Upon the death of Augustus Emerson Babcock, Sr., in 1949, this editorial appeared in the Rochester, New York, Democrat and Chronicle.
"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 community. "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 essential facts. "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 county funds. 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, Knights Templar. 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 Society. 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
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