Thomas Jefferson Babb (1-2-2-3-4-5-3) Family (Sep 1906)


This photo of the Thomas Jefferson Babb family dates to Sept 1906 in El Dorado, Arkansas. The unusual location and the large family, consisting almost completely of boys helped in identifying the family.


Pictured are:

Seated in Middle (l-r):

  • Thomas Jefferson Babb & Martha Eugenia Murphy (both seated in middle)

Back Row (l-r):

  • James Robert Babb (1882-1956)
  • Joseph Carlisle Babb (1884-1970)
  • Fred Abijah Babb (1886-1918)
  • Hamit Pinson Babb (1887-1974)
  • Thomas Newton Babb (1890-1949)
  • Jesse Jefferson Babb (1892-1961)

Front Row (r-l):

  • Timothy Ernest Babb (1894-1952)
  • Helen Price Babb (1896-1973)
  • R. Paul Babb (1902-Unknown)



Reunion Handout/ Call for Shovels & Wheelbarrows

BabbFarmCemeterysignBrenda & Kathy put together a fantastic handout for the 2012 reunion that tells the history of each place and gives directions on how to get there. I highly recommend printing out page 3 to take along on the trip, especially if you plan to strike out on your own. My mom, sister and I will be arriving in Greeneville on Wednesday and I plan to meet with one of the heads of the Museum Board of Directors to talk over the plan for the coming days. After that, we will be free for dinner with anyone else who is in town already.

For anyone who is local, we have a need on Thursday morning for a several shovels & wheelbarrows to help spread some soil at the Babb Farm Cemetery. Kathy will have the dirt on hand. We will likely run over a bit on our schedule due to this and I’ll try to have some snacks on hand to get us through until we can have lunch back in Greeneville. Should we run over too much, we will use some of our built-in free time to return and finish the job.

Handout 2012 Reunion



A Stupendous Week!

In the last few days I’ve made contact with two different Babbs of importance to our lineage!

The first was a descendant of the Babbs families of Staffordshire, England, whose DNA could help finally prove a connection from the US Babbs back to England. Could it be the lineage of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals, The Babbs of North Carolina/Eastern Virginia or the Babbs of Maryland? Or as DNA research has proven so many times before, None of the Above?

The Babb families of Staffordshire are the largest untested lineage of Babbs remaining in England. Their 8 different family trees have not been reunited with any others thus far due to the lack of an appropriate descendant to DNA test. I’ve extended an offer to conduct this test at The Association’s expense and am awaiting confirmation now.

Jewel BabbToday, I was contacted by a grandchild of the Border Healing Woman, Jewel Babb of whose name many of you are already aware. She was featured in a book that told of her life that was published shortly before her death. The grandchild has graciously agreed to write a story for my blog to tell her memories of Jewel’s life.

I’m so charged  to make connection to two such great opportunities that will help us all to learn more about our family trees!

These are the big advance we have all been  waiting for! Please join me in welcoming them to our family!


Reunion Agenda

Updated 6/5/2018:

I wanted to provide some additional detail about the reunion to help you plan your trip.

The reunion starts the morning of Thursday June 14th, but for those arriving on Wednesday the 13th, I have included a get together for that evening.

Wednesday June 13th:

5PM-6:30PM gather for drinks at Brumley’s in the Hotel Lobby
6:30-8:30PM  Dinner (wherever the group wants to go)

Thursday June 14th:

8:30-9:30 AM Breakfast at Tipton’s Café 127 W. Depot St, Greeneville, TN 37743 (out the side door of the hotel and to the right)
9:30AM-Caravan to Babb Farm Cemetery
10-10:45-Cemetery Clean up (No Pressure Washer Needed after all)
11-12:30-Tour Babb’s Mill and Babb’s Mill Cemetery.
12:30-2pm-Return to Greeneville for Lunch (TBD)
3-6pm-Tour Greeneville on your own, or come to the Homestead and help assess what is needed for the following morning
5:30-7pm-Meet in Hotel Lobby for social hour
7pm-8:30pm-Dinner (TBD)

Friday June 15th

8:30-9:30 AM Breakfast (TBD)
9:30AM-Noon Setup of Babb Homestead
Noon-1:30 Lunch
1:30-5PM Tour on your own (Andrew Johnson’s Tailor Shop, Homestead, etc.
5PM-6:30PM gather for drinks at Brumley’s in the Hotel Lobby
6:30-8:30PM  Dinner at Brumley’s (Confirmation Required)


Saturday June 16th

8:30-9:30 AM Breakfast (TBD)
10AM-2PM Welcome the Public into Homestead and conduct tours.
2PM-5PM Tour on your own
5PM-6:30PM gather for drinks at Brumley’s in the Hotel Lobby
6:30-8:30PM  Dinner at Brumley’s (Confirmation Required)

We will adjust the schedule as necessary to have as much  fun as possible!

For more information and to register for the Reunion, see my earlier post on the subject:





Reconnecting Laurence Eugene Babb

Reconnecting Laurence Eugene Babb proved to be a challenge for one of our members who recently contacted me. They had searched in vain trying to locate him using info handed down from his wife Josephine, but the names she had given didn’t seem to match up to anyone. Laurence had vanished without a trace in the 1950s from Boston, Massachusetts never to be heard from again. The reasons for his disappearance are unknown to this day and because so much time had passed between his disappearance and when our member started asking questions, the memory was fuzzy.

Old_State_House_Boston_2009fAll I had to go on was that he was born in 1910 in NH, but lived as an adult in Boston prior to his disappearance.

I somehow, miraculously was able to locate him, but to do so I had to take a trip through his life to do so. I thought I’d share how I came to identify him so others could see the thought process in action.

