“Babb Unabridged” donated to libraries

I’ve donated a complete set (all 15 volumes) of Babb Unabridged to the Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives of the Handley Library in Winchester, VA. This is the permanent home of Jean A. Sargent’s papers and the library was extremely instrumental in the digitization of those records. So, this was a natural place to have a complete set. They are currently being printed and should arrive at the library in the next couple of weeks.

I’m also having additional sets sent to the Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and the Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah) run by the LDS church.

My hope it to provide access to those who aren’t able to afford their own set.
Babb Unabridged Vol 1-Babbs Rock (Cover)

Carl Woods (1923-2017)

Long time members will remember Carl and Norma Woods, who were regular attendees at the Reunions. They were last able to attend the 2007 Reunion in San Antonio. Norma passed not long afterwards, but Carl held in there to the ripe old age of 93. He would have been 94 next month. They were both some of my favorite people on this earth and made me feel very welcome as a new member at the 2001 Portsmouth, NH reunion. Carl was a descendant of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals, through his second son Thomas. I don’t have an accurate birth order on his large family, but his grandmother was Mary Matilda Babb (1-2-2-1-5-1-5=4).

I distinctly remember them having come back to the bus a little early after touring one day, as did I. We sat on the bus and discussed so many things. Carl’s health prevented him from active participation in recent years. I’ll leave you with these two photos taken at the 2004 Reunion in Greeneville, TN. I’m so sad to hear of Carl’s loss, but know he will be so happy to be back with Norma at last. God Speed my friend!

2004 Babb Family Association Reunion (157)-Appledore

2004 Babb Family Association Reunion (156)-Appledore

His obituary follows:

Carl WoodsLCDR Carl Woods, USN Retired, 93, of Corpus Christi, Texas went to his eternal patrol, on August 2, 2017 at his home in Corpus Christi. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Murray Church of Christ in Murray, IA. Rev. Roger Woods will officiate. Interment will be at the Murray Cemetery south of Murray with military graveside rites by the William Lochery American Legion Post # 405 of Murray. Open visitation with family receiving friends will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Powers Funeral Home in Afton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch 298 Middle Road, Riverhead, NY 11901, or USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN705) memorial Fund, US Submarine Veterans Corpus Christi 6537 S Staples St. Suite 1215 PMB 218 Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 or a charity of your choice.

Carl was born to Ray and Abigail “Abbie” (Roberts) Woods, September 25, 1923 on the family homestead, on the prairies of northeastern Montana, 9 miles from the Canadian Border, nearest town being Malta, in Phillips County, Montana.

Carl was raised in Iowa in Greene, Grand River, Union and Clarke Counties. Schooling was in one room schoolhouses, until he went to High School in Murray, Iowa where he graduated in 1941 – he was the Salutatorian, probably should have been the Valedictorian, but learning came easy for him and he didn’t have to study much to keep his grades up, and my mother, Norma did, so she was named Valedictorian.

Carl was number 8 in the Woods brood of 9 and worked with his father, brothers and sisters in working the family farm. When the war came in 1941, he had graduated from High School and had promised his father he would bring in 2 more harvests.

Carl joined the US Navy in December of 1942 and went to Great Lakes Naval Training Center, thus beginning his 30 year career in the Navy. Going from a lowly seaman, to the rank of 04 – Lieutenant Commander, before retiring in 1973. Carl was a Veteran of, World War II, the Korean War, Cold War and the Vietnam War. He was a Hospital Corpsman on Submarines (USS Ronquil SS-396, USS Queenfish SS393, USS Blackfin SS-322). He served as a Medical Corpsmen, attached to the Marine 1st Division in Korea, and was a recruiter in Denver, Colorado. The NAVY raised the age limit for Nuclear Power School, so in 1957 he applied and was accepted, and then stayed on to teach at the school, before returning to Submarines to serve as the “COB” Chief of the Boat (Gold Crew), on the USS George Washington SSBN598. He even made the cover of Life Magazine (background) in 1962.

