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Babbitt, William Scott


Age: 0, credited to Unknown
Unit(s): 20th IN INF
Service: enl 7/22/61, 1SGT, Co. B, 20th IN INF, comn 2LT, Co. B, 2/16/62 pr CAPT, Co. C, wdd, Chancellorsville, dis/wds 7/22/63

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Birth: 12/19/1825, Orleans County, VT
Death: 02/20/1897

Burial: Maplewood Historic Cemetery, Crown Point, IN
Marker/Plot: Lot E-8
Gravestone researcher/photographer: This photo was taken by Find A Grave contributor, Indiana Bill,who posted it to memorial # 139332295
Findagrave Memorial #: 139332295


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Harriet E., 3/3/1897, IN, not approved (she d. 4/23/1897)
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


2nd Great Granduncle of Gary E. Wright, Huddleston, VA

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Maplewood Historic Cemetery, Crown Point, IN

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William S. Babbitt, Superintendent of the county farm, was born in Orleans County, Vt., December 19, 1825, and is one of the four children of Joshua and Betwey (Scott) Babbitt. His father was a native of New Hampshire, and moved to Ohio in 1826; he was a soldier in the war of 1812, and commanded a battery at the battle of Plattsburg; he was Sheriff of the county at the time of his death; his mother was a native of Vermont, and died in 1832. William S. Babbitt lived with a man named Kimball until he was eleven years old when he ran away and shipped on a Cape Cod fishing vessel and afterward went on a whaling cruise, making thee voyages. He has "doubled" Cap Horn five times, and crossed the Isthmus of Panama once. He has been twice shipwrecked, the crew being saved each time.

In 1854, he quit seafaring, and settled in farming in Ross Township, this county [Lake]. On December 25, 1854, he was married to Harriet Irish, a native of Vermont. To this union there followed five children, four living -- John J, Aaron S., Lucia M. and Sabra H.

Mr. Babbitt was a soldier in the late war in Company E, Twentieth Indiana Volunteers; eight months later he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, and in 1862 promoted to a Captaincy, and transferred to Company C. At the battle of Chancellorsville, he was severely wounded and discharged July 2, 1863. He was afterward Deputy Provost Marshal and Government detective during the war. He then resumed farming until made Superintendent of the Poor Farm in Mach, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Babbitt are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Babbitt is a member of Lodge, 551, of Freemasons; he is also a Republican.

Weston A. Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, editors, Counties of Porter and Lake Indiana. Historical and Biographical, F. A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1882), pp. 599-600.

Courtesy of Phil Harris.

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