First, I entered the few details I had into Family Tree Maker, which is always where I start. Once I synced the tree to the online copy, I started to receive hints for him, the first of which were a number of Boston City Directories that showed him living with Josephine in a house in Boston for many years. The records end in 1957, so I would presume that is when he went missing.

After importing this information and syncing again, I was given new hints. This time is was the 1940 Census. Showing him and Josephine in the same place in Boston but with a child Lawrence Babb Jr. Note the misspelling of his name, which isn’t uncommon in Census Records. Both the Jr and Sr are spelled incorrectly, which is why you have to be careful when searching for exact spellings. I found it because Family Tree Maker uses broader search criteria and correlates the records with other family members in the record to be certain it is recommending the right item. This isn’t fool proof but gets you close enough to flip through and see for yourself. In this case I was helped by the less usual first name of his wife Josephine. I was also able to verify that he was born in 1910 in NH on this record.

Next, I came across him with his parents in the 1910 census as he was just an infant then. He did have a sister Elizabeth as well. His parents are George A. & Catherine Babb of Portsmouth (Ring any bells yet?). George was born in Maine (Portsmouth is just on the other side of the border). A marriage record would later prove that Catherine’s maiden name was Lynch.

Still wanting to fill in the blanks, I again synced and then found him in the 1930 Census. The information was consistent and there didn’t seem to be a 1920 Census record, so satisfied that I now knew who his parents were, I proceeded to locate records for them. I quickly came across a marriage record for George A. Babb & Catherine Lynch that listed their parents

Moving back to 1900 we find George living with his parents in Bath, Maine. His marriage certificate lists Bath, Maine as well and includes his parents’ names as George L & Lizzy (Ayers) Babb. They are in my master tree, also living in Bath, Maine and I’ve paired them together and grafted Laurence’s lineage back into the tree. Note that one of Laurence’s uncles is a Eugene, which also helps corroborate our match. Incidentally, it is also my brother’s middle name, which is why it stands out to me. My brother never liked the name and wishes he had a cool story to tell about it. Perhaps this can be the one.

This provides a cautionary tale that you must take family stories with a grain of salt. Time has passed and memories aren’t as sharp as they were at the time of the event. My Maternal Grandfather used to tell people that he was half Irish and Half American Indian, which is why he liked to drink and couldn’t hold his liquor. I spent weeks going around with a 2nd cousin who believed that to be fact and couldn’t understand why there is no Native American Blood in our tree. I finally explained to him that my Grandfather was full of crap and had all sorts of sayings like that (most aren’t politically correct in our modern world, so I won’t tell another one here). My point is that you can count on about 80% of a family legend being true. The closer the connection the more likely it is accurate. But you need to go and corroborate with real facts obtained by real documents. Of course they have their weaknesses as well, such as is the case with closed adoptions and things people deemed too shameful to share. Record the stories anyway and make notes to the effect if you have suspicion that they might not be true.

I checked the facts and now we have a brand new branch for our tree. If you haven’t guessed by the locations Laurence is a descendant of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals. His family never moved from the general vicinity in 365 years!



Make your reservations for the 2018 Babb Family Reunion

Get Ready for the Babb Family Reunion
June 14-16th, 2018
Greeneville, TN

It is time to start making your hotel reservations for the Babb Family Reunion, which is coming up this June 14-17th at one of our favorite destinations, Greeneville, TN.

Our key plan is to furnish the 1787 Seth Babb Homestead and open it to the public. You see, this is a working reunion. We will spend one day working to make our house a home again and the next doing some much needed restoration work to the Babb Farm & Babb’s Mill Cemeteries. Anyone who loves to use a pressure washer on a generator will feel right at home here.

On day 3 we will welcome the public into the Homestead and give guided tours.

No registration fee for the reunion is necessary, but please let us know your plans and the details of who we can expect so that we can plan appropriately for the restaurants, etc.

Our host hotel, as always, is the General Morgan. We have a group rate secured, but to get it you have to call the hotel and mention that you are part of the Babb Family Association Group Block. Our evening events will be in the restaurant of this hotel as well. If you need a less expensive hotel, there are a number of them near the main highway, but no group block is available.

The hotels info is:

General Morgan Inn
111 N. Main Street
Greeneville TN, 37743
(423) 787-1000

Arrive June 14, checkout June 17th (3 Nights)


Air Travel:

There are a couple of different locations to fly into depending on which airline you are traveling on. Check for Tyson McGee Airport in Knoxville or Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, TN. You will want to secure a rental car if you are flying. 



Complete this form below to let us know you are coming and which events we can count you in for:





The White Swans of Buckinghamshire, England

We have found a new Genetic line based in Buckinghamshire, England. This is the 8th DNA Proven Lineage of Babbs and represents another step forward in understanding our complex tree. The line, also known as Buckinghamshire Pedigree 01 dates back to before 1774 in the town of Great Hampden. As you may recall from my previous post The Babbs of Buckinghamshire, the area lays to the Northwest side of London and the other two lines in this county are tracked to locations within 8 miles of each other. They are also mere fragments of a line, so unlikely to yield a different result. We should still test candidates from the other lines just to be certain of their heritage, but it is highly probable that all the Babbs in this county are related to each other. Altogether, these 3 lines only accounts for 167 people in our tree, so finding that person to connect would prove challenging.

As you know each new lineage receives their own mascot and crest. This time I have drawn upon the county flag for inspiration, using the same color scheme and the symbol of the swan wearing a crown to craft this image. The Swan Emblem dates back to Anglo-Saxon times when Buckinghamshire was known for breeding swans for the King.

For those in the US this represents another county we can strike off the list for potential matches along with Somerset and portions of Devon.  Our best bets for matches are in Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands as well as portions of Devon.