This is the home page for stories and the histories of the Babcock, Cass, Kopiske, Lemke, Mattison, and Tornow families of central Wisconsin. They are my ancestral lines with the most information. Other families are included and, in fact, over 13,000 individuals are represented in the Combined Tree. Click Tree in the menu above to go there. Although this site is still under construction, all the significant data known about each family, including photos, maps, obituaries, birth, marriage, and burial records, etc. will be presented. The stories and histories are linked to the tree throughout.

Every attempt has been made to keep the data factual and attributable. Naturally the stories are subject to human error but they often represent the most interesting part of the family history. As any family history site, this is a work in progress. Corrections and new data are welcome. Please send them to Bob Babcock.

Besides my own research, major contributions have been made by these family members:

  • Edna Hathorne – “A Short History of the Lemke Family 1840-1993”
  • Joyce Huntington – “From Whence We Came” (The Tornows as of 2002)
  • Sharon Vircks – The Kopiske contribution to Joyce’s book, above

Major contributions (continued):

  • Laura Babcock – one of the first to gather and assemble the facts on the Babcock family
  • Bruce Babcock – many of the photos and stories in and around New London
  • Anna Babcock – many of the stories and facts
  • Susan Sepic – significant Babcock discoveries in the early census records
  • Anne Sepic – initiated the underlying database, many Babcock discoveries
  • Irene Kutschenreuter – various stories and facts, esp. the Kutschenreuter side
  • Beth Kutschenreuter – The Kutschenreuter/Tornow tree of July 18, 1993
  • Sherry (Matteson) Martin – the family of Josiah Matteson and Fanny Bemis

Other acknowledgements:

  • The National Archives, Washington DC (veteran military and pension records)
  • FamilySearch.org (census records)
  • Jack Niemuth of New London, WI (headstone photos and official records)
  • Maria (Davis) Johnson – the allied Davis family of Waupaca County
  • Craig Rice – the discovery of the will of Josiah Matteson’s father, David Matteson