Sunday, August 21, 2011


STEPHEN G. BABCOCK, hardware merchant, is the son of John and Eliza Babcock, and was born in Seneca, N. Y., August 10, 1846. His father was a farmer and native of New York, and his mother was a native of New Jersey. He began his education in the common school, but at the age of fourteen years he entered the academic department of the union school, which he attended for two years. At the age of sixteen, he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, the date of his enlistment being July 30, 1862. He served until June 19, 1865, participating in all the general engagements in which the Army of the Potomac was engaged from the time of his enlistment to the close of the war. Leaving the army, he returned to New York State, where he commenced farming.

At Clyde, N. Y., December 24, 1867, he was married to Miss Amelia M. Tipling, a native of New York. By this marriage, five children have been born to him--Mabel E., born in Seneca County, N. Y., April 7, 1869; George E., born same place July 15, 1870; Edith M., same place, June 16, 1873, died at Kingman, Kan., July 22, 1879; Maude E., born at Clyde, N. Y., November 10, 1876; Ada, born at Kingman, Kan., September 7, 1880, and John, born July 19, 1882, died August 7, 1882. In 1873, Mr. Babcock engaged in the grocery business at Clyde, N. Y., at which he remained until March, 1879, when he moved to Kansas and located at Kingman, where he engaged in the lumber and hardware business in company with Garrison & Craycraft. In 1880, the firm dissolved, Mr. Babcock retaining the hardware and implement business, which he still continues to carry on. In the fall of 1880, he was elected to the Legislature, taking his seat in the second biennial session as Representative from Kingman County.

Note. In the information above it states that he enlisted at the age of 16, years however the official records state otherwise, and the dates of his mustering out are different as well.

Stephen A. Babcock. age 18 years, enlisted July 30, 1862, at Tyre, to serve three years; muster in as a private, company F.; August 22, 1862; surrendered, September 15, 1862, and paroled September 16, 1862, at Harper's Ferry Va.; promoted Corporal, November 1, 1863; tranfferred to company D., December 25, 1864, mustered out with company June 3, 1865, near Alexandria Va.

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