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 Marietta Amanda <I>Bristol</I> Babcock

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Marietta Amanda Bristol Babcock

  • Birth 24 Mar 1835 Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
  • Death 19 Oct 1872 Dakota, Waushara County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 99656994

Marietta {Age 15} is recorded on the 1850 census at Grand Chute, Brown, Wisconsin
dwelling in the household of her parents.

Cause of death - Typhoid fever.

BIOGRAPHY - by Bristol family:
Marietta was taken to Bristol in Wisconsin when the family went west in 1839, and remained there several years, until the family removed to a new home.
In the meantime she attended school.
She was petite but lithe, active and reasonably healthy. She was very pretty, unusually bright, and as a little girl the pet and best-loved of all the pupils of a large school. At the several schools she attended, consequent upon a number of removals, as well as at Appleton while a student at the Lawrence University, she was the same conscientious painstaking pupil, bright ambitious, and among the foremost always.
After the family settled in Dakota she regularly attended the village school taught by Elder George C. Babcock, until she herself began teaching in the winter of 1855-56, in a district southwest of the village of Dakota and a few miles west of where her brother, Cicero, was teaching. She taught terms in surrounding districts always meeting with fine success and the esteem of her patrons.
It was not long after the family settled in Dakota before Oscar Babcock and Marietta Bristol became acquainted. From the first they were friends, then ardent friends, then lovers; and such they remained until her untimely death. Seldom has there been seen a more perfect union of more perfect lives than was theirs. It must have been a gratification to them to know that their names were always coupled together in the community and that all agreed that the anticipated marriage would be ideal in every sense. And so indeed it was. For both were deeply religious, both were highly intellectual, both were ambitious to do something for humanity and each had an unbounded faith in and love for the other.
In her adult years she was rather below the average height for women; she was slight, weighing less than one hundred pounds, but straight, lithe and active; she was delicate yet capable of enduring considerable work and fatigue. Her mother and sisters endeavored to shield her from the hard tasks of house- keeping, sometimes by subterfuges, some- times by coaxing her to do lighter work, sometimes by insistent persuasion.
She was handsome to us of the family, beautiful. Her hair was jet black, fine, soft
and wavy, her eyes were dark hazel, her completion white, her brow perfect in contour. Her expression was captivating, her manners charming in simplicity and naturalness.
While she was so dainty and winsome she yet possessed sterling, forceful qualities not often blended with the tenderest sentiments.
The family was preparing to move to the new frontier settlement in the North Loup valley of Nebraska -- a settlement organized under the inspiration and direction of Oscar Babcock. The trip was to be made by team and wagon in the fall of 1872. Suddenly, Metta was stricken with typhoid fever. She lived only three weeks after the onset of the fever,
Her wonderful courage was shown as she lay dying, surrounded by her distracted husband, mother and sisters, when she said in gentle reproof; "Why I have to have courage for you all". And so as she lay there in the peril of death she calmly gave directions for the disposal of her personal belongings, her little treasures, told how she wanted her children cared for; and then gave her parting advice and her benediction to her beloved and agonized husband. As the rays of the setting sun streamed in through the partly shaded window she raised the fingers of her hand
and said faintly but clearly "Oh what heavenly light." These were her last words.
Her sister Retta wrote later, " The life and light of the home was gone out forever."
She was buried at Dakota by the side of her grandfather, Job Warner and her soldier brother, Lawrence T. Bristol.

Family Members

Gravesite Details There is no gravestone to mark the resting place for Marietta.





  • Maintained by: Ralph Gowen
  • Originally Created by: Yvonne Gowen
  • Added: 27 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99656994
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marietta Amanda Bristol Babcock (24 Mar 1835–19 Oct 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99656994, citing Dakota Cemetery, Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Ralph Gowen (contributor 47690237) .