We have a new DNA sample at the lab processing as we speak. This time we looking to solve the question of whether there is a link between the Babb families of Eastern Virginia and those of North Carolina. This topic was recently featured in Volume 7 of the Babb Unabridged Series entitled “The Puzzling History of the Babb Families of North Carolina & Eastern Virginia” where I put forward the theory that these two families are related. The paper trail couldn’t be thinner, so DNA is needed to answer this age old question. There is a single document that tips us off about this connection, which I call the Babb Rosetta Stone. You can read more about the Babb Rosetta Stone at the link above.
A match for the North Carolina Babb family would mean that they are potentially able to trace their lineage back another couple of generations and a new narrative about their arrival in the US, prior to the American Revolution, could be formed. A match for the Eastern Virginia Babbs would show that this lineage didn’t die out, but thrived in a nearby community. Our current testee is from the never before tested branch of the Eastern Virginia Babbs. We have a couple of candidates from different sections of the North Carolina Babbs.
Of course, as we recently have seen with the testing in England, unpredictable things happen. I had put forth a theory that two families, living just 50 miles apart almost 400 years ago, were related. The DNA had a different story to tell as it may here.
So, a new waiting game begins. The results are due with the New Year, so keep your fingers crossed that I got this one right.