Cousin and I had a very good IGS Conference in Ft. Wayne!

We are now in Wellsville, NY. This is the town where our direct ancestor, Orlow Babcock, lived with his wife, Phenie. Since arriving here this afternoon, we have already discovered something new: we did not know about the railroad.  Now we have an idea as to why the family settled here.

Wellsville railroad

We have visited the Woodlawn Cemetery.  Here is where Asahel Cole and some of his family are buried.  Asahel Cole is the brother of Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Jones Babcock – mother of Phenie who is wife of Orlow.

Asahel Cole gravestone

We drove by the Asahel Cole house here in Wellsville (he died in 1889) – it was known as the “house on the hill”.  It is thought that Orlow Babcock’s house was “below” his house – possibly below the house “next door” to Asahel, where the greenhouses used to be – please visit the Wellsville New York Historical Society Facebook page – Mary explains much better than I do!

Asahel Cole house

This is it for tonight – on to the historical society tomorrow to discover more!

Maggie

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