Milford F. Babb

September 1855–
Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Milford F.

When Milford F. Babb was born in September 1855, in Illinois, United States, his father, Joseph Babb, was 28 and his mother, Nancy Jane Marple, was 20. He married Martha 'Mattie' Ellen Lester on 14 October 1875, in Poweshiek, Iowa, United States. He lived in Poweshiek, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Jackson Township, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States for about 10 years.

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Milford F. Babb
Martha 'Mattie' Ellen Lester
Marriage: 14 October 1875

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  • Marriage
    14 October 1875Poweshiek, Iowa, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 1
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
    Age 8
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    Age 31
    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

    Name Meaning

    English (Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall): from the Middle English personal name Babb(e), usually no doubt a pet form of the female personal name Barbara (see Barbara ), but possibly in some cases a survival of the Old English personal name Babba, which is found in several placenames, including Babbacombe in Devon and Babington in Somerset.English (Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall): from Middle English babe ‘infant, young child’, applied as a nickname.Americanized form of German Bobb or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (8)

    • Milford Bubb, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
    • Milford F. Bebb, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
    • J Babb in entry for Mattie Ellen Babb, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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