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Edward V. Babcock (1840-1896)
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., owned decorating business in Bay City, MI.

1892 biography. Added Oct., 2009.

Portrait & Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


Our subject is an old soldier, who bears three honorable wounds, and every one of them received from the front, being wounded three times in quick succession at the second battle of Bull Run; he still carries about with him as a “feeling” souvenir of the battle a buckshot. Mr. Babcock is now a contractor and job painter. He has been a resident of Bay City since 1864, and his home is located at No. 508 North Jackson Street.

Our subject was born in Buffalo, N. Y., May 2, 1840. He is a son of Christopher and Lucy (Valentine) Babcock. His father was a native of Rhode Island, as was also his paternal grandsire, who was a farmer in that State. He was of English decent, but during the War of 1812, served his country gallantly. Our subject's father was a carpenter, and was engaged in contracting and building in the city of Buffalo. Later he was employed in manufacturing machines for wood-work, in which he was a fine worker. His decease occurred in 1875. Politically he was a Republican, and in his church views a Methodist. Our subject's mother was born in Lincolnshire, England. She came to America with her parents and settled in Buffalo, where she still resides at the age of seventy-one years.

Of the family of eight children, the original of this sketch is the eldest. He was reared in his native place and attended the public and High Schools. When fifteen years old he was apprenticed to learn the painter's trade, and after giving his attention to that for three years, he worked as a journeyman in Buffalo. October 4, 1861, he enlisted in Company K. Twenty-first New York Infantry, and was mustered out May 18, 1863, on account of woulds and expiration of service.

Our subject was mustered into service at Buffalo, and was immediately sent South. His first engagement was at Sulfur Springs, and he was in several other skirmishes. The second battle of Bull Run is most memorable to him, as in that he was severely wounded, receiving three shots inside of fifteen minutes. He was sent to the hospital and recovered so that he joined his regiment in time for the battle of Fredericksburg. On the expiration of his term of service he was mustered out at Buffalo, in May 1863. He spent a short time at home and then went to Newport, Ky., and was there when the city was proclaimed to be under martial law. In August 30, 1864, Mr. Babcock came to Bay City and was employed at his trade under Colburn & Mathers for eight years, and at the expiration of that time commenced to contract for himself. He is now the oldest painter in the city. His son is engaged with him, having entered his employment and partnership in 1884. Their place of business is No. 109 Center Street. They do the finest frescoing designing, papering and sign painting, and some of the best work to be seen on churches in this vicinity has been done by them.

Our subject was married in Buffalo, N. Y., August 15, 1860, his bride being Miss Sarah Cornwall, of Buffalo. Three children have been granted to their care and keeping: Edward, the eldest son, is in partnership with his father; George R., who is now in the Art Emporium here; and Lucy, who is Mrs. Koch, and resides in Bay City. Socially Mr. Babcock is a Free and Accepted Mason, a Royal Arch Mason, also a Knight Templar; he has filled the offices of Warden and Sword-bearer of Lodge No. 26, of the Bay City Commandry, and is at present filling the office of Worshipful Master of the Bay City Lodge No. 129, F & A. M. He belongs to the U. S. Grant Post, G. A. R. In politics he is a devoted Republican.

Addition Notes.

    1880 – Census, Bay City, Mich.

  • Babcock, Edward V., b. 1840, NY
  • Bobcock, Sarah, spouse
  • Children: Edward, George, Lucy.

    1896 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City.

  • Edward V. Babcock, born abt. 1842, New York, parents Christopher and Lucy Babcock, died March 11, 1896.

    1889 - Michigan Marriages: Alpena.

  • Date: Janury 22, 1889.
  • Groom: George R. Babcock, of Bay City, age 23, b. NY, son of Edward V. Babcock and Sarah A. Cornwall.
  • Bride: Agnes G. Sprague, of Alpena, age 23, b. Mich., daughter of Hiram D. Sprague and Agnes McDougall.
  • Official: N. H. Van Cullen, clergy
  • Witnesses: C. B. Warren and Mrs. C. B. Warren, both of Alpena.
Related Pages/Notes

Edward V. Babcock

Burial: Elm Lawn Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI.
Related Pages:
Babcock, Edward C.
Bay Co. Civil War History
People Referenced
Babcock, Christopher (father)
Babcock, Edward (son)
Babcock, Edward V. (subject)
Babcock, George R. (son)
Babcock, Lucy (dau.)
Cornwall, Sarah (wife)
Koch, Louis
McDougall, Agnes
Sprague, Agnes G. (d-inlaw)
Sprague, Hiram D.
Valentine, Lucy (mother)
VanCullen, N.H.
Warren, C.B.
Warren, C.B. Mrs.
Subjects Referenced
21st NY Inf., Co. K
Alpena, MI
Art Emporium
Bay City, MI
Buffalo, NY
Civil War
Colman & Mathers
Lincolnshire, England
Rhode Island, NY
War of 1812
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