John Babb

Born: Nov 12, 1821
Loc: Near Wilkes-Barre, PA
Died: Apr 16, 1903
Loc: Spangle, Spokane Co. WA
Bur: Spangle Cemetery,
Spangle, Spokane Co. WA
Gravestone Photo
Father: John Babb
Mother: Susanna Miller
Married: Nov 12, 1844 at Des Moines Co. IA
Spouse: Marilla Serret Barton,
daughter of Hiram Barton and Almira Gu
Albert Barton/John Porter/William Henry/Edmund Burke/Ellen Almira/Clara Ann/ Hiram Elsworth/
Mary Jane/George Washington
1850 Census: Franklin Twp. Des Moines Co. IA
1860 Census: Franklin Twp. Des Moines Co. IA
Information was received Wednesday of the death of John Babb at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Mecklem, near Spangle, in the state of Washington. He died from the infirmities of old age, being in his eight-third year. He was the last survivor of the large family of children of John Babb Sr., who removed from near Wilksbarre, Pa., to Iowa, then to a part of the Territory of Wisconsin, in about 1836.  John Babb Sr. attended the United States land sales and bought enough land in this valuable country to give each child forty acres of prairie and 40 acres of timber, the later being then considered as important and valuable as the former. In addition, he bought a farm of about 160 acres, one-half mile south of Sperry, on which he made his home with his son John, the subject of this sketch, during the later years of his life. The son John married Marilla Barton about 1848, and who died some years ago. Her father's family was one of the first families to settle in what is now Des Moines county, but the Barton family removed to California in about 1860. John Babb Jr. also had a large family of children, five sons and four daughters, all of whom survive him except one son, a namesake, who was killed in a reaper accident while the family resided in this county. Many of his children growing up and gone west about twenty years ago or more, he with the remnant of his family, removed to Washington Territory and settled on a farm near Spangle, where he resided until his death except for the last few months, when he was in failing health. He was an uncle of Judge Babb, of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Prof. Bell A. Mansfield, now of Newcastle, Ind. and E.S. Huston of this city, besides whom many other nephews and nieces are now living. It having been ascertained recently that the descendants of John Babb Sr., now number well up towards one hundred. Almost every old settler in Des Moines county will remember John Babb, and will learn of his death with sorrow and regret, even though in the ripened years of his completed life.