Thanks to Glenna Maria (Davis) Johnson we have learned a lot about the Davis family of Waupaca county. Although the elders of the Babcock family knew that our neighbors Dee Davis (back row of the picture below) and Hazel Walker were related somehow, Maria helped with details.

Dee Davis and Hazel Walker

Dee and Hazel were second cousins. Dee’s father was Charles Davis and his father was Nathan Davis. One of Nathan’s brothers was Jerome Davis. One of Jerome’s sons was Orson Davis and Orson’s children included Hazel (Davis) Walker and Walter Davis (also back row of the picture). Glenna Maria’s cousin, Diane Lorge sent this picture.

Back (L-R) Walter Davis, Dee Davis.
Front (L-R) George Wendtland, Eva (Davis) Wendtland

Dee Davis and Clare Babcock

Dee Davis and Clare Babcock were second cousins. Dee’s father was Charles Davis and his mother was Sarah (Babcock) Davis (she later married an Eaton). Sarah’s brothers included Silas Babcock (who fought in the Civil War in the same unit with Jerome and Eugene Davis) and William Babcock, the father of Robert Babcock and grandfather of Clare Babcock.

Hazel Walker and Vivian Babcock

Hazel Walker (and her brother Walter in the picture) and Vivan Babcock (and her brother Lee Buttolph) were first cousins. Hazel and Walter’s mother was Stella (Kent) Davis. Vivan and Lee’s mother was Stella’s sister, Emma (Kent) Buttolph.

Hazel Walker and Clare Babcock

Clare Babcock and Hazel Walker were distantly related (4th cousins through David Rogers Davis and his wife Lydia Cartwright). Vivian (Hazel’s first cousin) married Bill Babcock (Clare’s first cousin). Northport was a small world.

Lodema (McGregor) Benedict Babcock

Dee’s mother was Isabell (McGregor) Davis. Isabell’s sister was Lodema McGregor (the aunt that Dee [Dema] was named after). Lodema married Paul Benedict and had a couple children. Then she married Allen Babcock, the son of Silas. Lodema and Allen Babcock had a daughter but she died before she was 17. Lodema’s daughter (Dee’s first cousin) Marion Benedict married Stewart Smiley, brother of Fred Smiley.

Walter Davis

Walter and Fanny’s children were Ken, Don, Verna, Ward, Glenn and Lois. Don built a house in Northport just north of Hazel and Clarence Walker’s house. His son, Ron, lives there now. We are in touch with Ward’s son, Gary. Susan’s DNA match with Gary helps prove that David Rogers Davis and Lydia Cartwright are ancestors of the Babcocks of Northport. Glenna Maria is the daughter of Glenn. Diane is the daughter of Lois.

George and Eva Wendtland, married November 15, 1911

The remarkable small world story is that Maria Johnson (of Glenn Davis, Walter Davis, Stella Davis, Lewis Kent) is a third cousin of Tom Wilson (of Alice Jane Wilson, Vivian Babcock, Emma Buttolph, Lewis Kent) and they live less than five miles from each other in Yuma, Arizona!

Visit Maria’s web site here.

Last update: October 15, 2021