Biography of Allen Babcock
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Babcock, Allen, Massena, was born in Brasher, February 5, 1840. The family is of English descent, and date their ancestry to three brothers, George. John and Benjamin who were among those who came to America in the Mayflower. Ben,jamin Babcock was born in Rhode Island, and in 1820 came to Bombay, Franklin county, and engaged in the timber trade until his death. W. H. Babcock was born in Alburg, Vt., in 1812, and when eight years of age came to Bombay, and, excepting a few years in Brasher, spent his life there. His wife was Harriet Wait of Isle la Motte; she was a cousin of General Scott and President Fillmore. They had six Sons and three daughters. Mr. Babcock was justice of the peace, and deputy custom house office at Hogansburg. He is dead and his widow now resides in Brasher. Allen Babcock was reared in the village of Hogansburg and educated in the same place. At fourteen years of age he began as clerk in Hogansburg and continued as such until he reached seventeen, when he went to Helena and learned the miller's trade. He then enlisted in Co. H, 92d Reg't N. Y. Vols. and was afterwards transferred to the 96th N. Y. Vols., and served four years and four months. He was absent from his regiment but eight days, and served as quartermaster on the staff of General Curtis. At the close of the war he retnrned to Helena and purchased the mill in which he learned his trade and carried it on four years, and after one year in North Lawrence he purchased the mill at Rayrnondville, and was there twelve years. In 1882 be came to Massena and purchased the grist mill and has since had a very successful business. July 26, 1886, he was burned out, with no insurance, but rebuilt, and on November 26 was again in running order. His mill capacity is fifty barrels daily and 500 bushels of other grain; his business is local, and he grinds about 15,000 bushels of wheat and 30,000 to 40,000 bushels of coarse grain annually. Mr. Babcock is a Republican, but has never sought office; he has been school trustee for eleven years, and at the present time is president of the board of education. He is a member of Deer River Lodge, F. & A. M., and he and family are members of the M, E. chureh. Mr. Babcock was married March 1, 1866, to Margaret Carpenter of Cornwall, Canada, by whom he has had four children: Orville A., Fred L., Alma D. and Martha E.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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