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