|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1821|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 1895|
Rock Island County
Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, Illinois, Thursday, September 26, 1895
Moline, Ill., Sept. 25--Special Telegram--John E. Babcock, Sr., died last night at his home in Hampton township, aged 74 years. He had resided there nearly fifty years.
Portrait and Biographical Album, Rock Island County, Illinois, Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1885, pages 440 and 445
John E. Babcock, an enterprising and progressive farmer, whose accumulations are attributable to his own indomitable energy, pluch and good judgment, residing on section 28, of Hampton Township, came to this county in the year 1837. He was born in State of Massachusetts, Dec. 18, 1821, his parents being Timothy and Martha (Bugby) Babcock, natives of the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Babcock, whose name heads this notice, received the advantages afforded by the common schools of his native county, and remained under the parental roof-tree until he attained the age of 14 years, when, realizing that the West offered better inducements for the accumulation of a competency, and being given the privilege by his parents to go forth and fight out his own destiny, he went to St. Louis, where he remained one year. He next came to this county, where he engaged as a clerk in a mercantile establishment, which vocation he followed for a number of years.
At the age of 21 years, Mr. Babcock purchased 106 acres located on sections 21 and 28, Hampton Township, and entered vigorously and energetically upon its cultivation and improvement. He subsequently added to his original purchase 320 acres, and at the present time is the proprietor of 426 acres of good tillable land, with good residence, barn and outbuildings. He was united in marriage, Dec. 8, 1857, to Miss Eliza A. Wells, a native of Rock Island County, in which State she was born, Dec. 24, 1838. Their union has been blessed by the birth of six children, namely: Ralph M., born July 29, 1860; John E., March 15, 1862; George M., April 13, 1864; Louisa, Oct. 27, 1866; Martha M., Oct. 3, 1869, and Drury A., Aug. 18, 1871. Ralph M. married Louisa Silvis, daughter of Thomas S. Silvis.
Politically, Mr. Babcock is identified with the principles advocated by the Democratic Party. In addition to the cultivation of his land, he is devoting a great part of his time to stock, and has some 90 head of cattle. He is one of the substantial men of Hampton Township, and although never seeking office has held the position of Road Commissioner and School Director. He is a man whose work is as good as his bond, and his success is attributable to his honest, straightforward dealings with his fellowman, coupled with his good judgment and perseverance.
Timothy Babcock (____ - 1828)
Martha Bugbee Babcock (1784 - 1849)
Eliza A. Wells Babcock (1838 - 1929)*
Timothy A. Babcock (1859 - 1859)*
Ralph M. Babcock (1860 - 1932)*
George Merrill Babcock (1864 - 1953)*
Martha M. Babcock (1869 - 1927)*
Drury A. Babcock (1871 - 1963)*
Hampton Township Cemetery
Rock Island County
Created by: Carol (Schlueter) Long
Record added: Jan 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64418851