Today I am introducing a previously unknown Babb lineage, which I have deemed the Gryphons. This line was recently DNA proven and becomes the 3rd independent lineage of Babbs in the County of Devon and the 7th overall.
As I mentioned in my posts The Somerset Dragons (of Somerset, England), The Falcon Babbs (of Devon, England) and The Good Shepherds (of Hatherleigh, Devon, England), every DNA Proven lineage gets its own mascot and crest. The Crest used to represent this great house of Babbs is NOT historic, but a modern interpretation of what a crest for this family might look like. In this case, I have drawn upon a mythological beast, which shares a lions body with the head of an Eagle. You will notice a striking resemblance in the lion’s body with that of the Devon Falcons, though the two should not be confused. The purpose of the mascots/crests is to help keep our conversations about these lines from merging accidentally.
This line is also known as Devon Pedigree 05 and is small but plucky with a number of distant destinations as the family spread out across the world. Please join me in welcoming this new line of Babbs to our fold and I hope you like the crest:
Today we come to the tiny market town of Hatherleigh, which is not much more than the crossroads to Okehampton, Holsworthy, Black Torrington & Petrockstow (say that 3 times fast). It is the smallest town in Devon and lies about 20 miles to the south of the Falcon Babbs of Fremington. It is in this community that we discover the 6th DNA Proven lineage of Babbs. You could be forgiven for thinking the two were related, but they aren’t…at least genetically speaking. There could be stronger ties from before surnames came into play, but as to those we can only guess.
As I mentioned in my post The Somerset Dragons (of Somerset, England) & The Falcon Babbs (of Devon, England), every DNA Proven lineage gets its own mascot and crest. The Crest used to represent this great house of Babbs is NOT historic, but a modern interpretation of what a crest for this family might look like. The market in Hatherleigh sells sheep, cattle and poultry and the city is closely aligned with its identity as the Shepherds. I have drawn upon this identity for the crest, which features two golden fleeced sheep in a pasture, which are protected by a lion hidden in the wheat. This represents the gentle power that it takes to tend to a flock.
This 6th DNA Proven lineage is also known as Devon Pedigree 02, which dates to Edward Babb born 1675. So, without further delay meet the Good Shepherds:
dna-06_-good-shepherds-of-hatherleigh-devon (also known as Devon Pedigree 02)
So, you may ask yourself what the first 3 DNA Proven lineages of Babbs are. I’ll get into that on another day, but in short they are the lines we find in America that were where we started this quest. They are those of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals, Maine; The Maryland Babbs and the combined lines of the Eastern Virginia & North Carolina Babbs. I plan on revisiting those once I’ve dispensed of the next 29 trees in other parts of Devon.
Partial Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatherleigh
Today I’d like to introduce you to the first DNA proven lineage of Devon, which is also known as Devon Pedigree 01. We stumbled across this tree in one of our early DNA attempts when we didn’t yet understand the complexity of the Babb line in Devon. We had mistakenly believed that we could connect Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals, Maine with one of the Devon lineages by doing a DNA test.
What we found instead was yet another line. Which seems to keep happening, but we will get there eventually.
As I mentioned in my post The Somerset Dragons (of Somerset, England), every DNA Proven lineage gets its own mascot and crest. The Crest used to represent this great house of Babbs is NOT historic, but a modern interpretation of what a crest for this family might look like. It draws upon a popular theme in English heraldry, which is the Falcon. Using mascots will help everyone to remember which lineage they are a part of. Only lines proven via DNA have a mascot and crest. The line dates back to the villages of Fremington, Barnstaple, Bishops Tawton & Monkleigh which are all nestled within about a 10 mile area in North West Devon.
The image is a golden falcon landing on the side of fortress that is protected by royal lion. Remember it as a “Falcon Fortress in Fremington”.
Remember that these are works in progress and that families have at times become entangled. I’ve done my best to sort that out and am submitting it for your review and update. If you have an update please make a comment on this post and I’ll review it and update as appropriate. Know also that there are other lineages of Babbs in the nearby area that ARE NOT related. So, make your assumptions carefully.
With all that said, let me introduce you to the 5th DNA Proven lineage of Babbs, the Falcon Babbs:
dna-05_-falcons-of-devon (Also known as Devon Pedigree 01)