You may recall a recent post of mine The DNA Waiting Game Begins where I mentioned that a Babb who was born in Devon, England had contacted me about doing a Y-DNA test.
As a reminder, we already 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 become volume 8 of the series. I plan to discuss all of these lines in detail in the book.
We knew one of 6 things would happen. The candidate would either match to one of the 5 known lineages, or establish a brand new one. We have long hoped to bridge “The Pond” through DNA and finally establish a link between the Babbs of the US and the Babbs of England. I dream that someday I’ll be able to predict which lineage someone belongs to the way I can in the US.
If there is anything I have learned over almost a decade of these tests is that I should expect the unexpected and this was no exception. In the end, the line did not match to any of the 5 known lineages. So, without further delay, let me introduce to you the 6th distinct lineage from the Babb families of England. The Babb family of Hatherleigh, in North Devon, England dates back to Edward Babb who was born in 1675 in this small town.
During this period the town was deeply involved in the Wool Trade and as I work to assign a mascot to every lineage, I found it very fitting that this new one should be called The Shepherds of Hatherleigh.
Hatherleigh lies on the north side of Devon and is separated from Dartmouth by the Dartmoor National Park. More testing candidates are always needed because we still look to find matches eventually. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming the newest (and one of the oldest) Babb Families in England, the Shepherd Babb Family of Hatherleigh!
Welcome to our family of Black Sheep.