I have struggled so much with this seemingly endless collection of Jeffrey Babbs. No where else in England have I seen such a confusing array of similarly named people. I’ve done my best to make sense of it all and am very pleased to have finally completed canvassing Staffordshire County, which lies in the Midlands near the geographic center of England.
A curiosity is that one of these lines contains a member by the name of Sampson, which I’ve only ever seen in Phillip Babb’s line from the Isles of Shoals. That is far from conclusive evidence and we will be seeking DNA test candidates from these lines in order to understand how they fit in to the larger picture.
Ian Babb (pictured) outlined 6 lines of Babbs in Staffordshire, which account for over 800 people:
- staffordshire-pedigree-01 (1724 in Gratwich)
- staffordshire-pedigree-02 (Before 1758 in Cresswell)
- staffordshire-pedigree-03 (About 1806 in Blithefield)
- staffordshire-pedigree-04 (About 1809 in Creighton)
- staffordshire-pedigree-05 (About 1767 in Uttoxeter)
- staffordshire-pedigree-06 (About 1802 in Uttoxeter)
With the addition of these lineages I am not just half way through the total number of Pedigrees Ian provided through his research. However, we only have 2 counties left. Next up is the West Midlands, which is adjacent to Staffordshire and finally the great county of Devon, which is host to roughly 30 pedigrees. I have no idea what size of trees are in store for me, so keep your fingers crossed that it goes more smoothly than Staffordshire!