I am helping dig up my wife's family tree here on WikiTree, since I tried to do the same on Ancestry and kept running into all kinds of craziness.
Her 4x great-grandfather is James Babcock who was married to Jennett/Jennette Search. He was born approximately 1785 in New York, and died in 1864 in Sangamon County Illinois. He spent some time in Muskingum County, Ohio, which is where he married his wife. All this information lines up with his gravesite, the 1850 census, and the book "Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois" as cited in Babcock-3319.
However, I cannot find any solid evidence to who his parents were. Ancestry and the other big sites are all over the place on this, most listing [[Babcock-2874|Charles Babcock]] (Babcock-2874), supposedly a son of Oliver Babcock and Anna Avery.
I have the book Babcock Genealogy, which is commonly cited in old Babcock profiles, and I cannot find where my wife's Babcocks fit in here. I read about Oliver Babcock and Anna Avery on page 55-56 of that book and see the information on their birth dates and 12 children and realize that it cannot be Charles, because while Oliver Babcock and Anna Avery did have a son named Charles he died as a child. Pages 106-114 talk about each of Oliver Babcock's other children that survived to adulthood and listed their spouses and children, and none of their children are named James, so I can only conclude my James is probably not part of that Babcock family.
I've also seen "Henry Babcock" listed as a father of his but again with no sources to back it up.
I'm stuck. Any ideas?