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Eli Ditzler m. Celia Babcock, W. Lyons IL 1871
Posted by: Pat Sabin Date: November 20, 2001 at 12:48:57
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I am (still) hoping to find information about Celia Babcock, who married Eli Ditzler, January 22, 1871, in West Lyons (Cook County just over the county line from DuPage Co, Illinois). I believe Celia was a child of Lyman Babcock and his first wife. In 1851, Lyman Babcock married Emerancy Ellis Smith, widow of Franklin B. Smith and mother of small daughter, Gertrude. This couple had three children together, Charlie, Fred, and Ida May Babcock.

I have heard that Lyman Babcock had three daughters by his first wife.

As for Eli Ditzler, this is an excerpt from the diaries of his , Hannah Ditzler Alspaugh:

"Three brothers named Ditzler came from Germany to America and settled in Lancaster county in
Pennsylvania. They were Thomas, Michael, and John. John was my grandfather. His wife's name was
Schuman, and their oldest son was Johnathan, my father, who was born in 1813.

"Grandfather had a land grant of the War of 1812 which was given to my father who got land in
Blackberry, Ill. Later traded for Iowa land, then traded for a lot in Naperville- northeast corner lot on
Washington and Franklin. there he built a house in 1873 and had tenants. This was finally sold to Mrs.
Barbara Egermann. (The house was razed several years ago.)

"My mother was Esther Alspach (later spelled Alspaugh), born near Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, in
1814. My parents were married in Orwigsburg in 1834. In 1836 they traveled in a little one-horse
wagon to Ohio and lived in Greentown until 1844. Sister Elizabeth (Libbie) and brother Eli were born

"In the fall of 1844 they came by way of the lakes to Chicago, where they landed on the sand of
Lake Michigan. Later my father and uncle John Alspaugh walked to Naperville where father settled,"

(Hannah's diaries are very interesting reading, and excerpts from Hannah's diaries can be found here: )


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