Sunday, January 6, 2019

Query: Charles Murtain Babcock, Noble County

            I am trying to track down the parents of my great-grandfather, Charles Murtain Babcock. He was born in July 1852 in Noble County but, apparently, both of his parents died shortly thereafter.  

            According to “Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan, 1893:  "Charles M. Babcock was born July 17, 1852, in Noble County, Indiana, but . . .  The parents of Mr. Babcock died when he was a few weeks old, and then the helpless little one was given into the tender care of Mr. and Mrs. Erastus Harlow, who were to him as parents."

            According to “Counties of Whitley and Noble, Indiana: Historical and Biographical,” a Mr. Babcock was one of the first teachers at the school in Northport.  I'm wondering if he was Charles Murtain Babcock's father. I have no idea if he was married, however.

            Any assistance you can offer would be deeply appreciated.

Jim Martin-Schramm

Professor of Religion

Luther College

Decorah, IA  52101

(563) 387-1251 

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