Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb (1936-2016)

Jorita was an avid supporter of the restoration of the 1787 Seth Babb Homestead in Greeneville, TN, often corralling family members to tell them how important the project was and spurring them into action to assist the project. I’ve had the privilege to know her over these last dozen or so years and am sad to hear news of her passing.

Below is a copy of her Obituary published in the Crossroads Chronicle.


Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb

Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb, 80, of Cullowhee, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.

Born in Castlewood, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry Roy Porter and Viola Marie Jessee Dearing Porter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Chase Babb; two sons, Aubrey Alan Babb and Robert Lynn Babb; and one brother, Roy Leon Porter.

Jorita was the former owner of Cashiers Insurance Agency, Inc.

She was a member of the N.C. China Painting Club and loved gardening and flowers.

Jorita was a member of Pine Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Hicks and husband Ralph of Cullowhee and Carla B. Tucker and husband Chris of Cashiers; one son, Michael D. Babb of Cullowhee; one brother, Leston Porter of Hazelwood, Missouri; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Pine Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Aaron Langston and Rev. Everett Wilson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pine Creek Baptist Church or Four Seasons Hospice House Foundation, P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Babbs of Somerset, England

As many of you know I’ve been researching the Babbs of Somerset, England. I’ve been trying to fill out the 500 year long lineage that dates back to Robert Babb (born 1480) in the tiny town of Pitminster.

Today I believe I may have reached a living descendant and have reached out to establish contact. It’s very exciting…at least to me it is.🙂

If anyone who reads my blog is a member of this lineage, please reach out to me privately. I’d like to go over your branch of the tree that I’m preparing for my upcoming book on the Babbs of England.


A Babb for President?

It wasn’t without a little irony that I found the time this week to research a connection I had heard about at the recent family reunion. It turns out that Hillary Rodham Clinton turns out to be a Babb!

Before anyone gets their dander up, let me make reiterate that this is not a political forum or an endorsement of any kind. Just a discussion of her family history. There are plenty of places on the Internet to espouse political views. Let’s keep this conversation fun and light.

You can pick your nose, you can pick your President, but you can’t pick your family.

Hillary descends from the Babbs of Somerset, England. Her second great-grandmother Jane Sophia Babb married into the Howell family from which her mother Dorothy descends. I’ve attached a document which shows the exact details.

As a reminder, the Babbs of Somerset have not been linked to any of the lineages in the US. Genetically speaking they are unique and a completely different tree than the bulk of our groups members. So there is no need to look for this connection in your own tree.

None of this is going to get you through the front door of the White House, but it’s fun to consider and the connection will be included in my upcoming book on the English Babbs. Clinton-Babb Connection

A Reunion as grand as the 4th of July!

Over the 4th of July weekend a crew of 37 Babbs descended on a small town with a big history; in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful weekend, with sunny skies and 80° highs. On Saturday afternoon, we gathered for the opening mixer on the patio of the lobby bar at 4pm followed by dinner around 7pm in Marty’s Lounge, which is attached to the host hotel the 72-Room Voyageur Inn and Conference Center. We caused a bit of a stir when 20 people descended on the hotel restaurant, but that’s just part of being a Babb.

On Sunday July 3rd, we were the guests of honor at the Founders Day picnic and our speakers Marjorie Rhodes, Anna Crooks, Jean D’Angelo & Myself had the audience both laughing and crying along with our history.

After the festivities were over, we were treated to some wine & refreshments by the John Schmitt family, who are descendants of Reedsburg Founder, James Wilson Babb. Of course, no reunion is complete without a visit to those who came before. So, we paid a visit to the Babb Family Cemetery and ended up lingering for a good while, before convening at J’s Pub for dinner, which is located across the street from the host hotel. After dinner we continued to chat in the hotel lobby until late in the evening.

Monday July 4th, everyone toured on their own, but a big group of us ran away to see the Circus World in Baraboo and had a great time clowning around!


In the afternoon we had a long visit to the Reedsburg, Pioneer Log Village which has over a half dozen historic Log Homes from around the area. This museum also houses the rim from James Wilson Babb’s covered wagon, that he used when moving to Reedsburg.

