I have recently discovered that my BABST ancestors emigrated from Bad Bergzabern, Palatinate, Bavaria (Germany). This is contrary to previous postings where I was looking at the (wrong) Ohio Babsts and not my correct family from Cook County/Chicago, IL, who were descendants of Frank/Franz Babst & Salome Flori. Their children were named: Lena (Leoni), Leon, August, Mary, Eugene, and John; the 1st 3 were b. in "Hanover, Germany" and the later 3 were b. in Cook County, Illinois (1860 US Census, Chicago Ward 10, Cook County, Illinois).
An abbreviated summary of this new information from a researcher in Germany is as follows:
FRANCISCUS (FRANZ) BABST
Born: 20 AUG 1821 in Bad Bergzabern, Palatinate, Bavaria
Father: IGNATIUS BABST
Mother: JULIANA MICHEL
SALOME FLORI on 16 Oct 1845 in Weyersheim, Bas-Rhin, France
[Bas-Rhin is a département of France. The name means "Lower Rhine". Bad Bergzabern is located close to the border of Germany and France and that region once even belonged to the French Republic. The later mentioned places
"Reichshoffen" as well as "Weyersheim" are today located in France].
Born: 30 SEP 1823 in Reichshoffen, Bas-Rhin, France
Father: PIERRE FLORI
Mother: SALOME KEHREN
Siblings of Salome Flori found so far (b. between 1819 and 1832 in either Reichshoffen or Weyersheim, Bas-Rhin, France):
1) MARTINE CATHERINE FLORI
2) FERDINAND FLORI
3) PIERRE FLORI
Siblings of Franciscus / Franz Babst found so far (b. between 1823 and 1839, all of them in Bad Bergzabern, Palatinate, Bavaria):
1) ELISABETHA BABST
2) ELISBETHA (sp?) JULIANA BABST
3) MICHAEL BABST
4) JULIANA BABST
5) JULIANA DOROTHEA BABST
6) CHRISTIANUS BABST
7) JOSEPH BABST
Note: The above names were recorded in the Catholic Church of Bad Bergzabern and are most likely Latin, and not necessarily equivalent to the German.
US Census records, as well as anecdotal family evidence (including a few photos), indicate that several descendants and/or relatives of the Chicago Frank Babst family later moved to California in the early 1900s.
Is anyone researching this BABST family? I would like very much to get in touch with the descendants of these long-lost "cousins", or any descendants of the other siblings of Frank/Franz Babst & Salome Flori!
Sincerely, Frank J. (great-grandson of Mary Babst Shober)