Drawing of James Wilson Babb (circa 1870)

Some may recall the thrilling stories about James Wilson Babb (1789-1875) (1-2-3-1-3-1), driving his oxcart single handedly over the river and into Reedsburg, Sauk, Wisconsin. Or the thrilling story of him protecting the local Native Americans from being moved to a reservation. Or the story about him being the grandfather of Theodore Adolphus “Dot” Babb who was abducted and held captive by a different tribe of Native Americans in Texas. Or of him being the focus of the 2007 Reunion in San Antonio, where we talked about another Grandson of his who came to Pecos and got into the mounted gun battle with his girlfriend. Or of us retelling those stories at the 2016 Reunion in Reedsburg.

But regardless of which story you remember, know that he was a large enough character in his day to have a lithograph made of his likeness. I’m not sure of the exact date of the drawing, but it seems to be modeled after a photo of him which appears in Dot’s book “In the Bosom of the Comanches”. I’ve also included the photo of him from the book. His hair makes him unmistakable! He is also a descendant of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals (1) through his son Thomas (1-2).

James Wilson Babb

1-2-3-1-3-1 Babb, James W (2)


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