Our reunion ended with a bang! Actually, quite a few of them. After all, it was the 4th of July and we were once again honored at Freedomfest in Nishan Park before John Schmitt & I lit up the city with the countdown to start the fireworks display. It was spectacular and we had the best seats in the park with Old Glory bathed in light by the fireworks behind it. It was truly proof in the night that our flag was still there.

This town isn’t large. It isn’t even included in the ATT coverage map. But that didn’t stop this rowdy bunch from having a great time. I can’t thank Cheryl Schwarzenbart enough for her help in pulling all of this together and connecting us with John Schmitt & Linda Borleske and the rest of Reedsburg. They made my job easy and so enjoyable!

A full set of the photos of the reunion is available on my OneDrive here:!AqxbCeIXsUU4kPgAcDCmie4HWb6xGg


Book Announcement: Vol 8: Drunk, Insolent, Disobedient & Babb: The Babbs of Maryland (3)

As I prepared for this volume on the Maryland Babbs, I was struck by a document for Charles Babb (3-1-4) who was court martialed 3 times during his short military career. The first time for being Drunk, the next for being insolent with this commander and the 3rd time for being disobedient. Though the DNA shows that are not of the same ancestry, I couldn’t help but think that he sounds so much like the descendants of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals. It seems that troublemakers are what runs in common throughout all the lineages of Babbs. After all, there are things more binding than blood. They are not all bad, all Babbs!

Volume 8

Publication Date: Jul 17 2016
ISBN/EAN13: 1535346949 / 9781535346948
Page Count: 198
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Reference / Genealogy

The book is available now on and will be on Amazon in a 3-5 days. You can get 20% off every day through the publisher with code: 69DDYJEC


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Drunk, Insolent, Disobedient & Babb

It isn’t the first time that these words were used to describe a member of the Babb Family. We have a long line of resisting authority figures and it turns out Charles Babb (3-1-4) of Anne Arundel, Maryland was no different. While proofing the tree for an upcoming book release on the Babbs of Anne Arundel, Maryland, I came across this service record for Charles. It reminded me of that old Babb battle cry “I’ve been kicked out of better places than this!”

While I’m on the topic, let me share some changes for the next installment of my book series Babb Unabridged. While organizing for what was to be my next book on the Babbs of England, I realized that I had omitted a lineage in the first 7 volumes. The omission was due to the order in which the books were first created, prior to release. I wasn’t sure how many volumes I would eventually break Phillip’s descendants into and was getting bogged down trying to learn a consistent way to format the books as well. So, I tackled the small uncomplicated tree of Benjamin Babb of Middletown, CT. This allowed me to define a basic format that would carry me forward through the rest of the series. Benjamin’s line eventually became Volume 6 Breaking Down Benjamin Babb of Middletown, CT (2), but not until after I went back and did the 4 books (Vol 2-5) that make up Phillip’s (1) descendants.

Next I tackled the Eastern Virginia (4) & North Carolina Babbs (5), but somehow passed over the Anne Arundel, Maryland (3) Babbs. I had it in my head that the lineage was minimal in size and that I’d include it somewhere else.

Last week I realized my mistake while proofing a chapter for my upcoming volume on the English Babbs, which was to be Volume 8. Alas, that isn’t meant to be. Volume 8 will instead recover those lost Babbs of Anne Arundel, Maryland and as soon as I complete my work on that volume I can get back to work on the English Book.

So, while you wait, please enjoy this service record and remember all the disobedient Babbs in your life. MIUSA1798_102860-00329

Safe & Sound in Dallas

Many may realize that Dallas is my hometown and I wanted to make sure everyone knew that me and mine are safe and sound, following the tragic events last night. We were home when the shootings took place and didn’t even hear about them until friends from out of state starting asking about our safety on Facebook.

I can’t begin to understand how shooting an innocent person is the answer to any problem our world may face, yet these events are all too common. This one struck very close to my home and I’m a little rattled, but doing well.

My heart goes out to the innocent Peach Marchers and Peace Officers affected by this act of senseless violence. It reminds me of the senseless deaths of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Let’s remain committed to peace, in honor of all these people and the countless others lost to insanity.