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FIRST GENERATION

JEHU “JOHN” AND ELSA BABCOCK

by Bob Babcock

I use FIRST generation for consistency with our Tornow line

Jehu Babcock
BIRTH:13 Jul 1812 - Petersburg, Rensselaer, NY
DEATH:1889 - Caledonia, Waupaca, WI
BURIAL:01 Jan 1889 - New London, Waupaca, WI
Jehu was married abt 1834 in Otselic, Chenango, NY to:

Elsa Richer
BIRTH:abt 1809 - Berlin, Rensselaer County, NY
DEATH:abt 1887 - Wisconsin, USA
BURIAL:
Children of Jehu and Elsa Babcock:

Gilbert (abt 1835 - abt 1852)
Alsina (abt 1837 - abt 1858)
Sarah (abt 1839 - abt 1887)
Silas (28 Jan 1841 - 07 Dec 1904)
William (12 Nov 1849 - 19 Dec 1903)
Mary (Jul 1857 - Jul 1930)

Original Theory – Jehu’s Father was Jehiel

Jehiel was his father, and Jehu Babcock was born in the Town of Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York. That part of the Town of Schoharie became the Town of Wright in 1846, but by then he had moved away. In about 1834 Jehu Babcock married Elsa Richer. About 1836, Jehu and Elsa, with their family started, moved to the Town of Otselic, Chenango County, New York.

Jehiel’s older son, Walter, was well documented in the property records of Schoharie County, specifically Town of Schoharie and Town of Wright. We discovered descendants of Walter who did their DNA, but we did not get any matches with them. The lack of documentation to support their relationship and the absence of DNA matches led us to seek a new theory.

New Theory – Jehu’s Father was Benjamin

We now have DNA matches with five descendants of Amos (1739-1809) and Zerviah (née Wood 1737 – 1786) Babcock. If Jehiel was Jehu’s father, they would be our eighth cousins, but our DNA matches theirs in the fourth to fifth cousin range. They are Lynda, James, Vince, Neva, and Neva’s son Thomas. This supports the new theory that we are also descendants of Amos and Zerviah and that they are 5th cousins, Vince and Thomas being once-removed. Here are their lineages, our lineage according to the new theory, and the lineage of Amos Babcock II:

Benjamin, Jehu’s father in this theory, died in Rensselaer County about 1826 when Jehu was about 14. Jehu may have relocated to live and work on the farm of his uncle Johnson or his uncle Jonathan. Both farms were about 130 miles west of Rensselaer County. Otselic was on the route and no more more than 30 miles from the farthest farm. Otselic is where Elsa Richer lived then, and where Jehu and Elsa Babcock’s children were born. This new theory is adopted in our updated family tree and the revised story of Robert Babcock and his family.

What We Know

In 1848 Wisconsin became a state and was giving away fertile farm land. The 1850 census record shows that Jehu, Elsa, and their children lived in Otselic and that neighbors included the extended Davis family. In the early 1850s, the Babcocks, the Davises and others moved to Wisconsin and became neighbors again. If Gilbert migrated with his family, he did not survive the trip. In 1855 they were east of New London and by 1860 southwest of New London.

His monument in the family plot, Floral Hill cemetery, New London, shows that Jehu was also known as John Babcock. Here is a cemetery record of the Babcocks buried in the D-108 family plot. The only other markers present are headstones for Silas and his wife.

Last update: July 6, 2020