for Elihu Burr at website http://www.sampubco.com/, and none is available.

More on next post!

Maggie

 

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SOURCES

  1. The History of Fond du Lac County Wisconsin…  Chicago:  Western Historical Company, 1880.
  2. History of Wyoming County, N. Y. : with illustrations, biographical sketches….  (New York:  F. W. Beers & Co., 1841), 165.
  3. 1820 U. S. census, Genesee  County, New York, population schedule, Perry, p. 241 (penned), Elihu Burr, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M33, roll 72.
  4. 1850 U. S. census, Oswego County, New York, population schedule, Schroeppel, p. 558 (penned), dwelling 386, family 424, Ellihu Burr, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 February 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 577.
  5. New York. Wyoming County.  1860 U. S. census, mortality schedule, p. 689 (stamped), p. 1 (penned), Elihu Burr, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 February 2012); Archive Roll Number M4, 1860.

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