Recently I was contacted by Babb who now lives in South Africa, but who was born in Devon, England. I’ll withhold the exact name to protect his privacy. He has been working on his lineage for a while now and has traced his family back to an Edward Babb who was born in Hatherleigh, Devon, England in 1675. This was the best documented tree I had seen for an English Babb line, and I offered to have the Babb Family Association pay for his test.
As a reminder, at this time, we have identified 5 distinct lineages of Babb’s in England; 3 of which came to America and the rest who still reside in England. This is the source of an upcoming Babb Unabridged book, tentatively titled “Made in England”, which will be volume 8 of the series. I plan to discuss all of these lines in detail in the book.
But today, I’m writing to say that the test kit is currently steaming it’s way across the ocean on it’s way to a DNA laboratory in Houston, TX. Once the test arrives at the facility it takes a few days for the kit to be logged and sent for processing, there will then be a 4-6 week window while we wait for the test results to come in.
What do we hope to learn?
One of 6 things can happen. Our candidate will either match to one of the established 5 lineages (My money is on the line from Pitminster, Somerset, England which I’ve affectionately named the Dragons. A mere 50 miles separates the ancestral homes of these two lineages, so the likelihood of a match is great.
Alternatively, they might match to our second lineage, which hails from Devon. I don’t have many details on this line as the candidate was one of the first we did and I didn’t have good measures in place to track his lineage. The candidate has since passed away, but know that I’ll be working to find this info should the need arise.
Options 3-5 all revolve around matching to one of the US Babb lineages for Phillip of the Isles of Shoals (1), Benjamin Babb or Middletown, CT (3) or the Babb’s of North Carolina (5) & Eastern Virginia (4), which are covered in Volumes 1-7 of my Series Babb Unabridged available here.
The 6th option is that they will match to None of the Above and we will have identified a 6th line of Babbs in England. Obviously, I’m hoping on the Somerset option, which will prove a connection.
Whatever happens, our knowledge of this subject will never be the same. As we move this DNA project into the next phase, I hope to be able to start predicting matches with the same certainty that I’m able to do in the US. So, cross your fingers, say a prayer, burn some incense or whatever you can to blow some positive energy in the direction of Houston!
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