ROSWELL D. BABCOCK, born June 13, 1819, in Grande Isle, Vt., is the youngest of seven children of Elias and Lucy (Demery) Babcock, the former a native of Norwich, Conn., born February 2, 1777, the latter of Dartmouth, born May 22, same year. Elias Babcock served at the battle fo Plattsburg, in the war of 1812, and the subject has in his possession a powder-horn carried by his father on the memorable occasion. Elias Babcock moved to Huntington County, Quebec, in 1829, proceeding, in 1831, to St. John's, Canada, where he was employed in getting out ship timber. In 1833, he went to Geauga County, Ohio, purchased ninety acres, built a cabin and began clearing. Here his death occurred, July 2, 1859. Mrs. Lucy Babcock died there March 1, 1874. Roswell D. Babcock and Mrs. Hetty A. (Abramson) Hamblin were married in Geauga County, Ohio, April 24, 1845, and came to Bloomfield, this county, in 1846, where he worked by the day and farmed on shares until 1852, when he received eighty acres of the old Abramson homestead. He sold out and moved to La Grange in 1860, and has lived on his present farm since he bought it in 1863. Mr. Babcock, since 1853, has been a member of the A.F. & A.M. They have three children -Lucy J., now Mrs. Sanders; Francis W., and Charlotte F., now Mrs. Spidel. All belong to the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Babcock was born in Rockland County, N.Y., April 6, 1822, and her parents were natives of New York. Her father, Halstead Abramson, was born August 16, 1794, and her mother, Elizabeth Van Houten, November 8, 1796; the former was a soldier in the war of 1812, and came to Bloomfield Township, this county, in 1845; bought a farm of 240 acres, where he lived until his death, October 25, 1852; his wife died May 6, 1857, and both were buried on the old farm.
History of La Grange County Indiana, F.A. Battey & Co., 1882