BABB, CHARLES H., justice of the peace, Steelton, was born in Chester county, Pa., September 25, 1833; son of Sampson Babb. The grandfather, Peter Babb, was the first settler of Tioga county, and took up a claim of eight hundred acres, subsequently known as the "Babb Tract," watered by what was afterwards named Babb creek. He died at the age of ninety years, having reared four children: John, deceased, hotel keeper in West Chester, Pa.: Jacob, deceased, farmer and lumberman in Tioga county; William lived and died on the Babb tract; and Sampson.
Sampson, father of Charles H., was born in Tioga county in 1782, and in early life was employed by Stephen Girard as a master builder, having charge of the building of the warehouses erected by that gentleman in Philadelphia, in which he was employed for about twenty years, after which he purchased the Washington Hotel, at West Chester, which he conducted for twenty-five years. About the time he moved to West Chester, he married Miss Charity G., daughter of Emmor Jeffris, of one of the oldest families of Chester county, by whom he had ten children, of whom nine were reared to maturity: Peter, deceased, was a druggist, and studied pharmacy under Dr. Witheral, of Philadelphia; his widow and two children survive him; Anna Eliza, deceased, the wife of Truman Wallace, of Lancaster county, son of the Rev. John Wallace, who had charge of the old Pequea church, of Lancaster county, for over fifty years; Jeffris, deceased, buried at Yreka, Cal., was a druggist; William, deceased, was a shoemaker by trade, engaged in steam-boating on the Tombigbee river in Alabama, some years, and died in Lancaster county, Pa.; John, deceased, shoemaker, and also a druggist, is survived by four children; Matilda, wife of Capt. Thomas Marshall, Mobile, Ala., who died in 1882, his wife and four children surviving him; Charles II,; Caroline P., wife of Al. A. Moore, Montrose, Ala., has two children living; Edwin L., married Miss Jaquilt, of Chester county, was drowned in 1857, leaving a widow and one daughter; Thomas, died in infancy.
Charles H. received his education in the public schools of Chester county, and at the age of sixteen years began an apprenticeship at the builder’s trade with John Agin, with whom he afterwards worked at Harland and Hollingsworth, Del., until 1855, when he located at Parkesburg, Chester county, where he was employed by the state Railroad Company as machinist, until 1860, with the exception of three years spent in the service of the New York and Erie railroad. He then was engaged for a short time with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Harrisburg; in 1861 enlisted in the army for three months, and afterwards enlisted for nine months in company A, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, in which he served as first duty sergeant, at which time he organized company F, of the Twentieth Pennsylvania cavalry, and was made captain of the company, but resigned in favor of Capt. V. B. Hummell, under whom he served as first lieutenant until the expiration of his term of enlistment. He was then commissioned as first lieutenant of company E, Twelfth Pennsylvania regulars, and served till the close of the war, having been brevetted captain. Mr. Babb came to Steelton, in February, 1867, and was in the employment of the Pennsylvania Steel Company as machinist, until 1884, during which time he had charge of the roll turning for fifteen years. Since the last named date he has been engaged in real estate and insurance business. He has served as justice of the peace and notary public for a number of years. Mr. Babb is a member of Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, and Dauphin Encampment, No. 10, I. O. O. F., and is also past commander of Post No. 58, G. A. R., of Harrisburg. In 1855 he was married to Miss Louisa J. Irwin, daughter of George Irwin, one of the early settlers of Chester county, by whom he has had five children, the only survivor of whom is Hay Jeffris, married to Miss Loven, of Lancaster county. His deceased children are: Charles I, Edwin F., Cora, and one child who died in infancy.
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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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