by Bob Babcock


Silas Babcock
BIRTH:28 Jan 1841 - Otselic, Chenango, NY
DEATH:07 Dec 1904 - Caledonia, Waupaca, WI
BURIAL:Dec 1904 - Floral Hill Cem, New London, WI

Silas was married 11 Aug 1866 in Ellington, Outagamie, WI to:

Sadilla Frost
BIRTH:Apr 1849 - Covington, Tioga, PA
DEATH:16 Oct 1921 - Liberty, Outagamie, WI
BURIAL:18 Oct 1921 - Floral Hill Cem, New London, WI

Children of Silas and Sadilla Babcock:

Gladys(01 Jun 1867 - 7 Jan 1916)
Florence(30 Aug 1869 - 29 Nov 1936)
Allen(18 Oct 1871 - 05 Mar 1930)
Eldon(15 Mar 1874 - 11 Nov 1959)
Laura(abt 1876 - 15 Apr 1885)
Our first record of Silas Babcock by name is the 1850 US Census that listed him as 9 years old, living with his parents and and siblings in Otselic, New York. The 1855 Wisconsin Census only listed heads of families by name but Jehu, Silas and William were the three males. If Gilbert migrated with his family, he did not complete the trip. They were in the southern part of Embarrass now known as Liberty, just east of New London. By 1860, they were settled in the Township of Caledonia, adjacent to their former New York Davis neighbors. Silas was 19, the oldest child at home.

In February of 1862, Silas and his sister’s brothers-in-law, Jerome and Eugene Davis enlisted. They served in Company I of the 17th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment and mustered out July 14th, 1965 in Louisville, Kentucky. On August 11th, 1866, Silas married Sadilla Frost, first cousin of Mary Cass who his younger brother would marry later. Silas farmed his land in section 5 of Caledonia as their family grew to five children. He may also have farmed Sarah’s land while she lived in Iowa.

The 1885 Wisconsin Census and the 1889 land owners map show that the original properties had sold by 1885. Jehu and Elsa have moved a few miles south to Readfield, William and family were a few miles north, Sarah’s location is unknown, and Silas and family had moved a few miles east. Silas and his wife Sadilla are buried in the D-108 family plot at Floral Hill along with their daughter, Laura, his sisters, Alsina and Sarah, his brother, William, his great niece, Bessie, and his parents. Silas’ son, Allen, is listed as the owner of the lots.

We have not identified any descendants of Silas by DNA match.

Last update: May 23, 2022