Member Query: BABCOCK

MGS member, Katherine Adamo recently sent us the following information and related query:

I am specifically looking for any documentation that can support a connection between father or mother (Samuel Babcock III & Mehitable Pierce) to their son Calvin Babcock. I have a death record for Calvin which states his fathers name as Lemuel Babcock and mother as M. Pierce. I also have census records but no name for Calvin just ages in household that fit with place and time. After extensive and exhaustive research, I have been unable to locate any Lemuel Babcocks in the entire state of Maine. Only one Lemuel Babcock in MA but wife is totally different. I found sister, Susan Pierce death record which states father as Sam’l Babcock, and mother as M. Pierce (maiden name). Pertinent information:There are 3 Samuel Babcocks in Augusta Maine during this time period. Listed as Samuel Babcock Sr. or just Samuel Babcock, Samuel Babcock Jr or II, and Samuel Babcock III. After Samuel Babcock Sr died, Samuel Babcock III became known as Samuel Babcock Jr or II. All mentioned in Martha Ballard’s Diary. Martha died prior to the birth of Calvin.

His sister was Sarah Babcock DOB c 1814 Augusta ME, and no sadly I do not have the documentation to support the connection, who first married John Wright, then later a Pierce.  The death record is Sarah Pierce.  It was on her daughter Dolly’s death record that she mentions her mother’s maiden name Babcock, and supported by Sarah Pierce’s DR with parents.  I did place Sarah in the household as well with her mother Mehitable, and two brothers Alexander and Stephen, both of whom are named in land deeds.  By this time Calvin was already out of the home, married and living in either Orono ME or Newburg.  Interesting though is that an Asa W Babcock, whom I believe is the son of Calvin’s grandfather’s brother Jeremiah Babcock.  They were both in Orono ME and living very close to each other, and interestingly enough he was again in the census in Bangor ME where Calvin lived.  So this would have been a 2nd cousin of his, but Asa W. Babcock was also born in Augusta ME but at an earlier time, and became a very wealthy businessman.  However, after searching through so many records, I again could not find any connection to Calvin.  I have taken the time to contact the United Methodist church in Orono ME, that has been established since early 1820 for any further information on marriage records and  any family connection, however they have not replied to my multiple attempts. The Babcock families are listed in the Maine Families of 1790, Vol 4, 6 and 8, which actually inspired me to purchase the entire set of volumes for my library.  This family is also mentioned in Martha Ballard’s Diary, as I mentioned, however Martha passed away prior to Calvin’s birth.  I will keep on looking, but at this point I think I’ve done all I can do from Florida and online searching.  What is needed now is feet on the ground digging and any assistance, or direction to point to whom might help would be so very very welcome.  Thank you again for your reply and if I do solve this problem I will most certainly consider publishing the article.

Samuel Babcock III, born about 1775 Augusta ME; death October 1898 Augusta, Kennebec Co ME
Mehitable born abt. 1776; death after 1850 Augusta Kennebec Co Me.
Calvin born about 1817 Augusta, Kennebec Co Me; Married Sarah Miller abt 1840 in Orono Penobscot ME;  death 1893 Bangor Penobscot Co Maine 

From tracing the census records, Calvin Babcock left the family home around the age of 23 to go to Orono ME.  I found a land deed record for Mehitable Babcock, naming two older sons, Alexander Babcock, and Stephen Babcock.  According to the Geni, they are not accepting the fact that LEmuel, is SAmuel (note 2 letter difference), with only an initial for mother Mehitable Pierce and are requesting another connection to the generation.

I have been researching land deed records, but so far have been unable to make any connections.

If you can help Katherine find additional information about her she can be reached via email at flrn@comcast.net 

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