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The Story of Jehu “John” Babcock

Jehu Babcock
BIRTH:13 Jul 1812 - Petersburg, Rensselaer, NY
DEATH:1889 - Caledonia, Waupaca, WI
BURIAL:1 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 (11 Sep 1835 - abt 1852)
Alsina (abt. 1836 - abt 1858)
Sarah (abt. 1839 - abt 1887)
Silas (28 Jan 1841 - 7 Dec 1904)
William (12 Nov 1849 - 19 Dec 1903)

Our Theory – Jehiel Was His Father

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.

New Theory – Benjamin Was His Father

We have DNA matches with two cousins, Lynda and Neva, both descendants of Amos (1739-1809) and Zerviah (née Wood 1737 – 1786) Babcock. If Jehiel was Jehu’s father, Lynda and Neva would be our eighth cousins, but our DNA matched theirs in the fourth to fifth cousin range. This leads to a new theory that we are also descendants of Amos and Zerviah. 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.

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.

By the end of his life, Jehu was also known as John Babcock, shown on his monument in the family plot, Floral Hill cemetery, New London. The only other markers present are headstones for Silas and his wife. Here is a cemetery record of the Babcocks buried in the family plot: