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Augustus Emerson Babcock (b. May 15, 1863, d. May 28, 1949)Augustus Emerson Babcock98 was born May 15, 1863 in Charlotte, Monroe, New York98, and died May 28, 1949 in Rochester, New York98.He married Blanche Sias on August 01, 1889 in Christ Episcopal Church, Rochester, New York98, daughter of Daniel Boody Sias and Lucy Hebarts Burger.
Notes for Augustus Emerson Babcock:
Upon the death of Augustus Emerson Babcock, Sr., in 1949, this
editorial appeared in the Rochester, New York, Democrat and
"A figure in Monroe County history and government passed
with the death Saturday of A. Emerson Babcock.Official and
leading citizen of the Brighton, his services to the whole
county also were important.
"Mr. Babcock's long and useful life has been sketched in
the news columns, but some things are more significant tan
others.He was born in Charlotte, and yet he can be credited
with pioneer activities in developing the Brighton town
"The respect and trust his character inspired in his
neighbors is evidenced by the offices he held; that of
supervisor particularly for many years.
"He recognized character in national public life.He was
an eager Progressive in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt ran for
president in protest against what he believed to be a
deterioration of national ideals.
"He looked back proudly, but not leaningly, on the
ancestry he could trace definitely to the early 17th century.
"Genealogy was an absorbing side interest; the personal
commemoration of Revolutionary heroes he advocated strongly as
a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.He knew of
the importance of local history and the value of preserving its
"He would admit, we feel sure, and be blessed with the
comment that the best reverence for ancestors of distinction is
shown in continuing their character and efforts as modern times
give modern opportunities.
"He is properly honored as a worthy example of the useful
achievements of those who went before him."
The following is taken from an article in the Rochester, New
York Democrat and Chronicle
During his tenure of office on the Board of Supervisors
Mr. Babcock was recognized as the "father of goods roads in
Monroe County."It was he who was largely responsible for the
improvement of East Avenue, the thoroughfare to be paved by
As a candidate for his second term as supervisor, Mr.
Babcock was endorsed by both Republican and Democratic parties.
He was popular with Brighton voters regardless of party
affiliation, and served for twenty years.
A personal friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, Mr.
Babcock was a candidate for Representative to Congress on the
Bull Moose ticket in 1912.He was one of two county delegates
who attended the independent party's convention that year.
(His brother-in-law, A.B. Sias, went as alternate.Also later
compiled "Sias Family in America".)
Of a religious nature, Mr. Babcock aided in the
organization of the Brighton Presbyterian Church, contributing
generously to the building fund.He was life member of Valley
Lodge 109, F & A M, Hamilton Chapter, and Monroe Commandery,
A descendant of the family of Dr. Joshua Babcock, first
chief justice of Rhode Island and founder of Brown University,
Mr Babcock was an enthusiastic genealogist.He won a
certificate of merit in 1938 from the Chicago Institute of
Genealogy for his work in publishing a comprehensive genealogy
on the Babcock family which traced the family back to England
in 1612, and he was a fellow of the American Genealogical
As a historian, Mr. Babcock was a member of commissions
established by the state to preserve landmarks and to mark
appropriately all point of historical interest in the Rochester
area.He was historian of the Town of Brighton, the Brighton
Presbyterian Church and the Rochester Chapter of the Sons of
the American Revolution and was instrumental in the S.A.R.
program of marking the graves of soldiers who served in the
Revolutionary War.He was a member of the rochester Historical
Society and a frequent contributor to its publications.Mr.
Babcock was well known as a western New York fruit grower.
More About Augustus Emerson Babcock and Blanche Sias:
Marriage: August 01, 1889, Christ Episcopal Church, Rochester, New York.98
Children of Augustus Emerson Babcock and Blanche Sias are:
- William James Babcock, b. November 28, 1890, Brighton, New York98.
- Ralph Burger Babcock, b. September 02, 1892, Brighton, New York98.
- +Eleanore Babcock, b. July 11, 1894, Brighton, New York98.
- Augustus Emerson Jr. Babcock, b. April 02, 1896, Brighton, New York98.