As an officer, he was a Limited Duty, Admin officer at the Recruiting Center at Great Lake Naval Training Center, and then at the beginning of the Vietnam build up (1965), he was sent Danang, Chou Lai, Saigon and other back water places to set up offices, design buildings, set up protocols and other things. He then was transferred to Hawaii where he was the “Postal Officer of the Pacific” at Com Serv Pac. He did too good of a job and ended up being in charge of all branches of the military mail going into SE Asia. He ended his career in San Diego, Calif. designing tests for the Navy. His reward from the Navy, a job that was 7am – 4pm.
He spent his final 17 work years, working with his brother Edgar, at Computer Sciences Corporation – where he was a Programer, Analyst – going back to his first love submarines, and helped in designing the computer programs for the Aegis Missiles. Carl was an active member of his William Lochery American Post #405 in Murray, IA and of SubVets Sea Turtle Base here in Corpus Chriti, TX.
Carl married Norma Charlotte Phillips in 1944, and they were together till her death in 2008, a few weeks short of their 64th wedding anniversary. They used to joke that “we did okay for two farm kids from Iowa.” As a family they had four children, Philip E. Woods, Craig A. Woods, C. Elaine Woods and Roger B. Woods and moved as a family from coast to coast several times, Hawaii, Denver, Colorado, Great Lakes, IL, Murray, IA and finally retiring in Corpus Christi, TX in 1995. Carl was a member of Kings Crossing Church of Christ (formerly Windsor Park Church of Christ). Carl was a quiet man who loved the Lord, and will be remembered for laughter, love of anything outdoors, and his sense of humor. He had a deep voice, that could rattle the rafters, but was kind hearted and gentle, beneath the bark.
Carl is survived by his son Philip E. Woods (Vivian Woods) of Corpus Christi, TX; Craig A. Woods (Linda Woods) of Fleming, OH; Carol Elaine Woods of Corpus Christi, TX; Roger B. Woods (Glenda Woods) of Walled Lake, MI; Six Grandsons: Wilson Woods (Alicia Woods) of Fort Worth, TX; Clinton Woods (Catherine Woods) of Arnold, MD; Evan Woods of Denton, TX; Shawn Woods (Jessica Woods) of Belpre, OH; Trevor Woods of Detroit, MI and Ryan Woods of Walled Lake, MI. He was blessed with seven great grandchildren – Charlotte & Parker (Wilson Woods), Jonas, Maris Cate, Cullen & Emerson (Clinton Woods) and Claire (Shawn Woods). His sister in law, June Philiips Flaherty and brother in law, Pinky Wayne Phillip, both of Murray Iowa and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews, and cousins from all over the country that he cherished.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Norma Charlotte Phillips Woods, parents Ray and Abbie Woods; his sisters Beryl Woods Boles, Georgia Woods Timan, Mary Woods Payne, and Maxine Woods Kessler; and his brothers Raymond Woods, Clarke Woods, Dean Woods and Edgar Woods.

DNA Waiting Game begins anew

We have a fresh season of the DNA Waiting Game starting up. Yesterday I met a member of the Buckinghamshire Pedigree 01 lineage that has agreed to be tested. He currently lives in England and as he met the pre-requisite of me being able to track his lineage, the Babb Family Association has paid for his Y-DNA 37 test. This offer still stands for other Male Babbs who live in England. Please private message me or reply to this post to get qualified. Once we prove his lineage, I’ll be sending him the relevant Babb Unabridged volumes for his family as a thank you gift.

Buckinghamshire is just to the North and West of London and is often loosely referred to as Bucks or Buckingham. It is home to 3 pedigrees. Follow the links below to review the Descendants of each line:

DNA ConferenceYou will notice that these families are likely related. The early cities mentioned are a mere 8 miles (13 Kilometers) apart and very close to Heathrow Airport. Proving them out is the long term goal of this project.

So, when we find the connection for one of these lines, we will likely be able to draw a conclusion as to where all 3 originate. Will they be a part of one of the 4 lines of Babbs already genetically proven in England, or will we finally prove a link to the US Babbs? Or will they become a new 8th lineage?

Only time will tell! Expect a 2-3 month total wait time on this due to the shipping and processing time involved.

While I have your attention, the sale on DNA tests lasts through the end of this month and I’d love to add 5-10 more candidates to the game. So, don’t delay!

Grammie Carrie (McLoud) Babb (Circa 1880)

This photo only came with the description “Grammie Carrie Babb”. It was a little hard to track down. Fortunately the attached card (called a cabinet card) had the location of Lynn. I know that to be Lynn, Massachusetts, which is a well known location for a branch of the Babbs.

I did a quick Bing Maps check on the address listed and found it was a valid street address in Lynn, MA. So, I knew she must be nearby. I didn’t have a Carrie in the database who lived in Lynn, so I broadened my search to include all of Massachusetts and she popped right up. I did have a little confusion separating her husband from her son, as they both have the same name.

She was born Carrie A. McLoud in Apr 1857, Maine. She married Charles W. Babb (1-3-1-1-1-6-7-1) 27 May 1877 in Kennebec, Maine. They were in Lynn by 1880 and this picture likely dates to about that timeframe. Charles is a descendant of Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals (1), through his son Philip (with one L)(1-3).

