SARAH ANN BABCOCK DAVIS EATON MALISON
by Bob Babcock
SECOND GENERATION, THIRD CHILD OF JEHU AND ELSA BABCOCK
|BIRTH:||abt. 1839 - Otselic, Chenango, NY|
|DEATH:||abt 1887 - Caledonia, Waupaca, WI|
|BURIAL:||abt. 1887 - Floral Hill Cem, New London, WI|
Sarah was married abt May 1855 in Wisconsin, USA to:
|BIRTH:||Aug 1834 - Chenango County, NY, USA|
|DEATH:||16 Oct 1863 - Caledonia, Waupaca, WI|
Nathan died in 1863 leaving Sarah with Watie (6), Charlotte (4) and Charles (1). Sarah’s next spouse was another native of Chenango County, NY and of the Davis family.
|BIRTH:||14 Jul 1835 - New York, USA|
|DEATH:||23 Apr 1874 - Clay County, IA, USA|
|BURIAL:||Apr 1874 - Webb, Clay, IA|
|Halbert||(Sep 1865 - 18 Sep 1931)|
|John||(31 Jul 1871 - 24 Jan 1935)|
|Caroline||(11 May 1874 - 18 Mar 1968)|
Sarah was married abt 1875 in Caledonia, Waupaca, WI to:
|BIRTH:||abt. 1849 - New York, USA|
Her name in the cemetery record is Sarah Eaton.
Sarah and Nathan’s first child, Watie, was born in 1857, the same year as Mary L Babcock. The following photograph of Sarah, Watie and Charlotte was found at an auction in Weyauwega, Wisconsin and sent by Paula Vaughn on 22 Apr 2005 to Maria Johnson (see the Davis connection page) who passed an image on to us.
Sarah’s second husband, Joshua Eaton, was her first husband’s first cousin. According to census records, Sarah and Joshua’s first child, Halbert, was born in Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Joshua’s father had established a farm in Iowa. By 1870, Joshua, Sarah, Watie, Charlotte, Charles and Halbert had moved to Iowa to be near his family. Sarah and Joshua had a second child, John, about 1871. About 1872, Joshua’s brother Albert was married. Albert and Ellen’s first child was Frank, born March 1873, and their second child was Caroline, born May 11, 1874. Joshua died April 23, 1874, aged 38 years, leaving Sarah with Watie (17 – already back in Wisconsin and married), Charlotte (14), Charles (11), Halbert (8) and John (3). We have DNA matches with descendants of Caroline Eaton that could only be if Caroline was actually Sarah’s child. We assume that Albert and Ellen Eaton agreed to take Caroline as their own and let Sarah take the rest of her children back to Wisconsin to be near her family.
An 1874 plat of Caledonia shows S. A. Eaton as the owner of 60 acres adjacent to her brother S(ilas), brother Wm and her father J(ehu) Babcock. The house just north of her 60 acres is believed to be hers and to be the one shown in the photograph above.
By June 1st, 1875, according to the Wisconsin Census that only recorded heads of families, Sarah was living near the Silas, William and Jehu Babcock families, was married to John Malison and the 3 other males in the household are presumed to be her sons Charles Davis (13), Halbert Eaton (9) and John Eaton (4). By 1880, S A Malison was paralyzed, living near the Silas and Jehu Babcock families with her sons Halbert (14) and JV (9) Eaton, but John Malison was not present. According to the 1885 Wisconsin Census, Sarah A Mallison was the head of her own household, living alone, but next to three other Mallison households, including John and Mark Mallison households, in the unincorporated village of Cadott, Sigel township, Chippewa County, Wisconsin. See the next page for more on the Mark Malison household.