Sherman Babcock, 1762 - 1851
Sherman Babcock was
born on 19 Oct 1762 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode
Island. Nothing has been uncovered as to his parentage or siblings.
Most of what we know about him and his family comes from certain
vital, land, and census records, and information provided in an
application for a Revolutionary War pension.
Sherman served during
the Revolutionary War as a private in the militia of several states.
He enlisted three times, and was drafted twice, for a total of about
two years service. In Mar 1777, at the age of 15, Sherman enlisted in
the Connecticut Militia to serve as a substitute for three months. He
served under Captain Joseph Fish in the 4th Regiment and was stationed
in Groten and Stonington Point, CT. On 25 Jun 1777 Sherman again
enlisted in the Connecticut Militia to serve for nine months. He
served under Captain Josiah Baldwin in Colonel John Ely's regiment,
and was stationed in New London, Connecticut.
His company was
marched to White Plains, NY, in preparation for a crossing to Long
Island, which never happened, though Colonel Ely was captured by the
British. Sherman returned to Stonington Point, and on 14 May 1778
Sherman enlisted for a third term of one year. He served under Captain
Joshua Babcock in Colonel John Topham's regiment, and was stationed in
Tiviston, Rhode Island. After mustering out, he settled in Pownall,
Vermont. While there he was drafted for two consecutive tours of two
months each, serving to guard prisoners and maintain the border. He
served under Captain Briggs in Colonel Robertson's regiment. He was
likely discharged about Apr 1779.
By 1789 he was settled
in Westfield (later called Fort Ann), Washington County, New York
(near Lake Champlain). He married Delecta Rich, daughter of James
Rich. Sherman became the pastor of the First Baptist Church of
Westfield on 12 Feb 1790. In 1790 or 1791, Sherman and Delecta had the
first of their eleven children, son Thomas. Another son, Young (also
called Youngs), was born in 1792. He served with the First Baptist
Church until 1792. The Babcock family then moved to Panton, Addison
County, Vermont. Son Barnes (also called Barnabus) was born there on
24 Feb 1794. On 4 July 1794, Sherman helped found the Panton Baptist
Church. The family moved back to Westfield sometime after this.
Daughter Amanda was born there in 1795, and son Hiram (also called
Henry) was born in 1798.
On 19 Sep 1799,
Sherman was again called to become the pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Westfield. He was ordained by a council of churches from
Hartford, Queensbury, Sharon, Kingsbury, Granville, and Middletown,
Vermont. He served for six years, and permanently severed his
connection to the Church on 5 Jun 1805. Sons Lee (also called Stephen)
and James R (possibly named after his grandfather) were born in
Westfield in 1801 and 1803, respectively.
The family again
returned to Panton before the birth of their eighth child, daughter
Salome, in 1806. Sherman bought 15 acres of land in Ferrisburg from
Ferris Holcomb, which was recorded on 7 Apr 1806. Son Rowland was born
5 Mar 1809, followed by daughter Elesta (also called Lusty or Linty)
in 1812, and son Pardon A 28 Aug 1814. On 9 Oct 1809, Young married
Beulah (or Bela) Bishop, oldest daughter of Jesse Bishop, in Panton.
Thomas married Clarissa Ferris, daughter of James Ferris, on 20 Feb
1810 in Panton. Barnes was married in 1814 to Asenath Grover, likely
in Fort Ann. Thomas served as a pilot in the U.S. Naval Squadron on
Lake Champlain from 27 Apr 1814 to 28 Nov 1814 (during the War of
1812). Barnes also served during the war. Sherman sold his land in
Panton on 22 Sep 1814, possibly to escape the fighting. Sometime
between 1815 and 1818 he and his family started a migration west that
would ultimately end in Oregon.
By 1818, Sherman and
family were settled in Posey Township, Harrison County, Indiana. More
of Sherman's children were married here over then next twenty years.
Stephen married Sally Washburn on 2 May 1818 in Clark County, Indiana.
Amanda married Jonathan Elsworth 14 days later (on 16 May 1818) in the
same county. James married Rachel Mulkins, daughter of Henry Mulkins
and Mary Duncan, on 25 Dec 1822 in Posey. Rowland married Nancy Pyburn,
daughter of Richard Pyburn and Mary A Hardin, on 22 Oct 1828 in Posey.
Elesta married Williard Mulkins (brother of Rachel) on 18 May 1834 in
Posey. Pardon married Elizabeth Pyburn (sister of Nancy) on 29 Oct
1835 in Posey. Hiram married Lydia about 1820. No information is known
of any marriage of Salome.
In Jun 1832, Congress
passed the Pension Law, which provided pensions for Revolutionary War
Veterans. Sherman filed for his pension on 2 Oct 1832 in open court in
Harrison County. He was placed on the pension rolls for Indiana
(#22333) on 26 Oct 1833 at a semi-annual rate of $40.00, retroactive
to 4 Mar 1831.
In 1842 Sherman and
Delecta moved to Pleasant Prairie, Racine County (now Kenosha County),
Wisconsin with their sons Rowland and Pardon. Sherman and Delecta were
received into the congregation of the First Baptist Church in Kenosha
on 18 Sep 1844. In Feb 1847 Sherman and Delecta moved to Benton
Township, Knox County, Missouri to be near to their Pardon and his
family. It also appears that Rowland moved there briefly as well, as
his son Richard was born in Knox County in 1847. Sherman continued his
Baptist ministry in Missouri. Records show that he married at least
four couples in Knox County between Apr and Nov 1848.
Sherman died on 18 Jan
1851 in Winchester, Clay Township, Clark Co, Missouri. 1850 Census
records (taken in June 1850) do not mention Delecta; it may be
presumed that she died between Feb 1847 and June 1850, probably in
Missouri. No burial place has been identified for Sherman or Delecta.
Pension affidavit, 2 Oct 1832.
Military Muster Rolls,
Jun 7777 through Feb 1779.
Rolls, Mar 1832 through Jan 1851.
Baptist Association Minutes, 1864.
Church Minutes of
First Baptist Church, Kenosha, WI, 1844-1847.
United States Census
Research by Alice
Babcock Holmes, 1993.
Research by Marilyn
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Sherman Babcock is the great, great, great, great
grandfather through the family of Lillian (Dolly) Rossi. Mother of Bob
As you can see he was a true Son of the American
starts a church in Vermont on
July 4, 1794