Grammie Carrie (McLoud) Babb

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)


Harriet N. Babb & The Ladies Repository (1869)

Harriet N. Babb wrote an article that was published in 1869 in The Ladies Repository. I believe her to be Harriet Newhall Babb (1824-1905), wife of Harrison Patterson Babb 1-5-4-4-2-2-1, who lived in Boothbay and South Thomaston, Maine. Fortunately, the issue of the magazine was preserved and I purchased it on Ebay sometime ago. I had trouble getting it to scan and until I got the new scanning equipment for the England research trip last year. Harrison was a descendant of Phillip of the Isles of Shoals (1), through his son Peter (1-5). High resolution images are available by clicking on the pages below.

Harriet N. Babb-Ladies Repository (01)Harriet N. Babb-Ladies Repository (02)Harriet N. Babb-Ladies Repository (03)Harriet N. Babb-Ladies Repository (04)



Hugh Babb (1928-2017)

It is with great sadness that I deliver the news of the passing of Hugh Babb. He has been a member of the Babb Family Association as far back as I can remember and it was he and I and his daughter Brenda who hatched the scheme to rescue the 1787 Seth Babb Homestead. He cheered me on through every step and encouraged me, gave funds, scavenged other family members for participation and even helped us find our builder. It was him who told me of the opportunity for its current location. He was my champion, my advocate and my friend.

It is easy to forget the dire situation the homestead was in back in 2004, so I’ve included some before and after pictures to remind you. They are taken from approximately the same position.

2004 Babb Family Association Reunion (130)-Appledore  2004 Babb Family Association Reunion (139)  _MG_0037  _MG_0004

I’m privileged to have known him and will miss him greatly. He passed away, yesterday morning (02 Aug 2017), just one week after his 89th birthday. He is preceded in death by his wife Anne. He is survived by his two daughters and three grandchildren (Brenda McCroskey, Kathy Wust, Jon McCroskey, Eric Wust & Spencer Wust. He has a exceedingly large extended family.

2004 Babb Family Association Reunion (218)I’ll leave you with two pictures of him that I’ve always treasured. The first is of him at our 2004 Babb Family Reunion. He is pictured with Michael & Brenda McCroskey and their son Jon. Hugh was playing the part of Phillip Babb (1-2-2-1) who moved his family to Greene County, (then the state of Franklin) and took up residence just outside of modern day Greeneville. Michael and Jon played the role of Seth Sr. & Seth Jr. (who built the homestead). Brenda (BFA President 2007-2010) was playing the part of Seth Sr.’s wife Mary McClellan.


The second picture is of Hugh laying the first log during the reconstruction of Seth Babb’s Homestead in 2011. It is effectively the cornerstone of the building. You can’t see it in the picture, but he has a giant grin on his face as his lifelong dream was about to come true!

His Obituary Follows:

Obituary for Hugh Babb

Hugh L. Babb, 89, of Kingsport, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017. Born in Greene County, TN in 1928, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Hugh then married his wife Anne and they celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2013. They made their home in Kingsport where they reared their two daughters. His career spanned over25 years with Mason & Dixon Lines in the Traffic and Logistics department, and he was subsequently employed with the Department of Human Services for the State of Tennessee.
Hugh thoroughly loved life and embraced any and all new adventures. He enjoyed all types of music, was an excellent table tennis player, and taught many of his friends and family to play the game. He liked to run, bicycle, and go to the gym. He joined a drum circle when he was over 80 and attended many sporting and community events throughout his entire life.
He and his late wife Anne were very dedicated to their church family at St. Matthew United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Hugh was always interested in his family genealogy and was the driving force behind the relocation and restoration of his family’s 1790s log home. Today, it is known as the Babb Homestead and sits in downtown Greeneville, TN, adjacent to the Andrew Johnson Historical Site.
He took particular joy in his three grandsons, Eric, Jon, and Spencer.
Mr. Babb was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, his father and mother, Carl and Anna Babb, and brother, Kenneth Babb.
He is survived by his daughters Brenda McCroskey and Katherine Wust, grandsons Eric Wust, Spencer Wust, and Jon McCroskey. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank and Marilyn Cress, sister-in-law Betty Cornett. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Kingsport. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with the Reverend Ray Amos, Jr. and the Reverend Randall Wright officiating.
A graveside service will be held Monday August 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Union Temple United Methodist Church Cemetery, 9930 Kingsport Highway, Greene County, TN. Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Posts 3/265.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Matthew United Methodist Church, 2505 Nathan Street, Kingsport, TN 37664.

Source: http://www.hamlettdobson.com/obituaries/Hugh-Babb/#!/Obituary