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SILAS BABCOCK

by Bob Babcock

SECOND GENERATION, FOURTH CHILD OF JEHU AND ELSA BABCOCK

Silas Babcock
BIRTH:28 Jan 1841 - Otselic, Chenango, NY
DEATH:7 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 1962, Silas and his brother-in-law’s brothers, Jerome and Eugene Davis, enlisted as Union soldiers. They served in Company I of the 17th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment until July 14th, 1965 when they were mustered out 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.

By 1885 the properties in section 5 were sold off. Jehu and Elsa lived elsewhere in Caledonia (perhaps Readfild in sec. 23 or 26), William bought 40 acres a few miles north in Mukwa, Sarah moved to Cadott in Chippewa County, and Silas and Sadilla moved with 4 children (Laura died in 1885) to 40 acres in section 2 of Caledonia. Silas, his wife Sadilla, and parents are buried in the D-108 family plot at Floral hill.

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

Last update: January 2, 2020