by Bob Babcock
SECOND GENERATION, FIFTH CHILD OF JEHU AND ELSA BABCOCK
|BIRTH:||12 Nov 1849 - Otselic, Chenango, NY|
|DEATH:||19 Dec 1903 - Mukwa, Waupaca, WI|
|BURIAL:||Dec 1903 - Floral Hill Cem, New London, WI|
|BIRTH:||23 Aug 1853 - Pennsylvania, USA|
|DEATH:||abt. 1916 - Mukwa, Waupaca, WI|
William was born in Otselic, New York. In 1850 he was still in Otselic with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. By 1855 he was in the southern part of Embarrass now known as Liberty, just east of New London, with his parents, one sister, one brother, and his other sister, married, in the next the household. If his brother, Gilbert, migrated with the family, he did not survive the trip.
In 1860, William was with his family in section 5 of Caledonia, southwest of New London. Many of their New York Davis neighbors were their neighbors again. His sister, Alsina, was dead and he had a new sister. Actually, we think Mary was Alsina’s child, unofficially adopted by Jehu and Elsa.
By 1885, the Babcock properties in Caledonia, section 5, had been sold off. William, Mary, a daughter and 5 sons lived about 2½ miles northeast in Mukwa. By 1895, however, William had deserted the family and was living in New London. This may be why no one in the family talked about him.