What happened to Homer S Babcock?

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I am searching for records for Homer S. Babcock, born around 1921 in either Alabama or Bristol County, Massachusetts (likely New Bedford, MA).

Homer's father was Lloyd Franklin Babcock, born in 1898 in South Dartmouth, MA. Lloyd married my great-grandmother, Florence Sylvia, in 1919 and they divorced sometime before 1928, when Florence married my great-grandfather. (We did not know she had been previously married until after she died.)

Lloyd next shows up with on the 1930 census shows living with his parents, Charles and Laura Babcock, in the Militia District 60 of Burke, Georgia, along with his son, Homer S. Babcock -- the only documentation with Homer I can find, and how I discovered he existed. (I should note that Homer and his parents were New Englanders and I don't know why they all moved to Georgia ... To run away?)

In 1931, Lloyd was remarried to Eula Lee Cook, and they lived in Montgomery, AL for the rest of their lives. There is no trace of Homer after that 1930 census.

I don't know if Florence is the biological mother of Homer, and whether Homer moved away or died after 1930; I can't find any documentation of him. This is an "open secret" in my family; my grandmother (Florence's daughter and Homer's possible half-sister) knows something about this but will not tell.

I'd love any help you could offer.
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According to Charles H. Babcock's death certificate (Homer's Grandfather?), Charles died November 7, 1930, Burke Co., Waynesboro, Ga.  His occupation was Dog Trainer. Spouse, Laura.

His death certificate lists a man named Simeon Bell (jr.) as the informant which means Charles' wife, Laura most likely died before Charles otherwise her name would be noted as informant.

Lloyd and Homer are now on their own with both parents gone. Year 1930. Very possible they moved on, but I too haven't been able to find them.

I searched the "True Citizen" (Waynesboro) newspaper for a death announcement, but did not find anything.  By the way, Simeon Bell sr., according to newspaper accounts, was the mayor of Waynesboro when Charles and family lived there.

Is this the correct Charles and Laura?
Massachusetts marriage:
Name: Charles H Babcock
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birth Place: Pembroke, Maine (?)
Marriage Date: 20 Jun 1895
Marriage Place: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Age at Marriage: 24
Father: John S Babcock
Mother: Georgia D Reynolds
Spouse: Laura E J Shepherd
Spouse Birth Place: New Bedford
Spouse Age at Marriage: 18
Spouse Father: David 
Spouse Mother: Annie L Shaw

I set up a findagrave for Charles Babcock.  Did not find any other Family buried there, as of yet.

 

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Thank you! This is so helpful. Yes, that is the correct lineage and Charles H. was Homer's grandfather. (I only had an approx death date for Charles so I've updated my records.)

Charles's wife, Laura (Shepard) Babcock:

  • DOB: September 1877 in New Bedford, MA
  • Parents: David J. and Annie L. (Shaw). (Annie was born around 1834, per 1900 census.) 
  • David J died before 1900
  • Annie died sometimes after 1910.
  • Annie's parents were also born in Mass.

Laura was still living in Montgomery, AL in 1945, listed as Charles's widow in the city directory -- and living independently. She died sometime before 1950. 

Here are some other facts I know:

  • Lloyd married Eula Lee Cook around 1931. Eula Lee was married two previous times, to Jack Smith and James Monroe Bell, and had several children. (Maybe she didn't want Homer, too, or maybe Homer died.)
  • Eula Lee died 23 April 1966 in Montgomery, AL
  • Lloyd died 11 November 1966, also in Montgomery
  • Both Eula Lee and Lloyd show up in censuses (with a variety of her children, but no Homer) and Montgomery city directories until their deaths

Wondering if Lloyd has a military connection that would have taken him to the South -- Homer could be result of an affair or my great-grandmother's son. Of course, it is hard to imagine my wonderful great-grandmother Florence giving up a child but I am trying not to have my feelings for her cloud my research.

I can't thank you enough for your help. Please let me know if you find anything else.

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Since this is the first time I've responded to the wikitree G2G, I'm not sure how to reply to the email I received from you today regarding Homer Babcock, so I will reply here.

I'm happy to have found something you could use.

I posted Charles Homer's death certificate on his findagrave memorial for you to take a look at. 

With the information on Laura you provided, I was able to find her in the Alabama death index.  Index only, no images.

Name: Laura Babcock
Date of death: 03 Apr 1963
Event Place: Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Gender: Female
Age (Original): 87y
Birth Year (Estimated): 1876
Father's Name: David J. Sheppard
Mother's Name: Annie Shaw
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